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As the drivers and teams of the Valenti Modified Racing Series prepare for the July 18 Lincoln Tech 80 at Stafford Motor Speedway, one driver who is looking forward to the race is Justin Bonsignore. Bonsignore joined forces with Art Barry’s #21 Spearpoint / SPAFCO team for the 2014 season, and the results have been an instant hit. Although Bonsignore has yet to win a race, he has several podium finishes to his credit and the team is among the contenders for the VMRS championship.

“The VMRS has been a lot of fun this season,” said Bonsignore. “The whole team is a great bunch of guys and it’s a little different from my Tour team. The Tour team has a lot of younger guys who are newer to the sport where Art’s team is a lot of veteran guys who have been around a long time. There’s a good balance between both teams and we’ve been running really well with the VMRS car. Since we started, we’ve felt we could be a championship team. We’re right up there now and I think we’re about halfway through the VMRS schedule so things should start shaking out and you’ll see who you’re going to be battling against for the rest of the year. We’ve been to every track on the schedule I think except for Airborne and we’ve run really good everywhere as long as we minimize any mistakes and hopefully have no part failures or get caught up in any wrecks. There’s a few tracks that I had never raced at before and we’ve had some good finishes, so I’m excited to start getting back to some of these places again and we’ll see how it plays out at the end of the season.”

One area where Bonsignore may have an advantage over the rest of his competition is the fact that he runs the same SPAFCO chassis for his VMRS and Whelen Modified Tour efforts. With the similar cars, his two teams have twice the data to look over when preparing their cars for different tracks.

“It definitely gives us more ideas to bounce off of between the teams,” said Bonsignore. “Both Kenny, my crew chief on the VMRS car, and Billy on the Tour car, are good friends and they’re able to bounce ideas off of each other as to what might have worked and what didn’t work because we run a lot of the same tracks with both Tours. Aside from the tires, the cars are exactly the same. There are a few minimal changes with the rules from the VMRS car to the Tour car, but they drive nearly the same and we do have a lot of things that go to and from each car that work for both, so that should help us out.”

Bonsignore made his first Stafford VMRS start in last month’s Town Fair Tire 80 and he finished 7th behind Todd Szegedy, Ted Christopher, Keith Rocco, Rowan Pennink, Eric Goodale, and Tommy Barrett, Jr. With the exception of Goodale, every driver who finished ahead of Bonsignore is either a current or former weekly racer in the modified ranks at Stafford. While the Stafford regulars will once again be the favorites to take the checkered flag in the Lincoln Tech 80, Bonsignore is confident that he will have a good shot at taking the checkered flag himself.

“We ran pretty good the last time out at Stafford,” said Bonsignore. “There’s a lot to the VMRS series with the different motor packages you can run. Right now it seems to be a bit of a disadvantage for the motor package we’re running at the bigger tracks like Thompson and Stafford, but they made a couple of rule changes for this upcoming race and we think it will balance the field back out and give us a better chance of winning the race. The qualifying draw has been the toughest part that I’ve found so far. It definitely makes things interesting and exciting for the fans and it’s a different format. I’ve actually grown to like it this year, some weeks it works against you and others it works for you. At places like Stafford and Thompson, where they get a big car count and have the heavy hitters like Ted Christopher, Keith Rocco and Ryan Preece, etc., it makes it even tougher when you draw a tough number but that’s all part of it and it makes it more exciting for the fans. I think we just need to bring the same type of racecar that we had at the first Stafford race and hopefully the engine rules will be a little better for our side. We’ll make a run at winning the race otherwise we’ll try to get the best finish we can and move on to the next race.”

The July 18 Lincoln Tech VMRS 80 will be the second of three VMRS events to be held at Stafford during the 2014 season. The VMRS will return on August 29 for the 5th Annual VMRS 80. Tickets for each race are priced at $27.50 for adult general admission, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $30.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Stafford Speedway offers free parking with free overnight parking for self-contained RV’s available.

For more information about the 4th Lincoln Tech VMRS 80, please contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

  Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway
Posted: July 10, 2014

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