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Valenti Modified Racing Series Heads To Stafford Motor Speedway Friday

Canaan, NH. — Close to 30-race teams have indicated they plan to enter the Valenti Modified Racing Series event this Friday, September 1, at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

Drivers from throughout New England will be competing in the 8th annual VMRS 80-lap race.

Series point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, will be attempting to sweep both VMRS events held at Stafford this year. He started the season in May with a victory in the series season opener. Since then, Nocella has been to victory lane three times most recently at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME. The win put 76-points again between Nocella and his closest competitor now Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, who moved ahead of Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, after the Beech Ridge race.  Gallup and Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, continue their quest for Rookie Of The Year honors. Only 34-points separate Gallup and 15-year-old Rameau with three-races remaining.

Stafford ace Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, will enter the VMRS race. Christopher has already been to victory lane this season having garnered the 100-lap event at Waterford, CT, two weeks ago. Additionally, Dave Etheridge, of Portland, CT, is expected to compete, as is Kyle James, of Ashaway, RI, who has run strong with the series this season.

Former series champion Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, is expected to compete, as is New Hampshire regulars, Mike Willis, Jr, Matt Mead, and Berkley, MA, driver Colbey Fournier.

Former PASS Modified champion Andy Shaw, of Center Conway, NH, will make his first start at Stafford coming off an impressive run at Beech Ridge, and Westbrook, ME driver, Tony Ricci, will be in the Czarnecki Brothers # 20 car after a podium finish at Beech Ridge. Troy Talman, of Oxford, MA, will compete. Already this season, Talman has a win at Lee, NH, and was runner-up last weekend at ‘The Ridge.’

An autograph session for fans will be held immediately following qualifying races that begin at 6:15 pm. The evening will be capped off by a gigantic fireworks display to usher in the Labor Day holiday weekend.


VMRS Gets Back At It – At Waterford’s Wings And Wheels Saturday

Canaan, NH. — After a 3-week summer break, the Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to action, Saturday, August 12, at New London-Waterford Speedbowl as part of the Connecticut tracks annual ‘Wings & Wheels” presentation of open-wheel racing. The race is the first of two events in the month of August. The second is August 19 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME.

Woburn, MA, point leader Anthony Nocella’s lead has been trimmed to 58-points with Jeffrey Gallup, Feeding Hills, MA, still holding on to second in he standings.

Canaan, NH’s veteran Donnie Lashua, and Mike Willis Jr. of Grantham, NH, are separated by one-point. Willis will be debuting a brand new Troyer Chassis modified at Saturday’s event. Willis finished fourth in last years race.

Matt Mead, of Richmond, NH, Colbey Fournier, of Berkley, MA, and Rob Richardi Jr, of Taunton, MA, are close in points in a battle for fifth.

Familiar faces with VMRS history have indicated their intent to compete.

Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, a two-time series champion, will make his first series start this season. Pasteryak has two VMRS wins at New London-Waterford.

Former series regular Max Zachem, of Preston, CT, returns driving the Ceravolo Race Team # 16 car with 4-time VMRS winner Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, also slated to compete.

Dennis Perry, Anthony Flannery, Dave Etheridge, and Geoff Gernhard are expected.

Qualifying begins at approximately 5:15 PM. VMRS heat races and the

100-lap feature is third in the running order, subject to change if needed.

Valenti Modified Racing Series Swings Back To Lee Friday

Canaan, NH. – The last time the Valenti Modified Racing Series competed at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway, it was for a rare Saturday afternoon event on Memorial Day weekend. First time that happened. When the checkered flag fell, Mike Douglas Jr. notched his first VMRS win.

The Douglas victory started a run of ‘firsts’ for the New Hampshire based series. It was also the first VMRS victory for Douglas’ father, long-time owner/driver Mike Douglas of Auburn, New Hampshire.

Since then, veteran racer Russ Hersey of Swanzey, NH, captured his first series win at Claremont and car owner Warren Mordenti, owner of the Hersey mount, did the same earlier this month.

2015 Series Champion, Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, won his first VMRS race of the year in the series first ever race contested at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH.

Another opportunity presents itself Friday night, July 21, for a first time winner to surface when the VMRS kicks off the second-half of their 2017 season at ‘New Hampshire’s Center of Speed.” Twin 50-lap features are on tap.

Eight out of the top-ten drivers in the series point standings, are hoping to add their name to a long list of first time winners, at the 3/8th mile oval, owned by New England Hall of Fame Promotor/Owner Red MacDonald and wife Judy.

Point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, Mass, winner of three races to date, takes a 73-point lead into Lee but it’s the competition behind him in the first half that has drawn attention.

11-points separate Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, and second generation driver, Jeff Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, (2nd) place, with the same amount (11) separating last years Rookie of the Year Colbey Fournier, of Berkley, MA, and 15-year old |Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, for fourth.

A four-point gap separates Richmond, NH’s Matt Mead from Donnie Lashua, Canaan, NH, and Rob Richardi, Taunton, MA.

Lee (USA) has long been labeled a tough track to win on but it’s interesting to note the drivers that have found their way into the MRS records books with their first series win there.

The ‘late’ Jim Boniface won his first career series race at Lee in July 2004. A year later Jimmy Dolan scored his lone victory on Oktoberfest weekend.

Tony Ricci, who returned to competition at Claremont after several year’s absence, and will be in the field Friday night driving the Czarnecki Brothers # 20 car, first visited the Lee/MRS winner’s circle in 2006.

Louie Mechalides scored his first MRS win in 2007 at Lee, Eddie Dachenhausen did in 2008, and Jimmy Kuhn Jr. in 2009.

A field of 20-cars as of Tuesday, July 18, is expected to compete.

Friday’s program starts at 7:00 PM.   Lee USA Speedway is located on

Route 125 Lee, NH.