Three Way Fight: Breaking Down The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Driver Championship Standings

(Press Release from NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)

Jon McKennedy leads the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver championship standings with three events remaining (Photo: Rachel O’Driscoll/NASCAR)

Jon McKennedy has slightly more breathing room to work with in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings following Saturday’s Toyota Bud Mod Classic 150 at Oswego Speedway.

Entering the race with just a three-point advantage, McKennedy stayed out of trouble all evening while the second-place points driver in 2011 champion Ron Silk was forced to make a late pit stop, which increased McKennedy’s lead to 10 points.

Although McKennedy and Silk have primarily controlled the top two spots during the summer, a third contender has entered the conversation in three-time champion Justin Bonsignore. By winning at Oswego on Saturday, Bonsignore only trails McKennedy by 17 points with just three races remaining on the 2022 schedule.

Below is a breakdown of how the top 10 drivers in the standings fared during the Toyota Bud Mod Classic 150, along with a complete look at the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings.

  1. Jon McKennedy: 492 points 

As has been the theme for most of the 2022 season, McKennedy enjoyed a calm evening at Oswego to settle for a solid, sixth-place finish. Maintaining consistent runs will be imperative for McKennedy over the final three races if he wants to keep Silk and Bonsignore behind him.

  1. Ron Silk: 482 points

For most of the Toyota Bud Mod Classic 150, Silk was running right with McKennedy until he was forced to make a late, unscheduled stop. Silk’s 13thplace finish at Oswego will now force him to play both offense and defense as he attempts to claim his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title.

  1. Justin Bonsignore: 475 points

Two poor early-season finishes at New Smyrna Speedway and Riverhead Raceway are the primary reason why Bonsignore is not atop the point standings. Now armed with three wins on the year, momentum is shifting in Bonsignore’s favor to win a third consecutive title in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

  1. Eric Goodale: 465 points 

Goodale remains a dark horse contender for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title, but he has work to do after Oswego. A ninth place run for Goodale on Saturday gives him eight Top 10s on the 2022 season, yet Bonsignore’s victory caused him to fall from third to four in the standings.

  1. Kyle Bonsignore: 445 points

The other Bonsignore did everything possible to overtake his cousin during the final laps of Saturday’s Toyota Bud Mod Classic 150. Kyle ended up settling for fifth, matching a season-best three top-five finishes that he originally set last year.

  1. Austin Beers*: 441 points

After tallying a career-best performance of third at Langley Speedway last weekend, Beers ended up getting a reality check on Saturday evening. Beers struggled to maintain solid track position at the front of the field and ended up finishing in 12th.

  1. Tommy Catalano: 438 points

The Bud Mod Classic 150 was a night to forget for Catalano. He finished two laps down in the 17th position; his worst run on the 2022 season since New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he finished 20th after blowing an engine.

  1. Craig Lutz: 429 points

Lutz has quietly turned his season around after finding Victory Lane at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Lutz mixed it up with the Bonsignores and Chuck Hossfeld during the final laps of the Toyota Bud Mod Classic 150 and ultimately came home in third for his second top five of 2022.

  1. Doug Coby: 368 points

Despite now being a part-time competitor in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Coby remains one of the most efficient drivers in the series with three wins on the year. The six-time champion enjoyed plenty of time out front at Oswego on Saturday but diverging pit strategies forced him to settle for seventh

  1. J.B. Fortin: 339 points

An early accident set the tone for Fortin’s night at Oswego. He finished in the 22nd position and has not recorded a top 10 since finishing third at Jennerstown Speedway back on May 28.

Whelen Modified Tour Driver Championship Standings

Pos.DriverPointsStartsWins2nd3rd4th5th6thTop 5Top 10
1Jon McKennedy49213110412711
2Ron Silk48213023110710
3Justin Bonsignore47513310022610
4Eric Goodale4651302010238
5Kyle Bonsignore4451301011238
6Austin Beers *4411300100015
7Tommy Catalano4381301001126
8Craig Lutz4291310100126
9Doug Coby368930101059
10J.B. Fortin3391200100012
11Dave Sapienza2911100000000
12Gary McDonald2901200000000
13Patrick Emerling287901200035
14Walter Sutcliffe Jr.2821100000000
15Melissa Fifield2631300000000
16Matt Hirschman257612111066
17Ken Heagy243900000001
18Tyler Rypkema230701002033
19Jake Johnson *193600101024
20Andrew Krause179600020023
21Kyle Ebersole169600010012
22Timmy Solomito165500001013
23Donny Lia154500000002
24Jimmy Blewett139410000012
25James Pritchard, Jr. *130500000000
26Mike Christopher, Jr. *120310100022
27Ronnie Williams119400000000
28Ryan Preece111300000203
29Matt Kimball *106400000001
30Eddie McCarthy *105400000000
31Dylan Slepian *102300011022
32Spencer Davis102400000001
33Sam Rameau94300010011
34Bobby Santos, III94300000001
35Anthony Nocella88310000011
36Brian Roble *86300000001
37Kyle Soper84210000012
38Chuck Hossfeld84201100022
39Anthony Sesely78300000000
40Chris Young *76300000000
41John Beatty, Jr.73200000002
42JR Bertuccio72300000000
43Max McLaughlin *70200000001
44Jacob Perry *63200000001
45Chris Turbush *49200000000
46Matt Brode *48200000000
47Tom Rogers, Jr.43200000000
48Jeremy Gerstner42200000000
49Roger Turbush41200000000
50Todd Patnode *39200000000
51John Baker38100000101
52Blake Barney35100000001
53Corey LaJoie35100000001
54Joey Coulter34200000000
55Ryan Newman32100000000
56Jamie Tomaino30100000000
57Mike Leaty *30100000000
58John Fortin29100000000
59Gary Putnam29100000000
60Steve Dickey, Jr. *28100000000
61Eddie Brunnhoelzl28100000000
62Jack Ely *28100000000
63Andy Seuss22100000000
64Paul Charette *21100000000
65Bryan Dauzat20100000000
66Danny Bohn20100000000


  1. Suitcase Jake says

    Keep the Top 5’s Rolling Jon ….. Your on the VERGE of your FIRST Modified Tour Championship …. We always Knew you had the TALENT….. just needed some racing luck and top notch equipment to seal the deal …. Just keep doing what your doing and the Title will be yours …

  2. I watch a fair amount of racing on TV including the Whelen Modified Broadcasts. I occasionally see Sprint Cars in person. I love Sprint Cars on dirt. There is nothing like watching a driver running the top battling with one running the bottom groove. The advantage of watching it on TV is the long TV lenses and replays plus the extra angles multiple cameras bring. TV does not have the smells and noise of horsepower. The TV announcers talk way to much. Radio announcers talk less. The pictures and graphics are plenty unless they don’t include the car numbers. I wish I could get the noises and no announcers. That would be worth extra money.

  3. It’s strange to only see 9 drivers starting every race!

  4. No disrespect Jake, but my money is on silk. Just extremely consistent.
    I think he does just enough to get it.

  5. Only 9 drivers started every race last year too.

    Season and drivers to start every WMT race according to racing-reference


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