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)

Stafford Speedway Ladies Challenge Raises Over $18,000 for Charity

(Stafford Springs, CT)—After a successful debut at the 2018 NAPA Fall Final, the Ladies Challenge race returned to Stafford Speedway as part of 2019 NAPA Fall Final Weekend.  Eleven women associated with Stafford teams competed in Street Stocks and raised over $18,000 for various charities.  Combined with over $35,000 raised in 2018, the Ladies Challenge has raised over $53,000.  11 different charities were represented in the special event, thanks to the hard work of these amazing ladies and car owners in the Street Stock division.

The starting lineup for the Ladies Challenge was determined by the total donations raised for their selected foundation or charity.  Debbie DeSanctis, the winner of the 2018 Ladies Challenge race, once again teamed with Johnny Walker’s #01 car and raised funds for the Massachusetts chapter of Honor and Remember.  DeSanctis led all fundraisers with $3,805 to put her on the pole for the 8-lap race.  DeSanctis rebounded from a mid-race spin to charge back through the field and finish second.

Stafford Speedway Pit Reporter Nicole LaRose was the second leading fundraiser donating $3,368 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in honor of her Stafford TV Production colleague Heather Chaponis. Heather beat breast cancer after being diagnosed shortly after the 2018 NAPA Fall Final.  LaRose piloted the #11 Travis Hydar ride to victory by holding off the hard charging DeSanctis in the closing laps of the Ladies Challenge.

Ashley Bubna, girlfriend of Stafford SK Modified® regular Matt Galko, started third after raising $3,156 for the Catherine V. Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, located in Sandy Hook, CT.  Bubna teamed with Adrien Paradis, III and the #19 Street Stock machine and she finished 6th.  

Dana Jannetty, girlfriend of Stafford SK Modified® regular Joey Cipriano, took the fourth starting position by raising $2,285 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Jannetty drove Marvin Minkler’s #71 car and finished right where she started in fourth place. 

Allison Boyle, daughter of Stafford Limited Late Model driver Jim Boyle, started the race from 5th after raising $1,501 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp.  Boyle drove the #53 car that is normally driven by Paul Bourdon, Jr. and she finished 9th.

Racing for America’s Vet Dogs, Mary Ann Gambacorta, wife and car owner of Street Stock driver Vince Gambacorta, and mother to Late Model driver Kevin Gambacorta, started in the 6th position by raising $1,139.  Gambacorta improved her starting position by one spot as she took the checkered flag in 5th place.

Elizabeth Vassar, wife of SK Modified® regular Matt Vassar, raced for the Connecticut Humane Society.  Vassar raised $645 to start the race from 7th and she finished the race in 10th place.

Heather Varricchio, wife of Late Model regular Paul Varricchio, Jr., started in the 8th position after raising $635 for the Kessler Foundation.  Varricchio drove the #94 Rent A Racecar machine that Chris Danielczuk piloted during the 2019 season to an 8th place finish.

Brianna Macha, daughter of Street Stock regular David Macha, Sr., started in the 9th position after raising $607 for the Connecticut chapter of Make A Wish.  Macha drove her father’s #37 car and came home with a 7th place finish in her very first outing in a competitive race.

Tiffany Spinnato, wife of Rent A Racecar co-owner Gary Spinnato, was racing to raise money for Disabled American Veterans.  Spinnato raised $605 to claim the 10th starting position and she drove the #22 Rent A Racecar machine to an 11th place finish. 

Filling out the field was Laura Secore, wife of Stafford Street Stock driver Dave Secore.  Secore raised $560 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and despite starting last, she drove through the field behind the wheel of her husband’s #38 car to finish on the podium in third place. 

For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

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