Waterford CT: Last weekend the ‘Action Track’ held their last regular weekly event for the 2018 season. Rescheduled from the rain cancelled ‘Wings N Wheels’ show the NEMA, NEMA Lite and QT Midgets were in town. The winners on the weekend were Joey Baily in the ATQ Midgets, Randy Cabral took home the win in both the NEMA and the NEMA Lite feature races. In the Waterford divisions the Late
Model division Anthony Flannery took home the win, Sportsman division saw Shawn Monahan win the event. In the mini stocks, Charles Canfield proved to be victorious again last weekend. The SK lite division had Jon Puleo on top of the podium again and SK was won by Todd Owen.
Lee NH: Last Saturday Lee USA Speedway put on their annual Oktoberfest. With 328 cars on hand for the first Oktoberfest put on by new owner Norm Wrenn III. Saturday had 11 feature races. The run down of the winners was as follows, in the Northeast Classic Lite Doug Dwakins took home the win. Pro 4 Mods was won by Rob Richards and the Pro 4 Lite was P.J. Peters. The Pure ProStock, 33 car field, winner was Zach Lyn. In the Super Mods it would be Steve Duphily. In the rookie Ironman Brandon Milhot took the win and in the Sport 4 feature it was Mike LeFort. Sportsman Modified division would be lead by Geoff Rollins to the checkered flags and in the Pro Trucks it would be a tight finish that Allen Coats would come out ahead in the end. The Late Models would be won by Max Dolliver and the Road Runners Niko Maniatis. Maniatis would double up and also take home a win on Sunday in the Mini Stock division as well. For Saturday night the Enduro was won by Brian DeStephano.
Sunday was a bit of a long day for many as rain plagued the event. After every attempt and effort by the track to get the whole event in, it had to be shortened and ultimately more rain late in the night would call the show as they were up against curfew as well.
For Sunday’s show they did get the Street Stocks in where Alby Ovitt would take the podium down. The Granite State Pro Stock Series cut their original race down to 75 laps to cooperate with the track after a long rain delay. The winner of the reduced lap race was Brandon Barker.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series took to the track in a rush to try to get their two 40 lap features, also shortened from 50 laps each. They were battling it out and at lap 19 points leader Sam Rameau would be involved in an incident in turn three where he would be towed back to the pits in an attempt to get him back out into the action. As the track crew was trying to get Rameau towed off the track the VMRS series made the call to start counting yellow flag laps in an attempt to work with the track to get the event in. A mist had started to fall and as they counted the laps up to 30 the rain got harder and it ended up ending the night. The race was called official and Woody Pitkat would be named the winner and new points leader of the VMRS Series going into Thompson’s World Series.
Thompson CT: While we currently sit at Thompson with it raining the weekend looks good for their annual World Series event. It maybe a bit cold but it wouldn’t be World Series if it was too warm out! They will be holding a three day event with a total of 17 feature races. It is always one of the best weekends of racing in the Northeast and always much looked forward to by the Mod Squad Racing Media Crew.
One of the biggest races of the weekend will be that of the Valenti Modified Racing Series as they will be naming their 2018 Champion at the end of the feature event. For the last event as Lee USA Speedway Woody Pitkat was able to team up with Stan Mertz to get a ride in his #6 Sunoco Modified car. As much as Mertz would love to be the car owner that gets him to the Championship he knows that his Sunoco Modified wont have enough motor to get the job done at the 5/8th mile Thompson track and will be just running the Modified race this weekend in the #6.
Woody has secured a ride as he will be in the #24. We will be looking forward to this race and seeing how it all plays out between Pitkat, Willis and Nocella as all are in. After an altercation between the VMRS officials and the 6MA, the point leader going into Lee’s Oktoberfest he will not be running the race. You can go to the VMRS webpage to find more details HERE.
There is a full and stout field expected at Thompson. At 32 cars strong there are some drivers we have not seen in the series and some strong regulars. Chase Dowling will be back in the #00, a strong car that always puts on a show. Andrew Molleur will be in the 01 car owned by Ted Anderson, another strong team to watch. Bryan Narducci will be making his series start in the Joey Mucciacciaro owned #10. Kyle James will be in the #16. Todd Owen will be in one of the Casella owned 25 and Matt Swanson will be in the other. Those two will be a pair to watch as both are strong drivers in good equipment. Western New York's Tim Catalano will be in the PJ45 and Amy Catalano will be in the 64. Keith Rocco is expected to wheel the 88 car and Max Zacham will be in the 97 car.
The Whelen Modified Tour will be the headlining division Sunday. They decided their 2018 Champion at Stafford with Justin Bonsignore. This race should be all out, everyone will be
looking for the win and points will not matter here. Sam Rameau will be making his first ever start in a Whelen Modified Tour in his new to him Troyer, previously owned by the Sapianza Team. Along with Sam, expected to race is Burt Myers, There are 36 cars in the entry list currently. It should be a great race as half of the field is more than able of winning the race!