ALEXANDER WINS NO.30 AT MONADNOCK
The True Value Modifieds visited Winchester, New Hampshire’s
quarter-mile Monadnock Speedway for their second of three scheduled
visits in 2008. Kirk Alexander won the first Monadnock True Value
race, and he was the favorite leading into tonight’s event.
Heat # 1
#10 Ed Dachenhausen and the #35 Dale Evonsion led the field to the
green with Dachenhausen taking the early lead. Evonsion struggled in
practice and some of his competitors recognized opportunity. On lap
2, #9nh Peter Jarvis dived under Evonsion’s #35 and took
second-place off turn 2. The next lap #28 Dwight Jarvis tried the
same move to capture third and Evonsion continued his fade to the
back. Lap 4, Peter Jarvis dove under the Dachenhausen in turn 3 and
took the lead off of four. The next lap Dwight once again replicated
his brother’s move with success, dropping Dachenhausen to third. The
Jarvis brothers started to build their lead over the Dachenhausen
while Dachenhausen tried to fend #83 Chris Wenzel’s efforts. The
Dachenhausen-Wenzel battle allowed the Jarvis brothers to extend
their lead to about a straightaway. Peter Jarvis won the heat
followed by his brother Dwights. Ed Dachenhausen held on to third.
#76 Shelly Perry and the points leader #22 David Pinkham led the
second heat to green. Pinkham powered to the early lead with the
series founder #17 Jack Bateman moving into second. The third-place
#08 Jim Boniface drifted high on lap 2, paving the way for the #73
Jon McKennedy and #77 Rob White Jr. to slip on by. On lap 8, #0 Mike
Holdridge went low on White off turn four and takes the fourth-place
position. On lap 11, McKennedy looked to pass Bateman and Pinkham
and then Pinkham suddenly slows. Pinkham’s misfortune helped
McKennedy’s move to the lead and when the checkers flew, McKennedy
won the heat, followed by Bateman and Holdridge. Pinkham’s engine
woes would end his night and his points lead.
The final heat saw a front row of competitors that are no stranger
to each other—#20 Ted Christopher and #40 Ken Bouchard. The two
would start the race even, but by the fourth turn, Christopher
claimed the lead. Meanwhile Bouchard had his hands full, with #5m
Bryan Shumway diving under the #40 in turn 1 and taking
second-place. #43 Kirk Alexander was making quick work through the
field, diving under Bouchard in turn 1 and taking the position out
of turn 2 on lap 3. Alexander then set his sights on Shumway. Lap 5,
Alexander dove under Shumway in turn 3 and took second-place off
turn 4. For the next several laps, Alexander plotted his move,
testing Christopher high and low, seeking his weak point. On the
final lap, Alexander made his move. Alexander went high off turn 2
and started a side-by-side battle down the back straightaway. Coming
off turn four they were neck and neck, knocking tires at the finish
line. Alexander would take the heat win by a mere .001 second over
Christopher. Shumway would finish third.
#9 Peter Jarvis and #73 Jon McKennedy presented a front row
representing two generations of racers vying for the trophy. At the
green, the two battled side-by-side, but by the end of turn 2 Peter
Jarvis had control of the lead with McKennedy battling to keep
second from #43 Kirk Alexander. By lap 3, Alexander moved into
second and following him to third was #28 Dwight Jarvis. By lap 5,
the trio of Peter Jarvis, Alexander, and Dwight Jarvis began to pull
away from McKennedy and the rest of the pack. Lap 7, #20 Ted
Christopher starts to look for ways around McKennedy for fourth.
Lap 13, #17 Jack Bateman goes high on Christopher in turn 1 and
takes fifth position. Bateman then sets his sights on McKennedy for
Lap 20, Alexander dives under Peter Jarvis in turn 3 for the lead.
The two would battle side-by-side for 2 laps before Alexander would
take the lead on lap 22 off turn 4. The next lap Peter Jarvis starts
receiving some heat from his brother Dwight, with Dwight eventually
taking second-place away from Peter.
Lap 24, Bateman takes it to the high side once again, this time
going high over fourth-place McKennedy in turn 3 and taking
McKennedy’s spot by the end of turn 4.
On Lap 25, #83 Chris Wenzel pulls into the infield with mechanical
woes. On lap 31, #23 Mike Holdridge brings out the first yellow with
a spin off turn 4. Holdridge says he spun due to fluid on the track.
Wenzel was leaking water, but officials checked the #40 of Ken
Bouchard for any additional leaks. After review, the officials deem
the #40 OK to continue.
The lap 31 restart saw Alexander and Dwight Jarvis lead the field
to green. At the wave of the green, Alexander moves into the lead
with Dwight Jarvis following him. Behind them Bateman takes the high
line again, challenging Peter Jarvis. The two would battle
side-by-side for several laps, with Bateman coming out the victor,
taking third on lap 37.
Meanwhile the leaders—Alexander and Dwight Jarvis—extend their lead
over third-place. Lap 42, Dwight Jarvis looks high on Alexander, but
can’t make it. The next lap Dwight Jarvis goes high again on
Alexander, giving Alexander a challenge on the outside. The next lap
the two come upon lapped traffic, and Dwight Jarvis drops back to
second. By lap 48, Alexander and Dwight Jarvis would extend their
lead to nearly a straightaway-length over third-place Bateman. Lap
56, Alexander is proving to be more nimble with traffic than Dwight
Jarvis and extends his lead to six cars.
Yellow waves for the second time on lap 59, this time for the spun
#08 of Jim Boniface off turn 4. TVMRS officials determined that #15
Chris Pasteryak helped Boniface’s spin and sent Pasteryak to the
The green would wave and caution would wave within a few seconds
later as the #5m of Bryan Shumway got spun around in front of the
inside line, collecting #0 Mike Holdridge. Luckily, both cars
received minimal damage. The guilty party in that exchange was
determined to be the #40 of Ken Bouchard, who admitted he got into
Shumway due to transmission issues. Bouchard’s crew tried to repair
the #40, but missed the call for the green.
Alexander and Dwight Jarvis lead the field to the green, with
Alexander taking the lead on lap 60. Lap 61, McKennedy goes low on
Peter Jarvis for fourth. The two would battle side-by-side, with
McKennedy winning that battle on lap 64. On the move was last race’s
winner, #06 Les Hinckley, who was watching the battle from sixth.
However, on lap 66 he suddenly slowed, bringing out the fourth
caution. Hinckley’s #06 would lose the rear end, thus ending his
Alexander and Dwight Jarvis led the field to green once again, with
Alexander reclaiming first, Dwight Jarvis second, and Bateman third.
Lap 68, #6 Rob Goodenough goes high on Peter Jarvis
for fifth and on
lap 71, Goodenough takes the position. Lap #71 Peter Jarvis’ #9
suddenly slowed off turn 2. Jarvis managed to refire it on the front
stretch, but unfortunately the damage was already done and he fell
to the back of the pack.
In the closing laps, Dwight Jarvis would try his all to pass Kirk
Alexander, looking both low and high. Alexander managed to
successfully maneuver through lapped traffic in the last 10 laps and
Dwight Jarvis’ #28 began to fade. Alexander would take the win, his
30th in the True Value Modified Racing Series. Dwight Jarvis held on
to second while Jack Bateman finished third.
July 5, 2008