Newman Claims UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Modified Race
Ryan Newman began his August race week on a high note taking home the victory in the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway after battling with modified legends Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik at the front of the pack all evening.
After leading much of the event, Christopher’s evening went up in smoke near the end of the race due to engine problems, leaving the door open for Stefanik to steal the win. Newman, however, had other plans and raced his way by Stefanik and in to victory lane.
“This might be my best win here,” Newman said. “It was a fun race, and a great race at Bristol. Glad I ended up in victory lane. It was a good race at Bristol.”
“I had to use up Teddy a little, but that is what they make nerf bars for. It is more fun than last year,” he added with a laugh, referencing his first lap accident in 2009.
Although he finished second, Stefanik was pleased with his result.
“It was a dog-eat-dog battle,” he said. “This was a big race to win. To get beat by someone like Ryan makes you feel not too bad. A little bad, but not too much.”
“It was my fault [we didn’t win]. On the stop, I wanted to free the car up,” he said. “Ryan Newman congratulations, a classy guy to race with. We were sideways gouging each other. That is modified racing, it’s awesome”
James Civali finished third, followed by Bobby Santos, UNOH-sponsored driver Todd Szegedy, and pole sitter Justin Bonsignore. Seventh went to Dale Quarterly, with Eric Goodale, Ryan Preece and Erick Rudolph rounding out the top ten.
The modifieds did battle prior to the O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline truck series event.