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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)

MacDonald Scores At The ‘Magic Mile’

Captures GSPSS Victory In First Annual Short Track Showdown

 WALPOLE, N.H. – Heading into Saturday’s First Annual New England Short Track Showdown presented by AR Bodies at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Eddie MacDonald was listed as one of the favorites to capture the checkered flag.

17 MacDonald leads the field to green (Chip Cormie Photo)

Behind the wheel of his No. 17, MacDonald showed why he was one of the favorites. He scored the victory in his heat race and then went on and scored the win in the 50-lap feature event as part of the inaugural stop for the series on the 1.058-mile oval. DJ Shaw and Matt Swanson joined MacDonald as podium finishers.

Although MacDonald got out front early and seemed to be the race dominator, he faded just before the halfway point and Shaw was able to slide by and take the lead at lap 19. MacDonald mentioned post-race that he had a right-rear tire blistering and also had the deck lid of the car come off while on the track which slowed his efforts.

However, during a halfway break with 22 laps to go, MacDonald’s team went to work and fixed the body and gave him two new right side tires to attempt to work his way back to the front. On the restart, MacDonald slid to the inside of Shaw and took over the advantage, pulling away into glory and capturing another NHMS victory.

Going into Saturday’s main event, MacDonald had already won races on the ‘Magic Mile’ in multiple different touring series and he was able to use the experience to his advantage and capture the inaugural Granite State Pro Stock Series stop at NHMS.

Shaw finished second behind the wheel of his No. 90, just a little bit short of capturing the checkered flag. Shaw’s team car, driven by NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Matt Swanson, finished in third and rounded out the podium finishers.

Mike O’Sullivan finished in fourth, while brother Tommy O’Sullivan rounded out the top five at the finish. Six through 10 were Nick Lascuola, Mike Scorzelli, Barry Gray, Josh King and Wyatt Alexander.

Early cautions plagued the race, including an incident on the backstretch that took out Travis Fisher and Kevin Casper. Shortly after, a major crash in turn one started when Scott MacMichael blew a motor in front of the field. Ben Rowe, Derek Griffith and Billy Brady, along with others, were involved and the crash ended their day as well.

The series wishes to thank all of the teams, drivers, fans and supporters of the First Annual New England Short Track Showdown presented by AR Bodies.

Next up for the Granite State Pro Stock Series is the second of two stops at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The event will be held on Friday, July 7, with a post time of 7 p.m.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net, or follow the series on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Official Finish

  1. 17ma  Eddie MacDaonald
  2. 90         D.J. Shaw
  3. 49         Matt Swanson
  4. 08         Mike O’Sullivan
  5. 4            Tommy O’Syullivan
  6. 39         Nick Lascuola
  7. 18         Mike Scorzelli
  8. 29         Barry Gray
  9. 21         Josh King
  10. 96         Wyatt Alexander
  11. 01         Joe Decker
  12. 17         Heywood Herriot

13.2 8ma  Greg Nanigian

  1. 7            Cory Casagrande
  2. 51         Eddie Fatsher
  3. 57         Zig Geno
  4. 72         Scott MacMichael
  5. 12         Derek Griffith
  6. 12j        Joe Graff
  7. 4r          Ben Rowe
  8. 05         Phil Richardson
  9. 43         Devin O’Connell
  10. 92         Billy Brady
  11. 76         Zane Zeiner
  12. 8f          Travis Fisher
  13. 88         Kevin Casper