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Bonsignore Extends Points Lead With Third Thompson Win of 2018, Fifth of Season

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park hosted its mid-summer classic event on Wednesday, August 8, the annual Bud 150 featuring the stars and cars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series Tour as well as Thompson’s local racing divisions. In their third appearance at Thompson in 2018 the nation’s best modified drivers were all chasing down one man, Justin Bonsignore who entered the event with four wins and a 51-point advantage on Chase Dowling for the title.

Bonsignore started the evening off strong by winning the pole for the race and went on to lead the first 14 circuits before Dowling managed to wrestle the lead away. Bonsignore wouldn’t go quietly and kept Dowling in his sights with the gap holding at less than half a second every lap until the points leader used a power move in turns one and two to take the lead back on lap 77. Another caution on lap 89 brought Bonsignore and the remainder of the lead-lap cars into the pits with only reigning champion Doug Coby, who claimed his first win of the season on August 3 at Stafford Motor Speedway, taking a chance and staying out on old tires.

When the green waved again Bonsignore reclaimed the lead easily. It was Coby himself who brought out the next caution when he spun in turn two 123 laps into the race allowing him to come in for new tires. While Coby was able to utilize the new rubber to work his way up to third before the finish it was all Justin Bonsignore in the closing laps who won his third race at Thompson and his fifth of the season to extend his points lead heading to Bristol Motor Speedway. Matt Swanson, filling in for Rowan Pennink who was celebrating the birth of his first child, finished second in the Ole Blue #3 of BRE Racing.

“It’s pretty unbelievable right now everything’s clicking on eight cylinders,” Bonsignore said in victory lane. “The guys are killing it on pit road. It’s just a total team effort – It’s our third race this year (at Thompson) and we’ve won all three. I can’t thank them enough.”

Matt Swanson was humbled by his runner up finish having received the call the day before the race to drive the #3 and called it a great opportunity to get behind the wheel of a legendary modified. “I couldn’t stop saying how thankful I was to be able to drive that car today after the race. The opportunity to drive such a famous modified it makes me feel very blessed. I’m happy I could get a good finish for them,” said Swanson.

Third place Doug Coby said his team took a chance staying out on tires and while it looked like his own spin helped him gain an edge he admitted he needed a caution a few laps earlier to make a real run at the lead. “With 125 laps on one set of tires you’re certainly getting roughed up quite a bit because those guys with tires are coming through,” Coby said. “Fifteen laps or 20 laps before that would have been the right time. We called our shot from the beginning and we were looking for a late caution and when you’re the only car without tires it’s probably going to be you.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to Bristol next on Thursday, August 16 for the Bush’s Beans 150.

The Sunoco Modifieds started off the evening and resulted in yet another battle between two of the best drivers in the division. After handing Keith Rocco his first loss of the year in July, Ryan Preece continued to be the biggest threat to the points leader and reining division champion as the two drivers were nose to tail for most of the 30-lap feature. Both drivers worked their way to the top three by the end of the third lap before a caution on lap four gave Keith Rocco the opportunity to take the lead on a restart. Preece remained on Rocco’s bumper eventually working the bottom line of the track in an attempt to gain an edge on his rival. Rocco however would not be denied and charged his way to yet another win in the Sunoco Modifieds, his fourth of the season in five events.

For the defending champion it was business as usual. “(Preece) was running the bottom and he was probably on the free side,” Rocco said after his victory. “We had a really good car today and I just did what we do. We were able to stay up front and keep them behind us.”

The NEMA Midgets made their first appearance at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for 2018 with a 25-lap feature that saw another familiar name score a win. Todd Bertrand put on a clinic with a dominating performance leading the bulk of the race and surviving numerous restarts to earn another NEMA win at Thompson after scoring the win during the World Series weekend in 2017 and in the NEMA Lites during the Icebreaker weekend. A local racer from Danielson, Bertrand considers Thompson his home track and called it a demanding oval when speaking about his win.

“The car actually got really tight halfway through the race, so I couldn’t run as high of a line as I wanted to in order to keep the momentum. I was trying all different lines,” Bertrand said. “I knew I had to get to the front as quickly as possible and luckily the car drove away and I made some good moves at the end and kept the nose clean.”

