FIRST OF THE SEASON
AT THOMPSON WORLD SERIES
the final race of the season this Sunday, October
23, at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire, Woody
Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, scored his first win of
2016 Saturday night, when he captured the 50-lap
Valenti Modified Racing Series race at Thompson
Speedway Motorsports Park. Thompson, Connecticut.
Pitkat jumped into the lead from his outside
front-row starting position and dominated the race.
Pitkat was challenged early on and again late in the
race when Steve Masse, of Bellingham, MA, who
started 17th in a 32-car field, struck the second
turn wall after contact from Pitkat resulted in a
flat tire and damage.
2016 VMRS and four-time champion, Jon McKennedy, of
E. Chelmsford, MA, chased after Pitkat on the second
lap-44 restart but Pitkat held on for the
controversial win. The margin of victory was 0.089.
Anthony Nocella, Dave Etheridge, and Geoff Gernhard,
rounded out the top five. For Gernhard it was his
best finish this season. He started 21st.
Stafford Speedway regular Ronnie Williams made his
first start an impressive one with a respectable
sixth place finish. Jeffrey Gallup, Chris Pasteryak,
Matt Mead, and Troy Talman rounded out the top ten.
The race was slowed by six caution flags and stopped
for two red flags because of track blockage for
damaged race cars or track maintenance.
16-cars finished on the lead lap. 16-cars were
Last weeks rained out program at Lee USA Speedway,
Lee, NH, has been rescheduled for Sunday, October
23, with a 12 noon starting time. Feature races will
follow a practice session. VMRS drivers will compete
in twin 50-lap features.
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Entries: (32) 32-cars started the race
Time of Race: 50:48:129
Average Speed: 37.018
Best Lap Time: (18.875) Rocco
Best Speed: 119.776 (Rocco)
Margin of Victory: 0.089
Unofficial order of finish: (1) Pitkat, (2)
McKennedy, (3) Nocella, (4) Etheridge, (5) Gernhard,
(6) Williams, (7) Gallup, (8) Pasteryak, (9) Mead,
(10) Talman, (11) Richardi, (12) Fournier, (13)
Doucette, (14) Kopec, (15) Lashua, (16) Rocco, (17)
Savary, (18) Sherman, (19) Seidell, (20) Berndt,
(21) Meservey, (22) Masse, (23) Dion, (24) Rameau,
(25) Flannery, (26) Ladyga, (27) Schneider, ((28)
Pennink, (29) Bleau, (30) Medeiros, (31) Perry, (32)
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
October 17, 2016