Bonsignore Ready to Contend for Whelen Tour Title
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has crowned a first-time champion in four of the previous five years, a trend that favors the challenger more than the incumbent. Justin Bonsignore is one of the aspiring title contenders that hopes to take a strong step toward his first title as the 2012 season opens on Sunday, April 15 in the Icebreaker at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.
Ron Silk captured his first Whelen Modified Tour championship last fall with a successful and consistent campaign. With the calendar now turned, he’ll have his hands full fending off a field of contenders such as the third-year driver Bonsignore.
Bonsignore, from Holtsville on New York’s Long Island, earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 when he finished 13th in the standings. Last year, while simultaneously putting together a championship season in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action at Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway, he jumped to seventh in the Tour’s final points with a furious second half run.