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Pitkat and Rain Win Valenti Modified Racing Series Event At Lee

Lee, NH. – The Valenti Modified Racing Series traveled to Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH, this past weekend for that tracks Oktoberfest weekend. The series has been part of the annual event since 2005.  26-race teams entered the race.

Mother nature was at it again.  A cold mist forced a three and a half hour rain delay, schedule changes, shortened races, and more mist, and a fast closing already extended curfew finished off the 2018 Oktoberfest weekend.

The original plan of twin 50-lap races was reduced to 40-laps with three other divisions scheduled also set to compete in agreed upon lower race distances.

Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, joined with long-time racer-car owner Stan Mertz, started outside front row, and led the field through 5-caution periods to lap-19 when the race was slowed by a three car crash including series point leader Sammy Rameau.

Series officials chose to count laps under caution stopping at lap-30. The heavy mist intensified and the race program was declared over.

Pitkat was credited with the win with Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, second, Kirk Alexander, Swanzey, NH, Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, fourth, and Brian Robie fifth.

Jacob Perry, Chase Dowling, Jeffrey Gallup, Dylan Izzo, and Tony Ricci rounded out the top ten.

Josh Cantara, of Alfred, ME, Pitkat, and Alexander, were heat winners.

Reigning champion Anthony Nocella was sidelined by engine problems during practice.

Modified Racing Series announced Tuesday evening the 6MA Racing Team has been penalized for actions that took place at Lee USA Speedway, Sunday, Oct 7, 2018. Issued penalties will be listed on the series website

The series wraps up it’s 2018 season this weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, CT.

Lee Oktoberfest Next For Valenti Modified Racing Series

Canaan, NH. – When the Valenti Modified Racing Series rolls into Lee, New Hampshire, this weekend, it will be four weeks since the series last raced at Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

Nothing has changed since then. A scheduled race at Waterford, CT, was cancelled adding the drama of a championship run to Lee USA Speedway on Sunday afternoon October 7. The season finale will be the weekend after in Thompson, CT.

The final two races could end with 16-year old driver, Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, or reigning champion, Anthony Nocella, who turns age 26 next month, battling for the 2018 Championship down to the wire.

Both drivers shared victory lane at Lee this past summer. Rameau scored his first series win in July. Both have notched two wins this season.  The stage will be set for a great finish to the season at Thompson. Rameau is looking to become the youngest tour-type modified racer in Valenti Modified Racing Series history to win a series title.

The annual Lee Oktoberfest event, will feature twin 50-lap Cone Races, first tried and enjoyed by fans in August, when Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, was the winner. Patnode will give it another try this weekend. Patnode said in August he thought the Cone concept, popular in southern racing circles, was good for the fans and the Lee track was the right place for the interesting concept.

Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA is slated to drive the Stan Mertz # 6 on Sunday. Veteran drivers Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, and Tony Ricci, of Westbrook, ME, both coming off a strong run at Beech Ridge, are slated to be at Lee.

Dylan Izzo, of Monroe, CT, Cameron Sontag, of Sterling, MA, Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, Derek Robbie, of Bellingham, MA, Jacob Perry, of Pawcatuck, CT, Russ Hersey, of Swanzey, NH, Mike Holdridge, of Madison, CT, and Mike Willis, Jr, of Grantham, NH. are expected entries.

Additionally, Jeff Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, Dylan Rock, of Enfield, NH,

Troy, NH’s T.J. Bleau, Chris Bolton, of Weare, NH, and Roy Seidell, of East Hampton, MA, are expected to compete.

Race fans and competitors need to know; unlike in the past when qualifying races were held on Saturday and the feature race on Sunday, the entire VMRS race will be contested on Sunday, October 7.

Practice for divisions competing on Sunday will begin at 12 noon with qualifying races scheduled for 2:00 pm.

 

Pit Gates on Sunday open at 8:00 AM.

Rameau Scores At Beech Ridge For Second Career Win

Scarborough, Maine – 16-year old Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, started ninth is an 18-car field, passed race leader Andy Shaw, of Center Conway, NH, on lap-43, and went on to his second career win in Valenti Modified Racing Series action, at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME. Saturday night. Sept 8.

Rameau entered the Maine event as the leader in the series point standings for the season championship. Rameau was chased to the finish by reigning series champion Anthony Nocella, who enjoyed the point lead for a good part of the season until a rash of mechanical issues have plagued the Woburn, MA driver.

Nocella, who started 13th, moved into second with 15-laps remaining but Rameau hung on to the top spot, to post the win.

Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, who started 18th, finished third, followed by Westbrook, ME, driver Tony Ricci fourth, and Cameron Sontag, of Sterling, MA. fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were, Woody Pitkat, Shaw, Jacob Perry, T.J. Bleau, and Mike Willis Jr.

The race was slowed on lap 40 and again on 47 for minor incidents. The 75-lap race was completed in 28-minutes – 47 seconds.

Heat winners were Ricci and Pitkat.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series moves on to Race # 12 on the 14-race schedule. New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT, will host the Saturday, September 15, event.

Race Summary

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

Scarborough, ME

September 8, 2018

Race # 11

Entrants: 18

Distance: 75-laps

Lap Leaders:  Shaw – (1-4) Ricci – (5-6) Pitkat (7-12) Shaw (13-50) Rameau (51-75

Cautions Flags: (2) Lap- 40 , 47

Margin of Victory: 1.575

Best Lap: Josh Cantara

Best Lap Time: 15.444

Best Speed: 77.622

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Rameau (2) Nocella (3) Savary, (4) Ricci, (5) Sontag, (6) Pitkat, (7) Shaw, (8) Perry, (9) Bleau, (10) Willis JR (11) Sherman, (12) Rock, (13) Seidell (14) Robbie, (15) Dixon, (16) Cantara, (17) Lashua, (18) Bolton (19)