Kyle Bonsignore Wins at Stafford

Justin Bonsignore Clinches Championship

STAFFORD, Conn. —  While Kyle Bonsignore was celebrating his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win on Sunday, another member of the Bonsignore family, his cousin Justin, was celebrating clinching his first championship.

Kyle Bonsignore took the lead from Doug Coby with just four laps remaining in the NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway and went on to capture his first checkered flag in Whelen Modified Tour competition.

Justin Bonsignore, who has seven wins in the first 15 races of the season, clinched his first championship with one race still remaining on the schedule. The Holtsville, New York, driver may have finished 12th, but he left Stafford with a 64-point lead in the championship point standings. The maximum amount of points a driver can earn in one event is 48.

“This is great,” Kyle Bonsignore said. “To come up here in their backyard, it's so tough to run these races. Everything has to work out perfect, and today it did. We had a great car at the end, and that's all that we needed.”

Kyle started 12th, but worked his way up through the field in the midst of a green flag run just past the halfway point. After pitting for tires during a late caution, Kyle had to climb back through the field and pass Coby, an 11-time Stafford winner, in the process. He rolled the bottom of Coby in turn three and completed the pass in just enough time.

The Bay Shore, New York, driver was celebrating in just his 11th career start.

Justin Bonsignore, who started from the pole position, ran inside the top five for much of the race. However, in the midst of the green flag run where Kyle was charging through the field, the two cousins made contact and Justin went high in turn three, losing multiple positions.

Even though his quest for another checkered flag was over, he collected the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Chevrolet, holding it off the outside wall and crossing the line 12th.

Craig Lutz, driving a brand new LFR Chassis, finished second to Bonsignore, while Coby crossed the line third after leading 13 of the final 18 laps.

Chase Dowling, who led a race-high 84 laps, didn't pit for tires during the race and faded late, finishing fourth, while Ron Silk rounded out the top five.Rob Summers was sixth, followed by Dave Sapienza, Chris Pasteryak, Timmy Solomito and Burt Myers.

The NAPA Fall Final 150 will air on NBCSN on Saturday, October 6, at 11 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the season-finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, October 14.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1
12
Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
2
8
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
3
6
Mayhew Tools   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
4
1
15-40 Connection / S&S Paving   (Rob Fuller)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
5
7
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
6
9
Hoosier Tire East / Fast Track Elect / Hughes   (Mike Murphy)
150
running
   
7
3
DSR Racing   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
8
15
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
9
10
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
150
running
   
10
5
Dunleavys Truck & Trailer   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
11
14
Empower Financial / Gershow Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
12
2
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
13
18
Nocella Paving / Airgas / A&D Associates   (Anthony Nocella)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
14
19
Starrett Racing / John Blewett Inc.   (John Blewett Sr.)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
15
17
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
16
23
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
17
22
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
150
running
   
18
20
Horton Avenue Materials   (Pamela Hulse)
Chevrolet
149
running
   
19
31
  Andrew Molleur *
Racechoice.com / Bud's Diesel   (Mike Molleur)
Ford
149
running
   
20
21
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
149
running
   
21
28
Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald)
Chevrolet
149
running
   
22
26
Performance Engines / Kendall Oil   (Wade Cole)
Chevrolet
148
running
   
23
11
Sully Tinio / Olivas Market   (Sully Tinio)
Chevrolet
147
engine
   
24
29
Truck Stop Northeast   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
145
running
   
25
4
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
141
running
   
26
16
Accell Construction, Inc.   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet
139
suspension
   
27
24
LuMac's / Spafco Race Chassis   (Ken Zachem)
Chevrolet
126
crash
   
28
25
Supreme Manufacturing   (Diane Krause)
Toyota
72
suspension
   
29
13
Starrett / Mosquito Free / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
60
crash
   
30
27
Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
23
crash
   
31
30
Perf. Engines / Kendall Oil / Ryan's   (Richard Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
16
engine