Silk Wins Wacky Wednesday UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at BMS
Ron Silk conquered the UNOH Perfect Storm 150, an aptly named event, on a wacky Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Silk survived several cautions which eliminated many cars from the running.
The carnage began after just three laps of the Whelen Modifed Series event when Sprint Cup Series competitor Ryan Newman got loose in turn three and caused a massive pileup which featured one car climbing over another on the frontstretch.
Open wheels and high banks obviously created a flurry of action at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile. One spin near the end of the race saw race leader Todd Szegedy in the UNOH-sponsored Ford spin off the nose of Ron Silk after a caution had already flown for Ted Christopher. Szegedy had one of the fastest cars of the night and appeared on his way to a victory.
After the spin, Szegedy weaved his way through the pack, passing cars high and low, desperately trying to reach the front. In the end, Silk was able to hold on to claim his ninth career Whelen Modified victory, his second of the season and first at BMS. Silk also was the pole winner for the race.
Szegedy spun Silk’s car during the cool down lap to express his displeasure with the contact which occurred under caution.
“I got a run on him off two and got my nose in there,” Silk explained from Victory Lane. “I kept it in there and he (Szegedy) came across the nose. I guess he was going to see if I was going to lift and I didn’t. I’m sorry it happened that way.
“This is pretty important; we have struggled the last few years. To get close to right; it is good. It will be a much better ride back to Connecticut.
“I don’t think I did anything wrong. I’ve done things like that after a race too. We aren’t doing this for the money. We are doing it for pride. I think I was in the right, but if the video shows otherwise, I will take the responsibility.”
Szegedy explained his frustration with the incident following the event.
“I have no idea what happened,” he said. “I don’t know if I came down on him. I was mad and had to vent my anger (on the cool down lap). Racing is pretty humbling. What are you going to do? It sucks.
“We put on a good show for the UNOH Ford. Second is better than wrecking. I guess it could have been worse. I got to thank my crew, the fans, and the sponsors. I did all I could to win the race but came up short.
“There was confusion. I guess the caution didn’t come out before my spin. I was going around the outside and trying to pass as many cars as I could. If I had five more laps, I would have gotten him.”
Ryan Preece finished third, with Justin Bonsignore and Ron Yuhas Jr. completing the top five. George Brunnhoelzl III, Danny Bohn, Ken Heagy, Thomas Stinson and Michael Speeney finished sixth through tenth.