LEE NH- The Lee USA Speedway played home to the Valenti Modified Racing Series on Friday night for twin 50 feature events. With a special cone rule in effect, drivers would be able to choose their lanes on restarts, making for some good strategy. It would be Brian Robie, and Sam Rameau taking down heat race wins, putting them on the front row for the first feature. Rameau would pace the field, and “walk the dog” in the first feature, leaving everyone to scramble and race for 2nd, giving nobody a shot to win. Rameau would take down his first ever VMRS win, and the biggest win of his young career on Friday Night. “This is awesome, a long time coming.” said a humble Rameau in victory lane. Robie, who started on the pole, in his first time ever at the track would finish 2nd, and Todd Patnode would end up 3rd, Tony Ricci 4th, and Andy Shaw 5th.
In the 2nd 50 lap feature, the field would be inverted. This would play to some early cautions due to the nature of the faster cars being in the back of the field, and vise versa. Dan Meservey would quickly get to the lead, with Mike Willis putting a ton of pressure on him for the lead. On a mid-race restart, Willis would lock up going into turn 3, and lose 3 spots, putting Hersey right behind Meservey. Nocella just riding in 3rd, waiting for a mistake decided with 10 to go it was time to go. He put his car to the outside and passed both Hersey and Meservey.
Nocella after getting wrecked in the first feature would take advantage of the newer tires he had and dominated the final stage of the race. “The first race incident was a result of no respect. It was better though when I drove on the outside right by him to win the race.” Nocella explained further that the whole right side of the car was basically destroyed 30 minutes before the green flag of the 2nd 50 lap event, and was quick to thank his guys. Patnode would settle for 2nd and Meservey 3rd.
In NWAAS action, for the Lee divisions, the Late Models began the night and it was Bryan Kruczek taking down the win in the famed #00, George Helliwell, and Frank Eldridge rounded out the podium. In the Hornets division, it was Brian Destefano taking down the win, with Brandon Mailhot, and Christin Destefano in tow on the podium. In the Pure Stock division, it was Tyler Mailhot notching in the win, Jacob Michard, and Robert Carleton would end up settling for a podium spot respectively. In the Street Stocks, it would be Alby Ovitt in the Renfrew Motorsports machine taking down the win, with Pete Evans in 2nd, and Travis Hollins in 3rd.
STAFFORD CT - Last week was the Stafford "Open" 80 and the TC13 lap shoot out on Friday the 13th. In the Street Stocks George Bessett Jr took the win followed by Johnny Walker and Hason Lafayette in third. The Limited Late models would have Jeremy Lavoie coming home with a win followed by Justin Bren and Duane Provost. For the Late Models the familiar name of Tom Fearn would win it again. In second Glen Reen and Wayne Coury Jr would be the last podium spot on the night.
The SK Light division started with an early wreck yet again that would stop several cars from being able to complete the race. It was a good battle up front between the three that would ultimately end up on the podium. Andrew Molleur was looking very strong but it would be Narducci and Rufrano who would end up in a battle for P1 and P2. Bryan Narducci was able to park it in victory lane on Friday night in P1. He was followed by Marcello Rufrano, Andrew Molleur, Mikey Flynn who has been looking fast as of late and Brett Gonyaw to round out the top 5. In the points battle Narducci now sits 18 points over Rufrano, George Nocera Jr is 48 back in P3. If fourth on points is Teddy Hodgdon 68 points back and Andrew Molleur sits 76 back from Narducci as he has had a couple of weeks of bad luck. Hopefully last week was an indication of that luck turning for the better for the RaceChoice.com #35 team.
In the SK Feature Eric Berndt was able to take down the win as he has been a strong contender this year he was due! In second was Ronnie Williams followed by Todd Owen, Troy Talman and Keith Rocco rounded out the top 5. In the points chase currently Ronnie Williams leads Keith Rocco by 12 and Matt Galko is back 96. The top 13 would be inverted for 13 lap dash for some more cash. There was to be no pitting between the feature and this event the 13 cars were to line right back up. Kieth Rocco would pull down pit road and would get the balck flag for doing so and not be allowed to compete is this event. After 13 laps it was Glen Reen to win the 13 lap TC Shootout.
In the Open 80 race 20 cars would race it out. To start, Andrew Molleur showed to be VERY strong to start the race. In the number 1 car he was able to get the jump out front from P8 starting position and lead for the first 40 laps of the race. He had a very big lead most of the time even in a car where the engine was breaking up on the straightaways. After a yellow Goodale top crew would get him back out fast and up front. After that restart Molleur's mechanical issues would end his hopes at a win as an electrical issue would be the cause. He would be forced down pit road and never be able to recover his track position as he finished in 15th. Once Goodale took the lead from Molleur the rest was history. He had a strong car and would lead the field to win the Bud 80 event in a fairly uneventful race. Following Goodale was Chase Dowling, Keith Rocco, Rowan Pennink and Joey Cipriano to finish off the top five.
