Claremont, NH — Even Nostradamus would not have laid odds on this one. Jeanne Dixon.?” No way, she’d stick with world event predictions. Both are famous for their prognostications and likely would have uttered the phrase, “Who would have thunk it?” That question rings true thanks to what Mother Nature has created.
The just concluded weekend, complete with heavy rains and tropical storm Kyle grabbing headlines has forced the unimaginable. Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH., five years after the formation of the True Value Modified Racing Series, possibly hosting the deciding race for the series 2008 championship, Sunday, Oct 26. To steal a line from Red Sox broadcaster Joe Castiglione, “Can you believe it”?
The series returning to the historic New Hampshire speed plant has created huge curiosity. Add the fact the race is honoring one of Twin State’s finest competitors, the late Ricky Miller, throw in a popular fundraiser for one of auto racings favorite charities, Victory Junction Gang, add the potential for the championship to be decided at the re-scheduled closer, the new date creates an interesting twist to an event fans and competitors are anxiously looking forward too.
“Stranger things have happened.” said John Hoyt, series director of operations. “What a way to end the season if it goes down to the finale at Twin State.” He continued, “That race is a homecoming for many of us. To have it end there certainly was not planned but it adds a little something extra to what is going to be a special day.”
Three races remain on the 2008 schedule and three drivers are battling it out for the championship. Chris Pasteryak takes an 11 point lead (533) into Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH., Oct 4th, 5th, at that tracks annual Oktoberfest weekend. Defending and three-time champion Kirk Alexander is second, (522) but only four points ahead of Mike Holdridge. (518) 2006 champion Dwight Jarvis is fourth (482) and David Pinkham fifth. (428)
“One’s been there and two are looking to nail their first,” said Hoyt. “It speaks volumes to the kind of season we have had. Car counts were off mid-season but we still have had quality races. It’s a tribute to our competitors that have delivered another outstanding season. No one has dominated. Granted Kirk has five wins but we have eight different winners with three races remaining.”
In the Koszela Speed Rookie of the Year point chase, Kenny White. Jr. leads Joe Doucette 307 to 297 heading into Lee this weekend. Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA., will host the series on Oct 11, 12 for the annual D.A.V Festival of Racing.
Sources: John Spence, Sr./TVMRS PR