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THOMPSON, CT - OCTOBER 13: Ronnie Williams, driver of the #21 Chevy Troyer Empower Financial/Gershow Recycling, wins the pole award after qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco World Series 150 on October 13, 2018 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut. (Photo by Ruby Wallau/NASCAR)
Ronnie Williams captured his second pole of the season at Thompson. (Ruby Wallau/NASCAR)

QUALIFYING: Ronnie Williams Earns Pole For Whelen Modified Finale

THOMPSON, Conn. — For the third time this season, Ronnie Williams will start on the front row when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour takes the green flag on Sunday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Williams, who scored his second pole of the season in qualifying for the Sunoco World Series 150, put down a quick time of 18.664 seconds at the Connecticut oval.

He scored the pole for the Icebreaker 150 in April, but crashed and finished 19th. He also started second for the Thompson 125 in June, but fell through the field and finished 20th. He will look to end the 2018 season with his first career Whelen Modified Tour victory Sunday afternoon.

RACING-REFERENCE: Sunoco World Series 150 Qualifying Results

Ryan Preece, who recently announced plans to run full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019, qualified second. Preece drove the No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet to the second spot with a lap of 18.723 seconds in the group qualifying session.

Justin Bonsignore, who has already clinched the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, was third and will look to sweep the four Whelen Modified Tour events at Thompson this season.

Doug Coby and Jon McKennedy completed the top five, while Chase Dowling was sixth, followed by Burt Myers, Craig Lutz, Ron Silk and Bobby Santos III.

RACING-REFERENCE: Ronnie Williams & His Career at Thompson

In the second group of cars, Timmy Solomito spun off turn two and hit the wall. The team immediately moved the backup car from the Flamingo Motorsports trailer, and Solomito will start at the tail end of the field for the Sunoco World Series 150.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Sunday afternoon, when the Sunoco World Series takes the green flag at 3:30 p.m.

THOMPSON, CT - OCTOBER 13: The #21 Chevy Troyer Empower Financial/Gershow Recycling driven by Ronnie Williams won the pole award after qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco World Series 150 on October 13, 2018 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut. (Photo by Ruby Wallau/NASCAR)
Ronnie Williams paced qualifying on a day where rain delayed the schedule at Thompson.(Ruby Wallau/NASCAR)