Once again what seems to be more common than not this summer we were again rained out at Stafford this past Friday. There is not too much one can really say or do about it. But, I would say at this point I would welcome a few Sunday make ups and or some double features run when they do get a show in.
Saturday, well there was not rain up in NH at Monadnock Speedway but it sure was plenty hot! We ended up going up Friday night with the camper as Stafford was a no go. Gary and Alichia Knight’s EXIT Realty Modified Touring series (MTS) trucks and haulers would start rolling in late morning.
The first MTS race this year at the “Mad dog” went green to checkers, the second one and this one sure did not follow suite. There were yellows early on and it took a little bit to get a rhythm. This race would provide plenty of action for the fans and drivers. The chrome horns, nerf bars and bumpers got plenty of use and reminded fans as sometimes lately it is easy to forget that they are there for a reason. The hard racing and side by side battles went on throughout the field and race. Most of the drivers were very aggressive this race. They also were learning the new right side American Racer tires. Pennink would seem to be at odds with the “number 15” whether it be the 15CT of Pasteryak or 15NH of Bleau. As they would have multiple incidents throughout the race. One would see the 15 NH penalized for contacted under yellow and the 15CT would end up getting turned around on a restart tiff with Pennink that would send him going in the pits and ultimately him not getting a finish they were hoping for. Pennink would spin after Pitkat got into him and they both would spin in turn four as it looked like Pennink slowed and Pitkat had help moving forward to cause this. Kirk Alexander would lead the majority of the first part of the race in a car that was really hooked up. But when Eric Goodale would catch up and pressure him Alexander would end up spinning as it was apparent he used up his tires by this point and needed to pit. This is something we have not seen yet this year with the original American Racer tires. We did not see the tires “drop off” at all in the previous races, and that was part of the complaint from drivers and fans. Pennink would work his way back up front a couple times after spins, this time with Pitkat in tow. On the restart Goodale would not give Pennink, who was on the outside of the front row, much room washing him up and giving only inches to spare for Pennink between him and the wall. They were bumping nerfs and leaning on each other for a few laps. It would become apparent the right side tires of Goodale were dropping fast and Pennink would make a crossover move with tires that were fresher than Goodales as pennink did pit after one of his spins. Pitkat would follow Pennink through and challenge Pennink for the lead. Pitkat could not get the move done racing clean so he would settle for a P2 behind race winner Rowan Pennink with Goodale closing up the podium. This would be the second time the #25 would see victory lane at an MTS race at Monadnock as Chase Dowling wheeled it to victory lane earlier this summer while filling in for Pennink.
1 25 Rowan Pennink
2 52 Woody Pitkat
3 58 Eric Goodale
4 99 Richard Savary 5 43 Kirk Alexander 6 9 Tommy Barrett 7 15CT Chris Pasteryak 8 13 Cameron Sontagg
9 0 Mike Holdridge
10 21 Les Hinckley
11 M6 Dylan Kopec
12 29 Russ Hersey
13 35 Dylan Izzo
14 15NH TJ Bleau
15 1 Carl Medeiros, Jr.
Russ Heresy would sport a taped on #29 for the McKennedy team for points reasons as Jon was ISMA racing and is up top in points. It was rumored the 13 of Sontag would run the a #6 on his car for Preece who did not show up, but Sontag would ultimately run his own number on his car. There has been talk about this as some disagree with it. I can see both sides of the issue. But it is allowed per the rules. The points in the MTS series are “Team” points and not driver points. The good about this is that the whole team and owner is recognized this way. It also leaves the opportunity for teams to substitute drivers as many of them and the big names are running multiple series and there are date conflicts with all the series we are seeing. It also gives the opportunity to stay in the game if there happens to be an injury. I personally think the team that the points are being run for should provide the series car as well as a partial crew…. As I have noted along the way this is the first year for the MTS and new things are being tried. With “trial and error” there is a learning curve and “pros and cons” are noted for the future and will be addressed.
