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Ronnie Williams scored his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour pole for the Icebreaker 150. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR photo)

QUALIFYING: Ronnie Williams Scores First Career Pole at Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. — Ronnie Williams is off to a fast start at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The Ellington, Connecticut, driver was fastest in Saturday’s overall practice speeds ahead of the Icebreaker 150, and Sunday, he drove his No. 21 Empower Financial Chevrolet to his first career pole award on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Williams posted a fast lap of 18.791 seconds in the final of three qualifying groups. Five-time champion Doug Coby will join Williams on the front row. Coby drove the No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet to a fast time of 18.803 seconds, good enough to put the five-time Thompson winner at the front.

Five-time Thompson winner Justin Bonsignore was third (18.814 seconds), while defending Icebreaker winner Rowan Pennink, who returns to racing after missing the opener at Myrtle Beach, was fourth.

Myrtle Beach winner Jon McKennedy rounded out the top five.

Patrick Emerling was sixth, followed by Austin Pickens, Timmy Solomito, Ron Silk and Craig Lutz.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the Icebreaker 150 at 3:45 p.m. The race will be available via a live stream on FansChoice.TV.