Bonsignore Finds Success At Magic Mile

Reaches New Hampshire Victory Lane For First Time
September 24, 2016 - 6:05pm

LOUDON, N.H. -- Justin Bonsignore knows if he's going to catch Doug Coby in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship race, he's going to need to all the points he can get in the final three races.

And that means finding success at a place that's long plagued him: New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Mission accomplished for the Holtsville, New York, driver Saturday afternoon. Bonsignore dominated the FW Webb 100, lead 77 laps and holding off the field in a green-white-checkered finish to score his first win at the "Magic Mile."

"It doesn't get any bigger than this," said Bonsignore. "To do it here at New Hampshire, on the big stage, hasn't sunk in yet. I don't know if it ever will. It's a huge honor to be here at honor and to be called a winner now it unbelievable."

Ron Silk finished second, followed by Coby, Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Matt Swanson and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman.

Rowan Pennink led five laps and was in contention for the win when engine issues on Lap 98 ended his day. It also brought out the race's final caution and pushed the event to 106 laps. On the final restart, Bonsignore was able to get a push from Silk to pull away from him and Coby en route to the checkered flag.

Bonsignore entered the event with an average finish of 17.4 in 14 previous starts at New Hampshire. He had only led two laps on the 1.058-mile oval.

It was Bonsignore's 11th career win. His previous NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories came at his home track, Long Island's Riverhead Raceway (four wins), Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (four wins) and New Hampshire's Monadnock Speedway (two wins).

It was also Bonsignore's third win of the season. More importantly, it allowed him to slice seven more points off Coby's lead. Coby, the three-time tour champion, holds a 13-point advantage on Bonsignore with two races remaining.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race in the NAPA Fall Final 150 at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 2, before concluding the season in Thompson's Sunoco World Series 150 on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Patrick Emerling finished sixth at New Hampshire, while Jimmy Blewett, Max Zachem, Timmy Solomito and Donny Lia rounded out the top 10.

The FW Webb 100 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPS
POINTS
B/POINTS
STATUS
1
9
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
106
48
5
Running
2
6
82
Ron Silk
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
106
43
1
Running
3
4
2
Doug Coby
Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const Chevrolet
106
41
Running
4
18
89
Matt Swanson *
Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing Chevrolet
106
40
Running
5
5
7
Ryan Newman
Menards/Aggressive Hydraulics Chevrolet
106
39
Running
6
13
7
Patrick Emerling
Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet
106
38
Running
7
8
4
Jimmy Blewett
Starrett Tools/Mayhew Tools Dodge
106
37
Running
8
19
20
Max Zachem
Lu-Mac's Package Store/VWS Chevrolet
106
36
Running
9
12
16
Timmy Solomito
Diversified Metals Ford
106
35
Running
10
7
8
Donny Lia
Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet
106
34
Running
11
15
9
Chase Dowling
S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy's Repair Chevrolet
106
33
Running
12
16
46
Jeff Goodale
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
106
32
Running
13
20
75
Shawn Solomito
Eastport Feeds Chevrolet
106
31
Running
14
21
71
Jimmy Zacharias
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
106
30
Running
15
10
64
Rob Summers
HTE/Dell Electric/Complete Const. Chevrolet
106
29
Running
16
11
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
106
28
Running
17
22
99
Jamie Tomaino
Dunleavy's Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet
106
27
Running
18
26
26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet
106
26
Running
19
23
33
Wade Cole
Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Johnson Chassis Chevrolet
106
25
Running
20
3
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet
98
25
1
Engine
21
25
38
Gary Byington *
Perf Engines/Kendall Oil/Johnson Chassis Chevrolet
91
23
Handling
22
17
56
Craig Lutz *
Lutz Motorsports Chevrolet
67
22
Accident
23
14
36
Dave Sapienza
SAP Enterprise/Wine Country Chevrolet
52
21
Accident
24
1
85
Woody Pitkat
Stuart's Automotive Chevrolet
27
21
1
Accident
25
24
1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
19
19
Clutch
26
2
44
Bobby Santos
Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet
14
18
Accident

 

September 24th , 2016 - By Jason Christley, NASCAR