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One last Chance For Justin Bonsignore

By Michael Jaworecki Photos Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

Westbury NY (October 12th 2019): When Justin Bonsignore in the Ken Massa owned Phoenix Communications #51 rolls into Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this weekend he knows he has still one last shot to recapture the championship he won last season.

With the wildest finish of the season , Justin Bonsignore wins at Riverhead Raceway going over the line backwards Riverhead Raceway July 6th 2019 Michal Jaworecki/Myracenews

With a title defence that began in March with a 12th place finish at Myrtle Beach and a points killing 25th place at South Boston made it made the rest of the season an uphill battle. A win in the third race at Thompson where Justin has been so dominate the last 2 years gave Justin a glimmer of hope for another championship run.

Unfortunately for the 2018 champion, 5 time champion Doug Coby started the 2019 season strong jumping out to the early points lead leaving Justin looking up all season.

I spoke to Justin this week about the season and the pointers battle. Justin what are your thoughts about the World Series weekend? “Ryan Stone my crew chief always brings a great car to the track. ” Honestly I don’t wish bad luck on anyone but to get that championship I am going to have to have a good finish and Doug is going to have some sort of issue.”

“I do appreciate where we we are, defending champions and after that start we had to get 5 wins we still a chance to win championship #2. Since August we have had a lot of speed and you need that to have a chance”.

Not that Justin is conceding the championship but he admitted that it will be tough as the #2 Mayhew Tools team of Doug Coby always comes prepared and rarely has issues that cost them a race.

“We are more than ready, there is no pressure as we can not drop to 3rd place so the only way is up, will I be nervous? a little. Even though we are second in points it has been another amazing year, with 5 wins and 2 poles. “

What are Justins goals this weekend? “I hope to be fastest in practice, set fast time, lead the most laps and win the race then let the chips fall where they may.”

We talked about the large field of cars that will be at Thompson for the season ending race and how that can’t hurt because you never know what could happen.

With 19 points separating point leader Doug Coby and the only driver that can catch him Justin Bonsignore its going to be an exciting weekend to crown the 2019 NASCAR WMT Champion.

Practice is at noon today, group qualifying is at 4:00PM and on Sunday, the Sunoco World Series 150 at 3:30 to finish season and decide the 2019 championship.

FRIDAY RACING WASHED OUT AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK’S SUNOCO WORLD SERIES

By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 

THOMPSON, Conn. — Persistent rain in the area forced Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park officials to postpone Friday night racing action at the 57th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. 

With the postponement, Saturday’s schedule has been updated – with all the feature racing originally scheduled for Friday pushed back one day. Practice will begin at 8 a.m., with qualifying and feature racing set to roll through the day. 

For a full updated schedule, click this link, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com and the event schedule tab. 

Fans should keep up with Thompson’s social media throughout the day on Saturday for the latest updates, and also visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.  

THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK 2019
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR
EVENT SCHEDULE
UPDATED 7:10 PM 10/11/2019
10/11/2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019


6:30 AM PIT TICKETS SALES BEGIN
6:30 AM 5:00 PM NWMT CREDENTIALS OPEN
7:00 AM NWMT HAULERS ENTER
7:00 AM SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS MEETING (CLASSROOM)
7:15 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
7:45 AM NWMT CREW CHIEF MEETING (CLASSROOM)
TO FOLLOW NWMT RANDOM DRAW
8:00 AM 5:30 PM NWMT GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM 9:30 AM FINAL ROTATING PRACTICE
8:15 AM NWMT INSPECTION BEGINS
8:15 AM NWMT TIRE IMPOUND OPENS
9:00 AM NWMT ROOKIE DRIVERS / SPOTTERS MEETING (CLASSROOM)
9:35 AM 9:55 AM GSPSS QUALIFYING
10:00 AM 10:30 AM ISMA FINAL PRACTICE
10:35 AM NEMST QUALIFYING RACE(S) (8 LAPS EACH)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS LATE MODEL QUALIFYING RACE(S) (8 LAPS EACH)
11:10 AM NWMT DEADLINE TO DESIGNATE TIRES
TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK QUALIFYING RACE(S) (6 LAPS EACH)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS SK LIGHT QUALIFYING RACE(S) (8 LAPS EACH)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS LATE MODEL RACE (25 LAPS)
11:45 AM NWMT RELEASE CHANGE TIRES FROM IMPOUND
12:00 PM 1:20 PM NWMT FINAL PRACTICE
1:20 PM NWMT RELEASE QUALIFYING TIRES FROM IMPOUND
1:25 PM 2:15 PM ACT FINAL PRACTICE
1:30 PM NWMT DEADLINE TO RETURN CHANGE TIRES TO IMPOUND
TO FOLLOW ERTS TRUCKS QUALIFYING RACE(S) (5 LAPS EACH)
1:45 PM NWMT QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
TO FOLLOW NEMA QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ISMA QUALIFYING RACES (12 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS LIMITED SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING (8 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ACT QUALIFYING RACES (10 LAPS)
4:00 PM NWMT QUALIFYING (GROUP) (IMPOUND TIRES)
TO FOLLOW NWMT RETURN QUALIFYING TIRES TO IMPOUND
4:00 PM 4:30 PM VMRS AUTOGRAPH SESSION (MIDWAY)
TO FOLLOW NEMA LITE QUALIFYING RACES (6 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW PRE-RACE CEREMONIES
TO FOLLOW GSPSS RACE (50 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK RACE (15 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS SK LIGHT RACE (20 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NEMA RACE (25 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW PRO-4 MODIFIED RACE (22 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ACT RACE (75 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW VMRS RACE (50 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW ERTS RACE (35 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NEMST RACE (20 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW STAR RACE (15 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW OVM OPEN VINTAGE MODS RACE (15 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW STREET STOCK SHOWDOWN SERIES RACE (20 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NHSTRA LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN


THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK 2019
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR
EVENT SCHEDULE
UPDATED 7:10 PM 10/11/2019
10/11/2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019


9:00 AM 2:00 PM NWMT CREDENTIALS OPEN
10:00 AM NWMT GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NWMT TIRE IMPOUND OPENS
11:00 AM NWMT DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (CLASSROOM)
TO FOLLOW RWJM CHAPEL SERVICE
11:15 AM 11:45 AM LITTLE T EXHIBITION
11:15 AM NWAAS DRIVER MEETING (IF NECESSARY)
11:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
12:00 PM 12:30 PM ISMA START ENGINES
12:35 PM PRE-RACE CEREMONIES
TO FOLLOW NWAAS SUNOCO MODIFIED RACE (30 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS LIMITED SPORTSMAN RACE (20 LAPS)
1:00 PM NWMT RELEASE QUALIFYING TIRES FROM IMPOUND
1:30 PM NWMT RACE INSPECTION BEGINS
2:15 PM 2:45 PM NWMT DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION (Behind Turn 1 Side of Grandstands)
TO FOLLOW ISMA RACE (50 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NEMA LITE RACE (20 LAPS)
START OF ISMA RACE NWMT RELEASE QUALIFYING TIRES FROM IMPOUND
3:30 PM (APPROX) NWMT RACE (150 LAPS / 93.75 MILES)

Chuck Hossfeld Has the busiest Retirement Plan In Racing

By Michael Jaworecki Photo: Tom Morris

Westbury NY (October 10th 2019): On August 2nd 2019 the racing world was buzzing when Modified driver Chuck Hossfeld announced his retirement on social media. After he made the announcement he realized he should have said was he was retiring from driving his own equipment. All of it has been sold, the cars, the motors everything but the passion to race and win has not been retired.

Funny thing is what he called retirement was short lived and it has opened door to several rides that will keep Chuck busy for the balance of the year and maybe beyond. He was at Evergreen Raceway last weekend, he will be at Thompson Motorsports Park for the Sunoco World Series this weekend and he has upcoming races at Caraway and the North South Shootout at Hickory in November.

With Chuck entered in the upcoming season ending NASCAR WMT Sunoco 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park I thought I would check in and see how his “retirement” was going.

This weekend Chuck will be back in the Gershow Motorsports #21 LFR car that he has driven subbing for the injured Jimmy Blewett since Oswego.

When I caught up with Chuck as he was heading to the Sunoco World Series at Thompson by way of Oswego for NAPA Super Dirt week. Chuck and his girlfriend Sharilyn, his constant companion at the races.

We spoke of how since August how so many opportunities to race have come about. Mainly with Joe Bertuccio and the #21 Gershow Motorsports team. They have been a strong combination from day one and take away the pit road penalty might have been in the hunt for the win in that first race at Oswego.

Chuck really likes racing with the NASCAR WMT and with the #21 it has taken him to tracks he normally he would not get to race at. After Oswego he visited Riverhead Raceway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Stafford Speedway, doing well at all three.

I asked Chuck how he ended up with the ride after Jimmy Blewett broke his foot in a shop accident. ” That was Jimmy telling Joe Bertuccio the team owner to call. I was bit nervous but once I met car owner Joe Bertuccio and the team that changed.”

Chuck told me that it has been such a great time with the Gershow team. The entire team has made it fun and pretty easy. When he had to travel all night to Stafford after racing at Lake Erie Speedway running the the Race of Champions night before they had Amy Catalano qualify the car and without practice and qualifying he ended the day in 4th place.

Chuck gave so much credit to all the people on and around the team “Starting with Rob Fuller who has been a great help with the LFR car to crew chief Mike Bologna , spotter Brian Crammer or Pockets” , Tim Lento who spotted at Riverhead and the rest of the crew Shawn Okula, Honda Rob and Brian Brooks. Having JR Bertuccio as a teammate has been great too. When he was out of the New Hampshire race he pitched to help on my car .”

In our conversation I asked him about his favorite racing memory. With Chucks long and successful career I thought he would have to think about it for a bit. I was wrong, about that. “A good friend Ray Maciever had passed away and his wife had asked me to spread his ashes on the track at Lancaster Speedway. ” Chuck did that before a running of the US Open and then proceeded to go out and win that race. As a benefit for Ray he had also donated a autographed helmet that was being raffled off. He was determined to win back that helmet and bought so many tickets he did. Chuck still has that hemet in the shop and is a prized possession.

Chuck will be at Thompson this weekend to take a few more “retirement” laps but after speaking to him about his career and future plans I don’t think we won’t miss him very much as he will be around racing for a long time. It won’t be in the familiar Jerry Gradl Motors #22 but it will be in another Modified, as he told me “I will entertain offers”.