By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Justin Bonsignore captured a second-place finish in the Buzz Chew 200 at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night. The three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion was out front of the seventh race of the season in the final stages, but Riverhead weekly regular Kyle Soper found his way around, capturing his first Whelen Modified Tour win.
Bonsignore qualified sixth and quickly worked his way to the front, challenging inside the top-five for the entire race. Bonsignore passed Soper originally for the lead on lap 143 and was at the front of the field until lap 189, when Soper slid around. The No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. machine would cross the line second after 200 laps – a strong run – and the second podium in a row for the Ken Massa Motorsports team following a win at Monadnock Speedway last weekend.
“It was an amazing race,” Bonsignore said. “Our car was really good through the middle section of the race, and once we got the lead, I thought we were in good shape. I just started to free up a little bit at the end. Kyle’s car was just way too good. All in all, a good run for us. A win last week, and a second-place today.”
Justin Bonsignore will return to the track on Saturday, July 9, at Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour main event.
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By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. – Fresh off his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season at Monadnock Speedway last weekend, three-time champion Justin Bonsignore is ready for a return home this weekend. Bonsignore will begin the busy summer stretch at his home track, Riverhead Raceway, on Saturday, June 25, in the Buzz Chew 200.
In 22 career Whelen Modified Tour starts at Riverhead, Bonsignore has eight victories, with his most recent coming at the end of the 2019 season. Since then, the Holtsville, New York, native has three podium runs and one DNF, which came earlier in 2022, due to a mechanical issue.
Overall, Bonsignore leads all active drivers with eight wins at the quarter-mile. He’s finished inside the top-five in 18 of his starts and led over 1,000 laps at the New York oval.
“I’m excited to get back to Riverhead,” Bonsignore said. “The win at Monadnock was a good confidence booster for us. We’ve been struggling lately at Riverhead for the way we know we can run, especially at our home track. I’m hoping we can capitalize on some momentum and try to hang with Doug Coby, who’s been unbelievable there in the last few races, no matter what car he drives. The track has changed some over the last two years and we’re looking forward to trying to get back to Victory Lane.”
Saturday’s race day schedule includes one practice session from 3-4 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Qualifying at 6 p.m. The green flag for the Buzz Chew 200 will drop at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the Buzz Chew 200 will be available at the track on race day for those who will be in the area. Tickets are $30 for adults, with kids ages 6-12 $10 per person and kids five and under free. The race will also air to a live audience on FloRacing.TV for those who will not be at the track.
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By Souza Media
WINCHESTER, N.H. -- With just a few laps to go, Justin Bonsignore was in the right place to make a move in Sunday’s Duel at the Dog 200 at Monadnock Speedway. Bonsignore, a three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, pounced when Matt Hirschman got together with lapped traffic and scored his 33rd career Whelen Modified Tour win and fourth on the high-banks of Monadnock.
Bonsignore started from the Mayhew Tools pole position, after posting the fastest laps in practice on Saturday before Mother Nature dampened the Saturday parade and forced the postponement of the race to Sunday. Bonsignore led early at the green, but dropped to the middle of the top-five during the race, holding ground with the leaders and keeping them in sight. On the final restart, he passed Ron Silk for second, then chased Hirschman — and when Hirschman got collected with a lap car — Bonsignore took advantage, making the pass and heading to Victory Lane.
“We were in position and that's the biggest thing,” Bonsignore said. “I’m just happy to get back to Victory Lane. We were able to get back to the white flag and not have to deal with a restart. We’ve been struggling - but we went back to some normal setups and it paid off today. These races are so tough to win. Everyone is still learning being our first race here with a different tire — but fortunately we were able to squeak one out today with a little bit of luck.”
Justin Bonsignore will return to the track at Riverhead Raceway next Saturday, June 25 for the 200-lap event. For more information on Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his Athlete page on Facebook for the latest updates.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. – After a few weeks off, Justin Bonsignore and the rest of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers are heading to Monadnock Speedway this Saturday, June 18, for the Duel at the Dog 200. As the sixth race of the season for the Whelen Modified Tour, Monadnock will mark the beginning of a two-week stretch of races for the Tour – which will also include a return to Riverhead Raceway on June 25.
Bonsignore and Monadnock Speedway have a successful history together. The Holtsville, New York, native has three victories in eight starts on the high-banks in New Hampshire. Bonsignore has finished inside the top-10 in all of those starts, and the top-five in seven of them. He is also the most recent Whelen Modified Tour winner at Monadnock – back in 2020 – and is excited to get back there on Saturday.
“We’ve been successful at Monadnock before and we’re looking forward to heading there for the race this weekend,” Bonsignore said. “It’s one of my favorite tracks on the schedule, but a tough track, with two completely different corners. It takes a strong car to go out there and win. We know what is in front of us and we’re excited to have the opportunity to go out there and get the job done.”
On Saturday, practice rounds will last from 2-3 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools pole qualifying at 5 p.m. The drop of the green flag for the Duel at the Dog 200 is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. All tickets for the event are available in advance at JDVProductions.com and will also be available at the track. The race will also air live on FloRacing.TV for those who can’t make it to the track.
For more information on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, visit NASCAR.com. For more information on Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his Athlete page on Facebook for the latest updates.