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Pitkat Crowned 2018 Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion

South Windsor Connecticut – – Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, was crowned 2018 Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion Friday night,

Nov 30, at the series annual awards banquet held at Maneeley’s Banquet and Catering, So. Windsor. CT. The title was Pitkat’s second, his first was in 2015.

The 39-year old Pitkat thanked his wife Erica and family for their support throughout the season, the Valenti Auto Group, Series owner Jack Bateman, series officials and race fans.

Pitkat also recognized car owners Dan Stebbins, Stan Mertz, and Todd Patnode noting if it were not for them the championship would not have been attainable. Mertz and Patnode stepped up late season when Stebbins discontinued his 2018 campaign.  Pitkat also recognized drivers, Anthony Nocella, Sammy Rameau, and Mike Willis Jr.

Pitkat was also the recipient of the Hoosier Tire East Award presented by Rob Summers, and the New England Race Fuel Award from John Holland.

Nocella, Wills Jr, Richard Savary, and Jacob Perry rounded out the top five in the standings, Donnie Lashua, Cameron Sontag, Derek Robbie, Todd Patnode, and Jeffrey Gallup, were sixth through tenth,

Tony Ricci, Dylan Rock, Andy Shaw, Brian Robie, and Dave Etheridge ranked 11th through 15th.

A.D.N. Motorsports (Anthony Nocella) won the Owners Points Title over Mike Willis Jr, Sammy Kramer, Stebbins, and long-time car owner Norm Perry.

Achievement Awards were presented to the following:

Rookie of the Year –        Jacob Perry

Most Improved Driver – Cameron Sontag

Tough Luck award –       CJ Bolton

Sportsmanship Award –  Derek Robbie

Dedication To Racing –  Roy Seidell

Seidell called it a career in October after 44- years of competition.

2019 MRS Schedule

For the first time the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be part of four opening events in 2019.

The series will be at Thompson Motorsports Park, April 6, Monadnock Speedway, May 4, New London – Waterford Speedbowl May 11, and Lee USA Speedway, May 18 & 19.

Monadnock welcomes the series back on June 8, July 6, and again on August 24.

June 22, & 23 are the dates for the third annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon.

Lee USA Speedway will host the series on July 12 and October 6.

New London-Waterford’s annual Wings & Wheels happens August 17

Single events on the calendar include Speedway 51, July 27,

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, August 3.

Claremont Speedway, August 9 with a rain date August 10

Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT August 30

Thompson Motorsports Park, October 11, & 12.

Pitkat and Rain Win Valenti Modified Racing Series Event At Lee

Lee, NH. – The Valenti Modified Racing Series traveled to Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH, this past weekend for that tracks Oktoberfest weekend. The series has been part of the annual event since 2005.  26-race teams entered the race.

Mother nature was at it again.  A cold mist forced a three and a half hour rain delay, schedule changes, shortened races, and more mist, and a fast closing already extended curfew finished off the 2018 Oktoberfest weekend.

The original plan of twin 50-lap races was reduced to 40-laps with three other divisions scheduled also set to compete in agreed upon lower race distances.

Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, joined with long-time racer-car owner Stan Mertz, started outside front row, and led the field through 5-caution periods to lap-19 when the race was slowed by a three car crash including series point leader Sammy Rameau.

Series officials chose to count laps under caution stopping at lap-30. The heavy mist intensified and the race program was declared over.

Pitkat was credited with the win with Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, second, Kirk Alexander, Swanzey, NH, Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, fourth, and Brian Robie fifth.

Jacob Perry, Chase Dowling, Jeffrey Gallup, Dylan Izzo, and Tony Ricci rounded out the top ten.

Josh Cantara, of Alfred, ME, Pitkat, and Alexander, were heat winners.

Reigning champion Anthony Nocella was sidelined by engine problems during practice.

Modified Racing Series announced Tuesday evening the 6MA Racing Team has been penalized for actions that took place at Lee USA Speedway, Sunday, Oct 7, 2018. Issued penalties will be listed on the series website

The series wraps up it’s 2018 season this weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, CT.

Lee Oktoberfest Next For Valenti Modified Racing Series

Canaan, NH. – When the Valenti Modified Racing Series rolls into Lee, New Hampshire, this weekend, it will be four weeks since the series last raced at Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

Nothing has changed since then. A scheduled race at Waterford, CT, was cancelled adding the drama of a championship run to Lee USA Speedway on Sunday afternoon October 7. The season finale will be the weekend after in Thompson, CT.

The final two races could end with 16-year old driver, Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, or reigning champion, Anthony Nocella, who turns age 26 next month, battling for the 2018 Championship down to the wire.

Both drivers shared victory lane at Lee this past summer. Rameau scored his first series win in July. Both have notched two wins this season.  The stage will be set for a great finish to the season at Thompson. Rameau is looking to become the youngest tour-type modified racer in Valenti Modified Racing Series history to win a series title.

The annual Lee Oktoberfest event, will feature twin 50-lap Cone Races, first tried and enjoyed by fans in August, when Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, was the winner. Patnode will give it another try this weekend. Patnode said in August he thought the Cone concept, popular in southern racing circles, was good for the fans and the Lee track was the right place for the interesting concept.

Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA is slated to drive the Stan Mertz # 6 on Sunday. Veteran drivers Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, and Tony Ricci, of Westbrook, ME, both coming off a strong run at Beech Ridge, are slated to be at Lee.

Dylan Izzo, of Monroe, CT, Cameron Sontag, of Sterling, MA, Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, Derek Robbie, of Bellingham, MA, Jacob Perry, of Pawcatuck, CT, Russ Hersey, of Swanzey, NH, Mike Holdridge, of Madison, CT, and Mike Willis, Jr, of Grantham, NH. are expected entries.

Additionally, Jeff Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, Dylan Rock, of Enfield, NH,

Troy, NH’s T.J. Bleau, Chris Bolton, of Weare, NH, and Roy Seidell, of East Hampton, MA, are expected to compete.

Race fans and competitors need to know; unlike in the past when qualifying races were held on Saturday and the feature race on Sunday, the entire VMRS race will be contested on Sunday, October 7.

Practice for divisions competing on Sunday will begin at 12 noon with qualifying races scheduled for 2:00 pm.

 

Pit Gates on Sunday open at 8:00 AM.