September 24th, 2011
Justin Bonsignore Continues Making A Home At The Front Of Whelen Modified Tour Events Saturday At NHMS 

By Shawn Courchesne on September 24, 2011 -


LOUDON, N.H. - Second year NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regular Justin Bonsignore continued a torrid second half of the season pace with a third place finish in Saturday's New Hampshire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Since winning his first career Whelen Modified Tour event on July 30 at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway, Bonsignore has gone eight consecutive events with finishes of 11th or better, with five top-four finishes during that span.

Bonsignore, of Holtsville, N.Y., also finished third in the most previous event before Saturday on Sept. 17 at Lime Rock Park in Salisbury.

The 23-year old finished 13th in the series standings in his first full year in the division in 2010 with then first year team owner Ken Massa. He sits sixth in the standings with two events left this year.

"It's just a shame, the beginning of the season we got so far behind with the motors," said Bonsignore, who had four finishes of 17th or worse in the first six events of the year. "We're building for next year. We've still got an outside chance of finishing top-five in points, which is still going to be a huge accomplishment considering we were 27th in the beginning of the season. We're just building for next year, trying to get our team built around us. A lot of people tend to forget, we're only a second year team with a second year driver and we're running really good now. I think people kind of overlook that and think this team has been around for a while. I'm really proud of what we built."

"My owner just got into the sport last year and he didn't know this sport at all. To be competitive for wins at New Hampshire, Lime Rock, Bristol [Motor Speedway], all these tracks, it's really cool to do and I'm really proud of that."

September 18th, 2011
NASCAR WHELEN Modified Tour - Whelen Modified 66/99 pres. by Town Fair Tire
Justin Finishes third on the road course @ Lime Rock Park

Justin on the podium with race winner Todd Szegedy and 2nd place Mike Stefanik - Debbie Horn Photo

Saturday marked the fifth-consecutive top-10 finish for Justin Bonsignore, who has vaulted from 19th to seventh in the season standings since his first career win at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway in late July.

“We’re still learning [road course racing] and every year we’re going to get better and better,” Bonsignore said from the podium at Lime Rock. “These guys [Szegedy and Stefanik] have done it a lot, but this is just my second time doing it, so I’m pretty proud.

“We’ve turned this season around since we got our first win and hopefully we can just build towards next year.” 

Next up for Justin and the M3 Technology #51 Team is the New Hampshire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 24

July 30th, 2011

Bonsignore Brings First WHELEN Modified Tour Win Home

Image Courtesy of Jim Isaac/Getty Images for NASCAR

Scores Whelen Modified victory at Riverhead

By Jason Christley, NASCAR
July 30, 2011 - 10:36pm

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- Justin Bonsignore converted his home-track advantage into his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. The 23-year-old from Holtsville, N.Y., led 158 laps and drove away with the Lighthouse Mission 200 Saturday at Riverhead Raceway.

Bonsignore, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year, also runs regularly in Riverhead's weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified Division. He is second in the track's point standings.

Todd Szegedy was second, followed by Ron Silk, Ryan Preece and Doug Coby. Rowan Pennink rebounded from an early wreck to finish sixth. The finish allowed Silk to take the points lead by five over Pennink.

Jamie Tomaino, Patrick Emerling, Bobby Santos and Richie Pallai rounded out the top 10,

Earlier in the day, Riverside veteran Howie Brode earned his first career Coors Light Pole Award on the tour. His night ended early, though, when he was caught up in a multi-car accident in the first half of the race.

Brode led the first 17 laps before Bonsignore made the decisive move to the front on Lap 18.

With his sixth-straight top-five finish, Silk passed Pennink for the season points lead. Silk now leads by five tallies with nine races remaining.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back on track Friday, Aug. 5 for the Town Fair Tire 150 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

October 2nd
Stafford Motor Speedway

September 24th
New Hampshire 100 - Loudon NH
Start: 3rd       Finish: 3rd

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