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Justin Bonsignore Starts The 2020 NASCAR WMT season with a Dominating Win

On a beautiful western Pennsylvania day the NASCAR WMT finally got its season off the the ground with the Wade Cole 133 at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex.

The complex hosted the NASCAR WMT for the first time since 2006 when the late TC Ted Christopher driving the back up Ed Whelan #86 overcame an early bobble to take the win.

Justin finished the 2019 season with a win at Thompson but just missed winning the championship. Fast forward to 2020 Justin Bonsignore in the Ken Massa owned Phoenix Communications #51 started from the pole and dominated all 133 laps. Even after all the teams had 5 minute break to adjust the cars they were no match for the #51 machine. His opening day win is a big statement that he will be a top contender for the 2020 championship,.

Second place finisher Craig Lutz in the Riverhead Building Supply #46 charged to second place but that’s as far as he would move up.

Jon McKennedy lucked out with and an issue right before the break and passed several cars to finish 3rd may have been the fastest as the laps ran out.

The unofficial finish of the WadeCole 133 at Jennerstown Speedway Complex. June 21st 2020

1 51   Justin BonsignorePhoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)Chevrolet133  
2 46   Craig LutzRiverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)Chevrolet1331.776  
3 7   Jon McKennedyUltra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin)Chevrolet1334.126  
4 60   Matt HirschmanPeeDee Motorsports   (Roy Hall)Chevrolet1338.997  
5 25   Calvin CarrollPower w / Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)Chevrolet13311.077  
6 85   Ron SilkStuart’s Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)Chevrolet13311.233  
7 10   Doug CobyMayhew Tools   (Philip Moran)Chevrolet13311.338  
8 22   Kyle BonsignoreChalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)Chevrolet13311.708  
9 3   Matt SwansonUSNE / SYP / All Phases   (Jan Boehler)Chevrolet13311.724  
10 64   Rob SummersAll Source / Hughes Motor / Luminere   (Mike Murphy)Chevrolet13312.078  
11 06   Sam RameauCentral Mass TreeChevrolet13312.144  
12 75   Chris PasteryakDawley’s Collison & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)Chevrolet13312.164  
13 36   Dave SapienzaSapienza Racing   (Judy Thilberg)Chevrolet13314.136  
14 58   Eric GoodaleGAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)Chevrolet13314.943  
15 66   Timmy SolomitoEast West Marine / Flamingo Mtrsprt   (Jerry Solomito)Ford1321 Lap  
16 1   Woody PitkatDunleavy’s Truck & Trailer / Gunsmoke Stables   (Eddie Harvey)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
17 4   Jeff Gallup *Ceravolo’s Auto   (Richie Gallup)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
18 32   Tyler RypkemaWelcome / Musco   (Dean Rypkema)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
19 07   Patrick EmerlingTBA   (Jennifer Emerling)Chevrolet0132  
20 2   J.R. BertuccioGershow Racing   (Joseph Bertuccio)Chevrolet1321 Lap  
21 55   Jeremy GerstnerLowder Const / KD Const   (Dawn Gerstner)Ford1321 Lap  
22 20   Edward McCarthy *McCarthy’s Marine   (TBA)Chevrolet1312 Laps  
23 34   J.B. FortinJohns Fuel Oil Inc / Johns Tree Removal   (Nicole Fortin)Chevrolet1303 Laps  
24 5   John Beatty,, Jr.MSM / EliteChevrolet1303 Laps  
25 88   Roger Turbush *JCR Motorsports   (TBA)Chevrolet1294 Laps  
26 82   Chase DowlingHorton Avenue Materials   (TBA)Chevrolet1267 Laps  
27 01   Melissa FifieldPine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield)Chevrolet1249 Laps  
28 50   Ronnie WilliamsEmpower Financial Advisory / RB Ent   (Paul Les)Chevrolet10726 Laps  
29 56   Amy Catalano *Catalano Motorsports   (Allie Brainard)Chevrolet10429 Laps  
30 45   Timmy CatalanoCatalano Motorsports   (David Catalano)Chevrolet9637 Laps  
31 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)Chevrolet7756 Laps  
32 54   Tommy CatalanoCatalano Motorsports   (Zachary Reissner)Chevrolet5380 Laps  
33 24   Andrew KrauseSupreme Mtg   (Diane Krause)Chevrolet24109 Laps  
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.

PIT BOX: Jennerstown Ready For Whelen Modified Tour Opener

First it was slated for Virginia. Then it was scheduled for South Carolina. When the long-awaited 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener finally rolls around, it will be in Pennsylvania, courtesy of Jennerstown Speedway.

While the site has changed, the familiar faces of the tour are ready roll with the changes and get the season going.

The Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair will be held Saturday without fans in the grandstands at the popular Pennsylvania short track.


