MAINE TWIN 50's AGAIN
the second time this season, at speedways in the
State of Maine, Anthony Nocella, of Woburn,
Massachusetts, and Jon McKennedy, of E. Chelmsford,
Massachusetts, each captured Valenti Modified Racing
Series Twin 50-lap feature races this time at Beech
Ridge Motor Speedway, in Scarborough, on Saturday.
Earlier this season, in June, the pair pulled off
the feat at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Both races were caution flag free and run off in
In the first 50-lap go, Nocella started 12th in a 19
car field, and smoothly worked his way to the front
besting early race leader Richard Savary, of Canton,
MA, and Todd Annarummo, of Swansea, MA, at the
The win was Nocella’s fourth of the season and his
sixth VMRS win.
“ We wanted to take our time a bit and save the
tires,” Nocella said in victory lane. “50-laps you
have to work for it especially coming from the back.
Just tried to pace ourselves. When we realized no
cautions my spotter said you better get going so we
went for it,” Nocella said.
Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, and McKennedy,
rounded out the top five.
In the second 50-lap race, McKennedy rolled off in
the seventh starting spot quickly making his way to
the point with Nocella in hot pursuit from his 11th
starting position. Annarummo moved into third where
he would finish. McKennedy would nail down his
seventh win of the year and 22nd career series
For McKennedy the beat goes on.“ In the first race
we started further back and finished fifth so we
made some changes for the second race and obviously
the car was really good. The starting spot obviously
helped. We got the lead and I set my own pace.”
Nocella was runner-up “Decent car but going hard the
first time the car got free we got to him and got
along side but I couldn’t get by him. The guys gave
me a good car. It was a good run, concluded Nocella.
Annarummo drew a few laughs from the podium. “I got
the same trophy. (third place) One each for the kids
so they don’t have to fight over it,” said a smiling
Dad pleased with a second top three finish.
Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT, and Donnie
Lashua, of Canaan, NH, finished fourth and fifth
Bill Dixon and Savary nabbed heat races.
Next event: Lee USA Speedway October 8 & 9
Beech Ridge Motor
Race 1 (50-Laps)
Entries- (20) 19- cars started race
Did Not Start: Matt Mead # 77 (Engine)
Time of Race: 13:05:496
Average Speed: 77.754
Best Lap Time: 14.977 (Savary)
Best Speed: 80.043 (Savary)
Margin of Victory: 0.841
Unofficial Order Of Finish: (Race # 1)
1. Nocella, (2) Savary, (3) Annarummo, (4) Pitkat,
(5) McKennedy, (6) Kay, (7) Cantara, (8) Ianarelli,
(9) Lashua, (10) Hinckley, (11) Schneider, (12)
Willis Jr, (13) Fournier, (14) Haley, (15) Doucette,
(16) Richardi, (17) Dixon, (18) Dion, (19) Sherman.
Race 2 (50-Laps)
Entries- (20) 17-cars started race
Did Not Start: Brandon Dion (Engine) George
Time of Race: 13:07:884
Average Speed: 76.907
Best Lap Time: 15.343 (McKennedy)
Best Speed: 78:133 (McKennedy)
Margin of Victory: 0.945
Unofficial Order of Finish: (Race
#2) 1. (McKennedy, (2) Nocella, (3) Annarummo,
(4) Hinckley, (5) Lashua, (6) Fournier, (7) Pitkat,
(8) Schneider, (9) Savary, (10) Cantara, (11)
Doucette, (12) Willis Jr, (13) Haley, (14) Richardi,
(15) Dixon, (16) Kay, (17) Ianarelli
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
September 18, 2016