Story By: KYLE SOUZA / JUSTIN BONSIGNORE MOTORSPORTS – HOLTSVILLE, NY – Two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore returns to the track in NASCAR action for the first time in nearly one month this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Set to compete in the Whelen 100 at the ‘Magic Mile’, Bonsignore will drive the No. 51 Phoenix Communications machine for Kenneth Massa Motorsports hoping to score his second career points paying win at New Hampshire.
Bonsignore’s first victory at the 1.058-mile oval was in 2016, and he also won the non-points Whelen All-Star Shootout at the track in 2018. With the restrictor plate racing that New Hampshire offers — including drafting and tight packs of cars racing for the win late — Bonsignore knows it’s going to be a tough task to win. He will enter the race just three points behind points leader Patrick Emerling in the title chase.
“Definitely excited to get back going,” Bonsignore said. “It was a nice month off to regroup and get ready for the rest of the year. It’s pretty wide-open from here to the end of the year — but the break was good for everyone to get organized for the final push that we hope will separate us from the rest of the pack. New Hampshire is like our Daytona 500. We’re anxious and excited to see where we stack up and we need to be in position towards the end to have a shot at it.”
Saturday’s race day schedule will include quick turnarounds for race teams — with just one practice session from 10-11 a.m., followed by Mayhew Tools pole qualifying at 11:30 a.m. The Whelen 100 will take the green flag at 12:45 p.m. The race will air live to a national audience on NBC Sports Gold and their TrackPass platform.