Story By: KYLE SOUZA / JUSTIN BONSIGNORE MOTORSPORTS – HOLTSVILLE, NY – After just over one month off, three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore is heading home this weekend.
The Holtsville, New York, competitor will race in the Whelen Modified Tour Miller Lite 200 at his home track – Riverhead Raceway – coming off a victory last time on the track at Richmond Raceway.
After cutting his teeth at Riverhead in NASCAR weekly series competition, Bonsignore competed in his first Tour race at the quarter-mile in 2007. Since then, he’s been to Victory Lane in 8 of 21 races, and been inside the top-five in 18 of those starts.
Last year, Bonsignore finished third twice – and second once – in the three races at the track. Prior to last year, Bonsignore had been to Victory Lane in four consecutive Whelen Modified Tour races at Riverhead.
Entering the race, Bonsignore has the victory at Richmond, and a 31st place finish at New Smyrna Speedway in February, where the No. 51 Phoenix Communications machine suffered a mechanical failure. Bonsignore is ninth in the championship standings, 20 points from the top, with two of 16 events completed.
“We’re looking forward to carrying some momentum from our win at Richmond into Riverhead this weekend and getting back to work,” Bonsignore said. “Even though we had some time off, the next month is going to be busy for the Whelen Modified Tour and our Ken Massa Motorsports team. Hopefully we can get the busy stretch started off on the right foot this weekend at Riverhead.”
Riverhead is the first of three consecutive weeks of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing – which will also include stops at Lee USA Speedway on May 21 and Jennerstown Speedway on May 28. The Whelen Modified Tour will also return to Riverhead two more times during the 2022 season.
Saturday’s race day schedule at Riverhead includes one NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice session from 3-4 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools pole qualifying at 6 p.m. The green flag for the Miller Lite 200 is scheduled for 8 p.m.