Justin Bonsignore scored his third win of the season in the Thompson 125 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event on Thursday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
The race went without a caution for the first 91 laps. Teams came onto pit road to make adjustments and Bonsignore won the race off of pit road. There were two more cautions in the closing laps of the event as Bonsignore. Bonsignore was able to hold on to win back-to-back races and his second win in a row at Thompson.
“We didn’t have the best car to start the race well I did have the best car to start the race and just a little to free,” said Bonsignore,
It was Bonsignore’s seventh win at Thompson and 15th win overall on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Bonsignore told 22News that he was surprised to see the caution on lap 91. He wanted to see a caution, “I about had enough and the car was a little off. That’s a long run here and everything starts to hurt your back and all that. I was happy to get a little break and work on the car I didn’t know were gonna gain three positions on pit road but we were able to.”
Rowan Pennink finished in second. Pennink told 22News that pit strategy didn’t come into play.
“Everyone was pitting because everyone was out there was struggling. It was just a matter of getting out of the pits first and if you didn’t being out on the top and luckily enough we were on the top that last restart and had a shot for the win just came up a little short,” said Pennink.
Doug Coby finished third in the event. Coby told 22News that pit strategy didn’t come into play, “I think fast pit crew came into play and a good car. I think Justin (Bonsignore) has a great car obviously and he was good early on. They just missed a little bit and they adjusted for it and he was good. I still don’t think he was perfect at the end. They are on fire on all cylinders.”
Keith Rocco took down his third win in the Sunoco Modifieds. Mark Jenison won the Late Model feature. Danny Cugini took down the win in the 20 lap NEMA Lites feature. Ryan Waterman won the Limited Sportsman feature. Wayne Burroughs, Jr won the 15 lap Mini Stock feature.
During pre-race ceremonies, a special dedication was held for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour official A.J. Vogel. Vogel passed away earlier this week. Vogel’s daughter Stephanie and son Trevor were presented with a checkered flag signed by the drivers and officials. One last radio transmission to Vogel was done over the loudspeaker prior to the National Anthem.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action next weekend at Langley Speedway in Virginia. Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will be back in action on Saturday, July 14 for the second annual NASCAR Busch North Throwback 100 featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.