Keith Rocco Breaks Winless Streak with Duel Wins in Sunoco Modified Double-Header
(THOMPSON, CT) - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park was back in action with the Pepsi Back to School Bash on
Wednesday, August 26th, the penultimate event for the speedway with only the World Series weekend in October left on
the schedule for the facility’s legendary oval track. The event provided some of the best racing the Big T has seen all
season, with lead changes, cautions and three and four-wide racing a common sight throughout the evening.
The night’s highlight events were a pair of Sunoco Modified Series races in a double feature that made for a massive
points night and a total purse of over $11,000 across the two 25-lap races.
The first of the two races saw complete domination by one of the best in the business, Keith Rocco. Rocco started in the
top ten and worked his way up quickly to the lead, taking advantage of an early caution when Adam Norton, who had
concerns during practice about the engine in his car, made hard contact with the turn three wall. Rocco raced his way to
second with 23 laps to go and engaged in a neck-and-neck battle with Nick Ladyga for several laps before another caution
slowed the field with 19 laps remaining.
Rocco would benefit from a great restart and never look back to claim the first of the two Sunoco Modified races of the
night, and his first of the season in the series, holding off heavy hitters Woody Pitkat, Ryan Preece, Nick Ladyga and his
own teammate Eric Berndt who rounded out the top five.
Following the win Rocco commented on his dominating performance in Victory Lane. “We finally got the car turning really
good. It was turning a little too good. I was pretty free through the middle there. I was holding on for dear life trying to
get a good run off the corner,” said Rocco. “It’s pretty awesome to win this.”
Rocco’s return to victory lane would not be short lived as he continued to run up front in the second Sunoco Modified
event as well. Rocco worked his way to the top three with fifteen of the twenty-five laps remaining and engaged in a neck-
and-neck battle for the lead with Ryan Preece, who claimed a victory in Bristol the week before. A daring dive-bomb with
ten to go gave Rocco the lead and it was full steam ahead as he held off Preece to sweep the Sunoco Modified double
“I’ve been waiting all year to get that Keith Rocco and Ryan Preece battle and I got it tonight,” said Rocco after the win.
“It was a lot of fun – We’ve had a fast car every week it’s just the cards never fell in our favor and tonight they did.”
The Vintage Outlaw series started the night off with a six-car field that put on quite the show right out of the gate. Three
different drivers led through the first lap including Scott Quinn, a driver with five wins to his credit in the season. Quinn’s
bid for a sixth win would be sidelined however as his daring move for the lead resulted in contact with Ron St. Germain
causing Quinn to blow a tire and allowing Paul LaPlante to run away with the front spot.
LaPlante however would not cross the line first. Charlie Wilcox, who started second to last in the race, would go on to
make an impressive march to the lead and run away with the win. The Dayville resident claimed his first win at the Big T
and was humbled by the victory, thanking the fans for their support in Victory Lane.
“What a great night. The fans at Thompson are unbelievable,” he said. “It’s a great race track. I’ve been coming here for,
well if I said more than 50 years it would be on the high side. I appreciate it.”
The intensity of the Vintage Outlaw race set the tone for what would be a wild night in Thompson. The Monster Mini
Stocks provided their own drama, but the end would be no surprise as points leader Dave Trudeau took home the trophy,
expanding his points lead going into the World Series in October. Trudeau started the event deep in the top ten but was up
to fifth by lap 13 following a pair of cautions in the early laps of the race.
It wouldn’t take long for Trudeau to bring his car to the lead, officially taking the top spot with 8 laps to go, and claim a
1.5 second lead before crossing the line as the checkered flag waved.
Trudeau, who has raced in the series since the late 1990s, spoke about the prospect of claiming his first championship in
October as the season finale in a car that he called his baby. “We’ve got one more race to go,” he said. “(Winning the
championship) has been a goal ever since I started. Everybody wants a championship. Things happen for a reason. If it
happens this time then great. If not we’ve got next year.”
The Xtramart Limited Sportsman Series provided some of the most action packed racing of the night, with the top three
in points separated by only ten points and the top two only separated by a single point coming into the event. The top
three in the standings, Scott Sundeen, Larry Barnett and Corey Hutchings respectively, each saw their own issues early in
the race with Sundeen and Hutchings both involved in an incident in turns 3 and 4 only two laps into the event and Barnett
spinning on his own later on in the race.