One of the best races of the afternoon was the 20-lap feature hosted by the Limited Sportsman division as Shawn Monahan looked to continue his division-leading dominance in search of his third win of the season. The event began with Meghan Fuller looking for her first win at Thompson. She showed some promise early leading a good portion of the first ten laps before a lap nine caution set up a restart that did not work in Fuller’s favor. Scott Sundeen took advantage of the restart to claim the top spot and after contact with Monahan Fuller’s day was finished in a wreck on lap 16.

Sundeen maintained the lead but Shawn Monahan and Ryan Waterman would not let Sundeen get away. With two laps remaining Ryan Waterman worked his way to the second position preparing for a potential race-winning move on the final lap while Monahan waited in the wings for his time to strike. The three-way battle for the lead culminated in one of the best finishes at Thompson so far in 2018 as it all came to a head in the final turn of the race. In a last-ditch effort to win the event Ryan Waterman dove deep, pushing Scott Sundeen out of the grove and, in turn, losing his own grip coming out of turn four. This opened the door for Shawn Monahan to make a charge for the win rubbing doors with Waterman resulting in Monahan going across the line sideways for his third victory of the season.

After the race Monahan spoke about the exciting final turn. “Being at the right place at the right time makes a difference. The race director was warning (Waterman) no contact or we’re going to pull you from the position and he didn’t have his headset working. He sent it in there pretty deep and move Sundeen up. Quite frankly I really don’t feel bad about it at all. Sundeen openly doesn’t like me and he drove me right out of the park going into turn one,” said Monahan. “It’s the only thing that I potentially could have hoped for, for something to happen between those two and me not to get caught up in it.”

Both Sundeen and Waterman finished outside the top ten, Sundeen due to the final lap incident and Waterman due to the contact he made trying to make the final pass.

Closing out the night were the Mini Stocks and the Late Models with a 15-lap and 25-lap feature respectively. In the Mini Stock feature it was Wayne Burroughs who claimed his fourth win of the season continuing a great year for the driver who sacrificed his opportunity to defend his division title when a rescheduled race conflicted with a family vacation in June. The Late Models saw Ryan Morgan score his second consecutive win and third overall on the year in the division at Thompson. The win didn’t come easy as Morgan had to fight off a last lap charge by Tom Carry, III resulting in a near-photo finish for the victory. “I knew we had a fast car tonight. I got here late and didn’t have any practice. I’ve got to thank the track for giving me some hot laps. We just went too far on an adjustment and we couldn’t run away. (Carey) definitely made me work for it,” Morgan said in victory lane.

Thompson will celebrate its penultimate racing event for 2018 on Sunday September 9 with the “For the Fans Night”, a day to celebrate the motorsports fans who have made this year a massive success for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The day will include events from the local divisions including Late Models, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks. The big event of the evening however will be the Sonoco Modified 20/20 Sprint, a popular feature including a pair of 20-lap points races and a 10-lap feature to decide an overall winner.


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Bud 150 Finish Top- 10: 1. Justin Bonsignore; 2. Matt Swanson; 3. Doug Coby; 4. Chase Dowling; 5. Bobby Santos, III; 6. Woody Pitkat; 7. Andrew Krause; 8. Craig Lutz; 9. Chris Pasteryak; 10. Timmy Solomito

SUNOCO MODIFIED FINISH TOP-10: 1. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 2. Ryan Preece (Broad Brook, CT); 3. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 4. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 5. Troy Talman (Oxford, MA); 6. Timmy Jordan (Plainfield, CT); 7. Kyle James (Ashaway, RI); 8. Todd Owen (Somers, CT); 9. Adam Gada (Bozrah, CT); 10. Joey Gada (Uncasville, CT)

NEMA FINISH TOP-10: 1. Todd Bertrand (Danielson, CT); 2. Jim Chambers (Atkinson, NH); 3. Cole Carter (Indianapolis, IN); 4. Paul Scally (Raynham, MA); 5. Ben Seitz; 6. Randy Carbal (Kingston, MA); 7. Doug Cleveland (Sudbury, MA); 8. Andy Lutz; 9. Avery Stoehr (Lakeville, MA); 10. Kevin Park

