2014 Waterford Blastoff winner
Thompson, CT - Officials from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) – the famed 5/8-mile speedway in
Connecticut’s quiet corner – released a creative and innovative seven (7) event schedule today, featuring twelve
different touring series and sanctioning bodies, and boasting over $500,000 in posted awards. Two weekend events,
and a five event Wednesday summer series – with four rain dates – make up the calendar. The schedule is highlighted
by four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) events, two new Triple Crown Series, and significant enhancements to
the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.
“A lot of effort went into taking a fresh look at the schedule, and providing the best events we could for our race teams
and fans. We have some traditional fan favorites that will return, and we have made some valuable additions to
complement that core. We are very proud of the finished product and are excited to announce our 2015 schedule of
short track events,” Josh Vanada, TSMP General Manager, remarked.
For the 29th season, the track will operate under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banner, offering Sunoco
Modified, Late Model, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stock competitors the benefits of NASCAR membership, awards, as
well as state and national championship competition.
The season will begin with the 41st running of the Icebreaker on Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12. Modified fans
will be in for a treat, as not only will the first race for the NWMT be part of the program, but TSMP’s own Sunoco
Modifieds will be featured in a 75-lap main event to kick off the facility’s 75th anniversary celebration. In addition to the
full-fendered Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, and Granite State Pro Stock Series, the winged NEMA Lite
cars will make their maiden voyage to the historic Connecticut oval. The Vintage Outlaws and New England Truck Series
will also be part of the action. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the stars and cars of all nine divisions on Sunday
morning at the Fan Appreciation Party.
A new addition to the schedule, which was announced in October, is the addition of another NWMT race. Scheduled for
June 10, this 125-lap event will mark the first time since 2012 that the Tour will make four stops at TSMP. The Mini Stock
and Limited Sportsman Divisions will be on stage for the summer series opener, also, as they compete in the first race of
their Triple Crown Series. New in 2015, both the Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock divisions will participate in three
events in which their finishing positions will earn them both TSMP championship points and Triple Crown Series points.
The Triple Crown will pay their own point fund and award the top three. The Sunoco Modified, Late Model, and Vintage
Outlaws will all be part of an action-packed night of stock car racing, too.
The second annual Late Model 20/20 Sprint will take place on Wednesday night, July 8. The popular format from the
inaugural event will once again be used in 2015. An added bonus for the race winner, besides the handsome purse, will
be a guaranteed starting position in the ACT Championship 100 at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing in
October. The second Triple Crown race for the Limited Sportsman, as well as the Mini Stocks and ground-pounding
Sunoco Modifieds will all be in competition, as well.
Slated for Wednesday, July 29, the Sunoco Modifieds will once again compete in a 20/20 Sprint. As with the Late
Models, the same format from 2014 will be used, but with a new twist. Following the completion of the second segment,
the overall leader will be given the opportunity to take advantage of a bounty, by forfeiting his/her starting position and
starting in the rear for a cash prize, should he or she emerge the overall winner following the 10-lap sprint. As part of
this must-see event, the Mini Stocks will compete in their second Triple Crown race, and the Vintage Outlaws will make
their third of four stops to the Big T. Late Models and Limited Sportsman will also do battle in championship point races.
One of TSMP’s favorite summer traditions, a 150-lap NWMT race, will once again be back on the docket for August 12.
An added bonus this year will be the addition of the Northeastern Midget Association for a 25-lap race, which is
guaranteed to feature at least two NWMT drivers in the field. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Mini Stocks, and the
final Limited Sportsman Triple Crown race fill out a very robust night of racing.
The last event of the five-race summer series will feature a double points opportunity for the Sunoco Modifieds. Twin 25-
lap main events will be contested for TSMP’s top-tier division. The Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Vintage Outlaws,
and the final Triple Crown race for the Mini Stock division will be part of a Back-to-School Bash night, giving families one
more opportunity to hit the race track before school begins.
Dubbed one of the nation’s finest short track events – the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing – will be even finer
in 2015. TSMP’s final event will showcase fifteen divisions that will compete over the course of three days. Culminating
with the final NWMT event of the season on Sunday afternoon, NASCAR’s oldest touring division will be supported by
some of the region’s most popular touring series: the International Supermodified Association, Valenti Modified Racing
Series, and Northeastern Midget Association. The addition of the 100-lap championship race for the American-Canadian
Tour on Saturday will feature New England’s most talented full-fendered drivers, and adds to an already star-studded
lineup of events. TSMP’s own Sunoco Modified, Late Model, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stock divisions will be joined
by the New England Truck Series, North East Mini Stock Tour, New England Pro 4 Modifieds, and Lite Modifieds – who
will be back after a one-year hiatus. The North East Street Stock Tour will end their inaugural season by crowing their
first champion on Saturday night. The NEMA Lites, too, will be competing in their first World Series event, hosting their
final points race on Sunday afternoon. When all is said and done, nearly 600 laps of feature competition will be
contested, and fourteen new champions will have been born.
