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Justin Bonsignore leads NASCAR modifieds in marquee New Hampshire stop

The northeastern U.S. is getting a feast of NASCAR racing but the big event of the weekend may be the Whelen Modified Tour.

Championship contender Justin Bonsignore, driver of the No. 51 Coastal Fiber Modified, during practice for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27, 2022. (Adam Fenwick/NASCAR)

Justin Bonsignore will lead the Tour field to the green Saturday in the Mohegan Sun 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Sharing the front row is defending winner Anthony Nocella who, like Bonsignore, has one NHMS win. Nocella earned his first Tour win in this race last year.

Six-time Tour champion and four-time NHMS winner Doug Coby starts third, just ahead of three-time NHMS winner Ron Silk.

Silk has three wins in 2023. He leads the points by 14 points over Bonsignore, who has one win so far. Coby is third with a win, 39 points back, while Austin Beers is fourth with a win, 44 points back.

Beers rounds out the top five and will start fifth Saturday evening.

Each year, this race draws attention from drivers in other NASCAR series, such as Ryan Newman and Ryan Preece. The competition often outweighs other NASCAR series at NHMS with lead changes rivaling Talladega, Daytona and Atlanta.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie is in on the fun this weekend. He starts sixth for the Saturday evening race.

Photo by Dominic Aragon/TRE

Past NHMS winners Bobby Santos III (six wins), Chase Dowling (one win) and Woody Pitkat (one win) start 12th, 13th and 23rd.

This Saturday’s Mohegan Sun 100 has 30 drivers in the field – five more than last year. It’s also the fifth time in nine races this season where 28 or more drivers are racing.

The Mohegan Sun 100 goes green Saturday on FloRacing just after 6 p.m. ET/4 p.m. MT.

Full lineup is as follows:

1Justin Bonsignore29.321
2Anthony Nocella29.365
3Doug Coby29.593
4Ron Silk29.64
5Austin Beers29.641
6Corey LaJoie29.655
7Ronnie Williams29.662
8Tommy Catalano29.709
9Eric Goodale29.746
10Tyler Rypkema29.781
11Patrick Emerling29.851
12Bobby Santos, III29.859
13Chase Dowling29.891
14Kyle Bonsignore29.923
15Jake Johnson29.981
16Matt Swanson29.995
17Max McLaughlin30.055
18Anthony Bello30.078
19Anthony Sesely30.159
20Dave Sapienza30.163
21Andy Seuss30.274
22Max Zachem30.275
23Woody Pitkat30.289
24Matt Kimball30.308
25Eddie McCarthy30.314
26Tim Connolly30.401
27Bryan Dauzat30.679
28Ken Heagy31.125
29Melissa Fifield33.924
30Craig LutzNo Time Run

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