Category Archives: VMRS- Valenti Modified Racing Series

Rameau Takes Over Points Lead. / Beech Ridge Race Makes Points Hunt Interesting.

Canaan, NH. — With the Valenti Modified Racing Series event rained out last month at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME, and the make-up date rescheduled for this Saturday evening, August 8th, the battle for the championship has taken on a whole new twist since last weeks series race at Stafford, CT.

If they said early on they were not running for points, there are some in the last few weeks have realized they are.  Here’s why.

Tough luck and mechanical woes have hampered VMRS reigning champion Anthony Nocella as of late. So much that his run to another championship suffered another setback last week when the Woburn, MA, driver was unable to compete because of engine troubles.

All the while, 16-year-old Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, has been inching his way closer to the top of the point standings with solid runs, a podium finish, and a strong desire to become the youngest driver to win a VMRS championship.

Rameau’s ninth place finish at Stafford, and Nocella’s misfortune, finds Rameau atop the standings, but only 9-points ahead of 2015 Series Champion, Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, who also has made a late season rush near the top of the standings. . And that’s not all.  Factor in Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, three points behind Pitkat, and 12-points behind Rameau, making it interesting   over the top three spots. And Nocella’s not gone away yet. –  he is only 14-points from the top. All the ingredients for a great finish to the 2018 season.

Four races remain – could be anyone’s title come banquet time.

While Stafford winner Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, sits by himself in fifth place, Donnie Lashua and Todd Patnode are separated by four points in a battle for sixth, Rookie of the year candidate Cameron Sontag is eighth, Jeffrey Gallup, coming off his best finish pf the season at Stafford is ninth, and Rookie candidate Jacob Perry is tenth.

Qualifying races at Beech Ridge begin at 7:00 PM

Savary Fulfills Dream With Valenti Modified Racing Series Win At Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT. — Canton, MA, race driver Richard Savary, after many years trying, scored his first ever tour-type modified win at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT, Friday night August 31. Savary dominated the Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned ‘Lincoln Tech 80’ to win not only his first at the famed speedway, but his first VMRS race of the 2018 season. Savary last won June 6, 2015. Savary is the seventh different winner this season.

Driving the Alloy Wheel Repair / Holstein Roofing # 99, the 54-year old Savary passed race leader Chase Dowling, of Roxbury CT, on lap-26 and was never headed.

Said Savary, “The guys did a great job – had a great car under me. Just tried to pace ourselves. My spotter did a great job slowing me down. I thought there would be cautions so I really was saving as best I could in case there would be cautions.” Savary recognized engine builder Bob Bruneau, Chassis man Joey Kourafas, and the entire crew for their efforts.

Savary admitted a win at Stafford in a tour-type modified was on his bucket list. Something he’d been chasing for a long time.

“We talked about it today. We’ve come close- been fast but never finished the deal so this feels great.”  Savary has won in Pro-4 modified competition at Stafford.

A solid run, his best of the season saw, Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, finish second, with Portland CT’s, Dave Etheridge finishing third.

Eric Goodale, of Riverhead, NY, and Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, rounded out the top five.

Ron Silk, Mike Willis Jr, Joey Cipriano, Sammy Rameau, and Andrew Moeller, finished sixth through tenth.

Cipriano, Dowling, and Etheridge won qualifying races.  Steve Masse won the consi race.

Reigning champion Anthony Nocella was sidelined with mechanical issues. Sammy Rameau, who entered the race 18-points behind Nocella in the chase for the series title finished ninth.

Andrew Molleur made an impressive showing in Ted Anderson’s # 1 car finishing 10th; his best VMRS finish to date,

14 of the 26 drivers finished on the lead lap. Only one caution flag was needed on lap-9. The race was completed in 34 minutes 39 seconds.

The next event is the rescheduled race on Saturday September 8, at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME. The race was rained out last month.

Race Summary

Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs CT

August 31, 2018

Race # 10

Entrants: 31

Distance: 80-laps

Lap Leaders:  Dowling (1-25) Savary (26-80)

Cautions Flags: (1) Lap- 9

Margin of Victory: 0.622

Best Lap: Jeff Malave

Best Lap Time: 19.013

Best Speed: 94.672

DNS: Nocella

Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Savary, (2) Gallup, (3) Etheridge, (4) Goodale, (5) Pitkat, (6) Silk, (7) Willis, (8) Cipriano, (9) Rameau, (10) Molleur, (11) Meservey, (12) Rocco, (13) Patnode (14) Malave, (15) Perry, (16) Rock, (17) Lashua, (18) Schneider, (19) Bolton (20) Sontag, (21) Robbie, (22) Dowling, (23) Doucette, (24) Flannery (25) Masse (26 DiMatteo

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.