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Points Races Heating Up In Valenti Modified Racing Series / Stafford Next

Canaan, NH. –    It’s that time of year. School bells ringing, five races remain on the Valenti Modified Racing Series schedule. Labor Day weekend and Stafford Springs Motor Speedway. The point’s battles are shaping up for the fall season run but first things first. The annual ‘Lincoln Tech 80’ happens this Friday, August 31, at Stafford and it looks like the classroom could be full.

Close to 30-cars are expected to compete in the annual event. The roster is filled with top names in modified racing.  Drivers from throughout New England are expected to compete. A point’s battle, as in the last few seasons, has tightened for the championship.

Sammy Rameau, the 16-year old driver from Westminster, MA, has worked his way into second place in the standings and is 18-points behind current leader and reigning champion- Anthony Nocella, of Woburn MA.

The battle for third heading to Stafford finds Grantham, New Hampshire’s Mike Willis Jr. and Bellingham, MA, driver Woody Pitkat, the 2015 series champion, are a point apart.

Richard Savary, rookie Cameron Sontag, Todd Patnode, and rookies Derrick Robbie, and Jacob Perry make up the top ten in points following last weeks event at Monadnock.  All have indicated they plan to be at Stafford.

Additionally, Ron Silk, series winner at Loudon, NH, in June, Keith Rocco, recent series winner at Waterford, CT, Les Hinckley, 19-time series winner, Eric Goodale, Max Zachem, Dylan Izzo, and Dave Etheridge are also expected.

Donnie Lashua, Jeff Gallup, Dan Meservey Jr, Johnny Kay, Dave Schneider, and Jeff Malave, have indicated their intention to enter the Stafford event.

Main grandstand and ticket booths open at 5:15 pm with qualifying heats at 6:30 PM.

Patnode Grabs Fourth Valenti Modified Series Win At Monadnock

Winchester, NH. – Local favorite Todd Patnode continued his winning ways Saturday night capturing the Valenti Modified Racing Series  ‘Fenton Family Dealerships 100’ presented by Mayhew Tools in front of a large crowd at Monadnock Speedway.

The win was the former Monadnock track champion’s second this season and his fourth series win. His most recent trip to victory lane was last month, July 7.

Patnode, driving the Gomarlo’s Supermarket, Gary’s Power Equipment, # 24, started 16th in a 26-car field and patiently worked his way to the front taking the lead from pole-sitter and leader Richard Savary on lap-73 to go on to victory.

“The car was good – I had more than enough pressure from behind,” Patnode told the crowd post race. “This car has been good here – we’ve been fortunate.”

The local’s prevailed again at the famed high-banked oval. Brian Robie, of Sunapee, NH, enjoyed his best finish last month until a second place finish in the VMRS final appearance at Monadnock for 2018.

“This is amazing. Of course when your racing Todd at Monadnock you might as well be racing for second place it’s like a win in my book,” said a happy Robie.

“He looked a little bit tight- I was a little bit loose. It was almost a good battle at the end but I wish I had a little bit more for him. Respectfully Robie made it clear he was pleased to finish “up next to him.”

The Monadnock home field advantage once again prevailed. Knowing the track considered by many as ‘tricky’ gives those with many laps of competition a little bit of an edge. Robie explained, “ You get so used to that groove. You know how far to drive it into the corner- how to drive it through the corner-and be able to save the tires.”

Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA completed the podium with a solid third place finish and moved into second place in the point standings after last weeks Waterford CT. race. “ Third’s always not the best but it’s good when your points racing like this and pick up points on the leader.” Rameau explained.  “ It was a good run I don’t think I saved it enough. I don’t think anyone had enough for Todd.”

Chase Dowling, of Roxbury, CT, finished fourth, with Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, rounding out the top five.

Matt Mead, Russ Hersey, Mike Willis Jr, Joel Monahan, and Dylan Izzo, finished sixth through tenth.

19 cars of the 26-car field finished on the lead lap.

Race Summary:

Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, NH

August 25, 2018

Entrants: 27
Race Distance 100- Laps
Time of Race 52:23.999
Margin of Victory:  0.285
Best Lap Time: 13.040
Best Speed: 69.018   Todd Patnode
Lead Changes (1)

Caution: 9
Lap Leaders: Savary  (1-72) Patnode (73-100)

DNS – Roy Seidell  (Blown Engine)

Next event: Stafford Motor Speedway

August 31, 2018

Unofficial Order Of Finish: (1) Patnode, (2) (Robie, (3) Rameau, (4) Dowling (5) Pitkat, (6) Mead, (7) Hersey, (8) Willis Jr, (9) Monahan, (10) Izzo, (11) Nocella, (12) Gallup, (13) Fournier, (14) Savary, (15) Robbie, (16) Sherman, (17) Shaw, (18) Perry, (19) Doucette, (20) Sontag, (21) Bleau, (22) Malave, (23) Alexander, (24) Lashua, (25) Bolton, (26) Rock

Valenti Modified Racing Series Visits Monadnock Saturday

Canaan, NH. –  The Valenti Modified Racing Series will put the wraps on their three race dates at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, this Saturday night as the track hosts the ‘Fenton Family Dealerships 100’ presented by ‘Mayhew Tools.’

Wednesday afternoon, 24-race teams indicated they plan to compete in the event. Weather forecasters say the outlook is expected to be rain free.

As always the case with the Monadnock oval, the series roster carries names familiar with the tricky high-banked oval, drivers that have enjoyed success throughout their careers there. This weekends field — more of the same. The hometown edge is always a factor at ‘Mad Dog”

Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, a three-time VMRS winner, recently on July 7, will be part of a contingent looking to keep bragging rights close to home. The same can be said for Russ Hersey, also of Swanzey, looking for his third series win. 31-time winner Kirk Alexander, another Swanzey entry will compete.

Series newcomer Joel Monahan, rookie of the year contender Cameron Sontag, Mike Willis, Jr, Brian Robie, Dana Smith, Matt Mead, all have Monadnock experience and are seeking their first victory.

Series point leader and reigning champion Anthony Nocella, Richard Savary and Derek Robbie, will compete. Dylan Izzo, runner-up at Waterford, CT, last week, will make his first series start at Monadnock.

Fenton Family Dealerships will be conducting a Food Drive at the speedway to support The Community Kitchen. Fans that bring a canned food item will receive $5.00 off Adult or Senior admission.

Gates open at 3:00 PM    Race Time: 6:00 PM