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Ron Silk leads NHMS Musket 250 practice

Two months after scoring his third career New Hampshire Motor Speedway win, Ron Silk returned to the ‘Magic Mile’ with a new car, but the same speed.

Silk drove his new No. 85 Stuart’s Automotive Fury entry to the top of the speed charts in the only NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice ahead of the Musket 250.

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His top lap was a time of 28.863 seconds (131.961 mph) around the 1.058-mile oval — besting his two contenders in the championship battle. Justin Bonsignore, who trails Doug Coby by 19 points in the standings, was second in practice with a lap of 28.910 seconds (131.747 mph). Coby, who has four wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, was third.

Craig Lutz and Anthony Nocella completed the top-5.

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Bobby Santos III was sixth, followed by Matt Swanson, Chase Dowling, Burt Myers and Timmy Solomito.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for qualifying at 4:15 p.m., where the starting lineup will be set for the Musket 250. The green flag drops on the 14th race of the season at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

  1. Ron Silk Ldr.
  2. Justin Bonsignore -0.047
  3. Doug Coby -0.049
  4. Craig Lutz -0.152
  5. Anthony Nocella -0.175
  6. Bobby Santos III -0.232
  7. Matt Swanson -0.249
  8. Chase Dowling -0.285
  9. Burt Myers -0.289
  10. Timmy Solomito -0.291
  11. Patrick Emerling -0.306
  12. Eric Goodale -0.313
  13. Blake Barney -0.328
  14. Jon McKennedy -0.339
  15. Chuck Hossfeld -0.348
  16. Tommy Catalano -0.423
  17. Woody Pitkat -0.426
  18. Chris Pasteryak -0.514
  19. Rob Summers -0.523
  20. JR Bertuccio -0.527
  21. Andy Seuss -0.541
  22. Gary Putnam -0.605
  23. Sam Rameau -0.824
  24. Calvin Carroll -0.846
  25. Joey Mucciacciaro -0.961
  26. Ken Heagy -1.425
  27. Timmy Catalano -1.443
  28. Mike Willis -1.724
  29. Amy Catalano -1.796
  30. Dave Salzarulo -1.855
  31. JB Fortin -1.882
  32. Walter Sutcliffe -2.663
  33. Wade Cole -2.748
  34. Melissa Fifield -3.313

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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