“It’s hard to talk about ways to improve an event like the World Series, but I know we’ve accomplished that. The addition
of the American-Canadian Tour, coupled with some of the other invitations we extended will make for some extremely
competitive racing across three full days. Fans and competitors alike have a lot to look forward to – not only at the World
Series – but throughout 2015,” Vanada concluded.
For more information about the 2015 schedule, or about Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, please visitwww.
thompsonspeedway.com. You may also be connected with us on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.
Manchester, NH. – Justin Bonsignore, of Holtsville, New York, completed his goal Saturday night, December 6, when he
officially became the 2014 Valenti Modified Racing Series champion at the 11th annual VMRS Awards Banquet at Best
Western Executive Inn, Manchester, NH.
The 26-year-old driver shared the podium with car owner Art Barry.
Bonsignore thanked his pit crew for their hard work and dedication, crew chief Kenny Barry, Spafco Race Cars & Parts,
Spearpoint Racing, series sponsor Bob Valenti Auto Mall, VMRS officials, and gave a heartfelt thank you to car-owner
Barry for making it possible and for giving him the opportunity and privilege to be part of a race team loaded with
successful history for over 60 years.
Bonsignore becomes the fifth champion in the 11-year series history
Barry, of Preston, CT, when introduced, received a rousing standing ovation for his second series title and for his
dedication to modified racing. An emotional Barry thanked all for their support and was read a special message from his
wife, Deb, who for the first time was unable to attend due to illness.
Additionally, the top 14 drivers in the standings received recognition and awards from series president Jack Bateman
including; runner-up Rowan Pennink, Richard Savary, Chris Pasteryak, Max Zachem, Mike Willis. Jr, Steve Masse, Keith
Rocco, Norm Wrenn, Todd Szegedy, Dylan, Kopec, Tommy Barrett, Woody Pitkat, Matt Mead, and Ted Christopher.
2014 Specialty Awards, chosen by series officials were presented to
Spafco Most Improved Driver: David Schneider
Tough Luck Award: Matt Mead
Sportsmanship Award: Willie Doucette
Mechanic of the Year: Kenny Barry
Rookie of the Year: #38 Michael Willis Jr
Dedication to Racing Award: Norm Wrenn
Volunteer of the Year Award: Ryan Doucette
Above and Beyond Award: Warren Alston
Bob Polverari 7-11 Award: Norm Wrenn
Bateman announced a 17-race tentative schedule for 2015. Any races at Waterford Speedbowl will be announced at a
Waterbury, VT –Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) in Connecticut and the American Canadian Tour
(ACT), based in Waterbury, VT have agreed that the 2015 ACT Championship Late Model stock car season will crown
the ACT Champion at the famed Thompson World Series event on Saturday, October 17, 2015. ACT will join over 15
other divisions at TSMP in a year-end celebration for both fendered and open wheeled race cars.
Vice President and General Manager of ACT, Darla Hartt said, “We are delighted that Thompson has invited ACT to the
dance! NASCAR Modifieds, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s own Modifed and Late Model divisions, the Valenti
Modified Racing Series, Mini Stocks, really, just about every kind of asphalt stock car division in New England is at
Thompson’s World Series. We are excited to show fans at TSMP an ACT Late Model 100 lap championship race.”
The event is expected to draw teams and fans from all six New England states, New York and the Province of Quebec.
The entry calls for thirty (30) starters. The super-fast 5/8ths mile oval at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park should
fit the style of the ACT Late Model teams. The ACT Quebec Series races primarily on half-mile tracks, and US ACT
teams have had lots of “long track” experience with numerous events at the Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY and
the Devil’s Bowl Speedway half-mile in West Haven, VT. The ACT annual visit to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway
during the NASCAR Cup weekend in September has proven to be very competitive and exciting racing for fans. The
local weekly Late Model teams that use the ACT rules at TSMP, Waterford and Seekonk are expected to join the ACT
"I'm a huge believer in the ACT program, and I'd like to thank Tom Curley for working with us to bring an American-
Canadian Tour race to Thompson in 2015. We are honored to crown their 2015 Champion as part of our World Series.
