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THOMPSON, CT - APRIL 7:   Justin Bonsignore, driver of the #51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet, drives by the garage during practice for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Icebreaker 150 on April 7, 2018 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
Justin Bonsignore is riding a wave of momentum as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Thursday. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

PIT BOX: Justin Bonsignore Looks To Keep Momentum At Thompson

After a full round of racing around Tennessee and Virginia — five races at four tracks — the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads north for the twists and turns of road-course racing on Saturday. New Jersey Motorsports Park will host the series for the third consecutive season.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has been postponed a day; the Thompson 125 will now run on Thursday. And the second race of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series returns the series to Jukasa Motor Speedway on Saturday evening.


NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR at THOMPSON

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Justin Bonsignore heads back to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park having (a) won the last race, (b) won the last time the tour was at Thompson, and (c) holding the championship points.

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Still, that Icebreaker 150 win didn’t come easy for the Holtsville, New York, driver, and several other drivers had a shot at the trophy before Bonsignore took the checkered flag. Most notably, Jon McKennedy and Ronnie Williams had potential race-winning runs cut short in the closing laps, while Chase Dowling saw his chances erased by a restart violation.

It’s been awhile since there’s been a new face in Victory Lane at Thompson.

Since Sept. 2012, Justin Bonsignore (6) also has the most wins on the .375-mile banked oval. In fact, only six other drivers have won there in that span: Doug Coby (4), Bobby Santos III (3), Ryan Preece (3), Rowan Pennink (2), Timmy Solomito (2) and the now-retired Mike Stefanik (1).

The shortest distance event of the year at Thompson will also serve to shake up the strategy.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson | Whelen Modified Tour drivers’ career stats at Thompson

RACE FACTS

RACE Thompson 125
PLACE Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park
DATE Thursday, June 14
TIME 8 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT .375-mile oval
2017 WINNER Ryan Preece
2017 POLE Donny Lia
EVENT SCHEDULE Thursday — Garage opens: 1:45 p.m. ET; Final Practice: 4-5 p.m.; Group qualifying: 7 p.m.; Thompson 125: 8 p.m. (approx.).
TWITTER @ThompsonSpdwy
HASHTAG #Thompson125 #NWMT

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 30 cars will secure starting positions based on group qualifying session. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 26th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

The THOMPSON 125 will 125 laps (78.125 miles).

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is ten (10 tires per team. Four (4) tires used for qualifying must be used to begin the race. The tire change rule is three (3) tires, any position.


NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST at NEW JERSEY

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Road-course racing is always the wild card in the championship picture for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. And the 2.250-mile course in Millville, New Jersey, offers the first test.

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Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton finished second and third, respectively, at NJMP last year. In the series’ inaugural visit, eventual champion Justin Haley showed off his road-racing chops.

Championship points leader Tyler Ankrum will be making his road-course debut in the series, while Tyler Dippel was seventh there in 2016. Ruben Garcia Jr., who is coming off his breakthrough win at Memphis and followed up with a third-place run in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series at Guadalajara, has finished sixth (2016) and 10th (2017) at the track.

The field includes its regular collection of road-course experts, led by Will Rodgers and Ernie Francis Jr. Rodgers swept the K&N Pro East races on road courses last year, including New Jersey, and finished runner-up to Kevin Harvick in the K&N Pro West race at California’s Sonoma Raceway. Francis is making his series’ debut. The 20-year-old NASCAR Drive for Development driver is a four-time Trans-Am champion.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous K&N Pro Series East races at New Jersey | K&N Pro Series East drivers’ career stats at New Jersey

RACE FACTS

RACE JUSTDRIVE.com 125
PLACE New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.
DATE Saturday, June 16
TIME 6 p.m. CT
TELEVISION NBCSN, Monday, June 18 — Extended highlights will air on NASCAR America
TRACK LAYOUT 2.250-mile road course
2017 WINNER Will Rodgers
2017 POLE Collin Cabre
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday — Garage opens: 9 a.m. ET; Final practice: noon-1:30 p.m.; Group Qualifying 2:30 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 4:30 p.m.; JUSTDRIVE.com 125, 6 p.m.
TWITTER @NJMP
HASHTAG #JUSTDrive125 #KNEast

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, for each race, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 22 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying session for the JUSTDRIVE.com 125. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 22nd. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not
return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

The JUSTDRIVE.com 125 will be 55 laps (126.5 miles) to be run in two (2) segments. The five (5) minute break will occur at or near the conclusion of Laps 28. At the conclusion of the break, lead lap vehicles that elected to pit will line up – in the order they were running at the beginning of the break — behind the lead lap vehicles that elected not to pit in order of running.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race and an additional four (4) tires for use during the race for a total of twelve (12) tires.

In the event of rain or wet track conditions, and at the discretion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Director, practice, qualifying and/or the race may start or continue under those conditions. In wet conditions, and at the discretion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Director, competitors may be required to equip their cars with wet condition tires as specified by Goodyear. All cars must be equipped at all times with a functional defogger and a rear window flashing light and should be equipped with a functional windshield wiper motor.

All teams will be required to have one (1) set of four (4) mounted wet condition tires as specified by Goodyear in their assigned pit stall.


 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES at JUKASA

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series made a triumphant return to Jukasa Motor Speedway — the former Cayuga Speedway — last September, crowning the nation’s stock car champion.

This year, the series will visit the historic and newly refurbished Ontario twice, starting with Saturday’s Rankin Construction 200.

Donald Theetge led 134 laps last year before finishing second, just missing out on his first career win. LP Dumoulin and his brother, JF, finished third and fifth, respectively, and LP is coming off a season-opening win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Kevin Lacroix has recorded all eight of his series’ wins on road courses, but has come a long way in his oval program. He nearly scored his first oval victory at Riverside International Speedway in Nova Scotia last year, and had a strong fourth-place run at Jukasa in the finale.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Pinty’s Series races at Jukasa | Pinty’s Series drivers’ career stats at Jukasa

RACE FACTS

RACE RANKIN CONSTRUCTION 200
PLACE Jukasa Motor Speedway, Hagersville, Ont.
DATE Saturday, June 16
TIME 8 p.m. ET
TELEVISION TSN2, Saturday, June 23 – 2 p.m. ET; RDS2, Tuesday, July 3 – 10:30 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT .625-mile (1.00 km) oval
2017 WINNER Inaugural event
2017 POLE Inaugural event
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday — Garage opens: 10 a.m. ET; Final practice: 1:30-2:40 p.m.; Group qualifying: 4:10 p.m.; Rankin Construction 200: 8 p.m. (approx.)
TWITTER @JukasaMotor; @NASCARPintys
HASHTAG #RankinConstruction200

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 24 cars, for each race, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 21 cars will secure starting positions based on the qualifying session. The remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 21st. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

The RANKIN CONSTRUCTION 200 will be 200 laps (125 miles) to be run in three (3) segments. The five (5) minute break will occur at or near the conclusion of Laps 75 and 145. At the conclusion of the break, lead lap vehicles that elected to pit will line up – in the order they were running at the beginning of the break — behind the lead lap vehicles that elected not to pit in order of running.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race and four (4) additional tires for use during the race for a total of twelve (12) tires.


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