2014 Waterford Blastoff winner
Thompson, Conn: Ryan Preece led a contingent of drivers to visit Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park victory lane
in the final day of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart. Preece was dominant in the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour race leading 137 of 150 laps. In NASCAR Whelen All American Series action, Charlie Rose held off Larry
Gelinas for the Late Model victory while Woody Pitkat checkered the Sunoco Modified Series feature. Other winners were Derek
Ramstrom in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Randy Cabral in NEMA action, Chris Perley in the ISMA Supermodifieds, and
Chris Turbush in the New England Truck Series.
Ryan Preece held of Rowan Pennink and Donny Lia on a late-race restart to take the win after leading the most laps
in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. This is Preece’s 11th career victory and his first in a tour car at
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Doug Coby wrapped up the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.
Woody Pitkat took the early lead over Preece, Doug Coby, and Bobby Santos, but his night came to a quick end when he got
collected in an accident involving a lapped car on lap 16. Preece, who took the lead at lap eight, continued to pace the field on
the restart at lap 22 and led until caution flew.
Preece jumped out on the restart at lap 54 with Lia moving up to second. Ron Silk took over the position from Lia at
lap 59 and set his sights on Preece, who was now ahead by ten car lengths. Caution came out on lap 69 and saw most of the
lead lap cars coming down pit road for tires and adjustments. Tommy Barrett, Jr. took over the lead for the restart, but Pennink
drove to the front when the green flag unfurled. Preece was fast approaching, however, and reclaimed the lead on lap 78.
Preece dominated out front and led without challenge until caution flew once again at lap 100 for a spin on the front
stretch. Silk joined him on the front row for the restart with Timmy Solomito and Lia third and fourth respectively. Preece used
the outside groove and drove right back out front. On lap 111, Lia made a run on Silk for the second position using the outside
groove, but slid up into the wall in turn two. Lia was relegated back to the sixth position. Caution flew on lap 116 after a battle
involving Troy Talman and Derek Ramstrom ended in the turn two wall.
Preece was as strong as usual on the restart, but his momentum was interrupted by caution on lap 122 when Solomito
spun in turn four. Preece continued his mastery of the restarts as Silk and Pennink went door-to-door for second, which was
ultimately secured by Pennink.
On lap 139, Barrett and Christopher got into it with Christopher getting into the back of Barrett twice before pulling
down pit road and behind the wall. The red flag came out to allow track crews to attend to Troy Talman, who was up against the
turn two wall.
Preece only had one more time to master the restart as a caution set up a green-white-checker finish at lap 148.
Preece took off with Lia on his bumper. Pennink dropped to third. Once out front, Preece pulled away by five car lengths over
the rest of the field and drove on to take the checkered flag in commanding fashion.
Charlie Rose held off Larry Gelinas for a hard-earned Late Model victory to kick off Sunoco World Series action
Sunday afternoon. Rose took the lead from Marc Curtis, Jr. on a restart at lap nine. The race was plagued by eight caution
periods over a 25-lap distance.
Damon Tinio was the early leader after getting by Keith Rocco on the start. Caution was quickly displayed after a few cars
tangled in turn three, but racing got underway with all the cars still in the field.
Tinio and Jeff Smith were on the front row for the restart with Smith getting a run on Tinio using the outside groove.
The field, however, would be reverted to their original positions after a spin in turn two brought the caution out once again.
Tinio and Smith drag raced into turn one on the restart and continued a two-lap door-to-door battle in which Tinio held
the advantage. Meanwhile, further back in the field Glen Boss and Eddie LeClerc tangled as they battled down the front stretch.
Boss brought his familiar No. 3 machine down pit road and then behind the wall.
Smith jumped in front of Tinio on the restart as Curtis and Rocco battled it out for the third spot. Rocco went off the
pace coming out of turn two on lap four and crawled to pit road as the race remained under green flag conditions.