There are few organizations that could raise the caliber of this event, but ACT is chief among them. Their Tour offers
some of the finest fendered racing that this region - and the country - has to offer, and we look forward to having many
of the Northeast’s finest Late Model racers back at Thompson for the first time in nearly 23 years," said Josh Vanada,
General Manager of the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
The complete 2015 ACT schedules for the US and Quebec are expected to be released within a week
SUNOCO MODIFIED DIVISION (TOP-10): 1. Ryan Preece, Berlin, CT; 2. Keith Rocco, Berlin, CT; 3. Todd
Ceravolo, Gales Ferry, CT; 4. Keith McDermott, Scituate, RI; 5. Kerry Malone, Needham, MA; 6. Tyler Chadwick,
Ledyard, CT; 7. Danny Cates, Chaplin, CT; 8. John Catania, Agawam, MA; 9. Woody Pitkat, Sturbridge, MA; 10. Andrew
Charron, E. Greenwich, RI.
LATE MODEL DIVISION (TOP-10): 1. Rick Gentes, Burriville, RI; 2. Larry Gelinas, Buxton, ME; 3. Marc Curtis, Jr.,
Worcester, MA; 4. Glenn Boss, Danielson, CT; 5. James Banfield, S. Glastonbury, CT; 6. Chris Curtis, Rutland, MA; 7.
Nick Ladyga, Voluntown, CT; 8. Jared Materas, Voluntown, CT; 9. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme, CT; 10. Chad LaBastie,
XTRA MART LIMITED SPORTSMAN (TOP-10): 1. Scott Sundeen, Sutton, MA; 2. Steve Kenneway, Lowell, MA; 3.
Corey Hutchings, Salem, CT; 4. Shawn Monahan, Waterford, CT; 5. Ryan Waterman, Danielson, CT; 6. William Wall,
Shrewsbury, MA; 7. Jesse Gleason, Lisbon, CT; 8. Tom Shea, Sr., New London, CT; 9. Hank Stott, Medway, MA; 10.
Christopher Douton, Waterford, CT.
MONSTER MINI STOCK DIVISION (TOP-10): 1. Mike Viens, Seekonk, MA; 2. Jeff Moffat, Smithfield, RI; 3. Joe
Baxter, Pascoag, RI; 4. Mike D. Viens, Putnam, CT; 5. Steven Michalski, Brooklyn, CT; 6. Dave Trudeau, Mansfield, CT;
7. Chad Baxter, Pascoag, RI; 8. Eric Bourgeois, E. Haddam, CT; 9. Nick Anderson, Oxford, MA; 10. Nick Matera,
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR FEATURE FINISH: 1. Ryan Preece, Berlin, CT; 2. Donny Lia, Jericho, NY;
3. Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA; 4. Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT 5. Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY; 6. Matt
Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 7. Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, GA; 8. Eric Goodale, Riverhead, NY; 9. Max Zachem,
Preston, Ct; 10. Timmy Solomito, Islip, NY; 11. Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY; 12. Tommy Barrett, Jr., Millis, MA; 13.
Jamie Tomaino, Howell, NJ; 14. David Calabrese, Toms River, NJ; 15. John Beatty, Jr., Merrick, NY; 16. Wade Cole,
Hartland, CT; 17. Doug Coby, Milford, CT; 18. Glen Reen, Wilbraham, MA; 19. Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, NY; 20. Ted
Christopher, Plainville, CT; 21. Troy Talman, Oxford, MA; 22. Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, NH; 23. Danny Watts, Jr.,
Riverhead, NY; 24. Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, CT; 25. Dave Salzarulo, Monson, MA; 26. James Civali, Meriden, CT; 27.
Derek Ramstrom, West Boylston, MA; 28. Bobby Santos, Franklin, MA; 29. David Sapienza, Riverhead, NY; 30. Ken
Heagy, Calverton, NY; 31. Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, NY; 32. Jason Agugliaro, Islip, NY; 33. Keith Rocco,
Wallingford, CT; 34. Frank Vigliarolo, Jr., Mt. Sinai, NY; 35. Woody Pitkat, Stafford, CT; 36. Shawn Solomito, Islip, NY.
