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Justin Bonsignore Returns To Winning Ways At Monadnock

BYSTAFF REPORTS NASCAR.COM AUGUST 30, 2020

WINCHESTER, N.H. — That didn’t take long.

After a pair of races out of Victory Lane, Justin Bonsignore found himself right back on familiar ground as he executed a late pass on Ron Silk to capture the Advanced Gas Distributors Inc. 200 Wade Cole Memorial Sunday afternoon at Monadnock Speedway.

It was Bonsignore’s third win in five races on the season and his sixth in the last 10 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events dating back to last Aug. 31.

To cap his 29th career win, he wheeled the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet in a slide across the finish line — 1.085 seconds ahead of Silk.

Mayhew pole award winner Jon McKennedy with team owner Tommy Baldwin . Photo:Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

Jon McKennedy won the Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award in qualifying and led the first 61 laps before Silk, who was fastest in practice and qualified third, got past him. Bonsignore tracked him down and the two swapped the top spot before Bonsignore took it for good with 25 laps remaining.

Bonsignore’s 29th career tour win moved him back into a tie with six-time champion Doug Coby, who finished third, for sixth on the all-time wins list.

Justin Bonsignore #51 makes the winning pass under Ron Silk #85 Photo:Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

More importantly, it bumped Bonsignore’s championship points lead back up to 16 over Coby. After winning the first two races of the season, back-to-back fifth-place runs had chipped away at the Long Island driver’s lead.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, which significantly altered the 2020 Whelen Modified schedule, Monadnock was a late addition. But the return to the quarter-mile for the first time since 2016 was a welcome addition for Bonsignore, who won there in 2013 and ’14.

RELATED: Complete Results | Justin Bonsignore Career Wins

The Advanced Gas Distributors Inc. 200 Wade Cole Memorial, which streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Gold, was postponed from Saturday to Sunday by weather.

Anthony Nocella finished fourth and Ronnie Williams fifth.

Matt Hirschman, Woody Pitkat, Sam Rameau, McKennedy and Craig Lutz completed the top 10. Lutz and McKennedy are tied for third in points, 30 points back of Bonsignore.

The tour will have a quick turnaround, racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

NASCAR, Monadnock Postpone NWMT Race to Sunday

By: Kyle Souza/Souza Media / Photo: Kyle Souza

NASCAR and Monadnock Speedway officials announced on Friday that they have postponed the upcoming Whelen Modified Tour race scheduled for Saturday, August 29 due to predicted inclement weather. The race will be moved to Sunday, August 30, with a green flag scheduled to drop around 4 p.m.

The move comes with weather.com forecasting an 80% chance of rain for much of the day on Saturday. It will be the first Whelen Modified Tour visit to the high-banks of Monadnock since 2016, in a season where they weren’t originally scheduled to hold a race.

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected the schedule, and Monadnock and NASCAR officials were able to work out a financial deal to get the event scheduled over the last month. It will be the fifth race of the Whelen Modified Tour season — with two previous at Jennerstown Speedway and two at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Justin Bonsignore leads the series points standings by 10 points over Doug Coby entering the race. Craig Lutz, who won at Jennerstown last weekend, is third, 17 points back.

Sam Rameau Picks Up Big Tri Track Win at Monadnock Speedway

Pockets $6,000 Check in Thrilling Fashion 

By Kyle Souza/Souza Media 

WINCHESTER, N.H. — Sam Rameau used a pass of Ron Silk in the second half of Saturday’s Tri Track Open Modified Series race at Monadnock Speedway to seal the deal. 

The Westminster, Massachusetts, native earned his first career Tri Track win in thrilling fashion, holding off some of the country’s best Modified talent over the final stretch of the third race of the season.

Rameau pocketed a $6,000 check with the victory as part of a lucrative purse that was over $40,000. It was the second stop of the season at the Winchester, New Hampshire, oval for Tri Track. 

“We put a lot of work into this,” Rameau said. “A lot of people don’t know that its my full-time job to prepare these race cars. I put my heart and soul into this. The emotions are high.” 

The final corner was nearly a repeat of the July 5 Tri Track race at Monadnock. While Rameau took the top spot from Silk on lap 72, and looked to be driving off to victory, a caution flag with just four laps to go doubled the field back up. Rameau spun his tires on the restart, but got away, before another quick caution stopped the action. 

Although Rameau hit the final restart perfectly, he couldn’t quite get away from Ronnie Williams. 

Williams, the two-time and defending SK Modified champion at Stafford Motor Speedway, drove deep into turn three, slammed the back of the No. 06 Central Mass Tree machine of Rameau, and lost control. Williams would spin as the car dropped fluid, while the rest of the field rushed to find a way around. Some made it, some didn’t.

Monadnock Speedway NHSTRA Modified regular Brian Robie escaped the final corner carnage to finish second, while Matt Hirschman, a winner at Star Speedway on July 25, finished third. Woody Pitkat drove the Stan Mertz prepared No. 6 to a fourth-place finish, with Anthony Nocella finishing the top-five. Matthew Kimball was sixth, followed by Craig Lutz, Ron Silk, Carl Medeiros Jr. and Austin Kochenash.

Thirty-one cars attempted to qualify for the Monadnock 100, with 26 of them taking the green flag in the feature. Austin Kochenash, Brian Robie, Matt Hirschman and Kirk Alexander picked up an extra $300 each for winning heat races part of the Pepsi Challenge. Woody Pitkat would collect the Hard Charger award courtesy of Green Construction, a $500 bonus. 

The Tri Track Open Modified Series returns to the track on Saturday, October 24, with the series debut at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut. The announcement of the Stafford event was made on Saturday in the drivers meeting. The Stafford Springs Modified Classic will round out the 2020 slate for Tri Track.

For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on social media. 

RESULTS: Tri Track Open Modified Series; Monadnock Speedway; August 15, 2020: 

  1. 1. Sam Rameau 
  1. 2. Brian Robie 
  1. 3. Matt Hirschman 
  1. 4. Woody Pitkat 
  1. 5. Anthony Nocella 
  1. 6. Matt Kimball 
  1. 7. Craig Lutz 
  1. 8. Ron Silk 
  1. 9. Carl Medeiros Jr. 
  1. 10. Austin Kochenash 
  1. 11. Les Hinckley 
  1. 12. Matt Swanson 
  1. 13. Tommy Barrett 
  1. 14. Ronnie Williams 
  1. 15. Richard Savary 
  1. 16. Kirk Alexander 
  1. 17. Dave Sapienza 
  1. 18. Cameron Sontag 
  1. 19. TJ Bleau 
  1. 20. Derek Robbie  
  1. 21. Calvin Carroll 
  1. 22. Ben Byrne 
  1. 23. Ryan Doucette 
  1. 24. Chase Dowling 
  1. 25. Chris Pasteryak 
  1. 26. Anthony Sesely  
  1. 27. Kurt Vigeant