THOMPSON, Conn. — Justin Bonsignore’s perfect record at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 2018 is on the line during the Bud “King of Beers” 150.
The Holtsville, New York, driver has already been to Victory Lane in both events at the Connecticut oval this season, and Wednesday, he put together a lap fast enough to pace the one and only practice session ahead of the 150-lap event.
Bonsignore found his No. 51 Phoenix Communications Chevrolet at the top of the speed charts with a time of 18.775 seconds (119.840 mph) at the end of the 60-minute session. He enters the race with seven career Thompson victories, which leads all active drivers.
RACING-REFERENCE: Bud “King of Beers” 150 Practice Results
Ronnie Williams posted a time of 18.859 seconds behind the wheel of the No. 21 Empower Financial Advisory Chevrolet, putting him second in the final tally during practice. Williams qualified on the front row for both Thompson races so far this season, but has failed to finish inside the top-10. He will look to seal the deal and capture his first career Whelen Modified Tour win on Wednesday night.
Ryan Preece, who is coming off a fourth-place finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, was third. The Berlin, Connecticut, driver is the defending winner of the Bud “King of Beers” 150.
Rob Summers and defending series champion Doug Coby rounded out the top five in practice.
Jon McKennedy was sixth, followed by Timmy Solomito, Chris Pasteryak, Matt Swanson and Chase Dowling.
Swanson is behind the wheel of the No. 3 Boehler Racing entry — a ride normally driven by Rowan Pennink. With Pennink celebrating the birth of a child today, Swanson was called to take the controls, and showed speed in his first laps in the cockpit.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for group qualifying at 7 p.m., before the Bud “King of Beers” 150 takes the green flag at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday night.
The Bud “King of Beers” 150 will also air on NBCSN on Wednesday, August 15, at 7 p.m.
— NASCAR Home Tracks (@NASCARHomeTrack) August 8, 2018