All three competitors would make their way back to the front of the field before the end of the event with Sundeen and
Hutchings making their way back to the top five by the time another caution slowed the field with only seven laps to go.
Sundeen took the lead on the restart and engaged in an intense side-by-side battle with Hutchings until Hutchings found
his championships hopes fade after being collected in his second wreck of the night, a hard hit into the turn two wall
after contact with a hard charging Ryan Waterman.
The crash resulted in a green-white-checkered finish with Sundeen on point and his closest points rival, Barnett, in
second. Sundeen would go on to win the race but with Barnett taking a second place finish he would fail to gain much in
the points going into the season finale in October.
“Corey (Hutchings) was using me up so I figured that I had a faster car and I wasn’t going to settle for second place,” said
Sundeen after the win. “I thought I ran him cleaner than he drives anyone. I know I can drive (Barnett) lap after lap side
by side and I never have to worry about him and he doesn’t have to worry about me, but there are certain people I can’t
stand being around. Larry (Barnett) is not one of them. I’ll race him any day of the week. I’ve never won the
championships two years in a row and I’m not banking on it. I want to win races.”
The Late Model Series took the track next with Keith Rocco’s brother Jeff Rocco on a hot streak winning three
consecutive races in the series at Thompson and four of the past five Late Model races at the track. His streak would
continue as Rocco handily won a hotly contested event in the 25-lap sprint, which included three and four-wide racing at
Rocco managed to survive an early incident on the backstretch where a four-wide battle for third resulted in a multi-car
accident including early front-runner Glenn Boss. Rocco took the lead on the restart and dominated the rest of the way to
a victory, but not without fending off a hard charging William Wall who held on for a second place finish.
After the win Rocco commented on the wild race and the four wide incident that resulted in him inheriting the lead. “We
were in the right place at the right time,” he said. “I went three wide and the two leaders came together pretty hard
coming out of four and it was either dip down or check up and probably get swung from behind like what happened to me
in the heat race so I made a brave move and really tried to maintain my lane. I was clear coming out of two and the melee
happened after so we just stayed alive.”
Next up for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is the biggest event of the season, the Sunoco World Series of
Speedway Racing presented by Xtramart. The Three night event kicks off on Friday, October 16th as many local series and
the Whelen Modified Tour conclude their seasons in one wild weekend of racing at the Big T.
It was round three for the NASCAR Whelen Modifed Tour at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, August
12th as the tour made its penultimate appearance of 2015 at the historic venue for the Bud “King of Beers” 150, the tenth
race in the fifteen-race season for the tour.
Defending series champion Doug Coby was riding a wave of momentum into the race with wins in the first two events at
the track this season. Points leader Ryan Preece, who claimed his first win at Thompson in the series during last year’s
World Series weekend, looked to continue his own momentum riding a slim four point lead over Woody Pitkat in the series
points standings into the night.
Coby would pace the field in the early portion of the race, taking the lead fifteen laps into the event and not relinquishing
it until pitting after the caution came out on lap 85. Chase Dowling would inherit the front spot to lead his first ever laps
in the series after avoiding pit road, but would lose the lead on the restart after Coby and Ted Christopher, who came off
pit road first and second respectively, made quick work of Dowling on the restart. Coby, however, was black flagged for
jumping the restart, sending him down pit road for a penalty and giving Christopher the lead when the caution flag waved
again on lap 95.
That would not be the end of the drama for the night. While Christopher would go on to lead a handful of laps he would
find himself turned in turn four after contact with second place Woody Pitkat, bringing out the caution and giving Pitkat
Some questioned why Pitkat was not black flagged for wrecking the leader as it was officially deemed a racing incident,
and after the race he commented on the incident and said it was pure hard racing. “Obviously NASCAR and the tour is not
here every week to see his line. He has that weird line where it’s actually on the bottom and then he lets it roll off into
the center in the middle and drive off and make the straightaway as long as he can,” he said. “It works for him, that’s his
line, but when his entry is on the bottom and you enter on the top and try to get that run and turn the center and try to
get that run underneath him you get that run off the corner and drag race off the straightaway now your entry is on the
bottom. He takes that away from you. So what are you going to do? When you get a run and he tries to chop you, that’s
what’s going to happen.”
