Justin Bonsignore said he’s always on the hunt for seat time behind the wheel of a Modified.
Preston team owner Art Barry will be giving him that time he’s been looking for this season on the Valenti Modified Racing Series.
Bonsignore, a regular on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, will also drive full-time for Barry on the Valenti Modified Racing Series this coming season.
“It’s been something we’ve been talking about for a while,” Bonsignore said. “I know Ken [Barry] and Art [Barry] pretty well. … I have a good relationship with [them]. One thing led to another. We talked a little bit and I’m always looking to get more seat time and that was a big deciding factor for me. I look at guys like Ryan Preece that race so much more, it can’t hurt, it can only help.”
Bonsignore has two career starts with the Valenti Modified Racing Series. Barry, a former Whelen Modified Tour team owner, won his first Valenti Modified Racing Series championship in 2012 with driver Jon McKennedy, who raced part-time for the team in 2013.
“It’s going to be a learning a curve learning [the Valenti Modified Racing Series] tire,” Bonsignore said. “It’s definitely championship equipment, I just hope I can be a championship caliber driver.”
Bonsignore goes into his fifth full-time season behind the wheel of Ken Massa’s owned Whelen Modified Tour ride in 2014. In 60 career starts on the Modified Tour he has three victories and 21 top-five finishes.
Last year Rowan Pennink won the Valenti Modified Racing Series championship while also running full-time on the Whelen Modified Tour. The 25-year old Bonsignore, from Holtsville, N.Y., likes what he sees from the Valenti Modified Racing Series.
“It’s a little bit more laid back maybe than the [Whelen Modified] Tour, but the racing is really hard-nosed, but at the same time real clean with a lot of respect that’s forced upon by their officials,” Bonsignore said. “They stick to their calls and their guns and it’s good. And they do a lot of good things to keep the costs down. It’s definitely something I’ve been wanting to do for some time now.”