By: Ashley McCubbin
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is known for putting on good modified racing, and the same could be said for this weekend.
Justin Bonsignore is certainly writing his own chapter in the series history book that could easily get him into the NASCAR Hall of Fame down the road. Two championships, along with 17 victories in his last 41 starts now, and welcome to witnessing history as we go here.
But it is never an easy road as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is deep in competition, with several others showcasing their ability behind the wheel. The Sunoco World Series 150 was a tale of two tapes with Jon McKennedy dominating early, ultimately finishing second, while Craig Lutz found his way to the front in the second half to lead the rest of the way.
Passing was at a premium at times, with the high line being the dominant grooves and runs underneath not always being there. You also did not want to be on the inside for a restart, as the line wouldn’t go, resulting in a bunch of lost track position. It made some chaotic restarts when drivers on older tires stayed out, but it kept the fans on their toes.
Everybody also mostly behaved, showing why they’re known for some of the strongest competition, except for a mid-race incident that took early front runners Doug Coby and Patrick Emerling out of contention after starting on the front row. Coby may be asking himself what if afterwards as he had shown speed to run with Bonsignore and McKennedy prior to.