Ronnie Williams Paces Icebreaker Whelen Mod Practice At Thompson

Story By: KYLE SOUZA / NASCAR – THOMPSON, CT – Entering the second race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, Ronnie Williams only has 12 career starts.

However, on Saturday, behind the wheel of the No. 21 Empower Financial Advisory Chevrolet, Williams was the fastest of all drivers in practice for the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Williams posted the fastest overall time between two practice rounds with a lap of 18.514 seconds (121.530 mph). In his short career at Thompson, Williams has just one race under his belt, which resulted in a 25th place finish last October.

Chase Dowling was second fastest with a lap of 18.650 seconds (120.643 mph). Dowling won the pole for the Sunoco World Series last season, and went on to finish second, and he opened the season with a top-five finish at Myrtle Beach in March.

Defending series champion Doug Coby was third (18.742 seconds/120.051 mph), while five-time Thompson winner Justin Bonsignore posted the fourth fastest lap of the day.

Jon McKennedy, who scored his first career Whelen Modified Tour win at Myrtle Beach, finished the top five.

Patrick Emerling was sixth, followed by defending Icebreaker winner Rowan Pennink in seventh. Ron Silk, Craig Lutz and Eric Goodale rounded out the top 10.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Sunday, with group qualifying for the Icebreaker 150 scheduled for 2:45 p.m. The Icebreaker 150 is scheduled to take the green flag at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Rank
Driver Nbr Car Time Diff Speed # Laps Best Lap
1 Ronnie Williams 21 Chevrolet 18.514 121.530 13 13
2 Chase Dowling 15 Chevrolet 18.650 .136 120.643 7 6
3 Doug Coby 2 Chevrolet 18.742 .228 120.051 27 22
4 Jon McKennedy 7 Chevrolet 18.751 .237 119.994 16 15
5 Patrick Emerling 07 Chevrolet 18.765 .251 119.904 8 5
6 Rowan Pennink 3 Chevrolet 18.767 .253 119.891 21 20
7 Justin Bonsignore 51 Chevrolet 18.775 .261 119.840 16 8
8 Ron Silk 85 Chevrolet 18.809 .295 119.624 27 23
9 Craig Lutz 46 Chevrolet 18.811 .297 119.611 24 23
10 Eric Goodale 58 Chevrolet 18.817 .303 119.573 22 8
11 Andrew Krause 24 Chevrolet 18.831 .317 119.484 24 21
12 Jimmy Blewett 76 Chevrolet 18.832 .318 119.477 15 14
13 Timmy Solomito 16 Ford 18.858 .344 119.313 18 16
14 Woody Pitkat 82 Chevrolet 18.868 .354 119.250 21 20
15 Chris Pasteryak 75 Chevrolet 18.886 .372 119.136 21 14
16 Rob Summers 64 Chevrolet 18.907 .393 119.004 21 20
17 Andy Seuss 57 Chevrolet 18.938 .424 118.809 24 11
18 Kyle Bonsignore 22 Ford 18.948 .434 118.746 24 24
19 Austin Pickens 63 Chevrolet 18.952 .438 118.721 18 7
20 Max Zachem 20 Chevrolet 18.959 .445 118.677 16 6
21 Dave Sapienza 36 Chevrolet 18.991 .477 118.477 22 6
22 Matt Swanson 89 Chevrolet 19.008 .494 118.371 26 26
23 Blake Barney 14 Chevrolet 19.014 .500 118.334 22 10
24 Calvin Carroll 25 Chevrolet 19.060 .546 118.048 34 19
25 Burt Myers 1 Chevrolet 19.061 .547 118.042 24 24
26 Bryan Dauzat 97 Chevrolet 19.210 .696 117.126 26 19
27 Joe DeGracia 23 Chevrolet 19.235 .721 116.974 34 4
28 Tommy Catalano 54 Chevrolet 19.250 .736 116.883 23 6
29 Kyle Soper 95 Chevrolet 19.380 .866 116.099 20 12
30 Gary McDonald 26 Chevrolet 19.671 1.157 114.382 24 9
31 Manny Dias 38 Chevrolet 19.859 1.345 113.299 17 9
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Melissa Fifield 01 Chevrolet 20.229 1.715 111.226 24 18