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Jonathan McKennedy Awarded “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” at Northeast Motorsports Expo

Augusta, Maine – At this past weekend’s 29th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, open wheel Modified standout Jonathan McKennedy was awarded the “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year”.

Sponsored by Mainely Motorsports Television, (MainelymotorsportsTV.com) and its popular Host Steve Perry, the honor is a tell-tale of top-Series driver results from the past season.

Host Steve Perry explained, “The Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” is a comparison of best season to best season of all our top New England drivers from ACT, MRS, NASCAR, and PASS competition.

“During the 2016 season,” continued Perry, “this driver stood out above all the rest.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Rules Meeting Report

Sunday, January 8 the VMRS held its annual meeting at the Stafford Motor Speedway clubhouse. The turnout of modified teams heard M.R.S. founder and president Jack Bateman discuss the 2017 racing schedule and ground rules for the upcoming season. There are no rule changes for the division and spec motors were unanimously voted out by the owners/drivers in attendance

Traction control was another topic being discussed and the decision was to not allow any form of traction control. Any team found running the device will be disqualified for the entire season.

Bobby Summers of Hoosier Tire was on hand to answer questions and announce prices will not increase from last year. Also in attendance was a member from the SK division that normally competes at the Stafford Motor Speedway and New London/Waterford Speedbowl. Some SK teams are interested in running selected events with the VMRS and would like to have a set of rules adopted so they can compete competitively with the MRS teams. Such rules may be fourth coming shortly.

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Williams Expanding Schedule in 2017

An impressive outing for Ronnie Williams in last year’s Sunoco World Series will bring a new opportunity. The reigning Sunoco Modified Rookie of the Year will be driving for John Jensen this season in the Sunoco Modifieds at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and Tour-Type Modifieds.

Williams will enter the 9 Connecticut races for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and the Modified Touring Series. The VMRS has 5 races at New London-Waterford, Stafford, and Thompson. The MTS visits New London-Waterford and Stafford 4 times.

“I think it’s easier on all of us and it will fit in our schedule easier,” Williams said.

Williams finished sixth in his first Valenti Modified Racing Series race driving for Jensen. Jensen’s No. 79 uses T/A Engines.

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Lee USA Schedule Announced

Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH released its schedule for this season. Division special races are to be announced.

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Major Short Track Racing Event is Announced for New Hampshire Motor Speedway New England Short Track Showdown will Feature VMRS, GSPSS, NEMST and Street Stock Open

2017 will bring a major racing weekend to the New England region as the inaugural New England Short Track Showdown has been scheduled to take place on the one-mile oval track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st.

The event is designed to showcase four popular classes of grassroots racing that can be found at dozens of tracks throughout the Northeast on any given summer weekend.  The race lineup will consist of 50-lap feature races for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and Granite State Pro Stock Series along with 30-lap events for the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour and open competition Street Stocks.

Weekly racers from various tracks, and tours, are encouraged to enter the events with their Tour-type Modifieds, Super Late Models, Four Cylinder Mini Stocks or V-8 Street Stock/Strictly Stock race cars. The mini stock and street stock portions will feature a $1000 to win and $75 to start payout as well as lap leader bonus money available from sponsors. NEMST rules will dictate the mini stock division and a full open competition style rule book will be released before January 10 for the street stock portion of the event.

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2017 VMRS Schedule Announced

2017 Schedule
Events
Jan. 21st & 22nd, 2017 Auto Parts Swap N’ Sell W. Springfield, MA
Feb. 3rd & 4th, 2017 Racer’s Expo & Annual Series Mtg. Marlboro, MA
Mar. 10th – 12th, 2017 Frank Maratta’s Auto & Race-A-Rama W. Springfield, MA

