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Bonsignore hopes for Thompson rally

Justin Bonsignore has admittedly lacked the speed of other top Whelen Modified Tour contenders. He remains winless on the season heading into the 2017 finale, the World Series 150 at Thompson in two weeks’ time.

Yet Bonsignore finds himself just 10 points behind championship leader Doug Coby, well within reach of his first Tour championship.

Sunday’s Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway was perhaps the prime example of what Bonsignore has done throughout the course of the 2017 campaign: lack frontrunning speed, avoid trouble, and finish well.

“We didn’t have the best of cars, but the guys killed it on pit road,” said Bonsignore. “Our strategy was pretty good. We just haven’t had the cars we need to compete with these guys, but somehow we’re pulling out good finishes.”

The 29-year-old has led just three laps all season, a massive drop from the 339 circuits he led throughout 2016. Consistency has been the story of this year’s No. 51 team.

Bonsignore has completed a stunning 99.95 percent of the laps the Tour has run this season.

That statistic is astounding, and it is one that keeps Bonsignore’s name in the discussion for the title. In fact, Bonsignore is closer to Coby in the points entering the finale this year as opposed to 2016.

But winning the title is most likely going to take doing something the Bonsignore camp has failed to do in 2017: win.

Bonsignore is not only riding a 15-race winless streak; he’s finished no higher than third and has led no more than two laps in any given race.

“It’s gonna be a tall order,” said Bonsignore. “We haven’t had that speed this year.”

“If we can pull a rabbit out of the hat here though, I think we’ll be in good shape.”

Rather fittingly, it is going to take the performance of the year for Justin Bonsignore to emerge victorious in the battle for the Whelen Modified Tour crown.

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