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Lee Oktoberfest Next For Valenti Modified Racing Series

Canaan, NH. – When the Valenti Modified Racing Series rolls into Lee, New Hampshire, this weekend, it will be four weeks since the series last raced at Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

Nothing has changed since then. A scheduled race at Waterford, CT, was cancelled adding the drama of a championship run to Lee USA Speedway on Sunday afternoon October 7. The season finale will be the weekend after in Thompson, CT.

The final two races could end with 16-year old driver, Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, or reigning champion, Anthony Nocella, who turns age 26 next month, battling for the 2018 Championship down to the wire.

Both drivers shared victory lane at Lee this past summer. Rameau scored his first series win in July. Both have notched two wins this season.  The stage will be set for a great finish to the season at Thompson. Rameau is looking to become the youngest tour-type modified racer in Valenti Modified Racing Series history to win a series title.

The annual Lee Oktoberfest event, will feature twin 50-lap Cone Races, first tried and enjoyed by fans in August, when Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, was the winner. Patnode will give it another try this weekend. Patnode said in August he thought the Cone concept, popular in southern racing circles, was good for the fans and the Lee track was the right place for the interesting concept.

Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA is slated to drive the Stan Mertz # 6 on Sunday. Veteran drivers Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, and Tony Ricci, of Westbrook, ME, both coming off a strong run at Beech Ridge, are slated to be at Lee.

Dylan Izzo, of Monroe, CT, Cameron Sontag, of Sterling, MA, Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, Derek Robbie, of Bellingham, MA, Jacob Perry, of Pawcatuck, CT, Russ Hersey, of Swanzey, NH, Mike Holdridge, of Madison, CT, and Mike Willis, Jr, of Grantham, NH. are expected entries.

Additionally, Jeff Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, Dylan Rock, of Enfield, NH,

Troy, NH’s T.J. Bleau, Chris Bolton, of Weare, NH, and Roy Seidell, of East Hampton, MA, are expected to compete.

Race fans and competitors need to know; unlike in the past when qualifying races were held on Saturday and the feature race on Sunday, the entire VMRS race will be contested on Sunday, October 7.

Practice for divisions competing on Sunday will begin at 12 noon with qualifying races scheduled for 2:00 pm.


Pit Gates on Sunday open at 8:00 AM.

Rameau Scores At Beech Ridge For Second Career Win

Scarborough, Maine – 16-year old Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, started ninth is an 18-car field, passed race leader Andy Shaw, of Center Conway, NH, on lap-43, and went on to his second career win in Valenti Modified Racing Series action, at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME. Saturday night. Sept 8.

Rameau entered the Maine event as the leader in the series point standings for the season championship. Rameau was chased to the finish by reigning series champion Anthony Nocella, who enjoyed the point lead for a good part of the season until a rash of mechanical issues have plagued the Woburn, MA driver.

Nocella, who started 13th, moved into second with 15-laps remaining but Rameau hung on to the top spot, to post the win.

Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, who started 18th, finished third, followed by Westbrook, ME, driver Tony Ricci fourth, and Cameron Sontag, of Sterling, MA. fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were, Woody Pitkat, Shaw, Jacob Perry, T.J. Bleau, and Mike Willis Jr.

The race was slowed on lap 40 and again on 47 for minor incidents. The 75-lap race was completed in 28-minutes – 47 seconds.

Heat winners were Ricci and Pitkat.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series moves on to Race # 12 on the 14-race schedule. New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT, will host the Saturday, September 15, event.

Race Summary

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

Scarborough, ME

September 8, 2018

Race # 11

Entrants: 18

Distance: 75-laps

Lap Leaders:  Shaw – (1-4) Ricci – (5-6) Pitkat (7-12) Shaw (13-50) Rameau (51-75

Cautions Flags: (2) Lap- 40 , 47

Margin of Victory: 1.575

Best Lap: Josh Cantara

Best Lap Time: 15.444

Best Speed: 77.622








Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Rameau (2) Nocella (3) Savary, (4) Ricci, (5) Sontag, (6) Pitkat, (7) Shaw, (8) Perry, (9) Bleau, (10) Willis JR (11) Sherman, (12) Rock, (13) Seidell (14) Robbie, (15) Dixon, (16) Cantara, (17) Lashua, (18) Bolton (19)

Rameau Takes Over Points Lead. / Beech Ridge Race Makes Points Hunt Interesting.

Canaan, NH. — With the Valenti Modified Racing Series event rained out last month at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME, and the make-up date rescheduled for this Saturday evening, August 8th, the battle for the championship has taken on a whole new twist since last weeks series race at Stafford, CT.

If they said early on they were not running for points, there are some in the last few weeks have realized they are.  Here’s why.

Tough luck and mechanical woes have hampered VMRS reigning champion Anthony Nocella as of late. So much that his run to another championship suffered another setback last week when the Woburn, MA, driver was unable to compete because of engine troubles.

All the while, 16-year-old Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, has been inching his way closer to the top of the point standings with solid runs, a podium finish, and a strong desire to become the youngest driver to win a VMRS championship.

Rameau’s ninth place finish at Stafford, and Nocella’s misfortune, finds Rameau atop the standings, but only 9-points ahead of 2015 Series Champion, Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, who also has made a late season rush near the top of the standings. . And that’s not all.  Factor in Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, three points behind Pitkat, and 12-points behind Rameau, making it interesting   over the top three spots. And Nocella’s not gone away yet. –  he is only 14-points from the top. All the ingredients for a great finish to the 2018 season.

Four races remain – could be anyone’s title come banquet time.

While Stafford winner Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, sits by himself in fifth place, Donnie Lashua and Todd Patnode are separated by four points in a battle for sixth, Rookie of the year candidate Cameron Sontag is eighth, Jeffrey Gallup, coming off his best finish pf the season at Stafford is ninth, and Rookie candidate Jacob Perry is tenth.

Qualifying races at Beech Ridge begin at 7:00 PM