Races
May 19, 2017 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford Springs, CT
May 27, 2017 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
June 17, 2017 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
June 24, 2017 New London – Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT
June 30 – July 1, 2017 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, NH New England Short Track Showdown Weekend
July 7, 2017 Claremont Speedway Claremont, NH
July 21, 2017 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
August 12, 2017 New London Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT
August 19, 2017 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Scarborough, ME
September 1, 2017 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford Springs, CT
October 7th & 8th, 2017 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
October 13th & 14th, 2017 Thompson Motorsports Park Thompson, CT
December 2, 2017 ** 2017 Championship Banquet ** Manchester, NH
Schedule Is Subject To Change
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Stafford Speedway’s 2017 Early Buy Season Tickets Offer Big Savings

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway 2017 season ticket packages are now available. Time is running out to take advantage of the early buy discount on Paddock, General Admission, Kids Fast Pass, and Reserved Seat passes.  All season ticket packages offer great overall savings compared to purchasing day of event tickets for each of the 22 scheduled race events.  Season pass savings are the biggest if purchased before the December 15thearly buy deadline.

The 2017 Season Paddock Pass is available for $420 if purchased on or before December 15th and offers a 50% savings compared to purchasing a day of show ticket for each event.  After December 15th, the Paddock Pass prices increase to $470.  During the 2016 race teams that utilized the Season Paddock Pass saved over $335.  Season Paddock Passes allow access to the paddock area as well as the general admission seating grandstands and are available with reserved seat upgrade for an additional $50.

General Admission Season Tickets are priced at $300 for the 2017 season if purchased on or before December 15th, a savings of 45%.  After the Early Buy discount ends December 15th, General Admission Season ticket prices increase to $320.  An alternative to General Admission seating is Reserved Seat Season Ticket.  If purchased on or before December 15thReserved Season tickets are priced at $350, a savings of 40%.  After December 15th, the Reserved Seat Season Ticket increases to $380.  The Kids Fast Pass option for kids age 6 to 14 is priced at $60 before December 15th, a 46% savings.  After December 15th, the Kids Fast Pass increases to $65.  All season ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces 2017 Schedule

Thompson, CT (December 5, 2016) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park today announced dates for the 2017 racing schedule, celebrating its 77th season on the high-banked oval.  The 2017 seven event NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) schedule is highlighted by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

“This year’s schedule balances our commitment to tradition and innovation,” states Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.  “The 2017 schedule preserves fan favorites while introducing unique and creative events and promotions.”

The speedway will continue to showcase Sunoco Modifieds, which will compete in eight points-counting races supported by the Late Models, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks, who will all have seven points-counting races. The Lite Modified Division will race in five of the seven events, but will not race under the NWAAS sanction.

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East Coast Travels and Race Shop Dedication Gain Jonathan McKennedy Record Season

New Britain, Connecticut – Competing from the Carolinas to Maine and against much of the east’s asphalt Modified stars, Jonathan McKennedy drove to a record 11 wins in 2016.

Driving his family’s #29 Modified, sponsored by EXIT Realty and Christopher’s Towing, McKennedy grabbed 9 wins in Valenti Modified Race Series action; allowing him to cruise to a dominant point’s title; his 4th in eight seasons.

McKennedy also won 2 races in PASS Southern Modified competition with one each coming at Ace Speedway and the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.
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VMRS Champion McKennedy to be Feted Saturay Night

Canaan, NH. — Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, MA, will be crowned champion Saturday night, November 19, when the Valenti Modified Racing Series holds it’s 13th annual banquet at the Yard Restaurant, in Manchester, NH.

Driving his family’s #29 Modified EXIT Realty / Christopher’s Towing Chevrolet, McKennedy grabbed 9 wins in VMRS action; allowing him to cruise to a dominant point’s title; his fourth in eight seasons.

Though the season was great for the Bay State racer, he’s come close to equaling its success before. In 2009 he put together a season that captured plenty of attention.
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Stafford Speedway Releases 2017 Event Schedule

Stafford Springs, CT — With just over 5 months until the 2017 season kicks off at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, Stafford Speedway is proud to announce the 22 event 2017 schedule.

