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McKennedy Claims MTS Victory

Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, Ct.

   Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA came back from a heat race parts failure to best a field of 20 MTS modifieds in the inaugural Modified Touring Series 125 at the Stafford Motor Speedway.
   On the redraw of starting position for the top ten heat finishers Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT drew a fifth place starting spot but moved quickly to the front by lap 6 and looked to be on his way to his third MTS victory while McKennedy shot through the field finding himself trailing only Preece and Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon, CT until the mandatory pit stop on lap 40. Officials mandated fuel only on the stop.
   By lap 84 McKennedy found the power to get by Pasteryak and the duel was on between Preece and McKennedy. Preece shut the door lap after lap until with a handful of circuits to go, McKennedy made the pass pay off and held Preece at bay for the final 2 laps to claim the MTS hardware.
   “We had a great car tonight, we came from the back twice, probably passed about 40 cars. Ryan was tough there at the end, with about 30 laps to go we were nose to tail, I could see him starting to get free, it was tricky. I was trying to time it right off turn 2 to get a big run into 3 , it all worked out with a nice clean pass. Big thanks to my crew. We had an A frame break in the heat race, we ended up rebuilding the whole front end and that put us behind plus we had to start 19th. Its great to be here at Stafford with a win”.
   Preece led a majority of the feature but couldn’t hold off the hard charging McKennedy and had to settle from the runner up position.
   “Really happy with the car. Something seemed to break at lap 80 or so and I just started cranking rear break in. I’m curious to find out what happened to the car, but we’re differently happy, we had a really good car tonight and Jon did too, it was a fight on 4 wheel drive there at the end. We’re going to go through the car to see what happened”.
  Starting 10th the smooth driving style of Chris Pasteryak had him in 5th place by lap 5, second by lap 25 and leading on lap 78 but just didn’t have enough to keep McKennedy and Preece from getting by him and finished third on the podium.
   “I’m sure it was an exciting pass for the lead, I just wasnt close enough to see it. They (McKennedy & Preece) were in another zip code, but we got some ideas for next time and will work on it, and come back a little bit stronger. We weren’t close but were better than everyone else…except Jon and Ryan.
   Eric Goodale and Ryan Preece were heat winners.
Margin of Victory—0.618
Best lap Time—19.147
Best Speed—94.010
Best Lap by—6-Ryan Preece
Total Time—1:23:12.546
Unofficial Finish
1—29-Jon McKennedy
2—6-Ryan Preece
3—15ct-Chris Pasteryak
4—99-Richard Savary
5—57-Keith Rocco
6—52-Woody Pitkat
7—0-Mike Holdridge
8—M6-Dylan Kopec
9—21-Les Hinckley
10–00-Ted Christopher
11–4-Jeff Gallup
12–35-Andrew Molleur
13–58-Eric Goodale
15–25-Rowan Pennink
16–50-Carl Medieros Jr.
17–43-Kirk Alexander
18–69-Carlos Gray
19–9-Tommy Barrett Jr.
20–6ma.-Sam Rameau
Next Event-Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk,Mass. June 10th
by Jim Snape
Photos by Crystal Snape​

Preece clean sweeps MTS opener

Monadnock Speedway. Winchester,N.H.

   Ryan Preece driving the TS Haulers, Ed Partridge owned #6 scored the first victory on the MTS schudle for 2017 on Saturday 4/22. It only took 14 laps for Preece to come from his fifth place starting position and overhaul race leader Richard Savary. From that point on Preece set a blistering pace  running all 125 laps without a caution flag.
   “My car was good tonight , maybe too good at first. At about lap 80 I had to slow my pace to cool the right rear tire. My only concern was about Jon (McKennedy) he has a great car and knows how to set it up”.
   Jon Mckennedy turned in his usual outstanding performance driving the Exit Reality sponsored #29 to a second place finish. He glued himself to Preeces rear bumper but just never had enough to get by him.

   “It was a decent run, we ended up second but got beat by that spect motor again, its a hundred pounds lighter, handles better and better on tire wear. At 80 laps we were just as good as them but as the race progressed it was hard to keep up so we got a second place finish. The American Racer (tire) doesnt have the grip like a Hoosier but they last a lot longer and seem to repeat a lot better, overall they’re a good tire”.

