VALENTI MODIFIED RACING SERIES
ENTERS FOURTEENTH RACE SEASON
that we have settled into winter, it I time to start
thinking about racing and warmer weather!
On January 8th series officials and teams met at
Stafford Motor Speedway in the
Hall to kick off their new year. With only four
months before their season opener at Stafford Motor
Speedway (May 19th) Valenti Modified Racing Series
(VMRS) officials and race teams are hard at work
preparing for the new season. This will be the
fourteenth race season for New England’s premier
modified racing tour.
The VMRS series has a twelve race schedule planned,
which includes a race st New Hampshire Motor
Speedway (NHMS), June 30th-July 1st, which has drawn
interest from racers throughout the Northeast. The
NHMS race will be $5000 to win and $1000 to take the
green. Right now the plan is to start twenty-eight
cars at the Magic Mile feature race. Competitors
will be allowed to take eight tires and Hoosier will
be the supplier of the event rubber. Friday June
30th is a practice day only. We will have to wait to
see which teams registered for the 2017 campaign and
to find out who will be the first time competitors
in the series.
VMRS founder Jack Bateman disclosed some initial
items at the series’ meeting. There are no planned
rules changes for the 2017 races season. There was
some discussion on the current engine packages and
whether competitors would entertain the NASCAR spec
engine. After a bit of discussion, it was decided
that the teams would rather allow SK type modified
type motors with a bigger intake and carburetor join
in VMRS races. This would keep the costs down and
allow SK teams to compete whenever possible. So no
NASCAR Spec Engines in the series. Specs will be
define for the SK modified cars and made available
from VMRS officials.
VMRS teams will visit Lee USA Speedway on May 27th
as part of the Memorial Day Weekend Saturday racing
schedule. The format right now is planned to be
three 25 lap qualifying events followed by a 50 lap
feature event. The qualifier winners will receive
$500 and the feature is posted $3,000 to win. More
details on this and the rest of the 2017 race
schedule will be available soon.
Tethers will be good for four years starting in 2017
rather than the previous two years.
Red/Yellow situations – when the red flag is thrown
all cars will stop on the track until the red/yellow
flag is thrown. Then competitors can pit and teams
can proceed to work on their cars.
The same tires will be used for all Non-NHMS races.
The price will be the same as 2016.
As stated there will be a twelve race schedule with
no races planned to be added. The first three races
of the season will include a draw for qualifying
Please visit the VMRS website for the race schedule,
more details, updates and other information.www.themodifiedracingseries.com.
Also do not forget to take a break from the cold and
head to Auto Parts Swap and Sell Meet at the Eastern
States Better Living Center, January 20-21st. This
is the thirty-eighth annual event foe automotive
enthusiasts’ and collectors’
Denise DuPont /
January 8, 2017