A spin on the backstretch tightened the field back up for a restart with Smith holding off Tinio at the drop of the green.
Rick Gentes moved into third followed by Curtis and John Lowinski-Loh. The top-four began to pull away from the rest of the
field with Smith still in command. Tinio, however, closed in within a car length. A five-car wreck in turn three brought the race
under caution. Chad LaBastie, Stuart Wheeldon, Jared Materas, Jariah Roderick, and John Materas were all involved.
The restart got intense as Tinio and Smith battled for the lead into turn one. Tinio and Smith went high into turn two
resulting in Tinio going around in front of the field. The accident collected several cars including Gentes and Larry Gelinas.
Precipitation on the backstretch extended the caution period and allowed for Gentes’ crew to make the necessary
repairs and get him back on the track for the restart. Up front it was Curtis and Rose battling for the lead, but another wreck in
turn one slowed the race for the eighth time.
Curtis and Rose were side-by-side heading into turn one on the restart, but it was all Rose when they came out of turn
two. Gelinas maneuvered his way into the second position over Curtis and Lowinski-Loh. Smith was sixth and on the move.
Gelinas remained glued to Rose’s bumper over the next several lap. On lap 18, Gelinas looked to the bottom groove,
but couldn’t get a run on him. His efforts continued as the laps ticked off, but Rose closed the door time and time again. Curtis
closed in on Gelinas’ bumper as well making it a nail biter final lap, but Rose held them all off and took the checkered flag.
Woody Pitkat started third and avoided a multi-car wreck at the start to grab the lead on the restart before driving on
to the win in the Sunoco Modified 30-lap feature event. Ryan Preece wrapped up the championship with his finish.
“This caps off a pretty bad year that we’ve had this year. It’s always nice to finish off on a strong run and get a win,”
said Pitkat in victory lane.
An aggressive start spelled disaster for several cars at the start of the Sunoco Modified feature. Four cars were taken
off the front stretch on a hook after two cars made contact and sent one into the inside retaining wall. Many other cars were
collected in the mayhem.
Max Zachem and Woody Pitkat went side-by-side into turn one for the restart, but it was Pitkat with the advantage
coming out of turn two. Cam McDermott settled into third with pressure from Keith Rocco.
Pitkat commanded the first half of the race even as he maneuvered through lapped traffic. Rowan Pennink’s day,
however, wasn’t going as well as he got black flagged from track officials at lap 16. McDermott remained a solid contender in
second – running a mere five car lengths behind Pitkat. Zachem and Rocco rounded out the top four.
The long green flag run only helped Pitkat, who drove on to the checkered flag unchallenged after McDermott got
hung up by a lapped car in the closing laps of the race.
Derek Ramstrom’s patience paid off big dividends in the Granite State Pro Stock Series race Sunday afternoon.
Ramstrom started the race fourth and ran second to Wayne Helliwell, Jr. for most of the race. A flat tire for Helliwell five laps
before the race conclusion handed the lead and eventual win to Ramstrom.
“It’s unfortunate for Wayne. I don’t think I had anything for him, his car was phenomenal. That’s racing. We kind of
lucked out,” said Ramstrom in victory lane.
the first lap. On the restart, Helliwell never got up to speed and dropped to the bottom groove to get out of the way. Moltz
jumped out front with Derek Ramstrom and George Bessette rounding out the top-three before caution flew. The starting order
reverted back to the original order since a lap had not been complete.
Helliwell and Moltz brought the field back to green, and as he had down the two previous times, Moltz jumped to the
front. Ramstrom slid in front of Reid Lanpher for the third spot. Helliwell took the lead from Moltz on lap seven and Ramstrom
followed into second. Matt Frahm and Larry Gelinas rounded out the top-five. Once in clean air, Helliwell and Ramstrom were
able to pull away from the rest of the field.
Helliwell was not shaken by the lapped traffic he had to maneuver through while Ramstrom remained close on his
bumper. Third place driver Frahm, meanwhile, dropped back a half-a-straightaway from the leaders. Gelinas was running fourth
about ten car lengths behind third.
