Racin’ With Jason: High drama at the Dog

  • Justin Bonsignore celebrates his win in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's Duel at the Dog 200 last Sunday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. PHOTO BY CHIP CORMIE

  • Justin Bonsignore celebrates his win in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's Duel at the Dog 200 last Sunday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. PHOTO BY CHIP CORMIE

  • Deerfield's Ben Byrne celebrates his victory in the Weaver Brothers Construction Modified 125 at Claremont (N.H.) Motorsports Park last Friday. PHOTO BY CHIP CORMIE

  • Deerfield's Ben Byrne celebrates his victory in the Weaver Brothers Construction Modified 125 at Claremont (N.H.) Motorsports Park last Friday. PHOTO BY CHIP CORMIE

Published: 6/23/2022 6:37:36 PM
Modified: 6/23/2022 6:37:16 PM

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to Monadnock Speedway last weekend, and the event left race fans talking afterward.

After being postponed until Sunday due to rain Saturday evening, the Duel at the Dog 200 saw Justin Bonsignore take the victory — but not without controversy.

In the closing laps, it appeared as though it was Matt Hirschman’s victory to claim. He and Bonsignore came up on some lapped cars, which almost always slows the leader down unless those cars know well enough to move out of the racing lane and let the leaders go by. In this case, Hirschman was held up by J.B. Fortin, and the delay was long enough to allow Bonsignore to get by and claim the win.

“I’d guess you’d rather be lucky than good any day,” Bonsignore told NASCAR.com. “Matt [and I] were neck-and-neck, but I’m not sure what’s going between [him and Fortin]. I could kind of see it coming from a mile away, so I got into [Turn 3], hooked the bottom and stood in the throttle for the first time all day.”

Hirschman had to settle for a disappointing second-place finish, with Ron Silk coming in third. In a Facebook post, Fortin denied intentionally blocking Hirschman, who found that statement hard to believe.

“It makes it worse, because I know that it was intentional,” Hirschman told FloRacing.com. “It was basically telegraphed for weeks. You’re not going to fool me. And to be honest, you didn’t fool the top three finishers. It made it worse, because if that’s what he felt he needed to do, then he did it and he needs to own it.”

Sam Rameau and Doug Coby rounded out the top five.

In other Monadnock action, D.J. Shaw pulled away to win the 75-lap Granite State Pro Stock Series feature, grabbing the lead from Dylan Estrella on lap 42 and not looking back. Joey Doiron and Nick Cusack finished second and third.

Wilbraham’s Tommy O’Sullivan held off his nephew, Chris Buffone of Belchertown, to earn the checkered flag in the 50-lap Street Stock event. Keith Johnson of Winchendon was third.

Orange’s Justin Littlewood prevailed for the second week in a row in the Late Model Sportsman division, with his brother Cole finishing third.

Gordon Farnum picked up the win in Mini Stocks. Orange’s Kevin McKnight and Athol’s Tim Griffith finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Kyle Boniface prevailed in the Pure Stock feature. J.D. Stockwell of Turners Falls was fourth.

Racing returns to the high banks on Saturday with the track’s regular NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series divisions.

Big payday for Byrne

Deerfield’s Ben Byrne took the victory last Friday in the Weaver Brothers Construction Modified 125 at Claremont (N.H.) Motorsports Park. Byrne led most of the way and earned $5,000 in prize money for his efforts. Byrne led laps 27-82 and then the final four circuits, beating out Matt Kimball and Sam Rameau.

Stockwell was third in the Pure Stock race.

Jason Remillard is a copy editor and page designer at the Recorder. He can be reached at jremillard@recorder.com and followed on Twitter @racinwithjason.


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