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Justin Bonsignore Keeps His Dominant Roll Going at Thompson

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship Points Leader Scores Fifth WIn

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THOMPSON, Conn. — Justin Bonsignore seems to have mastered Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The Holtsville, New York, veteran pulled into NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory Lane for the fifth time in 2018 on Wednesday night as part of the Bud “King of Beers” 150.

The victory was the fifth of the season for Bonsignore, his 17th of his Whelen Modified Tour career and his eighth at Thompson. He has now been in Victory Lane for all three stops at the 0.625-mile oval.

“I just can’t believe the season we are having,” Bonsignore said. “We just have to keep it going. Ryan Stone brought a great LFR car here. We have a long way to go, but hopefully we can just keep winning races.”

RACING-REFERENCEBud “King of Beers” 150 Race Results

Bonsignore started from the top spot after winning his first Thompson pole and led the first 15 laps, but gave the lead up to Chase Dowling in the approach to lapped traffic. He took the lead back on lap 79, and even though he pitted during a caution on lap 89 for tires, it didn’t take him long to get back to the front.

He passed Doug Coby for the lead on lap 96 and never lost the top spot en route to the victory.

Matt Swanson, who got the call to drive the Boehler Racing No. 3 after the birth of Rowan Pennink’s first child, finished second. The result was his best career run on the Whelen Modified Tour in his first start with the BRE Racing team.

“The guys called me last night and asked if I wanted to drive their car,” Swanson said. “They told me to give it everything I had, and we did that tonight.”

Doug Coby, who led four laps, charged back through the field after spinning on lap 123, and finished third. Chase Dowling and Bobby Santos III rounded out the top five.

Woody Pitkat was sixth, followed by Andrew Krause, Craig Lutz, Chris Pasteryak and Timmy Solomito.

Bonsignore opened his advantage to 58 points over Dowling with six races remaining in the championship points chase. Timmy Solomito is third, 78 points back.

The Bud “King of Beers” 150 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, August 15, at 7 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, on Wednesday, August 15.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Bud ‘King of Beers’ 150 Results


At Thompson  International Speedway

Thompson, CT

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 96.844 mph.
  2. (7) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (3) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (2) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (5) Bobby Santos, III, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (11) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (12) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (4) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (16) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  11. (10) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (6) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (15) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 149.
  14. (14) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  15. (21) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
  16. (9) Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
  17. (18) Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I., Chevrolet, 146.
  18. (19) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 146.
  19. (17) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 146.
  20. (22) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 145.
  21. (25) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 142.
  22. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 140.
  23. (13) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 138.
  24. (24) Joe Degracia, Nutley, N.J., Chevrolet, 134.
  25. (23) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 118.
  26. (27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 40, power steering.
  27. (20) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 33, rear end.
  28. (29) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 0, withdrew.
  29. (28) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 0, withdrew.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 58 minutes, 5 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.887 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: . ( mph,  seconds)

Caution Flags: 3 for 15 laps.

Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J. Bonsignore 1-15; C. Dowling 16-78; j. Bonsingore 79-91; D. Coby 92-95; J. Bonsignore 96-150.

Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 436; 2. C. Dowling, 378; 3. T. Solomito, 358; 4. C. Lutz, 343; 5. D. Coby, 337; 6. R. Summers, 317; 7. R. Pennink, 305; 8. E. Goodale, 304; 9. D. Sapienza, 292; 10. C. Pasteryak, 282.

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