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HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. – Just six days off his Riverhead Raceway win, Justin Bonsignore will return to the track with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Saturday, May 27 at Lee USA Speedway. Set to compete in the Granite State Derby 175, Bonsignore will head to Lee looking to improve on his finish there last year of 10th.
All NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars will carry the name of fallen heroes on their roof with a decal for the Lee event, as part of Memorial Day weekend. Bonsignore’s No. 51 Kenneth Massa Motorsports entry will hold the name of USMC Cpl. Michael Ouellette, who passed away during combat operations in Afghanistan in 2009. Ouellette was involved in an action in the Middle East where he lost his life while enabling the evacuation/withdrawal of 28 other troops. He was awarded the US Navy Cross for “extraordinary heroism in combat.” The Navy Cross is the highest military decoration awarded by the US Navy.
“Memorial Day is a special time for everyone and we’re honored to have this tradition continue of carrying a fallen hero, in this case USMC Cpl. Michael Ouellette, on the No. 51 for the Granite State Derby at Lee. These heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. It’s been a strong start to the season on the track for us and coming off a win is always a good feeling,” Bonsignore said. “We’ve had consistent speed in our cars and all the credit goes to Ryan Stone and the guys that work so hard to make sure we’re prepared. Lee is definitely a track that eats up tires and with two opportunities to change tires during 175 laps, the race will be a mix of tire conservation and strategy. We’re looking forward to getting back up there to New Hampshire and keeping our momentum rolling.”
Saturday’s race day at Lee USA Speedway will include one practice session from 1:40-2:25 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools pole qualifying at 6:30 p.m. The green flag for the Granite State Derby 175 will drop at 7:45 p.m., live on FloRacing.TV for those who can’t make it to New Hampshire. For those who can, tickets and information on the event is available at JDVProductions.com.
For more information on three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore and his Kenneth Massa Motorsports team, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his Athlete page on Facebook for the latest updates.
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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – A classic short-track battle between two of the veterans of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ended with Justin Bonsignore’s 10th career Riverhead Raceway win on Sunday afternoon in the Buzz Chew 200. Bonsignore started from the top spot after scoring his 25th career pole in qualifying and ran second for much of the race, but was able to roll the outside lane by Ron Silk on a late restart to get back to Victory Lane.
Silk led much of the race – but a caution late stacked the field up and gave Bonsignore another shot. The two battled side-by-side, beating and banging during a short-track battle in New York. Off turn four, Bonsignore was sideways on the outside lane, but a caution flew for a multiple-car accident and Bonsignore was out front, holding the advantage for the final restart of the 200-lap race.
Bonsignore drove off turn four to the checkered flag. The victory places Bonsignore just one short of the Whelen Modified Tour wins record at Riverhead – 11 – held by Mike Ewanitsko. Bonsignore will have a chance to tie when the series returns to Riverhead on June 24.
The win was also Bonsignore’s 36th career – giving him sole possession of fourth place on the all-time wins list on the Whelen Modified Tour. He now sits just seven wins short of Ted Christopher for the top-three.
“Ron and I have been beating the heck out of each other all year,” Bonsignore said, as both drivers now have top-five finishes in all four races. “The caution towards the end was good for us. You just have to keep yourself in these races and it fell our way today. It’s unbelievable to get number 10 at Riverhead. I can’t thank everyone on this team enough. It’s a cool way to get to Victory Lane. All of these are special. Tying MIke has been a goal of ours for a long time and to get this close to the record is special. These races never get any easier to win.”
In just six days, Justin Bonsignore will return to the track with the next race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule – the Granite State Derby at Lee USA Speedway – on Saturday, May 27. For more information and tickets for the race, visit JDVProductions.com.
For more information on Justin Bonsignore and the Kenneth Massa Motorsports team, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his Athlete page on Facebook for the latest news and updates.
Three-Time Series Champ Looking For 10th Career Tour Triumph at New York Bullring
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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Justin Bonsignore and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour roll into Riverhead Raceway for the first of three stops at the New York oval this Sunday afternoon, May 21. Bonsignore, a three-time series champion, has nine career Whelen Modified Tour wins at his home track, including the most recent 200-lap event last September.
