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Wrenn Announces Retirement

by Jim Snape

After 26 seasons, over 200 starts and 26 wins, including four championships Norm Wrenn of Nashua, NH will no longer thrill race fans with his dynamic driving skills.

After finishing in third place in the 2015 Modified Racing Series final points, Wrenn announced he will not be driving in the future.

“It’s been really great from day one, we didn’t go out to be aggressive, we did it as a sport, we did it to have fun, we did it to relax. The crew with me today is the same crew that started withDSC_1343 me years ago, we really came a long way.

We won 4 championships along the way, one with the Pro Stocks and three with the Pro Four modified’s. And at the end. I wanted to go out being competitive and I think we were more competitive in the modified’s as we ever have been.

But now I’m 55 and been at it for almost 30 years and last year after we won Seekonk. I told everybody, it’s time. I wanted to go out with a win. Now my body’s getting tired and I have a ton of work to do. I’m going to miss it. I love racing.”

The most notable point in Norms racing career was his first ever victory in the Pro Stock at Star Speedway in 1991, a season where he won a second feature and the Pro Stock championship. “And my first modified victory at Seekonk ranks right up there too” he said. “If I didn’t win that race at Seekonk, I might still keep racing. I won’t fade away from racing because my son is driving Pro Fours now and I’ll work with him. And I’ll support the Pro Four division with help and sponsorship.”

Whelen All American series – 62 starts 4 wins.

PASS North super late-model – 10 starts.

GSPSS – 2 starts.

Pro Four modified – 48 starts 21 wins

VMRS – 91 starts 1 win

Woody Pitkat Crowned Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion

Manchester, NH. — Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, was honored Saturday night, November 7, as the Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion for the 2015 season.

The event was held at the Best Western Executive Inn at Manchester, New Hampshire.

Pitkat was joined by car owner Peter Kulessa, crew chief Greg Felton, and the Patterson Farms race team for the special presentations. The VMRS championship was the first for both Pitkat and Kulessa.

DSC_1336In accepting his award Pitkat thanked the Perry family and Valenti (Auto Group) for all their support and sponsoring of the series. Pitkat acknowledged Jack Bateman, the series founder, saying “thank you for your hard work, time, and sacrifice, to give us a great affordable series to race at week in and week out. I admire your dedication.”

Pitkat also stated winning the series title was his first ever series championship and he considered it a special feat. “I may never win another so this one means a lot.”

He complimented VMRS drivers. “Just because I run the tour does not put me above anyone. I am a race driver and so are these guys with this series. I am grateful for the opportunity to run with them and compete here. I look at it as another addition to my resume.”

Kulessa spoke proudly of his first championship. “It’s unbelievable the guys just worked so hard. Last year we made the switch to Woody and had top five finishes. We knew we had a good car and we knew we had a good driver. This year we were supposed to run a limited schedule. When July rolled around we were leading the points so we decided we might as well give it a shot.”

In addition to the champion, the top 14 drivers were also recognized for their accomplishments. Runner-up Chris Pasteryak, Norman Wrenn, Todd Patnode, Todd Szegedy, Donnie Lashua, Mike Willis Jr, David Schneider, Dennis Perry, Jon McKennedy, Rowan Pennink, Dylan Kopec, Russ Hersey, Anthony Nocella, and Kirk Alexander were recognized.

Annual sponsor and officials awards were also part of the presentation.

Sunoco Race Fuels Jacket: Woody Pitkat
Thirty Race Care Wear Fire Suit Recipient: Matt Mead
Magnus Transmissions Rookie of the Year : Dennis Perry
Jack Competition Engines Most Improved: Carl Medeiros Jr
Tough Luck Award: Todd Patnode
Sportsmanship Award: Mike Willis Sr
Mechanic of the Year Award : Greg Felton
Dedication To Racing Award : Matt Mead
Bob Polverari Award : Kirk Alexander
Above and Beyond Award : Laura and Jerry Elliott

Jack Bateman disclosed that 14 races are on the schedule for 2016 and he anticipates two more dates to be added in the near future. The series will make the announcement as soon as those dates are finalized.


172936_10150398948535360_6414793_oCanaan, NH. – When the Valenti Modified Racing Series heads to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut, this weekend,, the 2015 series championship will be decided with a pair of Connecticut drivers vying for the title.

Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, a two-time winner this season, holds a slim four-point lead (450-443) over Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, going into the series season finale.

Pitkat trailed Pasteryak by 21-points until last weekends race at Lee, New Hampshire where Pitkat finished second and Pasteryak 16th. Pasteryak has been to victory lane five times this season but has yet to win at Thompson.

Pitkat hopes to win his first VMRS title for long-time competitor, car owner, Peter Kulessa and his crew. The team is no stranger to championships having been the crew that backboned Kirk Alexander to three titles. Kulessa seeks his first title trophy as car owner.

Pasteryak is a 10-time series race winner and a two-time series champion.

Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, currently third in the standings has entered the Thompson finale. Patnode has a 10-point lead over Norm Wrenn, of Nashua, NH. (396-386). Wrenn is competing in his last race after a long successful career that started in 1983.

Former series winners at Thompson also entering the Saturday race include Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, and Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA.

Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, NY, Eric Berndt, of Cromwell, CT,  and Ryan Preece, of Berlin, CT,  will join VMRS regulars, Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT, Jon McKennedy, of E. Chelmsford, MA, Dave Schneider of Northport, NY, and Dylan Kopec, of Palmer, MA.

Qualifying heats on Friday October 16 will begin at 5:00 PM with the 50-lap feature scheduled for Saturday evening October 17.