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JUSTIN BONSIGNORE FINISHES FOURTH AT OSWEGO SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Rebecca Eisele/Myracenews

OSWEGO, N.Y. — A tough qualifying effort didn’t slow Justin Bonsignore and the Kenneth Massa Motorsports team down on Saturday night, June 12, at Oswego Speedway. Bonsignore charged through the field into the top-five and left the Steel Palace 150 with a solid fourth-place finish behind the wheel of the Phoenix Communications No. 51. 

The only caution of the race flew just before halfway and the team went to work once again and gained Bonsignore crucial spots on pit road to get him closer to the front en route to a solid finish.

“We just missed it a little bit in qualifying being a little bit too tight, but late in the first run of the race, we had a really good car and the caution came out and the pit crew did their job again and got us a bunch of spots,” Bonsignore said. “We were a little bit too tight at the end of the race and it’s a really tough place to pass, but overall, it was a really good day considering we didn’t have the best car and we were able to come away with a top-five finish.”

Following the fifth race of the season, five different drivers have been to Victory Lane in tour competition. Bonsignore will look to become the first two-time winner of the season next time on the track, and will also look to gain points on leader Patrick Emerling. Bonsignore sits just three points back of the lead in his quest for his third Whelen Modfiied Tour championship.

Bonsignore will return to the track for round six of the Whelen Modified Tour season next Saturday, June 19, at his home track, Riverhead Raceway. For more information on Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his athlete page on Facebook.

Bonsignore Rolls To Oswego Looking For Second Straight Whelen Modified Tour Win

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Noah Watts Myracenews

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. — Justin Bonsignore’s quest for a third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship rolls on this Saturday, June 12, when the Holtsville, New York, native stays inside his home state and visits Oswego Speedway for the Steel Palace 150.

Entering the fifth race of the Whelen Modified Tour season, Bonsignore sits second, one point back of Patrick Emerling in the championship standings. Bonsignore is also the most recent series winner — driving the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Modified into Victory Lane at Jennerstown Speedway on Memorial Day weekend for his first win of the year.

If past results are any indication, Bonsignore should have a Kenneth Massa Motorsports machine that will be able to contend for the win at the .625-mile track. In four appearances at Oswego, Bonsignore has finished third, sixth, second, and first. Bonsignore won the most recent tour stop at the track in 2019 — as the Whelen Modified Tour did not visit Oswego last year due to COVID-19.

“Definitely really excited to go back to Oswego Speedway after not racing there last year,” Bonsignore said. “I love going there… We love going there as a team. With all of the history at the track, and our victory there a few years ago… we are confident that we will be strong, and in contention. It’s a tough track. You have to hit your marks every single lap to be comfortable.”

The race begins a busy month of June for Bonsignore — which will include two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races (Oswego and Riverhead Raceway) and one Tri Track Open Modified Series event (Seekonk Speedway).

Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race day schedule includes practice from 3-4 p.m., with Mayhew Tools pole qualifying set to go green at 6 p.m. The green flag for the Steel Palace 150 will drop at 7:30 p.m., and the race will air live on TrackPass via NBC Sports Gold. Advance grandstand tickets are available through JDVProductions.com and will also be available at the track. 

For more information on Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his athlete page on Facebook. 

JUSTIN BONSIGNORE HOLDS OFF DOUG COBY FOR JENNERSTOWN SALUTES 150 WIN AT JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza 

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

JENNERSTOWN, Pa. — Justin Bonsignore and Doug Coby are no strangers to running at the front of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field. The two of them have combined to win eight of the last nine championships on NASCAR’s oldest touring series — and on Saturday night — they fought hard in the final two laps to decide the winner of the Jennerstown Salutes 150 presented by DGV on Memorial Day weekend.

In a chaotic, close finish, Bonsignore held off Coby by a mere car length to win the fourth race of the Whelen Modified Tour season and the only stop at Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway for this year. Coby chased the back bumper of Bonsignore’s No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. machine around the .522-mile oval over the final 50 laps, and closed to the bumper when they took the white flag.

Through turns one and two on the final lap, Coby got a run, while Bonsignore slid sideways down the beginning of the backstretch. By the time they entered turn three, Coby was looking outside Bonsignore — but couldn’t quite draw even. They crossed the line with Bonsignore beating Coby, followed by Craig Lutz, Woody Pitkat and Patrick Emerling. It was the 30th career win for Bonsignore, his second at Jennerstown, and first of the season.

Bonsignore was carrying the name of Air Force Staff Sergeant David A. Wieger, who passed away in war in 2007, on his No. 51 Kenneth Massa Motorsports machine. In Victory Lane, the Holtsville, New York, native donated the race winning trophy to the Wieger family, who were in attendance. All Whelen Modified Tour cars carried a roof decal with the name of a fallen hero as part of Saturday’s race event at Jennerstown, and multiple of the families attended what was a bit of a wet and brisk night. The race was a partnership between JDV Production — led by Josh Vanada — NASCAR — and Operation Vet NOW Inc. (OVN). 

“My guys nailed the pit stop during the race but the driver almost gave it away at the end,” Bonsignore said. “It’s great to get back to Victory Lane. We were bummed here at Jennerstown last year, we won the first race, but felt like we gave the second race away. Big thanks to the fans for coming out and sticking today out with us. The best part of today was honoring David Wieger, and getting this car to Victory Lane.”

Bonsignore won the Mayhew Tools pole award in qualifying, his 16th of his career, second consecutive this season and third consecutive at Jennerstown. He led the field to the green with Coby to his outside, and dominated the first half of the race. However, it was another Bonsignore — his cousin Kyle — who rolled to the top spot before a caution slowed the action.

Justin Bonsignore’s pit crew got the job done — getting him out ahead of Kyle — as Justin drove around Patrick Emerling to the lead and never looked back. Coby ran inside the top-five for the duration of the race and finished a solid second, coming off a recent victory at Riverhead Raceway on May 15. 

Lutz, who won at Jennerstown in August of 2020, was followed by Pitkat, who went a lap down early and earned the lucky dog, recovering for a solid top-five effort. Patrick Emerling, who took over the Whelen Modified Tour points lead with 10 races remaining, finished the top-five. 

Jon McKennedy was sixth, followed by Kyle Bonsignore, J.B. Fortin, Tommy Catalano and Dave Sapienza. The only major mishap of the race came when Ron Silk and Tyler Rypkema made contact with 94 laps complete, both spun, and the incident collected Eric Goodale, who entered the series points leader. All three drivers failed to finish the race.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Oswego Speedway for the first of two visits to the New York oval on Saturday, June 12 — in a race that will also be promoted by JDV Productions. Saturday’s event at Jennerstown was the first of three promoted by JDV, led by Josh Vanada, for the 2021 Whelen Modified Tour season.

For more information on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, visit NASCAR.com. For more information on JDV Productions, visit JDVProductions.com.

RACE RESULTS: JENNERSTOWN SALUTES 150 PRESENTED BY DGV:

  1. Justin Bonsignore
  2. Doug Coby
  3. Craig Lutz
  4. Woody Pitkat
  5. Patrick Emerling
  6. Jon McKennedy
  7. Kyle Bonsignore
  8. JB Fortin
  9. Tommy Catalano
  10. Dave Sapienza
  11. Max McLaughlin
  12. Anthony Nocella
  13. Timmy Solomito
  14. Timmy Catalano
  15. Walter Sutcliffe Jr.
  16. Melissa Fifield
  17. Scott Wylie
  18. Eric Goodale
  19. Ron Silk
  20. Tyler Rypkema