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Justin Bonsignore Finally Finds Victory Lane at Bristol

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship Points Leader Conquers Thunder Valley

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Justin Bonsignore’s dream season just keeps on rolling.

The Holtsville, New York, driver led the final 60 laps of the Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway, held off Chase Dowling over the run to the checkered flag and rolled into Bristol’s Victory Lane for the first time in his career on Thursday night.

The win was his sixth of the 2018 season, his 18th career in Whelen Modified Tour competition and his first at the 0.533-mile Tennessee oval. He was finally able to knock ‘Thunder Valley’ off his bucket list.

RACING-REFERENCE: Bush’s Beans 150 Race Results

“We’ve always had a lot of speed and a lot of success here, but the last couple of years has been feast or famine for us,” Bonsignore said. “We wanted to win Bristol. It’s a huge win to check off the list as a modified driver. I’m really glad we were able to drive up the ramp (Victory Lane). It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.”

Bonsignore started from the pole after posting the fastest time in qualifying, but lost the lead on lap one to Patrick Emerling. From there, Bonsignore’s difficult climb back to the front of the field came to a close just after the mandatory halfway, break where teams changed their Hoosier tires.

He took the lead on lap 90, and never relinquished the top spot, cutting through lapped traffic while Chase Dowling tried everything to make a move to the lead in search of his first tour win.

Dowling chased Bonsignore across the line and finished second. It was the sixth top-five finish of the season for the Roxbury, Connecticut, driver, and the fourth time that he crossed the line in the runner-up spot.

“Justin did what he had to do,” Dowling said following his second-place effort. “We are bringing fast race cars to the track every week. We are top five.”

RACING-REFERENCE: Career Stats For Justin Bonsignore

Rob Summers finished third, while Patrick Emerling, who led 52 laps, finished fourth. Five-time and defending series champion Doug Coby faded in the final circuits and rounded out the top five.

Ronnie Williams was sixth, followed by Dave Sapienza, Rowan Pennink, Burt Myers and Eric Goodale.

Bonsignore extended his points lead to 64 points over Dowling with five races remaining, while Timmy Solomito is third, 96 points back.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Oswego Speedway in New York on Saturday, September 1.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Bush’s Beans “150” Results

Thursday

At Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol, Tenn.

Lap length: 0.533 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150 laps, 91.985 mph.
  2. (4) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (7) Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (2) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (5) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (8) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (11) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (10) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (9) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (6) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.
  11. (12) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.
  12. (14) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  13. (15) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 148.
  14. (17) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
  15. (3) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 148.
  16. (19) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 145.
  17. (20) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 144.
  18. (18) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 65, engine.
  19. (13) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 33, electrical.
  20. (16) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 30, engine.
  21. (21) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 15, power steering.
  22. (22) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 0, withdrew.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 52 minutes 9 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.519 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: J.Bonsignore (128.986 mph, 14.876 seconds)

Caution Flags: 4 for 15 laps.

Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: P. Emerling 1-52; J. Bonsignore 53-60; T. Solomito 61-89; J. Bonsignore 90-150.

Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 484; 2. C. Dowling, 420; 3. T. Solomito, 388; 4. D. Coby, 376; 5. C. Lutz, 376; 6. R. Summers, 358; 7. R. Pennink, 341; 8. E. Goodale, 338; 9. D. Sapienza, 329; 10. R. Williams, 319.

(Russell LaBounty/NKP).

Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR WMT Bush’s Beans 150 entry list

Justin Bonsignore leads the field south as the series gets ready for the stretch run.

Garage Opens: 9 a.m., Final Practice: 12:05-1:35 p.m., Qualifying: 3:15 p.m., Bush’s Beans 150: 6:05 p.m.

