THOMPSON, Conn. (WWLP) – Justin Bonsignore has dominated in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season and the dominating continued on Wednesday night as he won his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event of the season. Bonsignore set fast time in qualifying and led the first 14 laps. Chase Dowling took the lead on lap 15 and then Bonsignore retook the lead on lap 77.
The first 89 laps went caution free as Dave Sapienza brought out the first caution. Bonsignore along with the rest of the field came down to pit road. Doug Coby stayed out and resumed the lead on the restart. Bonsignore would resume the lead a couple laps later. Coby brought out the next caution on lap 123. Coby came onto pit road and took tires. Bonsignore would stay strong and go onto win the Bud King Of Beers 150
Bonsignore is not points racing. He just wants to go out there and win races. Bonsignore told 22News that he had never been in the points lead towards the end of the year. When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads back to New Hampshire for the Musket 250 next month, Bonsignore feels it will be a good time to be conscious about it.
“I’ll definitely when we get to the Fall Final. You’ll see where you’re at. If its back down to five or ten points. You race hard. If its a little more than that. You gotta play smart and take a fifth,” said Bonsignore.
Matt Swanson filled in for Rowan Pennink on Wednesday night. Swanson scored his best career finish with a second-place run. Swanson believes he proved something out there on Wednesday night. Swanson has a small family team and they do what they can do with what they have. Matt and his father John work on the car. John owns a car dealership in Acton, MA.
Swanson couldn’t put it into words on his second place run. The last time he had a podium finish on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was a third-place finish during the Thompson 125 in his rookie season with his family owned the car.
Swanson told 22News that Wednesday night felt like a win because he hadn’t sat in the car until Wednesday morning.
“It has a whole different style setup in it than my cars have. I mean they were telling me things that I would feel different on my way here over the cell phone as I was following them to the race track. There was no testing that went into this. It was a notebook that was put together over many many years of modified racing here at Thompson with the 3 cars. It just showed how well we worked together all day.” Swanson Said
After coming off a win at Stafford, Doug Coby finished in the third position. Last August, Coby made a late charge last August after winning at Seekonk en route to another NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coby told 22News that his win at Stafford was the confidence booster.
“This just seems like average. We’re chasing a team who’s got equipment similar to ours and a crew chief who is obviously very intelligent but I know Phil (Moran) knows his craft really well and its frustrating for all of us there a step ahead of us right now. I know it was frustrating for them when we’re a step ahead of them. We had this equipment and they didn’t and now they do and they’re a step ahead of us already,” said Coby.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions were on hand as Keith Rocco won his fourth race of the season in the Sunoco Modifieds. Ryan Morgan went back-to-back in the Late Models. Shawn Monahan won a thriller in the Limited Sportsman. and Wayne Burroughs, Jr won in the Mini Stocks.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday. Bonsignore will take a 58 point lead heading into the World’s Fastest Halfmile. The Bud King Of Beers 150 will be shown on NBCSN this upcoming Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will have two events remaining on the oval for the 2018 season. Their next event will be on Sunday, September 9 for the 20/20 Sunoco Modified Sprint and the 2018 Sunoco World Series Of Racing coming up on October 12-14.