SUNOCO MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (TOP-10): 1. Woody Pitkat, Sturbridge, MA; 2. Keith “Cam” McDermott,
Scituate, RI; 3. Max Zachem, Preston, CT; 4. Keith Rocco, Berlin, CT; 5. Todd Ceravolo, Gales Ferry, CT; 6. Ryan
Preece, Berlin, CT; 7. Ronnie Silk, Norwalk, CT; 8. Michael Gervais, Jr., Southbury, CT; 9. Kerry Malone, Needham, MA;
10. Rowan Pennink, Huntington Valley, PA.
GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK SERIES FEATURE FINISH (TOP-10): 1. Derek Ramstrom, W. Boylston, MA; 2.
Matt Frahm, Salem, NH; 3. Larry Gelinas, Buxton, ME; 4. Brad Babb, Windham, ME; 5. Jason Boyd, Edgewater, FL; 6.
Dillon Moltz, Waterford, CT; 7. Tommy O’Sullivan, Wilbraham, MA; 8. Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 9. Mike Parks, Walpole,
NH; 10. George Bessette, Danbury, CT.
NEMA MIDGET FEATURE FINISH: 1. Randy Cabral, Plymouth, MA; 2. Cole Carter; 3. Dan Cugini, Marshfield,
MA; 4. Jim Chambers, Atkinson, NH; 5. Todd Bertrand, Suffield, CT; 6. Russ Stoehr, Bridgewater, MA; 7. Jim SantaMaria,
Burlington, CT.; 8. Kenney Johnson, Bethany, CT; 9. Paul Scally, Raynham, MA.
ISMA SUPERMODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (TOP-10): 1. Chris Perley, Rowley, MA; 2. Ben Seitz, Bourne, MA; 3.
Dave Shullick, Jr., N. Ridgeville, OH; 4. Lou Cicconi, Aston, PA; 5. Jeff Locke, Raymond, NH; 6. Charlie Schultz, Lorain,
OH; 7. Moe Lilje, Vickery, OH; 8. Russ Wood, Sr., Pelham, NH; 9. Mark Sammut, London, Ontario; 10. Mike Keeler,
Thompson, CT. – 24-year old Steve Masse of Bellingham, Mass, wired the field Saturday night, besting a field of 31 other drivers to capture his second win of 2014, his ninth career Valenti Modified
Racing Series victory, and his first at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut.
Another first occurred when Justin Bonsignore, of Holtsville, New York, nabbed his VMRS championship for car-owner Art Barry of Preston, CT. The title is Barry’s second with the series.
The event, the 17th and final race of the season, was part of the 52nd annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart.
Masse led the entire 75-lap race from his pole starting position. Woody Pitkat, of Stafford, CT, Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, and Keith Rocco, of Wallingford, CT, gave chase but Masse was in
command throughout the race.
Pitkat finished runner-up, Rocco, third, Savary fourth, and Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, rounded out the top five.
Ted Christopher, David Schneider, Eric Goodale, Mike Willis Jr, and Dylan Kopec, finished sixth through tenth.
The final race of the season saw 32-teams compete with all entries starting the feature race. Six caution flags slowed the main event completed in 57 minutes.
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Race Distance 75-Laps
Time of Race: 57:53:149
Margin of Victory: 0.356
Best Lap Time: 19.098 (Masse)
Best Speed: 117.813
Lead Changes (0)
Lap Leaders: Masse (1-75)
Cautions: (6) 0,32,49,49,69,72
Heat winners: Pennink, Pitkat, Etheridge
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Masse (2) Pitkat (3) Rocco (4) Savary (5) Pennink (6) Christopher (7) Schneider (8) Goodale (9) Willis (10) Kopec (11) Etheridge (12) Vanhouton (13) Preece (14)
Bonsignore (15) Patnode (16) Mead (17) Richardi (18) Perry (19) Seidell (20) Pasteryak (21) Fournier (22) Meservey (23) Schofield (24) Bakaj (25) Barrett (26) Kay (27) Lashua (28) Wrenn (29)
Medeiros (30) Sherman (31) Fortin (32) Gernhard
Stafford Springs, CT. – 19-year old Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, used a daring three-wide pass on a lap-57 restart, to go on and win the Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned 80-lap race Friday night
at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT.
The win was Barrett’s third series victory at Stafford and his second win this season. He won at Thompson, CT, May 29th
Justin Bonsignore, of Holtsville, NY, led the field to green from his pole starting position and topped the 24-car lineup over the first five circuits.
