Justin Bonsignore Wins "Sunoco World Series 150" at Thompson

Coby captures 2019 NWMT Championship

(10/13/19) THMPSON, Conn. — Celebrating on the highest stage of modified racing for the sixth time.

Doug Coby sealed his sixth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship on Sunday, completing a season that put the Milford, Connecticut, driver back on top after one year away from tasting glory.

The title was the sixth in the last eight years for the 40-year-old, and also helped him break a tie with Tony Hirschman with five series titles. Coby now only trails Mike Stefanik (seven) for the most Whelen Modified Tour titles in the modern era.

“It's just hard to put into words,” Coby said. “We try to come out to have the best season of anybody, and win every race, everyone out there does. My team just finds a way to do it.”

Coby finished seventh in the Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, but it was enough to win him the title by eight points. But it didn't come without a bit of drama.

Coby started third, but during a red flag for a multiple-car crash on lap 12, received some crucial information over the radio — oddly enough, from a fellow competitor. Woody Pitkat told Coby's team the left-rear tire looked low on air pressure, and he was right.

Coby pitted during the caution, changed the tire, and restarted deep in the field. It wasn't long before he was back up inside the top 15, positioning himself where he needed to be to keep his points lead. By the end, seventh was enough to seal the deal.

Justin Bonsignore won the season-finale, his sixth victory of the season, which helped him close the gap to just eight in the championship standings. Even though he came up short of his second consecutive Whelen Modified Tour title, Bonsignore scored victories in three of four races at Thompson this season — extending his active drivers lead to 11 wins at the Connecticut oval.

“We spotted them way too many points in the beginning of the year. I'm really proud of our effort — we won a handful of races at the end of the year, and we didn't get the championship, but we backed up our eight wins last year with six this year. Great car and a great pit stop (today).”

Ron Silk finished second, while Matt Swanson, Bobby Santos III and Woody Pitkat finished the top five. Eric Goodale was sixth, followed by Coby, Chase Dowling, Rob Summers and Timmy Solomito.

Behind the top two in the championship standings, Silk finished third, 62 points back, while Craig Lutz and Swanson finished the top five.

The Sunoco World Series 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, October 17, at 7 p.m.

Coby will be honored with the rest of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour top finishers and special award winners at the NASCAR Awards Charlotte on Saturday, November 23.

 

FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
TEAM/SPONSOR
MAKE
LAPS
STATUS
1
2
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Ken Massa)
Chevrolet
150
running
2
6
85
Ron Silk
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
150
running
3
12
3
Matt Swanson
Logic Automation / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
150
running
4
7
36
Bobby Santos III
Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg)
Dodge
150
running
5
9
1
Woody Pitkat
Dunleavy Truck Repair / Ty Copper Land   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
150
running
6
15
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
7
3
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools / Reynolds Auto Wrkg / AJ Romano   (Mike Smeriglio III)
150
running
8
16
82
Chase Dowling
Horton Avenue Materials LLC   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
150
running
9
13
64
Rob Summers
Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky's Plumbing   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
150
running
10
10
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
150
running
11
22
54
Tommy Catalano
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
150
running
12
8
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
13
21
95
Kyle Soper
Eastport Feeds
Chevrolet
150
running
14
28
06
Sam Rameau *
Central Mass Tree   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
150
running
15
11
22
Kyle Bonsignore
Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)
Toyota
150
running
16
33
34
J.B. Fortin *
Discount Cesspool / Short Stop Bar & Grill   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
150
running
17
24
14
Blake Barney
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
150
running
18
38
80
Tom Rogers, Jr.
Danny's Cess Pool Service   (Pamela Hulse)
Chevrolet
149
running
19
26
70
Dylan Slepian *
Eastport Feeds   (Robert Pells)
Chevrolet
149
running
20
14
21
Chuck Hossfeld
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
149
running
21
36
35
Andrew Molleur *
Racechoice.com   (Mike Molleur)
Toyota
149
running
22
27
47
Joey Mucciacciaro *
Pools by Murphy   (Frank Mucciacciaro)
Chevrolet
149
running
23
29
38
Kyle Ellwood
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Linda Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
148
running
24
18
26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald)
Chevrolet
148
running
25
20
5
John Beatty, Jr.
Central Mass Tree   (Mark Mina)
Chevrolet
147
running
26
32
33
Wade Cole
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Wade Cole)
Ford
143
running
27
19
32
Tyler Rypkema *
Musco Lighting   (Dean Rypkema)
Chevrolet
108
mechanical
28
37
12
  JR Bertuccio
Gershow Recycling   (Stanley Butova)
Chevrolet
91
suspension
29
34
01
Melissa Fifield
Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
71
handling
30
25
25
Calvin Carroll
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
65
crash
31
40
41
Kevin Shea *
Colonial Tire / All Tow   (Kevin Shea)
Chevrolet
12
handling
32
5
75
Chris Pasteryak
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
56
crash
33
1
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing   (Diane Krause)
Toyota
56
crash
34
31
45
Timmy Catalano *
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
52
ignition
35
17
92
Anthony Nocella
Nocella Paving / K and D Associates / Airgas   (Anthony Nocella)
Chevrolet
38
engine
36
4
07
Patrick Emerling
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
17
engine
37
23
18
Ken Heagy
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
12
crash
38
30
55
Andy Jankowiak
Airport Collision   (Susanne Lewis)
Dodge
12
crash
39
35
77
Gary Putnam
Curb Records   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet
12
crash
40
39
52
Mark Bakaj *
Bakaj Construction   (Jason Nogiec)
Chevrolet
12
crash