Russ Hersey of Swanzey, NH, drove to his second win of the season Sunday afternoon when he captured the ‘Advanced Gas Distributors’ 75- lap modified race sanctioned by the Valenti Modified Racing Series. The race was part of the 34th annual Oktoberfest race program at Lee USA Speedway, Lee. NH. The win was also the second for long-time car owner Warren Mordenti.
Point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, Massachusetts’s finished runner-up, and in doing so, locked in the 2017 VMRS championship.
Westbrook, Maine, veteran Tony Ricci returned to the series this season after taking a break from modified racing and finished a strong third.
Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, Massachusetts, at age 15, made a late race charge to finish in a respectable fourth place, followed my Grantham, New Hampshire’s Mike Willis Jr.
Early race leaders Les Hinckley III, and Jeffrey Gallup, finished sixth and seventh, 17-year old Ryan Doucette an impressive eighth, Mike Douglas ninth, and Jimmy Zacharias, rounded out the top-ten.
13 of the 18 cars that started the race finished on the lead lap. The race was slowed by three caution periods for minor spins.
The VMRS wraps up the 2017 season this coming weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut with qualifying on Friday, October 13, with a 50-lap feature race on Saturday, October 14th scheduled.
Heat winners: (1) Douglas (2) Hinckley
Unofficial Order of Finish – (1) Hersey (2) Nocella (3) Ricci, (4) Rameau (5) Willis Jr (6) Hinckley (7) Gallup (8) Doucette (9) Douglas (10) Zacharias (11) Traynor (12) Lashua (13) Rock (14) Fournier (15) Richardi Jr (16) Bolton (17) Mead, (18) Talman