Fall Flyer Ronnie Silk Wins World Series Sunco Mod Race
Victory Goes Nicely With Recent NHMS Mod Tour Win
By Mike Twist
Things have gone pretty well for Ronnie Silk this fall.

The Connecticut driver parted ways with the #79 Hillbilly Racing team on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour back in the late summer, which led to Silk joining up with the TS Haulers team owned by Long Islander Eddie Partridge as one of the replacements for Jimmy Blewett (Keith Ruocco, Eric Beers and Zach Sylvester have also driven various TS Haulers entries since Blewett left the team to devote more time to his family's scarp metal business). 

Last month, Silk drove one of the team's cars to victory on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  This Sunday, he drove one of the team's entries to victory in one of the biggest Sunoco Modified races all season long at Thompson International Speedway.  Silk was the winner of the Sunoco Modified portion of the World Series weekend.

To have even survived the 30-lap feature was an accomplishment.  Within just the first two official laps, there were four cautions and one restart that was called off.  Rowan Pennink led from the front row, but something broke on his car while he was coming around for one of the early restarts.  Eric Beers was also out of the race in the first few laps and Ted Christopher spun and found himself at the back of the pack early on.

A few more green flag laps (at one point, the race ran 11 laps caution free), cemented the lead that Silk inherited from Pennink.  But on a lap 15 restart, Christopher had found his way back to the front and challenged hard for the top spot. 

Silk and Christopher fought a very physical battle for the next several laps.  On lap 18, Silk hammered on Christopher to retake the lead, but Christopher crossed him back over to regain the spot.  Silk then dove under Christopher going into turn three and this time, there was no looking back.  Silk won the race over Christopher, Bert Marvin, Mike Sullivan and Woody Pitkat.

“We were racing each other pretty hard out there,” said Silk.  “We had a little bit better car than him (Christopher) today.  The guys have been working really hard to get this car good enough to win and it was today.”

Sunoco Modified Finish
World Series of Speedway Racing
Sunday, October 25, 2009

Finish CAR # FIRST NAME LAST NAME
1 12 RONNIE SILK
2 00 TED CHRISTOPHER
3 07 BERT MARVIN
4 36 TIM SULLIVAN
5 81 WOODY PITKAT
6 20 ERIC GOODALE
7 24 DANNY CATES
8 8 RICH SHAWN
9 11 DAVID LaCROIX
10 67 FRANK HIRT III
11 33 HENRY STAMPFL
12 2 ROBERT HYER
13 17 RUSSELL SAVOY
14 47X RICHARD CARMEN
15 40 JEFFREY GALLUP
16 63 MIKE ZUKOWSKI
17 89 TIMMY SOLOMITO
18 46 ANDY GASPER
19 6X ERIC LECLAIR
20 79 KERRY MALONE
21 5 MARK BAKAJ
22 53X DAVID SALZARULO
23 15 HARRY RHEAUME
24 31 ROWAN PENNINK
25 27 TYLER CHADWICK
26 9 ERIC BEERS
27 76 BUTCH PERRY






Ronnie Silk in victory lane at Thompson.  (Rick Ibsen Photos)
Ronnie Silk and Ted Christopher swap the lead at Thompson.