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.