THOMPSON CT- It was a blast to the past on Saturday, seeing the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park running a Saturday event, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Throwback 100 in action! Spencer Davis in the TC Throwback #13 would set a new track record in qualifying and lead the field to green. The race would go green until a caution just past halfway when Ruben Garcia tried to turn down and pass the 13 of Davis, however, the only problem was there was a car on the bottom. Garcia, who would be looking to go for his 2nd win of the season, found himself spun around out of turn 4. On the restart on lap 73, Davis would fend off everyone, until Dillon Bassett in his #44 machine would take the lead and would look to be checking out for the win.
Tyler Ankrum so far this season has been known to be very strong at the end of races, and that was no exception Saturday night. Ankrum chased Bassett down by half a straightaway and passed him with 3 to go to win the Thompson Throwback 100. “It was a pretty hectic 100 laps,” Ankrum said in Victory Lane. “I was in qualifying mode from start to finish.” Dillon Bassett would settle for 2nd, and Ankrum’s DGR teammate, Local driver Tyler Dippel would round out the podium finishers.
In NWAAS divisions, the Late Models would kick off the night and it would be Ryan Morgan, who started 2nd and would take the lead early and never look back in a caution free race. For Morgan, who has been on a roll at Thompson this year, it would be a 30 lap practice session as he had no pressure after 5 laps. William Wall would settle for 2nd, while mark Jenison would go on to finish 3rd. This made for two straight podiums for Jenison at Thompson. The SK Lights would take to the track, and it would be Wesley Prucker leading the field to green. Before the field could finish the first lap, it would be Bryan Narducci taking the lead into turn 3. He had started the race in 3rd, but would lead out of turn 4 on lap 1. Narducci would pull away and win in a dominant fashion, while Prucker ended up 2nd, and Jon Puleo rounded out the podium.
Shawn Monahan capitalized on some early race drama and Monahan would take the win by .001 over Chris Meyer, who would settle for a stinging 2nd place, and “Leadfoot” Larry Barnett would end up 3rd on the night. The Thompson Mini Stocks would run their 15 lap feature, and it would be the familiar face of Wayne Burroughs Jr taking down the win. Eric Bourgeois who ran the fast lap of the race would end up 2nd. Bourgeois just ran out of time to get there. Dave Trudeau, Jared Roy, and Dave Trudeau Jr the top 5.
The SK Modifieds would take to the track to end the night. It would be another classic battle between Keith Rocco, and Ryan Preece. Preece had the better car on Saturday and was not shy to mix it up with some talented moves. Every time Preece would get to the lead the caution would come out putting Rocco back in the lead. On the ensuing late race run, Preece would be able to turn the center better than Rocco to make the pass. Rocco didn’t give up and passed Preece once more, but Preece saw it coming. Preece would back off, let Rocco slide right up the track and pass him out of the corner, using Rocco’s move against him to take the win In the best the race of Saturday night Rocco would end up 2nd, Pitkat 3rd, Studley, and Talman, who would have words after the race rounded out the top 5.
WATERFORD CT: The New London Waterford Speedbowl held their weekly Wednesday night show this past week as well. They had a great crowd and solid car counts. The Wednesday night show always proves to have some great racing and it tends to always be a quick show as well. For only $8 to get in the grandstands it is worth going down and checking it out! This past weeks winners were as follows; Super X Car division Dave Yardley; Legends John O'Sullivan; X Car Eddie Loomis; Bandoleros Emma Monahan. They will be in action with a pit party to meet the drives before the racing gets started next Wednesday night. Also joining them will be the Vintage Open Modified as well. It is sure to be a great night hope to see lots of fans there!
NH short track, Monadnock and Claremont will be taking the weekend off as The New Hampshire Motor Speedway will in action this weekend. Friday the Whelen Modified tour All-Start race will be taking place. For an entry list of who will be among the 20 cars racing click HERE. Saturday the WMT will be racing on the magic mile. Going into the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 Justin Bonsignore sits on top of the points chase. He leads Dowling by 33 and Timmy Solomito is 51 points back. Craig Lutz is 64 points back and Ryan Preece is in 5th for points at 71 points back. It is always a great race up at NHMS. It does not get much better than a modified race at Loudon!! For a full entry list you can click HERE.
Also this weekend The New London Waterford Speedbowl will be holding their weekly racing on Saturday night. This week they will have two Late Model features as they are doing a make up race from 5/6/18. Also along with the Late Models will be Mini stocks, SK Lite, Sportsman, Legends, Trucks, and SK Modifieds. Qualifying is scheduled to start at 5 PM with racing to follow see you there. #ModOn #ShortTrackNation