Justin Bonsignore is off to a stellar start this season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as he scored his second win of the 2018 season. He led the final 22 laps after battling it out with Matt Hirschman during the 150 lap event. Chase Dowling finished in second and Matt Hirschman finished in third.
Ryan Stone came on board as Bonsignore’s crew chief this season. Bonsignore told 22News that without a doubt the chemistry between him and Stone it’s been very good.
“Before we even came to an agreement, we were hanging down in Charlotte having beers and just getting along. Everything been great so far. Its like he’s (Ryan Stone) been here for five years. He’s that type of guys. He knows his stuff Has been lights out every race. We came here today with something a little different and it worked. We’re not sure if it would be really good Just really excited. He’s awesome,” said Bonsignore.
Hirschman told 22News after the race that when he enters the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race the few times they are always in contention to win.
“We qualify up front. We race up front and just keep coming up short. Just not quite I am here for one reason to try and get Pee Dee Motorsports a Whelen Tour win. We’re right there. Just need to be able to close it. Whenever that next time is will see if we can do a little bit better,” said Hirschman.
Hirschman finished third in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener at Myrtle Beach and led laps.
“Good night. Just not a win,” said Hirschman.
Jon McKennedy came into Saturday night fourth in the points and had problems with power steering that would end his night on lap 82. He finished in 25th. It bumped him back to sixth in the point standings.
According to racingreference.com, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has visited Seekonk Speedway nine times and there has never been a repeat winner.
With Bonsignore’s second win of the year on Saturday night at The Cement Palace, he will now have a seven-point lead over Chase Dowling and 19 points over Craig Lutz. The top seven drivers in points on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour are only 48 points apart.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for their second appearance of the 2018 season for the Thompson 125 next Wednesday, June 13 with a rain date of next Thursday, June 14.