Category Archives: VMRS- Valenti Modified Racing Series

Pennink Holds Off Rocco To Win VMRS 80 At Stafford.

Stafford Springs CT –. Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, took the lead on lap-56 from Portland Connecticut’s Dave Etheridge, and went on to win his first race of the season in the Valenti Modified Racing Series 80-lap race at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT, Friday night. September 1.

The 2013 series champion scored his second VMRS win at Stafford, and his 11th career win moving to fifth on the all-time series win list.

Etheridge started on the pole when first heat winner Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, was forced to withdraw because of a motor problem.

The veteran driver led the main event until Pennink passed for the lead. They were the only race leaders in the 80-lap sprint.

“The guys gave me a really strong car under us tonight,” Pennink explained in victory lane. “ The last couple times we’ve been here (VMRS) we’ve had probably the same type of car we just haven’t had the luck to make it here to victory lane. Tonight we did. I’ve got to thank all the guys on the Gary Casella team and everybody that helps out. Awesome job.”

The race was slowed for the eighth time (caution flags) on lap-78 creating a green-white-checker finish. Keith Rocco, of Berlin, Connecticut, made a late race charge to finish (0.608) by Pennink.

Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, Massachusetts, fought a recurring steering pump problem throughout the afternoon practice session, started the race 17th then worked his way to the lead pack to finish third. Etheridge settled for fourth with veteran driver Jeff Malave, of Manchester, Connecticut, returning to racing after a 2-year absence because of health issues, made his first start count with a respectable fifth place finish after starting 15th in the 26-car field.

Jackson, New Jersey’s, 17-year old Blake Barney made an impressive showing in his Stafford debut mixing it up early on with the lead pack, and checkered sixth in his first VMRS start.

Donnie Lashua, Dan Meservey Jr, Matt Galko, and Mike Willis Jr, rounded out the top-ten.

Heat race winners:  (1) Ted Christopher, (2) David Schneider, (3) Rowan Pennink.

The race was slowed eight times by caution flags for minor spins or incidents.

Race Summary:

Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs Connecticut

September 1,2017

Entrants: 30

Distance: 80

Margin of Victory: 0.608

Average Speed: 40.920

Best Lap Time: 19.014 Pennink

Best Speed: 94.667   Pennink

Race Time: 59:28.469

Caution Laps: 25-30-34-55-55-55-56-78

Lap Leaders:  Etheridge (1-56) Pennink (57-80)

Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Pennink (2) K. Rocco (3) Nocella (4) Etheridge  (5) Malave (6) Barney (7) Lashua (8) Meservey Jr (9) Galko (10) Willis (11) Trayner (12) Ricci (13) Savary (14) Gernhard (15) Fournier (16) Gallup (17) Mead (18) Molleur (19) Flannery (20) Rameau (21) Masse (22) Talman, (23) Richardi (24) Schneider (25) Medeiros (26) J. Rocco

Valenti Modified Racing Series Heads To Stafford Motor Speedway Friday

Canaan, NH. — Close to 30-race teams have indicated they plan to enter the Valenti Modified Racing Series event this Friday, September 1, at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

Drivers from throughout New England will be competing in the 8th annual VMRS 80-lap race.

Series point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, will be attempting to sweep both VMRS events held at Stafford this year. He started the season in May with a victory in the series season opener. Since then, Nocella has been to victory lane three times most recently at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME. The win put 76-points again between Nocella and his closest competitor now Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, who moved ahead of Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, after the Beech Ridge race.  Gallup and Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, continue their quest for Rookie Of The Year honors. Only 34-points separate Gallup and 15-year-old Rameau with three-races remaining.

Stafford ace Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, will enter the VMRS race. Christopher has already been to victory lane this season having garnered the 100-lap event at Waterford, CT, two weeks ago. Additionally, Dave Etheridge, of Portland, CT, is expected to compete, as is Kyle James, of Ashaway, RI, who has run strong with the series this season.

Former series champion Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, is expected to compete, as is New Hampshire regulars, Mike Willis, Jr, Matt Mead, and Berkley, MA, driver Colbey Fournier.

Former PASS Modified champion Andy Shaw, of Center Conway, NH, will make his first start at Stafford coming off an impressive run at Beech Ridge, and Westbrook, ME driver, Tony Ricci, will be in the Czarnecki Brothers # 20 car after a podium finish at Beech Ridge. Troy Talman, of Oxford, MA, will compete. Already this season, Talman has a win at Lee, NH, and was runner-up last weekend at ‘The Ridge.’

An autograph session for fans will be held immediately following qualifying races that begin at 6:15 pm. The evening will be capped off by a gigantic fireworks display to usher in the Labor Day holiday weekend.

 

VMRS Gets Back At It – At Waterford’s Wings And Wheels Saturday

Canaan, NH. — After a 3-week summer break, the Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to action, Saturday, August 12, at New London-Waterford Speedbowl as part of the Connecticut tracks annual ‘Wings & Wheels” presentation of open-wheel racing. The race is the first of two events in the month of August. The second is August 19 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME.

Woburn, MA, point leader Anthony Nocella’s lead has been trimmed to 58-points with Jeffrey Gallup, Feeding Hills, MA, still holding on to second in he standings.

Canaan, NH’s veteran Donnie Lashua, and Mike Willis Jr. of Grantham, NH, are separated by one-point. Willis will be debuting a brand new Troyer Chassis modified at Saturday’s event. Willis finished fourth in last years race.

Matt Mead, of Richmond, NH, Colbey Fournier, of Berkley, MA, and Rob Richardi Jr, of Taunton, MA, are close in points in a battle for fifth.

Familiar faces with VMRS history have indicated their intent to compete.

Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, a two-time series champion, will make his first series start this season. Pasteryak has two VMRS wins at New London-Waterford.

Former series regular Max Zachem, of Preston, CT, returns driving the Ceravolo Race Team # 16 car with 4-time VMRS winner Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, also slated to compete.

Dennis Perry, Anthony Flannery, Dave Etheridge, and Geoff Gernhard are expected.

Qualifying begins at approximately 5:15 PM. VMRS heat races and the

100-lap feature is third in the running order, subject to change if needed.