Manchester, NH. – Justin Bonsignore, of Holtsville, New York, completed his goal Saturday night, December 6, when he officially became the 2014 Valenti Modified Racing Series champion at the 11th annual VMRS Awards Banquet at Best Western Executive Inn, Manchester, NH.
The 26-year-old driver shared the podium with car owner Art Barry.
Bonsignore thanked his pit crew for their hard work and dedication, crew chief Kenny Barry, Spafco Race Cars & Parts, Spearpoint Racing, series sponsor Bob Valenti Auto Mall, VMRS officials, and gave a heartfelt thank you to car-owner Barry for making it possible and for giving him the opportunity and privilege to be part of a race team loaded with successful history for over 60 years.
Bonsignore becomes the fifth champion in the 11-year series history.
Barry, of Preston, CT, when introduced, received a rousing standing ovation for his second series title and for his dedication to modified racing. An emotional Barry thanked all for their support and was read a special message from his wife, Deb, who for the first time was unable to attend due to illness.
Additionally, the top 14 drivers in the standings received recognition and awards from series president Jack Bateman including; runner-up Rowan Pennink, Richard Savary, Chris Pasteryak, Max Zachem, Mike Willis. Jr, Steve Masse, Keith Rocco, Norm Wrenn, Todd Szegedy, Dylan, Kopec, Tommy Barrett, Woody Pitkat, Matt Mead, and Ted Christopher.
2014 Specialty Awards, chosen by series officials were presented to:
Spafco Most Improved Driver: David Schneider
Tough Luck Award: Matt Mead
Sportsmanship Award: Willie Doucette
Mechanic of the Year: Kenny Barry
Rookie of the Year: #38 Michael Willis Jr
Dedication to Racing Award: Norm Wrenn
Volunteer of the Year Award: Ryan Doucette
Above and Beyond Award: Warren Alston
Bob Polverari 7-11 Award: Norm Wrenn
Bateman announced a 17-race tentative schedule for 2015. Any races at Waterford Speedbowl will be announced at a later date.
-VMRS Press Release. Photo Credit: Jim Dupont