The field had strung out single file, but took a dramatic turn on lap 45 when Ramstrom took over the lead. Moltz had
gone off the pace, and Ramstrom was able to capitalize. Moltz headed to pit road while Ramstrom drove on to the checkered
Randy Cabral took the lead for the final time on a late-race restart in the NEMA Midget feature and drove to the
checkered flag unchallenged. Not only did he win the race, but he also locked up the series championship for 2014.
Bethany Stoehr got out to the lead on the second attempt at a start in the NEMA feature. Once out front, Bethany was
able to pull away to a commanding half a-straight-away lead over Jim Chambers. John Zych, Jr. moved into third. A stopped car
on the front stretch brought out the caution at lap three.
On the restart, Chambers jumped in front of Bethany Stoehr with Zych following in second. Randy Cabral came up
through the field and got into the mix by taking the lead, only to lose it to Zych for a lap. Cabral reclaimed the lead and pulled
away to a comfortable five car advantage on lap 10.
Cabral and Zych pulled away as the class of the field with Zych reeling him in before caution slowed the pace for the
second time. Cabral went to the lead in turn one on the restart, but Zych was there to challenge and take the lead from him on
Zych and Cabral went side-by-side into turn one on the restart, but it was Zych who came out the leader in turn two.
Bethany Stoehr brought out the caution on lap 18 putting Zych and Cabral together again for a restart. Zych went strong into
turn one in his attempt to outrace Cabral, but something went wrong and he drove into the infield grass in turn one before
having to pull onto pit road. Cabral, meanwhile, pulled ahead to a commanding lead over Cole Carter.
A brief caution period was followed by Cabral driving to the front on the restart where he opened up a lead over
Carter and Dan Cugini. Cabral never looked back and soared to the checkered flag.
Chris Perley used the last ten laps to his advantage to go from third to the lead and put himself in position to take the
checkered flag in the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified feature. It was his 72nd career win in the division. Ben Seitz locked up the
Dan Bowes took the early lead, but Jeff Locke went after the lead coming out of turn two and took over the position
before the lap was complete. Ben Seitz followed his line and moved into second and the duo pulled away from Bowes by ten car
lengths. Caution flew at lap three putting Locke and Seitz on the front row for the restart.
Locke remained out front on the restart, and again, he and Seitz pulled away from the rest of the field, who was
battling it out for position behind them. Rob Summers prevailed over Perley for the third spot while Jon McKennedy rounded out
the top five. Locke was working lapped traffic when the caution flew and tightened the field back up.
Locke led the single file restart to green with Seitz and Perley in tow. On lap 20, Perley started to challenge Seitz for
the second spot, but had to back out of it when he couldn’t get enough momentum to make a pass. Locke began working his
way through lapped traffic allowing Seitz to catch up and challenge for the lead. Locke cleared the traffic and pulled away to
hang on to the front position before caution came out at lap 29.
Seitz hooked onto Locke’s bumper when the race resumed, but caution halted his chances at a bid for the lead. Seitz
did get a run, however, on the restart using the inside groove. Locke and Seitz were side-by-side for a full circuit before Seitz
got a slight advantage on lap 32, but a caution reverted the lead back to Locke.
Locke maintained his lead on the restart with Seitz close behind. On lap 36, Seitz looked low, but had to back out of it
when he couldn’t get by. Perley got into the mix and went low to try and get by Seitz in the corner. He backed out of it on the
straightaway, but tried once again heading into turn three. Seitz then went high to challenge for the lead giving Perley a chance
to get underneath him and take over the second spot. Perley wasn’t done and went right to the lead on lap 42. Seitz followed
into second while Locke got relegated back to third. Perley went on to take the checkers.
