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Justin Bonsignore Wins NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Stafford Speedway and Clinches 2021 Whelen Modified Tour Championship

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway welcomed the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to Stafford Speedway for its third and final visit of the 2021 season on Friday, September 25 for the NAPA Auto Parts 150.

Anthony Nocella took the early race lead from pole position while Justin Bonsignore slid from second at the start back to fifth place as Jon McKennedy took second, Doug Coby third, and Craig Lutz fourth.  With 20 laps complete, the top-3 remained the same while Bonsignore worked his way around Lutz to take over fourth place and drop Lutz back to fifth.

By lap-35 Coby was starting to apply heavy pressure to McKennedy in a fight for second place.  Coby took several looks to the inside of McKennedy, but McKennedy was able to hold Coby off and maintain second place.  Coby was finally able to make a passing move on McKennedy on lap-54 to move into second as Nocella continued to lead the race.  Bonsignore followed Coby past McKennedy to move into third place and drop McKennedy back to fourth with Woody Pitkat now in fifth just behind McKennedy.

Eric Goodale got by McKennedy to take over fifth place on lap-64, several laps after Pitkat had taken fourth from McKennedy as Nocella was still in the lead, but he now had Coby and Bonsignore right behind him in a 3-car train for the lead.

Bonsignore worked his way to the inside of Coby for second lnlap-69 but a lapped car prevented him from completing the pass.  Bonsignore again got to the inside of Coby on lap-70 and this time he was able to complete the pass for second.  Pitkat and Goodale were both closing in on the lead trio to make it a 5-way fight for the race lead.  Bonsignore was now applying heavy pressure to Nocella on lap-74 and he was able to make a pass to take the lead from Nocella on lap-78.  Pitkat took third from Coby on lap-79 with Goodale still in fifth.

With 90 laps complete the running order was Bonsignore followed by Pitkat, Coby, Lutz, and Goodale.  Rounding out the top-10 was Nocella, Ronnie Silk, Matt Swanson, Joey Cipriano, and Ronnie Williams.

The first caution flew on lap-130 for debris on the track with Bonsignore still in the lead with Pitkat, Coby, Lutz, and Goodale making up the top-5.  Bonsignore led the field on to pit road on lap-132 and he won the race off of pit road followed by Swanson, Coby, Goodale, Pitkat, Lutz, Patrick Emerling, Williams, Kyle Bonsignore, and Tyler Rypkema.

The race went back to green on lap-137 with Bonsignore taking the lead followed by Coby and Swanson.  Nocella was back up to fourth and Emerling was fifth.  Nocella went by Swanson on lap-138 to take third and Emerling followed him through to take fourth and drop Swanson back to fifth.  Swanson spun in turn 2 with several other cars collected on lap-146 to bring the caution back out and set up a green white checkered finish.

The lap-151 restart saw Coby briefly edge in front for the lead but Bonsignore was back in the lead to take the white flag.  Bonsignore led Coby to the checkered flag to end an 0 for 40 streak at Stafford and clinch the 2021 Whelen Modified Tour championship in grand style.  Emerling finished third with Kyle Bonsignore and Lutz rounding out the top-5.