“We are excited about the 2017 season, we have our marquee events and have added 4 new shows to the schedule,” explained Stafford COO/GM Mark Arute.  “Stafford’s key focus remains to have a strong weekly program for the fans and race teams, we believe that is the backbone of short track racing.”

The 2017 race season will begin at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Weekend, April 29th & 30th.  Doug Coby, the 2016 Whelen Modified Tour Champion, will look to defend his crown in the Whelen Modified Tour NAPA Spring Sizzler 200.  The two-day event is highlighted by the NAPA Auto Parts Pit Party where fans have the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers prior to racing on Sunday.

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Goodie Motorsports Hires Pitkat

Woody Pitkat will return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time in 2017 driving for Goodie Motorsports. The team runs a Robert Yates spec engine and SPAFCO Chassis.

“Jeffrey (Goodale) called me asked what my plans for next year,” Pitkat said. “(He) said he couldn’t commit 100 percent next year so was wondering if I was interested in driving the car full season for him.”

The Stafford Springs, CT native ran a partial schedule fo Kevin Stuart this year with 1 top five and 7 top 10s in 13 starts.

“(It) means a lot, tough to find full-time tour team these days so to get a great opportunity like this to give a great team an opportunity to win races and hopefully contend for a championship one year. It’s just an honor and I’m so grateful to Jeff and the Goodies team picked me to drive for them.”

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Lee USA Speedway 10/23/16 Race Report

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway closed out the 2016 racing season with the running of 13 feature events which had been postponed at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed” two weeks earlier, and it was Chelmsford, MA Modified ace Jon McKennedy who was clearly the star of the day.

With twin 50-lap feature events on tap for the Valenti Modified Racing Series, McKennedy was in the proverbial driver’s seat, and he capped off his 2016 championship run with dominating wins in both ends of the twinbill to cement his fourth career series championship title.

McKennedy wasn’t the only driver to double up during Oktoberfest 2016, though it took Hudson, NH Super Late Model standout Derek Griffith a couple of weeks longer to score his two wins. Griffith had won the opening Oktoberfest Super Late Model 50-lapper on Saturday night, October 8, but when rain washed out Sunday action, he had to wait two weeks for the re-schedule to complete his sweep.

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McKennedy Hits the Double at Lee VMRS Finale

Lee, NH. – 2016 Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion Jon McKennedy closed out the season Sunday afternoon sweeping both ends of the twin 50-lap features races at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway.  The tracks annual ‘Oktoberfest’ was completed Sunday after being postponed by rain two weeks ago.

18-cars returned to Lee from an original field of 26 on October 8.

In the first segment, McKennedy bested David Schneider, of Northport, NY, Andy Seuss, of Hampstead, NH, Geoff Gerhard, of Bozrah, CT, and West Swanzey, NH, veteran Russ Hersey.

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McKennedy Wraps Up Fourth Championship Season at Lee Sunday

Canaan, NH. – Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, Massachusetts, will ride a championship wave into New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway Sunday, October 23, to put the final touch on an incredible season as the Valenti Modified Racing Series closes out the 2016 campaign.

McKennedy, driving the # 29 Exit Realty, Christopher’s Towing, L. H. Wheeler Chevrolet, will be looking to sweep both ends of the scheduled twin-50-lap feature races, part of the annual Oktoberfest event that was postponed by rain two weeks ago.

The 29-year old driver becomes the series all-time championship leader with four titles surpassing Kirk Alexander. McKennedy also moved into second place on the all-time series win list with 22 victories. Alexander leads that category with 31 wins.

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Burroughs Caps Off First Thompson Season with Mini Stock Title

(THOMPSON, CT) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park held night two of its Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing , presented by Xtra Mart, on Saturday, October 15th, crowning several more champions as some of the greatest racers in New England and beyond turned out for an afternoon full of non-stop on track action.

