NWMT: Bonsignore Keeps Title Hopes Alive With Maiden Magic Mile Victory

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Justin Bonsignore celebrates in victory lane after winning Saturday's F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at the Magic Mile. (NASCAR via Getty Images photo)

Justin Bonsignore celebrates in victory lane after winning Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win at the Magic Mile.
(NASCAR via Getty Images photo)

LOUDON, N.H. — Justin Bonsignore knows that if he’s going to catch Doug Coby in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title chase, he’s going to need all the points he can get in the closing stretch of the season.

Saturday, that meant finding success at a place that’s long plagued him: New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Holtsville, New York driver accomplished that mission in dominating the FW Webb 100, leading 77 laps and holding off the field in a green-white-checkered finish to score his first win at the Magic Mile and the 11th of his career.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than this,” said Bonsignore of his third win of the season. “To do it here at New Hampshire, on the big stage, hasn’t sunk in yet. I don’t know if it ever will. It’s a huge honor to be here at honor and to be called a winner now it unbelievable.”

Rowan Pennink led five laps and was in contention for the win when engine issues on lap 98 ended his day. The incident brought out the race’s final caution and pushed the event to 106 laps in total.

On the final restart, Bonsignore was able to get a push from Silk to pull away from both he and Coby en route to the checkered flag.

Ron Silk finished second, followed by Coby, Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Matt Swanson and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Ryan Newman.

Polesitter Woody Pitkat — who started up front when qualifying was washed out on Friday due to rain — was involved in an early accident and finished 24th, out of the race. He completed just 27 laps before his issues.

 

By virtue of his win, Bonsignore sliced seven more points off three-time tour champion Coby’s lead, meaning a 13-point margin separates the pair with two races remaining.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race next in the NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway on Oct. 2.

 

RESULTS: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour; F.W. Webb 100; New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Sept. 24, 2016

  1. Justin Bonsignore
  2. Ron Silk
  3. Doug Coby
  4. Matt Swanson
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Patrick Emerling
  7. Jimmy Blewett
  8. Max Zachem
  9. Timmy Solomito
  10. Donny Lia
  11. Chase Dowling
  12. Jeff Goodale
  13. Shawn Solomito
  14. Jimmy Zacharias
  15. Rob Summers
  16. Eric Goodale
  17. Jamie Tomaino
  18. Gary McDonald
  19. Wade Cole
  20. Rowan Pennink
  21. Gary Byington
  22. Craig Lutz
  23. Dave Sapienza
  24. Woody Pitkat
  25. Melissa Fifield
  26. Bobby Santos

CREDIT: NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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