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Justin Bonsignore Finds Way To The Front Again at Thompson

Collects Third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win of 2018

THOMPSON, Conn. —  Justin Bonsignore didn’t look to have the fastest car for much of the Thompson 125, but when it was time to crown the winner, he found his way to the front.

The Holtsville, New York, driver scored his third victory of the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, using a late caution to get out front of the field on pit road.

The win was his 15th career, his seventh on the Thompson high-banks, and it helped to continue an early-season roll that has him at the top of the championship standings with five of 16 races into the record books.

“The (pit crew) guys won us that race, they got us out in front of Doug (Coby),” Bonsignore said. “Track position is so important, if we didn’t get it, I don’t think we would have won as easily as we did. If you can roll the top here, and have good drive-off, you can just roll away from the guys on the bottom.”

A pit stop during the first of two cautions on lap 92 for fresh Hoosier rubber saw Bonsignore enter the pits running fourth, but when he left, he was looking at clear track in front of him. On the restart, Bonsignore drove away from Coby, who led a race-high 82 laps, but that wasn’t the only challenge he faced in the final circuits.

After another quick yellow flag, Bonsignore had to fight-off a charge by Rowan Pennink, who was all over the back bumper of the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc., Chevrolet looking to spoil Bonsignore’s success. In the end, Pennink was forced to settle for second.

RACING-REFERENCE: Justin Bonsignore

Coby was third, followed by defending race winner Ryan Preece, who finished fourth. Preece chased the back bumper of Coby’s car through lapped traffic for much of the middle portion of the race battling for the lead, but lost crucial track position on pit road, and wasn’t able to rebound. Dave Sapienza rounded out the top five.

Timmy Solomito was sixth, followed by Craig Lutz, Rob Summers, Chase Dowling and Matt Swanson.

Bonsignore led 43 laps, and holds a 19-point advantage in the championship standings over Chase Dowling, while Craig Lutz is third, 29 points back.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, on June 23.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Thompson 125 Results

Thursday

At Thompson  International Speedway

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (4) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 125 laps, 97.251 mph.
  2. (5) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 125.
  3. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
  4. (10) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
  5. (9) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  6. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 125.
  7. (15) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 125.
  8. (7) Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
  9. (11) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 125.
  10. (21) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 125.
  11. (19) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 124.
  12. (18) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 124.
  13. (17) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.
  14. (14) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 124.
  15. (16) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.
  16. (23) Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I., Chevrolet, 124.
  17. (20) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 124.
  18. (13) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Toyota, 124.
  19. (6) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 124.
  20. (2) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 123.
  21. (12) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 123.
  22. (22) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 122.
  23. (24) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 121.
  24. (28) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 120.
  25. (26) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 118.
  26. (25) Joe Degracia, Nutley, N.J., Chevrolet, 118.
  27. (29) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 117.
  28. (27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 90.
  29. (3) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 51, steering.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 48 minutes 12 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.780 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (120.019 mph, 18.747 seconds)

Caution Flags: 2 for 10 laps.

Lead Changes: 3 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-8; J. Bonsignore 9-23; D. Coby 24-97; J. Bonsignore 98-125.

Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 218; 2. C. Dowling, 199; 3. C. Lutz, 189; 4. T. Solomito, 177; 5. R. Summers, 173; 6. D. Coby, 168; 7. R. Pennink, 165; 8. D. Sapienza, 151; 9. R. Preece, 145; 10. C. Pasteryak, 145.

Photo: Tom Morris Myracenews

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST at NEW JERSEY

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Road-course racing is always the wild card in the championship picture for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. And the 2.250-mile course in Millville, New Jersey, offers the first test.

Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton finished second and third, respectively, at NJMP last year. In the series’ inaugural visit, eventual champion Justin Haley showed off his road-racing chops.

Championship points leader Tyler Ankrum will be making his road-course debut in the series, while Tyler Dippel was seventh there in 2016. Ruben Garcia Jr., who is coming off his breakthrough win at Memphis and followed up with a third-place run in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series at Guadalajara, has finished sixth (2016) and 10th (2017) at the track.

