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Monadnock Hosting VMRS / Victor Johnson Memorial 100 Saturday

Canaan, NH. — The Valenti Modified Racing Series and Monadnock Speedway remembers one of its own Saturday night, August 20, with the running of the annual ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100,’ in honor of the former modified racer who lost his life in a house fire five years ago.

The race, the third of three at Monadnock this season and sponsored by Swanzey Oil, of West Swanzey, NH, marks the final appearance of the year for the VMRS at the Winchester, NH, oval.

Top point men Jon McKennedy, Mike Willis Jr, Chris Pasteryak, Todd Patnode, and David Schneider, in that order, are expected entries.

Reigning champion Woody Pitkat, Russ Hersey, Rob Richardi, Richard Savary, Geoff Gerhard, and Branden Dion, are also expected at Monadnock.

Last month, McKennedy electrified the Monadnock crowd when he passed Hersey on the last lap, racing to the checkered flag, to secure the win.

McKennedy, coming off his fifth victory of the year two weeks ago at Waterford, CT, has a 120-point lead over Willis Jr, with five races left on the schedule after the Monadnock event.

Heat races begin at 6:00 PM.with feature races rolling off at approximately 7:00 PM.

GSPSS To Honor Hoyt With JBH 100 at Monadnock Saturday


The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will honor the late John Hoyt this Saturday night, with the running of the JBH 100 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire.

The race has been dedicated to Hoyt as it has in years past and drivers will seek glory in his name. Hoyt was the co-founder of the GSPSS before he unexpectedly passed away in July 2011.

Since then, series president Mike Parks has continued to lead the way for the New England based Super Late Model series and is excited to continue this race in memory of his friend. Parks also drives his No. 66 Black Rock Steakhouse Pro Stock at each series event and is excited to try and capture the checkered flag.

“This is the date I circle on the schedule each and every year,” Parks said. “I’ve finished second twice and also third. We have come close a few times. Hopefully we can win this one for JBH.”

At the most recent appearance at Monadnock for the GSPSS this past May, Mike O’Sullivan beat DJ Shaw to the finish to win the Rydemore 100. This time, many cars are expected to appear including 2015 GSPSS champion Derek Griffith, who will make his return to competition after missing the last few races.

The points championship battle will also continue to heat up with just four races remaining before a champion is crowned.

Barry Gray comes into the event with a 20 point advantage over Shaw, who scored the most recent series checkered flag last weekend at Claremont Speedway.

Rookie of the Year contender Mike Mitchell comes into the race third in the standings, just 22 points from the top. Cory Casagrande and Parks round out the top five. Others expected to compete include John Salemi, Glenn Martel and others.

The GSPSS will be joined by the Young Guns, Lightning Stocks, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Super Stocks and Sportsman Mods for a full night of racing action.

The paddock fee will be $40, with the front gate admission fee for adults set at $20.

Those fans 65+ or in college will enter for $15, while those students from 12-18 will enter for $5. Any young fans under the age of 12 will be admitted free of charge for the nights racing card.

For more information on the GSPSS, fans can visit www.gspss.net or email series president Mike Parks at mparks@gspss.net.

QUICK FACTS: GSPSS JBH 100 at Monadnock

Track Facts:

1   High banked, 1/4 mile track under the NASCAR Home Tracks sanction

2   Runs weekly on Saturday night with six division

Race Facts:

1   In memory of John Hoyt (JBH 100)

2   12 lap heat races

3   24 guaranteed starters

4   100 lap feature

Event Schedule:

1   Practice starts at 3:00 p.m. (One 45 minute session and one 15 minute session)

2   Heat racing starts at 6 p.m. (GSPSS is last in the heat rotation)

Feature racing starts at 7 p.m. (GSPSS is last in the feature rotation)

Solomito Goes The Distance At Monadnock

Leads Every Lap En Route To Third Whelen Modified Victory

Jason Christley, NASCAR
July 24, 2016 – 6:00pm

WINCHESTER, N.H. – Timmy Solomito was on cruise control Suynday.

The Islip, New York, driver led every lap – twice pulling away from the field on late-race restarts – as he drove to Victory Lane in the Dunleavy’s 200 at Monadnock Speedway. It was the third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season for Solomito.

It was the second straight win on one of tour’s bullrings. Solomito won at his home track, New York’s Riverhead Raceway on June 25. He opened the season at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with his first career victory.

Rowan Pennink made a late bid for the win before settling for second, while Jimmy Blewett brought it home third.

Eric Goodale and Justin Bonsignore were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Championship points leads Doug Coby finished sixth, the last car on the lead lap.

Solomito won his second career Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying Saturday, but late day rain pushed the evening race to Sunday afternoon.

The first 153 laps ran Sunday without a caution. Solomito, with Coby on his back bumper, set a blistering pace in the No. 16 Diversified Metals Ford and lapped all but the top five before the first yellow flag flew.

Solomito was able to cut into Coby’s lead, with is now 34 after eight of 17 races.

Max Zachem finished sixth, followed by Woody Pitkat, Rob Summers and Donny Lia. Lia is two points behind Solomito and a point ahead of Bonsignore.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, Aug. 5, for the third of its four visits to the half-mile. Coby has won both previous races there this year.



Timmy Solomito (16) led every lap on the high-banked, quarter-mile at Monadnock Speedway on Sunday. Christopher J. Banks