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VMRS Returns To Familiar Stomping Grounds Friday Night

The Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to it’s roots Friday night, July 7, to Claremont, New Hampshire, where a then new series was formulated in a school gymnasium and an upstart traveling modified tour was established during the winter of 2002.

Now, 14-years later, and coming of a successful appearance on the series biggest stage ever, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the VMRS will roll into Claremont Speedway Friday afternoon, to prepare for a 100-lap event and a full program also featuring fireworks.

Point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, Mass, takes a 70-point lead into Claremont over Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills, Mass. Mike Willis. Jr, of Grantham, NH, who calls Claremont his home track, is only one point behind Gallup (157), with 2016 Rookie-of the Year, Colbey Fournier, of Berkley, MA, fourth with (152) and Rob Richardi, of Taunton, MA, fifth (132).

Nocella has been to victory lane this season at Stafford, CT, Groveton, NH, and Waterford, CT.

Mike Douglas Jr, of Auburn, NH, winner of his first ever series race at Lee, NH, Memorial Day weekend, is entering the Claremont program.

Friday nights show is scheduled to start at 6:45 PM.  Pit gates will open at 3:00 PM.  Fireworks are also scheduled.  General admission is just $ 10 for ages 6 & Up.

Track operators advised earlier this week if weather is an issue, the entire program will be run on Saturday, July 8. Time to be announced.

Pitkat Tops VMRS Field At New Hampshire Motor Speedway Debut

Loudon, NH. – 17-lead changes, and a hard fought battle right down to the finish, highlighted Saturday afternoons 50-lap race for open-wheel Modifieds when the Valenti Modified Racing Series made it’s first ever start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon New Hampshire.

Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, led the race 9-times before taking down his first VMRS win for 2017 and his fourth series victory. Pitkats’s last series win was October 15, 2016, at Thompson, Connecticut.

The race was part of The New England Short Track Showdown produced by race organizer Bob Guptill.

Pitkat edged Ted Christopher of Plainville, Connecticut by 0.017 at the Sunoco Checkered Flags

Pitkat was quick to point to his crew lead by car owner Dan Stebbins for making the win possible.  “It was an awesome day. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the crew. We had a terrible day yesterday (practice sessions) so to be able to win for these guys.. we chased an electrical issue all day (Friday) and only got three laps of practice.”

Pitkat continued, “ Mike Pettit came over to help us and the crews that were (parked) near us also helped us. It’s so cool to win at Loudon. To be able to pull into victory lane here is pretty awesome. To see all the guys smiling and to finally win for Mayhew (Tools) is just awesome.”

Pitkat was pleased to see the race go as good as it did especially for VMRS regulars Sammy Rameau & David Schneider. Pitkat instructed both drivers on the art of drafting at a planned practice session for all competitors last month.

“That’s what you want,” said the series 2015 series champion. You want a good competitive race and not someone coming in and winning by 20-car lengths. I’ll help anyone. It’s important to help those guys so they are not running around the back.”

“I gotta thank Jack (Bateman) for bringing the series here and Bob (Guptill) for doing everything he could to get us up here.”

Pitkat led the race 9-times, runner-up Ted Christopher five times, and Eric Goodale 3-times before crashing out of the event.

Steven Masse, of Bellingham, MA, a 9-time series winner ran a strong race competing with the leaders and finished third.

Zane Zeiner, of Bath PA, checkered fourth, with Geoff Gerhard of Bozrah, CT, rounding out the top five.

David Schneider, Anthony Nocella, Donnie Lashua, and Rob Richardi Jr. were sixth through tenth place finishers.

15-drivers finished on the lead lap.

Heat Race Winners:  Masse  (1) Christopher (2) Pitkat (3)

Next Event:  Claremont Speedway

Claremont, NH.

Friday July 7, 2017

Race Summary

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH

Race # 5

July 1, 2017

Entrants: 26

Distance: 50-laps

Margin of Victory: 0.017

Average Speed: 42.706

Best Lap Time: 30.016

Best Speed : 126.652  (Pitkat)

Cautions: Laps- 1, 12, 40, 42, and 46

Unofficial Order Of Finish: 

Pitkat (1) Christopher ( 2)  Masse (3) Zeiner (4) Gernhard (5) Schneider (6) Flannery (7) Nocella (8) Lashua (9) Richardi (10) Kay (11) Fournier (12) Meservey (13) Gallup (14) Mead (15)  Dolan (16) Goodale (17) Rocco (18) Rameau (19) Dauzat (20) Willis (21) Savary (22) Doucette ( 55) Shaw (24)  Seidell (25)

Anthony Nocella Makes First Trip To Speedway 51 a Victorious One

Speedway 51, Groveton, N.H.

