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Patnode Grabs Fourth Valenti Modified Series Win At Monadnock

Winchester, NH. – Local favorite Todd Patnode continued his winning ways Saturday night capturing the Valenti Modified Racing Series  ‘Fenton Family Dealerships 100’ presented by Mayhew Tools in front of a large crowd at Monadnock Speedway.

The win was the former Monadnock track champion’s second this season and his fourth series win. His most recent trip to victory lane was last month, July 7.

Patnode, driving the Gomarlo’s Supermarket, Gary’s Power Equipment, # 24, started 16th in a 26-car field and patiently worked his way to the front taking the lead from pole-sitter and leader Richard Savary on lap-73 to go on to victory.

“The car was good – I had more than enough pressure from behind,” Patnode told the crowd post race. “This car has been good here – we’ve been fortunate.”

The local’s prevailed again at the famed high-banked oval. Brian Robie, of Sunapee, NH, enjoyed his best finish last month until a second place finish in the VMRS final appearance at Monadnock for 2018.

“This is amazing. Of course when your racing Todd at Monadnock you might as well be racing for second place it’s like a win in my book,” said a happy Robie.

“He looked a little bit tight- I was a little bit loose. It was almost a good battle at the end but I wish I had a little bit more for him. Respectfully Robie made it clear he was pleased to finish “up next to him.”

The Monadnock home field advantage once again prevailed. Knowing the track considered by many as ‘tricky’ gives those with many laps of competition a little bit of an edge. Robie explained, “ You get so used to that groove. You know how far to drive it into the corner- how to drive it through the corner-and be able to save the tires.”

Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA completed the podium with a solid third place finish and moved into second place in the point standings after last weeks Waterford CT. race. “ Third’s always not the best but it’s good when your points racing like this and pick up points on the leader.” Rameau explained.  “ It was a good run I don’t think I saved it enough. I don’t think anyone had enough for Todd.”

Chase Dowling, of Roxbury, CT, finished fourth, with Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, rounding out the top five.

Matt Mead, Russ Hersey, Mike Willis Jr, Joel Monahan, and Dylan Izzo, finished sixth through tenth.

19 cars of the 26-car field finished on the lead lap.

Race Summary:

Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, NH

August 25, 2018

Entrants: 27
Race Distance 100- Laps
Time of Race 52:23.999
Margin of Victory:  0.285
Best Lap Time: 13.040
Best Speed: 69.018   Todd Patnode
Lead Changes (1)

Caution: 9
Lap Leaders: Savary  (1-72) Patnode (73-100)

DNS – Roy Seidell  (Blown Engine)

Next event: Stafford Motor Speedway

August 31, 2018

Unofficial Order Of Finish: (1) Patnode, (2) (Robie, (3) Rameau, (4) Dowling (5) Pitkat, (6) Mead, (7) Hersey, (8) Willis Jr, (9) Monahan, (10) Izzo, (11) Nocella, (12) Gallup, (13) Fournier, (14) Savary, (15) Robbie, (16) Sherman, (17) Shaw, (18) Perry, (19) Doucette, (20) Sontag, (21) Bleau, (22) Malave, (23) Alexander, (24) Lashua, (25) Bolton, (26) Rock

Valenti Modified Racing Series Visits Monadnock Saturday

Canaan, NH. –  The Valenti Modified Racing Series will put the wraps on their three race dates at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, this Saturday night as the track hosts the ‘Fenton Family Dealerships 100’ presented by ‘Mayhew Tools.’

Wednesday afternoon, 24-race teams indicated they plan to compete in the event. Weather forecasters say the outlook is expected to be rain free.

As always the case with the Monadnock oval, the series roster carries names familiar with the tricky high-banked oval, drivers that have enjoyed success throughout their careers there. This weekends field — more of the same. The hometown edge is always a factor at ‘Mad Dog”

Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, a three-time VMRS winner, recently on July 7, will be part of a contingent looking to keep bragging rights close to home. The same can be said for Russ Hersey, also of Swanzey, looking for his third series win. 31-time winner Kirk Alexander, another Swanzey entry will compete.

