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Timmy Solomito and Justin Bonsignore Ready For the Thompson 125

Opening Icebreaker weekend at  Thompson Motorsports Park Speedway  Long Islander Timmy Solomito took his place along side many great drivers with his first NASCAR WMT win. That day he  also broke Doug Coby’s winning streak  at 5 a good day all around.

Timmy Solomito and crew in victory lane after his 2016 Icebreaker win (Michael Jaworecki Photo)

After a great start to the season with a 1st at Thompson and a 4th in the Spring Sizzler Timmy has struggled with a 15th place finish at The New London Waterford Speedbowl and a 23rd place finish at Stafford after a grinding crash late in the race have dropped him to 7th in points 35 points out of first.

We spoke to Timmy driver of the Diversified Metals #16 about getting back to the track where he won  his first NASCAR WMT race.

Timmy is excited to get back to Thompson as he believes his crew chief Sly Szabon, has a good baseline for Thompson.  He said “hopefully they can build on what we started Icebreaker weekend and have a strong run.”

Timmy talked about the rough patch they just went through and hopes that is behind them  He felt they had strong cars but had been in the wrong place at the wrong time resulting in finishes the were not an indication of how strong a car they had. He hopes to turn that bad luck around and get the #16 up front for a podium finish.

As far as being in 7th in points Timmy feels there is still a long way to get back to the top of the standings . The last 2 races really hurt but he is going to go out and run as best as he can to try and make up as many points as he can. His goal is to be smooth and consistent from here on out.  Timmy says “I have a great team and if any team can do it I know it is ours.”

#51 Justin Bonsignore at the April Icebreaker (Joseph Fernandes Photo)

Another Long Island driver that is really looking forward to Thompson is the driver of the M3 Technology #51 Justin Bonsignore.

When we caught up with Justin was at the shop helping  to scale the car and putting on some  finishing touches before loading the car for the trip up to Connecticut.

Thompson has always been a good track for Justin and his 3 wins  ties it with his 3 wins at his home track of Riverhead Raceway. Riverhead is also the last track he has won a race after sweeping both NASCAR WMT races there in 2015.

Justin  comes into the Thompson 125 in a good points position currently sitting in second place behind 3 time champion Doug Coby. If he wants to get to the top spot he will have to consistently  finish ahead of Doug  who has a 24 point lead on Justin.

Justin said ” I am just hoping for another great solid run at Thompson.  I’m hoping we can continue to keep running great and be in contention for the win.”  Justin went on to say” Its been since last August at Riverhead that  we won a race and I am itching to get the M3 Technologies #51 back to victory lane on Wed.”

Wed. June 15th the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Time trials at 7:00 and the 125 lap feature goes green at 8:45. And if you want to meet your favorite driver the autograph session starts at 7:45 right after time trials.




Riverhead Raceway Quick Results-Miller Lite Mullet Madness June 11th

June 11, 2016 – Riverhead Raceway Quick Results

NASCAR Modified Time Trials
1    06    Vincent Biondolillo    12.019
2    66    Timmy Solomito    12.024
3    0    Tommy Rogers Jr.    12.069
4    96    Howie Brode    12.080
5    84    John Fortin    12.086
6    15    Shawn Solomito    12.089
7    34    John Fortin Jr.    12.105
8    98    David Brigati    12.149
9    03    Ken Darch    12.172
10    2    Brendon Bock    12.248
11    19    David Schneider    12.250
12    14    Cory Midget    12.322
13    07    John Baker    12.431
14    11x    Dillion Steuer

Modifieds 50 #1
1    Timmy Solomito
2    Howie Brode
3    Vinny Biondolillo
4    Tom Rogers Jr.
5    Shawn Solomito
6    John  Fortin
7    John Fortin Jr.
8    John Baker
9    David H. Brigati
10    Ken Darch
11    Dillon Steuer
12    Cory Osland
13    Brendon Bock
14    David Schneider
15    Kyle Soper

