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Bonsignore scores third Whelen Modified win of season

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Justin Bonsignore came home with his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory of the season Thursday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. / Photo: Darren McCollester/Getty Images for NASCAR
THOMPSON, CT – 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 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

“They got aggressive on the last few restarts, but I’ve lost a few races here the same way, so sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to win the race,” Bonsignore said of the rough-and-tumble conclusion to the event.

It was the second consecutive Whelen Modified Tour win for the Holtsville, NY native at Thompson and his third of the season. 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.

Doug Coby followed Hirschman in third with Ryan Preece and Ron Silk completing the top five.

Timmy Solomito finished sixth with Christopher seventh and Todd Szegedy eighth. Glen Reen and Dawsonville, GA’s Spencer Davis completed the top 10.

The runner-up finish was the best for Hirschman in Whelen Modified Tour action since the 2008 Stafford Fall Final, a span of 32 starts, when he also finished second.

“It’s a good finish,” Hirschman said. “We didn’t have a winning car, the 51 (Bonsignore) was definitely a little bit better. The goal is now, that we have a car that can win the World Series (Thompson season finale).”

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 1 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.

“(I’m) happy with a third, we keep plugging away,” Coby said. “Not too happy that the 51 (Bonsignore) gained a couple points on us, but it’s still early. We’ve got five races left. Just keep ticking them (top finishes) off, that’s all we can do.”

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.

“It’s still too early to talk about points,” Bonsignore said. “The best way to look the points is to win the race and we got max points tonight.”

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park - Thompson, CT
Budweiser King of Beers 150 - Aug. 14, 2014

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 9 51 Justin Bonsignore chem3.com Chevrolet 150 47 4 Running
2 16 52 Matt Hirschman B.C. Brennenstuhl/L.I. Mod Maniac Chevrolet 150 42 Running
3 4 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy's Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet 150 42 1 Running
4 8 16 Ryan Preece East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford 150 40 Running
5 11 6 Ron Silk TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet 150 40 1 Running
6 5 75 Timmy Solomito * Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. Chevrolet 150 38 Running
7 19 13 Ted Christopher J&R Pre-Cast/Cape Cod Aggregates Chevrolet 150 37 Running
8 13 15 Todd Szegedy 15-40 Connection Chevrolet 150 36 Running
9 17 8 Glen Reen Reflex Energy/Baja Construction Chevrolet 150 36 1 Running
10 18 79 Spencer Davis * Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 Pontiac 150 34 Running
11 12 48 Keith Rocco Wheelers Auto/Mr. Rooter Chevrolet 150 33 Running
12 24 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Pontiac 150 32 Running
13 21 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy's Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet 149 31 Running
14 22 3 Jimmy Zacharias * Cape Cod Copper/Central States Chevrolet 149 30 Running
15 23 33 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet 148 29 Running
16 15 88 Woody Pitkat Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet 147 28 Running
17 20 14 John Beatty, Jr. * ElevatorEntrance.com Chevrolet 142 27 Running
18 6 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/RBSCorp.com Chevrolet 137 26 Accident
19 2 64 Ron Yuhas, Jr. Fast Track Electric/Hughes Motors Chevrolet 137 25 Accident
20 7 7 Patrick Emerling Emerling Chevrolet/Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet 133 24 Running
21 14 93 Rowan Pennink Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet 129 23 Accident
22 1 4 Donny Lia Mystic Missile Racing Dodge 124 24 2 Accident
23 3 22 Tommy Barrett, Jr. * Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet 123 21 Accident
24 25 1 Melissa Fifield * Allstate Insurance Chevrolet 105 20 Brakes
25 10 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet 13 19 Accident

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Donny Lia, Time: 18.796 Seconds, Speed: 119.706 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 11 mins, 25 secs Average Speed: 78.763 mph Margin of Victory: 0.316 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 13-16 (Car #44 accident (Turn 1) [none]); 40-44 (Debris on the track [01]); 51-56 (Cars #6 & 16 contact (Turn 4) [none]); 73-78 (Car #07 accident (Turn 2) [01]); 124-127 (Cars #93, 22, 4 accident (Turn 1) [99]); 130-133 (Car #93 accident (Turn 4) [15]); 138-141 (Cars #58 & 64 accident (Turn 4) (Red Flag 4 mins.) [26]); 144-147 (Cars #48 & 14 contact (Turn 4) [none]). 8 for 37 laps.
Lap Leaders: Donny Lia 1-75, Glen Reen 76-82, Ron Silk 83-133, Doug Coby 134-135, Justin Bonsignore 136-150.
Total Laps Led: Donny Lia 75, Ron Silk 51, Justin Bonsignore 15, Glen Reen 7, Doug Coby 2. 4 changes involving 5 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points: Doug Coby 367, Justin Bonsignore 364, Ted Christopher 346, Bobby Santos 329, Ryan Preece 327, Ron Silk 327, Matt Hirschman 305, Timmy Solomito * 304, Woody Pitkat 303, Eric Goodale 299

Next Race: Bush's Beans 150 - Bristol - Aug. 20

* - Denotes Rookie of the Year Contender
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