Last weekend racing was once again plagued by mother nature and the need to rain on the weekend. Stafford called early their first rain out of the season. Seekonk and Monadnock had to call their racing schedules as well for the night but The New London Waterford Speedbowl made the call to try hard to get their show in.
It was a long day and everyone knew that at some point the rain may come. Rain it did! The Valenti Modified Racing Series was in town as they had been rained out the weekend before so the track was more than committed to getting that race in. After a heavy down pour and some series work from the top notch track crew, they were able to get underway around 9PM. They were able to run four features before the curfew called the racing for the night.
The first feature of the night was the mini stocks. There was a $200 bounty out on the #25 of Charles Canfield as he has been a force on the track this season. Jordan Hadley saw the payout and came to chase the money. Saturday night Hadley was able to take the win and the extra money. In P2 was Charles Canfield and P3 Sean Caron. The second feature was a non points race for the Wednesday night division, Super X Cars. Aaron Plemons would be the winner of the event. P2 was Mitch Bombard and P3 was Jeremey Washburn.
The next race up was the Valenti Modified Racing Series for 100 laps. They had not run heats due to the weather changes and went off the second practice times to line up the field. This put past Waterford regulars Keith Rocco and Dylan Izzo on the front row to start the feature. As the race went on the 21 of Ken Barry made moves to the front and put on a show but unfortunately would not be able to break into the lead. At the end of the night he would end up P5 as his car looked to fall apart as the night went on though he blocked and fought hard to keep that top 5. Also on the move late in the race was Mike Holdridge. He was also driving strong and moving his way forward but with out a caution to help regroup the field he would end up P4 as he ran out of laps. Many cars seemed to miss the setup and struggle throughout the race and many were off. Rocco started on the pole and ended up winning the race. Following him was Dylan Izzo in second and Schneider would end the night in third. For a full recap of the race click HERE.
The SK race was the last full race that the track was able to fit in before curfew last Saturday night. There was some action and debate during the race between that of Todd Owen and Kyle James. Early in the race James ended up in the turn three wall as the result of contact from Owen. He was able to fix his car and return to the race. Later in the race Owen ended up in the turn one wall as a result of an incident that included James. James was parked as a result and Rob Janovic would go on to win the feature. In P2 was Matt Gallo and P3 was Diego Monahan. The points battle is very close between James, Janovic, and Owen. Kyle James leads Janovic by only 5 points. Following in P3 is Todd Owen who is only 15 points back from James.
The Late Models pulled onto the track but unfortunately on lap one there was an incident in turn two that would bring the caution out. This would end the night as they cannot throw the green flag after midnight.
We wanted to give Waterford a big shout out for trying their hardest to get all the events in that they could given the weather. We wished we could have got the SK Lite race in as there were over 20 cars in attendance last week. We appreciate the tracks efforts to get the racing in that they did, we know it was not an easy task. They stepped up when many would have gave up or not even tried as that can be often the case at some places, they put the effort forth for the teams and drivers and showed their dedication.
Last Saturday also had Claremont's big open Modified race. Unfortunately with the MRS rain rescheduled race it forced teams and drivers to choose what direction to head. It seem that both tracks got a pretty even split of teams, talent and fans. The rain also interfered with Claremont's race but nothing to detrimental as they we able to rebound fast from the few delays to put on a good show. We ourselves also had to choose and split as we did send a Mod Squad team member Mike Blackmar up north to cover this event and we were glad we did as the reports back were it was a "great race, great people and a great place." We had felt the same from our spring visit and knew Mike would enjoy his trip north!
There was a 17 car field that battled it out up at Claremont for the night. The race saw four different leaders throughout 100 lap the event, three cautions and Ron Silk would have the fast
time of the event. The four leaders would be DiMatteo, Hinckley, Patnode and Silk. It would be Ronnie Silk that lead the final 16 laps and ultimately took home a big payday at $5000 to win with the Tri-Track Bonus payout. Les Hinkley would be second on the night and Todd Patnode third. For a full report including the full run down and details on all racing at Claremont check out their digital program HERE. There will be another modified event up at Claremont on September 8th. We will be looking forward to that event as well!!
Today there will be lots of racing action taking place as the weather is BEAUTIFUL. Monadnock will finally be rumbling the hills again tonight. They have suffered from several rainouts and everyone is itching to get some racing in up at Monadnock.
Tonight at the Maddog, The Fenton Family Dealership VMRS 100 presented by Mayhew Tools featuring 100 lap Valenti Modified Racing Series will be taking place. Also included in tonight's show along with the VMRS will be Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Lightning Stocks, Thunder Stocks and Young Guns!
Coming into this event the VMRS schedule is starting to wind down and the points are adding up. After the race at The New London Waterford Speedbowl last Saturday the points standings are as follows; P1 Anthony Nocella (340); P2 Sam Rameau (308); P3 Michael WIllis Jr (302); P4 Woody Pitkat (295) and P5 Donnie Lashua (248).
This is the third and final racing event at Monadnock for the Valenti Modified Racing Series for the 2018 season and as of earlier this week, they had indicated they expect 26 teams to be in competition tonight. It will be an eventful night between the mix of the point leaders and the Mondanock 'home track' racers such as Todd Patnode and Joel Monahan. Dylan Izzo is expected to be in attendance as well after his P2 finish at Waterford in his first ever VMRS start with the Dipisa #13. Chase Dowling will be running Gary Casella's 25 tonight as well and has wins in this car at the Madog.
Also, if you are heading up to Monadnock bring a canned good. The track and drivers are collecting canned goods for the local community kitchen. If you bring a canned good you will get $5 off your price of admission! Racing is scheduled 6PM. Main gate will be opening at 3PM today. Adult General Admission is $25, Seniors $20, Ages 11-18 $5. Anyone 10 and under is Free General Admission.
Seekonk, also coming off a rain out last week, will be in action tonight as well. Weather looks beautiful out in Seekonk and they have an action-packed schedule. This week's NASCAR Saturday features the Phil's Propane Night at the Races. They will be holding an on-track pit party from 4:30-6:30 with racing starting at 7pm. Tonight's features will include the Pro Stocks, Late Models, and the Sportsman Triple Crown Finals. As part of the festivities tonight the Pro Stocks and Late Models will have their Propane Plus Autograph Cards at the Pit Party so make sure to go and visit the drivers and to get yours!
The New London-Waterford Speedbowl will have a full night of racing as well with their Back to School show. The racing will include a total of seven divisions of racing tonight!! The divisions on the race ticket for tonight are the SK, SK lites, CT Pro 4 Mods, Legends, Mini Stocks, Trucks, and Sportsman. In addition to the racing, there will also be a bus race and bus demo derby. It's sure to be an action-packed night. Grandstands for adults are $18 with youth 13-16 FREE along with 12 and under being free as well. Pit admission is $30 for tonight's show. All students and educators with ID will get free admission to the grandstands as well.
The weather could not look better for a late August day and the racing will be great! Star Speedway is also racing tonight and if you are looking for a dirt fix Lebanon Valley always puts on a great show out in New York. Get out, support your local short tracks and drivers. Fill those stands up and show your drivers you support them! #ModOn #ShortTrackNation