Justin Bonsignore started the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season the same way he ended the 2019 season: in victory lane. Bonsignore won the pole award and dominated Sunday’s Wade Cole Memorial 133 at Jennerstown Speedway (PA) on his way to winning the first NWMT race since the Icebreaker in October.
The win was Bonsignore’s 27th career victory on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and his first at Jennerstown Speedway in his first career start at the Pennsylvania oval.
“It was an unbelievable day today to come out and get the pole, lead every lap, it’s a good way to come out,” Bonsignore said on the NBC Track Pass broadcast. It’s a nice way to make a good statement that we haven’t lost anything the last two years. The car was just really good. Ryan Stone did an amazing job preparing the car.”
After the race, Bonsignore dedicated his victory to Wade Cole, a long-time fixture on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour who passed away in March.
“I want to dedicate this win to Wade Cole, a fixture on this series for longer than I’ve been alive. We’re going to miss him dearly. He was always the guy that no matter what was smiling and would wish you luck. He’d congratulate you when you won. He was a guy we deserved to have. He was a great guy and we’re going to miss him.”
Craig Lutz, who scored a Tour-type Modified win earlier this year at New Smyrna Speedway, charged to the front during the second half of the race to finish in the runner-up spot.
Another driver who put on a show during the second half of the race was Jon McKennedy, driver of the Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7. McKennedy surged to the front after not being a factor for much of the race, ultimately crossing the finish line in third.
Pennsylvania native Matt Hirschman finished fourth, while Calvin Carroll recorded his first career top-five finish on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Defending tour champion Doug Coby finished seventh in his first start with his own team, Doug Coby Racing.
Sunday’s race at Jennerstown was held without fans and streamed live on NBC Track Pass.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action on July 4 at White Mountain Motorsports Park.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Speed51 / Rick Ibsen