Stafford Springs, CT — Being a rookie in any sport, whether it be baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, or auto racing, can be a trying time as there are adjustments to make and nuances to pick up. Such is the case for SK Modified® rookie John Montesanto at Stafford Motor Speedway this season. Montesanto made the move up the ranks from the SK Light Modified division to the SK Modified® division and has found the road to success to be a bit bumpy in first several races of the 2010 season. But things seem to be headed in the right direction for Montesanto and his #43 J.M. Montesanto Autobody / Dairy Queen team as they finished 7th after starting 23rd in last Friday night’s SK Modified® feature event for their first ever top-10 finish.
“We finally got a decent finish,” said Montesanto. “It’s been a tough start to the season so far for us with mechanical problems and crashes. One of our goals coming into the season was to get a top-10 finish, and now that we have that, it would be really great if we could get into the top-5, but a top-5 finish in the SK Modified® division at Stafford is going to be tough to do.”
Montesanto enjoyed a great deal of success in the SK Light Modified division last season, scoring a victory along with 2 second and 2 third place finishes, which helped him to a 5th place finish in the points standings. But the move up the Stafford ladder to the SK Modified® division has brought a new car and new competition for Montesanto.