Gears Up For True Value Modified Racing Series
The name Holdridge has been synonymous with Connecticut
modified racing since the late 50’s when Madison , CT standout Dale
Holdridge launched a successful career that saw him visit victory
lane through the years at race tracks from New England to Florida .
When his son chose to drive race cars, the old adage applied “like
father like son.” That’s because son Mike has traveled the same
path, with victory lane visits from North to South and the 42 year
old driver hopes to continue that journey when he joins with the
True Value Modified Racing Series for the 2007 season.
“It was time for a change of pace,” Holdridge said this week
while preparing for practice day at Monadnock and as he explained
his team’s decision to travel throughout New England this summer
with the TVMRS tour.
Holdridge has raced SK modifieds since 1997 at Waterford ,
Thompson, and Stafford Springs with a few seasons of full bodied
race cars on his resume prior to campaigning the potent open
wheelers. He was victorious last winter at New Smyrna, Florida. He
felt it was time to move on in 2007.
Holdridge says he checked out a couple of TVMRS races last
season and liked what he saw. “Granted where I come from I like time
trials but I also like the heat races because at least you know
you’ll be racing.” He added, “We like what the True Value Modified
Racing Series has to offer, and we like the tire rule and
competitors voting on things.” Holdridge stated the closeness of
several tracks was a plus, “Most of these tracks are 2 or 3 hours
from Madison , and that’s a good thing for us.”
The married father of two children is impressed with the
competitiveness of the 4th year tour. “The competition last year was
impressive and I know it’s going to be tough, qualifying will be
tough, but we are prepared for that and we’ll do the best we can.”
With the exception of Thompson and Waterford , most of the tracks on
the tour he and his team have never seen.
Holdridge works for the State of Connecticut Bridge
Department and races sponsor free. It’s truly a father/son deal.
“This is my father’s golf,” he said chuckling. “Somehow we make it
They’ll try to make it work when they haul their Chassis
Dynamics Pontiac Sun Fire # 0 to practice day at Monadnock Speedway
April 7, their first ever visit there. A guy by the name of Kuhn was
in that position a couple of years ago. He too had never raced at
the western NH speedway. Maybe a phone call is in order to get
acquainted with “The Dog.”
News and Notes ………….
Kirk Alexander disclosed this week he’s looking at about a 10
race schedule in 2007 leaving open the possibility of additional
events. “We are going to run all the Monadnock and Seekonk shows as
well as Thompson,” said the two time champion. He added, “We’ll go
from there but those are the races we are planning on running.”
Alexander, entering his 20th year of racing, said “There are other
things too do in the summer that I enjoy.” It is a well known fact
that Alexander is an avid fisherman and enjoys participating in
Westbrook Maine ’s Tony Ricci and Huntington Station, Long
Island , NY ’s Johnny Bush will represent the TVMRS at the upcoming
Racin’Preview at the Portland , ME , Expo Center Feb 23, 24. Both
drivers will display their racers.
Source John Spence Sr./True Value
Modified Racing Series PR
March 9, 2007