Drive For Five: Bonsignore continues winning streak with Icebreaker win at Thompson


THOMPSON, Conn (WWLP) – Justin Bonsignore continued the winning streak on Sunday afternoon as he scored his first win of 2019 with his fifth win in a row at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park that started at the Icebreaker last season. Doug Coby led the first 107 laps of the race as the caution came out on lap 99.

Bonsignore would take over the lead on lap 108. The final caution of the event came out on lap 146 leading to a green-white-checkered finish. Bonsignore was able to hold off Ron Silk and Eric Goodale to win the event.

“We’ve had speed at every race so far. Myrtle Beach we didn’t pit. Last week I got us wrecked. We just had to put together a full race and just execute and we had a little bit of luck,” said Bonsignore.

Bonsignore told 22News after the race about getting five wins in a row and hopes to get number six at Thompson in June.

“Stuff like that is really cool. It’s stuff you’ll think about when you’re done racing. Hopefully, I have kids someday and be like I won five in a row one time and nobody else did that here at Thompson. That stuff that’ll be cool in the future to look back on and appreciate. We’re still living in the moment. I am already thinking when we come back in the summer what we need to do to be a little bit better and try to get six in a row. This stuff is cool. Can’t let yourself get caught up in the moment,” said Bonsignore.

Ron Silk finished in second place in the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday. Silk felt the start of the 2019 season has gone pretty well for his team. Silk’s worst finish of the year was 25th at Myrtle Beach for the season opener. He rebounded with the win at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA. Silk told 22News how the chemistry with the team has been along with the confidence.

“Running good is always a confidence booster. You run good and you just keep rolling and everyone stays motivated and they work hard. The Stuart’s they are a great group of guys. They’re fun to race with. I really enjoy racing for Kevin Stuart. He’s gotten us everything that we needed to improve and I am glad it’s paying off,” said Silk.

Eric Goodale finished third in the race on Sunday. He told 22News about his weekend after the Icebreaker 150.

“We struggled in practice a little bit. Missed it in qualifying. Didn’t hit our stagger. Just went out there and did the best we could. The car was tight. We came in early and took a tire. Really set our strategy for the end of the race. We were one of the quickest cars right before the caution came out halfway through the race. Came in made the adjustments we needed. My guys had a killer pit stop up on pit road. I think we went from 12th to fourth on pit road.. Gave us the track position we needed. That was huge really to put us in position to have a shot at the win. Justin (Bonsignore) and Ronnie (Silk) were just a little bit better than us there at the end,” said Goodale. 

Patrick Emerling finished in fourth and Doug Coby came back to finish in fifth. Sixth through tenth were Burt Myers, Matt Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Chris Pasteryak, and Jimmy Blewett. 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action in three weeks as the NAPA Auto Parts will take place at Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28. 

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