A STORY BY NASCAR.COM/Kyle Souza
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore posted the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday.
Bonsignore drove the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet to the top spot ahead of the Jersey Shore 150 at Wall Stadium Speedway — the fifth race of the season. Bonsignore’s fast lap of 12.287 seconds (96.688 mph) earned him his 12th career pole and second of the season. Much like many of the other competitors, it will be Bonsignore’s first Whelen Modified Tour start at the third-mile. The last visit for the series was in 2007 — a race won by home town favorite Jimmy Blewett.
RACING-REFERENCE: Jersey Shore 150 Qualifying Results
Andrew Krause, a home town favorite who paced the only practice of the day, qualified second with a time of 12.357 seconds (96.140 mph). Former series champion and South Boston Speedway winner Ron Silk rounded out the podium in third. Rob Summers was fourth, followed by Timmy Solomito. Six through 10 went to Doug Coby, Tommy Catalano, Patrick Emerling, Danny Bohn and Matt Swanson.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the Jersey Shore 150 at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The fifth race of the season takes the green flag live on FansChoice.TV.
A STORY BY NASCAR.COM
STAFFORD, Conn. — Justin Bonsignore is chasing his first career win at Stafford Motor Speedway. He’s showing plenty of reason that it may come at the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200.
Bonsignore, who has been fastest in practice, won the Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award in qualifying for Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race.
Bonsignore had a lap of 17.835 seconds (100.925 mph) around the half-mile in his No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet to edge Doug Coby and Chris Pasteryak. Coby, an 11-time winner at Stafford, qualified second at 17.929 (100.396). Pasteryak was third at 18.061 (99.662).
RACING-REFERENCE: NAPA SPRING SIZZLER 200 QUALIFYING RESULTS
It was Bonsignore’s 11th career pole and third at Stafford. He finished 12th after qualifying first in the NAPA Fall Final last year in the race in which he clinched his first tour championship. Chase Dowling qualified fourth, followed by Matt Swanson. Dave Sapienza, Anthony Nocella, Patrick Emerling, Rob Summers and Timmy Solomito rounded out the top 10.