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Justin Bonsignore captures Modified Tour Bristol pole

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Justin Bonsignore’s dream season just keeps on rolling.

For the fourth time in 2018, he will lead the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field to the green flag after winning the pole in qualifying. The Holtsville, New York, driver scored his ninth career pole, fourth of the season and third at Bristol in qualifying for the Bush’s Beans 150.

Bonsignore’s lap of 14.876 seconds (128.986 mph) around the 0.533-mile oval will place him at the top of the field for the 11th race of the season. He is inching closer to his first championship with a 58-point lead entering the race, but a strong run at ‘Thunder Valley’ could be crucial for his title hopes.

“It’s awesome, we went a long time without poles, and now we have four,” Bonsignore said of the season so far. “It’s a good testament to the team. This is only part one of it, though. We have to go out and execute a good, clean, smooth race.”

Patrick Emerling, who posted the fastest lap in practice earlier, qualified second with a lap of 14.942 seconds (128.417 mph). Timmy Solomito placed his No. 16 Starrett Tools Racing Ford third in qualifying with a time of 15.027 seconds.

Chase Dowling was fourth, while five-time champion Doug Coby, who is looking for his first Bristol victory, rounded out the top five. Eric Goodale was sixth, followed by Rob Summers, Ronnie Williams, Burt Myers and Rowan Pennink.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the Bush’s Beans 150, the 11th points race of the season, at 6:05 p.m. The complete starting lineup can be viewed below.

Rank Driver Nbr Car Time
1   Justin Bonsignore 51 Chevrolet 14.876
2   Patrick Emerling 07 Chevrolet 14.942
3   Timmy Solomito 16 Ford 15.027
4   Chase Dowling 15 Chevrolet 15.066
5   Doug Coby 2 Chevrolet 15.100
6   Eric Goodale 58 Chevrolet 15.155
7   Rob Summers 64 Chevrolet 15.168
8   Ronnie Williams 21 Chevrolet 15.228
9   Burt Myers 1 Chevrolet 15.238
10   Rowan Pennink 3 Chevrolet 15.344
11   Dave Sapienza 36 Chevrolet 15.381
12   Craig Lutz 46 Chevrolet 15.438
13   Woody Pitkat 82 Chevrolet 15.456
14   Tommy Catalano 54 Chevrolet 15.549
15   Andy Seuss 57 Chevrolet 15.814
16   Ken Heagy 18 Chevrolet 15.835
17   Gary Putnam 77 Chevrolet 15.904
18   Austin Pickens 63 Chevrolet 15.939
19   Gary McDonald 26 Chevrolet 16.236
20   Wade Cole 33 Chevrolet 16.755
21   Melissa Fifield 01 Chevrolet 18.119

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