Racers have always found a way to make the rules work for them or walk the line regardless if it’s a mechanical tech rule, a pit stop/tire change/rotation rule or a general series rule. There is nothing shady going on here. I have talked to teams, sponsors and series officials. It may have been an unforeseen result of a rule that was not intended. However, the one thing everyone must remember or understand is that points are all thrown out on the last race. The top 5 in points as of the last race before the championship race are the only ones who can win the championship. Those 5 will start in the back of the final race and whoever finishes highest in the race wins the championship. Expect more great action in the final three races of the EXIT Realty MTS. There is big money on the line and time is running out. For more info on MTS click HERE.
This race left many fans happy and excited about the next ones. Most fans love hard and action packed racing and this is what they are getting now. The teams and fans wanted a softer right tire and they got it, they also got one that falls off and tire change and pit strategy are now more important. Coming into the Sept. 9th MTS race at one of the best mod tracks anywhere “The New London Waterford Speedbowl”, it is setting up to be a incredible battle. Monadnock had double feature modified races. CT young gun Mikey Flyinn would win his first ever Modified win in only a handful of starts and Nathan Johnson would win the other. Tyler Leary would win the Super Stock race. Matt Kimball would win the Mini Stocks. Matt Gauffin won the Lighting Stocks. Cale Skillings wins the Young Guns. The double header Thunder Stocks would see Jason Kozacka and Richard Vincent take wins. For more on the Monadnock click HERE.
Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl we hear there was some great racing as the car counts are starting to look healthier. SK MODIFIEDS- With Steve Masse and Marcello Rufrano showing up to be part of an 18 SK modified field. The top 5 would be : Kyle James, Ted Christopher, Diego Monahan, Stephen Masse, Rob Janovic Jr, LATE MODELS-Anthony Flannery, Keith Rocco, Vin Esposito, Tyler Chapman, Keith Chapman top five. SK LIGHT MODIFIEDS- Matt Galko, Dana DiMatteo, Bryan Narducci, Norm Sears, Chris Gombos top five. LIMITED SPORTSMEN- Jordan Hadley, Adrien Paradis III, Chris Meyers, Brandon Plemons, Ritt Shawn. LEGENDS-Joey Ternullo, Anthony Marvin, John O’Sullivan, Jon Puleo, Brandon Remson top five. MINI STOCKS-Jordan Hadley, Sean Caron, Jacob Perry, Wayne Burroughs, Ken Cassidy Jr top five. For more info on the Speedbowl click HERE.
Tri Track returns to STAR Speedway today Wednesday the 23rd. for their final race in NH this year, the Flemingo Motorsports 100. Hirschman is the man to beat no doubt coming off his last Tri Track win here last month. He has many wins at Star as well as Tri Track. Twenty to Twenty Five cars are expected. There is some big names that will be here this time that were not last time to challenge for the win. The #60 of Hirschman has a target on him now and I do not foresee this one being a dominate or easy run for him. Heavy hitters Ryan Preece and Jon McKennedy are expected this time as well. Tommy Barrett along with Rowan Pennink and Woody Pitkat will be gunning for the win. Andy Jankowiak will make the long trip from western NY, Savary, Nocella and Hinckley along with the rest of the field will have something to say about who wins this one. With only one Tri Track race left after this in late October at Seekonk this should be a good one as points are on the line and they throw out the driver’s worst points night and take the best 3 races. Make the trip on this beautiful day to Epping NH for this race. Practice starts at 4:30 and racing at 7:00.
For those who can not make it to Tri Track at Star, there is some great affordable racing at The Waterford Speedbowl for their Wild and Wacky Wednesday shows. The car counts and racing on Wednesdays has been amazing and for $8 how can you lose on the beautiful late summer day. This weekend we hope to get a race in at Stafford if Mother Nature plays nice and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be on hand for what is expected to be a great race at Seekonk Saturday. We will have more on this later in the week. Until the next green flag drops #ModOn RG