On that night, Bonsignore captured victory in the special Ed Partridge Memorial event, leading 211 of the 256 laps after starting from pole position. The victory continued to inch Bonsignore closer to Mike Ewanitsko’s record of 11 Whelen Modified Tour wins at Riverhead, leaving him just two short. At 35-years-old, Bonsignore is hoping to take sole possession of that record before he hangs up the helmet.
After growing up at Riverhead, and still attending races there when scheduling permits, Bonsignore knows accomplishing the feat would be special. But for now – he has his sights set on Sunday afternoon – with the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 at 2:45 p.m.
“We just take it one race at a time and we are heading to Riverhead off three top-five finishes to start the 2023 season,” Bonsignore said. “We’re looking to keep the momentum rolling and unload there with a strong car and make it to the end with a chance to win. Racing at Riverhead is always tight, and requires you to make sure you have enough in the car to be able to race for the win. The Whelen Modified Tour races at Riverhead are a tough battle with the local regulars and all of the Tour regulars racing against each other. It’s cool to be able to race the guys that grind it out there weekly on this stage.”
Saturday’s Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 includes one NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice session from 11:15-12 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools qualifying at 1:30 p.m., and the drop of the green flag for 200 laps at 2:45 p.m. All of the racing action will air live on FloRacing.TV for those who can’t make it to the track.
For more information on three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore, fans are encouraged to visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his Athlete page on Facebook for the latest updates, including from the track on race day.
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WINCHESTER, N.H. – Justin Bonsignore scored his third consecutive top-five finish to open the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season on Saturday at Monadnock Speedway. Bonsignore won the Mayhew Tools pole award in qualifying for the Duel at the Dog – his 24th career pole – and rolled off out front, leading the first portion of the race.
After being passed by eventual winner Doug Coby, Bonsignore would ride inside the top-three for most of the race, until sliding to the bottom of the top-five in the final few circuits. The fifth-place effort for the Holtsville, New York, native was his ninth top-five finish in 10 career starts at the New Hampshire bullring and continued a hot start to the 2023 season.
Up next for Justin Bonsignore and his Ken Massa Motorsports team will be a trip to Riverhead Raceway in New York on Saturday, May 20 for the next NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race.
For more information on three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his Athlete page on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Round Three on Tap in New Hampshire
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HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. – With top-five finishes in the first two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races of the season in the rear-view mirror, three-time series champion Justin Bonsignore is ready for round three this weekend. Bonsignore will pilot the No. 51 Phoenix Communications entry in the Duel at the Dog 200 on Saturday, May 6 at Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire.
Bonsignore enters Monadnock with a stout history at the track. In nine career Whelen Modified Tour starts there, Bonsignore has four wins, eight top-fives and top-10 finishes in all of his starts. Dating back to 2020, Bonsignore has been to Victory Lane in the last two Whelen Modified Tour races at Monadnock. After two events, Bonsignore sits third in the series point standings, one point back, with 17 races still remaining in the 19-race schedule.
“We always have enjoyed racing at Monadnock and we’ve had a great amount of success there over the years with multiple wins,” Bonsignore said. “The track has two distinct corners that you drive a bit differently from the other and it puts on a great race. With 200 laps and no pit stop for new tires, saving your equipment and making sure you have something for the end will be important in deciding who wins. We’re looking to build on a strong start to the season and get a busy stretch of racing going with a strong run.”
Saturday’s race day schedule at Monadnock includes quick turnarounds with a 5 p.m. green flag for 200 laps. Teams will practice from 12:20-1:20 p.m., while Mayhew Tools pole qualifying is set for 2:30 p.m. Race day at Monadnock also includes six other divisions of racing. Tickets for the event are available in advance at JDVProductions.com and will also be available at the track on race day. For those who can’t make it, the race will also air live on FloRacing.TV at 5 p.m.
For more information on the Duel at the Dog weekend at Monadnock Speedway, visit JDVProductions.com. For more information on three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his Athlete page on Facebook for updates, including from the track on race day.