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LOUDON, N.H. – Ron Silk captured his third Coors Light Pole Award at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying for the Sunoco 100.
Silk, from Norwalk, Conn., completed a fast lap in 29.539 seconds (128.539 mph) in the No. 6 TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet around the 1.058-mile oval.
Silk went out near the end of qualifying and bumped Ryan Preece off the provisional pole. Preece will start on the front row after recording a lap of 29.713 (128.186). Todd Szegedy, who was fastest in Friday's practice, qualified third at 29.739 (128.074).
Silk won pole for the September 2011 and July 2012 races at Loudon, and won the 2011 event.
Rookies Tommy Barrett Jr. and Timmy Solomito qualified fourth and fifth, respectively.
NASCAR Sprint Cup series regular Ryan Newman, winner of Friday's inaugural Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout, qualified sixth. Bobby Santos, Justin Bonsignore, Mike Stefanik and Chuck Hossfeld rounded out the top 10.
Championship points leader Doug Coby will start 14th. Donny Lia, who was involved in a wreck in Friday's shootout, qualified 19th in a back-up car.
The Sunoco 100, the seventh event on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule, is slated for a 1 p.m ET start. The race is scheduled for 100 laps with a halfway break at the 50-lap mark.