Bonsignore Heads To Thompson Looking To Keep Whelen Modified Tour Momentum Rolling
By Souza Media
HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. – With just two races remaining in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, Justin Bonsignore is set to return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this weekend. Bonsignore will compete in the Phoenix Communications No. 51 for Ken Massa Motorsports, entering the weekend tied for second in the series championship standings.
The three-time and defending champion is only three points behind leader Jon McKennedy with just two races left. With Thompson’s high-banks looming, Bonsignore is carrying momentum after winning the last two Whelen Modified Tour races at Oswego Speedway and Riverhead Raceway. In his career at Thompson, the New York native has 12 career wins in 40 starts there.
“We’ve had a strong few races and looking to keep that rolling into Thompson, a place I’ve always enjoyed racing at,” Bonsignore said. “We’ve performed well at Thompson many times and even though we were a tick off there in August, we’re excited to go back with a little bit better package and compete for the win at the World Series. It’s a large weekend with a lot of racing and a lot of eyes on Connecticut.”
Thompson’s World Series schedule includes practice and Mayhew Tools qualifying on Saturday, October 8. The green flag for the Sunoco World Series 150 is slated for Sunday, October 9. The Whelen Modified Tour race will air live on FloRacing.TV.
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By Souza Media
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – For the second straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, Justin Bonsignore was celebrating in Victory Lane on Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway. Competing at his home track in New York, Bonsignore dominated the early stages of the race after pacing practice and winning the Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole award in qualifying.
For the first time, infield pit stops were a factor at Riverhead, and pit strategy did play into the decision of who won the 256-lap special event, in honor of the late Ed Partridge, former owner of the track. In the end, Bonsignore’s crew chief Ryan Stone called him to pit road when the caution flag flew at lap 182, then Bonsignore chased his way back to the front to get back to Victory Lane.
The win was the fourth of the season for Bonsignore, and it comes at the perfect time – as the three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion has closed the gap to just a few points in the championship standings with two races to go in the season. The victory was his 35th career, and his ninth at Riverhead – the most of all active drivers.
“It’s a shame we lost Eddie Partridge last year, but it’s unbelievable what Riverhead does each and every week to honor him,” Bonsignore said. “I’m so happy they keep the racing going for all of us. This is the best car we’ve had here, and I think we could have won it in 200 laps. Momentum is a thing and now I’ve knocked off two wins in a row.”
Bonsignore will return to the track at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park as part of the 60th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, October 9. Following Thompson, only the championship finale at Martinsville Speedway on October 27 remains in the season.
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Justin Bonsignore Heads Home To Riverhead Looking For Triumph in Ed Partridge 256
By Souza Media
HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. – With three races remaining in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, Justin Bonsignore and the No. 51 Ken Massa Motorsports team are heading back home this weekend. On Saturday, September 17, Bonsignore will compete in the Ed Partridge 256-lap race at Riverhead Raceway, as the Whelen Modified Tour honors the late track owner in a truly special event.
The race will mark the first at Riverhead’s quarter-mile that includes live pit stops in the infield of the bullring. The race surely will present new challenges teams haven’t faced previously at Riverhead, and Bonsignore is ready for the challenge. The local hometown driver finished second in the July stop at the track, and has eight wins in 23 career starts – a stat that also includes 19 top-10 finishes.
“We are really looking forward to this race for a lot of reasons,” Bonsignore said. “Honoring Ed is going to be a special night, with more laps, and a pit stop thrown in, in the infield, there is a lot going on and it adds a bunch of new elements to an already interesting race. With just three races left in the season, our goals are to win as many races as possible and let everything else fall where it falls.”
Bonsignore enters the race third in the series championship standings, 17 points back, with only Riverhead, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (October 9) and Martinsville Speedway (October 27) remaining on the 2022 schedule.
Riverhead’s race day schedule for the Ed Partridge 256 includes one practice session from 3:15-4:15 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools qualifying at 6 p.m. The green flag for the Ed Partridge 256 is scheduled for 8 p.m., live on FloRacing.TV for those who can’t make it to the track.
For more information on Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his Athlete page for the latest updates, including from the track on race day.
Bonsignore Holds Off Late Charge For Third Whelen Modified Tour Win of Season at Oswego Speedway
By Souza Media
HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. – For the 34th time in his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career, Justin Bonsignore was celebrating in Victory Lane on Saturday night. Bonsignore rocketed to his third win of the season in the Toyota Budweiser Mod Classic 150 – holding off a late charge from Chuck Hossfeld to get back to Victory Lane.
The victory marked an important step in Bonsignore’s final dash attempt to collect a fourth championship this season. Entering the race, Bonsignore was fourth in the standings, but jumped to third following 150 laps. He sits 17 points back of leader Jon McKennedy, with Ron Silk in between the two, heading for the final three races of the season.
“We’ve kind of been like a bunch of brothers that have been giving each other a lot of crap lately,” Bonsignore said of his Ken Massa Motorsports team. “So this is a good medicine to solve that, I think. We’ve been struggling. We hold ourselves to a high standard and it’s been an up-and-down summer. A few issues in the summer put us behind and we haven’t had the speed or consistency week in and week out. We got it good tonight. We’re not out of the points yet – so we’ll move on to Riverhead and see what happens.”
While some others pitted late in the race, Bonsignore and crew chief Ryan Stone made the decision to stay out, then the Holtsville, New York, native bested Chuck Hossfeld to grab the win in the final laps. It was Bonsignore’s second victory at the ‘Steel Palace’ of Oswego, both coming on Classic weekend.
Justin Bonsignore will return to the track on Saturday, September 17 at Riverhead Raceway in New York. The event will mark the first in the history of the Whelen Modified Tour with infield pitting and is set for 256 laps in honor of the late Ed Partridge. For more information on Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his Athlete page on Facebook for the latest updates.