Pitkat would hold the lead while Coby aggressively worked his way to the top five, which put him in perfect position for a
dramatic finish after another caution set up a restart with less than ten laps to go. Cody took advantage of a great
restart, pushing Pitkat to the front but getting him loose and taking the lead all within a lap. Coby would run away with
the lead pulling off a sweep of the first three races of the season at Thompson, a feat last accomplished in 1998, and
claiming an unlikely victory in the face of adversity.
Pitkat held on for a second place finish and took over the series points lead. After the race he said he was frustrated with
the contact between himself and Coby that resulted in Coby taking the lead and the win. “If it stayed green there I didn’t
think he had something for us. Then we got going and he gave me a good push down the front straightaway,” said Pitkat.
“I cleared Todd (Szegedy), but I don’t know where (Coby) came from. I don’t know how he got that run off of two to be
able to go underneath me. If he was that fast he should have been able to pass me clean is what I think. He just sailed
down into turn three and used me as the wall to turn his car. I don’t think he even turned his car. He used me and drove
off – We’ll just put that in the memory bank and move on and remember that when we’re racing him.”
Coby said he did not regret his move to win the race and called it hard racing for a win he felt he deserved despite the
penalty. “You know what I got knocked around by everybody at Stafford and we had to battle back and finished second.
Woody was the only car that I touched tonight and I wasn’t going to lose. That’s how it works. We had the fastest car.
They knew we had the fastest car so they can be as upset as they want but we’re fired up and ready to go,” Said Coby.
He also commented on the black flag situation and felt it was questionable at best. “I couldn’t have given the lead back
because (Dowling) was eighth in one lap so I don’t understand. Usually when we’re all racing the second place guy gets a
jump and the first place guy is within striking distance so you just roll out of the gas. It kind of seemed like it took them
three or four laps to decide what they wanted to do and I was cleared by five at that point. I don’t know what I could have
done. I don’t really care at this point because we still won, but it’s just so questionable,” he said.
The evening began with the Late Model series, which resulted in a hard fought win for Jeff Rocco as William Wall and
Rocco’s brother Keith Rocco spent much of the race neck and neck for the number two spot. Jeff Rocco won the race
handily after relinquishing the lead nine laps into the event with Keith Rocco finishing second and Wall, seeking his first
win in the series, settled for a third place finish. Despite a bad start to the race points leader Brian Tagg recovered for a
fourth place finish,
After the win Jeff Rocco talked about his victory and said that he will be donating all of the earning from his victory to
the family of young Chase Bennett through the Race for Chase campaign to help support the 3-year-old in his fight against
leukemia. “This team never quits. Just because we won the last one doesn’t mean we go home and do nothing. We did our
homework and I’ll tell you this car was awesome on the long run,” said Rocco who said it was a team decision to give his
winnings to a good cause. “I talked it over with my car owner. He’s a class act. It just goes to show how close this racing
community is. A friend of ours has a son who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this week and we want to take the
whole check and give it right to them. Maybe some of our competitors will do the same.”
The Monster Mini Stocks were next with points leader Dave Trudeau showcasing an impressive performance with a hard
fought win, extending his points lead and dominating much of the race.
Trudeau moved his way through the field methodically for the first few laps, eventually taking the lead from Eric
Bourgeois on lap seven after posting his fastest lap of the night. Bourgeois kept his cool and gave Trudeau a run for his
money for the remainder of the race, but in the end Trudeau was able to maintain his position and take the checkered flag.
“We worked at it all day. The car was fast when we unloaded. We made a couple of minor adjustments. We were worried
about the (Whelen Modified) Tour being here with the rubber on the track but it all worked out. It was awesome. We had a
lot of fun,” said Trudeau.
The Sunoco Modified Series saw a trio of familiar names run up front as Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat and Keith Rocco
finished first through third respectively with strong showings all around. Preece took the lead early while Pitkat and
Rocco worked their way up from outside the top five and took advantage of their well handling cars and a few cautions to
move their way through the field.
