Justin Bonsignore Completes Thompson Sweep & Celebrates Championship

ENDS WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SEASON WITH THOMPSON WIN

THOMPSON, Conn. —  Justin Bonsignore couldn't have dreamed of a better way to end his championship season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Bonsignore captured his eighth win of the season in the Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, ending his season by celebrating both a race win and a dominating championship.

The win allowed the Holtsville, New York, driver to become the fourth driver in the modern era of the Whelen Modified Tour to sweep all of the events at Thompson in the same season. Steve Park (1996), Mike Stefanik (1998) and Doug Coby (2015) are the other three to accomplish the feat.

“It's been unreal, ever since we unloaded at Myrtle Beach, we have had a great race car at every single race track,” Bonsignore said. “To come here and to sweep the season, there are only a few select people who have done that, and it means a lot to me. It's important.”

Bonsignore started third, but ran just outside the top five for the first half of the race. During a caution on lap 81, he rolled the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Chevrolet to pit road and changed tires. Quick work by his team allowed him to exit the leader of the race, and he never relinquished the top spot.

“We didn't have the best car, but the pit crew did a great job and got us out there in the end. The car was really good on the second set of tires,” Bonsignore said. “It was the same thing we did all year at Thompson. We were going to race hard because we didn't have anything to lose today.”

He defeated Chase Dowling by 97 points in the final championship standings, with an average finish of 3.4 and top-10 finishes in all but one event.

Jon McKennedy used a late stop for tires, and passed Ron Silk in the final turn, capping his season with a second. Silk was third, followed by Ryan Preece, who led a race-high 83 laps. Burt Myers rounded out the top five.

Doug Coby was sixth, followed by Matt Swanson, Bobby Santos III, Chris Pasteryak and Eric Goodale.

The Sunoco World Series 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m.

Bonsignore and his Kenneth Massa Motorsports team will be honored with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour top finishers arnd special award winners at the NASCAR Awards Charlotte on Friday, Dec. 7.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1
3
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
2
5
Accell Construction, Inc.   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
3
9
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
4
2
T.S. Haulers   (Ed Partridge)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
5
7
Dunleavy's Truck & Trailer   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
6
4
Mayhew / Dunleavy's / AJ Roman's Const.   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
7
15
Starrett / Mosquito Free / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
8
10
  Bobby Santos, III
Tinio Corporation   (Sully Tinio)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
9
19
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
10
18
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
11
17
Nocella Paving / Airgas / A&D Associates   (Anthony Nocella)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
12
8
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
13
13
Horton Avenue Materials   (Pamela Hulse)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
14
1
Empower Financial / Gershow Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
149
running
   
15
14
Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)
Chevrolet
149
running
   
16
23
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
149
running
   
17
25
  Sam Rameau *
Racechoice.com   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
149
running
   
18
12
Hoosier Tire East / Fast Track Elect / Hughes   (Mike Murphy)
149
running
   
19
22
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
148
running
   
20
21
Elders Service Co. / Finish Grade Excavating   (Jerry Solomito)
148
running
   
21
26
Curb Records   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet
148
running
   
22
24
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
148
running
   
23
16
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
147
running
   
24
29
Perf. Engines / Kendall Oil   (Wade Cole)
Chevrolet
147
running
   
25
27
Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
143
running
   
26
11
DSR Racing   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet
132
crash
   
27
20
Supreme Manufacturing   (Diane Krause)
Toyota
131
ignition
   
28
31
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
93
suspension
   
29
33
Keith Grimes Excavating   (Brian Midgett Sr.)
Chevrolet
88
mechanical
   
30
6
15-40 Connection / S&S Paving   (Rob Fuller)
Chevrolet
82
ignition
   
31
32
Truck Stop Northeast   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
72
handling
   
32
30
Perf Engines / Kendall Oil / Ryan's   (Richard Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
33
engine
   
33
28
Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald)
Chevrolet
0
crash