Bobby Santos III has driven an amazing 23 different styles of race cars, everything from USAC, ARCA, NASCAR Nationwide and Trucks, to the Modified car he currently races. After running part-time in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since 2004, Santos is now driving the No. 4 full time in 2010 for Mystic Missile Racing. The 24-year-old from Franklin, Massachusetts, is definitely enjoying 2010 so far. "In four races, we have set two track records at Thompson Speedway and Stafford Speedway.
We had a win in the Thompson Ice Breaker and a second place finish in the Stafford Spring Sizzler, along with a win in the Stafford Tsi 125," says Santos. A win at the Whelan 200 at Martinsville followed and Santos is now leading the point standing so far in the 14 race tour. "In the USAC Midget, we have a fast time, a win and a second place finish at Iowa Speedway in the Triple Header" says Santos.
Bobby Santos III in Victory Lane
The fifth race of the Modified tour season, the New England 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, saw Bobby qualify second fastest to Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman. Bobby ran up front for the entire race, even having the lead a few times, but finishing fourth. Running the sixth race of the Modified season at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT, Santos was hoping for a solid top ten finish. "I don't have any road course experience and I was running around 6th and 7th for the majority of the race when I got a flat tire and then a blown engine," says Santos. "I ended up 17th, but had a lot of fun with the road course."
The next Modified race is coming up at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire. The Modified tour has not raced at this track since 1990. Santos previously had a feature win at Monadnock while driving a NEMA Midget in July of 2008 for Santos Motorsports. He will also be competing in the USAC Silver Crown Series on July 22nd at O'Reilly Raceway Park for Carl Edwards/R.E. Technologies Racing.
Santos is confident that his winning year will continue and credits K&N with some of that success. "I choose K&N because the products are high quality and dependable. K&N is a loyal supporter of short track racing and they have been instrumental in keeping short track racing alive. I am hoping to continue to have a great year on the Whelen Modified Tour and in the USAC Midget. I want to put our K&N sponsored cars in victory lane as many times as possible," says Santos.
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