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