Category Archives: VMRS- Valenti Modified Racing Series

Pennink Rolls To Impressive VMRS Win In Thompson Opener

Thompson, CT. – With Thompson, Connecticut, temperatures in the mid 40’s, and wind chills feeling like mid-30 temperature’s, Rowan Pennink of New Egypt, New Jersey, held off a persistent Chase Dowling, of Roxbury, CT, to win the 50-lap season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s, 44th annual ‘Icebreaker Weekend.’ Pennink’s win was his 12th career victory and 4th Thompson win in Valenti Modified Racing Series competition.

The VMRS field roars down the front straight at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park April 7th 2018 (Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo)

Pennink’s win moved him into a 5th place tie with Chris Pasteryak, each now with a dozen series win.

The race was the first of the season for both the series and Pennink. Pennink underwent back surgery in January delaying the start of his season. Pennink last visited VMRS victory lane Sept 1, 2017 at Stafford CT.

VMRS winner Rowan Pennink celebrates in the Critical Signs Victory Lane April 7th 2018 (Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo)

“This 25 team put another amazing car under me at Thompson Speedway. I can’t thank the Roscoe racing team enough. They did a great job on this car over the winter. I have to thank Pettit Racing Engines, Waddell Communications, Casella Snowplows, Brad (Lafontaine) from Northeast. Everyone who helps us out with this car.”

Reigning champion Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT, and Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, rounded out the top five. Rameau made a late race charge to finish fifth

Ontario, NY’s Tommy Catalano, in his first VMRS run was sixth, followed by Jeff Gallup, Feeding Hills, MA, Kyle Trayner, Marlborough, MA, Derek Robbie, Bellingham, MA, and Mike Willis Jr, Grantham, NH.

14 of the 26 cars in the starting field finished on the lead lap.

Heat winners were Pennink (1) Dowling (2) and Nocella (3)

Next Event:

Saturday April 21, 2018.

Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, NH.

Race Summary:

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, CT

 

Race # 1

April 7, 2018

Entrants: 28

Distance: 50-laps

Margin of Victory: 0.567

Average Speed: 47.684

Best Lap Time: 19.124

Best Speed: 117.653 – – Richard Savary

Unofficial Order Of Finish: (1) Pennink, (2) Dowling, (3) Nocella, (4) Pitkat, (5) Rameau, (6) T. Catalano, (7) Gallup, (8) Trayner, (9) Robbie, (10) Willis Jr, (11) Savary, (12) Ricci, (13) Etheridge, (14) Lashua, (15) Sontag, (16) CJ Bolton, (17) Perry, (18) Masse, (19) Doucette, (20) Richardi, (21) Bloxzom, (22) Goodale, (23) Silk, (24) Medeiros Jr, (25) Rocco, (26) Seidell.

The 2018 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Icebreaker is on! Revised schedule below

From Thompson Speedway

WEATHER UPDATE (4/5, 2PM):

Good afternoon, race fans! Who is ready for some racing?! We are! That’s why THE 44th RUNNING OF THE ICEBREAKER IS ON! Please read the rest of this message for important information, and help us to spread the word.

– Tomorrow’s optional practice is cancelled. Haulers can still be dropped off, beginning at 2pm until 7pm. NASCAR Whelen All-American Series inspections will begin Saturday morning.

– The Handicapper’s Building will be open to process NASCAR licenses tomorrow, but sign in will begin on Saturday morning.

– A revised schedule has been posted to thompsonspeedway.com, adding practice time for the divisions participating in the rotating practice.

– Please keep your eyes on our social media for any additional schedule updates.

– If the forecast is to deteriorate overnight, we will make any additional updates before 7am on our social media channels and website.

Thanks for your passion, and we look forward to seeing you this weekend!

THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK EVENT SCHEDULE: ICEBREAKER 2018

4/5/2018 IB TENTATIVE, SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Friday, April 6, 2018

12:00 PM 7:00 PM GUEST REGISTRATION OPEN

11:00 AM 6:00 PM DUNKIN DONUTS TRUCK OPEN

11:00 AM 10:00 PM RACEWAY RESTAURANT OPEN (SEAFOOD MENU)

1:30 PM 7:00 PM PIT TICKET SALES OPEN

2:00 PM HAULERS ENTER, PIT AREA OPEN

2:00 PM 5:00 PM DRIVER REGISTRATION OPEN (HANDICAPPER’S BUILDING)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

6:30 AM PIT TICKET SALES BEGIN

7:00 AM DUNKIN DONUTS TRUCK OPENS

7:00 AM NWAAS DRIVER REGISTRATION OPENS (HANDICAPPER’S BUILDING)

7:00 AM 11:00 AM BREAKFAST BUFFET (RACEWAY RESTAURANT)

7:00 AM 6:30 PM GUEST REGISTRATION OPEN

7:00 AM EOD SHUTTLE SERVICE RUNNING

7:00 AM EOD PRO SHOP OPEN

7:00 AM HAULERS ENTER (ALL EXCEPT NWMT)

8:00 AM 12:00 PM NWAAS DRIVER HEADSHOTS (HANDICAPPER’S BUILDING)

9:00 AM 9:55 AM ROTATING PRACTICE

10:00 AM 10:25 AM VMRS PRACTICE

10:30 AM GRANDSTANDS & MIDDLE GATE OPEN

10:30 AM 10:55 AM PASS PRACTICE

11:00 AM 11:55 AM FINAL ROTATING PRACTICE

11:00 AM 11:00 PM RACEWAY RESTAURANT OPEN

12:00 PM 12:25 PM VMRS FINAL PRACTICE

12:30 PM 12:55 PM PASS FINAL PRACTICE

12:30 PM 6:00 PM NWMT GARAGE OPEN

12:55 PM PRE-RACE CEREMONIES

1:00 PM CSP ARRIVE

TO FOLLOW NWAAS LIMITED SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW NEMA LITE QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW VMRS QUALIFYING RACES (10 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW EXIT REALTY PROTRUCK CHALLENGE QUALIFYING (5 MINUTES)

TO FOLLOW EXIT REALTY 375 SPORTSMAN CHALLENGE QUALIFYING (5 MINUTES)

TO FOLLOW PASS QUALIFYING RACES (10 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW NWAAS SUNOCO MODIFIED QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK QUALIFYING RACES (6 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW VMRS CONSOLATION RACE (12 LAPS, IF NECESSARY)

TO FOLLOW NWAAS LATE MODEL QUALIFYING RACES (8 LAPS)

3:15 PM 3:55 PM NWMT PRACTICE

TO FOLLOW NEMA LITE RACE (20 LAPS)

4:20 PM 5:00 PM NWMT FINAL PRACTICE

TO FOLLOW LITE MODIFIED RACE (20 LAPS)

5:00 PM PRIME RIB DINNER BUFFET (RACEWAY RESTAURANT)

TO FOLLOW VMRS RACE (50 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW EXIT REALTY 375 SPORTSMAN CHALLENGE RACE (35 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW EXIT REALTY PROTRUCK CHALLENGE RACE (35 LAPS)

8:00 PM ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME

Sunday, April 8, 2018

7:00 AM 11:00 AM BREAKFAST BUFFET (RACEWAY RESTAURANT)