Preece said he used the opportunity to race in the Sunoco Modified prior to the Whelen Modified Race by trying different
grooves on the racetrack and was happy to come away with the win. “I didn’t know which lane to go on the restart and as
racers we try to play games. I just knew what was on the top and then on the bottom it was just a little bit of contact
going into three there, and then I don’t know if it knocked the toe in but it just really snugged my car quite a bit there. I
was happy we didn’t have any cautions because I know those guys were pretty good behind me – We’re just happy it went
green to the end and we were able to pull that win off.”
The NEMA Midgets put on quite a show of their own in the Angelillo Memorial race, ending with John Zych, Jr. claiming
his third victory of the season. Randy Cabrel dominated much of the early part of the race after an early caution gave him
the lead, but it would be after a second caution that he would lose the lead to a hard charging Zych.
Zych would survive yet another caution with five laps to go and hold off Cabrel, who made several hard fought pass
attempts in the matter of three laps, to claim the win.
The Xtramart Limited Sportsman Series finished off the 2015 triple crown series of races at Thompson with the
penultimate race of the night and a huge comeback victory for Corey Hutchings, who recovered from an early spin after
starting in the back of the field to win the race.
Hutchings took advantage of a series of cautions, including a massive incident on the front stretch on a restart with
sixteen laps remaining, to work his way back to the front and claim the win. Hutchins took the lead after the third caution
and survived one more caution before taking home the trophy.
After his win Hutchings talked about his up and down night. “I’d rather be lucky than good and in racing you’ve got to be
lucky. That was my race. That big pileup on the front stretch I did a bonsai through the grass, made it through, got some
track position and the rest was history from there.”
Next up for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is the Sunoco Modified Double Feature & Mini Triple Crown Race on
August 26th celebrating the Pepsi Back to School Night. The Whelen Modified Tour will next hit the track at Bristol for
the Bush’s Beans 150 on August 19th.
LATE MODELS (TOP-10): 1. Jeff Rocco (Wallingford, CT); 2. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 3. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 4.
Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 5. Ernest LaRose (Moosup, CT); 6. Rick Gentes (Burrillville, RI); 7. Jeff Smith (Old Lyme, CT);8.
Glen Boss (Danielson, CT); 9. Joe Curioso (Mystic, CT); 10. Buddy Charette
MONSTER MINI STOCK (TOP-10): 1. Dave Trudeau (Mansfield, CT); 2. Eric Bourgeois (East Haddam, CT); 3. Nick Matera
(Warwick, RI); 4. Joe Baxter (Pascoag, RI); 5. Ed Field (Deep River, CT); 6. Scott Michalski (S. Killingly, CT); 7. Christopher
Viens (Putnam, CT); 8. Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 9. Mike D. Veins (Putnam, CT); 10. Robert Ducharme (Glendale, RI)
SUNOCO MODIFIED (TOP-10): 1. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 2. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 3. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT);
4. Kerry Malone (Needham, MA); 5. Bert Marvin (Colchester, CT); 6. Ryan Morgan (Mystic, CT); 7. John Studley
(Framingham, MA); 8. Cam McDermott (Scituate, RI); 9. John Catania (Agawam, MA); 10. Andrew Charron (E. Greenwich,
NEMA MIDGETS (TOP-10): 1. John Zych, Jr (Mendon, MA); 2. Randy Cabral (Kingston, MA); 3. Jim Chambers (Atkinson,
NH); 4. Avery Stoehr (Lakeville, MA); 5. Todd Bertrand (Danielson, CT); 6. Seth Carlson (Brimfield, CT); 7. Alan Chambers
(Atkinson, NH); 8. Bethany Stoehr (Bridgewater, MA); 9. Russ Stoehr (Lakeville, MA); 10. Bobby Santos, III (Franklin, MA)
XTRAMART LIMITED SPORTSMAN (TOP-10): 1. Corey Hutchings (Salem, CT); 2. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT); 3. Jesse
Gleason (Lisbon, CT); 4. Ed Puleo (West Haven, CT); 5. Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 6. Chris Meyer (Norwich, CT); 7.
