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Justin Bonsignore Starts The 2020 NASCAR WMT season with a Dominating Win

On a beautiful western Pennsylvania day the NASCAR WMT finally got its season off the the ground with the Wade Cole 133 at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex.

The complex hosted the NASCAR WMT for the first time since 2006 when the late TC Ted Christopher driving the back up Ed Whelan #86 overcame an early bobble to take the win.

Justin finished the 2019 season with a win at Thompson but just missed winning the championship. Fast forward to 2020 Justin Bonsignore in the Ken Massa owned Phoenix Communications #51 started from the pole and dominated all 133 laps. Even after all the teams had 5 minute break to adjust the cars they were no match for the #51 machine. His opening day win is a big statement that he will be a top contender for the 2020 championship,.

Second place finisher Craig Lutz in the Riverhead Building Supply #46 charged to second place but that’s as far as he would move up.

Jon McKennedy lucked out with and an issue right before the break and passed several cars to finish 3rd may have been the fastest as the laps ran out.

The unofficial finish of the WadeCole 133 at Jennerstown Speedway Complex. June 21st 2020

1 51   Justin BonsignorePhoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)Chevrolet133  
2 46   Craig LutzRiverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)Chevrolet1331.776  
3 7   Jon McKennedyUltra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin)Chevrolet1334.126  
4 60   Matt HirschmanPeeDee Motorsports   (Roy Hall)Chevrolet1338.997  
5 25   Calvin CarrollPower w / Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)Chevrolet13311.077  
6 85   Ron SilkStuart’s Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)Chevrolet13311.233  
7 10   Doug CobyMayhew Tools   (Philip Moran)Chevrolet13311.338  
8 22   Kyle BonsignoreChalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)Chevrolet13311.708  
9 3   Matt SwansonUSNE / SYP / All Phases   (Jan Boehler)Chevrolet13311.724  
10 64   Rob SummersAll Source / Hughes Motor / Luminere   (Mike Murphy)Chevrolet13312.078  
11 06   Sam RameauCentral Mass TreeChevrolet13312.144  
12 75   Chris PasteryakDawley’s Collison & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)Chevrolet13312.164  
13 36   Dave SapienzaSapienza Racing   (Judy Thilberg)Chevrolet13314.136  
14 58   Eric GoodaleGAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)Chevrolet13314.943  
15 66   Timmy SolomitoEast West Marine / Flamingo Mtrsprt   (Jerry Solomito)Ford1321 Lap  
16 1   Woody PitkatDunleavy’s Truck & Trailer / Gunsmoke Stables   (Eddie Harvey)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
17 4   Jeff Gallup *Ceravolo’s Auto   (Richie Gallup)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
18 32   Tyler RypkemaWelcome / Musco   (Dean Rypkema)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
19 07   Patrick EmerlingTBA   (Jennifer Emerling)Chevrolet0132  
20 2   J.R. BertuccioGershow Racing   (Joseph Bertuccio)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
21 55   Jeremy GerstnerLowder Const / KD Const   (Dawn Gerstner)Ford1321 Lap  
22 20   Edward McCarthy *McCarthy’s Marine   (TBA)Chevrolet1312 Laps  
23 34   J.B. FortinJohns Fuel Oil Inc / Johns Tree Removal   (Nicole Fortin)Chevrolet1303 Laps  
24 5   John Beatty,, Jr.MSM / EliteChevrolet1303 Laps  
25 88   Roger Turbush *JCR Motorsports   (TBA)Chevrolet1294 Laps  
26 82   Chase DowlingHorton Avenue Materials   (TBA)Chevrolet1267 Laps  
27 01   Melissa FifieldPine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield)Chevrolet1249 Laps  
28 50   Ronnie WilliamsEmpower Financial Advisory / RB Ent   (Paul Les)Chevrolet10726 Laps  
29 56   Amy Catalano *Catalano Motorsports   (Allie Brainard)Chevrolet10429 Laps  
30 45   Timmy CatalanoCatalano Motorsports   (David Catalano)Chevrolet9637 Laps  
31 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)Chevrolet7756 Laps  
32 54   Tommy CatalanoCatalano Motorsports   (Zachary Reissner)Chevrolet5380 Laps  
33 24   Andrew KrauseSupreme Mtg   (Diane Krause)Chevrolet24109 Laps  
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.

BRETT HEARN TAKES AIM AT 5TH FONDA 200 VICTORY SEPT. 26-28

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

FONDA, NY – Some of the sport’s most iconic names have put their name in the record books since the very first Fonda 200 was contested as a NASCAR Grand National event in 1955.

Only one driver has won it four times: Brett Hearn.

‘The Corporate Jet’ hopes to add a fifth ‘200’ victory to his resume at Fonda Speedway in 2019. The Fonda 200 returns to the Track of Champions Thursday-Saturday Sept. 26-28 with the largest purse structure ever offered at the half-mile track located just off New York State Thruway Exit 28.

$125,675, at minimum, will be offered to Sunoco big-block/small-block Modified competitors in the 200-lap event with $53,000 reserved for the winner.

Hearn broke through as a winner of the 200 for the first time in 1995. After the ’96 event fell to weather, Hearn recorded back-to-back triumphs in ’97 and ’98.

The most recent 200 took place 17 years ago in 2002. That marked Hearn’s fourth triumph in the prestigious event.

The Madsen Motorsports No. 20 operation has filed its entry for the revival of the 200 at the end of September.

