When Chelmsford, Massachusetts driver Jonathan McKennedy arrives at Monadnock Raceway for this Saturday’s Winchester 200, he knows he’ll be a part of history.
New Britain, Connecticut: The Winchester 200 at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Raceway began building news print, internet and social media rumblings in mid-winter. By springtime, drivers and teams from across every New England state were giving notice.
Recognized now as one of the highest paying and longest distance races for Modified race cars in over 20 years, three-time Modified Series Champion Jonathan McKennedy believes even bigger news will be setting Saturday’s race apart.
“I have no doubt that race fans and race teams; everyone at Monadnock Raceway, will be a witness to the largest and most competitive field of asphalt Modified racecars in many years, said McKennedy.
Preparing for his 5th race of the 2016 season, McKennedy and his EXIT Realty #29 modified have already won two open Modified shows. Finishing the others in 9th and 5th McKennedy and team are listed as one of the favorites for Saturday’s Winchester 200.
Saturday’s race will also be the first in many years where Modified racecars will be competing over a two-hundred lap distance. Teams will have the ability to purchase and change any amount of tires – another checkmark to this race that has drivers and teams intrigued.
“Our races in North Carolina were only similar to what will be happening on Saturday because of the car type”, highlighted McKennedy. “I think the quality and quantity of cars and drivers arriving is going to be fantastic.
“I feel Gary Knight and Larry Carrillo have come together with a great plan. I’ve only raced a Super Modified for 200 laps, so even discussing pit stops for fuel and talking tire strategy with my crew has been is exciting, smiled McKennedy. “It’s truly old school. I can’t wait to see how things develop.
News around the Northeast has chronicled teams working for extended hours in preparation for Saturday. With teams expected from as far away as Pennsylvania, Maine and North Carolina, adding the amount of hours committed by all would truly tell a huge tale.
“For me, what makes racing so riveting is of course the driving. But I’m a part of this sport because I also enjoy the mechanics and creativity in building race cars. Like others I’m sure, I found even more time to prepare for Saturday’s show, laughs McKennedy.
“Though I don’t always enjoy the seemingly endless hours of prep, the rewards that can come from winning are usually very gratifying. And for this race, I think everyone has stepped up their work ethic. Every driver and team wants to be a part of that great reward.
Look for the Jonathan McKennedy – EXIT Realty #29 Team to make a strong showing in Saturday’s Winchester 200 lap event
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