Bonsignore Masters Monadnock

Justin Bonsignore won Saturday's own Fair Tire Whitcomb 200 at Monadnock Speedway. (NASCAR photo)
Justin Bonsignore won Saturday’s own Fair Tire Whitcomb 200 at Monadnock Speedway. (NASCAR photo)

WINCHESTER, N.H— Justin Bonsignore got faster and faster as the day went on.

The 23-year old driver earned his first victory of the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season in the Whitcomb 200 from Monadnock Speedway in rural Winchester, N.H., on Saturday night.

Bonsignore recorded a time just outside the top 10 during the day’s final practice session, before turning it up in qualifying, scoring a spot on the front row alongside pole winner Eric Goodale. When the green flag dropped, it didn’t take long for Bonsignore to establish his dominance, as he took the lead on lap 17 and never looked back.

The victory is the third of his career, and first at a quarter-mile track since his 2011 win at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway.

Doug Coby, coming off his first win of the season in the Town Fair Tire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, settled for the runner-up spot. After having to begin the race from the rear due to missing the driver’s meeting, Rowan Pennink worked his way up to the front, finishing third. Bryon Chew and Ryan Preece completed the top five.

After seven of 14 races Preece now leads Pennink by 42 points with the defending champion Coby in third, 45 back.

The finish:

Justin Bonsignore, Doug Coby, Rowan Pennink, Bryon Chew, Ryan Preece, Ron Silk, Andy Seuss, Richie Pallai Jr., Woody Pitkat, Eric Berndt, Ted Christopher, Cole Powell, Ron Yuhas Jr., Mike Stefanik, Donny Lia, Todd Szegedy, Ed Flemke Jr., Gary McDonald, Patrick Emerling, Eric Goodale, Ken Heagy, Jamie Tomaino, Wade Cole.