VMRS 75: Today’s Race Marks First of Three Visits to the Big T
THOMPSON, CT — Rowan Pennink is off to a fast start this season. A regular competitor with the VMRS and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Pennink enters Thompson as the points leader on both circuits. With a combined 4 starts across both series, Pennink has not finished worse than 5th. He was second in Thompson’s Icebreaker and won at Monadnock last month. Pennink has won three of his last five starts on the VMRS. He also picked up his first career win at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series will run its third race of the season at Thompson International Speedway today. Pennink hopes to return to victory lane. ”We’re going to Thompson this weekend with the 25 car,” Pennink said. “Hopefully we can put together a strong run up there and come home with a top-5, hopefully a win, and we’ll go on from there.” Pennink added, “Winning races always builds momentum and I think getting a win like that we can work off that win.”
Pennink in the Casella #25 has been the driver to beat lately in Thompson VMRS competition. In eight starts, Pennink has recorded three victories, five top-5s and five top-10s. Four of his last five starts have resulted in a 1st or 2nd. The one exception came last July when Pennink led 68 of 75 laps. He finished 17th, 1 lap down, after being black flagged for leaking. ”Gary’s got his car really hooked up when we go there and Mike Pettit builds up a great motor for up there for that car. And I think the combination it just works out and it seems to always be on point up there.”
Thompson and Stafford are the only tracks a 1/2 mile or larger that the VMRS visits. This season will mark the first time that both venues host three races. ”I definitely think we have a little bit of an advantage going to places like here at Stafford and up at Thompson and a couple of the other bigger tracks and just getting the experience that I have running the Tour car (#93) … (it) puts together for a stronger effort for Gary’s car.”