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Solomito Makes Move When It Counts

Late Pass At Seekonk Earns Him Fourth Whelen Modified Victory
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
September 10, 2016 - 11:28pm

SEEKONK, Massachusetts -- When it was go-time, Timmy Solomito didn't hesitate.

The Islip, New York, driver muscled his way past Doug Coby on Lap 114 and then held off the three-time champion as well as championship contender Justin Bonsignore to win Saturday night's AnytimeRealty.com 150 at Seekonk Speedway.

It was Solomito's fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season.

Solomito started alongside Coby on the Lap 112 restart. After failing to get by on the outside on the first lap, Solomito fell into line behind Coby coming off Turn 4 and then drove low into Turn 1. Solomito's left side tires kicked up dirt and grass and the two banged side nerf bars as Solomito emerged from Turn 2 with the lead.

"It was time to go," said Solomito. "There was 30-something laps to go and you're racing on a tight track. Yea, I got down on the grass there, got a little sideways. But we were able to sneak by him. That's all that mattered. At the end of the day, we were able to do it."

A late caution set up a green-white-checkered finish that pushed the race to 151 laps. Solomito was able to get away on the final restart as Bonsignore edged Coby for second.

Coby won his eighth Coors Light Pole Award of the season earlier in the day and led a race-high 108 laps. The finish allowed Coby to maintain his 20-point lead over Bonsignore, while Solomito moved four points closer and sits 36 points out with three races remaining.

Matt Hirschman finished fourth at Seekonk, followed by Bobby Santos.

Eric Goodale, Jimmy Blewett, Rowan Pennink, Chase Dowling and Jeff Goodale completed the top 10.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will run in the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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Timmy Solomito leads in the closing stages of Saturday night's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway. Adam Glanzman/NASCAR via Getty Images