Location: Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA
Ron Silk’s run for the championship in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour did not come easy on Thursday’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 200 at Martinsville Speedway. He narrowly missed being tangled up in several multi-car accidents, but Silk kept his No. 16 Blue Mountain Machine and Future Homes Modified running strong and fast to the finish line bringing home a sixth-place finish. Even though it wasn’t his most impressive win in 2023, it was enough for Silk to lock in the 2023 title, which would be his first in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since the 2011 season but still earning him a two-time title winner. A claim few others can make.
“It’s awesome,” Silk said. “A lot of effort goes into [the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour] and it’s been a long season. It feels really rewarding to finally win another one.”
The 2022 season was rough without ever securing a victory, but Silk started 2023 by staying in front of Justin Bonsignore to take the win at New Smyrna Speedway. This would prove to be the battle that would ensue for the rest of 2023 as each had five wins in the year leading into Martinsville with similar number of Top 5 wins.
“The first thing you need [to win a title] is to have fast cars and a good team behind you,” Silk said. “I had that all year but need to have quite a bit of luck go your way. It doesn’t take too many missteps to find yourself too far behind.”
Ron Silk’s No. 16 car happens to be running just about every type of product Wilwood Engineering makes including:
- XRZ Calipers
- Wide 5 Starlite 55XD Hub and Rotors
- XR Race-Only Brake Fluid
- BP40 Pads
- Compact Combo and GS master cylinder
- Tru-Bar pedal
As Silk and the other competitors on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour take a brief winter break, keep an eye out as they return for the 2024 season, which formally begins at New Smyrna Speedway on Feb. 10, 2024.