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Silk Captures First Modified win in 50th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
by Denise DuPont

In December 2015, the modified family lost veteran car owner Joe Brady in a tragic accident. For many years Brady brought his familiar red #00 tour type modified to New Smyrna Speedway. Many a year he returned home with a championship with drivers behind the wheel like John Blewett, III and Ted Christopher. This year the tour type modifieds’ began Speedweekwith the “Joe Brady 50 Memorial” race. Rain delayed pushed the running of the race from Monday until Tuesday night. The delay in running the race though did not remove any excitement from the feature for the ground pounders.

When the green flag flew, Ryan Preece from Berlin, CT quickly took the Eddie Partridge #6 modified from seventh to the front of the pack where he dominated most of the race. A late race pass by Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT. stole the win from Preece and gave car #82 owner Danny Watts a win. “I think winning the Joe Brady Memorial race is totally awesome,” stated Watts. “Joe, I got to meet one of the years he was down here. He was going to help me with an engine. He told me that he would give me whatever I needed. I am glad that we won this race tonight. I really am.”

“Winning this race tonight, is incredible,” expressed Watts. “Taking me from what has been happening to me, I needed the lift. We all needed the lift. Ron is one talented kid and it shows. It was a good night.”

Silk started the race fourth and maintained his top five position throughout all fifty laps. There were a few times where he appeared to be sliding back in the field but he charged forward without missing a beat. ”My car stayed under me pretty good. We were all sliding around out there. I have not been here in two years and the track seems a little bit different to me than it was two years ago. I do not know if my car is a little bit different or what. It seems like everyone is sliding around a little bit more. Ryan was definitely sliding around more at the end. You could see it. On corner exits we was losing it a little bit. He was going really good in the beginning and I do not know if he maybe used a little bit more than he needed to. It could have happened either way. We did a good job and we had a good car and it was nice to get a win on night one.”

Winning the Joe Brady Memorial race, Silk has now accomplished a hat trick at New Smyrna Speedway. “I have won the John Blewett Memorial race a couple of time. I have won the Richie Evans race and now to win Joe’s race in the first year is a great deal. Ever since I have been coming to New Smyrna I have been racing against the #00. Teddy drove Joe’s car most of the time but John Blewett also drove it. Joe was a legend in modified racing. Hopefully everyone will read the articles about the race and think about Joe a little bit.”

After passing inspection and allowing the win to sink in Silk summarized his first night of tour type modified competition: “Our team is from the Northeast so it is really nice to come down here and get out of the cold. We always love coming here to race. This is one of my first races with this team. We have been working really hard since we got down here to get the car better and better. It is just gratifying to get a win. It is cool to win the first annual Joe Brady Memorial race. I raced against his car forever down here. Joe was a legend in Modified racing and it is too bad we lost him. It is a real honor to win this race.”

So join us back Wednesday for more exciting modified racing action from New Smyrna Speedway!
Source: Denise DuPont / TheChromeHorn.com
: February 17, 2016

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