By: Ashley McCubbin
It wasn’t the most exciting NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event in history, but the Advanced Gas Distributors Inc. 200 Wade Cole Memorial certainly had some highlights and lowlights.
The Monadnock Speedway may be uniquely shaped with two different turns, but it isn’t the easiest place to pass on. As a result, for much of the event, the drivers ran in single-file formation through the top-10 with a couple battles sprinkled out. The ability to make moves was there, though, as evident by competitors like Justin Bonsignore and Doug Coby. If you could get capitalize on the car ahead of you mishandling or get a run underneath into the corner, then you were golden.
Experience paid off in that regard for Bonsignore, as he was smart through the first half in saving his tires while doing enough to keep himself within the top-three. Then when the time came in the final 50 to make his move, it paid off.
The battle between himself and Ron Silk was beautiful to watch, as they went pulled the crossover on each other a couple times, each determined to come out on top. Despite Silk’s efforts, it wasn’t enough to contend with Bonsignore as he got the lead and drove away en route to the checkered.
Jon McKennedy showed the speed early to run with Bonsignore and Silk, but just like the past couple events, it seemed to fade as the laps wore on. He kept himself within the top-five until the late race restart, ultimately fading to ninth.
Matt Hirschman is normally someone that you see with the front runners, but instead he found himself getting a lot of camera time for another reason. On two separate occasions, he made contact with Chris Pasteryak, with the latter getting the worst of it.
In a battle that started for sixth, Pasteryak came down slightly into Hirschman, resulting in a spin and collecting several others in the process. Then with four laps to go as they met together on the track, Hirschman got up into Pasteryak off the corner, resulting in heavy right side contact with the frontstretch wall this time around for the No. 75.
Praised for clean tough racing, you have to question Hirschman’s motives in the final run to the checkered and wonder if Pasteryak will have something to say about it in the events moving forward.