By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
WINCHESTER, N.H. -- Justin Bonsignore’s day didn’t start the best, but it ended with a strong third-place finish at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, August 14. Bonsignore drove the No. 00 Jimmy Paige machine to the podium finish in the fourth round of the Tri Track Open Modified Series season on the high-banks.
The day started with a bad draw in the heat race, which forced the Holtsville, New York, native to fall to the rear of the field early in the 12-lap contest. From there, Bonsignore decided to save his tires and take his chances in the 100-lap race. At the beginning, he rode in the rear of the field and saved his equipment for when it mattered most. Bonsignore stayed out when leaders pitted at lap 42 and rode inside the top-five for the remainder of the race.
A green-white-checkered finish at the end gave him one more shot at eventual winner Chase Dowling, but Bonsignore settled for third after Matt Hirschman slid by. It was the first top-five finish with Bonsignore as a combination with the Paige team.
“The draw was tough for us and we couldn’t go anywhere in the heat,” Bonsignore said. “It almost worked out. Our car was really good. We had a second-place car tonight and we finished third. Steve (Lemay, crew chief) and I just keep getting better together. It was a good run for us.”
Justin Bonsignore will return to the track on Saturday, August 21, with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine. Bonsignore leads the championship standings on the tour in quest for his third career championship.
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