Tommy Baldwin Racing News and Notes: Sonoma

Regan Smith
No. 7 Nikko RC/Road Rippers Monster Shark Chevrolet
Sonoma Raceway
Toyota/Save Mart 350 | June 26, 2016
It’s a… SHARK! Regan Smith will be driving a shark themed Chevrolet this weekend at Sonoma Raceway as sponsors Nikko RC, Toy State and Road Rippers prepare for Shark Week. Smith and the TBR team are excited to bring a shark themed car to the track as it is a replica of the Road Rippers Mini Monster Rides – Hammer Head Shark you can find in stores across the nation. There are five Mini Monster Rides and each one is kid-powered with monstrous tires and cool sounds!
For more information on Toy State and their NASCAR sponsorship, visit the Nikko RC Racing Facebook page.
Want to know more about Toy State toys and where you can purchase them near you? Visit Toy State’s website.
Come meet Regan: On Sunday morning, Smith will be visiting the Fanatics Trackside Superstore at 9:00 a.m. He will be signing autographs and chatting with fans.
Smith on Sonoma: “I’m looking forward to heading to Sonoma for our first road course race of the season. The No. 7 Nikko RC/Road Rippers Monster Shark Chevrolet is looking pretty fierce and we are hoping for a great finish.”
Tune In: Want to watch Regan Smith and the No. 7 Nikko RC/Road Rippers Monster Shark Chevrolet in the Toyota/Save Mart 350? Race coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Coverage can also be heard on PRN affiliates and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90. The green flag is scheduled for 3:19 p.m. ET.
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Valenti Modified Racing Series 6th Annual 80-Lap Race Friday

Canaan, NH. – A tightened points race, the series reigning champion looking for that first win, Ted Christopher making his first VMRS start this season, the winner of the May race, Rowan Pennink, will try to go back-to-back, and Jon McKennedy, on a hot-streak since he started his season competing in southern events in March, has announced he plans to compete

It all adds up to what could be a great night of modified stock car racing when the Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to the Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford CT, for the second of three events there this season.

McKennedy’s win at Oxford, Maine, last weekend, brought him to within 8-points of leader Woody Pitkat, the 2015 champion, going into the sixth race of the season. McKennedy The East Chelmsford, MA, driver has two wins this season and 17 total series wins. Pitkat, with a new ride this year, would like to nail his first this year at his home track.

11-time series winner Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, is entered Friday and Keith Rocco, of Wallingford, CT, a six –time series winner, is expected.

Stafford veteran Dave Etheridge, of Portland, CT, will enter the Friday night race.

Framingham, MA veteran George Sherman, coming off a popular runner-up finish at Oxford will compete.

Colbey Fournier, of Berkley, MA, a top-five finisher at Oxford, Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, Dave Schneider, of Northport, NY, and Steve Masse, of Bellingham, MA, have indicated they intend to enter the Stafford show. Masse stated, “we’ll see,” as he has a few things to finish up on his # 13 car to hopefully make his first start of the season.

Qualifying begins at 6:15 PM .

The Racing World Mourns the Passing of Mario Fiore

All of us associated with Myracenews would like to express our deepest sympathies and prayers for strength for Mario Fiore’s family and closest friends.”
The Northeast Racing Community has lost a great soul today. Our beloved Mario Fiore left this earth and with it the pain he had been going through. In turn we as a racing community mourn, reflect, smile at the good memories and shed tears at the thought he’s no longer physically here with us.
Mario was an icon. His face will be chiseled into the Modified Owners version of Mount Rushmore. He was an extremely outspoken individual and that’s why most of us loved him. His drive. His work ethic. His commitment to moving his team forward. His loyalty to his crew. He stuck up for any of his crew and drivers. He gave full support when crew members were moving on to greener pastures and higher tiers of our sport. He took pride in it because he believed in T-E-A-M and got a thrill out of success whether it be his own or a crew member.
Go through any photo of Mario’s many victories. When enjoying them, admiring and reliving great memories, recognize where Mario is standing in most of those photos. He’s on the other side of the car and behind his team members. Why? Because through all of the money spent, made and time sacrificed to put a competitive car on any speedway grounds, Mario was the biggest fan of his team and his guys. He wanted them recognized and appreciated. His thrill came from the success of his team and watching his racing machines fly up the field on many occasions beat the best there were.
All across social media tonight people are not talking about wins or championships or even his race cars. People  are talking about the man and friend  they are going to miss, the stories he would tell and the no bullshit attitude of Mario Fiore.
Rest in peace Mario you were one of a kind and will be sorely missed.

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