   With event #3 in the record books for the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Woburn MA driver Anthony Nocella probably can’t wait for the return to the tight 1/4 mile speedway.
Nocella outdistanced a potent field of modifieds by pacing his Nocella Paving #92 and picking off competitors until overpowering race leader Jeff Gallup of Agawam MA on lap 75. From that point on all Nocella had to do was protect his valuable number one position.
   As Rob Richardi Jr. of Taunton MA and Dana Smith of Sunapee NH brought the field down to the green flag of John Spence Jr, Richardi was off and running holding the lead for 23 laps before surrendering it to Gallup. Gallup tried to check out on the field leading by as much as ten car lengths over a snarling pack behind him, but a lap 70 yellow flag closed the field up.  Nocella used the inside second row restart to his advantage, first cruising by Mike Willis Jr. of Grantham NH for second place then setting up and passing Gallup for the lead.
   Nocella commented, “It was a tough one, our first time here. I knew it was a tough track to pass on, kinda tight. We just set our own pace at the beginning and tried to keep the thing nice and straight. I know these tires, its not a bad tire, you just cant hammer on them start to finish, which I like because you have to use a little strategy instead of just drive through each other. We started on the outside and its a hard place to get down to the bottom. I started to get loose around halfway but I knew they were going pretty hard up in front of me, and I figured if I could keep mine straight they were going to be worse at the end, and they started to be. I had pressure at the end but my spotter is awesome, he gives me just the right amount of info to keep me nice and calm. They might be right on you but they still have to get along side you. We’re really happy with this win and can’t thank the Valenti Modified Racing Series enough.”
    Gallup would have an exciting race holding the point through four caution flags and 52 laps until being overhauled by Nocella. Gallup would hold on to the runner up spot following Nocella across the stripe 0.388 seconds behind.
  “I got lucky on the last couple of restarts, I had a really good car at the beginning of the race, I was able to move up then fell back for a while, then came back up and was able to finish second. It was a pretty wild race. We burnt off the right rear the last 25 laps and had to hang on at that point, but the leaders came back to me, they kinda slowed up and I was able to get back to them.”
   Fifteen year old Sammy Rameau of Westminster MA ran well all race long, starting third on the grid, ran in the top ten all race long, got spun out late in the race and recovered to finish third on the podium.
   “The car was great all day and I had no problems. Momentum is everything here on the outside. If you’re on the inside you kinda get trapped, thats what happened most of the race, we were caught in 5th for a long time but just waited it out. In most of these races if you can make it to the end you’ll end up in a good spot. I’m really happy for our team and our sponsors, this means a lot. Rubbing is racing and I’m not going to mention any names but there were some people being rougher than they should have been and I just gave it right back to them. It is what it is. I got spun out and made my way back. Me and all my team never gave up and never will. Now its off to Waterford, next race.”
   Rob Richardi Jr. and Mike Willis Jr. rounded out the top five.
   Hard charger of the event was the Lee USA speedway winner, Mike Douglas Jr. who started eighteenth and pressured Nocella for the lead late in the race to finish 6th.
   Heat winners were Rob Richardi Jr. and Dana Smith
Track-Speedway 51. Groveton,N.H.
Track Length- 0.250 mile
Race Leaders-(1-22) #12ma—(23-74) #4—(75-100) #92
Margin of Victory-0.388
Best Lap Time-12.608
Best Speed-71.383
Best Lap by-33me.-Bill Dixon
Time of Race-52:19.195
Unofficial Finish
1—92-Anthony Nocella
2—4-Jeffrey Gallup
3—6-Sammy Rameau
4—12-Rob Richardi Jr.
5—83-Mike Willis Jr.
6—23- Michael Douglas Jr.
7—16-Colbey Fournier
8—93-George Sherman
9—33me-Bill Dixon
10–14-Dana Smith
11–45-Dan Meservey Jr.
12–17-Donnie Lashua
13–77-Matthew Mead
14–81-Josh Cantana
15–27-Derek Robbie
16–63-CJ Bolton
17–47-Dylan Rock
18–Roy Seidell Jr.
DNS-7X- Scott MacMichael
Next Event- New London Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford,CT. June 24th
by Jim Snape
photos by Crystal Snape