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by Polly Reid

Qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was pushed back a few hours because of the morning rain delay and while the clouds and mist threatened to shelve the thirty car field from time trials, the weather held as Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY in the M3 Technology Chevrolet took down his first Coors Light pole award of the 2011 season . With a lap of 18.427 seconds, 97.683 mph, Bonsignore edged out Donny Lia, Ted Christopher, Eric Beers and Eric Goodale the top five for the front starting spot in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway.

“This morning I woke up, I was content to start sixth, lining up by points,” said Bonsignore referring to the weather. “I was shocked we actually got a chance to get in there- two weeks in a row we’ve had a pretty good window between the rain and to get everything in two weeks in a row, that’s pretty cool. Practice was less than ideal, we had some good runs then we went to do a mock run with new tires and the rain started to pick up just enough where we couldn’t get a good run. We just parked it, figured we had a good enough car, I didn’t think we’d get the pole, actually I shocked myself with this one. I thought we’d be a top five, I didn’t think we’d get the pole, it’s pretty cool, we haven’t gotten a pole all year.”

“This car is pretty much going to be our ‘every week’ Tour car- it won’t be for just Bristol or Loudon anymore. The car was brand new at the beginning of this year, we ran it three times at Loudon and Bristol. Besides the one wreck at Loudon, this car hasn’t finished worse than fourth, it’s got a pretty good track record so far.”

His third career pole, Bonsignore won the Fall Final pole award one year ago. “It’s really satisfying,” said Bonsignore about repeating the award. “Last year we got caught up in a wreck, none of our doing mainly because of the re-draw. They’ve done away with that so hopefully we can what I feel, unsettled from last year. I felt we had a car good enough to win, it was unfortunate we got taken out, not of anyone’s doing, it was a racing deal. We really wanted to win this one last year so hopefully we can do it this year.”

“We’ve been running great lately, we’ve been putting a lot more focus on the Tour now that Riverhead is over. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for next year.”

Two podium finishes in the last two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events, a third at Loudon and a third at Lime Rock Park, the 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year would be a good bet to take the CARQUEST Fall Final win for 2011.

  Source: Polly Reid / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: October 1, 2011

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