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Lee USA Speedway Oktoberfest To Host Valenti Modifieds Sunday.

Twin 50-lap features with additional posted bonuses and a new race-day sponsor, will be part of Russ Conway’s Oktoberfest at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway this weekend when the Valenti Modified Racing Series makes it’s annual stop at the popular fall event.

 Unlike in past season’s, this years race, qualifying and main events, have been scheduled for Sunday, October 6, and will feature the popular ‘Cone Race.’

As of Tuesday evening, 21-cars have confirmed their intention to compete this weekend.  Current point leader Mike Willis Jr., (371) of Grantham, NH, will enter the program with second place point man Jeff Gallup (307) of Feeding Hills, MA, returning to action. Gallup had been sidelined by an at work injury. 64-points separate Willis and Gallup.

Other drivers expected include former series champions, Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, the reigning series champion, a two-time series champion, and last year’s Oktoberfest winner, three-time champion Kirk Alexander, of W, Swanzey, NH, and Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA.

Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT, will make the trip as will Tommy Barrett, of Millis Mass. Both are former VMRS winners.

Brian Robie, of Sunapee, NH, and Tony Ricci of Westbrook, ME are going to compete.

Others expected include, Derek Robbie, Joey Jarvis, Johnny Kievman, Rob Richardi, Donnie Lashua, Dylan Rock, Cameron Sontag, George Sherman, Chris Bolton, Mike Douglas Jr, Kevin Ianarelli, and Matt Kimball.

Capri Tools of Pomona, CA, has come on board to sponsor prizes for the teams with the top three highest point totals in the Twin 50’s at Lee and the top three finishers at the Thompson World Series next weekend.

Thirty Two Signs has designed a special award that will be given to the team that accumulates the most points in the Twin 50’s

An anonymous race fan from the Lee NH area has posted $ 400 to the Hard Charger of each race.

With the recent passing of Hall of Fame Race Promoter Russ Conway, Lee management opted to refer to the race as Russ Conway’s Oktoberfest.  A tribute to Conway the innovator who with partners Ken Smith and Charlie Elliott staged one of the biggest short track races in history. and dubbed it Oktoberfest – October 1984

Practiced begins at 12 noon Sunday.

TWENTY DIVISIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 57th ANNUAL SUNOCO WORLD SERIES AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK

By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park 

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

THOMPSON, Conn. — With just 32 days remaining until the drop of the green flag on the 57th annual Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, track officials have released 20 different divisions that will compete during the weekend.  

All five of Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series classes will run their final races of the season, with five champions to be crowned. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds® will thunder around the Connecticut oval in action. 

There are also 15 different touring series divisions that will invade for the weekend, headlined by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. As part of a tradition, Whelen Modified Tour teams will head for Thompson to decide their championship battle, with the championship celebration to follow the Sunoco World Series 150. 

Joining the Whelen Modified Tour on Sunday, the ISMA Supermodified division will run their own 50-lap feature, crowning their champion at one fastest tracks in the entire New England region. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites are also two winged divisions that will compete during the Sunoco World Series weekend.

The American Canadian Tour returns to Thompson for a 75-lap feature on Saturday night, deciding their champion under the bright lights of World Series weekend, while the Valenti Modified Racing Series will join them as a Saturday headliner, with a 50-lap feature of their own. Thompson’s Late Models will compete on Friday night, giving drivers the chance to also compete in Saturday’s ACT main event. 

Headlining Friday night, the Granite State Pro Stock Series returns to Thompson for another season, bringing Pro Stocks back to the high-banks of TSMP in the thick of their title battle. The Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge, North East Mini Stock Tour, NHSTRA Late Model Sportsman, Pro 4 Modifieds, Street Stock Showdown Series, Open Vintage Modifieds, STAR Modifieds and STAR Sportsman wrap the full list of 20 classes.  

