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JUSTIN BONSIGNORE OPENS WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SEASON WITH THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Justin Bonsignore opened the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season and his quest for a third series championship with a third-place finish at Martinsville Speedway on Thursday night, April 8. The driver of the No. 51 Coastal-Fiber, Kenneth Massa Motorsports machine was forced to start at the tail of the 35-car field after originally qualifying seventh, as the team found a potential leak and were forced to take a deeper look prior to the green.

While the car was sitting on the grid, Bonsignore’s team noticed a slow drip of water, and elected to bring the car back to the garage. Luckily, there were no major problems. He would enter the car and buckle the belts just moments before the green flag, and would begin to chase towards the front through a stacked field of cars in front of him.

“Just had to take the safe route and make sure everything was good. You don’t want to take any chances,” Bonsignore said of having to start at the rear.

If anything, all it did was give Bonsignore fans a chance to watch him dice through the field at one of NASCAR’s most historic tracks. Bonsignore took the lead for the first time just after halfway, and was the top contender for the start of the second half of the race. During a caution period with 52 laps to go, the Ken Massa Motorsports team went to work with fresh tires and some adjustments, and Bonsignore quickly took back control of the lead after restarting third.

However, it just wasn’t meant to be in Virginia. Eventual race winner Eric Goodale and second-place finisher Tyler Rypkema passed Bonsignore in the final laps and Bonsignore would settle for third. The third-place finish was the 16th consecutive top-five finish for Bonsignore in Whelen Modified Tour action. The run at Martinsville came behind the wheel of a brand new car prepared by Ryan Stone. 

“We did a longer run early in practice and we knew we had good speed, with not a lot of fall-off, the car was great to drive,” Bonsignore said. “There were no new-car jitters today. We raced our way up through the field, and had some really good strategy again by Ryan Stone. We just missed it on adjustments during the final stop. To continue the top-five streak is cool. Starting at the tail and working our way into the top-three is a really good day. If you can’t win, you have to go out and run in the top three. We were able to get the season off on the right foot.”

Bonsignore returns to the track on Sunday, September 25, when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will visit Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut. Following the tour race, Bonsignore will compete in the Tri Track Open Modified Series event at Monadnock Speedway on May 1.

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JUSTIN BONSIGNORE BEGINS QUEST FOR THIRD WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR TITLE AT MARTINSVILLE

STORY BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA

PHOTO MICHAEL JAWORECKI/MYRACENEWS

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. — With the offseason finally in the rear-view mirror, Justin Bonsignore begins the quest for his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship on April 8 at Martinsville Speedway. The Holtsville, New York, native leads a list of over 35 of his closest Modified competitors back to the Virginia oval for the first time since 2010 — as Bonsignore and the Kenneth Massa Motorsports team look to get the season started off on the right foot.

For the opener, Bonsignore will carry sponsorship from Coastal Fiber, LLC, a local Virginia company that is a full service fiber optic construction and splicing company. Already an established part of the team, Coastal Fiber founder Mark Langevin also is the owner of Phoenix Communications, Inc., Bonsignore’s primary sponsor on the Tour.

“I am very excited to partner with Coastal Fiber and return to the track with my entire KMM team at Martinsville,” Bonsignore said. “After a long winter, I can’t wait to begin chasing our third championship together.”

In one previous start at Martinsville, Bonsignore drove the Kenneth Massa Motorsports machine to a second-place finish in 2010. With some experience in his pocket, Bonsignore hopes to better that by one spot this time around. With 29 career Whelen Modified Tour wins, currently tied for sixth all-time with six-time series champion Doug Coby, Bonsignore has become the top contender on the tour. In the last three years of tour competition, the 33-year-old has 17 wins in 41 starts — ending up in Victory Lane an astounding 41% of the time. He looks to become just the fifth driver in the history of the series to win back-to-back titles.

To start the season at Martinsville, one of NASCAR’s most historic tracks, has Bonsignore more than excited.

“To open the season down at Martinsville just makes everything even more special and adds to the prestige of the Whelen Modified Tour and this event,” Bonsignore said. “To win at Martinsville would be huge for all of us. I’d love to take the grandfather clock home back to New York.”

The only practice sessions runs from 2:30-4 p.m., while single-car qualifying will take place at 6 p.m. The feature is scheduled to take the green flag at 8 p.m. The Whelen Modified Tour opener is just the start of a full weekend of NASCAR racing at Martinsville that will include both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series.

The Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 200 will have a tape-delayed broadcast on NBCSN on Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m.

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JUSTIN BONSIGNORE TO RUN FULL TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES SLATE WITH JIMMY PAIGE IN 2021

BY SOUZA MEDIA

PHOTO:NOATWATTS/MYRACENEWS

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. — Justin Bonsignore continues to add to his 2021 calendar.

The Holtsville, New York, driver, and two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, announced on Friday he will compete for Jimmy Paige in the six Tri Track Open Modified Series events. Bonsignore will drive the same No. 00 he drove for Paige in the 2020 Tri Track finale at Stafford Motor Speedway, where the combination finished fourth in the Modified Classic 81.

“I am really excited for an opportunity to run the Tri Track Open Modified Series in 2021 and drive for Jimmy Paige and his entire team,” Bonsignore said. “I enjoyed racing with them at Stafford, and loved the family atmosphere.”

The combination will begin their tenure together at Monadnock Speedway in the Tri Track opener on Saturday, May 1. Bonsignore is no stranger to Monadnock — having won the Whelen Modified Tour event at the track in 2020. Paige and the No. 00 team have also shown plenty of speed at Monadnock in previous events.

Bonsignore will also compete with the team at Star Speedway (May 22), Seekonk Speedway’s annual $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday (June 30), Star Speedway’s annual SBM (July 24), Monadnock (August 14) and Seekonk’s annual Haunted Hundred (October 23). 

Bonsignore will also compete for Ken Massa Motorsports, chasing his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title in 2021. The team also has intentions of competing in the historic Thompson 300 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park as part of Thompson’s Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing in October, and the annual Islip 300, set for November 13.

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