VALENTI MODIFIED RACING SERIES
TWIN 50-LAP RACES FRIDAY
Valenti Modified Racing Series wraps up it’s July
schedule Friday night, July 22, with a stop at New
Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway, for 100-laps of ground
pounding open-wheel modified racing. The race, the
ninth of the season for the VMRS, will be the first
of two appearances for the series. They will return
in the fall for the annual Oktoberfest at Lee.
Friday the series drivers will compete in Twin
50-Lap features, the same concept as last year at
Lee, the only difference is each race will carry
it’s own payoff and points, as it did last month at
The double 50-lap races debuted last year at Lee,
and other tracks like Oxford and Beech Ridge in
Maine jumped in and tried the different format with
all three venues liking the idea. Fans and drivers
also echoed their approval.
Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, MA, takes a
74-point lead to ‘New Hampshire’s Center of Speed’
over Mike Willis, Jr, of Grantham, New Hampshire.
Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT., Woody Pitkat,
of Sturbridge, MA. and Russ Hersey, of Swanzey, NH.,
making up the top-five in the standings. All with
the exception of Pitkat will compete at Lee.
Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT, who scored his
first win of the season two weeks ago at Claremont,
will pilot the #52 car of owner Dan Stebbins, for
the second consecutive race.
Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, is a 6-time series
winner with two of those wins at Lee. The
second-generation driver is expected Friday night.
Veterans Russ Hersey, George Sherman, Todd Patnode
and Kevin Ianarelli have indicated they’ll compete.
Branden Dion, Rookie of the Year contender Colbey
Fournier, Long Islander David Schneider, and Geoff
Gernhard, indicate they’ll be Lee-bound Friday.
Racing begins at 7:00 PM with VMRS heat races
leading off the program.
Lee Notes: Les Hinckley with four leads the all-time
win list at Lee. Kirk Alexander, McKennedy, Tommy
Barrett, Jim Boniface, Jimmy Dolan, Tony Ricci,
Louie Mechalides, Andy Seuss, Eddie Dachenhausen,
Jimmy Kuhn, Ken Barry, Steve Masse, Rowan Pennink,
Richard Savary, and Chris Pasteryak, have visited
Victory Lane at Lee.
Lee was an original track on the schedule when the
series started 13 years ago.
This season owners Red and Judy MacDonald are
celebrating their 30th year of operation.
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
July 19, 2016