THOMPSON, Conn. – Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good and sometimes a driver can be both.
Justin Bonsignore was just that as he was able to miss the late accidents that collected some of the lead pack cars and hold off a strong challenge by Matt Hirschman on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
It was the second consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win for the Holtsville, N.Y., native at Thompson and his third of the season. Doug Coby followed Hirschman in third with Ryan Preece and Ron Silk completing the top five.
Bonsignore became the first driver to win back-to-back races at Thompson since Ted Christopher scored four consecutive wins at the track from 2010-11.
The race was relatively calm through the first half mark with only three cautions. However, business picked up in the field over the final 75 laps of the contest with the yellow flag displayed for several multi-car accidents. The most significant of those incidents came on lap 124.
Silk was leading the race with Donny Lia, who led the first half of the race before pitting under caution, second and Tommy Barrett Jr. third. Patrick Emerling spun in turn one collecting both Lia and Barrett ending their night.
Coby took the lead past Silk on the ensuing restart on lap 134 and remained out front for just two laps until Bonsignore made his move past the points leader on lap 136 where he remained the rest of the night.
Timmy Solomito finished sixth with Christopher seventh and Todd Szegedy eighth. Glen Reen and Spencer Davis completed the top 10.
With the win, Bonsignore was able to slice five points off of Coby’s lead entering the night and will head to Bristol Motor Speedway for next Wednesday’s Bush’s Beans 150 just three points (367-364) out of the top spot.
Justin Bonsignore, Matt Hirschman, Doug Coby, Ryan Preece, Ron Silk, Timmy Solomito, Ted Christopher, Todd Szegedy, Glen Reen, Spencer Davis, Keith Rocco, Gary McDonald, Jamie Tomaino, Jimmy Zacharias, Wade Cole, Woody Pitkat, John Beatty Jr., Eric Goodale, Ron Yuhas Jr., Patrick Emerling, Rowan Pennink, Donny Lia, Tommy Barrett Jr., Melissa Fifield, Bobby Santos.