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Whelen Modified Tour Notes: New Hampshire

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A quarter of the way into the 2015 schedule it looked like a lost season for Justin Bonsignore, but fortunes can turn quickly.

A championship contender in 2014, expectations were high for Bonsignore entering this season, but things went south quickly. Due to a variety of circumstances, including a pair of accident DNFs, he had an average finish of 25th through the first four races on the schedule and ranked 25th in points.

In a 15-race schedule, a deficit like that is challenging to overcome, but compiling podium finishes sure helps.

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Bonsignore Rules At Riverhead

Tim Southers, NASCAR

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Justin Bonsignore has to enjoy racing at Riverhead Raceway.  

Bonsignore passed Timmy Solomito in Turn 3 on Lap 9 and waited out a rain delay and a late charge by Todd Szegedy to score his seventh career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win and second at his home track.

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Whelen Mod Tour Postponed At Riverhead

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – The Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race scheduled for Saturday evening at Riverhead Raceway has been postponed to Sunday afternoon due to inclement weather.

Just moments prior to green flag, light rain set in over the Long Island quarter-mile. The decision was ultimately made by NASCAR and track officials to postpone the event to Sunday. Green flag is slated for 12:30 p.m.

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QUALIFYING: Rogers Fast At Riverhead

Tim Southers, NASCAR

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Tom Rogers Jr. drew third in his qualifying draw and later took advantage of competing at his home track during qualifying and it paid off with a career first.

The Patchogue, New York, native went out early in his No. 0 Stakey's Pumpkin Farm/CAC Industries Chevrolet and posted a fast time of 12.018 seconds (74.888 mph). That lap was good enough to hold up throughout the 35-car field to win his first Coors Light Pole award for tonight’s Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 at Riverhead Raceway.

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PRACTICE: Preece Posts Top Time

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Ryan Preece topped the speed chart in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice at Riverhead Raceway in advance of tonight’s Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200.

Preece turned a fast lap of 11.862 seconds (75.873 mph) around the quarter-mile oval to lead the 35 entries during the practice session. A winner of four Whelen Modified Tour races at Riverhead, Preece has never finished outside of the top 10 in nine previous appearances at the track.

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Riverhead

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to action with the Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200 on Saturday at Riverhead Raceway on New York’s Long Island. Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:

TRACKSIDE REPORT - STAT PACK (PDF)  |  EVENT INFORMATION

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Riverhead

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Solomito racing family will look to accomplish something done by only one clan before them in 30-plus years of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing when three brothers attempt to make the starting field of the Riverhead Hoosier Tire East 200.

There have been numerous pairs of brothers that have competed together in Whelen Modified Tour action, from names like Park and Pasteryak in the early years to Christopher and Goodale in more recent times. But only one family can claim to have placed three brothers in the same race: the Fullers.

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Coby Bounces Back With Convincing Victory

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. Doug Coby bounced back in a big way Wednesday night.

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QUALIFYING: Pitkat Fastest With Late Run

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. -- Woody Pitkat will once again start out front at Thompson Speedway Motorsport Park.

The Stafford, Connecticut, driver claimed his third career Coors Light Pole Award in early evening qualifying Wednesday for the night's Mr. Rooter 125. All three of Pitkat's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour poles have come at the .625-mile oval.

Pitkat went out 29th of 30 cars in his No. 88 TSI Harley Davidson/Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet, and posted a lap of 18.854 seconds (119.338 mph) to knock Doug Coby off the provisional pole.

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PRACTICE: Solomito Quick At Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Timmy Solomito saved his best for last as he went to the top of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour speed chart inside the final minute of Mr. Rooter 125 practice Wednesday evening at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Solomito, from Islip, New York, turned a fast lap of 18.780 seconds (119.808 mph) in his No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford to take the top spot.

It’s a nice start for Solomito in following his performance last week at Stafford Motor Speedway where he finished third to match his career-best result.

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