INEX Legends
1    Kevin  Nowak
2    Jim Sylvester
3    Bryan Kelly
4    Gregory Harris
5    Kyle Soper
6    George Tomko Jr.
7    Dylan Slepian
8    Eric Hersey
9    Vinny Delaney
10    John Beatty
11    Allan Pedersen
12    Joe Warren
13    Kurt Krieger
14    Jerry Curran
15    Paul Dodorico
16    Jeff Otto Jr.
17    Kyle Kwasna
18    Dennis Kurras
19    William Hiscock
20    Silas Hiscock
21    John Mackie
22    Greg Dickerson
23    Richie Davidowitz Jr.
24    Brendon Bock
25    Kyle Ellwood
26    Ed Cheslak
27    Ray Fitzgerald
28    Chris Mitchell

Riverhead Modified Crates
1    Dillon Steuer
2    Terry Stiles
3    Bobby Gardner
4    David H. Brigati
5    Dylan Slepian
6    CJ Lehmann
7    Peter Bertuccio
8    Jason Hansen
Dennis Krupski DNS

Late Models
1    Chris Turbush
2    Kyle Ellwood
3    Eric Zeh
4    Mike Bologna
5    David Roys
6    Roger Oxee
7    Daryn Miller
8    Jeremy McDermott
9    Rob Pelis
10    Shawn Patrick
11    Steve Mastro
12    Brandon Turbush
13    Jack Orlando
14    Chris Lescenski
15    Kevin Metzger
16    Charlie MacWhinnie
17    Ray Minieri

Modifieds 50 #2
1    Timmy Solomito
2    John  Fortin
3    Shawn Solomito
4    Howie Brode
5    John Fortin Jr.
6    Cory Osland
7    David Schneider
8    John Baker
9    Tom Rogers Jr.
10    David H. Brigati
11    Vinny Biondolillo
12    Brendon Bock
13    Ken Darch
14    Kyle Soper
15    Dillon Steuer

Figure 8’s
1    Tom Ferrara
2    Roger Maynor
3    Artie Pedersen III
4    Mike Mujsce Sr.
5    Chris Elixson
6    Gary Fritz Jr.
7    Scott Pedersen
8    Kenneth Hyde Jr.
9    Mike Mujsce Jr.
10    Tom Kraft Jr

8 Cylinder Enduro
1    77    Mike D’Orta
2    3    Dale Doherty
3    11    Sean Fitzpatrick
4    8    Mark Wolf
5    75    Brian Halsey
6    80    Pat Collins
7    28    Justin Ferreri
8    91    Mike Sorrentino
9    20    James Johnson
10    47    Gary Hubbard
11    14    Jarred Halsey
12    29    Dennis Kurras
13    35    Adam Niedzwiecki
14    32    Stacy Halsey
15    95    Michael Asdahl
16    2    Tom Talbot
17    78    James Muench
18    74    Vinny Diprima
19    73    Dean Malizewski
20    33    David Verbeeck
21    134    William Callahan
22    42LI    Logan Fogg
23    17    Drew Scalfari

24    50    James McCarthy

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

  • Whelen Mods Headline 45th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler Weekend
  • Solomito Hitting His Stride


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 19, 2016) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour provides a difficult challenge to any newcomer hoping for immediate success. Veterans rule the roost, and have for a long time.

Timmy Solomito has experienced growing pains in his first few seasons like most drivers new to the tour. The tracks are unfamiliar. The competition is as stout as it is deep.

As the Whelen Modified Tour heads to Stafford Motor Speedway for Sunday’s NAPA Spring Sizzler 200, the 24-year-old may be hitting his stride after three seasons of learning the ropes.

The second-generation Long Island racer had an average finish of 22nd through his first five races before showing his potential with a pole and a podium at his home track, Riverhead Raceway, in his sixth start. There were good runs early on, but consistent top finishes are a challenge for all competitors.

A 21st was followed by a fifth, followed by an 11th.

Solomito’s third season on the tour marked a turning point. Although his average finish only improved by one position from 2014 to 2015, there were fewer lower results and more top finishes. Solomito finished third in the last two races of the season, the first back-to-back podiums of his career.

The culmination of Solomito’s growth came in the 2016 opener. He drove away from 15-time winner Ryan Preece and into Victory Lane for the first time in his career on April 10 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The focus now shifts to the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200. Solomito finished third in two of four trips to the historic half-mile last year. He will look to become the first driver since Ted Christopher in 2009 to record the Icebreaker-Spring Sizzler sweep.

RACE:  NAPA Spring Sizzler 200

PLACE:  Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway

DATE:  Sunday, April 24

TIME:  3:15 p.m. ET (approx.)

