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Justin Bonsignore Bumps Matt Hirschman for Consecutive Modified Tour Win

The first win was a dominating performance. The second was a late pass with a little help from the front bumper.

In the end, Justin Bonsignore is 2-for-2 on the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.

The Holtsville, New York, driver used a bump-and-run to wrestle the lead away from Matt Hirschman with seven laps to go and then withstood a challenge from Hirschman and Doug Coby on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Independence Day 200 in the tour’s inaugural visit to White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Bonsignore led every lap in winning the season opener at Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway. Saturday night, he dogged Hirschman in the closing laps before pushing him out of the way and claiming the lead. A late caution pushed the race to 205 laps and Bonsignore edged Hirschman by .127 seconds at the line.

It was Bonsignore’s 28th career win, moving him into a tie with Mike Ewanitsko and defending tour champion Doug Coby for sixth all-time in tour history.

Hirschman, who won the Mayhew Tools Pole Award earlier in the day, crossed the finish side-by-side with Coby.

Tommy Catalano finished fourth and Woody Pitkat made a late run to finish fifth.

Dave Sapienza was sixth, followed by Chris Pasteryak, Craig Lutz, Jon McKennedy and Chase Dowling.

Bonsignore opened up an 11-point lead on Hirschman and a 17 point advantage on Lutz and Coby in the championship standings.


The complete results can be found below.

  1. Justin Bonsignore
  2. Matt Hirschman
  3. Doug Coby
  4. Tommy Catalano
  5. Woody Pitkat
  6. Dave Sapienza
  7. Chris Pasteryak
  8. Craig Lutz
  9. Jon McKennedy
  10. Chase Dowling
  11. Kyle Bonsignore
  12. Sam Rameau
  13. Calvin Carroll
  14. Anthony Nocella
  15. Patrick Emerling
  16. Eric Goodale
  17. J B Fortin
  18. Jeff Gallup
  19. Timmy Catalano
  20. Jeremy Gerstner
  21. J R Bertuccio
  22. Tyler Rypkema
  23. Amy Catalano
  24. Andrew Krause
  25. Walter Sutcliffe Jr
  26. Rob Summers
  27. Ron Silk
  28. Matt Swanson
  29. Timmy Solomito
  30. Gary Byington
  31. Melissa Fifield

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