Rules and Race Procedures for the 200 have been posted at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200RulesandProcedures.pdf

The Registration Form for Modifieds can be found here. Teams can save $50 on registration if entered by Sept. 7: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200ModifiedEntryForm.pdf

Complete Fonda 200 payout information is on the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fonda200Payout.pdf

Thursday (Sept. 26) is reserved for camper and trailer parking in addition to open practice for those seeking lap time on the famed Track of Champions layout.

Friday (Sept. 27) will include 15-lap qualifying races for the Sunoco Modifieds, the Patriot Sprint Tour with a full program plus a make-up feature event postponed by rain on May 25, Pro Stocks competing for $1,000 to win, Trackside Body Works Street Stocks in a $500-to-win event and Four Cylinder Cruisers.

Saturday (Sept. 28) will be reserved for Modified Last Chance Qualifiers (15 laps each), Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,500 to win) and the 200 finale.

Reserved grandstand tickets are available now and can be obtained by calling the speedway office at 518.915.4395 and leaving a message for Angela Hanson. Office hours for walk-up sales are posted on the speedway Facebook page as well.

A Fonda 200 information page can be found on the speedway website: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/fonda-200/

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Now under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspdwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.


Fonda 200 History of Winners1955: Junior Johnson (NASCAR Grand National)
1963: Steve Danish
1964: Bill Wimble
1966: David Pearson (NASCAR Grand National)
1967: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1968: Richard Petty (NASCAR Grand National)
1969: Lou Lazzaro
1970: Harry Peek
1983: Charlie Rudolph
1984: Jimmy Horton
1985: Charlie Rudolph
1986: Jack Johnson
1987: Kenny Brightbill
1988: Jack Johnson
1989: Mike Romano
1990: Doug Hoffman
1991: Doug Hoffman
1992: Bob McCreadie
1993: Bob McCreadie
1994: Jimmy Horton
1995: Brett Hearn
1997: Brett Hearn
1998: Brett Hearn
1999: Steve Paine
2000: Kenny Tremont
2001: Doug Hoffman
2002: Brett Hearn
2019: ???

Thirty Cars Pre-Entered for $12,000 to Win NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

OSWEGO, NY (August 29, 2019) – Thirty cars have pre-entered for Saturday night’s 150-lap, $12,000 to win Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls back into Classic Weekend at Oswego Speedway. 

Classic Weekend 2019 marks the fourth consecutive appearance by the Modified Tour, which returned to Oswego in 2016 after an absence spanning over two decades. The NWMT had held prior events at the Steel Palace in 1988 and 1989. 

Two of the three former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 champions will be in the field for Saturday’s event including Doug Coby along with last year’s race winner and area favorite; Matt Hirschman. 

Supermodified racing will be well represented as three current or former drivers; Rob Summers, Ron Silk, and of course Bobby Santos, who will pull double duty driving both the Sapienza Racing No. 36 and the Jeff West No. 1, have all pre-entered as well. 

Leading the NASCAR Modified contingent into the Port City are Coby, Justin Bonsignore, and Silk who sit one, two and three in a very tight points race with Bonsignore and Silk nodded up for second. These three drivers combine for ten of the eleven tour wins this season. 

Sitting four through ten in the points race are Craig Lutz, Eric Goodale, Patrick Emerling, Matt Swanson, Chris Pasteryak, Jimmy Blewett, and Woody Pitkat, who is the only other winner on the tour in 2019. 

Pitkat, who was originally scheduled to pilot the Jarod Zeitmann owned No. 82, has since parted ways with the team. Woody will now drive the Eddie Harvey owned No. 1 car, but will not be in attendance at Oswego. Meanwhile, Chase Dowling will fill the seat for Zeitmann. 

A handful of drivers on the roster should be very familiar to fans that follow Tour Modified racing in New York State. Brothers Timmy and Tommy Catalano are entered, and their mother Amy will also be in action piloting the Allie Brainard No. 184. 

In addition to the Catalano family, Tyler Rypkema and Calvin Carroll, two youngsters on the RoC Tour, have entered the event with their family owned machines sponsored by Nelorp and Power with Prestige. 

Saturday’s schedule will see hot laps begin at 1pm, the first NWMT practice at 1:35, ISMA time trials at 3:30, ISMA heat races at 4:15, NWMT qualifying at 5:00, the driver autograph session at 5:45, pre-race ceremonies at 6:00, and the first feature event at 7:00. 

Tickets for ‘Super Saturday’ of Classic Weekend, featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the Jack Murphy Memorial Bud Light ISMA Supernationals 60 for Winged Supermodifieds, remain available by calling the track box office at (315)-342-0646. 

You can find a full NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s entry list below. 

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

Entry List – 4th annual NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s – Saturday, August 30:

01 – Melissa Fifield 

2 – Doug Coby 

3 – Matt Swanson 

5 – Kyle Ebersole 

06 – Samuel Ramueau 

07 – Patrick Emerling 

16 – Timmy Solomito 

18 – Ken Heagy 

21 – Chuck Hossfeld 

25 – Calvin Carroll 

32 – Tyler Rypkema 

33 – Wade Cole 

34 –  JB Fortin Jr. 

36 – Bobby Santos III 

38 – Kyle Ellwood 

45 – Timmy Catlano 

46 – Craig Lutz 

47 – Joey Mucciaciaro 

51 – Justin Bonsignore 

54 – Tommy Catalano 

58 – Eric Goodale 

60 – Matt Hirschman 

64 – Rob Summers 

75 – Chris Pasteryak 

77 – Gary Putnam 

78 – Walter Cutcliffe Jr. 

82 – Chase Dowling 

85 – Ron Silk 

184 – Amy Catalano 

214 – Blake Barney