POS ST # DRIVER CAR LAPS STATUS LED PTS
1 2 51    Justin Bonsignore Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Ken Massa) Chevrolet 152 running 74 47
2 5 10    Doug Coby Mayhew Tools   (Philip Moran) Ford 152 running 1 43
3 14 07    Patrick Emerling Captain Pip Marina & Hideaway   (Jennifer Emerling) Chevrolet 152 running 0 41
4 16 22    Kyle Bonsignore Chateau Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore) Chevrolet 152 running 0 40
5 6 63    Craig Lutz Sapienza Enterprise   (Tim Thilberg) Chevrolet 152 running 0 39
6 1 82    Anthony Nocella Nocella Paving / Horton Avenue Materials   (Danny Watts Jr.) Chevrolet 152 running 77 40
7 15 32    Tyler Rypkema Nelcorp Electrical / Musco   (Dean Rypkema) Chevrolet 152 running 0 37
8 8 85    Ron Silk Stuart’s Automotive   (Kevin Stuart) Chevrolet 152 running 0 36
9 4 58    Eric Goodale GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale) Chevrolet 152 running 0 35
10 10 50    Ronnie Williams Empower Financial Advisory / RB Enterprises   (Paul Les) Ford 152 running 0 34
11 22 66    Timmy Solomito New England Gear / East West Marine / Highmar   (Jerry Solomito) 152 running 0 33
12 3 7    Jon McKennedy Ultra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin) Chevrolet 152 running 0 32
13 7 64    Austin Beers * Dell Elect / Lumierre Elect / Andrew James In   (Mike Murphy) 152 running 0 31
14 17 2    Stephen Kopcik * Gershow Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio) Chevrolet 152 running 0 30
15 13 88    Joey Cipriano III * J&R Pre-Cast / Stuart’s Auto / Gunsmoke Stabl   (Robert Katon Jr.) 152 running 0 29
16 12 35    Andrew Molleur * CBYD 811.com / Green Construction   (Mike Molleur) Chevrolet 152 running 0 28
17 11 3    Matt Swanson Propane Plus / Ceravolo’s Auto   (Jan Boehler) Chevrolet 152 running 0 27
18 18 34    J.B. Fortin Whip It City Jerky / Peerless / Golden Jalape   (Nicole Fortin) 152 running 0 26
19 9 1    Woody Pitkat Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer / Gunsmoke Stables   (Eddie Harvey) 152 running 0 25
20 21 36    Dave Sapienza Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg) Chevrolet 152 running 0 24
21 19 77    Gary Putnam Curb Records   (Mike Curb) Chevrolet 150 running 0 23
22 24 59    C.J. Lehmann * BNP Machine   (Jody Lauzon) Dodge 149 running 0 22
23 23 18    Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood and Restaurant   (Robert Pollifrone) Chevrolet 146 running 0 21
24 20 44    Bobby Santos III Think Light Air / Harshaw Paving   (Lawney Tinio) Chevrolet 126 mechanical 0 20
25 25 26    Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald) Chevrolet 43 vibration 0 19
26 26 01    Melissa Fifield Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield) Chevrolet 35 vibration 0 18
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
* Race extended to 152 laps due to .
 

Caution flag breakdown:
CONDITION FROM
LAP
TO
LAP
# OF
LAPS
REASON FREE
PASS
1 128 128
129 135 7   fluid turn 3 #34
136 145 10
146 149 4   #3 accident turn 2 #34
150 152 3
  Percent of race run under caution: 7.2%             Average green flag run: 47.0 laps

 

Lap leader breakdown:
LEADER FROM
LAP
TO
LAP
# OF
LAPS
  Anthony Nocella 1 77 77
  Justin Bonsignore 78 149 72
  Doug Coby 150 150 1
  Justin Bonsignore 151 152 2

 

Points Standings after this race:
RANK DRIVER POINTS DIFF
1   Justin Bonsignore 565
2   Patrick Emerling 543 -22
3   Ron Silk 486 -79
4   Kyle Bonsignore 484 -81
5   Doug Coby 483 -82
6   Eric Goodale 472 -93
7   Woody Pitkat 466 -99
8   Jon McKennedy 450 -115
9   Tyler Rypkema 442 -123
10   Anthony Nocella 422 -143
11   J.B. Fortin 386 -179
12   Tommy Catalano 345 -220
13   Timmy Solomito 326 -239
14   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr. 321 -244
15   Craig Lutz 295 -270
16   Melissa Fifield 291 -274
17   Ryan Preece 268 -297
18   Dave Sapienza 254 -311
19   Chuck Hossfeld 242 -323
20   Ronnie Williams 218 -347