The field includes its regular collection of road-course experts, led by Will Rodgers and Ernie Francis Jr. Rodgers swept the K&N Pro East races on road courses last year, including New Jersey, and finished runner-up to Kevin Harvick in the K&N Pro West race at California’s Sonoma Raceway. Francis is making his series’ debut. The 20-year-old NASCAR Drive for Development driver is a four-time Trans-Am champion.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous K&N Pro Series East races at New Jersey | K&N Pro Series East drivers’ career stats at New Jersey

RACE FACTS

RACE JUSTDRIVE.COM 125
PLACE New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.
DATE Saturday, June 16
TIME 6 p.m. CT
TELEVISION NBCSN, Monday, June 18 — Extended highlights will air on NASCAR America
TRACK LAYOUT 2.250-mile road course
2017 WINNER Will Rodgers
2017 POLE Collin Cabre
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday — Garage opens: 9 a.m. ET; Final practice: noon-1:30 p.m.; Group Qualifying 2:30 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 4:30 p.m.; JUSTDRIVE.com 125, 6 p.m.
TWITTER @NJMP
HASHTAG #JUSTDrive125 #KNEast

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST | TICKETS

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, for each race, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 22 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying session for the JUSTDRIVE.com 125. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 22nd. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not
return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

The JUSTDRIVE.com 125 will be 55 laps (126.5 miles) to be run in two (2) segments. The five (5) minute break will occur at or near the conclusion of Laps 28. At the conclusion of the break, lead lap vehicles that elected to pit will line up – in the order they were running at the beginning of the break — behind the lead lap vehicles that elected not to pit in order of running.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race and an additional four (4) tires for use during the race for a total of twelve (12) tires.

In the event of rain or wet track conditions, and at the discretion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Director, practice, qualifying and/or the race may start or continue under those conditions. In wet conditions, and at the discretion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Director, competitors may be required to equip their cars with wet condition tires as specified by Goodyear. All cars must be equipped at all times with a functional defogger and a rear window flashing light and should be equipped with a functional windshield wiper motor.

All teams will be required to have one (1) set of four (4) mounted wet condition tires as specified by Goodyear in their assigned pit stall.

PIT BOX: Justin Bonsignore Looks To Keep Momentum In Thompson 125

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Points Leader Has Been On A Roll At Thompson

 After a full round of racing around Tennessee and Virginia — five races at four tracks — the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads north for the twists and turns of road-course racing on Saturday. New Jersey Motorsports Park will host the series for the third consecutive season.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has been postponed a day; the Thompson 125 will now run on Thursday. And the second race of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series returns the series to Jukasa Motor Speedway on Saturday evening.

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR at THOMPSON

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Justin Bonsignore heads back to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park having (a) won the last race, (b) won the last time the tour was at Thompson, and (c) holding the championship points.

Still, that Icebreaker 150 win didn’t come easy for the Holtsville, New York, driver, and several other drivers had a shot at the trophy before Bonsignore took the checkered flag. Most notably, Jon McKennedy and Ronnie Williams had potential race-winning runs cut short in the closing laps, while Chase Dowling saw his chances erased by a restart violation.

It’s been awhile since there’s been a new face in Victory Lane at Thompson.

Since Sept. 2012, Justin Bonsignore (6) also has the most wins on the .375-mile banked oval. In fact, only six other drivers have won there in that span: Doug Coby (4), Bobby Santos III (3), Ryan Preece (3), Rowan Pennink (2), Timmy Solomito (2) and the now-retired Mike Stefanik (1).

The shortest distance event of the year at Thompson will also serve to shake up the strategy.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson | Whelen Modified Tour drivers’ career stats at Thompson

RACE FACTS

RACE THOMPSON 125
PLACE Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park
DATE Thursday, June 14
TIME 8 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT .375-mile oval
2017 WINNER Ryan Preece
2017 POLE Donny Lia
EVENT SCHEDULE Thursday — Garage opens: 1:45 p.m. ET; Final Practice: 4-5 p.m.; Group qualifying: 7 p.m.; Thompson 125: 8 p.m. (approx.).
TWITTER @ThompsonSpdwy
HASHTAG #Thompson125 #NWMT

RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 30 cars will secure starting positions based on group qualifying session. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 26th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

The THOMPSON 125 will 125 laps (78.125 miles).

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is ten (10 tires per team. Four (4) tires used for qualifying must be used to begin the race. The tire change rule is three (3) tires, any position.

 

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews