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Pennink Swaps Tires Then Charges To Stafford Victory Lane

Stafford Springs CT – Rowan Pennink, of New Egypt New Jersey, started 18th in a field of 26 cars, chose to hang back early on, swapped right side tires during a lap-42 caution period, then went on to win the 5th annual VMRS 80 Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT. Pennink passed race leader Woody Pitkat on lap-78.

The win was Pennink’s third of the season in four races with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, his 14th VMRS career victory, and his third series win at Stafford.

“Another awesome car right out of the trailer. Didn’t have to do a thing to it. We stuck to the game plan and ended up in victory lane. I couldn’t be prouder of my team,” Pennink said.

Pitkat led laps 44 through 77 and finished runner-up followed by Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, for his best series finish. Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, and Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH. rounded out the top five.

Dave Etheridge, of Portland, CT, Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT, Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, Keith Rocco of Berlin, CT,, and Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills. MA, finished sixth through tenth.

Qualifying race winners were Nocella, Willis, Jr, and Lashua. Rob Richardi Jr, of Taunton, MA, won the 12-lap consolation race.

Next Event:

Saturday – Sunday

June 23 (Practice)

June 24 (Race Events)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH.


Race Summary:

Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford, CT.

Race # 4

May 18, 2018

Entrants: 29

Distance: 80-laps

Cautions Flags: Laps – 23,24,35,42,71

Margin of Victory: 0.548

Average Speed: 51.158

Best Lap Time: 18.939

Best Speed: 95.042 – – Jeffrey Gallup  (Lap 4)

Unofficial Order Of Finish: (1) Pennink,  (2) Pitkat,(3) (Lashua), (4) Nocella, (5) Willis, (6) Etheridge, (7) Hinckley, (8) Savary, (9) Rocco, (10) Gallup, (11) Rameau, (12) Shaw, (13) Goodale. (14) Perry, (15) Sontag, (16) Bloxsom, (17) Robbie, (18) Richardi, (19) Seidell, (20) Dolan, (21) Silk, (22) Flannery, (23) Meservey, (24) Cipriano, (25) Montesanto, (26) Rock.

Nocella Nabs Spring Dash 100 At Monadnock

Winchester, NH. – Reigning Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, took advantage of a lap-94 restart, to go on and win Saturday night’s ‘Spring Dash 100’ at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH.

It was the 24-year old Nocella’s first career win at Monadnock, his first of the new season, and his 12th career win victory putting him in a three – way tie for fourth with Rowan Pennink, and Chris Pasteryak, on the series all-time win list.

Nocella started 9th in a 23-car field and hung back while a hotly contested race developed at the front of the field.  Grantham, NH’s Mike Willis Jr, thanks to winning his heat race, started first on the field, and set a quick pace right away leading the first 18-laps of the main event in his Spirit of Alaska sponsored modified.

On lap 19, local favorite Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, put the Gommardo’s Supermarket sponsored car into the lead until Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, in the Mayhew Tools modified, took charge on lap 27. Pitkat enjoyed the top position until Patnode grabbed it back on the 39th circuit.

Nocella made good use of a series of caution flags through the race to work his way to the front.

“I’ve had some decent runs here and some bad runs,” said Nocella in victory lane. “You gotta have tire left at the end to go anywhere. have had that problem before. The car wasn’t perfect at the beginning. I couldn’t get it to roll the center. At the end I thought I had something for him (Patnode).  On the lap-94 restart “ I thought I’m either going to spin out or win the thing.”

Patnode settled for a strong second, Richard Savary, Canton, MA, third, Westbrook, ME’s Tony Ricci, fourth, and Rookie of the Year candidate Cameron Sontag, of Sterling, MA, rounded out the top five.

Willis finished sixth, Matt Mead seventh, Jacob Perry, eighth, Dana Smith ninth, and Jeffrey Gallup tenth.