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The biggest change from 2019 actually occurred over the winter, before the COVID-19 Pandemic, when four-time championship car owner Mike Smeriglio III announced his retirement from racing following another championship season with driver Doug Coby.

That means Coby, in a new-look No. 10, will begin chase for his seventh tour championship Sunday, as a newly-minted driver/owner

The Whelen Modified Tour will visit Jennerstown for the first time since 2006, when the late Ted Christopher took the win on the .522-mile oval. Coby was ninth that night driving the No. 77 for Curt Chase. Fourteen years, 28 wins and six titles later, Coby will the tour’s return.

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He’ll face a strong field of competitors, as the Modified drivers and teams have been champing at the bit to get back racing. After the original opener at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway was postponed by the pandemic and the rescheduled opener at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway was bumped by the weather, Jennerstown is now up.

RELATED: Whelen Modified Tour Reschedules Opener To Jennerstown

Thirty-five entries have been filed for the race, which will honor long-time Whelen Modified Tour veteran Wade Cole, who passed away over the winter.

The tour has run 14 races between 1987-2006 at the central Pennsylvania track, with five-time tour champion Tony Hirschman Jr. winning in 1999 and then again when the tour returned in 2005. He was second to Christopher the following year. Hirschman’s son, Matt, has had his success at the track in the Race Of Champions modified series, and is among those set to challenge Coby this weekend. Another contender for the win is Jon McKennedy, who has won in just about every open-wheel division in the northeast, including picking up an IMSA Super Modified victory at Jennerstown in 2017.

McKennedy was 10th and Matt Hirschman 12th in the tour’s 2006 race at Jennerstown.

Long Island’s Justin Bonsignore, the 2018 tour champion, closed last year with three wins in the last five races. Ron Silk, Craig Lutz and Woody Pitkat all visited Victory Lane in 2019 and will be in the hunt to do so again.

RACING REFERENCE: Previous NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Jennerstown | NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers career stats at Jennerstown | 2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Standings


PLACEJennerstown Speedway
DATESunday, June 21, 2020
TIME12:30 p.m. ET
TELEVISION/RADIOTrackpass on NBC Gold (live), 2:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN — Friday, June 26, 12 a.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT.566-mile paved oval
EVENT SCHEDULESunday, June 21 — Garage opens: 8:15 a.m. ET; Practice: 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.; Qualifying: 1:45 p.m.; Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair: 2:30 p.m.
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HASHTAG#WadeCole133, #NWMT


CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Morocco Welding/Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair is limited to 30, including provisional positions. The field will be set by qualifying (1-24) and provisional process per the entry blank (25-30) for the Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair. In the event that qualifying as stated on this entry blank does not take place for any unforeseen circumstance, the field will be set in accordance with the 2020 NASCAR Touring Series Rule Book.

QUALIFYING: Two consecutive qualifying laps. Faster lap determines qualifying position. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicle must qualify on race set up.

The Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair will be 133 laps (69.43 miles) and is to be run in two (2) segments. The race will have a halfway break, at or near the conclusion of Lap 70. All participants in the event will be allowed to make changes that would normally occur during a routine pit stop. A maximum of five (5) uniformed crew members in the car servicing area. Teams will be allowed to change all four (4) tires – two change tires and teams may swap front/rear on left side – and add fuel. Change tires can only be utilized during the break. Fuel cannot be added at the same time that tires are being changed.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice and four (4) for qualifying and to start the race, plus an additional two (2) for a total of 10 (10) tires.

NASCAR Whelen modified tour return to martinsville postponed

BY: Kyle Souza / PHOTO: Getty Images

NASCAR announced on Friday they were postponing events originally scheduled for Martinsville Speedway on May 8-9. No makeup date was immediately announced.

This includes what was slated to be the opener of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, the MaxPro Window Films 200, under the lights on Friday night, May 8. NASCAR also said they are hoping to begin racing sometime in May without spectators, but it’s unclear at this time what this would mean for the start of the Whelen Modified Tour season.

The full statement from NASCAR read:

“NASCAR is postponing the scheduled events on May 8-9 at Martinsville Speedway. Our intention remains to run all 36 races, with a potential return to racing without fans in attendance in May at a date and location to be determined. The health and safety of our competitors, employees, fans and the communities in which we run continues to be our top priority. We will continue to consult with health experts and local, state and federal officials as we assess future scheduling options.”

A statement from Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said:

“We want to thank all of our dedicated fans who were set to join us during our May race weekend and our first NASCAR Cup Series race under the lights,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “The well-being and safety of our patrons, NASCAR stakeholders, employees and our community continues to be our number one priority. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times and we look forward to having everyone back in the near future to help us make history once again at Martinsville Speedway.”

NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour was set to return to Martinsville for the first time in 10 years.