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06/02/17 - MTS @ Stafford
   ANTHONY NOCELLA WINS THE VMRS 80 AT STAFFORD by Denise DuPont
The Valenti Modified Racing Series (VMRS) started out the 2017 race season at Stafford Motor Speedway. Twenty-seven modified teams came to the track to compete for their chance in victory lane. When teams arrived at the track it was hot and sunny so their cars behaved differently than it did for heats and then yet different for the feature race. But the time the driver’s came out to race a cool front had moved in and the track appeared to be slicker. Anthony Nocella from Woburn, MA.has been racing with the series for a few years and has never made his mark at Stafford. This year piloting a brand new Race Works chassis he was able to take the car from eighth forward and drive with the lead pack all night long....Full Story    LIVE Reply with Denise DuPont    Photo Gallery by Jim DuPont
   NOCELLA DRIVES TO VMRS VICTORY IN NEW CAR AT STAFFORD
Woburn, MA, driver Anthony Nocella, like the ten other drivers that finished on the lead lap, weathered the storm of 11-caution flags and a long run to score the season opening win Friday night, May 19, in Valenti Modified Racing Series action at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT. The victory was Nocella’s first at Stafford and his 7th VMRS career win. Nocella started in the 8th position in a 25-car field. Early race leader Dave Etheridge led the first 11-laps before Keith Rocco, the fastest car in pre-race practice, took the lead. Rowan Pennink and Woody Pitkat would also be front-runners in the 80-lap main event.  It took 1-hour 18 minutes to complete the first race of the year. Three front running drivers were victims of fuel shortage. Rocco, Pennink, and....Full Story
   TRI-TRACK SERIES WILL HEAD TO STAR SPEEDWAY IN AUGUST
Officials from the Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) have announced that Star Speedway in Epping, NH, will be the site of the series event already on the schedule for Wednesday, August 23. This will mark the second date in 2017 for Star Speedway. “We are grateful to the Webber Family for hosting a second race this year,” said Wayne Darling, managing partner of TTOMS. “Star Speedway has always been a great race track for the modifieds. It’s a racer’s track which means the fans get a great show.” The event was originally slated for the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. “This series has always been about the owners and the drivers,” added Darling. “We committed to a four-race schedule and we plan to deliver that to those who support us.”....Full Story
   ANTHONY NOCELLA SCORES VALENTI MODIFIED RACING SERIES VICTORY IN 4th ANNUAL VMRS 80 AT STAFFORD
The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its first of two visits during the 2017 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 4th Annual VMRS 80. Taking the checkered flag was Anthony Nocella, his first career Stafford VMRS victory. Dave Etheridge took the early lead at the drop of the green flag with Rowan Pennink, Keith Rocco, Woody Pitkat, and Donnie Lashua lined up behind him. Rocco took to the outside groove on lap-6 and he took second from Pennink and slotted himself in second right behind Etheridge. Rocco made a move around Etheridge on lap-12 to move to the lead with Pennink and Pitkat lined up right behind them in a 4-car train that was starting to pull away from the rest of the field. Lashua was fifth with Dylan Kopec in sixth, Anthony Nocella....Full Story
   LOOKING BACK A BIT: 05/19/17 with Phil Smith
Sixty five years ago in 1952 rain prevailed at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the second week in a row.
Sixty years ago in 1957 Don Collins made it two in a row in Sportsman action at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Ted Dean was the non-Ford winner. NASCAR incurred one of its darkest and near tragic days when a Mercury driven by Billy Myers in a Grand National (Cup) event got launched into the grandstand, injuring several people. No fatalities incurred but a few days later the major auto makers pulled out of NASCAR Racing. Islip Speedway on Long Island opened for the season with Ed Hawkins as the promoter. Al DeAngelo was the opening....Full Story
   RICHARD SAVARY READY TO CHALLENGE STAFFORD REGULARS IN VMRS 80
History has shown that when the Valenti Modified Racing Series rolls into Stafford Speedway, the odds of winning are not in your favor if you’re coming in as an outsider. In the 17 VMRS races that have been run at Stafford since 2010, 70% have been won by Stafford weekly competitors. Richard Savary, driver of the #99 Alloy Wheel Repair Chevrolet, will be looking to score a victory for the outsiders this Friday night in the VMRS 80. “We have a good car and we’ve had a good car at Stafford in the past,” said Savary. “Of all the tracks that we run at, I think that Stafford is one of the toughest tracks to compete against the regulars like Rowan Pennink, Ted Christopher, Keith Rocco, and Woody Pitkat. They’ve all raced there weekly for many years...”....Full Story
