Category Archives: VMRS- Valenti Modified Racing Series

Again for 2016 the Valenti Auto Group will be the primary sponsor for the Modified Racing Series.

Anyone from the Connecticut, Rhode Island area will have probably come in contact with one of their dealerships at one time or another, but no one realizes that they have been around since 1927, when Ferdinand A Valenti Sr. started his auto repair business in  Wallingford, CT.
Valenti first sold Nash and Lafayette automobiles and International trucks, then began selling Dodge and Plymouth in 1938. In 1955 Valenti bought the opportunity to sell Chevrolet, which became the best selling brand in the United States during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
The Valenti’s were always known for doing business on their word and a handshake. In 1973 Ferdinand’s sons Fred Junior and Robert bought another Chevrolet – Oldsmobile dealership in Mystic, CT.
The Valenti dealerships owned by various members of the Valenti family third generation currently represent 18 brands of autos across Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Going forward, Valenti has built facilities that can handle a larger volume of car sales and service and has adopted a low pricing strategy to put it to use. The one thing that remains constant is that no matter the size of the dealership, it is still run with the same family values and integrity that Ferdinand Valenti Senior had when he started selling and servicing cars and trucks to local farmers, residents and businesses in 1927.

The opening weekend of VMRS racing is Sat April 30, 2016 at the  Monadnock Speedway Winchester, NH.

16-Race Schedule Announced For 2016 VMRS Season

Canaan, New Hampshire. — A first time visit to a New Hampshire Speedway, an appearance with the Pass Pro All Stars Series in Maine, and the traditional stops at New England’s top bull-rings and historic ovals, highlight the 2016 season for New England’s Valenti Modified Racing Series. Jack Bateman, series founder and president, made the announcement Thursday night, December 2.

The 13th annual season opens Saturday night April 23, 2016, with Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, New Hampshire, once again rolling out the carpet for the new campaign.

The series next competes Friday night, May 20 at the famed Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut. The event will be the first of three races at the half-mile oval. Friday, June 24, and Friday, September 2, is the dates to circle for return visits.

New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member and track owner, Joey Laquerre, opens the gates to his Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire, for the first ever VMRS visit. The event will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 28.

The month of June finds Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Massachusetts, hosting the series. Seekonk has hosted close competition and finishes through the years. June 4 is the date.

Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine will host the ground-pounders twice. Saturday, June 18, for the first event, and August 27, as part of the prestigious Oxford 250 weekend.

The week after the June Stafford date, the long tradition of Monadnock Speedway hosting the series continues with their annual Independence weekend event on Saturday, July 2.

The series remains in New Hampshire with a stop at Claremont Speedway, July 8, and Lee USA Speedway July 22. The Lee event is a return to the month of July after June races the last few seasons.

The annual ‘Wings and Wheels’ takes place at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, August 13, with Monadnock Speedway on the docket August 20.

The VMRS joins with the Pass All Stars Series, September 17, at Scarborough, Maine’s, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for the first time.

The fall traditions continue with stops at Lee USA Speedway for the annual ‘Oktoberfest’ weekend, October 8th and 9th, and the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut, October 14, 15.

Wrenn Announces Retirement

by Jim Snape

After 26 seasons, over 200 starts and 26 wins, including four championships Norm Wrenn of Nashua, NH will no longer thrill race fans with his dynamic driving skills.

After finishing in third place in the 2015 Modified Racing Series final points, Wrenn announced he will not be driving in the future.

“It’s been really great from day one, we didn’t go out to be aggressive, we did it as a sport, we did it to have fun, we did it to relax. The crew with me today is the same crew that started withDSC_1343 me years ago, we really came a long way.

We won 4 championships along the way, one with the Pro Stocks and three with the Pro Four modified’s. And at the end. I wanted to go out being competitive and I think we were more competitive in the modified’s as we ever have been.

But now I’m 55 and been at it for almost 30 years and last year after we won Seekonk. I told everybody, it’s time. I wanted to go out with a win. Now my body’s getting tired and I have a ton of work to do. I’m going to miss it. I love racing.”

The most notable point in Norms racing career was his first ever victory in the Pro Stock at Star Speedway in 1991, a season where he won a second feature and the Pro Stock championship. “And my first modified victory at Seekonk ranks right up there too” he said. “If I didn’t win that race at Seekonk, I might still keep racing. I won’t fade away from racing because my son is driving Pro Fours now and I’ll work with him. And I’ll support the Pro Four division with help and sponsorship.”

Whelen All American series – 62 starts 4 wins.

PASS North super late-model – 10 starts.

GSPSS – 2 starts.

Pro Four modified – 48 starts 21 wins

VMRS – 91 starts 1 win