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Valenti Modified Racing Series Heads To Stafford Motor Speedway Friday

Canaan, NH. — Close to 30-race teams have indicated they plan to enter the Valenti Modified Racing Series event this Friday, September 1, at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

Drivers from throughout New England will be competing in the 8th annual VMRS 80-lap race.

Series point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, will be attempting to sweep both VMRS events held at Stafford this year. He started the season in May with a victory in the series season opener. Since then, Nocella has been to victory lane three times most recently at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME. The win put 76-points again between Nocella and his closest competitor now Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, who moved ahead of Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, after the Beech Ridge race.  Gallup and Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, continue their quest for Rookie Of The Year honors. Only 34-points separate Gallup and 15-year-old Rameau with three-races remaining.

Stafford ace Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, will enter the VMRS race. Christopher has already been to victory lane this season having garnered the 100-lap event at Waterford, CT, two weeks ago. Additionally, Dave Etheridge, of Portland, CT, is expected to compete, as is Kyle James, of Ashaway, RI, who has run strong with the series this season.

Former series champion Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, is expected to compete, as is New Hampshire regulars, Mike Willis, Jr, Matt Mead, and Berkley, MA, driver Colbey Fournier.

Former PASS Modified champion Andy Shaw, of Center Conway, NH, will make his first start at Stafford coming off an impressive run at Beech Ridge, and Westbrook, ME driver, Tony Ricci, will be in the Czarnecki Brothers # 20 car after a podium finish at Beech Ridge. Troy Talman, of Oxford, MA, will compete. Already this season, Talman has a win at Lee, NH, and was runner-up last weekend at ‘The Ridge.’

An autograph session for fans will be held immediately following qualifying races that begin at 6:15 pm. The evening will be capped off by a gigantic fireworks display to usher in the Labor Day holiday weekend.


Preece Continues To Roll At Stafford

Photo :Omar Rawlings/NASCAR

Late Pass Of Coby Nets Third NASCAR Whelen Modified Win of Season

 STAFFORD, Conn. (Aug. 4, 2017) – Ryan Preece has been nearly unbeatable of late when he straps behind the wheel of a race car.

Last weekend, Preece scored his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Iowa Speedway. He marked his return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Friday at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway with another trip to Victory Lane in the Stafford 150.

The Berlin, Connecticut, driver took the lead from four-time tour champion Doug Coby on a Lap 148 restart and didn’t look back. The win was the 18th career in Whelen Modified Tour action for Preece and also his seventh at the half-mile Stafford. He won the NAPA Spring Sizzler at the track on April 30.

“I would have liked the restarts lane to go more my way, but we had a really good car tonight,” said Preece, who started in the back after having his qualifying lap disallowed for failing post-qualifying technical inspection. “It was tough to have to start in the back, but my car was in the track all day. We’ve just had a great car all year long. I enjoy doing this. I enjoy showing up and knowing what I have and being successful.”

Preece’s No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet crossed the the finish line 0.302 seconds ahead of Coby, while Justin Bonsignore followed in third.

Although it looked like Coby was en route to winning for the 11th time at Stafford after leading 135 laps, a few late caution flags allowed the rest of the field to close to his back bumper. After a multiple car crash on the frontstretch on lap 144, Preece got his chance at Coby, lining up to his outside on a restart with just two laps remaining. When the green flag flew, Preece used the outside lane and powered around Coby going into turn one. He never looked back.

“I think the biggest thing was I had a better left-rear tire to fire (on the restart),” Preece said. “Having both fresher rear tires helped me be able to get in front of him and have the right line going into turn one.”

Timmy Solomito took the championship points lead with a fourth-place finish, while Jon McKennedy completed the top five.

Rob Summers was sixth, followed by Dave Sapienza, Craig Lutz, Gary Putnam and Matt Swanson. Rowan Pennink, who held the points lead coming into the event, finished 17th and is seven points behind Solomito. Preece is fifth in points, one behind Eric Goodale and Bonsignore and 26 back of Solomito.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action on Wednesday night, with the running of the Bud 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. From there, the series will visit Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 16.


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Stafford 150 Results


At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (27) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 61.114 mph.
  2. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (6) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (10) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  5. (28) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (20) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (14) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (1) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (17) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (19) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 150.
  11. (13) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (18) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (15) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (25) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  15. (7) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
  16. (22) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  17. (9) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 146, fuel   .
  18. (11) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 144, accident.
  19. (5) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 144.
  20. (3) Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, N.Y., Chevrolet, 141, accident.
  21. (21) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 119.
  22. (4) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 111, accident.
  23. (16) CJ Lehmann, Shirley, Pa., Chevrolet, 105, accident.
  24. (8) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 54, overheating.
  25. (26) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 44, accident.
  26. (12) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 37, accident.
  27. (23) Dave Salzarulo, Monson, Mass., Chevrolet, 26, mechanical.
  28. (24) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 21, power steering.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 13 minutes 38 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.302 seconds

Caution Flags: 9 for 43 laps.

Lead Changes: 15 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-54; J. Bonsignore 55; D. Coby 56-62; R. Preece 63; D. Coby 64-66;

  1. Solomito 67; D. Coby 68-102; T. Solomito 103; J. McKennedy 104; T. Solomito 105-109;
  2. Coby 110-114; T. Solomito 115; D. Coby 116-143; R. Preece 144; D. Coby 145-147; R.

Preece 148-150.

Standings: 1. T. Solomito, 310; 2. R. Pennink, 303; 3. E. Goodale, 285; 4. J. Bonsignore,

285; 5. R. Preece, 284; 6. D. Coby, 278; 7. M. Zachem, 272; 8. D. Sapienza, 261; 9. R.

Summers, 249; 10. W. Pitkat, 249.



Photo Michael Jaworecki Myracenews
BROCKTON, MA- Jon McKennedy reunites with Brady Bunch Racing this weekend to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at the Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. This will be McKennedy’s second NWMT start of the season, having earned a sixth place finish in the famed number 00 at Thompson (Conn.) Motorsports Park in June.
    “Stafford is one of those tracks that is among my favorites lately,” McKennedy said of the new challenge ahead this weekend with Crew Chief Scott Anderson and the rest of the team. “I’ve won four of the last five races that I have run there, in a couple of different Modified touring series’. It has been a really good track for me.”
    Their participation in this event is made possible in part by sponsorship from Copeland Toyota and Chevrolet of Brockton, Mass. You can count on Copeland for the best car buying experience possible.
    “It will be nice to run again with the Brady Bunch 00,” McKennedy confirmed. “A good group of guys that are all hard workers. They are all competitive and want to do well, as much as I do. We ran the car at Thompson and had a really good run.
    “We pretty much led the field in practice, and in the race we came from the back two different times. We restarted around 20th after the pit stop and drove all the way back to a sixth position in only about 30 laps. With all of that being said, I look forward to Stafford. It’s a track I feel comfortable at. Hopefully I can make the best of this opportunity and come out of there with a good finish.
    “At this point we’re a team running on a race-by-race deal. If we can keep getting sponsorship for the car, then we can run more tour races with the Brady 00.”
    Brady Bunch Racing is a family owned race team founded in 1962, and has been a fixture in Modified racing for over 50 years at tracks from Florida to Maine. The team hopes to obtain sponsorship to compete more with NASCAR, and in televised events throughout the remainder of the 2017 season.
    Follow McKennedy at Brady Bunch Racing at Stafford either in person or through updates on the NASCAR Home Tracks site. The Stafford 150 is tentatively scheduled to begin at around  9:15 PM on Friday, August 4.