Fast closing Keith Rocco, of Berlin, CT, started fifth, and promptly chased down the leader to take the lead for two laps starting a race long flip flop of the lead with Bonsignore.
Seven lead changes between the two leaders over the first 56-laps ended when Barrett made what proved to be the race winning move
“ I really didn’t think I had much of a car to get by Keith and Justin. I thought I could have maybe caught them. Getting under them was a different thing,” said Barrett. “On that last restart I got a good start
behind Keith and he washed up the track a little bit. I stuck my nose in there. The car stuck on the bottom and we just pulled away after that. The car was really good tonight. Can’t thank the guys enough.”
Rocco hung on to finish second. “ The car was awesome the whole race even after Barrett got by me. I really didn’t have many complaints about the car. It was still pretty good and I still had a lot of tire
under me. He was fast at the end,” Rocco explained.
Bonsignore nailed another podium finish,“ We had a good car on the long runs. We were making a move to go for the lead with Keith and the yellow came out. The restart the (9) just came on strong and
he was definitely the class of the field at the end of the night,” stated Bonsignore.
Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, finished fourth with Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, rounding out the top five.
Chris Pasteryak, Richard Savary, Norm Wrenn, Mike Holdridge, and Eric Goodale finished sixth through tenth.
Four caution flags were displayed over the 80-lap run. The race was completed in 46 minutes. 13 cars finished on the lead lap.
Heat wins went to Rocco, Pennink, and Max Zachem.
Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY, will host the VMRS Saturday, Sept 6.
Stafford Motor Speedway
August 29, 2014
Race # 13
Margin of Victory: 1.360
Best Speed: 96.051 (Rocco)
Best Lap Time: 18.740 (Rocco
Lead Changes: 8
Lap Leaders: 1-5 (Bonsignore) 6,7 (Rocco) 8 (Bonsignore)
9-21 (Rocco) 22 (Bonsignore) 23-49 (Rocco) 50 (Bonsignore)
51-56 (Rocco) 57-80 (Barrett)
Cautions: Laps- 50,50,50,57
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Barrett (2) Rocco (3) Bonsignore (4) Pennink (5) Pitkat (6) Chris Pasteryak (7) Savary (8) Wrenn (9) Holdridge (10 Goodale (11) Medeiros (12) Lashua (13) Meservey (14)
Galko (15) Bakaj (16) Seidell (17) Zachem (18) Christopher (19) Kopec (20) Charlie Pasteryak (21) Willis (22) Malave (23) Preece (24) Masse
Seekonk, MA. – It took four years for Nashua, New Hampshire driver Norm Wrenn to find victory lane with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, but the wait came to an end Saturday night, when ‘Stormin’
Norman stormed off the fourth turn to the checkered flag to capture the ‘Seekonk 100’ in front of a cheering crowd at Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA.
Wrenn started 11th in a 20-car field and gradually worked his way to the top five settling into 3rd at lap-51. Wrenn then engaged in a battle with Max Zachem, of Preston, CT, point leader Justin
Bonsignore, of Holtsville, NY, race leader Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, and a fast closing Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, the series reigning champion.
A series of late race caution flags on laps 80, 81, and 88 made for intense race restarts and a flurry of contact
resulting in Pennink, Bonsignore, and Wrenn making great saves preventing spinouts or crashes to remain in contention.
The lead changed hands 10 times with Savary leading lap 98, Bonsignore lap 99, and Wrenn the all-important lap 100.
Wrenn was running fourth entering the third turn on the final lap. With Savary, Bonsignore, and Pennink slowed by contact, Wrenn darted to the bottom of turn four and drag raced Pennink to the finish by
a margin of 0.055 ahead of Pennink.
An emotional and teary-eyed Wrenn spoke to the crowd in victory lane. “We have won championships in the Pro Stocks, three championships in the Pro-Four’s, this is an elite division and I have always
wanted to run up front. To win is awesome. My crew has been with me since day one racing street stocks at Star Speedway in 1990. I’m getting old. I’m glad I could pull one off before I retire.”
When asked what went through the his mind as the finish was nearing, Wrenn explained, “ I was watching what was happening up front. Coming up through the field I let a couple of cars go by because of
And for the final turn. “Oh My God I’m going to pull this off,” Wrenn said smiling.
Bonsignore finished a strong third, with Savary fourth, and veteran Rob Goodenough, of Swanzey, NH, making his first start of the season, fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Zachem, Carl Medeiros, Rob Richardi Jr, Dylan Kopec, and Mike Willis Jr.