   CHAMP TRAIL: 05/16/17 by Phil Smith
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series headed to the Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia last Saturday for round four of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season. Ryan Preece would not make it two straight as he vacated the seat of his No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet to get married to his longtime girlfriend. Needing a replacement driver, car owner Ed Partridge tabbed two-time Langley winner and four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified champion George Brunnhoelzl III. Twenty five cars were on hand for the 150 lap event, City of Hampton "150". Doug Coby took the pole, the 21st of his career. Second fastest was Eric Goodale. Timmy Solomito, Rob Summers and Rowan Pennink completed the top five. Doug Coby started on the pole and for 99 laps....Full Story
   STRONG FIELD EXPECTED FOR 4TH ANNUAL VMRS 80 AT STAFFORD
When the Valenti Modified Racing Series rolls into Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway Friday night, May 19, 30-race teams have indicated they are preparing to compete in the 2017 season opener for New England’s premier modified touring division at the famed half-mile speedway. The fourth annual ‘VMRS 80’ is the first of two races scheduled at Stafford this season. Last year’s winner, Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, will be shooting for his second consecutive win in the spring race. He will wheel the Gary Casella # 25 Roscoe Racing Chevrolet. The Pennink/Casella combo scored the 2013 VMRS championship. They have 10-series victories to their credit. Today’s so-called youth movement in modified....Full Story
   KEITH ROCCO CHASING CHECKERED IN MODIFIED RACING SERIES 80 AT STAFFORD
For SK Modified® regular Keith Rocco, Friday’s (May 19th) Valenti Modified Racing Series 80-lapper will be a throwback. Rocco will chase the checkered flag behind the wheel of Mark Payne’s #57 machine rather than his usual #68 John & Maina Rufrano owned car. Rocco has been campaigning the Rufrano owned car for the past several seasons in Valenti Modified Racing Series competition. Rocco won his very first VMRS race at Stafford behind the wheel of the #57 machine and would like to make a repeat trip to NAPA Auto Parts Victory Lane. “The 68 car isn’t quite ready yet, so we’ll be in the 57,” said Rocco. “We should have a pretty good shot at the race. We just have to hope everything goes accordingly since we haven’t run that car at Stafford in a while...”....Full Story
   TIMMY SOLOMITO CONQUERS LANGLEY SPEEDWAY FOR SECOND 2017 NWMT VICTORY by Denise DuPont
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) headed south to Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia for the fourth race of the 2017 season. It was the first time at the track for many competitors and after parking their haulers, teams started prep work. Drivers walked the track and watched videos to educate themselves on past drivers experiences. When it was time for practice, teams had over an hour to learn the track and tweak their cars. Doug Colby of Milford CT, was fastest in practice and came out in the last round of group qualifying to secure his twenty-first career pole, his second for 2017, and first ever at Langley Speedway. Coby took the initial green flag and went forward to dominate the race....Full Story    LIVE Replay with Denise DuPont    Photo Gallery by Jim DuPont
 

In Loving Memory Of Howie

   HOWARD "HOWIE" ARTHUR HODGE prepared by Polly Reid
Saturday afternoon on January 28, 2017, Howard ‘Howie’ Arthur Hodge passed away at the St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. Surrounded by family at the time of his passing, Howard was 77 years old.
Born on August 31, 1939 at the Hartford Hospital, Howard was the second of three children to Dorothy (Hoadley) and Leon Hodge.
His first few years were spent in Glastonbury, CT before the Hodge family moved to East Hartford where Howard went to school graduating from the East Hartford High School in 1957.
Growing up, Howard had a paper route for ‘quite a few years’. The pile of papers would be left on the front lawn and Howard would be responsible for folding them, putting them in the big cloth bag then ride around the neighborhood delivering the Hartford Times. His sister Lois fondly remembers his bicycle that ‘he fixed up until it was like a motorcycle’ complete with a windshield, skirts....Full Story
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

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