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2018 NWMT NAPA Fall Final 150; Justin Bonsignore Clinches Championship at Stafford

By: Kyle Souza hometracks.NASCAR.com

STAFFORD, Conn. — While Kyle Bonsignore was celebrating his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win on Sunday, another member of the Bonsignore family, his cousin Justin, was celebrating clinching his first championship.

Kyle Bonsignore took the lead from Doug Coby with just four laps remaining in the NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway and went on to capture his first checkered flag in Whelen Modified Tour competition.

Justin Bonsignore, who has seven wins in the first 15 races of the season, clinched his first championship with one race still remaining on the schedule. The Holtsville, New York, driver may have finished 12th, but he left Stafford with a 64-point lead in the championship point standings. The maximum amount of points a driver can earn in one event is 48.

“This is great,” Kyle Bonsignore said. “To come up here in their backyard, it’s so tough to run these races. Everything has to work out perfect, and today it did. We had a great car at the end, and that’s all that we needed.”

Kyle started 12th, but worked his way up through the field in the midst of a green flag run just past the halfway point. After pitting for tires during a late caution, Kyle had to climb back through the field and pass Coby, an 11-time Stafford winner, in the process. He rolled the bottom of Coby in turn three and completed the pass in just enough time.

The Bay Shore, New York, driver was celebrating in just his 11th career start.

Justin Bonsignore, who started from the pole position, ran inside the top five for much of the race. However, in the midst of the green flag run where Kyle was charging through the field, the two cousins made contact and Justin went high in turn three, losing multiple positions.

Even though his quest for another checkered flag was over, he collected the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Chevrolet, holding it off the outside wall and crossing the line 12th.

“Lot of hard years, and a lot of hard work over those years,” Justin Bonsignore said. “It’s been an unbelievable season. We had a ton of speed right from the first practice at Myrtle Beach.”

Craig Lutz, driving a brand new LFR Chassis, finished second to Bonsignore, while Coby crossed the line third after leading 13 of the final 18 laps.

Chase Dowling, who led a race-high 84 laps, didn’t pit for tires during the race and faded late, finishing fourth, while Ron Silk rounded out the top five.Rob Summers was sixth, followed by Dave Sapienza, Chris Pasteryak, Timmy Solomito and Burt Myers.

The NAPA Fall Final 150 will air on NBCSN on Saturday, October 6, at 11 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the season-finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, October 14.

2018 NAPA Fall Final 150
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race number 15 of 15
Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT
150 laps on a .500 mile paved track (75.0 miles)

Time of race: 1:17:23
Average speed: 58.152 mph
Pole speed: 99.135 mph
Cautions: 9 for 50 laps
Margin of victory: 0.636 sec
Lead changes: 5

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1 12 22   Kyle Bonsignore Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore) Chevrolet 150 running 5 47
2 8 46   Craig Lutz Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale) Chevrolet 150 running 0 42
3 6 2   Doug Coby Mayhew Tools   (Mike Smeriglio III) Chevrolet 150 running 13 42
4 1 15   Chase Dowling 15-40 Connection / S&S Paving   (Rob Fuller) Chevrolet 150 running 131 42
5 7 85   Ron Silk Stuart’s Automotive   (Kevin Stuart) Chevrolet 150 running 0 39
6 9 64   Rob Summers Hoosier Tire East / Fast Track Elect / Hughes   (Mike Murphy) 150 running 0 38
7 3 36   Dave Sapienza DSR Racing   (Judy Thilberg) Chevrolet 150 running 0 37
8 15 75   Chris Pasteryak Dawley’s Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak) Chevrolet 150 running 0 36
9 10 16   Timmy Solomito Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson) Ford 150 running 0 35
10 5 1   Burt Myers Dunleavys Truck & Trailer   (Eddie Harvey) Chevrolet 150 running 0 34
11 14 21   Ronnie Williams Empower Financial / Gershow Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio) Chevrolet 150 running 0 33
12 2 51   Justin Bonsignore Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa) Chevrolet 150 running 0 32
13 18 92   Anthony Nocella Nocella Paving / Airgas / A&D Associates   (Anthony Nocella) Chevrolet 150 running 0 31
14 19 76   Jimmy Blewett Starrett Racing / John Blewett Inc.   (John Blewett Sr.) Chevrolet 150 running 0 30
15 17 54   Tommy Catalano * Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano) Chevrolet 150 running 0 29
16 23 25   Calvin Carroll Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll) Chevrolet 150 running 0 28
17 22 14   Blake Barney * Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney) Chevrolet 150 running 0 27
18 20 82   Woody Pitkat Horton Avenue Materials   (Pamela Hulse) Chevrolet 149 running 0 26
19 31 35   Andrew Molleur * Racechoice.com / Bud’s Diesel   (Mike Molleur) Ford 149 running 0 25
20 21 18   Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone) Ford 149 running 0 24
21 28 26   Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald) Chevrolet 149 running 0 23
22 26 33   Wade Cole Performance Engines / Kendall Oil   (Wade Cole) Chevrolet 148 running 0 22
23 11 44   Bobby Santos III Sully Tinio / Olivas Market   (Sully Tinio) Chevrolet 147 engine 1 22
24 29 01   Melissa Fifield Truck Stop Northeast   (Kenneth Fifield) Chevrolet 145 running 0 20
25 4 58   Eric Goodale GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale) Chevrolet 141 running 0 19
26 16 7   Jon McKennedy Accell Construction, Inc.   (Tommy Baldwin) Chevrolet 139 suspension 0 18
27 24 20   Max Zachem LuMac’s / Spafco Race Chassis   (Ken Zachem) Chevrolet 126 crash 0 17
28 25 24   Andrew Krause Supreme Manufacturing   (Diane Krause) Toyota 72 suspension 0 16
29 13 3   Matt Swanson Starrett / Mosquito Free / USNE   (Jan Boehler) Chevrolet 60 crash 0 15
30 27 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr. Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe) Chevrolet 23 crash 0 14
31 30 38   Dave Salzarulo Perf. Engines / Kendall Oil / Ryan’s   (Richard Rodenbaugh) Chevrolet 16 engine 0 13
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
Caution flag breakdown:
Condition From
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason Free
Pass
1 2 2
3 6 4   #58 turn 2 none
7 24 18
25 33 9   #78 spun turn 3 #01
34 38 5
39 47 9   #82 spun turn 1 #fp01
48 59 12
60 63 4   #35,75,3,20,21 accident turn 2 #82
64 72 9
73 78 6   #24 turn 4 #35
79 79 1
80 84 5   #7 spun turn 3 #82
85 120 36
121 125 5   #92 spun turn 3 none
126 126 1
127 131 5   #7 accident turn 4 #92
132 138 7
139 141 3   #20,18,44 accident turn 3 none
142 150 9
  Percent of race run under caution: 33.3%             Average green flag run: 10.0 laps
Lap leader breakdown:
Leader From
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Chase Dowling 1 84 84
  Bobby Santos III 85 85 1
  Chase Dowling 86 132 47
  Doug Coby 133 145 13
  Kyle Bonsignore 146 150 5