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Late contact between Justin Bonsignore and Bobby Santos

Dave Sapienza

Late in the going of the Eastern Propane and Oil 100, Justin Bonsignore and Bobby Santos met for the second time this weekend, with Santos spinning around in turn three. The No. 36 team was unable to finish the race, finishing a dismal 24th.

Going into turn three with three laps to go, Bonsignore went down below the yellow line to try and pass Santos. His car pushed up, however, making contact with Santos and sending him around.

Bonsignore saw the opportunity for a spot late in going and shot the gap.

“Yeah, we made contact,” he said. “I was there.”

While Santos wasn’t happy about what happened today, he saw it as a “nature of the beast” situation.

“I think he just drove into our left side,” Santos said. “I was on the bottom, and he went lower yet.

“It’s typical of this place. It’s hard racing. Just a bummer… Just bummed I tore up their car on them.”

Santos’ car owner, Dave Sapienza, wasn’t so diplomatic on social media, posting an angry message on Facebook.

All three will have to put the incident behind them, as the Whelen Modified Tour heads to its next event at Stafford on August 2nd.

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