Justin Bonsigore Looks To Start New Whelen Mod Tour Winning Streak At Riverhead Raceway Saturday

(Press release from Souza Media)

Justin Bonsignore celebrates a Whelen Modified Tour victory at Riverhead Raceway on Sept. 7, 2019 (Photo: Fran Lawlor/RaceDayCT)

After finishing third the last time the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visited his home track, Justin Bonsignore will look to begin a new winning streak at Riverhead Raceway this Saturday, June 19. Set for competition in the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200, Bonsignore will drive the No. 51 Phoenix Communications for Kenneth Massa Motorsports in search of his ninth career win at the New York oval.

Bonsignore had won four straight tour races at the bullring leading into the May 15 event — but six-time tour champion Doug Coby broke his own dry spell and won the Miller Lite 200, while Bonsignore led 175 laps and finished third. Since that race, Bonsignore picked up a victory at Jennerstown Speedway and a fourth-place finish at Oswego Speedway — and sits second — just three points back — in the Whelen Modified Tour championship battle.

Bonsignore has plenty of confidence that the team will come up with the setup it will take to start a new streak. The 200-lap feature will be the sixth of 14 races on the tour schedule — and the second of three at Riverhead.

“I’m excited that Riverhead has an additional race this year, we always love racing at home in front of friends and family,” Bonsignore said. “We came up short there last month, but I’m really hungry to improve on the final segment of the race and make sure we have the car to last the distance and get the win. We learned what was wrong the last time, but so did everyone else in the field. Going back for the second time, it gets harder. We’re building a notebook just like everyone else — and I’m sure it will be a challenge — but we will improve.”

Bonsignore’s eight career Riverhead wins in 19 starts include 951 laps led and an average finish of 4.8.

Saturday’s race day includes one practice session from 3-4 p.m., with Mayhew Tools pole qualifying set to roll at 6 p.m. The Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 is scheduled to take the green flag at 8 p.m., and will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

For more information on Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his athlete page on Facebook.


  1. Entry list?

  2. Entry Veh # Driver Organization Crew Chief Veh Mfg Sponsor
    1 1 Woody Pitkat Eddie Harvey Eddie Harvey 19 Chevrolet Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer
    2 01 Melissa Fifield Kenneth Fifield Kenneth Fifield 21 Troyer Pine Knoll Auto Sales
    3 2 Chuck Hossfeld Joseph Bertuccio Michael Bologna 20 Chevrolet Gershow Recycling
    4 * 03 Tom Rogers Jr Kenny Darch Sean Corsetti Licensed to Chill
    5 07 Patrick Emerling Jennifer Emerling Jan Leaty 21 Troyer Captain Pips Marina and Hideaway
    6 7 Jonathan Mckennedy Tommy Baldwin Tommy Baldwin 20 Troyer Ultra Wheel
    7 10 Doug Coby III Philip Moran Philip Moran 21 Ford Mayhew Tools
    8 15 Kyle Soper Wayne Anderson Tom Soper 15 Troyer Eastport Feeds
    9 22 Kyle Bonsignore Kyle Bonsignore Bobby Foley 21 Chevrolet Chateau Performance/Magnus/Tilton/Wilwood
    10 26 Gary Mcdonald Sean Mcdonald Chad Mcdonald 18 Chevrolet Lakeland Ave Landscape Supply/Liwood Heat
    11 32 Tyler Rypkema Dean Rypkema Zach Truesdail 18 Chevrolet Welcorp/Musco
    12 34 Jb Fortin Nicole Fortin Kenneth Lechner 19 Chevrolet Whip it City Jerky, Peerless Boilers, Johns Fuel, Golden Jalapeno
    13 36 David Sapienza Judy Thilberg Tommy Grasso 19 Chevrolet Sapienza Enterprises
    14 46 Craig Lutz Russell Goodale Douglas Ogiejko 21 Chevrolet Riverhead Building Supply
    15 51 Justin Bonsignore Kenneth Massa Ryan Stone 19 Chevrolet Phoenix Communications, Inc.
    16 54 Tommy Catalano David Catalano David Catalano 19 Chevrolet FX Caprara
    17 58 Eric Goodale Edgar Goodale Jason Shephard 21 Chevrolet GAF Roofing
    18 64 Timmy Solomito Mike Murphy Ron Yuhas Jr 21 Toyota Dell Electric, Lumierre Electric, Andrew James Interio
    19 170 Dylan Slepian Robert Pelis Brian Magee Eastport Feeds
    20 78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr Steven Sutcliffe Kevin Anderson 19 Troyer Last Minute Racing
    21 80 Mike Rutkoski Buzz Chew TBA 17 Chevrolet Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac Inc
    22 81 Roger Turbush Pat Kennedy Raymond Bouchard 21 Troyer Eastern Fuel
    23 82 Anthony Nocella Danny Watts Jr Jarod Zeltmann 20 Chevrolet Horton Avenue Materials
    24 85 Ron Silk Kevin Stuart Kevin Stuart 19 Chevrolet Stuart’s Automotive
    25 87 John Baker TBA Eugene Orlando Staria Automotive/Elite Towing
    26 * 88 Roger Turbush Pat Kennedy Raymond

  3. Dareal
    Found this on nascar roots for Riverway, if that is what you were referring to.
    I have not seen anything posted for nutmeg 75 for Thompson yet.


  4. Sorry.
    Meant to say Riverhead.

  5. Bobf,
    I think the point some were trying to make about the Whelen Modified Tour entry list is that it’s typically posted on Monday of a race week so it was definitely unusual that it wasn’t posted until Wednesday afternoon before a Saturday event.
    The promoters putting on the Nutmeg State 75 tonight at Thompson are literally putting on their first regular Wednesday night event there tonight and have open registration through this afternoon.

  6. Thanks Shawn.
    I obviously missed that point.
    I tend to wear out the erasers on a pencil before the pencil is half used!
    Sorry for my confusion on the issue.

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