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Riverhead Raceway: Bonsignore wins second straight Whelen Modified Tour race to remain in rivalry for championship

Justin Bonsignore of Holbrook raced to his ninth profession NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Saturday night time at Riverhead Raceway.

Bonsignore took the lead with 25 laps remaining within the Eddie Partridge 256 and held on the remainder of the way in which to choose up his second win of the month on the Whelen Tour. On Sept. 3, he received the race at Oswego Speedway.

The win places Bonsignore squarely within the combine for the 2022 WMT championship because the season reaches its remaining stretch.

It was the ninth profession WMT win for Bonsignore on the Riverhead monitor and his seventeenth general win there. The race was the newest effort to recollect Partridge, the late Riverhead Raceway co-owner who died final 12 months. Earlier this summer season, the raceway unveiled a 2020 Islip 300-winning NASCAR Modified automobile, which was pushed by Ryan Preece, that now sits atop a big pole and function a tribute to Partridge. The raceway additionally honored Partridge final week on the anniversary of his passing.

“It’s a disgrace we misplaced Eddie final 12 months, however is is unbelievable what Riverhead does each week to honor him,” Bonsignore mentioned after Saturday’s race. “I’m so glad they maintain the racing going for all of us.”

He added that his present automobile is “one of the best we’ve ever had right here.”

“Momentum is a factor and now I’ve knocked off two wins in a row,” he mentioned.

Bonsignore grabbed the race lead on Lap 231 after a few side-by-side laps alongside Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., who would go on to take second place.

Afterward, Emerling mentioned, “the cautions simply didn’t fall in our favor there. We have been dissatisfied with second and I assume that’s factor.”

Justin Bonsignore, left, races alongside Patrick Emerling. (Credit score: Richie Grodski/Riverhead Raceway)

Ron Silk of Norwalk, Conn. crossed the end line third and mentioned afterward he actually hoped to win for Partridge after beforehand successful the 2011 WMT title with him. “[It] would have been nice to win Eddie’s race, however we obtained ourselves a 3rd,” he mentioned.

Doug Coby of Milford, Conn. was fourth and Eric Goodale of Riverhead was fifth.

It was a busy day on the monitor with a full slate of races previous to the Eddie Partridge 256.

Within the Crate Modifieds race, Charles Macwhinnie broke to an early race lead and stayed in entrance for the 25-lap race. After crossing the end line, monitor officers seen the muffler on his automobile turned dislodged, which earned him an automated disqualification. Eric Hersey moved up one cease to say the victory, the third of his profession. AJ Desantis of Yaphank was the runner-up and Michael Berner of Patchogue was third.

Ray Fitzgerald received his first race of the season within the 20-lap INEX Legend Race Automobile characteristic that noticed a seven-car pile-up leading to heavy injury to a number of automobiles. No drivers have been injured. Jim Sylvester of Massapequa was second and Chase Van Houten of Wading River was third.

Gerard Lawrence grabbed the race lead on the twelfth lap of the 20-lap Road Inventory race and held on for the victory, his second of the season and fifth for his profession. Rhett Fogg of Westhampton was the runner-up and Greg Harris of Riverhead was third.

Within the Mini Shares race, Chris Elixson of Riverhead appeared to have received his first profession race, nonetheless, he was discovered to have unapproved tires. Chris Olivari was then declared the winner and Joe Cooke Jr. of Shirley was second. Tony Collinsworth of Calverton positioned third.

Racing continues at Riverhead Raceway Saturday and Sunday with NASCAR Championship Night time. The highest 5 within the modified tour seasons standings is at present led by Kyle Soper with 501, adopted by Dylan Slepian (479), John Beatty (457), Dave Brigati (411) and Chris Younger (402).

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