Sunday, May 28, 2023

Anthony Nocella Captures Maiden NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory at New Hampshire

Anthony Nocella secured his first career victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at New Hampshire.

Anthony Nocella could not have had a more surprising finish to earn his first career win in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The 29-year-old secured the checkered flag in his 53rd career NWMT start and first of 2022. Nocella started from fifth place and hung inside the first top-10 for the majority of the 100-lap contest.

Patrick Emerling had the field securely behind him as he led off of the final corner when Eric Goodale made contact with the NASCAR Xfinity Series owner/driver, which caused a three-car incident at the start-finish line, which collected the top-three.

The Woburn, Massachusetts-native snuck through the chaos from fourth to secure his first victory in the series.

Video: Anthony Nocella Notches First Modified Victory After Top-Three Crash in Final Corner

Through the hectic conclusion, Kyle Bonsignore almost edged out the race winner, scoring a runner-up position, Patrick Emerling and Eric Goodale finished in third and fourth place after tangling together coming to the start-finish line. John McKennedy, who entered the event second place in points, finished in fifth.

Ryan Preece and Corey LaJoie – two drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series — competed in the event on Saturday, with Preece securing a sixth-place finish in his second NWMT start of the season. LaJoie, making his return to the series, finished ninth in his fourth career start.

Preece’s performance was uncharacteristic of his tenure in the series, as he hovered outside the top-10 for the majority of the event. LaJoie on the other hand, sustained early damage and was able to navigate himself to as high a runner position as sixth at the halfway point.

Doug Coby slotted in seventh and Donny Lia, who was leading the event until the third caution came out with 18 laps to go, posted an eighth-place run. Craig Lutz rounded out the top-10 in 10th.

On lap 28, a multi-car wreck included when Ron Silk, who came in as the winner of the last two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events. Silk was able to continue on the track, salvaging a 21st-place finish. Among other drivers involved were Kyle Ebersole, David Sapienza, and Austin Beers.

Here are the full race results from Saturday’s NWMT Whelen Manufactured in America 100 from the New Hampshire Motor Speedway:

1- (92) Anthony Nocella

2- (22) Kyle Bonsignore

3- (07) Patrick Emerling

4- (58) Eric Goodale

5- (79) Jon McKennedy

6- (40) Ryan Preece

7- (7) Doug Coby

8- (3) Donny Lia

9- (17) Corey LaJoie

10- (82) Craig Lutz

11- (64) Austin Beers

12- (51) Justin Bonsignore

13- (44) Bobby Santos lll

14- (120) Edward McCarthy

15- (18) Ken Heagy

16- (34) Ken Heagy

17- (78) Walter Sutcliffe Jr

18- (26) Gary McDonald

19- (32) Tyler Rypkema

20- (54) Tommy Catalano

21- (16) Ron Silk

22- (70) Andy Seuss

23- (01) Melissa Fifield

24- (36) David Sapienza

25- (5) Kyle Ebersole

Matt Narváez
Matt Narváez
Matthew is a NASCAR contributor apart of the team. A fan of racing since 2011, he has had passion for sports journalism since 2015 and is a current Mass Communications student at the University of South Florida.

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