Last week we did not have a chance to write, recap and give updates for you. We do apologize but as many of you know we do this on the side and sometimes, most times real life has to take priority or gets in the way (However one chooses to see it..lol). Our time commitment varies week to week depending on the week and content. Most weeks we spend 25-35 hours a week between Melanie and myself working on Mod Squad ‘stuff’. Weather it is photos, interviews and the radio show. Many weeks it has been many more hours… So our jobs that pay and responsibilities have to come first. With that being said any sponsorship, advertising or donations are more than welcome, just had to throw that out there!! Lol!!
Okay, enough of that now onto some racing!! So the Stafford show on 5-12 was phenomenal (check out blog” FRIDAY NIGHT WAS SO HOT, IT HAD TO RAIN FOR THE WEEKEND TO COOL THINGS DOWN“) so to realistically expect two weeks in a row like that show is not likely, so to say the 5-19 show was a let down compared to that would not be fair….But it was an “ok” night of racing with an extreme amount of cautions throughout the night. The MRS race that night followed suite with so many cautions they were contemplating a single file restart….The racing in between the yellows was good and any night at the track is better than a night away from the track. As we all know, no matter who is racing or where sometimes we just have "one of those kinds of nights" at the track. Congrats to Anthony Nocella on his MRS win! Top 5: (1) Nocella (2) Pitkat (3) Willis Jr (4) Pasteryak(5) Williams. The big story was 3 of the top runners dropping out on the final laps apparently due to fuel shortage Pennink, Savary and Rocco. Though Rocco’s issues may have also been engine related. Other mod winners that night include Chase Dowling in the SK Mods for his second of the season and George Nocera Jr. in his SK light rocket ship. For the complete results from that night (look under our results tab to find results for Stafford or click HERE)
That Sat. 5-20 we went back to Lebanon Valley for some more dirt fun. It was a big night of modifeds on dirt. Double big block features (1 was a make up), a 358 mod feature and a Sportsmen mod feature as well as their weekly pro stocks and pure stocks. Brett Hearn and Kenny Tremont Jr. each won one of the Big Block Mod features. (For Valley results click HERE and look under our “results” tab and click on the Valley link) Check out our Facebook page HERE and albums there for Valley photos and many others. (stay tuned we will LINK to the album here when last Sat. are posted) The Valley has been our "go to" on Saturday nights this year since the Bowl is not open yet. We really have fun and recommend it for anyone to bring friends and family up. It is very, very affordable, great racing, excellent food and with a cool old school environment along with indoor tower and roof top seating available for fans priced very reasonable. It is only an hour and a half from Hartford and worth the nice drive through the Berkshires.
We were blessed with a 3 race weekend as that Sunday was Thompson’s first Sunday show. I have been saying for years that they should run Sundays. I wish there were more Sunday races but this is a start. It was a beautiful day, there was a great crowd and great car counts. Well over 30 in some divisions with consi’s run! All the cars put on a great show. The mini stocks, limited sportsmen, NE trucks, late models, Lite mods and Sunoco mods ran to fill out Sunday's program. It ran a little past the expected time but with the added trucks, consi’s and heats it was to be expected. We were still out of there at a decent hour with a gratifying day of racing as always from Thompson. It goes without saying, the Mods put on a great show even with handicaped cars taking out some big guns early on. The top 5 in the Sunoco mods were Keith Rocco, Ryan Preece, Woody Pitkat, Nick Salva, John Studley and the Lite Mod top 5 were Josh Galvin, Damon Tinio, Albert Ouellette, Chris Correll, Glenn Griswold. (For complete Thompson click HERE and look on our site under results>local>Thompson)
We enjoyed Thompson's show as always and can not wait for Wednesday June 14th when the NASCAR Whelen Tour Modifieds take to battle at Thompson. This is sure to be an awesome and unpredictable race as all the 2017 Whelen Tour races have proven to be. The points battle is fierce where it is still anyone’s game with names in the top 10 that have not been up there in years past as well as the past 3 years champion outside of the top 10 in points. (Click here for current Whelen Tour Points) To add even more excitement and variables, Teddy Christopher will be taking over the #82 ride of Dan Watts that has been piloted by Ron Silk. Driving TC’s regular tour type mod ride. the Brady #00 will be wheelman Jon McKennedy. Both these guys are going to be racing for wins and are not worried about points. This should really make for an incredible show that you do not want to miss!
Well, this past Friday was setting up to be the biggest night in local modifeds this year with Dunleavy’s Big double distance SK Light race and extra distance SK race (50 laps). But once again, this year mother nature had other plans and 30 min after we set up the camper, Stafford called the race in the afternoon (rain date is 6-9). We made the best of it with our friends and hung out and camped anyways as there were some friends and teams that were there already and came over and had a good time with us. Really we enjoy this part of racing as much as we do the on track excitement; it is what makes racing such a complete and fulfilling experience and addiction. But I can not lie, I was highly disappointed that we did not race as we were really looking forward to racing and “needed” a race after the week we had..lol.
Saturday, you guessed it we were back up at the Valley, though we were contemplating a visit to Fonda, but did not go this week. However, a Fonda trip is in the future, who is down to go with us? Fonda is another great NY dirt track with lots of history and action and is only a couple hours from Hartford. But the Valley it was, it was a beautiful day with a full night of racing! Big Block Mod winner was Brett Hearn followed by Andy Bachetti, Eddie Marshall, Kenny Tremont, Keith Flach. We will have photos up from 5-27 very soon.
Our original plan was to go to Riverhead for their 300 lap mod race. But with Memorial Day traffic and with the ferry all booked up we decided against it. Congratulations to 15 year old Dillon Steuer on his big win of the 300 lapper. (Complete results click HERE and look on our web sit under results tab, and then click on Riverhead)
The big show this week is the long awaited EXIT Reality Modified Touring Series race at Stafford Motor Speedway this Friday June 2nd! The 125 lap Stafford Showdown is shaping up to be a great race, with all the regular MTS drivers like Preece, McKennedy, Goodale, Pitkat, Pennink, Barret, Savery and Masse just to name a few. Also to be noted TC will be running in the Brady #00 and “Kid Roc” is entered as well. Look for the entry of local shoe Ronnie Williams too. There is a very diversified field entered from The legend TC who is closing in on lap 60 of life to young comers Andrew Molleur and Sam Rameau who is only 14 years old! To find out more about Sam follow this link to a story from Mod Squad's Alan Piquette (SAMMY RAMEAU 'Making his first MTS start') I would not be surprised if we see a few more local Stafford regulars and MRS racers enter too. This will be 125 green flag laps with pitting and a tire change. Fueling rules are being addressed currently as I think the MRS race last week having some cars running out of fuel may have prompted this. MTS is all about the "racing", and putting on a show for the fans. Along with being fun as well as fair for the drivers and teams. What ever they come up with I think will be the best compromise for all, with safety and entertainment being priority.
The big unknown and equalizer here is going to be the American Racer tires and how they will react at Stafford. This is the second race most these guys will have with this tire and they have not been raced at Stafford yet. I know it was a big learning curve at the first MTS race this year at Monadnock and how the tires react, last, stagger and when and how bad they "fall off". At the Monadnock race most of the drivers were very surprised at how long it took for them to “fall off” and also how little they did “fall off” from the first to the last lap. They did note it took longer for them to heat up and “come in”. With that being said there are no notes on the "racers" at Stafford and there will be a lot of stress and guessing on the crews come Friday. They know what the tires did at the high banks of the ¼ mile Monadnock track for 31.25 green to checker miles. The question is what will they do for 62.5 miles at a flat Stafford. If the MRS race last week is a sign of what could be, then there is a fair chance we will see some yellows and tire heat cycles with lots of variables for teams and drivers to contend with. With all of this, it helps levels the field as they all are learning tires again.
I am really looking forward to this race. The MTS has a good thing going and being their first year, there will be some learning curves and growing pains for the series as that is par for course in any start up. What I have seen and feel so far is that there is a lot of promise, passion and good intentions coming from the whole EXIT Reality and MTS crews! We hope to see many of you at Stafford Friday! Come on out and support this great series and track. Enough of this recent weather pattern, let it rain during the week and at night but leave race days alone!!!! Until the next green flag drops #ModOn RG