Justin Bonsignore Victorious At Riverhead – Again

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Justin Bonsignore held off Ryan Preece through a furious finish to capture the Buzz Chew Auto Group 200 checkered flag Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway.

A native of Holtsville, New York, Bonsignore took the lead for good on Lap 171 and drove to his fifth career victory at the Long Island quarter-mile.

It marked the 16th career Whelen Modified Tour victory for Bonsignore, who has won four of seven in 2018 as the season nears the halfway point. He now has a 33-point lead atop the standings.

Bonsignore won his seventh career pole earlier in the afternoon, but Timmy Solomito gained the lead from the drop of the green. Preece moved to the front on Lap 19, and it was a two-horse race with Bonsignore from there.

Preece had a commanding lead when a caution came out on Lap 100. On the ensuing restart, Preece appeared to get loose, allowing Bonsignore to move to the front. There would be one more lead swap with 60 to go before Bonsignore's decisive pass.

Preece settled for second while Doug Coby came home third as only the podium drivers finished on the lead lap. Dave Sapienza and Solomito brought home the top five.

Craig Lutz rallied from a mid-race incident to finish sixth, followed by Chase Dowling, Tom Rogers Jr., Kyle Soper and Ronnie Williams.

Dowling is second in championship points, behind Bonsignore and 18 in front of Solomito. Lutz and Preece are fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Whelen Modified Tour will return to points-paying action on Saturday, July 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The All-Star Shootout will be contested the day before at the “Magic Mile” in Loudon, New Hampshire.

 

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1
Phoenix Communications, Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
200
2
TS Hauler   (Ed Partridge)
Chevrolet
200
0.563
3
Mayhew / Dunleavy's / AJ Romano's Const   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
200
7.839
4
Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet
199
1 Lap
5
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
199
1 Lap
6
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
199
1 Lap
7
15-40 Connection   (Rob Fuller)
Chevrolet
199
1 Lap
8
Horton Ave. Materials   (Pamla Hulse)
Chevrolet
198
2 Laps
9
Eastport Feeds   (Wayne Anderson)
Chevrolet
198
2 Laps
10
Empower Financial / Gershow Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
198
2 Laps
11
Dawley's Auto   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
198
2 Laps
12
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
198
2 Laps
13
LWood Landscaping   (John Ellwood)
Chevrolet
197
3 Laps
14
Dunleavy Truck & Trailer   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
197
3 Laps
15
MSM / Elite Motorsports   (Mark Mina)
Chevrolet
197
3 Laps
16
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
197
3 Laps
17
John's Tree Removal / John's Fuel Oil   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
196
4 Laps
18
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
196
4 Laps
19
  J. B. Fortin *
Suffolk Cycling / Golden Jalepenos   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
196
4 Laps
20
Cape Cod Copper / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
196
4 Laps
21
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Chevrolet
195
5 Laps
22
Hoosier Tire East / Fast Track   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
195
5 Laps
23
Power w / Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
194
6 Laps
24
Last Minute Rracing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
193
7 Laps
25
Kennedy LI Realty   (Pat Kennedy)
Chevrolet
189
11 Laps
26
Perf. Engines / Kendall Oil   (Wade Cole)
Chevrolet
159
41 Laps
27
Lakeland Landscaping Supply / TRC Elect   (Sean McDonald)
Chevrolet
140
60 Laps
28
PJ DeGracia Contracting   (Paul Degracia)
Chevrolet
77
123 Laps
29
TBD   (Brian Midgett Sr.)
Chevrolet
58
142 Laps
30
Truck Stop Northeast   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
15
185 Laps