Justin Bonsignore Finds Way To The Front Again at Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. —   Justin Bonsignore didn't look to have the fastest car for much of the Thompson 125, but when it was time to crown the winner, he found his way to the front.

The Holtsville, New York, driver scored his third victory of the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, using a late caution to get out front of the field on pit road.

The win was his 15th career, his seventh on the Thompson high-banks, and it helped to continue an early-season roll that has him at the top of the championship standings with five of 16 races into the record books.

The (pit crew) guys won us that race, they got us out in front of Doug (Coby),” Bonsignore said. “Track position is so important, if we didn't get it, I don't think we would have won as easily as we did. If you can roll the top here, and have good drive-off, you can just roll away from the guys on the bottom.”

A pit stop during the first of two cautions on lap 92 for fresh Hoosier rubber saw Bonsignore enter the pits running fourth, but when he left, he was looking at clear track in front of him. On the restart, Bonsignore drove away from Coby, who led a race-high 82 laps, but that wasn't the only challenge he faced in the final circuits.

After another quick yellow flag, Bonsignore had to fight-off a charge by Rowan Pennink, who was all over the back bumper of the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc., Chevrolet looking to spoil Bonsignore's success. In the end, Pennink was forced to settle for second.

Coby was third, followed by defending race winner Ryan Preece, who finished fourth. Preece chased the back bumper of Coby's car through lapped traffic for much of the middle portion of the race battling for the lead, but lost crucial track position on pit road, and wasn't able to rebound. Dave Sapienza rounded out the top five.

Timmy Solomito was sixth, followed by Craig Lutz, Rob Summers, Chase Dowling and Matt Swanson.

Bonsignore led 43 laps, and holds a 19-point advantage in the championship standings over Chase Dowling, while Craig Lutz is third, 29 points back.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Larry King Law's Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, on June 23.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1
4
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
125
running
43
47
2
5
Cape Cod Copper / USNE, Inc.   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
125
running
0
42
3
1
Mayhew / Dunleavy's / AJ Roman's Const.   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
125
running
82
43
4
10
TS Hauler   (Ed Partridge)
Chevrolet
125
running
0
40
5
9
Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet
125
running
0
39
6
8
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
125
running
0
38
7
15
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
125
running
0
37
8
7
Hoosier Tire East / Fast Track Electrical   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
125
running
0
36
9
11
15-40 Connection / S&S Paving   (Rob Fuller)
Chevrolet
125
running
0
35
10
21
Starrett Racing   (John Swanson)
Ford
125
running
0
34
11
19
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
124
running
0
33
12
18
AAA Consulting / Anti-3 Protect   (Jerry Solomito)
Chevrolet
124
running
0
32
13
17
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
124
running
0
31
14
14
Starrett Racing / John Blewett Inc.   (John Blewett Sr.)
Chevrolet
124
running
0
30
15
16
Horton Avenue Materials   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
124
running
0
29
16
23
Site One Greenbrier   (Steve Pickens)
Chevrolet
124
running
0
28
17
20
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
124
running
0
27
18
13
Supreme Manufacturing Co. Inc.   (Diane Krause)
Toyota
124
running
0
26
19
6
Citrusafe   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
124
running
0
25
20
2
Empower Financial   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
123
running
0
24
21
12
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
123
running
0
23
22
22
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
122
running
0
22
23
24
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Chevrolet
121
running
0
21
24
28
Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald)
Chevrolet
120
running
0
20
25
26
Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
118
running
0
19
26
25
PJ DeGracia Contracting   (Paul Degracia)
Chevrolet
118
running
0
18
27
29
Performance Engines / Kendal Oil   (Wade Cole)
Chevrolet
117
running
0
17
28
27
Eastern Propane & Oil   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
90
running
0
16
29
3
Accell Construction, Inc.   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet
51
steering
0
15