Winchester, NH. – Local favorite Todd Patnode continued his winning ways Saturday night capturing the Valenti Modified Racing Series ‘Fenton Family Dealerships 100’ presented by Mayhew Tools in front of a large crowd at Monadnock Speedway.
The win was the former Monadnock track champion’s second this season and his fourth series win. His most recent trip to victory lane was last month, July 7.
Patnode, driving the Gomarlo’s Supermarket, Gary’s Power Equipment, # 24, started 16th in a 26-car field and patiently worked his way to the front taking the lead from pole-sitter and leader Richard Savary on lap-73 to go on to victory.
“The car was good – I had more than enough pressure from behind,” Patnode told the crowd post race. “This car has been good here – we’ve been fortunate.”
The local’s prevailed again at the famed high-banked oval. Brian Robie, of Sunapee, NH, enjoyed his best finish last month until a second place finish in the VMRS final appearance at Monadnock for 2018.
“This is amazing. Of course when your racing Todd at Monadnock you might as well be racing for second place it’s like a win in my book,” said a happy Robie.
“He looked a little bit tight- I was a little bit loose. It was almost a good battle at the end but I wish I had a little bit more for him. Respectfully Robie made it clear he was pleased to finish “up next to him.”
The Monadnock home field advantage once again prevailed. Knowing the track considered by many as ‘tricky’ gives those with many laps of competition a little bit of an edge. Robie explained, “ You get so used to that groove. You know how far to drive it into the corner- how to drive it through the corner-and be able to save the tires.”
Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA completed the podium with a solid third place finish and moved into second place in the point standings after last weeks Waterford CT. race. “ Third’s always not the best but it’s good when your points racing like this and pick up points on the leader.” Rameau explained. “ It was a good run I don’t think I saved it enough. I don’t think anyone had enough for Todd.”
Chase Dowling, of Roxbury, CT, finished fourth, with Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, rounding out the top five.
Matt Mead, Russ Hersey, Mike Willis Jr, Joel Monahan, and Dylan Izzo, finished sixth through tenth.
19 cars of the 26-car field finished on the lead lap.
August 25, 2018
Race Distance 100- Laps
Time of Race 52:23.999
Margin of Victory: 0.285
Best Lap Time: 13.040
Best Speed: 69.018 Todd Patnode
Lead Changes (1)
Lap Leaders: Savary (1-72) Patnode (73-100)
DNS – Roy Seidell (Blown Engine)
Next event: Stafford Motor Speedway
August 31, 2018
Unofficial Order Of Finish: (1) Patnode, (2) (Robie, (3) Rameau, (4) Dowling (5) Pitkat, (6) Mead, (7) Hersey, (8) Willis Jr, (9) Monahan, (10) Izzo, (11) Nocella, (12) Gallup, (13) Fournier, (14) Savary, (15) Robbie, (16) Sherman, (17) Shaw, (18) Perry, (19) Doucette, (20) Sontag, (21) Bleau, (22) Malave, (23) Alexander, (24) Lashua, (25) Bolton, (26) Rock