Joshua Wood (Palmer, MA); 8. Tommy Shea Sr. (New London, CT); 9. Brent Gleason (Lisbon, CT); 10. Todd Dean
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR BUD “KING OF BEERS” 150 (TOP-10): 1. Doug Coby (Milford, CT); 2. Woody Pitkat
(Stafford, CT); 3. Todd Szegedy (Ridgefield, CT); 4. Eric Goodale (Riverhead, NY); 5. Donny Lia (Jericho, NY); 6. Ryan
Preece (Berlin, CT); 7. Patrick Emerling (Orchard Park, NY); 8. Justin Bonsignore (Holtsville, NY); 9. Ted Christopher
(Plainville, CT); 10. Timmy Solomito (Islip, NY)
Canaan, NH.-- Thanks to a dominating performance at Oxford Plains (ME) Saturday, the absence of a couple of key men atop the point standings, and
a well prepared family race car, Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, emerged from the weekend as an 11-point leader in the standings for the Valenti
Modified Racing Series with three races remaining on the schedule. The first of the three is the 6th annual VMRS 80, Friday night September 4, at
Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT.
Instead of looking up at the leaders, Pasteryak will be looking over his shoulder at Todd Patnode, Woody Pitkat, Todd Szegedy, and Norm Wrenn.
Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, seeking his first win of the season, continues as runner-up, a position he has held for several races and 11 points separating
him from the top of the heap.
Pitkat, winner of the first two races at Stafford this season and a 19-year veteran at the famed Connecticut speedway, is only 17-points behind
Pasteryak. Pitkat fell from the lead when he passed on competing at Oxford Plains.
Szegedy, a VMRS winner last year at Stafford, has slipped back 47 points from the lead with Wrenn 69 points from the top. Wrenn, retiring at season’s
end, would be pleased with a top-five finish at the end of the year.
As of Tuesday, 28 race teams indicated their intent to compete at Stafford. Former VMRS winners Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece, and Keith Rocco join
Pasteryak and Szegedy who have also visited victory lane there.
Veteran VMRS regulars Kirk Alexander, Mike Holdridge, Rowan Pennink, Dan Meservey Jr, Russ Hersey, Dennis Perry, Dave Etheridge, and Donnie
Lashua, are expected.
Brandon Dion, Dave Schneider, Kyle James, Colbey Fournier, and Matt Swanson represent the young drivers registered with the series.
Ticket booths and grandstand seating open at 4:15 PM. Qualifying races begin at 6:15 PM.
Oxford, Maine. – Two-time Valenti Modified Racing Series champion Chris Pasteryak of Jewett City, CT, dominated Saturday’s running of the ‘Oxford
100’ to become the seventh different winner in seven races at Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine. The race was the headline event on the eve of
the 42nd running of the famed ‘Oxford 250.’
Pasteryak from his pole starting position led all but 20-laps enroute to his fourth VMRS win this season and his 10th career victory. He is now tied for
fourth with Rowan Pennink, each with 10 wins, on the series all-time win list.
“Sorry I stunk up the show,” Pasteryak kidded in victory lane referring to his dominating performance. “ On 250 weekend I think it might have been
1999 or 2001 Cassius Clark beat me on a restart with three to go in a legends car, we came here (2011) and Joe Doucette beat me with three laps to
go, I didn’t want to let anyone get close enough tonight to beat me,” said a smiling Pasteryak.
Pasteryak led the first seven laps of the 100-lap race when Nashua, NH, veteran Norman Wrenn slipped by and held the lead until lap 27 when
Pasteryak regained the top position and never looked back.
“I figured if Norman wanted to go burn it up I’d let him. I knew we were pretty good taking it easy behind him. This Troyer car and Hutter motor really
made me look good. It was a good night to have a good night.” Pasteryak said. Kevin Ianarelli, of Groton, MA, had a career best finish nailing down
second after being pursued heavily by Les Hinckley in the late stages of the race.
“It was pretty hooked up for a change. Every time we got to Chris he had a little more in the bank,” Ianarelli said in post race interviews. “We were
not going to touch him.”
Ianarelli also knew Hinckley was on the prowl. “They told me he was about five lengths back. Another 10-laps he probably would have got me we
were starting to back it into the corners. This Troyer car and Billy The Kid motor really got it done for me.”
