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Stars Of NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East Headed For Thompson Speedway

By Kyle Souza, for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

 THOMPSON, Conn. – For the second-straight year, the stars of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East are headed for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut this weekend.

The King Cadillac GMC 100 will be the one, and only, Throwback event on the schedule for the K&N Series in 2018. Teams will have the opportunity to use their paint schemes to throwback to something in their past, or something that caught their eye. For example, Anthony Alfredo, who enters the race fourth in the current K&N championship standings, will throwback to Sterling Marlin’s No. 40 Monster Energy Cup Series ride as he looks for his second career victory on Saturday.

Spencer Davis, who will drive the No. 13 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet for Danny Watts, will throwback to Ted Christopher with Christopher’s famed paint scheme he ran most recently in the SK Modifieds at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Brandon McReynolds, who drives for Visconti Motorsports, has a paint scheme on his car that is a throwback to Visconti’s father’s ride from more than three decades ago. McReynolds will be seeking his first K&N Series victory this season, and will be making his first career start at Thompson.

The event is the eighth race of the season for the division as they begin to get ready for their championship chase to hit the final stretch. Tyler Ankrum, who has one victory, holds a 16-point advantage in the standings over Tyler Dippel. Both drivers have the best average finish among all competitors, and have put together an impressive start to the season as they both look to become first-time champions.

The entry list for the event includes multiple former winners on the series, and one NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular. Chase Dowling, who has just one prior start in the series, will drive the No. 31 for Ted Marsh Racing. In his only previous start, Dowling finished inside the top 10 at Dover in 2016.

And even though the series returned to Thompson for the first time since 2009 last year, plenty of races were already in the record books at the 0.625-mile oval. In 28 prior events, including last year, Ricky Craven and Mike Stefanik (three) hold the record for the most wins. Behind them, multiple drivers have captured the checkered flag at Thompson on two occasions.

Most recently, Harrison Burton captured glory in 2017, winning the Thompson Throwback 100 en route to his first career K&N Pro Series East championship. Burton is listed as the youngest winner at Thompson in the series, at age 20. Back in 2001, defending Monster Energy Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. drove into the winner’s circle, while the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, Trevor Bayne, was able to win the event in 2008.

In fact, more than a few drivers who won in K&N action at Thompson went on to run at least select events in the top series of the sport.

Along with the K&N Pro Series East teams, a full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing is on the card for Saturday night. The Late Models, Mini Stocks, Limited Sportsman and Division I Sunoco Modifieds will all compete in qualifying and feature racing. As an addition, the Lite Modifieds and Open Vintage Modifieds will also compete in feature racing as part of the Throwback night.

In the Sunoco Modifieds, Keith Rocco will look to continue his dominant start, having won all three events so far in 2018. The Late Model championship chase will heat up with Nick Johnson and Woody Pitkat both looking to gain a clear-cut advantage. Shawn Monahan will look to continue his dominant roll in the Limited Sportsman as he looks for his second-straight title, while the Mini Stock fight includes Eric Bourgeois and Jared Roy.

Fans can enter the grandstands for just $35, while those who are under the age of 12 will be allowed to enter for free. The paddock fee for the night is $50, and the opportunity to enter the paddock will give fans the chance to walk right through the garage area and see some of their favorite K&N Pro Series East drivers, and their cars.

For more information on the event, including some of the latest updates from the track, fans are encouraged to follow the track on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Justin Bonsignore Victorious At Riverhead – Again

Scores Fifth Career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win At His Home Track

Buzz Chew Auto Group 200 winner Justin Bonsignore July 7th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Justin Bonsignore held off Ryan Preece through a furious finish to capture the Buzz Chew Auto Group 200 checkered flag Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway.

A native of Holtsville, New York, Bonsignore took the lead for good on Lap 171 and drove to his fifth career victory at the Long Island quarter-mile.

It marked the 16th career Whelen Modified Tour victory for Bonsignore, who has won four of seven in 2018 as the season nears the halfway point. He now has a 33-point lead atop the standings.

RACING REFERENCE: BUZZ CHEW AUTO GROUP 200 RESULTS | JUSTIN BONSIGNORE CAREER WINS

Bonsignore won his seventh career pole earlier in the afternoon, but Timmy Solomito gained the lead from the drop of the green. Preece moved to the front on Lap 19, and it was a two-horse race with Bonsignore from there.

Preece had a commanding lead when a caution came out on Lap 100. On the ensuing restart, Preece appeared to get loose, allowing Bonsignore to move to the front. There would be one more lead swap with 60 to go before Bonsignore’s decisive pass.

Preece settled for second while Doug Coby came home third as only the podium drivers finished on the lead lap. Dave Sapienza and Solomito brought home the top five.

Craig Lutz rallied from a mid-race incident to finish sixth, followed by Chase Dowling, Tom Rogers Jr., Kyle Soper and Ronnie Williams.

Dowling is second in championship points, behind Bonsignore and 18 in front of Solomito. Lutz and Preece are fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Whelen Modified Tour will return to points-paying action on Saturday, July 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The All-Star Shootout will be contested the day before at the “Magic Mile” in Loudon, New Hampshire.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac “200” Results

Saturday At Riverhead Raceway

Riverhead, N.Y.

