Justin Bonsignore did not get to victory lane during the 2017 season. Bonsignore changed that on Sunday with a win at the Icebreaker 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. Bonsignore told 22News about how nice it was to break the winless streak.
“Without a doubt. It’s in the back of your mind. I also knew with all the changes. We were going to need some time to build. We went into Myrtle Beach not knowing what we were going to have and just not worry but just hoping everything you did is gonna pay off,” said Bonsignore.
Bonsignore went there and had a lot of speed and a good run. He felt he had a car that could’ve won the race just strategy did not work out. He was excited to come to Thompson where you race hard. Bonsignore had a good test when he came and tested prior to the event. He also a good practice session on Saturday. He was a little snug on Sunday during the race on both sets of tires.
Bonsignore is racing under a new chassis LFR and has a new crew chief. Ryan Stone worked for JR Motorsports owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr where he was a road mechanic for one of their NASCAR Xfinity Series teams. Within a couple months of being on a new race team, Stone fits right in and Bonsignore feels it will get better.
Craig Lutz scored his career-best finish on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour finishing in second and Rowan Pennink finished third.
Jon McKennedy came close to getting his second win in a row for Tommy Baldwin Racing. McKennedy ran out of fuel in the closing laps of the Icebreaker 150. He told 22News how unfortunate it was.
“Obviously had a good chance to win. Ran out of fuel,” said McKennedy.
McKennedy was battling with Bonsignore. He felt they were both tight with their race cars.
“Still can’t believe it. I had a pretty good call all weekend. Everyone did a good job. We kind of cut it to close with the fuel mileage. Certainly a tough way to lose a race,” said McKennedy.
Looking at notes and how things have worked out in the past history. They figured what they had. There would be enough fuel with cutting it close. McKennedy was trying to save fuel during the cautions. McKennedy finished 20th in the race.
Ronnie Williams tried to go for it on the last lap. He told 22News that he was hoping on the last restart to get a good restart.
“I had been struggling a bit. Got into second. I had close to a perfect car and we were all over Justin (Bonsignore) coming out of (Turn) four. It was a split second decision if I wanted to make my move now or in turn 3. I had the run. I think I did what any racer would do. If I didn’t do that move trying to throw it in there. I think (Bonsignore) he came down a little bit. He may have a different story. I was going for the win. That’s what we both doing,” said Williams.
There was plenty of racing throughout the weekend at the Icebreaker. Derek Griffith was the winner in the 100 lap PASS North Super Late Model Race. Keith Rocco won the 30 lap Sunoco Modified race. William Wall won the 25 lap Late Model feature. Shawn Monahan won the Limited Sportsman race and Eric Bourgois claimed victory in the Mini Stock race.
On Saturday, Todd Bertrand went back-to-back scoring the win in the NEMA Lites race. The Valenti Modified Racing Series made their first Icebreaker Appearance as Rowan Pennink took down the win in the 50 lap event. Bryan Narducci won the Lite Modified race. Corey Coates won the EXIT Realty Pro Truck Series race and Scott Seryndynski took down the win in the EXIT Realty 375 Pro Sportsman race.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action on Sunday, April 29 with the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at the Stafford Motor Speedway. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will return to action on Sunday, May 20.
Bonsignore has not won yet at Stafford. He has come close a couple times. He is excited to go to Stafford.