   Rowan Pennink and team had to rebuild the front end of their car after a heat race crash and that hard work paid off. Pennink came from his third row starting position to take down the final podium finish. He put pressure on McKennedy all race long but had to settle with a third place finish at the end of the 125 grind.
   Chris Pasteryak came from deep in the pack and had a hard fought battle with Savary settling with a forth place finish. Pole sitter and early race leader Savary brought his brand new mount home in fifth.
Date-April 22, 2017
Track- Monadnock Speedway, Winchester,N.H.
Race- O’Reilly Auto Spring Dash
Time of Race- 27:45.783
Margin of Victory- 1.059
Best lap time- 12.892
Best Speed- 69.811
Best Lap By- 6-Ryan Preece
1—6-Ryan Preece
2—29-Jon McKennedy
3—25-Rowan Pennink
4—15ct-Chris Pasteryak
5—99-Richard Savary
6—52-Woody Pitkat
7—21-Les Hinckley
8—9-Tommy Barrett
9—58-Eric Goodale
10-43-Kirk Alexander
11-12-Todd Annarummo
12-M6-Dylan Kopec
13-15nh-TJ Bleau
14-0-Mike Holdridge
15-77-Matt Mead
16-4-Jeff Gallop
17-58ny-Sal Accardi Jr.
18-13ma-Steve Masse
19-Andrew Molleur
Next Race Event- May 6 New London Waterford Speedbowl-125 Laps
by James Snape
photos by Crystal Snape​

Mayhew Tools To Sponsor Woody Pitkat on Modified Series

Woody Pitkat of Stafford Springs, Ct is rarely at a loss for words but when the three time champion at the Stafford Motor Speedway found out that Mayhew Tools would be sponsoring his Modified Racing series, Tri-Track series and The Modified Touring series efforts, Woody was extra chatty.

“I am so excited with the addition of Mayhew Tools to our 2017 racing schedule. It’s awesome to see what they have done with Doug Coby on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this year and what they did with Bob Garbarino and Jimmy Blewett last season.” Woody said recently.

“I am thrilled to see what they are doing with the modified cars whether it be the modified tour or one of the other modified series, they must figure that it is their best interest to be a part of modified racing and we are happy that they have chosen us to be a part of this season.”

Dan Stebbins, car owner of the #52 modified is equally thrilled with the sponsorship and what it means. “We are definitely thrilled with our affiliation with Mayhew Tools. They are a local company and have had been a big name in Western Massachusetts for a long time. Anytime you have a local company with a national name step up, it’s a big deal.”

Stebbins says they plan on running all of the Tri-Track series races, 5-6 of the Modified Racing series and 8-10 of the Modified Touring series races.

“There sponsorship enables us to pursue more races and hopefully get Mayhew Tools into Victory Lane.”

For Mayhew Tools president John Lawless, he too, is equally excited about the fit. “This is a natural extension for us. Our brand name is well known in the automotive industry. We want to expand and reinforce our reputation in the market place and we believe this will help us. We are a Made in America Company and can’t wait to see Woody in action.”

Lawless said that while they are relatively new to the sport, they see the love for the sport and the best part, it’s local.

“To be part of not only the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour but to now be able to be in the other modified series, we feel that we have all of those fans covered.” Lawless said adding, “We are one of the oldest tool companies in the country and we are there for not only the professional mechanic but the serious do it yourselfer.”

Pitkat is of the belief that if they have been around since 1856, they must know what they are doing. “You look at how many companies come and go, but there is Mayhew Tools, still producing high quality tools after all these years, it says a lot about them and the high standards they have. I just hope that we are able to produce the results that will get them the best exposure possible.” Woody said.

When Pitkat was asked if he and good friend and competitor, Doug Coby might have a contest to see who can get the most wins for Mayhew Tools, Woody just laughed.

“You look at how tough Doug has been on the modified tour, it would be very hard to go against him but it would be fun as far as the most wins. I know that would be great for Mayhew Tools, regardless of who wins.”

Lawless said he is excited about getting to the track and seeing everything he has heard about, especially the passion.

“The biggest thing that people tell me is the passion that not only these drivers, crews and fans have for the sport and that the modified people might be the most passionate around in short track racing.”

So as the 2017 season kicks off, Mayhew Tools will be found regardless of the modified series and they are hoping to see Woody Pitkat in Victory lane many times during the season.


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During our more than 160-year history, we’ve been able to expand both our physical size and breadth of products without losing sight of our heritage. That includes staying true to our American roots, by keeping our newly constructed headquarters in the heart of the original tool country—Western Massachusetts, home to our corporate office and 100,000 square foot warehouse and manufacturing facilities. Mayhew controls all functions from raw material receiving to final tool inspection and packaging. Our recent expansion continues with the creation of two distinct product lines (MayhewPro and MayhewSelect) geared specifically for our hardworking customers—both the professional and occasional user that wants to know what the Pros know. Mayhew is ISO 9001:2008 Certified.