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Pennink Rolls to Stafford Victory

Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, September 1,2017

The annual Stafford VMRS 80 drew a full field of potent Valenti Modified Racing Series competitors and when three heats and a consi was completed the field was set for a highly competitive event.

Dave Ethridge (Portland, CT) led from the pole for the first 58 laps until Rowan Pennink (Huntingdon Valley, PA) took over after a restart and went on to a highly contested victory. The 2013 VMRS champion took down his first MRS victory of the year and second series win at Stafford putting him 5th on the all time win list.

Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT) ran in the top five all race long and made a late race charge for the win but came up 0.608 seconds short behind Pennink on a green white checkered finish.

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Star Classic 100 Up Next for Granite State Pro Stocks

WALPOLE, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series has just three races remaining on the 2017 championship schedule and the battle for the title is heating up heading for Star Speedway this coming Friday and Saturday night.

The GSPSS will be part of the annual Star Classic weekend, which is a two-day show that also includes the International Supermodified Association (ISMA). The GSPSS will compete in a 100-lap feature event on the slightly banked asphalt oval in Epping, N.H.

PLACE: Star Speedway, Epping, N.H.

DATE: September 8th-9th, 2017

TIME: 6 p.m. on Saturday night for the Star 100

GSPSS Twitter: @GSProStocks

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Utica-Rome Speedway Changing Weekly Headline Division for 2018 and Beyond

VERNON, NY – After much discussion and deliberation the Utica-Rome Speedway is going back to the past to help improve the future. Bill and Kim Shea at the Utica-Rome have decided it’s time to make a change to the weekly headline division at the speedway for 2018 at beyond.

In conjunction with the move by John Wight at the Fulton Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway’s headline division next season will be the DIRTcar 358-Modfieds. The two facilities have a long history of sanctioning weekly racing for the small-block Modifieds and in 2018 they will return as the headline division at both facilities.

Utica-Rome Speedway was a DIRTcar 358-Modified sanctioned facility in 1986, then again from 1999 until 2004 before opening the division up for big-blocks to compete. Todd Burley holds the most wins in the DIRTcar 358-Modified division with 18 career. Stewart Friesen was the final track champion in 2004.

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Tremont Claims Eighth Devil’s Bowl Speedway Championship in Wild Stove Depot 100

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Kenny Tremont Jr. needed a good bit of luck and circumstance to help him win his eighth track championship at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, and he got both to fall his way on Labor Day.  After an early crash, the West Sand Lake, N.Y., driver dug himself out of a hole to win a wild, gloves-off finale and clinch the Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified title over Tim LaDuc.  Four other champions were also crowned at the 3/10-mile Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl: Lacey Hanson, Chris Murray, Chris Charbonneau, and Austin Chaves.

Tremont and LaDuc entered the final point-counting event just five points apart at the top of standings; LaDuc cut the lead to four points after qualifying heats.  Although they finished 1-2 in The Stove Depot 100 later in the evening, things were not easy for either driver.  While LaDuc ran strong early, Tremont’s iconic No. 115 car spent the majority of the main event playing catch-up.  Tremont crashed twice in the early going, forcing him to pit road during a caution period.  When he joined the field for the restart, Tremont was mired in 20th-place and stayed stuck in traffic for several laps.

Randy Howe and Jimmy Ryan both had very strong cars in the first half of the race being falling out; Howe led the first 33 laps, and Ryan paced the field for 16 circuits, each stretching out to substantial leads.  Adam Pierson – making just his second Devil’s Bowl start of the season – took the lead at the halfway mark.  With 64 laps complete, close-quarters racing and no shortage of contact among the lead pack opened the bottom lane momentarily, and the charging Tremont zoomed from sixth place into the lead in the blink of an eye, sending the crowd into hysterics.

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