Winchester, NH — For the eighth consecutive season, the Valenti Modified Racing Series will celebrate our nations birthday at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH., with the running of the “Firecracker 100” for modified race cars.
The special holiday program, Saturday, July 2, has become a tradition in New England motorsports. A strong field of racers from throughout the Northeast is expected to enter.
The popular program, including a gigantic fireworks display, has been dominated by Monadnock Speedway track Champion Kirk Alexander, of Swanzey, NH. The three-time VMRS series champion and part-time series competitor, has won six races, including the last four-in-a-row.
Fellow Monadnock regular Jim Boniface, Winchester, NH., won the 100-lap race in 2006. Boniface and Todd Patnode, another former track champion, are expected to compete.
Series point leader Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA., takes a slim four-point lead into Saturdays race over Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., and a 10-point lead over Les Hinckley III, Windsor Locks, CT.
Defending and two-time series Champion, Jon McKennedy, of E.Chelmsford, MA., who recently moved into fifth place in the point-standings, is entered.
Louie Mechalides, Tyngsboro, MA., a four-time series winner is expected as is Madison, CT., veteran, Mike Holdridge, two-time Monadnock series winner Rob Goodenough, Swanzey, 2010 Koszela Speed Rookie of the Year Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA., and Steven Masse, Bellingham, MA.
Saturday’s 100-lap feature is a “Chase To The Race” qualifier for the prestigious “Ricky’s Race For Kids” to be contested July 16, at Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, NH.
The race benefits David’s House, in Lebanon, NH., a home away from home for families with ill or injured children receiving treatment through children’s hospital at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH
The postponed race at Stafford, CT., June 24, created a makeup date of July 29 forcing officials to trim the Stafford qualifier from the list of scheduled qualifying races. After Monadnock, one race will remain on that schedule, at Lee, NH., July 8. Double points will be awarded.
Qualifying races get underway at 5:00 PM. Additional information is available at www.monadnockspeedway.com.
Sources: John Spence, Sr./Modified Racing Series PR