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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.

CHASE DOWLING FINISHES EIGHTH DRIVING FOR DOUG COBY RACING AT OSWEGO SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Rebecca Eisele/Myracenews

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Making his debut for Doug Coby Racing, Chase Dowling piloted the No. 10 Mayhew Tools NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour entry to an eighth-place finish at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, June 12.

Dowling qualified the car on the outside of the front row and ran inside the top-10 for the first half of the race. However, during the only caution flag period of the race, Dowling was forced to the tail end of the longest line for the restart after receiving a penalty to the end of the line from NASCAR for what officials said was a pit road infraction.

Dowling charged from the back of the line and only could salvage eighth, but was happy with the speed under the hood of the car at the end.

“We were pretty good, qualified well and just missed it a little bit on the setup at the beginning,” Dowling said. “At the end of the race, I thought we were really fast. We had to drive from the end of the line there and we never got a caution. Kind of a bummer end to the day for us.”

Doug Coby Racing will return to competition on Saturday, June 19, with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Riverhead Raceway. Team pilot and six-time series champion Doug Coby will return to the seat looking for his second straight win at the New York bullring after taking the Oswego race off and winning the inaugural SRX event at Stafford Motor Speedway.

For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit the team on Facebook.

MATT HIRSCHMAN ROCKETS TO STEEL PALACE 150 WIN AT OSWEGO SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Rebecca Eisele/Myracenews

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Matt Hirschman may not run the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour often, but when he does, he makes his trips well worth it. The Pennsylvania driver drove to his fourth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at Oswego Speedway on Saturday night, which was his second at the tricky New York oval. Hirschman became the fifth different winner in the first five races of the tour season by pulling away from NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece in the final laps to win the Steel Palace 150.

The race was the second of three for the season promoted by JDV Productions, led by Josh Vanada.

“I love every ripple, bump and crack in this place,” Hirschman said. “I’ve been coming here for a long time and it’s a special place to my whole family. I’ve always just enjoyed coming up here. This place has a lot of character and it really suits me well. It’s tough winning these races. We’re a limited, part-time team.”

Max McLaughlin won the Mayhew Tools pole award in qualifying and led the first 44 laps, before Craig Lutz took the lead on lap 45. Hirschman, who qualified third, would follow to second — and the two drivers pulled away from their challengers until Hirschman made the move around for the top spot on lap 67. Entering turn three on the same lap, contact from a lapped car sent Lutz spinning in the next corner, drawing the only caution period of the race.

During the caution, pit stops for fresh Hoosier rubber and Sunoco fuel ended with Lutz back out front over Ron Silk, Chuck Hossfeld, who was fastest in practice, and Patrick Emerling, for the restart. Hirschman lined up fifth for the green — with two-time tour champion Justin Bonsignore in sixth. 

Hirschman worked his way to second within two laps, then passed Hossfeld for the lead on lap 85. He would never relinquish the top spot for the rest of the distance — but it wasn’t an easy run to the checkered flag. Preece charged from outside the top-five right to the front, taking second on lap 94, then setting chase for Hirschman. Preece chased his back bumper over the final 50 laps, coming close, but couldn’t get around.

Behind Hirschman and Preece was Patrick Emerling — who maintained the series points lead with a third-place finish. Justin Bonsignore and Kyle Ebersole finished the top-five over Woody Pitkat, Tyler Rypkema, Chase Dowling, Anthony Nocella and Ron Silk.

McLaughlin finished 11th after leading laps early, while Lutz was 17th, three laps down. Twenty-four drivers took the green flag in the Steel Palace 150.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Saturday, June 19, at Riverhead Raceway in New York. JDV Productions will return to series promotion on Saturday, August 21 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine.

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