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Tommy Barrett Jr. Back In Victory Lane

 

Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk,Mass.

   Driving the wheels off his Victory Lane Bar and Grill sponsored #9, Tommy Barrett Jr. of Millis MA outdistanced a potent field of modifieds on the new Modified Touring Series Saturday night (6/10).
   After drawing the outside pole position for the start of the 125 lap marathon and with only 8 laps in the record books, Barrett slid by the inside of pole sitter Todd Annarummo of Swansea MA. Keith Rocco of Berlin CT followed Barrett for second on the same lap but lost it back to Annarummo on lap 30.
   While Barrett was putting on a driving clinic at the point, behind him there was always two and sometimes three wide racing for position.
   Seven cautions calmed the action down briefly but on each restart Barrett took command; he never pitted and sped to his first MTS victory.
   A jubilant Barrett said. “It feels great, I can’t be happier enough to be back in victory lane, especially with my 4 month old son here for his first race ever. To get that win for him is special. The car was great, I caught Todd early and it was clear sailing from there, just had to hold them off on a couple of restarts. We were talking about pitting for a tire about lap 50, but I just didnt have to push the car as hard as I needed to, I was saving a little for the end if I needed to. At about lap 80 I decided to just go for it and it was the right call. My spotter kept telling me they’re beating and banging on each other behind you, and that’s just what you want to hear as the lead driver. I can’t thank my guys enough for the way they set this car up, it made my job easy.”
   Woody Pitkat of Sturbridge MA lurked in the top six early on until pitting on lap 56 for adjustments, then made his march to the front. At lap 97 Pitkat raced by Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford MA taking over 4th place, then three laps later made an aggressive move on Dylan Kopec of Palmer MA to put himself into third. With the laps winding down he caught and overpowered Eric Goodale of Riverhead NY for second, but couldn’t make up the distance between himself and Barrett.
  “We had a pretty good car when we unloaded, made a few adjustments after the heat. During the feature we pitted for more adjustments and a new tire, and after that we were just a little too snug, but we had a really good car coming up through and it was fun to have a car where you could make a few moves. I got into a couple of guys, I feel bad about that. Dylan was having a great run, I got into him and moved him out of the way. Short track racing is like that, you bounce off them, they bounce you , everbody is running just as hard as they can. It was just a great night for us, we needed it. Its great momentum for when we come back.”
   Fresh off his Stafford victory a week ago, McKennedy started from the third row and seemed to be mired in the top 5 positions until, like Pitkat, he pitted on lap 56. On the restart the charge was on for McKennedy and he methodically moved forward, picking off competitors one by one finally passing Goodale with an outside move to settle into third place behind Barrett and Pitkat on lap 121.
   “We had a pretty good car and elected to pit just after half way and put a right rear on it. Once we put a tire on it we had good drive after that but then got way too tight into the middle. I’m a little disappointed but still it was a good run with good hard fought battles. The restarts were tough, every restart I was on the outside and it would take five or six laps to get going. Overall it was a descent run, just came up a little bit short. We’ll just go on to the next race and go from there.”
   Rounding out the top five were Rowan Pennink and Eric Goodale.
   Heat winners were Eric Goodale, Jon McKennedy, Woody Pitkat
   Hard charger of the event was Jeff Gallup who picked up seven positions to finish 11th.
Summary
Track-Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk,Ma.  1/3 mile
Event- MTS 125
Margin of Victory-2.913 sec.
Best Lap Time-12.629
Best Lap By- #9-Tommy Barrett Jr.
Unofficial Finish
1—9-Tommy Barrett Jr.
2—52-Woody Pitkat
3—29-Jon McKennedy
4—25-Rowan Pennink
5—58-Eric Goodale
6—21-Les Hinckley
7—43-Kirk Alexander
8—12-Todd Annarummo
9—57-Keith Rocco
10–M6-Dylan Kopec
11–4-Jeff Gallup
12–50- Carl Mederios Jr.
13–15ct-Chris Pasteryak
14–6ma-Sammy Rameau
15–13-Steve Masse
16–72-Ryan Kuhn
17–55-Joe Doucette
18–35-Andrew MOlleur
19–0-Larry Barnett
20–04-Brandon Dion
21–99-Richard Savary
22–25ct-Matt Galko
23–15nh-TJ Bleau
24–48-Jon Kay
 Next Event– Riverhead Raceway, Riverhead NY June 17th
Story by Jim Snape
Photos by Crystal Snape

McKennedy Claims MTS Victory

Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, Ct.

   Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA came back from a heat race parts failure to best a field of 20 MTS modifieds in the inaugural Modified Touring Series 125 at the Stafford Motor Speedway.
   On the redraw of starting position for the top ten heat finishers Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT drew a fifth place starting spot but moved quickly to the front by lap 6 and looked to be on his way to his third MTS victory while McKennedy shot through the field finding himself trailing only Preece and Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon, CT until the mandatory pit stop on lap 40. Officials mandated fuel only on the stop.
   By lap 84 McKennedy found the power to get by Pasteryak and the duel was on between Preece and McKennedy. Preece shut the door lap after lap until with a handful of circuits to go, McKennedy made the pass pay off and held Preece at bay for the final 2 laps to claim the MTS hardware.
   “We had a great car tonight, we came from the back twice, probably passed about 40 cars. Ryan was tough there at the end, with about 30 laps to go we were nose to tail, I could see him starting to get free, it was tricky. I was trying to time it right off turn 2 to get a big run into 3 , it all worked out with a nice clean pass. Big thanks to my crew. We had an A frame break in the heat race, we ended up rebuilding the whole front end and that put us behind plus we had to start 19th. Its great to be here at Stafford with a win”.
   Preece led a majority of the feature but couldn’t hold off the hard charging McKennedy and had to settle from the runner up position.
   “Really happy with the car. Something seemed to break at lap 80 or so and I just started cranking rear break in. I’m curious to find out what happened to the car, but we’re differently happy, we had a really good car tonight and Jon did too, it was a fight on 4 wheel drive there at the end. We’re going to go through the car to see what happened”.
  Starting 10th the smooth driving style of Chris Pasteryak had him in 5th place by lap 5, second by lap 25 and leading on lap 78 but just didn’t have enough to keep McKennedy and Preece from getting by him and finished third on the podium.
   “I’m sure it was an exciting pass for the lead, I just wasnt close enough to see it. They (McKennedy & Preece) were in another zip code, but we got some ideas for next time and will work on it, and come back a little bit stronger. We weren’t close but were better than everyone else…except Jon and Ryan.
   Eric Goodale and Ryan Preece were heat winners.
Summary.
Margin of Victory—0.618
Best lap Time—19.147
Best Speed—94.010
Best Lap by—6-Ryan Preece
Total Time—1:23:12.546
Unofficial Finish
1—29-Jon McKennedy
2—6-Ryan Preece
3—15ct-Chris Pasteryak
4—99-Richard Savary
5—57-Keith Rocco
6—52-Woody Pitkat
7—0-Mike Holdridge
8—M6-Dylan Kopec
9—21-Les Hinckley
10–00-Ted Christopher
11–4-Jeff Gallup
12–35-Andrew Molleur
13–58-Eric Goodale
14–15nh-T.J.Bleau
15–25-Rowan Pennink
16–50-Carl Medieros Jr.
17–43-Kirk Alexander
18–69-Carlos Gray
19–9-Tommy Barrett Jr.
20–6ma.-Sam Rameau
Next Event-Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk,Mass. June 10th
by Jim Snape
Photos by Crystal Snape​

Preece clean sweeps MTS opener

Monadnock Speedway. Winchester,N.H.

   Ryan Preece driving the TS Haulers, Ed Partridge owned #6 scored the first victory on the MTS schudle for 2017 on Saturday 4/22. It only took 14 laps for Preece to come from his fifth place starting position and overhaul race leader Richard Savary. From that point on Preece set a blistering pace  running all 125 laps without a caution flag.
   “My car was good tonight , maybe too good at first. At about lap 80 I had to slow my pace to cool the right rear tire. My only concern was about Jon (McKennedy) he has a great car and knows how to set it up”.
   Jon Mckennedy turned in his usual outstanding performance driving the Exit Reality sponsored #29 to a second place finish. He glued himself to Preeces rear bumper but just never had enough to get by him.

   “It was a decent run, we ended up second but got beat by that spect motor again, its a hundred pounds lighter, handles better and better on tire wear. At 80 laps we were just as good as them but as the race progressed it was hard to keep up so we got a second place finish. The American Racer (tire) doesnt have the grip like a Hoosier but they last a lot longer and seem to repeat a lot better, overall they’re a good tire”.

   Rowan Pennink and team had to rebuild the front end of their car after a heat race crash and that hard work paid off. Pennink came from his third row starting position to take down the final podium finish. He put pressure on McKennedy all race long but had to settle with a third place finish at the end of the 125 grind.
   Chris Pasteryak came from deep in the pack and had a hard fought battle with Savary settling with a forth place finish. Pole sitter and early race leader Savary brought his brand new mount home in fifth.
Summary
Date-April 22, 2017
Track- Monadnock Speedway, Winchester,N.H.
Race- O’Reilly Auto Spring Dash
Time of Race- 27:45.783
Margin of Victory- 1.059
Best lap time- 12.892
Best Speed- 69.811
Best Lap By- 6-Ryan Preece
Finish
1—6-Ryan Preece
2—29-Jon McKennedy
3—25-Rowan Pennink
4—15ct-Chris Pasteryak
5—99-Richard Savary
6—52-Woody Pitkat
7—21-Les Hinckley
8—9-Tommy Barrett
9—58-Eric Goodale
10-43-Kirk Alexander
11-12-Todd Annarummo
12-M6-Dylan Kopec
13-15nh-TJ Bleau
14-0-Mike Holdridge
15-77-Matt Mead
16-4-Jeff Gallop
17-58ny-Sal Accardi Jr.
18-13ma-Steve Masse
19-Andrew Molleur
Next Race Event- May 6 New London Waterford Speedbowl-125 Laps
by James Snape
photos by Crystal Snape​