8:00 AM 2:00 PM NWMT REGISTRATION OPEN

8:00 AM 4:00 PM GUEST REGISTRATION OPEN

8:00 AM 5:00 PM SHUTTLE SERVICE RUNNING

8:00 AM PIT TICKET SALES BEGIN & PIT AREA OPENS

8:00 AM DUNKIN DONUTS TRUCK OPENS

8:00 AM PRO SHOP OPENS

8:00 AM NWAAS PIT ROAD ARMBANDS RELEASED

8:30 AM NWAAS SUNOCO MODIFIED PIT EQUIPMENT LOAD-IN BEGINS

8:30 AM 8:50 AM NWAAS MINI STOCKS PUSHED TO TRACK

8:50 AM 9:10 AM NWAAS LIMITED SPORTSMAN PUSHED TO TRACK

9:00 AM NWMT TIRE IMPOUND OPEN TO TEAMS

9:10 AM 9:30 AM NWAAS LATE MODELS PUSHED TO TRACK

9:30 AM 9:50 AM PASS PUSHED TO TRACK

9:50 AM 10:10 AM NWAAS SUNOCO MODIFIEDS PUSHED TO TRACK

10:00 AM CHAPEL SERVICE (TBD)

10:00 AM GRANDSTANDS & MIDDLE GATE OPEN

10:10 AM 10:30 AM NWMT PUSHED TO TRACK

10:30 AM CHAMPION’S BANNER RAISING CEREMONY (BEHIND GRANDSTANDS)

11:00 AM 9:00 PM RACEWAY RESTAURANT OPEN

11:00 AM 11:50 PM FAN APPRECIATION PARTY (ON TRACK)

11:15 AM 11:45 AM DRIVER Q & A (VICTORY LANE)

12:00 PM DRIVE CARS BACK TO PIT AREA

12:15 PM PRE-RACE CEREMONIES

12:30 PM NWAAS SUNOCO MODIFIED RACE (30 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW PASS RACE (100 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW NWAAS LIMITED SPORTSMAN RACE (20 LAPS)

TO FOLLOW NWAAS LATE MODEL RACE (25 LAPS)

2:45 PM (APPROX) NWMT QUALIFYING (GROUP)

TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK RACE (15 LAPS)

3:45 PM (APPROX) NWMT ICEBREAKER 150

 

Nocella Crowned 2017 Valenti Modified Series Champion

Manchester, N.H. — Thanking sponsors Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Race Tires, fellow racers Mike Willis, Jr and Sammy Rameau for courtesies extended this year, Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, Massachusetts, was officially crowned the 2017 Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion

Saturday night, December 2, at Manchester, New Hampshire’s Best Western Executive Inn.

The 25-year old driver, winner of five features races in 2017, becomes the eighth driver in 14-years to win a VMRS championship.

Nocella addressed the gathering stating,“ As a driver you always go into a season with one goal and that’s to win a championship but as I have learned it takes more than a driver to win a championship.”

Nocella furthered, “With that being said I’d like to thank my parents for supporting me — my dreams — and always pushing me to be the best. Thank you to my Father and Uncle for sponsorship funds that allow me to pursue my passion week in and week out and Airgas for coming on board this year as a sponsor. I thank all of my crew who worked very hard all season and Ed Flemke .Jr at Raceworks always coming to the tracks to help me out.”

Following the award presentations, Nocella spoke of the series and what it means to win the title.

“It means a lot. The 15th year is coming up. It’s a series with a lot of roots and great champions Jon McKennedy, and Rowan Pennink and others. Drivers that have done a lot in modified racing – it’s cool to get your name on the banner with them.”

Nocella added,” It’s a great series with great competition. It was great to compete with the guys that won races and championships and ultimately win the championship and we finally did. “

When asked what the plan is for 2018, the new champion was quick to say. “ We’ll be back. That’s our plan. We will run some other races but we like the schedule – we’ll be back.”

Nocella received Champion’s Jackets from Hoosier Tire East and N.E. Race Fuel (Sunoco) and the race team received the annual Mechanics Award.

Annual awards were presented to the following:

Jack’s Competition Engines Most Improved Driver: Sammy Rameau

Tough Luck award:  George Sherman

Sportsmanship Award: Rob Rihcardi Jr

Rookie Of The Year: Jeffrey Gallup

Dedicated To Racing Award: Mike Willis Jr

Above and Beyond Award: Bob McIlveen