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Hersey Rides To Oktoberfest Win At Lee For Second Series Win

Russ Hersey of Swanzey, NH, drove to his second win of the season Sunday afternoon when he captured the ‘Advanced Gas Distributors’ 75- lap modified race sanctioned by the Valenti Modified Racing Series. The race was part of the 34th annual Oktoberfest race program at Lee USA Speedway, Lee. NH.  The win was also the second for long-time car owner Warren Mordenti.

Point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, Massachusetts’s finished runner-up, and in doing so, locked in the 2017 VMRS championship.

Westbrook, Maine, veteran Tony Ricci returned to the series this season after taking a break from modified racing and finished a strong third.

Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, Massachusetts, at age 15, made a late race charge to finish in a respectable fourth place, followed my Grantham, New Hampshire’s Mike Willis Jr.

Early race leaders Les Hinckley III, and Jeffrey Gallup, finished sixth and seventh, 17-year old Ryan Doucette an impressive eighth, Mike Douglas ninth, and Jimmy Zacharias, rounded out the top-ten.

13 of the 18 cars that started the race finished on the lead lap. The race was slowed by three caution periods for minor spins.

The VMRS wraps up the 2017 season this coming weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut with qualifying on Friday, October 13, with a 50-lap feature race on Saturday, October 14th scheduled.

Heat winners:   (1) Douglas  (2) Hinckley

Unofficial Order of Finish – (1) Hersey  (2) Nocella  (3) Ricci, (4) Rameau (5) Willis Jr (6) Hinckley (7) Gallup (8) Doucette (9) Douglas (10) Zacharias (11) Traynor (12) Lashua (13) Rock (14) Fournier (15) Richardi Jr (16) Bolton (17) Mead, (18) Talman

Valenti Modified Racing Series Set For Lee’s Oktoberfest

Canaan, NH. – The Valenti Modified Racing Series, dormant since Labor Day weekend, returns to action this holiday weekend when Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH, welcomes the series to its 34th annual ‘Oktoberfest’ of racing event. The open wheel modified tour will be making its 14th appearance at the traditional season ending program for the New Hampshire Speedway. The series will compete in a 75-lap feature race.

The 75-lap run is a break from what had become the norm at Lee. Twin 50-lap features were tried three years ago and proved to be successful. Both fans and competitors liked the concept. The thought of a 75-lap race was tried at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine in August. That format met with approval and was suggested for the Lee race given the amount of races on the schedule at the annual October event.

A list of series drivers, some with long time experience at Lee, some with a great amount of success, and pair of newcomers to victory lane at Lee earlier this season, are entered in the two day event.

Current point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, a four-time winner this season, enjoys an 84-point lead over second place point man Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, going into the 11th race of a 12-race schedule.  The season concludes next weekend in Thompson, CT.

Another highly successful driver, a series win total of 19 trips to the winner’s circle in his scrapbook, is looking for his fifth career win at Lee.  Les Hinckley III, a long-time supporter of series events at Lee, will make the trip from Windsor Locks. CT.

Two drivers, who wheeled to their first career wins this year, have notified the series they plan to spend the Christopher Columbus holiday weekend at Lee.

Mike Douglas Jr and Troy Talman, both tasted victory lane. Douglas, of Auburn, NH, notched his first on Memorial Day weekend. Talman, of Oxford, MA, scored a 50-lap win in July, his first in a tour-type modified.

42-points separate Jeff Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, and 15-year old charger Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA. for top Rookie honors heading into Lee.  336-294

Gallup and Mike Willis Jr, Grantham, NH, are battling for 3rd in the standings with only 1-point separating the two drivers. Matt Mead, of Richmond, NH, and Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA, are separated by four points for fourth with Rameau only 6-points behind Fournier.

Additional entries expected include Rob Richardi Jr, veteran George Sherman, former Lee winner, Tony Ricci, Jimmy Zacharias, Dylan Rock, and newcomer Ryan Doucette.

Qualifying events start at 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoon, with feature races slated for 12 noon on Sunday.  Lee USA Speedway is located  on Route 125, Lee, NH.

