Justin Bonsignore Holds Off Hirschman For Win at Oswego Speedway

Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald's

OSWEGO, N.Y. —  Justin Bonsignore knew it was going to take a few checkered flags if he wanted to climb his way back into the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship battle.

With five races to go, Bonsignore proved on Saturday that he isn't out of it yet. He scored his fourth victory of the season in the Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald's at Oswego Speedway, earning the victory as part of the track's annual Classic Weekend.

It was the 24th career win in Whelen Modified Tour competition for Bonsignore and his first at the ‘Steel Palace' of Oswego.

“It's unbelievable. There is a lot of history at this track,” he said. “I've wanted to win here every time we have come here.”

Bonsignore might not have posted the fastest lap times all day, but, when it mattered, his car shined. For the first 64 laps, he chased the back bumper of Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole winner Rob Summers in the race for the lead. He passed Summers at lap 65, and led through until a caution at lap 99, when Tyler Rypkema spun.

Then, his Phoenix Communications crew went to work. They got him out at the front of the cars that pitted and took fresh tires, but, he had to restart third, behind Patrick Emerling and Tommy Catalano.

It didn't take him long to get back to the top spot. Before the field exited turn two, he was the leader once again.

Bonsignore had to hold off defending race winner Matt Hirschman on a final dash to the finish, but was able to accomplish the task. While the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Chevrolet struggled to turn through the center of the corners, Bonsignore was able to make it work.

He beat Hirschman to the line by .146 seconds. Following Hirschman, former Whelen Modified Tour champion Ron Silk was third, with Craig Lutz and Bobby Santos III completing the top five.

Doug Coby was sixth, followed by Eric Goodale, Timmy Solomito, Chase Dowling and Tommy Catalano.

Coby leads Bonsignore by 37 points, with Silk 44 back with four races remaining in the championship points schedule.

The Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald's will air on NBCSN on Thursday, September 5, at 6 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the second appearance at New York's Riverhead Raceway on Saturday, September 7.

FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
TEAM/OWNER
MAKE
LAPS
STATS
1
4
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
150
running
2
13
60
Matt Hirschman
Pee Dee Motorsports   (Roy Hall)
Chevrolet
150
running
3
9
85
Ron Silk
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
150
running
4
11
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
5
3
36
Bobby Santos III
Sapienza Racing   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet
150
running
6
2
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools / Reynolds Auto Wrkg / AJ Romano   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
150
running
7
5
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
8
23
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
150
running
9
8
82
Chase Dowling
Horton Avenue Materials LLC   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
150
running
10
10
54
Tommy Catalano
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
150
running
11
1
64
Rob Summers
Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky's Plumbing   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
150
running
12
12
75
Chris Pasteryak
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
150
running
13
6
21
Chuck Hossfeld
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap   (Joe Bertuccio Sr.)
Chevrolet
150
running
14
7
07
Patrick Emerling
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
150
running
15
16
06
Sam Rameau *
Racechoice   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
150
running
16
19
77
Gary Putnam
Curb Records   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet
149
running
17
17
84
Amy Catalano
Catalano Motorsports   (Allie Brainard)
Chevrolet
149
running
18
15
5
Kyle Ebersole
Ebersole Excavating   (Bob Ebersole)
Chevrolet
148
running
19
24
14
Blake Barney
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
148
running
20
21
32
Tyler Rypkema *
Nelorp Electric   (Dean Rypkema)
Chevrolet
148
running
21
22
34
J.B. Fortin *
K K Finshing Company   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
148
running
22
27
78
Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.
Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
146
running
23
25
33
Wade Cole
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Wade Cole)
Ford
142
running
24
18
25
Calvin Carroll
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
142
running
25
14
3
Matt Swanson
Ceravolo's Auto / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
131
crash
26
26
01
Melissa Fifield
Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
59
rear end
27
20
45
Timmy Catalano *
Catalano Motorsports   (Dave Catalano)
Chevrolet
0
crash
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.