LIMITED SPORTSMAN FINISH TOP-10: 1. Shawn Monahan (Waterford, CT); 2. Zachary Robinson (Putnam, CT); 3. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 4. Chris Meyer (North Franklin, CT); 5. Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 6. Kyle Gero (Baltic, CT); 7. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT); 8. Troy Waterman (Danielson, CT); 9. Jeff VanPelt (Pawtucket, RI); 10. Mike Malbum (Moosup, CT)

MINI STOCK FINISH: 1. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 2. Dave Trudeau (Mansfield, CT); 3. Evan Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 4. Jared Roy (Sterling, CT); 5. Eric Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 6. Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 7. Mike Anzalone (Plainfield, CT); 8. Chris Taylor (East Lyme, CT); 9. Dave Trudeau, Jr (Mansfield, CT)

LATE MODEL FINISH TOP-10: 1. Ryan Morgan (Gales Ferry, CT); 2. Tom Carey, III (New Salem, MA); 3. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 4. Walt Sutcliffe (East Haven, CT); 5. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA); 6. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 7. Glenn Boss (Danielson, CT); 8. Paul Charette (Woodstock, CT); 9. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI); 10. Randy Tucker (Millis, MA)

Entry List For the The 29th Annual Bud “King of Beers” 150

The busy early August stretch for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour continues at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this Wednesday August 8th in The 29th annual Bud “King of Beers” 150 .

2017 Champion Doug Coby in the Mayhew Tools #2 will try to make it 2 wins in a row and try to make his way back up in the point standings.

Timmy Solomito in the Starrett Tools  #16  looks to build on his 5th place finish at Stafford in Fridays tour race and a win in his family owned #66 at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night.

Justin Bonsignore in the Phoenix Communications Inc. #51 still holds the point lead after Stafford. Justin now holds a 51 point lead over Chase Dowling  in his 15-40 Connection / S&S Paving  #15.

Ryan Preece  will his return to the tour in the TS Hauler #6 after missing Stafford while focusing on his Joe Gibbs Xfinity ride  grabbing a 4th place finish at Watkins Glen on Saturday.

Wednesdays Thompson schedule: Garage Opens: 1:45 p.m., Final Practice: 3:55-4:55 p.m., Qualifying: 7 p.m., Bud 150: 7:45 p.m. (approx.)

Up next the Busch Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday August 16th

Bud King of Beers Entry List August 8th 2018 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Nbr Driver Owner Car Crew Chief Sponsor
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Chad Dow   Truck Stop Northeast
2 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew Tools / Dunleavy Truck & Trailer
3 3   Rowan Pennink   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier   Cape Cod Copper / USNE Inc.
4 6   Ryan Preece   Ed Partridge Chevrolet   Jeff Preece   TS Hauler
5 7   Jon McKennedy   Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet   Tommy Baldwin   Accell Construction Inc.
6 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   Robert Barney   Atlantic Sprinkler
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 23   Joe DeGracia   Paul Degracia Chevrolet   Jimmy Zacharias   PJ DeGracia Contracting
12 24   Andrew Krause   Diane Krause Toyota   Brian Hendrickson   Supreme Mfg
13 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Joe Carroll   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
14 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   Chad McDonald   Lakeland Landscaping Supply / TRC Electric
15 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Chevrolet   Richard Rodenbaugh   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
16 36   Dave Sapienza   Judy Thilberg Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Enterprises
17 38   TBA   Linda Rodebaugh Chevrolet   Robert Bourne   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
18 44   Bobby Santos III   Sully Tinio Chevrolet   Bob Santos   Sully Tinio / Olivas Market
19 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
20 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone   Phoenix Communications Inc.
21 54   Tommy Catalano   Amy Catalano Chevrolet   David Catalano   Catalano Motorsports
22 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
23 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Steve Lemay   Hoosier Tire East / FastTrack Electrical
24 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   Nick Walsh   Dawley’s Auto
25 76   Jimmy Blewett   John Blewett Sr. Chevrolet   Rob Ormsbee   Starrett / John Blewett Inc.
26 77   Gary Putnam   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Teddy Musgrave Jr.   Curb Records
27 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   2 Live CRU Racing
28 82   Woody Pitkat   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Ave. Materials
29 85   Ron Silk   Kevin Stuart Chevrolet   Kenny Stuart   Stuart’s Automotive
30 89   Matt Swanson   John Swanson Ford   John Swanson   Starrett
31 98   Ray Parent   Don Parsons Chevrolet   Scott Allen   Make A Wish