Chris Turbush took the lead on a restart and never looked back in the New England Truck Series 20-lap feature. The
race was started Saturday night, but halted when it passed local time constraints. The green flag fell once again nearly a day
later, but the wait was well worth it for Turbush.
Bert Oullette took the lead ahead of Andy Linderman when the New England Truck Series resumed its race from
Saturday night with one lap complete. A caution slowed the pace at lap two giving Linderman a chance to drive underneath
Oullette for the lead coming out of turn two on the restart. Turbush moved into second and started to chase down the leader.
Cassie Coates spun on lap eight and brought out the third caution of the night putting Linderman on the outside front
row for the restart. Turbush, however, was the man on the move and drove to the front to take over the lead coming out of turn
two. The race got aggressive on lap nine as contact was made between three or four trucks with one of the trucks flipping
upside down before coming to a halt.
Turbush drove out front on the restart and pulled away to a ten car length advantage over Linderman. On lap 14,
Corey Coates had mechanical issues and fell off the pace as he crawled on the backstretch towards pit road. His championship
hopes were dashed at that moment as caution flew on the track.
Turbush remained out front when the race resumed, but the other championship contender – Linderman – spun on
the backstretch and was relegated to the tail end of the field. On the restart, Linderman charged to the third position as Turbush
held strong out front. In fact, Turbush had opened up a full one-second lead over Brian McElearney when he took the
checkered flag 20 hours after it first took the green flag.
Corey Hutchings made a successful late-race bid for the lead and never looked back in the closing laps of the 20-lap
Limited Sportsman feature as he drove on to the checkered flag. It was the last race of the 14-division weekend. Scott Sundeen
won the division championship.
The start of the Limited Sportsman feature didn’t fare well as Todd Dean got turned around and collected a half a
dozen other cars before they even crossed the start/finish line. Dwayne Dorr took the lead when the race restarted with Travis
Jurcik and Brent Gleason on his tail. By lap three, Dorr pulled ahead by three car lengths as Jurcik had his hands full with the
challenges of Gleason for the second spot. On lap four, Gleason got up alongside Jurcik and held a nose-length advantage at
the line. Further back in the field two cars tangled in turn four and brought out the second caution of the night.
Dorr jumped out to a significant lead on the restart over Gleason and Jurcik, but a battle quickly emerged for the
fourth place spot between Kevin Mason and Ed Puleo. Puleo just maneuvered into the fourth spot when caution flew on lap 10.
Dorr continued his strong run up front when racing resumed with Gleason closing in within a car length in second.
Corey Hutchings and Puleo were battling for the third spot, but Hutchings held him off. On lap 15, Gleason attached himself to
Dorr’s rear bumper. Hutchings also got in the mix and
Dorr jumped out front with Hutchings and Gleason running door-to-door before Hutchings settled into the second
position on Dorr’s bumper. On lap 17, Hutchings made a move for the race-lead and after a brief side-by-side battle took over
the top spot. A car spun on the frontstretch, but no caution was waved as he was able to get out of the way before the race
leaders came back around. Hutchings began to pull away from Dorr as they took the white flag lap, and he soared on
to the checkered flag.
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, Danbury, CT.
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
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
Granite State Pro Stock Series Added to Star Classic
Walpole, NH- The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has added an eleventh race to their 2014 schedule, after accepting an invitation to join the Star Classic Super Modified event held at Star
Speedway, September 6th.
The GSPSS will join the International Super Modified Association (ISMA), Strictly Stocks, Outlaws, and Roadrunners divisions at the Star Classic for 100 green flag laps. The 48th annual Star Classic is a
highlight on the International Super Modified Association schedule, as the 150 lap event has seen such historical drivers as Russ Wood, Bentley Warren, and Chris Perley .
“When Bob Webber extended the invitation to the Granite State Pro Stock Series, it was a no-brainer for us,” says GSPSS president Mike Parks. “The Star Classic is a premier stop on the ISMA schedule.
