Goodale's Happy Homecoming
June 29, 2014 | 12:49 A.M. EST
Eric Goodale relishes his victory Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway. (Photo: Getty Images)
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - It was a happy homecoming for Eric Goodale.
The 28-year-old from Riverhead scored his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win Saturday night in the Hoosier Tire 200 at Riverhead Raceway.
Goodale powered the his Chevrolet past Ted Christopher shortly after a Lap 170 restart and led the final 25 laps en route to the victory.
Goodale's previous best finish in 77 starts was second at Riverhead last June. He also finished runner-up in the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway.
Christopher held off Matt Hirschman for second. Ryan Preece, who had won the previous three races at Riverhead, slipped by Shawn Solomito for fourth in the closing laps.
Doug Coby finished sixth, followed by Ron Silk, Tom Rogers Jr., Shawn Solomito and Bobby Santos.
Justin Bonsginore lost the points lead after he was collected in a Lap 102 spin by Glen Reen and suffered right front suspension damage. Bonsignore finished 16th. Coby took the points lead by seven over Santos (204-197). Bonsignore is one point behind Santos and two ahead of fourth-place Christopher.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads next to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The tour's top drivers will race Friday, July 11 in the non-points Whelen All-Star Shootout; the championship season will resume Saturday, July 12 with the New Hampshire 100.