SOUZA: Competition Will Play A Key Role In Whelen Mod Tour Title Fight

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Justin Bonsignore is seeking his first-career Whelen Modified Tour title. (NASCAR photo)

Justin Bonsignore is seeking his first-career Whelen Modified Tour title. (NASCAR photo)

Bonsignore still has two chances to catch Coby in the championship chase, with the 150 lap Fall Final at Stafford and the World Series 150 at Thompson set to finish out the year. We know that both drivers will show up with their A game and their best equipment they have in the shop. We know that they will both give 110 percent trying to beat the other on the track.

But they won’t be the ones who end up ultimately deciding the championship chase, unless they finish first and second in both races.

Instead, their competition will be the ones that decide who becomes champion.

Don’t misunderstand what I am saying. I don’t mean that someone is going to wreck Coby or Bonsignore and cost them the crown.

However, I do mean that there will be drivers in between both of them when the checkered flag flies during the final two races.

There are just too many competitive teams and too many hot drivers on the tour right now for that not to be the case. Timmy Solomito has four feature wins this season and currently sits third in the championship standings. One of his wins came at Thompson and he has finished fourth and eighth in two of the races at Stafford.

Donny Lia has been knocking on the door of victory lane all season long in his Mark Sypher-owned No. 8. The 2007 and 2009 NWMT champion has finished second this year, but hasn’t been able to capture a trophy just yet. Though Lia has struggled over the last four races, he did finish third in the June appearance at Stafford.

And there are plenty more drivers on the list that could be in victory lane over the final two races and spoil the hopes of one of the title contenders. Ron Silk and Jimmy Blewett already have wins this year and Max Zachem has been knocking on the door of visiting the winner’s circle.

And then there is current NASCAR XFINITY Series regular Ryan Preece, who will return to the NWMT this weekend at the Fall Final driving for Eddie and Connie Partridge.

So even though both of the championship contenders will surely be bringing their A-Game to the final two races, other drivers may end up making the decision on who is champion.

If Bonsignore wins at Stafford and Coby is to finish fifth, those four drivers in the middle are four points extra that Coby will have lost. And it’s the same if Coby wins and Bonsignore finishes fifth.

It’s racing. It’s part of the sport we live and love.

So when it comes down to it, expect Bonsignore and Coby to both be contending at the front of the field in these final three races.

Is three strikes too many for Bonsignore in his quest to take the throne away from Coby?

We are all about to find out.

The opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of Race Chaser Online, the Performance Motorsports Network, Scorpion Radio Group, their sponsors or other contributors.


About the Writer

Souza head shotKyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.

When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.

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