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Valenti Modified Racing Series Goes Green At Monadnock Saturday

VMRS2014LogoCanaan, NH. – 13 years ago Kirk Alexander was in prep mode ready to try something new. The Modified Racing Series was set to debut at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH.

Right off the trailer Alexander was fast that night. Potent enough to win the series opener and lay the foundation to become the all-time Valenti Modified Racing Series winner.

Alexander hopes to add to that total this Saturday night when the VMRS kicks off a 16-race schedule at the popular ¼ mile facility with the running of the Bond Auto Parts ‘Spring Dash 100.’ Alexander has garnered 31-series victories.

Fresh off a practice day a week ago at Monadnock where Alexander reeled off fast laps throughout the shake down session, the 16-time winner at his home track was pleased how things went first time out.  He clocked a 12.7 lap time before the day was over in the John Corliss owned # 43.

“I made changes to the car,” Alexander said this week. “Changed some geometry. The car is more stable and has more forward bite. Reminds me of my old car.”

Alexander hopes to have a better season than last. “Worst luck I have ever had in a race car. Nothing went right. Hopefully the changes we have made will make for a better season.”

Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, the reigning Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion is entered for Saturday’s race. Pitkat, after the 2015 season, moved to a race team fielded by longtime racer Dan Stebbins, of Bernardston, MA.  With Pitkat, last years championship team members including crew chief, Greg Feldon, Bob Norris, and Jason O’Grodnick  also moved to the Stebbins entry.

Former Series Champion Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT., will compete this weekend in a brand new Troyer mount. The new car last year now becomes a new ride for his father Charlie to be run in selected events.

Former Monadnock Champion Todd Patnode, of Richmond, NH is entered for the Spring Dash 100 lap race.  Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, MA, already a two-time winner this season in PASS South Series competition, is an expected entry.

Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, Todd Annarummo, of Swansea, MA, Matt Mead, of Richmond, NH, and Long Island, NY’s Dave Schneider are slated to compete.

Newcomers Ryan Kuhn, of East Bridgewater, MA, son of former series regular Jimmy Kuhn, and 15-year old T.J Bleau, of Troy, NH, will debut this weekend.

Saturday’s race program begins at 5:00 PM.

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.