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One year ago, Timmy Solomito captured his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the season-opening Icebreaker at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Fast-forward a year later, the Islip, New York, driver was celebrating a victory in the season-opening race once again. This time, the win came in South Carolina.

Solomito captured the win in the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen on Saturday at another historic venue, the half-mile Myrtle Beach Speedway, and became the first winner on the newly formed unified Whelen Modified Tour.

Solomito’s No. 16 Starrett Tools Ford took the lead for the final time following a late-race caution that setup the final restart and held off Rob Summers on a green-white-checkered finish to take down the victory. The win was Solomito’s fifth career on the tour after his breakout 2016.

“My team did a great job,” said Solomito. “We knew we had to ride and save our stuff as much as possible for the end of the race. I knew the last five laps we had to run as hard as possible and my team gave me a car good enough to do that.”

Rob Summers, who scored his first Coors Light Pole Award since 2001 earlier in the day, led a race-high 72 laps but came up just short of the victory with a second place finish behind the wheel of his No. 64 Fastrock Electric Chevrolet.

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Andy Seuss made a late charge to finish third after spinning just after the halfway point. Ryan Preece was also able to climb to the front late and finish fourth, with Max Zachem rounding out the top five.

Justin Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Rowan Pennink – who led 38 laps – Woody Pitkat, Les Hinckley III and Burt Myers.

READ ALSO: Andy Seuss isn’t discounting a full Modified Tour season

The race was slowed by eight cautions, with four coming in the final 30 laps, including one on Lap 145 and a subsequent one on Lap 148 that winnowed the field and took out several contenders. The final yellow pushed the race to 155 laps.

In the offseason, NASCAR unified the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour into one tour that stretches from New Hampshire to South Carolina.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Thompson for the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday, April 2.

  1. Timmy Solomito
  2. Rob Summers
  3. Andy Seuss
  4. Ryan Preece
  5. Max Zachem
  6. Justin Bonsignore
  7. Rowan Pennink
  8. Woody Pitkat
  9. Les Hinckley, III *
  10. Burt Myers
  11. Matt Swanson
  12. Danny Bohn
  13. Doug Coby
  14. Gary Putnam
  15. Kyle Ellwood
  16. Ron Silk
  17. Matt Hirschman
  18. Eric Goodale
  19. Kyle Bonsignore
  20. Wade Cole
  21. Shawn Solomito
  22. Donny Lia
  23. Jeremy Gerstner
  24. Dave Sapienza
  25. Jamie Tomaino
  26. Todd Szegedy
  27. Melissa Fifield
  28. Calvin Carroll *
  29. Craig Lutz

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