Bonsignore Keeps Rolling At Thompson

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Justin Bonsignore in victory lane Wednesday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. (NASCAR photo)

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

The Holtsville, N.Y., 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, the 17th of his Whelen Modified Tour career and his eighth at Thompson.

Bonsignore has now been in victory lane for all three stops at the five-eighths-mile oval this year.

“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.

Bonsignore 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 Swanson’s 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. 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.

With his win Wednesday night, Bonsignore opened his advantage to 58 points over Dowling with six races remaining in the championship points chase.

The finish:

  1. (1) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 96.844 mph.
  2. (7) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (3) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (2) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (5) Bobby Santos, III, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (11) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (12) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (4) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (16) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  11. (10) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (6) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (15) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 149.
  14. (14) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  15. (21) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
  16. (9) Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
  17. (18) Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I., Chevrolet, 146.
  18. (19) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 146.
  19. (17) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 146.
  20. (22) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 145.
  21. (25) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 142.
  22. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 140.
  23. (13) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 138.
  24. (24) Joe Degracia, Nutley, N.J., Chevrolet, 134.
  25. (23) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 118.
  26. (27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 40, power steering.
  27. (20) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 33, rear end.
  28. (29) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 0, withdrew.
  29. (28) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 0, withdrew.