Santos Slips By For Win
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 12, 2014 | 3:21 P.M. EST
Bobby Santos celebrates his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season Saturday. (Photo: Getty Images)
LOUDON, N.H. - Bobby Santos dived under Ted Christopher in Turn 3 of the last lap and slipped by to win Saturday’s Sunoco 100 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Points leader Doug Coby finished second with Christopher third, Ryan Newman fourth and Ryan Preece fifth.
The race was extended by two green-white-checkered finishes and went 10 laps beyond the scheduled 100-lap distance.
Christopher led on the final restart and held the advantage entering the last lap. Christopher protected the bottom on the backstretch and Santos went to the outside. Santos dived down into Turn 3 to get underneath Christopher and completed the move to score victory.
“Unfortunately, for a green-white-checkered, you can think about all the scenarios in the world you want to do,’’ Christopher said. “Obviously, I picked the wrong one on that one.’’
Said Santos: “I knew if I was second going down the backstretch, I would have a shot. He did what I expected and it worked.’’
Santos said the leader typically protects the bottom in Turn 3 but they often slide up the track. Santos thought that would happen to Christopher and it did.
It looked as if it might be a battle between Christopher and Newman for the win earlier but their duel - they traded the lead four times in a lap - was halted by a caution requiring a second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.
Santos collected his third victory of the season and his first at New Hampshire.
“From whatever happens the rest of the season on out, we’ve won at (New Hampshire),’’ Santos said.