BRISTOL, Tenn. — It’s déjà vu for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race teams.
Just as in 2015, the Tour started Wednesday’s Bush’s Beans 150 battle at Bristol Motor Speedway, but then the skies opened up.
Heavy rain and lightning came through the Bristol area and forced a red flag in the race at lap 55, with Todd Szegedy currently showing the way
Officials from NASCAR have also announced that the completing of the NWMT race will be following the Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday night. It’s the second straight year that the tour will be pushed back behind the trucks due to rain.
The start of the race has seen five caution flags in just over the first third of the race, with multiple top contenders sitting in the garage area with damaged race cars. Justin Bonsignore, who came into Bristol second in the Whelen Modified Tour point standings, crashed out of the event on lap 54. Bonsignore’s car had something break in the right front suspension and he went right side first into the turn four wall and came up off the ground.
Bonsignore exited the wreck without injury, but he will take a big hit in the championship standings leaving Bristol. Other drivers involved in Bonsignore’s wreck include recently-injured George Brunnhoelzl III and Rob Summers. Both of those drivers were also able to escape without injury and in Brunnhoelzl’s case, further injury. He suffered a shoulder injury at Bowman Gray last time out, but was cleared by doctors to compete today.
Other crashes early in Wednesday’s Bush’s Beans 150 included Austin Pickens, Jeff Goodale, Ryan Preece, Burt Myers, Kyle Bonsignore and Timmy Solomito. Some of those drivers have been able to continue racing, while others are searching to see if they can fix their cars when the red flag is pulled.
Preece was running third when he spun off turn two, but he did not receive damage. He is currently running 20th at the red flag.
Last season, Preece was able to win the rain-shortened event that was started on time, but then was red flagged for rain and moved to after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The field continued the event and fought hard with rain once again and the race ended up going checkered at lap 103.
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Kyle 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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