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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.

Justin Bonsignore Distances From Field For Jennerstown Win

By: Kyle Souza / Photo: Nate Smallwood/NASCAR

Justin Bonsignore made it known on Sunday that he will be the one to challenge Doug Coby for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in 2020.


The Holtsville, New York, driver slapped the field in the season opening Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair at Jennerstown Speedway, leading all the laps from the Mayhew Tools pole to open the season in Victory Lane.

FULL JENNERSTOWN RESULTS


It was Bonsignore’s 27th career Whelen Modified Tour win and his 15th in his last 33 starts — all coming with Ryan Stone as crew chief. It was the first Whelen Modified Tour race at Jennerstown since 2006 — and a race that was originally scheduled for May 23, but rescheduled for Sunday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“It was an unbelievable day to come out and get the pole… it’s a good way to come out,” Bonsignore said. “It’s a nice way to make a good statement.”

STATS: Justin Bonsignore Career Look


Although Bonsignore led the entire distance from the pole, his car didn’t start off where he would have liked, a bit on the loose side. During a break at the halfway mark, where all cars were able to head down pit road for fresh rubber and come back on the track in the same spot they entered, Ryan Stone made the right adjustments. 


Bonsignore drove away on a final restart with 20 laps to go to seal the win. Craig Lutz, who charged from just outside the top five in the final 50 laps, finished second. Lutz lined up with Bonsignore on the front row for the final restart but wasn’t able to mount a charge.


Jon McKennedy, driving for former Daytona 500 winning crew chief Tommy Baldwin, finished third, while Matt Hirschman and former Sunoco Rookie of the Year Calvin Carroll finished the top five. Ron Silk, defending and six-time champion Doug Coby, Kyle Bonsignore, Matt Swanson and Rob Summers finished the top 10.

The race was run in honor of Wade Cole, a veteran of the Whelen Modified Tour who had been racing since the start of the modern train 1985. Cole lost his life in March.

“I want to dedicate this win to Wade Cole, a fixture on this series for longer than I’ve been alive.  We’re going to miss him dearly,” Bonsignore said. “He was a guy we deserved to have.”


The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Saturday, July 4 at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, for their second race of the season. The remainder of the schedule remains fluid due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


RESULTS: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Wade Cole Memorial 133:

  1. Justin Bonsignore
  2. Craig Lutz
  3. Jon McKennedy
  4. Matt Hirschman
  5. Calvin Carroll
  6. Ron Silk
  7. Doug Coby
  8. Kyle Bonsignore
  9. Matt Swanson
  10. Rob Summers
  11. Sam Rameau
  12. Chris Pasteryak
  13. Dave Sapienza
  14. Eric Goodale
  15. Timmy Solomito
  16. Woody Pitkat
  17. Jeff Gallup
  18. Tyler Rypkema
  19. Patrick Emerling
  20. JR Bertuccio
  21. Jeremy Gerstner
  22. Edward McCarthy
  23. JB Fortin
  24. John Beatty 
  25. Roger Turbush
  26. Chase Dowling
  27. Melissa Fifield
  28. Ronnie Williams
  29. Amy Catalano
  30. Timmy Catalano
  31. Walter Sutcliffe Jr.
  32. Tommy Catalano
  33. Andrew Krause

PIT BOX: Jennerstown Ready For Whelen Modified Tour Opener

First it was slated for Virginia. Then it was scheduled for South Carolina. When the long-awaited 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener finally rolls around, it will be in Pennsylvania, courtesy of Jennerstown Speedway.

While the site has changed, the familiar faces of the tour are ready roll with the changes and get the season going.

The Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair will be held Saturday without fans in the grandstands at the popular Pennsylvania short track.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

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The biggest change from 2019 actually occurred over the winter, before the COVID-19 Pandemic, when four-time championship car owner Mike Smeriglio III announced his retirement from racing following another championship season with driver Doug Coby.

That means Coby, in a new-look No. 10, will begin chase for his seventh tour championship Sunday, as a newly-minted driver/owner

The Whelen Modified Tour will visit Jennerstown for the first time since 2006, when the late Ted Christopher took the win on the .522-mile oval. Coby was ninth that night driving the No. 77 for Curt Chase. Fourteen years, 28 wins and six titles later, Coby will the tour’s return.

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He’ll face a strong field of competitors, as the Modified drivers and teams have been champing at the bit to get back racing. After the original opener at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway was postponed by the pandemic and the rescheduled opener at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway was bumped by the weather, Jennerstown is now up.

RELATED: Whelen Modified Tour Reschedules Opener To Jennerstown

Thirty-five entries have been filed for the race, which will honor long-time Whelen Modified Tour veteran Wade Cole, who passed away over the winter.

The tour has run 14 races between 1987-2006 at the central Pennsylvania track, with five-time tour champion Tony Hirschman Jr. winning in 1999 and then again when the tour returned in 2005. He was second to Christopher the following year. Hirschman’s son, Matt, has had his success at the track in the Race Of Champions modified series, and is among those set to challenge Coby this weekend. Another contender for the win is Jon McKennedy, who has won in just about every open-wheel division in the northeast, including picking up an IMSA Super Modified victory at Jennerstown in 2017.

McKennedy was 10th and Matt Hirschman 12th in the tour’s 2006 race at Jennerstown.

Long Island’s Justin Bonsignore, the 2018 tour champion, closed last year with three wins in the last five races. Ron Silk, Craig Lutz and Woody Pitkat all visited Victory Lane in 2019 and will be in the hunt to do so again.

RACING REFERENCE: Previous NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Jennerstown | NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers career stats at Jennerstown | 2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Standings

RACE FACTS

RACEMOROCCO WELDING/WADE COLE MEMORIAL 133 presented by DUNLEAVY’S TRUCK & TRAILER REPAIR
PLACEJennerstown Speedway
DATESunday, June 21, 2020
TIME12:30 p.m. ET
TELEVISION/RADIOTrackpass on NBC Gold (live), 2:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN — Friday, June 26, 12 a.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT.566-mile paved oval
EVENT SCHEDULESunday, June 21 — Garage opens: 8:15 a.m. ET; Practice: 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.; Qualifying: 1:45 p.m.; Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair: 2:30 p.m.
TWITTER@jtownspeedway, @NASCARRoots
HASHTAG#WadeCole133, #NWMT

RACE CENTER | ENTRY LIST | RACE SCHEDULE

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair is limited to 30, including provisional positions. The field will be set by qualifying (1-24) and provisional process per the entry blank (25-30) for the Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair. In the event that qualifying as stated on this entry blank does not take place for any unforeseen circumstance, the field will be set in accordance with the 2020 NASCAR Touring Series Rule Book.

QUALIFYING: Two consecutive qualifying laps. Faster lap determines qualifying position. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicle must qualify on race set up.

The Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair will be 133 laps (69.43 miles) and is to be run in two (2) segments. The race will have a halfway break, at or near the conclusion of Lap 70. All participants in the event will be allowed to make changes that would normally occur during a routine pit stop. A maximum of five (5) uniformed crew members in the car servicing area. Teams will be allowed to change all four (4) tires – two change tires and teams may swap front/rear on left side – and add fuel. Change tires can only be utilized during the break. Fuel cannot be added at the same time that tires are being changed.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice and four (4) for qualifying and to start the race, plus an additional two (2) for a total of 10 (10) tires.