Justin Bonsignore Keeps His Dominant Roll Going at Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. —  Justin Bonsignore seems to have mastered Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The Holtsville, New York, veteran pulled into NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory Lane for the fifth time in 2018 on Wednesday night as part of the Bud “King of Beers” 150.

The victory was the fifth of the season for Bonsignore, his 17th of his Whelen Modified Tour career and his eighth at Thompson. He has now been in Victory Lane for all three stops at the 0.625-mile oval.

“I just can't believe the season we are having,” Bonsignore said. “We just have to keep it going. Ryan Stone brought a great LFR car here. We have a long way to go, but hopefully we can just keep winning races.”

Bonsignore started from the top spot after winning his first Thompson pole and led the first 15 laps, but gave the lead up to Chase Dowling in the approach to lapped traffic. He took the lead back on lap 79, and even though he pitted during a caution on lap 89 for tires, it didn't take him long to get back to the front.

He passed Doug Coby for the lead on lap 96 and never lost the top spot en route to the victory.

Matt Swanson, who got the call to drive the Boehler Racing No. 3 after the birth of Rowan Pennink's first child, finished second. The result was his best career run on the Whelen Modified Tour in his first start with the BRE Racing team.

“The guys called me last night and asked if I wanted to drive their car,” Swanson said. “They told me to give it everything I had, and we did that tonight.”

Doug Coby, who led four laps, charged back through the field after spinning on lap 123, and finished third. Chase Dowling and Bobby Santos III rounded out the top five.

Woody Pitkat was sixth, followed by Andrew Krause, Craig Lutz, Chris Pasteryak and Timmy Solomito.

Bonsignore opened his advantage to 58 points over Dowling with six races remaining in the championship points chase. Timmy Solomito is third, 78 points back.

The Bud “King of Beers” 150 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, August 15, at 7 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, on Thursday, August 16.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1
1
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
150
running
83
47
2
7
Starrett / Mosquito Free / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
42
3
3
Mayhew / Dunleavy's / AJ Roman's Const.   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
150
running
4
42
4
2
15-40 Connection / S&S Paving   (Rob Fuller)
Chevrolet
150
running
63
42
5
5
Sully Tinio / Olivas Market   (Sully Tinio)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
39
6
11
Horton Avenue Materials   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
38
7
12
Supreme Manufacturing Co. Inc.   (Diane Krause)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
37
8
4
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
36
9
16
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
35
10
8
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
150
running
0
34
11
10
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
33
12
6
Accell Construction, Inc.   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
32
13
15
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
149
running
0
31
14
14
Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet
148
running
0
30
15
21
Curb Records   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet
148
running
0
29
16
9
Hoosier Tire East / Fast Track Electrical   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
148
running
0
28
17
18
Make A Wish   (Don Parsons)
Chevrolet
146
running
0
27
18
19
Site One Greenbrier
Chevrolet
146
running
0
26
19
17
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
146
running
0
25
20
22
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
145
running
0
24
21
25
Performance Engines / Kendall Oil   (Wade Cole)
Chevrolet
142
running
0
23
22
26
Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald)
Chevrolet
140
running
0
22
23
13
TS Hauler   (Ed Partridge)
Chevrolet
138
running
0
21
24
24
PJ DeGracia Contracting   (Paul Degracia)
Chevrolet
134
running
0
20
25
23
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
118
running
0
19
26
27
Truck Stop Northeast   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
40
power steering
0
18
27
20
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
33
rear end
0
17
28
29
Empower Financial   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
0
withdrew
0
16
29
28
2 Live CRU Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
0
withdrew
0
15