Over the next week, Thompson officials will release the full schedule for Sunoco World Series weekend. However, for reference, practice will begin at 12 p.m. on Friday, with qualifying at 4 p.m., followed by feature racing. Practice begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, with qualifying at 2 p.m., and features to follow. On Sunday, feature racing will begin at 1 p.m., with the Whelen Modified Tour concluding the day of racing. 

For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com, and follow the track on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Chase Dowling Scores Valenti Modified Racing Series Victory in Lincoln Tech VMRS 80 At Stafford Speedway

Tom Morris/Myracenews photos

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The Valenti Modified Racing Series returned to Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, August 30th for the Lincoln Tech VMRS 80.  Chase Dowling took the lead on lap-24 of the 80-lap event and he led the rest of the way, holding off Keith Rocco on several late restarts to win the Lincoln Tech 80.

The race took the green flag with Cam McDermott going outside polesitter Brad VanHouten to take the early race lead.  Chase Dowling was quickly took second with Ronnie Williams coming up to third.  Keith Rocco was fourth with Matt Galko up to fifth as VanHouten was side by side with Les Hinckley, Jr. for sixth place on lap-5. 

With 20 laps complete, the order remained the same up front with McDermott leading Dowling, Williams, Rocco, and Hinckley.  Anthony Flannery was up to sixth with Matt Galko seventh, Anthony Nocella eighth, Donnie Lashua ninth and Dave Etheridge tenth.

Dowling made a power move to the outside of McDermott going into turn 3 on lap-24 to move into the lead.  Williams followed him into second and it appeared that McDermott’s car began to drop off the pace and he pulled on pit road on lap-26.  Rocco was now third behind Dowling and Williams with Galko fourth and Flannery fifth. 

With 45 laps complete Dowling was still in command with Williams, Rocco, Galko, Flannery, and Lashua lined up behind him.  Etheridge was now seventh followed by Nocella, Hinckley, and Mike Willis, Jr. to make up the top-10.

Dowling was still comfortably in the lead with 10 laps to go with Williams, Rocco, Galko, and Flannery all still giving chase.  Lashua, Etheridge, Nocella, Willis, and Dan Meservey, Jr. made up the top-10.  The complexion of the race changed drastically when the caution came out with 75 laps complete for George Sherman, who came to a stop in the turn 4 grass to set up a 5-lap sprint to the finish.

DiMatteo and VanHouten both spun on the backstretch to bring the caution back out on the restart.  The next restart saw spins in turn 4 by Etheridge and Meservey.  Dowling took the lead on the third restart with Williams in second.  Williams dropped off the pace with a flat right front tire and was limping back to pit road when the caution came back out with 76 laps complete.  Williams’s misfortune put Rocco alongside Dowling for the next restart with Flannery and Owen making up the second row.

Dowling took the lead on the restart with Rocco in second and Galko in third.  Rocco couldn’t get close enough to Dowling to make a move as Dowling took the checkered flag to win the Lincoln Tech 80.  Galko finished third behind Dowling and Rocco with Flannery and Hinckley rounding out the top-5.

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LINCOLN TECH VMRS 80 (80)

1) Chase Dowling, Midland, NC

2) Keith Rocco, Berlin, CT

3) Matt Galko, Meriden

4) Anthony Flannery, East Hampton, CT

5) Les Hinckley, Jr., Windsor Locks

6) Todd Owen, Somers

7) Ronnie Williams, Ellington

8) Mike Willis, Jr., Grantham, NH

9) Donnie Lashua, Canaan, NH

10) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA

11) Andrew Molleur, Shelton, CT

12) Derek Robbie, Bellingham, MA

13) Dan Meservey, Jr., Brewster, MA

14) Brad VanHouten, Wading River, NY

15) CJ Bolton, Weare, NH

16) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington

17) Dave Etheridge, Portland, CT

18) Cameron Sontag, Sterling, MA

19) Sal Accardi, Jr., Deer Park, NY

20) George Sherman, Framingham, MA

21) Artie Pedersen, III, Center Moriches, NY

22) Cam McDermott, Canterbury

23) Kreig Heroth, Fort Plain, NY