Justin Bonsignore To Run SK Modified Full-Time At Stafford Speedway In 2015

(Press Release from Stafford Motor Speedway)

Justin Bonsignore  (Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Justin Bonsignore (Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty Images for NASCAR)

As number registrations continue to file in and the Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rosters begin to take shape, the track’s premier SK Modified® division has just added another NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver for the 2015 season. Reigning Valenti Modified Racing Series champion Justin Bonsignore will join the SK Modified ranks behind the wheel of Art Barry’s #21 car and will race for the championship

“We’re going to try it every week,” said Barry. “We’ve won 2 championships in the MRS and the plan is to start out, see what we can do, and see if we can find a sponsor along the way. Justin wants to race at Stafford, I think the seat time will help him in other series at Stafford and it will be nice for me to come back home and race.”

“This is awesome, especially to be able to do it with Art and Ken Barry,” said Bonsignore. “I’ve gotten to know them really well the last couple years and we have had a lot of success in the MRS series. I think we were all looking to do something different this year, I’ve been wanting an SK deal at Stafford for a long time and it’s definitely a track that I’m looking to get some more seat time at. The competition at Stafford is second to none, it’s like a tour race every Friday night, and we’re glad that we’re going to be part of it. We’d like to be able to contend for the championship and I think we’ll be a really good team. Weekly racing is a little different from Tour racing with the amount of tires and the handicapping system, so it’ll definitely be a challenge. Stafford has the most competitive field in the Northeast but we’re hoping we can be in contention every week and hopefully win a couple of races. I don’t see why we can’t be a contender. I’m really excited, I want to get the season started already. I like working with Art and Kenny and I think we’re going to have a good time.”

While Bonsignore has logged plenty of laps in Whelen Modified Tour competition at Stafford over the past five seasons, he will be a rookie behind the wheel of an SK Modified® car. Despite his lack of experience, Bonsignore says he is familiar with the sprint race format from his days at Riverhead and that he and the Barry team have everything they need to be competitive right from the start.

“It’s going to depend on how we come out of the box,” said Bonsignore. “We’ll have the open practice and at least I’m not going to a new track. I just have to adapt to a new driving style to run in an SK car. I’m used to the sprint race distance from racing at Riverhead, so I don’t think that will be a big deal. I’m always confident that we’ll adapt to things quickly and that we’ll be able to compete right out of the box, but you always have to be ready for the other side of things, you never know. I’m hoping that I can get comfortable with the track and I know it’s a little different between a Tour car and an SK car.”

Bonsignore and the Barry team have yet to settle on an engine builder, but Bonsignore will be piloting a brand new SPAFCO chassis as he makes his SK Modified® debut. And as Bonsignore says, “it’s always nice to be driving new equipment.”

“We haven’t even started building the car yet,” said Bonsignore. “They’re taking the MRS car that I drove to the championship this year and that is going to be Matt Swanson’s car in the SK Lights and they’re going to build a brand new car for this year. New cars are always nice to drive and we’re going to go all out, that’s for sure. The MRS car was a great car and my tour car was a sister car to the MRS car and we had a lot of success. I think we learned a lot this year and Kenny has put some new ideas together to come out with a newer design and we’ll also have another new SPAFCO car for the Tour with the #51 team. Kenny always builds great stuff so I have no worries, I think we’re going to be good. The engine is the one mystery still. We’ve talked with a few different people and we’re going to mull it over a little longer over the holidays and hopefully we’ll know around the first of the year.”

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  1. Does this mean that he will not be running the VMRS?

  2. Andy Boright says:

    The best weekly racing program in New England just took another few steps ahead of everyone else.

  3. Norwich Norm says:

    If you look at it from a Spafco chassis perspective this is a good move. First off, one has to wonder how many more cars they can sell on the VMRS where their cars have done well and many teams run them. The Stafford SK market is one where they have had little if any significant penetration in recent years. If Justin can do what he did on the WMT for Spafco at Stafford, its actually a larger market of cars from which Spafco can capture market share.

  4. Yup, Stafford is the place to be on Friday nights. The SK feature is the best weekly division in the northeast. Imagine the car counts if Waterford doesn’t open. Can’t wait until May.

  5. Good point on waterford not running, is the mr rooter team planning on running stafford or will they just go tour racing? Other teams plans? If stafford draws 20 more teams they better bring back the 21 means 21 feature

  6. The 2014 mrs championship car is going to be a lite? Wow, I remember when that was a lower budget starter class.. Stafford definitely has people wiling to spend, good move for spafco

  7. Justin is also running for the SK championship at Thompson.

  8. Steady Eddie Fan says:

    I agree with Andy, the weekly show a Stafford with the SK Modifieds
    is the best racing around weekly or otherwise.

  9. This is great news. What a great team to add to the Fri night show. He has one thing wrong, though. He said “it’s like a tour race every Friday night.” No. From the stands it is far, far, FAR better. The Tour is 150 laps of single-file, strung-out, counting-off of laps; Fri night Stafford is side by side, truly competitive, man-to-man excitement for 40 laps. Or, at least it has been for the past two years. I hope it continues.

  10. Also,
    If that is the case with Justin racing at Thompson then why hasn’t the motorsports park announced it.

  11. the motorsports park has announced it on the 27th on their facebook page!

  12. Nice to Justin and Matt Hirschman on the Thompson Roster for next year

  13. I see Matt Hirschman has a number registered at Stafford. It’s hard to imagine but Stafford weekly SK racing may be even better then it was last year and it was really good last season. In reviewing the registered cars for Stafford there are a few notably drivers missing including Doug Colby, TC, Eric Berndt, and Frank Rocco. Hopefully they are planning on running Stafford. I heard Rocco was considering retiring and TC has been late in registering a number in the past. Even if Waterford does get straightened out and Stafford doesn’t pull any additional cars from there, it should be a great season at Stafford.

  14. Youhavenoidea says:

    Rocco did retire, tc will be racing this year and so will Eric always late to register lol as for coby I’m sure he won’t be forgotten and will be wheeling something there.

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