Justin Bonsignore Cements Spot in Modified History Books

first_imgBonsignore has matured as a driver throughout his career on Tour. He‘ll tell you that. It‘s a change he‘s noticed in himself this year.“I think as you get a little older in life, you get smarter,” Bonsignore said. “I think as I‘ve gotten older the last few years, it‘s definitely something I‘ve paid more attention to.“I thought a lot about it over the offseason last year, and I wanted to make sure I was smarter this year with my calls. I feel like I was noticeably calmer at the racetrack during practice, during the races, making smarter decisions.”The results? A season so consistent and so dominant that his average finish in 2020 (2.7) was even lower than in 2018, when he won half the races on the schedule. It stands as the best average finish by any champion in Tour history.Bonsignore credits his close relationship with Massa, now going on 11 years, as being a big part of the success.“He‘s all I‘ve ever known on the Tour. They‘re like a second family to me,” Bonsignore said. “It‘s not just the racing.“No matter what, if the years were up or down in the past, he stuck with me, I stuck with him when things were tough on either side. We just stuck with each other. Through thick and thin, he‘s always had my back, whether it‘s racing-related, personal life, financial advice.”RELATED: Dynasty in the Making: How Kenneth Massa Motorsports turned into a Whelen Modified Tour juggernautThe chemistry that he‘s had building with his crew, many of whom have remained with the team for nearly a decade, was also crucial in a season with so many curveballs.“When the schedule comes out, my guys don‘t miss races,” Bonsignore said. “They plan their family vacations, they plan their days off work, they plan everything around our schedule. That‘s a huge commitment.”But this team had talent in the past. It always had great chemistry, too. The one thing missing? The crew chief.Enter Ryan Stone, who agreed to join the No. 51 team back in 2018. Since Stone began calling the shots, Bonsignore leads the Tour in wins, top-fives and top-10s.“It was just instant chemistry between me and Ryan, and Ryan and the whole team,” Bonsignore said. “He fit right in. He‘s a funny guy. He knows when to joke and when to be serious, and the team is behind him one thousand percent. When we‘re at the racetrack, everyone looks to Ryan for direction. Nobody wants to let Ryan down, and Ryan doesn‘t want to let any of us down.”RELATED: Justin Bonsignore Career Stats | Ryan Stone Career StatsJoining a select group of Modified greats didn‘t sink in for Bonsignore until the championship celebration after the season finale at Thompson.“It was really humbling to see the trophy and know we‘re on there twice now, and not that many people are,” he said. “The guys that are are the best of the best of our series.”With his three wins, Bonsignore sits tied with Coby at 29 — good for sixth on the all-time list. Next up are Jeff Fuller (31) and Tony Hirschman (35). Seventeen of those wins have come in the last three years.He also has 16 career Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Awards and is 16th all-time. He’s only 12 out of fifth, a eminently reachable goal considering his recent run of success.After earning the fruits of years and years of labor the past three seasons, you could say that Bonsignore is living the dream. It‘s something he thinks about from time to time.“There‘s many days you‘re driving home from work and just thinking ‘wow, this is unbelievable what we‘re able to accomplish right now‘,” Bonsignore said. “I‘m sure after all this racing stuff is done, many years from now, we can all get together, and just talk about racing, and the trips, and the fun we had and all the success we‘re having.”But Bonsignore wants to put the emphasis on “many years from now.” Unfortunately for the rest of the Tour competition, Bonsignore hasn‘t spent too much time dwelling on the winning he‘s done. After all, there‘s another title to be won in 2021 and onward.“It just makes me want to be the guy that can get to three now,” Bonsignore said.Only 32 years old, Bonsignore has a lot of racing ahead of him. More important to him than going down as an all-time driver, however, is making sure the entire No. 51 operation itself goes down as an all-timer.“I don‘t need the people to say that I‘ll go down as a great driver,” Bonsignore. “I don‘t care for that type of brag. I want to go down, as a group, as one of the best teams, because they deserve the credit just as much as me.”No matter what happens next, it‘s pretty clear that Bonsignore and the No. 51 team have already cemented themselves as one of the most unstoppable forces in Modified history. “My personal confidence was sky-high,” Bonsignore said. “You go to another brand-new race track and you‘re like ‘okay, well I just did this a couple weeks ago my first time there, so there‘s no reason we can‘t go to another new racetrack and do the same‘.”That‘s exactly what the team did.Two weeks later, on Independence Day at White Mountain Motorsports Park, Bonsignore passed Matt Hirschman late in the going en route to another win.  Already, Bonsignore was up 17 points on his closest full-time competitor, Coby.He didn‘t look back.A third win later that year at Monadnock bolstered Bonsignore‘s stranglehold on the points lead.The No. 51 team finished no worse than fifth the entire season, an incredible accomplishment. They never trailed in the point standings. It was a good, old-fashioned beatdown.2020 Justin Bonsignore Race-by-RaceA seventh at the season-ending World Series 150 at Thompson locked up the title. Mike Stefanik. Doug Coby. Tony Hirschman. Jimmy Spencer. Donny Lia.Those are the drivers who have won multiple championships on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.  After a dominant 2020 campaign, Justin Bonsignore can now add his name to that very special list.A native of Long Island, New York, Bonsignore has gone toe-to-toe with some of those legends during his Tour career. Now, he‘s well on his way to establishing himself as a Modified legend of his own.The tone was set from the outset of the season, when the series headed to Jennerstown to open things up, more than three months later than initially planned. Bonsignore had never been to the track, and he‘d been out of the driver‘s seat longer than perhaps any point in his career. No matter. Bonsignore sat on the pole and led every lap en route to a win at Jennerstown on June 21. The butterflies Bonsignore had from such a long offseason went away in a flash.last_img read more

