When owner/driver Dave Sapienza suffered a back injury this summer at New Jersey’s Wall Stadium, he immediately began to ponder his next move. He wanted to field a car in the upcoming NASCAR modified events, but who was available? When Sapienza realized that the Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway loomed on the horizon, his answer became crystal clear. Bobby Santos III had already captured four NASCAR tour wins, and an All-Star Shootout event at Louden in the course of his remarkable career. When it was determined that Santos would be willing and ready to go, Dave’s back pain began to subside in a hurry.
What has made Santos, a 2010 NASCAR Modified champion, so successful in long races, is that he has always used his head as well as his right foot. As the laps wound down at Louden, Santos, Doug Coby and Jon McKennedy were in the hunt. McKennedy, who first went wheel-to-wheel with Bobby at Star Speedway years ago, knew he had his hands full.
“I saw him at the end of the race,” McKennedy said, “and that’s what you don’t want to see.” It was winning time, and Santos staked his claim on the third turn of the final lap, and it proved to be enough to capture his 18th tour win. Looking at the situation philosophically as the victory celebration unfolded, McKennedy summed it up well when he said, “Congrats to Bobby, who is, far as I’m concerned, one of the best short track drivers in the country.”