Nbr Driver Owner Car Crew Chief Sponsor
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Chad Dow   Truck Stop Northeast
2 1   Burt Myers   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Dunleavys
3 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew Tools / Dunleavy Truck & Trailer
4 3   Rowan Pennink   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier   Cape Cod Copper / USNE Inc.
5 7   Jon McKennedy   Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet   Tommy Baldwin   Accell Construction Inc.
6 07   Patrick Emerling   Jennifer Emerling Chevrolet   Jan Leaty   Buffalo Auto Auction
7 15   Chase Dowling   Rob Fuller Chevrolet   Steven Kopcik   15-40 Connection / S&S Paving
8 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   Stanley Szaban   Starrett
9 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Ford   Desmond Gorman   Buoy One Seafood
10 21   Ronnie Williams   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Michael Bologna   Empower Financial Advisory
11 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Joe Carroll   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
12 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   Chad McDonald   Lakeland Landscaping Supply / TRC Electric
13 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Chevrolet   Richard Rodenbaugh   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
14 36   Dave Sapienza   Judy Thilberg Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Enterprises
15 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
16 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone   Phoenix Communications Inc.
17 54   Tommy Catalano   Amy Catalano Chevrolet   David Catalano   Catalano Motorsports
18 57   Andy Seuss   Bryan Dauzat Chevrolet   Todd Cooper   OB Builders
19 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
20 63   Austin Pickens   Steve Pickens Chevrolet   Jeff Deminck   Site One Greenbriar
21 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Steve Lemay   Hoosier Tire East / FastTrack Electrical
22 77   Gary Putnam   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Teddy Musgrave Jr.   Curb Records
23 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   2 Live CRU Racing
24 82   Woody Pitkat   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Ave. Materials
25 98   Ray Parent   Don Parsons Chevrolet   Scott Allen   Make A Wish

Patrick Emerling Conquers “Thunder Valley”

First NASCAR Whelen Modified Win Comes On Bristol High-Banks

 BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 16, 2017) – Patrick Emerling swept his way to Victory Lane with a near-perfect performance at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday.

The Orchard Park, New York, driver was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award and proceeded to lead 148 of the 150 laps en route to his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

“It’s just a dream come true,” said Emerling following the win at the historic track dubbed ‘Thunder Valley.’ “It’s incredible. We only run a handful of the Whelen Tour races and to come down here and win practice, catch the pole and lead every single lap, it’s an incredible feeling for us as a team.”

The win for the 24-year-old came in his 78th career start and just his third of 2017. He held off challenges from Chase Dowling and Justin Bonsignore on restarts in the first half of the race, then held off four-time tour champion Doug Coby in the dash to the finish.

He crossed the line 1.239 seconds ahead of Coby. Prior to Wednesday, Emerling’s best career finish was a second at New Hampshire in 2015.

For Coby, the second-place finish was the third straight in Whelen Modified Tour competition and it helped him claw back towards the top of the championships standings.

Timmy Solomito, who was caught up in a Lap 68 accident, came home 15th to maintain a two-point edge on Rowan Pennink. Ryan Preece finished fifth and is nine points behind Solomito, while Coby is 17 points back.

Justin Bonsignore finished third and is 19 points out of first. Chase Dowling and Preece rounded out the top five at Bristol.

Andy Seuss was sixth, followed by Pennink, Ronnie Williams, Bobby Santos and Matt Swanson.

The Bush’s Beans 150 will air on NBCSN Saturday August 26 at 3 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Modified Tour returns to the track at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday August 26, with the running of the Seekonk 150.

RACE RESULTS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE REPLAY

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Bush’s Beans 150 Results

Wednesday

At Bristol Motor

Bristol TN

Lap length: 0.53 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 150 laps, 69.924 mph.
  2. (9) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (4) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (2) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (7) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (14) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (19) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (3) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (6) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (12) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 150.
  11. (20) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, PA., Chevrolet, 149.
  12. (21) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 147.
  13. (25) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.
  14. (24) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 123.
  15. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 112.
  16. (5) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 107, mechanical.
  17. (16) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 94, mechanical.
  18. (22) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Chevrolet, 91, accident.
  19. (13) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Chevrolet, 66, mechanical.
  20. (10) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 59, rear end.
  21. (23) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 58, handling.
  22. (15) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 21, engine.
  23. (11) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  24. (18) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  25. (17) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  26. (26) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 0, ignition.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 8 minutes 13 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.239 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: P.Emerling (131.432 mph, 14.517 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 44 laps.

Lead Changes: 4 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: P. Emerling 1-66; J. Bonsignore 67; P. Emerling 68-72; J. Bonsignore 73; P.

Emerling 74-150.

Standings: 1. T. Solomito, 380; 2. R. Pennink, 378; 3. R. Preece, 371; 4. D. Coby, 363;

  1. J. Bonsignore, 361; 6. E. Goodale, 349; 7. D. Sapienza, 313; 8. M. Swanson, 308; 9. M.

Zachem, 301; 10. R. Summers, 294.