Hinckley, the Windsor Locks, CT, driver who returned to competition with a victory at Monadnock Speedway last week was not going to Oxford until
the cell phone rang this week. On the other end was Gary Casella, owner of the #25 modified driven by Rowan Pennink when he is not committed
elsewhere. More often this season than in the past, Pennink has had conflicting dates leaving the seat open in Casella’s car forcing the veteran car
owner to shop around for a driver for his racer.
Hinckley welcomed the opportunity and drove to a solid third place finish.
Unofficial Order Of Finish: - (1) Pasteryak (2) Ianarelli (3) Hinckley (4) Hersey (5) Lashua (6) Swanson (7) McKennedy (8) Perry (9) Wrenn (10)
Patnode (11) Nocella (12) Schneider (13) Alexander (14) Medeiros (15) Ricci (16) Meservey Jr (17) Dixon (18) Sherman (19) Willis Jr (20) Cantara
(21) Annarummo (22) Doucette (23) Haley (24) Mead
Winchester, NH. – Emotionally drained after completing a 100-lap race slowed once by a minor spin, Les Hinckley III, of Windsor Locks, CT, sat for a
brief period speaking only with series officials, before exiting his race car to a cheering crowd and well wishers.
The Windsor Locks, CT, driver had just completed his journey back to racing and won the Valenti Modified Racing Series ‘Victor Johnson 100’,
Saturday night, Aug 22, at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH.
Hinckley, cleared by doctors last month to return to racing after
missing most of the current season for required surgery, bested Todd Patnode, and Russ Hersey, both of Swanzey, NH, for the home field advantage
podium finish. Pitkat settled for fourth with Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT, rounding out the top five.
Hinckley’s victory was his 18th career VMRS win and his fifth at Monadnock.
Hinckley, who last won a series race in July of 2012, started on the pole and led the first 9-laps before Stafford Springs, CT, driver Woody Pitkat
slipped by to take over top spot. Pitkat would hold the lead until lap 51 when Hinckley took it back and was never headed.
“They cleared me to race a month ago and I didn’t want to race anywhere else. I wanted to come back here,” explained Hinckley in victory lane. “Can’
t race every week it’s just not in the plans. We could have gone to Beech Ridge or Waterford but it had to be here (Monadnock).”
Hinckley added, “Woody got by early but it looked like he was getting a bit loose. I put the pressure on him and he came back to us a little bit. The
car never went away.”
Fighting through emotion Hinckley added, “First and foremost I do want to say, this has been a tough couple of years for us. We lost my car owner
Chuck (Montville) this is still his program and it will always be his program. Nothings changed on this car. The numbers and colors the same. This one’
s for Chucky. All that my son Allen has gone through makes my health issues secondary. This is for my family.”
Runner-up finisher Patnode was pleased with second place.” The car was real good tonight. We got a little free around lap 46 so we had to conserve a
little bit and hope we had something at the end. That’s the best we had the car all year. Congrats to Les. It was good to see him come back and
Russ Hersey started 15th in the 26-car field and finished third.” We’ve been sneaking up on it a bit each week. A lot of people to thank. Ken Barry
from Spafco, Mike Pettit from Pettit engines, Greg Felton from the # 42 car has helped me design stuff for this car and we are starting to get a handle
on it. This finish with Les and Todd brought back some memories. Victor Johnson is always in our minds when we strap into these things.”
Race Notes: Sixth through tenth were: Chris Pasteryak, David Schneider, Matt Mead, Rowan Pennink, and Carl Medeiros Jr.
26 race teams entered the 11th race of the season. All 26 drivers started the race.
The race was completed in 27 minutes 08 seconds. With one caution flag displayed on lap 46 (minor spin)
Seven cars finished on the lead lap
Kirk Alexander returned to action after missing two races (surgery)
Jon McKennedy has been tabbed to drive the #42 car at Oxford as
Woody Pitkat will be competing at Riverhead Long Island, NY.
McKennedy traveled 10 hours to Monadnock from Delaware Ontario where he competed in an ISMA supermodified race Friday night.
