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On part-time schedule, Bobby Santos continues to taste success

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It’s a matter of quality over quantity for Bobby Santos right now on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The Franklin, Massachusetts native completed the sweep at Loudon with his victory in the F.W. Webb 100 on Saturday afternoon. His recent run of success has come after the Sully Tinio-owned team decided to scale back to a part-time schedule this season.

In six races in the No. 44 this season, Santos has posted five top-5 finishes, two more than he had in 17 starts last season while racing full-time. The part-time schedule is one that has been worth its weight in gold.

“We’ve had a great year this year,” said the 31-year-old. “”The last couple years were tough. It’s hard. We’re racing against teams that have full-time guys that are dedicated 100 percent race car guys.

“We have guys that are in the shop, but that’s not their 100 percent priority. We’re doing everything we can with the team we have… It’s showed this year every race.”

Santos may be in the position where a switch to full-time may not be wanted, as the team is racing as well as ever right now.

“My car owner Sully and my car chief Danny Gamache… It’s gonna be hard to convince Sully to want to race full-time the way we’ve run this year,” said Santos. “It’s obviously paid off for us, going when we’re 100 percent ready.

“Our goal is to be in tech every week and I think we about did that, other than a couple of misfortunes.”

Look for Bobby Santos to continue to play championship spoiler as the Tour season comes to a close.

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About Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert is an aspiring high school racing journalist. Editor of his school newspaper, Paul's excited to cover the Whelen Modified Tour in 2017. Paul has also been published in Speedway Illustrated.

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