Picking the winners of big short track races throughout the country is a tradition that our staff at Speed51.com has enjoyed for many years. With the longest NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race ever being held Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, we decided to challenge our staff once again.


This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, “Who are you picking to win the inaugural Musket 250?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Justin Bonsignore (seven votes) who was named the favorite to win the big race.  Overall, seven different drivers received votes from our panel of 17 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for the Musket 250 below.


Aaron Creed, Speed51.com National Correspondent 

Pick: Patrick Emerling

Emerling has come close on multiple occasions at NHMS and has been a proven winner against the competition.  I think Emerling and crew have the expertise to excel in a race of this longevity.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Justin Bonsignore

Justin Bonsignore will continue his great season and his recent success at New Hampshire with another win at the Magic Mile.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Justin Bonsignore

How can I not pick Justin Bonsignore? He’s my Long Island boy. He’s won seven races already this year and he’s the number-51. Enough said.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Doug Coby

It has been a year to forget thus far for five-time champion Doug Coby, but I expect him to make the inaugural Musket 250 a weekend to remember. Crew Chief Phil Moran will have the deuce prepared for 250 laps and Coby will pounce when it matters most. The driver/crew chief combination is just too good to be held down this long. They’ll get back to victory lane at New Hampshire this weekend.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Doug Coby

This is probably the most difficult race to pick all year for me, personally. After going back and forth between four solid contenders, I’m going with Coby. This race is going to come down to experience, endurance, and learning on the fly, something that Coby and the Mike Smeriglio Racing team have a great reputation for doing. He has the confidence of being in victory lane this year and after getting the right-front broken off on pit road in July, he’s going to be eager to get a trophy he feels he missed out on.


Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)

Pick: Bobby Santos

Santos has been nearly unstoppable at the Magic Mile in NWMT competition over the past two years. After beating Chase Dowling in a photo finish in July, look for Santos to keep his hot streak going with a Musket 250 win.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Justin Bonsignore

It is hard to not take the No. 51 to claim victory at New Hampshire after the year Bonsignore has had. Plus, he has the best car number.


Duane Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Justin Bonsignore

The Whelen Modified Tour points leader’s confidence has to be through the roof. They are bringing fast cars to every race, and I don’t see anyone stopping the 51 this weekend.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Justin Bonsignore

How can you go against him this year? All he does is win, win and win. If he doesn’t win, he’ll be right up near the front.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Chase Dowling

Chase Dowling has had one of the best cars on the tour all year but has yet to find victory lane. I think that this is the race that could change that.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Chase Dowling

250 Laps in a Modified is a long race, especially at a big track like New Hampshire. It’s tough to not go with Chase Dowling. He’s been a front runner everywhere he has been this year. He brings some youthful side to the car and that might help with the stamina needed for the long run. Chase is eyeing that first big tour win and this could be the weekend to mark his spot.


Kevin Peters, Speed51.com Southwest Editor

Pick: Bobby Santos III

I’m going with Bobby Santos III for this one. He has been nearly unstoppable at the Magic Mile as of late. Here is to hoping the streak continues.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Jon McKennedy

McKennedy started off the season strong but the team has since battled adversity. I look for it all to come full circle this weekend during the biggest race of the year for the Mighty Modifieds.


Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Doug Coby

Why? He’s Doug Coby and he’s mad he hasn’t won as much as he would have hoped for this year.


Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor

Pick: Justin Bonsignore

There’s so many unknowns entering this race since a race of this length has never taken place at NHMS for the Modifieds. But even with that said, the one thing that is a guarantee this year is Justin Bonsignore will be fast. I think he’ll get his eighth win of 2018 on Saturday.


Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Justin Bonsignore

This year, Justin Bosignore is to the Whelen Modified Tour what Bubba Pollard is to Super Late Model racing. Every time he pulls in to a pit area, he automatically becomes the man to beat. I’ll take him to pick up another W at the Magic Mile this weekend.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Craig Lutz

I will be going with Craig Lutz for the Musket 250. Lutz is due for a big win and it will magically happen at the Granite State mile.


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Speed51.com Staff Picks: Who Will Win the Musket 250?