Lap length: 0.25 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200 laps, 60.688 mph.
  2. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
  3. (4) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
  4. (10) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 199.
  5. (2) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 199.
  6. (5) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 199.
  7. (8) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 199.
  8. (6) Tom Rogers, Jr., Patchogue, N.Y., Chevrolet, 198.
  9. (16) Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 198.
  10. (11) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 198.
  11. (14) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 198.
  12. (18) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 198.
  13. (7) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 197.
  14. (15) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 197.
  15. (17) John Beatty, Jr., Merrick, N.Y., Chevrolet, 197.
  16. (20) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 197.
  17. (19) John Fortin, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.
  18. (13) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.
  19. (29) J. B. Fortin, Jr., Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.
  20. (12) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 196.
  21. (21) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 195.
  22. (9) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 195.
  23. (23) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 194.
  24. (28) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 193.
  25. (22) Roger Turbush, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 189, suspension.
  26. (25) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 159, vibration.
  27. (24) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 140, handling.
  28. (26) Joe Degracia, Nutley, N.J., Chevrolet, 77, handling.
  29. (30) Cory Osland, East Hampton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 58, electrical.
  30. (27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 15, steering.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 49 minutes 26 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.563 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: J.Bonsignore (75.415 mph, 11.934 seconds)

Caution Flags: 3 for 21 laps.

Lead Changes: 6 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: T. Solomito 1-12; J. Bonsignore 13; T. Solomito 14-18; R. Preece 19-111; J. Bonsignore 112-139; R. Preece 140-170; J. Bonsignore 171-200.

Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 308; 2. C. Dowling, 275; 3. T. Solomito, 257; 4. C. Lutz, 244; 5. R. Preece, 237; 6. D. Coby, 229; 7. R. Summers, 226; 8. R. Pennink, 225; 9. D. Sapienza, 216; 10. C. Pasteryak, 213.

Burt Myers Comes North To Riverhead Raceway for the Buzz Chew Auto Group 200

Burt Myers and car owner Ed Harvey at Myrtle Beach Speedway March 25th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

Few short track drivers have attained the level of notoriety as short track racer Burt Myers. Burt has won 8 Bowman Gray Stadium Modified  Championships, 2 NASCAR Southern  Modified championships and many feature wins all across the south. Burt has also been a television personality on the show  Madhouse depicting the behind the scenes and on track racing at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston Salem North Carolina

This season Ed Harvey and his southern based Modified team have been one of the few teams from below the Mason Dixon line to travel north and run with the NASCAR WMT. Ed’s main driver  this season has been Burt in Ed’s beautifully prepared Modifieds. Ed has committed to running the entire season except this months NHMS race.

I had a chance to speak both Ed and Burt about coming north to enter the NASCAR WMT Buzz Chew Auto Group 200 at Riverhead Raceway.

Ed is no stranger to Riverhead, John Blewett Jr. raced for his dad and together won they 1986 Riverhead Modified championship. I asked Ed about racing the tour this year and I asked him if he was having as much fun as it looked. Ed told me “I am enjoying this year, we are not points racing we are just looking to have fun. Burt is my main guy and will be in the car as many races as his schedule allows.”  Ed will bring a team to both Riverhead races this year and is really looking forward to these race.

Burt has an off week at his home track Bowman Gray so the opportunity arose to race at Riverhead a track he has never seen before..  According to Burt Riverhead has always been on his bucket list so having the Buzz Chew Auto Group 200 fall on his week off worked out perfectly.

Burt Myers #1 racing with Rob Summers #64 at Thompson International Speedway April 8th 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

After the Icebreaker Thompson  International Speedway Ed and Burt talked about Riverhead and decided to put the 2 races on the schedule. Burt who  had run the SMRS  Modified Tout had a race scheduled down south this weekend but  this year decided not to follow the circuit and venture north to follow the Whelen Tour with car owner Ed Harvey.

This year will be a year of several new tracks for Burt, Riverhead Oswego and possibly Stafford if he can work around the filming of the new Madhouse series are on his schedule. Discovery has been filing the revived  series all season and it will be broadcast  either this late fall or winter, Burt says they have not yet decided when it will air. NASCAR has given their blessing top the production of the show and with that should bring added exposure to make Madhouse 2 even bigger than the original.

I asked Burt about coming to Riverhead for the first time. ” I am very excited to be coming to Long Island.  Riverhead has been on my bucket list for a while and when the race coincided with my off week we decided we had to go”

Burt is looking to be competitive and Riverhead is his kind of track a tight 1/4 bull ring althopugh a bit more banking  than the flat oval around the football field at Bowman Gray..

Several drivers have spoken to Burt about Riverhead including Ryan Preece who gave him tips on getting around and local driver Dave Brigati has offered advice. Dave also offered the use of his shop just down the road from the track if the need arises. Dave even went as far as chipping in for tires as he is not entered in this race.

The star of Madhouse and multi time Bowman Gray champion is coming North this weekend to Riverhead Raceway and from the fan reaction  Burt Myers will have a lot of northern fans  looking to meet him at the autograph session and after the race in the pits.