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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.

Doug Coby Finds His Way Back To Victory Lane at Stafford

24th Career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win and 11th at Historic Half-Mile

STAFFORD, Conn. — Doug Coby was not going to be denied on Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway.

The five-time and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion was sliding through the grass early on, and had to pass more than a handful of cars in his efforts to charge back to the front of the field.

However, when it mattered most, the Milford, Connecticut, pulled back into Victory Lane for the first time in nearly one year.

The victory in the Starrett 150 was the first of the season for Coby, his 24th career in Whelen Modified Tour competition and the 11th of his career at the historic Stafford half-mile.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Coby said. “We didn’t win at Stafford at all last year, and it seemed to be a place we were always good at. When I have a good car here, I like to try and defend my home-turf. This is great for our team. We are excited to be back in Victory Lane.”

RACING-REFERENCE: Starrett Tools 150 Race Results

Coby found himself racing Justin Bonsignore for the lead on lap 13 when the two made contact and Coby went sliding through the grass, narrowly avoiding disaster and entering the track back in the 15th position. Luckily for him, the wreck left him with no damage, but from there, it was an uphill battle for the veteran.

He pitted on multiple occasions, slowly worked his way back up through the field, and stayed out during a caution on lap 118, taking the lead of the race and putting himself in position to control the finish.

A caution on lap 140 gave the field one more chance to pass Coby, but no one could make it happen. Woody Pitkat charged through the field after pitting for fresh Hoosier rubber during a caution late and crossed the line second.

RACING-REFERENCE: Doug Coby’s Career at Stafford

The effort was the first podium for Pitkat in Whelen Modified Tour competition since August of 2015 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“I’m just happy for Danny (Watts) and happy for all the guys that never give up,” Pitkat said. “We have been battling and trying to get better. Obviously, I would like to win. But this is like a win for our team.”

Eric Goodale made a charge through the field late and finished third, followed by Rowan Pennink, who led a race-high 50 laps. Timmy Solomito rounded out the top five.

Craig Lutz was sixth, followed by Justin Bonsignore, Jimmy Blewett, Kyle Bonsignore and Chris Pasteryak.

Justin Bonsignore leads Dowling by 51 points in the championship standings after Dowling was involved in a wreck and finished 25th. Timmy Solomito is third, 64 points from the lead.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Wednesday, August 8 with the Bud 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Starrett Tools 150 Results


At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (3) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 58.798 mph.
  2. (18) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (7) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (2) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (9) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  6. (13) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (4) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (19) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (14) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (12) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  11. (8) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (22) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (6) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (16) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  15. (23) Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I., Chevrolet, 150.
  16. (21) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  17. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  18. (29) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  19. (20) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  20. (25) Joe Degracia, Nutley, N.J., Chevrolet, 148.
  21. (24) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 147.
  22. (10) Bobby Santos, III, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 139, accident.
  23. (5) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 132, suspension.
  24. (11) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 121, suspension.
  25. (1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 83, accident.
  26. (15) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 67, power steering.
  27. (28) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 42, power steering.
  28. (27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 23, overheating.
  29. (17) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 0, suspension.


Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 16 minutes 32 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.650 seconds

Caution Flags: 11 for 47 laps.

Lead Changes: 12 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J. Bonsignore 1-8; D. Coby 9; J. Bonsignore 10-18; J. McKennedy 19-31; J. Bonsignore 32; J. McKennedy 33-67; T. Solomito 68; J. Blewett 69; T. Solomito 70; R. Pennink 71-120; D. Coby 121-129; T. Solomito 130; D. Coby 131-150.

Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 388; 2. C. Dowling, 337; 3. T. Solomito, 324; 4. C. Lutz, 307; 5. R. Pennink, 305; 6. D. Coby, 295; 7. R. Summers, 289; 8. E. Goodale, 271; 9. R. Williams, 265; 10. D. Sapienza, 262.