By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. -- Two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore leads the series to another new track this weekend as the points leader. The driver of the Kenneth Massa Motorsports, Phoenix Communications No. 51 leads the point standings by 10 points over Patrick Emerling -- as the series rolls to New York International (Lancaster) Speedway on Saturday, July 31 for the Nu-Way Auto Parts 150.
The visit to the half-mile New York oval may fit right into Bonsignore’s wheelhouse. The team often performs well on new tracks, and is coming off a strong second-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last time out. The Lancaster event begins a crucial second half of the season stretch for Bonsignore in his chase for a third Whelen Modified Tour championship. Just six days after Lancaster, the tour will be back on track at Stafford Motor Speedway on August 6.
“I’m excited to get to another new race track in a great part of the country in upstate and western New York,” Bonsignore said. “They have a lot of great fans out there. I always love the challenge of a new race track and we typically run well at them. It’s gonna be a tough learning curve and a tough battle. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going on the Whelen Modified Tour.”
Saturday’s race day schedule includes one practice session from 2-3:15 p.m., with Mayhew Tools pole qualifying set for 5 p.m. The green flag for the Nu-Way Auto Parts 150 is set to drop at 8 p.m., and the race will air live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. It will also be on TV, tape-delayed on NBCSN on Wednesday, August 11, at 2 p.m.
For more information on Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his Athlete page on Facebook. For more information on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, visit NASCAR.com.