TRACK LAYOUT:  .5-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

2015 WINNER:  Woody Pitkat

2015 POLESITTER:  Ryan Preece

EVENT SCHEDULE:  Saturday – Practice 10:45-11:20 a.m., Final Practice 12-12:45 p.m., Qualifying 2:30 p.m., Sunday – NAPA Pit Party Driver Autograph Session 11-11:50 a.m.

TRACK CONTACT:  Scott Running, 860-684-2783, scottrunning@staffordspeedway.com

TRACK TWITTER:  @StaffordSpeedwy


NASCAR CONTACT:  Jason Cunningham, 704-201-6658, jcunningham@nascar.com, Twitter: @NASCAR_NE


Fast Facts:

The Race:  The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will headline Stafford Motor Speedway’s 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Weekend, the first of four trips to the historic half mile in 2016. The NAPA Spring Sizzler will be the second of 17 events on the schedule.

The Procedure:  The maximum starting field per the official entry blank is 33 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 200 laps (100 miles) and three change tires allowed for the event.

The Track:  A half-mile, slightly-banked oval, Stafford originated as a horse racing track in the 1870s. After seven decades as a horse track, the dirt oval started holding automobile races following World War II. Stafford became a NASCAR-sanctioned track in 1959 and was paved for the first time in 1967. Stafford’s 118 Whelen Modified Tour races are second all-time.

Race Winners:  There have been 32 different race winners at Stafford all-time, led by Mike Stefanik’s 20 victories. Stafford native Woody Pitkat is the defending winner of this race.

Pole Winners:  There have been 43 different pole winners at Stafford, led by Stefanik’s 17. Ryan Preece holds the tour’s track qualifying record at 17.924 seconds (100.424 mph), set during the 2012 Spring Sizzler.

NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 Notes:

Rule of Four:  Fifteen of the last 16 checkered flags at Stafford Motor Speedway have been captured among a select group of four drivers. Doug Coby (6), Woody Pitkat (2), Ryan Preece (4) and Bobby Santos (3) have owned Victory Lane at Stafford since the beginning of 2012. Santos’ success extends further back to when he also won three of four in 2010-11.

 He’s Back:  After missing the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the first time since 1996, Ted Christopher will be back in a Whelen Modified Tour car at his home track this weekend. Christopher has transitioned to a part-time competitor this year, but kept the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” on his schedule. The nine-time weekly track titlist at Stafford has participated in every Whelen Modified Tour Spring Sizzler race since 1994. Christopher has 12 tour wins overall at the track, including a record five in the Spring Sizzler.

 Brunnhoelzl Looks for Second Gen Win:  George Brunnhoelzl III will look to join his father on the list of all-time Whelen Modified Tour winners at Stafford this weekend. The four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion will head north for the first time with his No. 28 Chevrolet that has won two of four southern two races this year. His father, George Brunnhoelzl Jr., won a 200-lap Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford on Labor Day in 1986. The younger Brunnhoelzl made four starts at Stafford in 2010 with the No. 46 and recorded an average finish of 15th.

 Welcome Aboard:  Sunday’s NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 will see the Whelen Modified Tour debuts of Nick Salva and Walter Sutcliffe Jr. Salva recorded four feature wins last year in Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modified division and plans to contend for top rookie honors in SK Modifieds in 2016. He also has plans for seven Whelen Modified Tour appearances. Sutcliffe has an assorted stock car background, including the former NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division and more recently American-Canadian Tour late models. He ran an ACT car in last fall’s Thompson World Series.

 Extra Distance:  At 100 miles, Sunday’s NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 is the longest of the four trips to Stafford this year and the lengthiest short-track event on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule. The next race at the historic half-mile in June will be 125 laps while the August and October events are 150. The longest events of the season overall are at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where the tour runs 105.8 miles.

 Home Tracks:  SK Mods to Run 45 for 45

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified division will run a 45-lap feature on Sunday as a nod to this year’s NAPA Spring Sizzler being the 45th edition of Stafford Motor Speedway’s season-opening weekend. The headlining weekly division traditionally contests 40-lap features. Rowan Pennink is the defending SK Modified champion after he scored six wins, 17 top fives and 19 top 10s in 22 starts a year ago.