NHMS Musket 250 Current Lap Sponsors

Lap # Sponsor
1 Citrusafe Cleaners
2 MS3 Racing #2 NWMT Team
3 In memory of Lenny Boehler & Jimmy Fournier from the Boehler #3 Team
4 Thanks for the memories Bob Garbarino, from Donny Lia
5 Riverhead Raceway
6 In memory of Maynard Troyer from Riverhead Raceway
7 Good luck Jon McKennedy & TBR
8 In memory of Arthur “AJ” Vogel from Chris Beard
9 Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm & Tom Rogers Jr. Riverhead Modified Team
11 Prodigy Plumbing & Drain of Southern N.H. (603) 998-1146
12 Riverhead Raceway
13 In memory of TC Ted Christopher from Greg & Vendetta Narducci
14 Atlantic Sprinkler Corp & #14 NWMT Blake Barney Race Team
15 LFR Race Cars & the 15-40 Connection Race Team
16 Flamingo Motorsports
17 Starrett Tools
18 Beard’s Auto & Truck Repair of Merrimack, N.H.
19 Good luck to all from Bob & Stephen Park
20 Lu-Mac’s Package Store of Preston, Conn.
21 Gershow Recycling of Long Island
22 MS3 Racing
23 Thank you Kona Ice from the DeGracia #23 NWMT Modified
24 Garden Academy, W. Orange, N.J. – Go the Distance for Autism
25 In memory of Helen & David Carroll
26 Good luck Gary McDonald
27 EXIT Assurance Realty of Groton, Mass.
28 EXIT Realty Beatrice Assoc. Middleton & Saugus, Mass.
29 Good luck Jon McKennedy & TBR
30 Greg & Venetta Narducci of “Florida Connection Racing”
33 Good luck Wade Cole
34 Good luck to all from Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair
35 SPAFCO Race Chassis (860) 887-2682
36 S.A.P. Enterprises – Dave Sapienza
37 Robert Yates Racing Engines
38 Robert Yates Racing Engines (704) 660-7015
39 Good luck to all from Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair
40 Preece Racing
41 Tinio Racing & Worldband Consultants
42 Tinio Racing & Worldband Consultants
43 Tinio Racing & Worldband Consultants
44 Tinio Racing & Worldband Consultants
45 Tinio Racing & Worldband Consultants
46 For Cathy & Keith from the #46 NWMT Team
47 In memory of Ron Bouchard from Ed Flemke Jr.
48 Good luck to all from Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair
49 In memory of Chris Young from Goodie Motorsports
50 Bob Horn Racing
51 Phoenix Communications
52 Phoenix Communications
53 Phoenix Communications
55 In memory of car owners “Nasty” Neil Murray & Sonny Martel from your drivers
56 In memory of car owners Barbara & Doug Chick from all of your drivers
57 Dauzat-Seuss Racing Team
58 Goodie Motorports #58 NWMT Team
59 Good luck to all from Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair
61 In memory of “The Rapid Roman” #61 Richie Evans from Riverhead Raceway
64 All Source of New England & the #64 NWMT Team
66 John Blewett Inc.
70 Good luck Andy Seuss from Rockingham Boat of Hampstead, N.H.
71 Draco Racing – Rob Fuller
73 Alexandra Hair Studio of Mooresville, N.C. (603) 674-0467
75 CCP Pasteryak Racing
76 John Blewett Inc.
77 Heintz Performance of Concord, N.C.
78 Starrett Tools Racing
79 In memory of Roger Hill from the Hillbilly Motorsports #79 Team
82 Horton Avenue Materials of Riverhead, N.Y.
85 Stuart’s Automotive of Lowell, Mass. (978) 459-6629
88 Good luck to all from Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair
89 Good luck Matt Swanson from Starrett Tools
90 Good luck to all from Cliff Nelson Motorsports & Bruce Bachta
91 Anytime Residential & Commercial Realty (410) 949-5900
92 Anytime Residential & Commercial Realty
93 Anytime Residential & Commercial Realty Don Parsons Broker/Owner
94 Anytime Residential & Commercial Realty Serving Rhode Island, Mass. & Conn.
95 Anytime Residential & Commercial Realty The fastest growing real estate company in R.I.
97 In memory of Rodney Renshaw from David Carden
98 In honor of Ron Narducci from Greg & Venetta Narducci of “Florida Connection Racing”
