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by Denise DuPont

Now 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 Fairgrounds Banquet 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 positions.

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’ www.apswapnsell.com.
Source: Denise DuPont / TheChromeHorn.com
: January 8, 2017

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