Category Archives: Valenti Modified Racing Series

Willis Wins First Valenti Modified Series Race At Claremont

Claremont, NH. – Who says home field advantage doesn’t apply in short track racing. It did for Mike Willis Jr Friday night, as the Grantham New Hampshire driver, notched his first Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at Claremont Motorsports Park, Claremont, NH.

Willis previously won at Claremont in a Tri-Track Series event. The VMRS win    

Willis has been chasing the last four seasons. It finally came together in front of the hometown crowd.

“ It’s always good to win here and I love coming to this track I really want to win at another track to show we can win besides home but I’ll take what I can get.” said a smiling Willis.

Willis added, “the car was great and I was thinking on lap-40 the cautions not coming out thinking we’re not going to have a good car at the end – it was starting to get real good though getting better and better and when it was go time it was there.”

The victory was bittersweet for the family team headed up by Denis Hardy after a rough outing the week before at Monadnock.  Willis reasoned, “after last week some things not my fault- something’s definitely my fault.. this week we were pretty distraught and not racing this week at all and Dad said we’re committed and we’re going. We worked hard all week … the crew worked hard.

Willis started on the pole in the Spirit of Alaska/Maurice Enterprise/Legacy Landscaping # 83 thanks to winning his heat race, and led the opening seven laps when Kirk Alexander took the lead briefly. .Claremont’s Jeff Murray, making his first start this season, took command on lap-10 and led for 70-laps when Willis slipped by on the outside and pulled away from the field.

Willis was followed by a persistent Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, who finished second followed by Matt Swanson, of Acton, MA in the Gary Casella #25 who made a late race charge.  Sunapee NH’s Brian Robie checkered fourth, with Kirk Alexander, of W. Swanzey, NH.

Murray, Mike Douglas Jr, CJ Bolton, Donnie Lashua, Dylan Rock, and Cam Sontag

rounded out the field of eleven starters.

Willis joins Chase Dowling, Jeff Gallup, and Ronnie Williams as first time series winners

Only two minor caution flags were displayed on laps 49 & 51. The race was completed in 28 minutes.

The next event for the Valenti Modified Racing Series is Saturday June 22, and Sunday June 23, at the 3rd annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

Gallup, Nocella, Share Lee May Madness Wins

Lee, NH. – – Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills Mass, passed race
leader Mike Willis Jr of Grantham, NH, late in the race, to win the
first of two 50-lap events in Sunday’s “May Madness” at Lee USA
Speedway, Lee, NH. The victory was Gallup’s first win with the
Valenti Modified Racing Series.

Gallup, the son of former modified racer Richie Gallup, chased
after early race leader Mike Willis Jr. When Gallup took
command of the race on lap-25, it was Willis who chased the
leader to the checkered flag. Dylan Rock, of Enfield NH, finished
third, with Conway, NH’s, Andy Shaw fourth, and Anthony,
Nocella, of Woburn, MA, rounding out the top five. Cameron
Sontag, C.J Bolton, Carl Medeiros Jr, Tony Ricci, and George
Sherman finished sixth through tenth.

One caution flag slowed race on lap-45 followed by a restart

In the second race, Andy Shaw overcame a first race incident when
his crew got him race ready to become the class of the field until
Nocella had other plans. The former serious champion passed
Shaw with two laps remaining in the race. The win was Nocella’s
first of the season and his 11 th VMRS victory.
Dylan Rock scored his second podium finish in the Jack Batema

The second race was also slowed by one caution flag.
The next event for the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be
Saturday June 8, at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH.

Speedway 51 VMRS Race IS Cancelled

(Canaan NH) – Valenti Modified Racing Series president Jack Bateman announced Friday, the series race scheduled July 27, at Groveton, New Hampshire’s Speedway 51, has been cancelled. 

 Bateman cited a conflicting date as the reason. 

“After taking into consideration the Tri-Track Series event at Star Speedway on that date, it’s the logical thing to do . Car count is a concern and I conveyed that to Speedway 51 management. We considered another date but none would work. We are disappointed but are hoping to schedule a race next year.” Bateman said.