12 drivers finished on the lead lap. The race was slowed 10 times by caution flags for spinouts or contact made with another car.

Heat winners were (1) Willis Jr, (2) Patnode, (3) Pitkat

Late Sunday afternoon, series officials announced Pitkat was assessed a 1-lap penalty per the VMRS rulebook for unauthorized tire change during the race.

Next Event:

May 5, 2018

New London-Waterford Speedbowl

Waterford CT


Race # 2

Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, NH.

April 21, 2018

Entrants: 23

Distance: 100-laps

Cautions Flags: (9) Laps – 4,22,23,52,60,80,95,96

Margin of Victory: 0.618

Average Speed: 28.674

Best Lap Time: 12.822

Best Speed: 70.192- – Richard Savary

Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Nocella, (2) Patnode, (3) Savary, (4) Ricci, (5) Sontag, (6) Willis Jr, (7) Mead, (8) Perry, (9) Smith, (10) Gallup,(11) Rameau, (12), Rock, (13), Robbie, (14) Doucette, (15) Pitkat, (16), Trayner(17) Rob Richardi Jr, (18), Monahan, (19) Lashua, (20), Hersey, (21) Pennink, (22) Bolton, (23) Seidell

Pennink Rolls To Impressive VMRS Win In Thompson Opener

Thompson, CT. – With Thompson, Connecticut, temperatures in the mid 40’s, and wind chills feeling like mid-30 temperature’s, Rowan Pennink of New Egypt, New Jersey, held off a persistent Chase Dowling, of Roxbury, CT, to win the 50-lap season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s, 44th annual ‘Icebreaker Weekend.’ Pennink’s win was his 12th career victory and 4th Thompson win in Valenti Modified Racing Series competition.

The VMRS field roars down the front straight at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park April 7th 2018 (Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo)

Pennink’s win moved him into a 5th place tie with Chris Pasteryak, each now with a dozen series win.

The race was the first of the season for both the series and Pennink. Pennink underwent back surgery in January delaying the start of his season. Pennink last visited VMRS victory lane Sept 1, 2017 at Stafford CT.

VMRS winner Rowan Pennink celebrates in the Critical Signs Victory Lane April 7th 2018 (Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo)

“This 25 team put another amazing car under me at Thompson Speedway. I can’t thank the Roscoe racing team enough. They did a great job on this car over the winter. I have to thank Pettit Racing Engines, Waddell Communications, Casella Snowplows, Brad (Lafontaine) from Northeast. Everyone who helps us out with this car.”

Reigning champion Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT, and Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, rounded out the top five. Rameau made a late race charge to finish fifth

Ontario, NY’s Tommy Catalano, in his first VMRS run was sixth, followed by Jeff Gallup, Feeding Hills, MA, Kyle Trayner, Marlborough, MA, Derek Robbie, Bellingham, MA, and Mike Willis Jr, Grantham, NH.

14 of the 26 cars in the starting field finished on the lead lap.

Heat winners were Pennink (1) Dowling (2) and Nocella (3)

Next Event:

Saturday April 21, 2018.

Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, NH.

Race Summary:

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, CT


Race # 1

April 7, 2018

Entrants: 28

Distance: 50-laps

Margin of Victory: 0.567

Average Speed: 47.684

Best Lap Time: 19.124

Best Speed: 117.653 – – Richard Savary

Unofficial Order Of Finish: (1) Pennink, (2) Dowling, (3) Nocella, (4) Pitkat, (5) Rameau, (6) T. Catalano, (7) Gallup, (8) Trayner, (9) Robbie, (10) Willis Jr, (11) Savary, (12) Ricci, (13) Etheridge, (14) Lashua, (15) Sontag, (16) CJ Bolton, (17) Perry, (18) Masse, (19) Doucette, (20) Richardi, (21) Bloxzom, (22) Goodale, (23) Silk, (24) Medeiros Jr, (25) Rocco, (26) Seidell.