To add the GSPSS to this event is a homerun for us and for Star Speedway. It will give us a chance to put our product in front of ISMA fans, and a chance for our fans to see their product. The Webber
family have always been a stout supporter of our series since it’s inception, and we would like to offer the same support to them.”
The Star Classic will be held on September 6th at Star Speedway in Epping, NH. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, contact Mike Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit www.gspss.
net. To learn more about the International Super Modified Association, visit www.ismasupers.com.
Walpole, NH- The 2014 Granite State Pro Stock Series Champion will be crowned at the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) on October 18-19.
Dillon Moltz holds a slim 16 point lead over veteran racer Larry Gelinas after 10 of 11 events, and a 17 point lead over Matt Frahm. Moltz, driving the Brackett Mechanical/RB Performance machine, has
quietly jumped into the lead, after finishing in the top 5 in his last four races, including a win at the NH Classic at Star Speedway. “We are going into Thompson (Speedway Motorsports Park) with all guns
loaded and not holding anything back,” Moltz exclaimed. “We are going to go there doing what we've been doing all year.”
The Waterford, Connecticut driver hasn’t always performed up to his liking. A stretch of races forced Moltz to relinquish a top spot for a trip down pit road, possibly costing him a win. Even with the
adversity, Moltz and his team never gave up. Moltz posted a quote on his Facebook page recently, saying “Sometimes you have to get knocked down, to see how hard you’re willing to fight.” Moltz added
in an interview “that quote is what we've always used to pick ourselves up through the hard times this year, and it truly does show how hard you’re willing to fight for something you’re so passionate about.
There is no “quit” in our vocabulary.”
Gelinas held the points lead early in the year, after setting a blistering pace, including a win at the Gate City Classic at Hudson International Speedway. The Buxton, Maine driver suffered a few setbacks,
including a chance at a win at Star Speedway, spinning into the infield after contact with Wayne Helliwell, JR. on the last corner of the race. Gelinas has been back on track with his consistent driving style,
finishing in the top 10 in the last three races. Gelinas would need to gain 8 spots on Moltz in the feature to put the two drivers in a tie, provided the two finish in the same spots in qualifying.
The driver leading the championship standings before the last race, held at White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP), Matt Frahm, currently sits third. Frahm, the career wins leader in the series, was
involved in an incident during the Fadden General Store 100 at WMMP, taking the Hampstead, New Hampshire driver out of the race. “My mindset has definitely changed after the wreck at WMMP,
because now I realize the championship is possibly out of grasp, because of the top 3 being so close in points,” Frahm said. “We will do everything in our power to come out on top, and if not, it was still a
great season for us.” Frahm’s determination and preparation make him a threat to challenge for the 2014 championship.
The early entry list shows two standout names as who have a chance to steal a victory at the World Series at TSMP. Fresh off his pro stock DAV win at Seekonk Speedway, Derek Ramstrom will be at the
October 18-19 event. Ramstrom, who has seen time behind the wheel of a pro stock and modified race car, is on fire as of late, adding a PASS win at Beech Ridge before winning the DAV event.
Also on the entry list, Jason Boyd will pilot the Louie Mechalides prepared #47 machine. Boyd, from Edgewater, Florida, is a strong wheelman out of the late model ranks around the southeastern area of
the country, who has won at the famed New Smyrna Speedway. With Mechalides knowledge and equipment, the duo will be one to watch at the Thompson, Connecticut speedway.
Another eye-opener on the entry list is the Tiverton, Rhode Island native, Ray Parent. Parent, a regular on the ACT tour, joins the GSPSS regulars in the quest to take the top spot at the World Series.
The Amtrol Racing driver is the 2012 winner of the Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, and recently won the late model portion of the DAV at
The Granite State Pro Stock Series will wrap up it’s 2014 season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on October 18-19 at the World Series of Racing, joining 13 other divisions for a weekend
packed full of racing. For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, contact Mike Parks at email@example.com, or visit our website, www.gspss.net.