SCORES VALENTI MODIFIED RACING SERIES VICTORY
IN 3RD ANNUAL VMRS 80 AT STAFFORD SPEEDWAY
Valenti Modified Racing Series made its first of
three visits during the 2016 season to Stafford
Motor Speedway for the 3rd Annual VMRS 80. Taking
the checkered flag was Rowan Pennink, who also won
the SK Modifiedģ feature.
Rowan Pennink and Woody Pitkat led the field to
green and Pennink took the early lead with Pitkat
behind him. Anthony Nocella moved up to third with
Keith Rocco behind him and Donnie Lashua in fifth.
Rocco took third on lap-3 from Nocella and Pitkat
got around Pennink to move to the lead on lap-4.
The top-3 ran in line until lap-11 when Rocco made a
move around Pennink to take over second as Pitkat
continued to lead. Dave Etheridge was now in fourth
and charging his way towards the front and Nocella
was fifth. Etheridge took third from Pennink on
lap-14 and he was closing in on Rocco for second as
Pitkat was slowly starting to pull away in the lead.
At the midway point of the race, Pitkat was still
out front but Etheridge and Rocco were starting to
swap second place back and forth between themselves.
Pennink was still in fourth with Dave Schneider up
Pennink moved around Etheridge to take over third
place on lap-51 as Pitkat was still in command with
Rocco running in second. As Pitkat was navigating
his way through lapped traffic, Rocco and Pennink
were beginning to close up the gap that Pitkat had
built up since taking over the lead.
Pennink got around Rocco to move into second and
with 20 laps to go, he was slowly eating away at
Pitkatís lead. The caution flew for the first time
with 60 laps complete as Schneider spun in turn 3+4.
The action was heated up on the restart as Pennink
powered his way by Pitkat to take over the lead.
Rocco was third with Etheridge fourth and Mike
Willis, Jr. up to fifth. Rocco was all over Pitkatís
back bumper, looking for a way to get by and move
Pennink led the final 20-laps of the race to collect
his first career VMRS win at Stafford. Pitkat
finished second, with Rocco, Etheridge, and Willis
rounding out the top-5.
1) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA
2) Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs
3) Keith Rocco, Berlin
4) Dave Etheridge, Portland
5) Mike Willis, Jr., Grantham, NH
6) Carl Medieros, Jr., Westport, MA
7) Charlie Pasteryak, Lisbon
8) Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA
9) Geoff Gernhard, Bozrah
10) Dan Meservey, Jr., Brewster, MA
11) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA
12) Dave Schneider, Northport, NY
13) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA
14) Kyle James, Ashaway, RI
15) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon
16) Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA
17) Matt Mead, Richmond, NH
18) Rob Richardi, Easton, MA
19) Donnie Lashua, Canaan, NH
20) Joe Doucette, Framingham, MA
21) Ryan Kuhn, East Bridgewater, MA
22) Dana Smith, Sunapee, NA
23) Roy Seidell, Jr., Easthampton, MA
Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway
May 20, 2016