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Patnode Wins Rain Shortened Firecracker At Monadnock

Winchester, NH. – Persistent rain showers with heat and high humidity didn’t stop Monadnock Speedway management Saturday from going forward as planned, but Mother Nature finally won out with the last downpour forcing the annual ‘Firecracker 100’ stopped on Lap-66, with local favorite Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, leading the race and declared the winner. Patnode won the same race last year.

Patnode took the lead on lap-25 when he passed pole sitter Les Hinckley, a 19-time series winner, making his first start of the season.

Patnode addressed the way the race went for him. “When I went out earlier I told the crew I didn’t think I would ride tonight like we normally do because I was afraid the weather would come in so I guess we were right on that so we went a little early.”

The Swanzey, NH, oilman added, “the car started to go away a little bit- right near the end and I don’t know why but the tire is on the rim over in tech I guess that’s my answer – a tire going down.”

The veteran driver concluded, “ It’s just great to be back racing with the Valenti bunch it’s a great bunch of guys- the series is awesome. They waited it out to get it in for us my hats off to the series and the track.”

The victory is Patnode’s fifth series win that ties him with Andy Seuss and Ted Christopher on the series all- time win list.  He also ties Dwight Jarvis with five wins at Monadnock.

Jeffrey Gallup, who scored his first series win this season, finished a solid second, with Rob Richardi Jr, third, for his best finish of the season.

Hinckley and Brian Robie rounded out the top five.

Sixth through tenth were Ronnie Williams, Kirk Alexander, Joey Kendall, Geoff Rollins, and Ben Byrne.

Heat races were won by Hinckley and Robie.

Nine cars were on the lead lap when the race was stopped

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Race Summary

Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, NH.

July 6, 2019

Race # 6

Entrants: 18

Distance: 100-laps    Stopped On Lap 66 (Rain)

Lap Leaders:  Hinckley (1-24), Patnode (25-66)

Cautions Flags: Laps 9, 66

Margin of Victory: 2.071

Best Lap Time: 12.917: Gallup

Best Speed: 69.676: Gallup  

Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Patnode, (2) Gallup, (3) Richardi,

 (4) Hinckley, (5) Robie, (6) Williams, (7) Alexander (8) Kendall,

(9) (Rollins,) (10) Byrne,(11) Bolton, (12) Robbie, (13) Sontag

(14) Willis, 15 (Lashua) (16) Sherman, 17) Rock, (18) Accardi

Williams Wins On Last Lap In Wild Finish At Loudon.

Loudon, NH. – In a race that saw many lead changes, Tolland Ct’s Ronnie Williams
made certain he’d be leading when it counted – on lap-50 and he did by about a foot, to
capture his second win of the season in Sunday’s Valenti Modified Racing Series feature
race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH. It was Williams second win this
season with the series.
The race was part of the third annual New England Short Track Showdown

William’s bested Anthony Nocella, of Woburn MA, in a drag race to the checkered flag,
with Jeff Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, who finished third, Chase Dowling, of Roxbury,
CT, fourth, and Mike Willis Jr, Grantham, NH, rounding out the top five.
Williams on Saturday was forced from the second round of practice when the Casella #25
was sidelined with a blown engine.
The decision was made to return to Saugus, MA to replace the damaged motor. Upon
return, Williams went out and won the opening heat race on Sunday.
The victory was worth $5000, 00
Four caution flags slowed the race on laps 2, 20, 39, and 42. A red flag was displayed on
lap-20 after veteran driver Roy Seidell spun in turn two and was struck by Dave
Etheridge who was running a strong race. Seidell after extrication was transported to a
local hospital alert and conscious.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series next competes at Monadnock Speedway July 6
Order of Finish:

  1. Ronnie Williams
  2. Anthony Nocella
  3. Jeff Gallup
  4. Chase Dowling
  5. Mike Willis Jr
  6. Andrew Molleur
  7. Rob Richardi Jr
  8. Dylan Rock
  9. Derek Robbie
  10. CJ Bolton
  11. Brian Robie
  12. Donnie Lashua
  13. Max Zachem
  14. Brad Vanhouton
  15. Anthony Flannery
  16. Andy Shaw
  17. Dave Etheridge
  18. Todd Owen
  19. Cam Sontag
  20. Roy Seidell
  21. David Schneider
  22. Kevin Ianarelli

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.