100 In memory of Joe Brady from Gary, Kelly, Jon & Dennis
101 Greg & Venetta Narducci of “Florida Connection Racing”
102 Seuss ARCA #02 Racing Team
103 In memory of the Dynamic Duo #3 Fred DeSarro & Lenny Boehler
104 In memory of Corky Cookman #04 from Gary Putnam
105 GMR Lawn Care, Wesley Chapel, Fla. – Contact: Jeremy Gerstner
112 In memory of Ricky Miller from Don Miller
114 Four Consecutive Championships 2014-2017 Doug Coby, Phil Moran & the MS3 Racing Team
115 Four Consecutive Championships 2014-2017 Doug Coby, Phil Moran & the MS3 Racing Team
116 Four Consecutive Championships 2014-2017 Doug Coby, Phil Moran & the MS3 Racing Team
117 Four Consecutive Championships 2014-2017 Doug Coby, Phil Moran & the MS3 Racing Team
121 Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass.
122 Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass.
123 Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass.
124 Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass.
125 Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass.
128 A&J Romano Construction Custom Homes & Renovation
129 A&J Romano Construction Custom Homes & Renovation John Romano (203) 967-4577
130 A&J Romano Construction – Founded 1971 – Award-winning custom homes
131 A&J Romano Construction Custom Homes & Renovation
132 A&J Romano Construction Custom Homes 39 Stony Brook Drive, Stamford, Conn.
136 In memory of mom from Phil Moran
138 Phoenix Communications
139 Phoenix Communications
141 In memory of Dolly Brady
144 In memory of “The Junkman” – “You taught me so much.” from Phil Moran
145 In memory of Gene Angelillo & the #45 “Dumo’s Desire” Midget
151 Thank you for your support Tom & Angie Bonsignore from Justin
152 University of Northwestern Ohio “UNOH”
153 University of Northwestern Ohio 1441 Cable Road, Lima, Ohio
154 University of Northwestern Ohio founded in 1920
155 University of Northwestern Ohio “UNOH”
156 University of Northwestern Ohio “UNOH”
158 Goodie Motorports #58 NWMT Team
159 Phil Moran – MS3 Racing Champion Crew Chief
161 In memory of Richie Evans from Troy Andros
171 Anytime Realty & Commercial Realty (410) 949-5900
172 Anytime Realty & Commercial Realty Don Parsons Broker/Owner
173 Anytime Realty & Commercial Realty 269 Greenville Avenue, Johnston, R.I. 02919
174 Anytime Realty & Commercial Realty
175 Anytime Realty & Commercial Realty Don Parsons Broker/Owner
176 Starrett Tools Racing
179 In memory of Roger Hill from David Hill & the #79 Hillbilly Modified Race Team
181 Lajoie’s Auto & Scrap Recycling of Norwalk, Conn. (203) 854-0767
182 Lajoie’s Auto & Scrap Recycling of Norwalk, Conn. (203) 854-0767
183 Lajoie’s Auto & Scrap Recycling of Norwalk, Conn. (203) 854-0767
184 Lajoie’s Auto & Scrap Recycling of Norwalk, Conn. (203) 854-0767
185 Lajoie’s Auto & Scrap Recycling of Norwalk, Conn. (203) 854-0767
188 Starett Tools Racing
189 Swanson Buick GMC of Acton, Mass.
201 Riverhead Raceway
202 Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass.
203 Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass.
204 Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass.
205 Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass.
206 Kaloutas Painting of Peabody, Mass.
216 Flamingo Motorsports
222 MS3 Racing
241 In memory of Joe Brady
242 “UNOH” University of Northwestern Ohio
243 “UNOH” University of Northwestern Ohio 1441 Cable Road, Lima, Ohio
244 “UNOH” University of Northwestern Ohio Founded 1920
245 “UNOH” University of Northwestern Ohio
246 “UNOH” University of Northwestern Ohio
249 In memory of Richard “Leepy” Lee Love, Tommy, Corey & TJ Lee
250 Greg & Venetta Narducci of “Florida Connection Racing”

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