One of the highlight events of the night was the conclusion of the Thompson Mini Stock season with Wayne Burroughs, Jr. making a push towards his first Thompson track title in the series, outracing reining champion Dave Trudeau all season long despite the defending champs early success. Trudeau won the first three races of 2016 at the Big-T, but ran into a string of bad luck that all started on the same night that Burroughs claimed his first Thompson win after Trudeau was wrecked out of the lead in a battle with Brad Caddick. Caddick sat third in the points coming into the final race of the season.

From that moment a series of on-track incidents and equipment failures continued to plague Trudeau while Burroughs wracked up two more wins and secured a 36-point lead on Trudeau coming into the World Series. Burroughs would hold on to the points lead in the final 15-lap feature with a third place finish to claim his first Thompson title in his first season racing the Mini Stocks at the speedway.

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Fans Invited to Take Part in the Festivities at the 54 Annual Sunoco World Series

THOMPSON, CT — Although eighteen thrilling divisions of racing are sure to keep fans busy at the upcoming Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will also be offering a variety of activities to entertain fans throughout the three-day event, October 14-16.

On Friday afternoon, fans are invited to come cheer on their favorite team as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour haulers line-up to parade into the track. The parade will leave from the Kmart on Route 44 in Putnam, CT at 3:30PM on Friday, travel north on Route 21 to Route 193, and will come through the center of Thompson to arrive at the track around 3:45PM.

A lull in activity on Sunday morning will also be the perfect time for fans of all ages to jump on the TSMP Hay Ride for a tour around the paddock area. Hay Rides will be offered to fans from 10:00 AM until 11:15 AM, leaving every 20 minutes from the main ticket booth. The Hay Rides will provide a tour around the paddock area and road course and will be hosted by a few special guest drivers.

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Lee Oktoberfest this Weekend for Valenti Modified Racing Series

Canaan, NH. — Four former ‘Oktoberfest’ winners and three former Valenti Modified Racing Series champions are expected entries for this weekend’s big 15-division three-day race program at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway Two of the former series champions visited Lee’s victory lane in July.

This weekend’s appearance by the VMRS (October 8, 9) at the popular season-ending race program will be the 12th for the New England touring division.

Former winners Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT, (2006), Andy Seuss, of Hampstead, NH, (2007), Jon McKennedy, of Chelmsford, MA, (2008), and Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, (2014), will make the trek to Lee. Hinckley is also the defending Oktoberfest champion.

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Chris Pasteryak Looking to Get Season Back on Track in VMRS 80 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For Lisbon native Chris Pasteryak, the difference between his 2015 and 2016 seasons on the Valenti Modified Racing Series has been a stark contrast.  At this time last season, Pasteryak was in the midst of an 8 race stretch that saw him win 5 times which had him in contention for the championship along with Woody Pitkat.  Pasteryak is currently winless this season and he sits third in the points standings.  Pasteryak is the defending champion of the VMRS 80 and he would like nothing more than another win to jump start the 2016 campaign with his #15 Ballard Mack Sales & Leasing / Dawley’s Collision & Custom team.

“A win would be big for us to get some momentum for the last couple of races in the fall,” said Pasteryak.  “Seeing as we’ve been struggling a little bit, it would be nice to get back on the right path.  We haven’t been having a bad year, but we haven’t had a good year either.  Last year was just so good that anything, by comparison, would seem like we’re off a little bit.  We ended up fifth last time at Stafford so we were pretty good.  I think we have a pretty good notebook for Stafford this time of year and I always seem to run pretty well at Stafford in the fall.  I feel good about our chances and hopefully, we can have a trouble-free night and not have to chase anything with the car.”

In order to drive his #15 machine to NAPA Victory Lane, Pasteryak and the rest of the VMRS field will have to devise a strategy of how to best manage their tires between the 10-lap heat races and the 80-lap feature.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Kicks Off Holiday Weekend at Stafford

Canaan, NH — With two race dates on the calendar in September, and two remaining in October, the Valenti Modified Racing Series kicks off this month
at the famed Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, Friday night, September 2, the third and final appearance in 2016.

Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, and Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, has visited the Stafford/VMRS winner’s circle this season.

As of Tuesday, close to 25 other drivers would like to lay claim to a win at the Connecticut half-mile. The VMRS 80-lap race will give them the opportunity.
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Patnode Scores On Home Turf Winning Victor Johnson Memorial 100

Winchester, NH. — Veteran New Hampshire racer Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, rolled to his first series win of the year, and his second Swanzey Oil sponsored ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100’ victory in three years, as the Valenti Modified Racing Series closed out three race dates at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, before a large crowd Saturday night. August 20.

Speedway management held a ceremony remembering the late Hall of Fame car owner Mario Fiore prior to the race program. Fiore passed away in June.

Patnode chased early race leader Russ Hersey, also of Swanzey, before taking the lead on lap-71 taking and capturing his first VMRS victory since August 24,2013.
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Monadnock Hosting VMRS / Victor Johnson Memorial 100 Saturday

Canaan, NH. — The Valenti Modified Racing Series and Monadnock Speedway remembers one of its own Saturday night, August 20, with the running of the annual ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100,’ in honor of the former modified racer who lost his life in a house fire five years ago.

The race, the third of three at Monadnock this season and sponsored by Swanzey Oil, of West Swanzey, NH, marks the final appearance of the year for the VMRS at the Winchester, NH, oval.

Top point men Jon McKennedy, Mike Willis Jr, Chris Pasteryak, Todd Patnode, and David Schneider, in that order, are expected entries.
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McKennedy Wins Wild Wings and Wheels VMRS Race

Waterford, CT – Valenti Modified Racing Series hot-shoe Jon McKennedy, despite slapping the wall during a lap-32 pileup, notched his fifth win of the season Saturday night, August 6, at the annual Wings & Wheels event at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT.
The 100-lap event was part of the speedways annual ‘Open Wheel’ special.

McKennedy started sixth in a 29-car field, took the lead on lap-72, and went to his third victory at the famed Connecticut speedway. The win strengthened the East Chelmsford, Massachusetts’ drivers point lead, and moved him to second on the all-time VMRS win list with 20 victories. Kirk Alexander is the all-time series winner with 31 visits to victory lane.

Pole-sitter Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, led the first 32-laps when the race had to be stopped for a 17-car pileup resulting in an almost 15-minute delay while speedway personnel cleared the track of debris and damaged race cars.
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McKennedy Leads Wings and Wheels Winners at New London-Waterford

WATERFORD – Jon McKennedy held off Richard Savary to win the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing feature in the main event of Saturday’s Wings & Wheels program at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series was part of seven feature card at the track Saturday. Tyler Chadwick topped the field in the 35-lap SK Modified feature. Cory DiMatteo was the winner of the SK Light Modified feature. John Zych Jr. won the 25-lap NEMA Midget feature. PJ Stergios was the winner in the NEMA Lite feature. Geoffrey Sutton won the 25-lap ATQMRA Three-Quarter Midget feature.

It was the third career Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at the Speedbowl for McKennedy, of Chelmsford, Mass. who also had wins in 2010 and 2012 at the track.
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Lee USA Speedway 7/22/16 Race Report

Lee, NH – The Valenti Modified Racing Series rolled into town for the first of two 2016 appearances at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed” on Friday night, with Jon McKennedy of E. Chelmsford, MA and Chris Pasteryak of Preston, CT taking down the wins in the twin 50-lap feature events.

McKennedy took the checkers ahead of Todd Patnode, Richard Savary, Mike Willis, Jr., Anthony Nocella, Dave Schneider, Geoff Gernhard, Donnie Lashua, Todd Szegedy, and Rob Richardi, Jr. in the first 50, while Pasteryak beat McKennedy, Nocella, Jeff Gallup, Savary, Schneider, Matt Mead, Patnode, Richardi, and Russ Hersey in the nightcap.