Pico Mountain opens for the season with top-to-bottom terrain Saturday

first_imgSource: KILLINGTON, Vt. (December 17, 2020) – Killington Resort In 1937 on Thanksgiving morning, a legend was born: Pico Mountain Ski Resort. Although it was humbly equipped with only a 1,200’ rope tow powered by a Hudson motor car engine, skiers – true skiers – loved it. Since then a lot has changed, but the love for the mountain still lives today, and it’s as strong as ever. Families and skiing traditionalists now enjoy 58 trails and a terrain park serviced by seven lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads. With more vertical drop than 80% of New England ski areas, Pico Mountain is your home for family mountain fun with big mountain terrain and small mountain charm. Pico is part of the POWDR(link is external) portfolio. Visit www.picomountain.com(link is external) for more information and be social with #mypicomtn. Killington Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC,Pico Mountain to Open with Operation Stay Safe to Ensure Wellbeing of Staff, Guests and Community; Parking Reservations Required this Winter. Photo courtesy Pico.Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Pico Mountain(link is external), part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, will kick off the 2020-21 winter season at 8:30 am on Saturday, December 19, 2020, welcoming Pico season pass and day ticket holders who have met Vermont quarantine requirements.On Opening Day, the first 70 guests in line at the Golden Express Quad will receive a voucher to be exchanged for a YETI Rambler Mug in Pico’s base lodge retail shop. The resort plans to run the Golden Express Quad and Summit Express Quad opening weekend.“We’re happy to welcome back skiers and riders to Pico Mountain and ask that guests help us protect the season by following resort and state health guidelines as part of Operation Stay Safe,” says Rich McCoy, director of operations at Pico Mountain. “Our top priory at Pico Mountain is the wellbeing of all and we are confident that by managing the number of people visiting at any given time, we will be able to properly physical distance staff and guests alike while enjoying the benefits of outdoor recreation.”Working closely with the State of Vermont and local officials, Pico has created comprehensive and scalable plans for nearly every area of business with a goal to protect the wellbeing of surrounding communities. These plans are consistent with local and state regulations as well as the National Ski Areas Association’s Ski Well, Be Well best practices, while also designed to provide a great guest experience at Pico Mountain this season.Actions being taken to prioritize the wellbeing of guests, staff and community include: strictly enforced facial covering policy(link is external), parking reservation system(link is external) to manage the number of people on property so all can physically distance, required attestation to Vermont travel guidelines from guests at the resort, contact tracing for all guests through our RFID card system and lodge capacity controls, physical distancing protocols on mountain and throughout resort facilities, daily health assessments by staff, increased sanitation stations and frequency in our cleaning schedule around the resort.The parking reservation system, part of Pico’s Operation Stay Safe(link is external), will be in place every operating day of the season and, pending availability, parking spaces can be reserved same day, however, they must be reserved before arriving to the resort. All products must be purchased in advance with limited products available on site(link is external) – day-of tickets will not be available on resort.Pico Mountain lift hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during weekends and on peak days. The full 2020-21 Pico Mountain operating schedule can be found at picomountain.com(link is external).Base Lodge Access & Available Services The Pico ticket trailer will be open Saturday, Dec. 19 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., for RFID ticket and pass pick up.Pico Base Lodge will be open starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 for restroom access, retail, bag check and limited dining options.Beginning Opening Day, Dec. 19, daily lift tickets for day-of purchases will be $79 for adults (ages 19-64), $61 for youth (ages 7-18) and $68 for seniors (ages 65-79). Skiers and riders can save on lift tickets by purchasing them in advance on picomountain.com(link is external) and Vermont residents(link is external) can ski or ride midweek non-peak days for just $45. Express Card holders will receive 50% off lift ticket window rate for midweek, and 25% off weekend rates. New This SeasonText alerts available. Sign up to receive text messages and get critical operations updates as needed by texting PICO to 64600 or use the opt-in form(link is external).About Pico Mountain: last_img read more

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Eastman captures Chin Chan 52-mile road race

first_imgHamzah Eastman pulled off yet another display of dominance and led a good outing by Team Cocos as he outsprinted a 10-man dash to the finish line at Grove, East Coast Demerara in the second edition of the Chin Chan Cycling,  52-mile Road Race yesterday. Eastman finished in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 18 seconds which saw him claiming four prime prizes.Eastman now sits as the undisputed king of the event despite the efforts of Berbice based PSL rider, Romello Crawford who was forced to settle for second. The race saw the riders assembling at the Grove Public Road head of Tank Street for the first time and head to the Coca Cola Sign on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway and back. Eastman said it was a challenging race with the weather on their side but despite the one accident, the race was enjoyable. He added that he wanted to extend thanks to the sponsors including U.S. based businesses for helping the country to have regular sporting events.The ever consistent, Evolution’s Paul DeNobrega was third while Alanzo Ambrose (Alanis) placed fourth while Stephano Husbands and Andrew Hicks rounded off the top six.Meanwhile, Paul Cho-Wee-Nam, Junior Niles and Sybourne Fernandes finished in that order for the under-45 category while  Raymond Newton conquered the over-45 category. He was trailed by Andrew Spencer and Ian Jackson in a tussle to the line. In the younger categories, Briton John continued his fine form while Ajay Gopilall was restricted to second over Ralph Sewnarine who finished in third.The mountain bikers also turned out with Ozia McCully topping  the group ahead of Shaine Bourne.last_img read more