Valenti Modified Racing Series Twin 50s Shared By Meservey Jr and Talman

Lee USA Speedway, Lee NH

   When twin 50s are on tap at the Lee USA speedway, exciting things can happen and Friday 7/21 was no exception to the rule.
   In the first 50, seventeen year old Dylan Rock of Enfield NH and Modified Racing Series points leader Anthony Nocella of Woburn MA led the 23 starters to the green flag while Dan Meservey Jr of Brewster MA sponsored by 123 Gas, began his run from the third row.
Young Rock driving like a veteran out-dragged Nocella for the lead and made it look like it could be his first tour type modified win.
   Rock’s teammate Donnie Lashua of Canaan NH took over second place early in the event and chased Rock for the next 35 laps until eventual race winner Meservey Jr took over second place on lap 37, then set his sights on Rock. A yellow flag on lap 45 set up a 5 lap duel for the victory. Meservey Jr. held on to the outside groove and on lap 47 slipped into the lead while Lashua and Nocella battled for third. With two laps to go Lashua would win that fight and follow teammate Rock across the finish line giving the Jack Bateman owned cars a second and third place finish.
Nocella and Jeff Gallup were 4th and 5th respectively. Rounding out the top ten were Josh Cantara, Russ Hersey, Anthony Ricci, Sam Rameau and Matt Mead.
   Anthony Ricci was the hard charger of the event driving from 20th to 7th.
   Meservey Jr. commented, “I haven’t raced here in a long time, probably 20 years, and everybody kept saying take it easy on the car. For the first half of the race I just stayed in sight of the leaders and not slide the car what-so-ever and we kept getting better and better and everybody kept falling off more and more. The car was really good on restarts on cold tires and I knew we had a chance. The kid in the 47 (Rock) was good, but I knew if I could get on the outside of him I could hold him down, cause he needed that whole track. Once you get pinched down you really chew those tires up. It was really good for us to get my first ever modified win, I’m happy.”
Track-Lee USA Speedway 0.375 Miles
Time of Race-18:19.900
Margin of Victory-0.314
Best Lap Time-15.133
Best Lap by-#88-Russ Hersey
Cautions-2-laps 33-45
Lap Leaders-2- #47,Rock-(1-46)–#45,Meservey Jr.-(47-50)
Unofficial Finish
1—45-Dan Meservey Jr.
2—47-Dylan Rock
3—17-Donnie Lashua
4—92-Anthony Nocella
5—4-Jeff Gallup
6—81-Josh Cantata
7—88-Russ Hersey
8—20-Anthony Ricci
9—6-Sammy Rameau
10–77-Matt Mead
11–93-George Sherman
12–16-Colbey Fournier
13–12MA-Rob Richardi Jr.
14–85-Jeff Rocco
15–83-Mike Willis Jr.
16–76-Dennis Perry
17–66NH-Andy Shaw
18–27-Derek Robbie
19–55-Joe Doucette
20–3-Troy Talman
21–50-Carl Medieros Jr.
22–11-Geoff Gernhard
23–22-Roy Seidell Jr.
   Reversing the field for the second 50 put Troy Talman of Oxford MA on the pole and clean air was all that he needed to go from green to checkered. Like Meservey Jr. it was his first tour type modified win. It was no easy run for the 22 year old as 6 caution flag periods gave other drivers the chance to knock off the leader.
   Dennis Perry of Pawcatuck CT tried his best to take over the top spot but a lap 15 scramble sent him pit side while it eliminated George Sherman of Framingham MA and Andy Shaw of Center Conway NH.  Second charger for the runner up spot was Matt Mead of Richmond NH with the 88 of Russ Hersey and the 12 in tow. Another caution included several cars, and destroyed the 88. Restart was the 3 and the 77 on the front line and then Rob Richardi Jr. of Taunton, MA took over the 2nd spot. Donnie Lashua also gave it a try by racing to the back bumper of Talman, but wasn’t able to pull off the pass. An impressive drive by Geoff Gernhard of Bozrah, CT, who took over the runner up spot from Lashua with 9 laps to go, could only close to within 1.7 seconds of Talman at the finish line.
   Carl Medieros Jr. of Westport,MA. who will celebrate his 21st birthday on Monday 7/24 came from the 21st starting position and nipped Lashua for the third spot. Fifth thru tenth were Jeff Gallup, Anthony Ricci, Matt Mead, Rob Richardi Jr., Dennis Perry and Jeff Rocco.
   Carl Medieros Jr. was the hard charger of the event picking up 20 positions.
   Talman said, “At the beginning I just tried to save my tires, if I got too far ahead my spotter was great with information. It’s a good car. This place really chews up the tires and its really all about discipline, you can get on the gas and go fast for a few laps but your car will be junk after that. So you have to have throttle control to keep your tires underneath you, anytime the car gets away from you you’re chewing up the right rear. We also didn’t have a lot of gear here, I only turned like 6500 RPMs. This is my first race here, it’s definitely a cool track. I can’t wait to get to Beech Ridge (Speedway, Scarborough, ME) with the M.R.S.”
Second 50 Lap
Margin of Victory–1.723 seconds
Best Lap Time–15.181
Best lap By–#93-George Sherman
Lap Leader–1–#3-Talman-(1-50)
Unofficial Finish
1—3-Troy Talman
2—11-Geoff Gernhard
3—50-Carl Medieros Jr.
4—17-Donnie Lashua
5—4-Jeff Gallup
6—20-Anthony Ricci
7—77-Matt Mead
8—12MA-Rob Richardi Jr.
9—76-Dennis Perry
10–85-Jeff Rocco
11–55-Joe Doucette
12–47-Dylan Rock
13–83-Mike Willis Jr.
14–16-Colbey Fournier
15–22-Roy Seidell Jr.
16–27-Derek Robbie
17–66NH-Andy Shaw
18–88-Russ Hersey
19–92-Anthony Nocella
20–45-Dan Meservey Jr.
21–6-Sammy Rameau
22–81-Josh Cantara
23–93-George Sherman
Next Event–Aug. 12 2017–New London Waterford Speedbowl. Waterford,CT.
by James Snape
photos by Crystal Snape