Justin Bonsignore Continues Dominance at Thompson

Icebreaker 150

THOMPSON, Conn. —  Justin Bonsignore has become the modern day master of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The Holtsville, New York, driver scored his fifth straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at Thompson on Sunday afternoon in the Icebreaker 150. The victory allowed Bonsignore to become the first driver in the history of Whelen Modified Tour action at the historic Connecticut oval to win five straight.

It was the 10th career Thompson win for the defending series champion, and his 21st overall.

“We've had speed at every race so far,” Bonsignore said. “I just said that we had to put together a full race and execute. You have to have a little bit of luck to go your way, and we finally got some this year.”

After Doug Coby won his second Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award and led the first 107 laps, the race took a turn for Bonsignore when the field slowed for a caution at lap 99. Bonsignore followed Coby down pit road for fresh tires, and although Coby did beat him off pit road, a penalty for running over his air hose sent Coby to the rear of the field.

While Coby fought back to finish fifth, Bonsignore took the advantage for the restart, and held off South Boston Speedway winner Ron Silk during a green-white-checkered finish to continue his Thompson dominance.

Coby and Bonsignore paced the entire weekend, running first and second, in that order, for both practice sessions and qualifying.

“It would have been a good race, neither one of us would have given an inch, I know that,” Bonsignore said of what would have been with Coby. “We were so close all weekend. I've won a bunch here and some of them are just on luck. You have to put yourself in position, and my team always does.”

Silk, who qualified ninth, got back to the track in third following the pit stop, and when Coby was sent to the tail, the former series champion was in position for his second place effort.

“Things are going good,” Silk said. “It's nice to get a win and back that up with a second today. It's good for the guys on the team. They are all pumped up.”

Eric Goodale was third, while Patrick Emerling and Coby, who was able to work his way back up through the field, completed the top five. After three races, Coby holds a slim seven point lead in the Whelen Modified Tour championship standings.

Burt Myers was sixth, followed by Matt Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Chris Pasteryak and Jimmy Blewett.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track as part of the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 28.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race number 3 of 3
Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park , Thompson, CT
150 laps* on a .625 mile paved track (93.8 miles)

Time of race: 1:03:20
Average speed: 91.184 mph
Pole speed: 119.332 mph
Cautions: 3 for 23 laps
Margin of victory: 0.449 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 1
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
* Race extended to 154 laps due to overtime.
FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
SPONSOR
MAKE
LAPS
STATS
LAPS
PTS
1
2
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
154
running
47
47
2
9
85
Ron Silk
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
154
running
0
42
3
19
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
154
running
0
41
4
5
07
Patrick Emerling
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
154
running
0
40
5
1
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools / Reynolds Auto Wrecking / AJ Ro   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
154
running
107
41
6
8
1
Burt Myers
Vestal Buick GMC   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
154
running
0
38
7
12
3
Matt Swanson
Cape Cod Copper / WOW Media / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
154
running
0
37
8
16
82
Woody Pitkat
Horton Avenue Materials   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
154
running
0
36
9
6
75
Chris Pasteryak
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
154
running
0
35
10
17
21
Jimmy Blewett
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
154
running
0
34
11
24
06
Sam Rameau *
Racechoice.com   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
154
running
0
33
12
10
15
Kyle Benjamin
Thinklite / 15-40 Connection   (Rob Fuller)
Chevrolet
154
running
0
32
13
11
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
154
running
0
31
14
3
22
Kyle Bonsignore
Dunleavy Truck Repair / Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)
Toyota
154
running
0
30
15
18
16
Timmy Solomito
RB Enterprises   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
153
running
0
29
16
21
14
Blake Barney
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
153
running
0
28
17
13
7
Jon McKennedy
Ultra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet
153
running
0
27
18
4
54
Tommy Catalano
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
152
running
0
26
19
23
25
Calvin Carroll
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
152
running
0
25
20
15
36
Dave Sapienza
SAP Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet
152
running
0
24
21
28
34
  J. B. Fortin,, Jr. *
Johns Tree Removal / Discount Less Pool   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
23
22
22
45
Timmy Catalano *
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
149
running
0
22
23
25
18
Ken Heagy
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
148
running
0
21
24
14
92
Anthony Nocella
Nocella Paving / K and D Associates / Airgas   (Anthony Nocella)
Chevrolet
146
running
0
20
25
26
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines / Kendall Oil   (Wade Cole)
Ford
130
running
0
19
26
27
01
Melissa Fifield
TBD   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
91
rear end
0
18
27
20
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing   (Diane Krause)
Chevrolet
82
power steering
0
17
28
7
64
Rob Summers
Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky's Plumbing   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
36
handling
0
16
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
* Race extended to 154 laps due to overtime.