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Hinckley (2) Patnode (3) Hersey (4) Pitkat (5) Szegedy (6) Pasteryak (7) Schneider (8) Mead (9) Pennink
(10) Medeiros (11) Willis (12) Lashua (13) McKennedy (14) Alexander (15) Wrenn (16) Kopec (17) Iannarelli (18) Dion (19) Pearl (20) Sherman (21) Bakaj
(22) Douglas (23) Holdridge (24) Doucette (25) Perry (26) Richardi
Canaan, NH. – The Valenti Modified Racing Series gets back at it Saturday night, August 22, as the Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, plays host
to the ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100’ honoring the late modified driver who lost his life in a 2011 house fire. Saturday’s race also carries additional
Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, still has the point lead entering the series final 2015 appearance at Monadnock. 28 points separate Pitkat from
(Todd) Patnode and Szegedy. Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, is 29 points from the top, with Nashua, NH, veteran Norm Wrenn fifth.
Additionally, former Monadnock winners Kirk Alexander, Jon McKennedy, Rowan Pennink, and Les Hinckley III, are expected entries.
Local favorite Russ Hersey, last years top rookie Mike Willis Jr, and
Anthony Nocella, the winner at Beech Ridge earlier this month, is expected.
This year’s event has a different twist. An additional $6100 will be added to the race payoff thanks to the efforts of Lisa Patnode, wife of driver Todd
Patnode, who organized a lap sponsorship program several weeks ago.
Patnode reached out to race fans, sponsors, race teams, drivers, media representatives, and many others and will continue to accept contributions
right up to race time. Race product certificates from various race related businesses’ will also be part of the special bonus program.
“This is a very special race to me,” explained Patnode.“Victor Johnson was a very special person. I wanted more for this race this year. I enjoy a
challenge. About 2 months ago I began getting lap sponsors. Knowing I needed to fill 100 spots was a cool challenge but I also wanted to incorporate
something else. I came up with the idea of the ‘Johnson Laps’ Barry Johnson graciously offered to sponsor it. So on every 5th lap because Victor
drove car number 5, I have chosen a position in the field that will also receive $25.”
Waterford Winner Christopher Disqualified For Fuel Violation
Pasteryak Declared Winner After Wild Finish.
Canaan, NH. -- Plainville, CT, veteran Ted Christopher passed under the checkered flag first Saturday night but Sunday morning found himself
disqualified from the race due to a rules infraction.
Christopher led the majority of the “Wings & Wheels 100” at New London-Waterford Speedbowl until a lap 93 pass by Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City,
CT, who then pulled way until a late race caution. On a green-white-checker restart, Pasteryak and Christopher hooked up in a side-by-side battle
until Christopher made an inside pass move on the last lap to go on to an apparent victory.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series, on Sunday, announced the disqualification of Ted Christopher and car # 00 from the official finish of the 100-lap
race June 8, 2015 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT.
Series founder-owner Jack Bateman noted fuel samples taken from the #00 in post race inspections were found to be in violation of the 2015 VMRS
Rulebook Section 1.15: Fuel.
Series Technical Director Bob Carrita explained the rule.” We use
Sunoco Standard Purple 110 Leaded and Sunoco Supreme Blue 112 Leaded. They are the only fuels allowed by series rule.” “The rule clearly states
blending or mixing of fuels is not allowed. His fuel color was very light and it did not pass.”
The series does do random checks on fuel but most often checks the top five finishers. The top five were checked Saturday night.
Finishing drivers in Saturdays race will be moved up one position.. Chris Pasteryak, the runner-up driver, is declared the winner.
Unoffical Order of Finish: (1) Chris Pasteryak, (2) Anthony Nocella, (3) David Schwartz, (4) Norman Wrenn, (5) Todd Szegedy (6) Woody Pitkat, (7)
Rowan Pennink, (8) Todd Patnode, (9) Matt Mead (10) Donny Lashua, (11) Mike Willis Jr, (12) Dennis Perry, (13) Kyle James (14) George Sherman, (15)
Carl Medeiros, (16) Chris Kopec (17) Jonny Kay (18) Branden Dion (20) Chris Backaj (21) Annarummo, Ted Christopher (DQ)
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