WINCHESTER NH: In the hills of Winchester New Hampshire, sits a track known best as “Mad Dog,” but more formally known as Monadnock Speedway. The Valenti Modified Racing Series (VMRS) made their 3rd stop of the season last Saturday with a showing of 19 cars. Mike Willis Jr, and Kirk Alexander would take down qualifying race wins, and set the front row for the 100 lap feature.
Neither of the first two starts would really show the way early, as Jeff Gallup would take the lead from Willis in the opening handful of laps, and set the pace from there on. TJ Bleau, who runs part time on the series would mount a challenge to Gallup up front and the two would go to battle until Bleau would inherit the lead. Benjamin Byrne, who earlier in the night would win the Sportsman Modified feature, would dominate the middle portion of the race in his Sportsmen Modified. This was Byrne's first time running a Tour Type race and he looked to be a favorite at lap 50 for the win. A string of cautions would help a driver who started in heavy traffic, Ronnie Williams, who was running in the Gary Casella owned #25. Williams would patiently work his way through the field until lap 74, where Williams would take the lead with his experience of waiting on when to go as it looked Byrne used up his car to early. In the last few laps of the race there would be some intentional contact and drama between Mike Willis and Jeff Gallup. Even with the countless cautions at the end of the race, Williams would not be denied and would take down the win followed by Kirk Alexander, and Cameron Sontag.
This Friday, the VMRS takes on Claremont Speedway in Claremont NH, as two drivers that call the track home are tied up at the points standings. Drivers Dylan Rock, and Mike Willis are currently all tied up at 173 a piece followed by Jeff Gallup. Woody Pitkat is one driver who is expected to be pulling double duty this weekend. The #6 team is expected to be competing both in the VMRS on Friday at Claremont and the Bullring Bash on Sunday at White Mountain as well.
We also wanted to take a minute to take note, once again the NH tracks are making a great deal for the fans and working together. Buy a grand stand ticket Friday at Claremont and keep your ticket and use it to get in to Monandnock grand stands Saturday free!
Friday Stafford is also in action with their 2nd Open 80 Modified race. Some notable happenings, Andy Jankowiack will be driving a car from NC for the first time, Dylan Kopec is making his return to modified racing and Bryan Narducci will be driving the Tommy Baldwin #7NY Tour car, Jon McKennedy is the normal driver for this team on The Whelen Tour. Saturday Thompson is also running a regular show. Also Saturday is the Big ISLIP 300 at Riverhead Raceway In Long Island. Many Top Mod drivers expected including now Cup driver Ryan Preece to defend the race win. Young Whelen Tour driver Sam Rameau will be running trying to get notes and experience for the up coming NASCAR Whelen Tour Races there. Also tour drivers Craig Lutz and Eric Goodale are a few hometown drivers expected and more tour drivers likely to show along with The Heads regular weekly tour type drivers. Tommy Baldwin will be fielding a car as well. It is $7,000 to win and is expected to be a great show!
WEST LEBANON NY- This past Saturdays double feature results: Big Block Modified Results Feature 1 (30 Laps) -1) Andy Bachetti, 2) Keith Flach, 3) Olden Dwyer, 4) Kyle Armstrong, 5) Ronnie Johnson, Small Block Modified Results Feature 1 (24 Laps) -1) Andy Bachetti, 2) Guy Sheldon, 3) J.R. Heffner, 4) Frank Harper, 5) Brett Haas, Pro Stock Results Feature 1 (20 Laps) -1) Steven LaRochelle, 2) Chad Jeseo, 3) Jason Casey, 4) Rob Yetman, 5) Rick Dempse
Big Block Modified Results Feature 2 (30 Laps) -27 cars 1) Steve Hough, 2) Brett Hearn, 3) J.R. Heffner, 4) Andy Bachetti, 5) Keith Flach. Small Block Modified Results (24 Laps) – 22 cars 1) Guy Sheldon, 2) Timothy Davis, 3) Brandon Pitcher, 4) J.R. Heffner, 5) Steve Hough, Pro Stock Results (20 Laps) 23 cars -1) Chad Jeseo, 2) Rob Yetman, 3) Jay Casey, 4) Nick Hilt, 5) Jason Meltz, Pure Stock #1 Results (10 Laps) -1) Scott Morris, 2) John Devine, 3) Clifford Booth, 4) Jim Dellea, 5) Chris Murphy, Pure Stock #2 Results (10 Laps) -1) Zach Seyerlein, 2) Ed Hatch, 3) Ray Hall Sr., 4) Jeff Kreutzinger, 5) Jeff Meltz, 4 Cylinder Single Cam Results (15 Laps)-1) Sheppard,Jon, 2) Meltz, Tim 3) Williams, Luke 4) Batho,Bradley 5) McClendon, 4 Cylinder Dual Cam Results (15 Laps)-1) Street, James* 2) Ely, Brandon 3) Williams, Jim* 4) Burbank, Steve 5) Duncan, Mike
This Saturday Lebanon Valley Speedway will be having all their weekly divisions including the intense and famous Big Block Modifieds, The Sportsmen Modifieds will be on hand for double features as well. A special Upstate GM & DMC Racing Products Present: The 14th Annual 23-Lap Bubba Tanner Prostock Classic! Gates open at 5:00, $11 for stands and $24 for pits with excellent and affordable food! Only and hour and a half from Hartford CT.
NORTH WOODSTOCK NH- Also in action on this busy racing weekend, this Sunday is the Inaugural Bullring Bash at White Mountain Motorsports Park. This event run by former GM of Operations at Thompson Speedway, Josh Vanada and looks to be promising as a whole for Modified and Legend car teams all around the Northeast. With many types of modifieds able to race per the rules to allow for a wide variety of Modifieds to compete - Sportsman, SK, and Tour Type with every engine configuration. If 20 or more cars start the Bullring Bash Round 1: Battle at the Banks on Sunday, title sponsor RaceChoice will offer a $2,500 shopping spree to the driver finishing in the 13th position overall! The Mod features winner pays $5,000 to win and the Legend Car feature $1,500. Vanada would tell Mod Squad "We are seeking to provide Modified and Legend teams with the highest quality product anywhere. We want fans who walk away from a Bullring race to say, "Wow, that was awesome." We want the tracks that host Bullring to view it as one of the premiere events on their calendar every year."
The Mod races are two 50 lapper segments and one 25 lapper. The winner will also be qualified for the big Open Wheel Wednesday Tri-Track Race at Seekonk in a couple weeks. While it is unsure who will be in attendance due to no entry list being released but Andy Jankowiack, Woody Pitkat, Russ Hersey Sal Accardi, Joey Jarvis are a few that have said they are planning on racing. A good field of some of the Northeast’s top Legend drivers are expected to battle in the 35 lap feature. "What makes Bullring unique are two things: (1) We rank high when you rank the biggest paying Modified races in New England. (2) Our race format is different with segment style racing. We aren't running a straight 100 or 125 laps." Founder Josh Vanada told Mod Squad Racing Media. When we asked Josh about White Mountain Motorsports Park this is what he had to say, " White Mountain is a really racy track. It's high-banked, and has two grooves. It's well-kept, and there isn't a bad seat in the house. We're looking forward to introducing folks who haven't been there to the beautiful facility!" We are excited to see all the work Josh and his team have done for this event and wish them good luck and great things and hope to see you there! #ModOn #ShortTrackNation