Stat Check: Breaking Down The Whelen Modified Tour Standings With Two Races Left

(Press Release from NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)

Ron Silk is looking for his second Whelen Modified Tour driver’s championship in 2022 (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

Only three points separate the top three drivers in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings heading into the final two races of the 2022 season.

After claiming his fourth win of the year at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night, three-time Tour champion Justin Bonsignore has erased the deficit stemming from his poor start to put himself well within striking distance of adding another title to his prestigious resume.

With all the momentum favoring Bonsignore as he pursues a third consecutive championship, points leader Jon McKennedy and 2011 champion Ron Silk will find themselves playing both offense and defense with two historic tracks in Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Martinsville Speedway ahead.

Below is a breakdown of how the top 10 drivers in the standings fared during the Eddie Partridge 256, along with a complete look at the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings.

  1. Jon McKennedy: 526 points 

The last thing McKennedy needed was a mediocre performance at Riverhead. Bonsignore winning the Eddie Partridge 256 and Silk finishing third only compounded the consequences of McKennedy’s 10th-place run, as his lead in the standings has been reduced to just three points.

  1. Justin Bonsignore: 523 points

A couple months ago, Bonsignore was nowhere near the championship fight being settled between McKennedy and Silk. Two consecutive victories at Oswego Speedway and Riverhead, along with an average finish of 3.6 over the last five races, has allowed Bonsignore to emerge as the title favorite with two races remaining.

  1. Ron Silk: 523 points 

Despite putting together one of the most consistent seasons of his career, Silk has yet to take his car to Victory Lane in 2022. Silk put together another solid performance at Riverhead with a third, but he now finds himself in a tie for second with Bonsignore.

  1. Eric Goodale: 504 points

Goodale remains a dark horse candidate for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title, but time is running out for him to erase a 22-point deficit. A quiet night for Goodale in the Eddie Partridge 256 saw him come home in fifth for his fourth top five on the 2022 season.

  1. Austin Beers: 479 points 

The only rookie who has run every race of the Tour season, Beers is now fifth in the point standings heading into the penultimate race at Thompson. Beers just narrowly missed out on his second top five of the year with a sixth-place finish at Riverhead.

  1. Tommy Catalano: 470 points

Catalano rebounded from a disappointing showing at Oswego but was still unable to crack the top 10 by the time the checkered flag was displayed. The 12th-place finish by Catalano at Riverhead dropped him outside the top five in the point standings.

  1. Kyle Bonsignore: 469 points

A different pit strategy nearly resulted in the other member of the Bonsignore family visiting Riverhead’s Victory Lane. Unfortunately for Kyle, he would get swept up in a late-race accident with Silk, forcing him to settle for a disappointing, 21st-place finish.

  1. Craig Lutz: 466 points

Lutz picked up another top 10 in the Eddie Partridge 256 on Saturday evening by finishing seventh. After scoring only one top 10 in the first 10 races, Lutz now has four in a row, which includes his victory at Thompson back in August.

  1. Doug Coby: 408 points

A three-time winner at Riverhead, Coby could not quite match the pace set by Bonsignore in Saturday’s Eddie Partridge 256. Despite this, Coby still finished fourth and further padded out Tommy Baldwin’s advantage in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owner points.

  1. J.B. Fortin: 360 points

The Eddie Partridge 256 proved to be another rough evening for Fortin. An accident with Riverhead regular Dylan Slepian knocked Fortin out of the race after 85 laps, which relegated him to 23rd.

Pos.DriverPointsStartsWins2nd3rd4th5th6thTop 5Top 10
1Jon McKennedy52614110412712
2Justin Bonsignore52314410022711
3Ron Silk52314024110811
4Eric Goodale5041402011249
5Austin Beers *4791400100116
6Tommy Catalano4701401001126
7Kyle Bonsignore4691401011238
8Craig Lutz4661410100127
9Doug Coby40810301110610
10J.B. Fortin3601300100012
11Patrick Emerling3301002200046
12Dave Sapienza3241200000000
13Gary McDonald3141300000000
14Walter Sutcliffe Jr.3081200000000
15Melissa Fifield2851400000000
16Ken Heagy2721000000001
17Matt Hirschman257612111066
18Tyler Rypkema230701002033
19Timmy Solomito201600001014
20Jake Johnson *193600101024
21Andrew Krause179600020023
22Donny Lia173600000002
23Kyle Ebersole169600010012
24Jimmy Blewett139410000012
25James Pritchard, Jr. *130500000000
26Dylan Slepian *122400011022
27Mike Christopher, Jr. *120310100022
28Kyle Soper119310000013
29Ronnie Williams119400000000
30Ryan Preece111300000203
31Matt Kimball *106400000001
32Eddie McCarthy *105400000000
33Spencer Davis102400000001
34John Beatty, Jr.101300000002
35Sam Rameau94300010011
36Bobby Santos, III94300000001
37Anthony Nocella88310000011
38Brian Roble *86300000001
39Chuck Hossfeld84201100022
40Anthony Sesely78300000000
41Chris Young *76300000000
42Chris Turbush *76300000000
43Matt Brode *73300000000
44Roger Turbush72300000000
45JR Bertuccio72300000000
46Max McLaughlin *70200000001
47Jacob Perry *63200000001
48Eddie Brunnhoelzl58200000000
49Tom Rogers, Jr.43200000000
50Jeremy Gerstner42200000000
51Todd Patnode *39200000000
52John Baker38100000101
53Blake Barney35100000001
54Corey LaJoie35100000001
55Joey Coulter34200000000
56Ryan Newman32100000000
57Jamie Tomaino30100000000
58Mike Leaty *30100000000
59John Fortin29100000000
60Gary Putnam29100000000
61Steve Dickey, Jr. *28100000000
62Jack Ely *28100000000
63Andy Seuss22100000000
64Paul Charette *21100000000
65Bryan Dauzat20100000000
66Danny Bohn20100000000


  1. Suitcase Jake says

    I still BELIEVE Jon McKennedy will win the Championship…..
    The 51 has had many mechanical failures and due for another..

  2. Jake,, interesting comment on 51.. early on i was beginning to think that the 51’s equipment was worn out.. but now think they may have righted the ship.. i don’t think 79 has the resources to finish on top.. hope i’m wrong,, we shall see shortly..

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