Series newcomer Joel Monahan, rookie of the year contender Cameron Sontag, Mike Willis, Jr, Brian Robie, Dana Smith, Matt Mead, all have Monadnock experience and are seeking their first victory.

Series point leader and reigning champion Anthony Nocella, Richard Savary and Derek Robbie, will compete. Dylan Izzo, runner-up at Waterford, CT, last week, will make his first series start at Monadnock.

Fenton Family Dealerships will be conducting a Food Drive at the speedway to support The Community Kitchen. Fans that bring a canned food item will receive $5.00 off Adult or Senior admission.

Gates open at 3:00 PM    Race Time: 6:00 PM


Patnode Scores ‘Firecracker 100’ Win At Monadnock

Winchester, NH. — Veteran Monadnock Speedway driver Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, made home track experience pay off Saturday night July 7, taking the lead on lap-64 to win the annual ‘Firecracker 100’ race sanctioned by the Valenti Modified Racing Series. It was the first win of the season for the popular Granite State driver and his third career series win. Patnode’s last VMRS win was August 21, 2016.

Patnode joins Jim Boniface, Peter Daniels, Vinnie Annarummo, and David Pinkham, all with three series wins.

In front of a large crowd on hand for the tracks annual Independence Day fireworks presentation and it’s tradition of the Valenti Modified Racing Series being part of it, Patnode started 21st in a 25-car field and patiently ran near the back of the lineup with the likes of Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT, Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, Ron Silk of Norfolk, CT, and eventual second place finisher and series point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, who rolled off in the 25th and final starting position.

Pole sitter Russ Hersey, of Swanzey, took command of the early lead for the first 46-laps. Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, grabbed the lead on a lap-47 restart when Hersey grabbed it back for two circuits.  Hersey and Pitkat flipped the lead back and forth while Patnode was fast approaching. Patnode took command on lap-64 in the Gomarlo’s Supermarket / Gary’s Power Equipment sponsored car and was never headed.

Nocella, who overcame an afternoon full of mechanical woes, largely credited his race team for getting him to a second place finish.  Hersey finished a solid third, another strong run for the Warren Mordenti /Central Mass Tree / Twin State Truck Repair team.

Another bright spot in the race was the drive from the 24th starting position to a fourth place finish by Sunapee, NH’s Brian Robie. Robie runs a selected series schedule and the Monadnock(VMRS) finish was his best yet.

Pitkat rounded out the top five.

Donnie Lashua, Hinckley, Kirk Alexander, rookie Jacob Perry, and Sammy Rameau rounded out the top-10.

15 of the 25 cars that started the race were on the lead lap. The race was completed just shy of 55 minutes.  Eight caution flags were needed.

Hersey, Joel Monahan, and Matt Mead won qualifying heats. Mead ran a strong race, a solid second for most of the first half.

Next Event: Lee USA Speedway

July 13, 2018

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Post Time: 7 00 PM

Race Summary

Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, NH.

July 7, 2018

Race # 6

Entrants: 25

Distance: 100-laps

Lap Leaders:  Hersey (1-46), Pitkat (47) Hersey (48-50), Pitkat (51-56)

Hersey (57-63) Patnode  (64-100)

Cautions Flags: Laps 3, 8, 40, 41, 46, 78, 78, 79

Margin of Victory: 0.238

Best Lap Time: 12.01

Best Speed: 70.307   Russ Hersey

Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Patnode, (2) Nocella, (3) Hersey, (4) Robie, (5) Pitkat, (6) Lashua, (7) Hinckley, (8) Alexander, (9) Perry, (10) Rameau, (11) Savary, (12) Gallup, (13) Willis Jr (14) Monahan, (15) Robbie, (16) Sontag, (17) Gonyaw, (18) Smith, (19) Sherman, (20) Mead, (21) Silk, (22) Richardi, (23) Rock, (24) Bolton, (25) Seidell