4TH ANNUAL VMRS 80 AT STAFFORD
the Valenti Modified Racing Series rolls into
Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway Friday night,
May 19, 30-race teams have indicated they are
preparing to compete in the 2017 season opener for
New England’s premier modified touring division at
the famed half-mile speedway.
The fourth annual ‘VMRS 80’ is the first of two
races scheduled at Stafford this season.
Last year’s winner, Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon
Valley, PA, will be shooting for his second
consecutive win in the spring race. He will wheel
the Gary Casella # 25 Roscoe Racing Chevrolet. The
Pennink/Casella combo scored the 2013 VMRS
championship. They have 10-series victories to their
Today’s so-called youth movement in modified racing
will include Rob Richardi of Taunton, MA, Troy
Talman, of Oxford, MA, Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding
Hills, MA, Dave Schneider, of Northport, NY, \and
Ronnie Williams, of Tolland, Ct. All are expected
2016 series winners Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA,
Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, and Todd Szegedy, of
Ridgefield, CT, are entered.
Veterans Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, George
Sherman of Framingham, MA, Keith Rocco, of Berlin,
CT, and Windsor Locks, CT’s, Les Hinckley have
indicated they will compete.
Hinckley does not have a lot of seat time at
Stafford. He drove in three pro-stock events in the
90’s and three VMRS races prior to 2013. He will
wheel his familiar #06 car. The second-generation
driver is ranked third on the series all-time win
list, behind Kirk Alexander and Jon McKennedy.
Friday night’s race will be the VMRS 18th appearance
Qualifying heat races begin at 6:15 PM. An autograph
session featuring VMRS drivers is also planned.
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
May 15, 2017