By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. -- With four races remaining in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, Justin Bonsignore will spend Labor Day weekend in upstate New York. The Toyota Mod Classic 150 will take place at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, September 4, with Bonsignore set to wheel the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Chevrolet for Kenneth Massa Motorsports.
In search of his third series title, Bonsignore leads Patrick Emerling by eight points in the standings with four consecutive weekends of racing left to decide the champion. Following Oswego, Bonsignore will head to Richmond Raceway on September 10, Riverhead Raceway on September 18 and Stafford Motor Speedway on September 25 in the chase for the crown.
Oswego -- known as the ‘Steel Palace’, is a tricky oval known for the boiler plate that extends the inside wall out, towards the track. Bonsignore is the defending winner of the race, taking the checkered flag in 2019, as the tour didn’t run at Oswego last year due to COVID-19. He’s hoping that his past experience at the track, which includes the win and five starts, with a worst finish of sixth-place, will play to his advantage.
“We’re in the stretch run, so we will be conscious of the points, but you can’t take your foot off the throttle, we have to try and maximize points and try not to put ourselves in a risk spot,” Bonsignore said. “It is still going to be trying to go and win the Oswego Classic. There is a lot of history, and it’s an important race. We thought we practiced well and had a good balance there in June, but we just missed it for qualifying and the race. We’ve gained some more speed back in the car with a similar package setup -- so we are going to go back there and try to be better and contend for the win.”
Saturday’s race day schedule for the Toyota Mod Classic 150 at Oswego includes one practice session from 1:35-2:35 p.m., with Mayhew Tools qualifying set to begin at 4:15 p.m. The 150-lap race will take the green flag at 7:30 p.m. and will air live on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass platform. For those in the upstate New York area, tickets will also be available at the track.
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