STORY BY RACEDAYCT.COM
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Justin Bonsignore has put together another dream season in 2020 with the series. In seven events this year the 2018 series champion from Holtsville, N.Y. has three wins, two seconds and two fifth place runs.
And the perfect addition to that gaudy 2020 highlight reel for Bonsignore awaits him Saturday at Stafford Speedway with the running of the NAPA Auto Parts 150. Saturday’s event at Stafford will mark the only series visit to the track for 2020. Stafford was forced to cancel its two other scheduled Whelen Modified Tour events this year because of restrictions due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Bonsignore has 29 career victories in Whelen Modified Tour action since 2007, but none at Stafford. Bonsignore is 0-for-37 in Whelen Modified Tour events at the historic half-mile. And it’s become a topic that the social media producers from the track certainly have fun reminding Bonsignore of regularly on Twitter.
“I see all the stuff, I read all of it, obviously when you’re tagged in it it’s hard not to see it,” Bonsignore said. “I’m really excited. I was kind of bummed that we lost the races we did there even though I don’t have any wins there. Just because I feel like we’ve been getting really close and we could finally knock that door down.
“I’m very optimistic that we can have a good run. I could care less about the points or anything like that. I just want to go out and finally win Stafford so I can get the Arute’s to stop busting my chops on Twitter.”
To hear more from Bonsignore on Stafford and the 2020 season listen to the latest episode of Unmuffled by RaceDayCT.
STORY BY NASCAR.COM
THOMPSON, Conn. — In a surprise to no one, Justin Bonsignore was fastest at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thursday.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship points leader paced the one-hour practice session for the evening’s Thompson 150. The event marks the tour’s 2020 return to the historic .625-mile paved oval.
Bonsignore drove the No. 51 Phoenix Communications LLC. Chevrolet to a fast lap of 18.974 seconds (118.583 mph).
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The Long Island driver has 12 career wins at Thompson, including seven wins and a second in the last eight races. Doug Coby, the only other winner at Thompson in the last two years, was second quick at 19.013 (118.340).
Timmy Solomito, the 2016 Icebreaker winner at Thompson, was third quick at 19.015 (118.328). Chris Pasteryak and Ron Silk were fourth and fifth, respectively. Ronnie Williams, Eric Goodale, Craig Lutz, Ryan Preece, and Jon McKennedy rounded out the top 10. Preece, the former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and current NASCAR Cup Series driver, is making his first tour start of the year.