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Seven drivers within 38 points in NASCAR Mod Title Battle

Mike Ivins | NASCAR

Eight up.

Eight down.

The second half of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season begins on Wednesday night with the Bud King of Beers 150 at Thomspon Speedway Motorsports Park.

The top seven drivers are separated by just 38 points with several wild card events still remaining on the schedule. By the grace of God and 600 horsepower, each of the most notable names in the discipline are represented in the fight with Timmy Solomito entering Thompson with just a seven point advantage over Rowan Pennink (310-303).

Solomito has won three times at three different tracks, while Pennink is returning to the site of his lone victory this season, as he took the Icebreaker 150 on April 9.

Eric Goodale returns to Thompson tied for third in the standings, but 25 points out of the lead. He’s still looking for his first victory despite five top-10 finishes. He’s tied with Justin Bonsignore who recently received a boost in the form of returning crew chief Billy Michael.

This is where things get murky.

Ryan Preece is fifth in the championship standings, just 26 points out of the lead, but will likely miss the September 23 race at New Hampshire to race for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He previously missed the May 13 event at Langley Speedway for his wedding.

Hard luck four-time NWMT champion Doug Coby is sixth and 32 points from the lead. Max Zachem is seventh and 38 points from the lead.

With races at Bristol and New Hampshire still remaining on the schedule, there’s still a lot that could dramatically change the outlook of the standings.

  1. Timmy Solomito
  2. Rowan Pennink -7
  3. Eric Goodale -25
  4. Justin Bonsignore -25
  5. Ryan Preece -26
  6. Doug Coby -32
  7. Max Zachem -38