9 caution flags slowed the race for a race time of 56 minutes and 04 seconds. 13 of the 20 starters finished on the lead lap.
Tom Abele Jr, Pennink, and Zachem won heat races.
The VMRS returns to New Hampshire this Saturday night August 23, at Monadnock Speedway, for the running of the ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100.
August 16, 2014
Race # 11
Time: 50:04: 521
Margin of 0.055
Best Speed: 97.416 (Annarummo)
Best Lap Time: 12.306 (Annarummo)
Lead Changes: 10
Lap Leaders: 1-6 (Zachem) 7-50 (Annarummo) 51 (Zachem) 52 (Savary) 53-57 (Zachem) 58-60 (Savary) 61 (Zachem) 62-98 (Savary) 99 (Bonsignore 100 (Wrenn)
Cautions: Laps- 2, 5, 12, 50, 53, 60, 80, 81, 88
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Wrenn (2) Pennink (3) Bonsignore (4) Savary (5) Goodenough (6) Zachem (7) Medeiros (8) Richardi, (9) Kopec (10) Willis (11) Meservey (12) Abele (13) Bakaj (14)
Annarummo (15) Pasteryak (16) Vanasse (17) Lashua (18) Fournier (19) Houlihan (20) Hurley
Winchester, NH. – It didn’t have the dramatic finish like last weeks race at Seekonk, but it had the same result, a large vocal crowd greeting the race winner, this time fan favorite 41-year veteran Dwight
Jarvis, when he exited his race car. Jarvis had just won the annual Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100’ and the Monadnock Speedway crowd let him know they liked
what they saw.
Jarvis, of Ascutney, Vermont, started 22nd in a 25-car field, worked his way to the front like he’s done many times. Maintaining tire usage, staying out of trouble, and passing cars when he felt it was time to
go, Jarvis moved to third bringing the crowd alive and stayed there until a lap-71 restart when he slipped by Woody Pitkat to settle into second.
With heavy fog rolling in over the speedway, Jarvis used a lapped car to his advantage to pass Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, on lap 93 to win his eighth career VMRS race. It was the sixth
series win at Monadnock
Jarvis post race disclosed it was not an easy journey to victory lane. In fact it was old school. Vintage Dwight Jarvis.
“We didn’t start out to good. The battery was dead. The radio’s didn’t work right from lap one. Once in awhile I could hear Mike (Crew Chief Michael Weld) I could tell he was still trying to talk to me but this
is awesome. I love winning this race and of course you all know I love this track. I don’t know how many more times I’ll be going around this but we enjoyed it tonight.”
With fog and staying in front the focus, Jarvis didn’t see the 10-laps to go sign from the flag stand. “ I just put it down to move forward.”
Pennink, the reigning series champion, finished runner up. “We had a good car. It went away on me at the end. I got a little bit free and Dwight got by me.”
Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, finished third, after coming back from a crash two weeks ago at Waterford, CT. “ It’s certainly a better finish than we had at Waterford. We a had a good car there and it put
us behind to have to fix it. Took last week off to come here to be the best we could. We started off a little bit tight figuring it would come around and it just never did.”
Max Zachem, of Preston, CT, pressured Pitkat to the finish and placed fourth, with Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, fifth.
Sixth through tenth were, Kirk Alexander, who led the first 69-laps, Richard Savary, Russ Hersey, Jean Paul Cyr, and Rob Goodenough.
Eight caution flags were displayed over the 100-laps, two on false restarts. The race was completed in 57 minutes. 14 cars finished on the lead lap.
Pennink, Dylan Kopec, and Matt Mead won heat races.
Stafford Speedway, Friday night, August 29, is the next stop for the VMRS.
August 23, 2014
Race # 12
Time: 57:16: 024
Margin of Victory: 1.286
Best Speed: 70.522 (Jarvis)
Best Lap Time: 12.762 (Jarvis)
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-69 (Alexander) 70-93 (Pennink) 94-100 (Jarvis)
Cautions: Laps- 10,11,13,13,22,65,71,71
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Jarvis, (2) Pennink (3) Pitkat (4) Zachem (5) Pasteryak (6) Alexander (7) Savary (8) Hersey (9) Cyr (10) Goodenough (11) Kopec (12) Willis (13) Medeiros (14) Douglas (15)
Bakaj (16) Wrenn (17) Seidell (18) Dana Smith (19) Etheridge (20) Mead (21) Bonsignore (22) Richardi (23) Hinckley (24) Lashua (25) Thompson