In the regular weekly NASCAR Whelen All American Series feature events, second-year, second-generation Supermodified driver Mike Keddy of Raymond was the star of the night in the EKeys4cars Supermodifieds, taking down his first career feature win the 30-lap main event.
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McKennedy Wins at Monadnock On Last Lap Pass

Winchester, NH. — It was a perfect lead-in to the tracks annual fireworks presentation. The final 9-laps were explosive as drivers made their last run at a strong finish. Chris Pasteryak dove under David Schneider to fifth, Todd Patnode, dove under Steve Masse for a podium finish, but it was the battle for the win that was the grand finale.

Russ Hersey, of Swanzey, NH, dominated the annual Valenti Modified Racing Series ‘Firecracker 100’ at his home track taking the lead on lap-21 and holding it until a last lap showdown with Jon McKennedy, of E.Chelmsford, MA, before a large crowd at Monadnock Speedway Saturday night July 2.

McKennedy, a former ‘Firecracker 100’ winner, used the closing laps to size up the task of passing for the win as he chased Hersey. On lap 99, McKennedy went high into turn one, exited turn two on the bottom, drag raced Hersey down the back stretch, dove under the leader in turn three, again drag raced Hersey off turn four to win by a half-car length his third VMRS race of the season and pad his point lead in the series point standings.
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VMRS to Celebrate Holiday Weekend at Monadnock Speedway

Canaan, NH. – A 13-year tradition continues Saturday, July 2, when the Valenti Modified Racing Series heads to Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, for the running of the annual ‘Firecracker 100’, an annual presentation by the speedway to coincide with the tracks Independence Day celebration and fireworks display.

The role has reversed with Jon McKennedy, of E. Chelmsford, MA, now leading reigning champion Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, by 18-points after last week’s runner-up finish for the McKennedy team at Stafford.

McKennedy is a three-time series champion. Both are expected.
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Ted Christopher Puts the Brady Bunch in Stafford Winner’s Circle

Stafford Springs, CT. – Plainville, Connecticut’s Ted Christopher led the opening 15-laps, saw four other drivers take the point, and then diced with a red hot Jon McKennedy, of E Chelmsford, MA. in the late stages, to win the 80-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event Friday night, June 24, at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT.

Christopher wheeled the famed Brady Bunch # 00, the modified race car of Hall of Fame member Joe Brady who tragically lost his life last winter, the result of an automobile-pedestrian accident.

Christopher was competing with the (VMRS) for the first time this season. Friday’s race was his fourth career series win. His last series victory was August 9, 2014., at New London – Waterford Speedbowl.
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Nocella, McKennedy Share Top Honors at Oxford

Oxford, ME. — Two Massachusetts racers shared top honors Saturday night, June 18, when Anthony Nocella of Woburn, and Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, each captured wins in the Valenti Modified Racing Series twin 50-lap feature races at Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, ME.

In the first 50-lap go, Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, started on the pole and led the opening 9-laps when Dan Meservey Jr, of Chatham, MA.  took command until lap 19.

Northport, NY’s David Schneider then grabbed the lead and held it through the 34th circuit when suddenly Nocella, in the family owned #92, took over the lead and held on through lap- 50 to win his second consecutive race and 4th VMRS career win.

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Pasteryak Hopes to Repeat at Oxford with Twin-50’s On Tap

Canaan, NH. – The last time Chris Pasteryak raced at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, he drove around the famed oval like he owned the place dominating the 100-lap modified race. The second generation driver would like to pick up where he left off last August, and notch his second win of the season when the Valenti Modified Racing Series heads to Oxford Saturday night, June 18.

This time it’s twin 50-lap races, a popular concept with fans and drivers alike.

The race, the fifth of the year for the VMRS, will be the first of two events for the series at the historic Maine racetrack, the second scheduled in August, on Oxford 250 weekend.
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