3 TIME CHAMP ALEXANDER WINS TVMRS AT
Three-time champion Kirk Alexander passed race leader Peter Jarvis
on lap 22 and went on to win the True Value Modified Racing Series
sanctioned “Firecracker 100” race Saturday night, July 5, at
Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH. A large holiday weekend crowd
saw the Swanzey, NH., veteran win his fourth race of 2008 and his
30th career win in five seasons with the TVMRS. Alexander is the
all-time feature winner on the tour and the only racer to win at
every race track the series has competed at.
With present point leader David Pinkham, Buxton , ME. , sidelined
by engine woes during qualifying, Alexander’s victory draws him
closer to the top of the point standings. He entered Saturday’s race
only 20 points behind Pinkham. Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon , ME. ,
entered the race second in the standings.
On lap 25, 2006 champion, Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT. , passed
brother Peter to move into second and began a long chase of
Alexander that lasted until the checkered flag. Dwight raced many
laps side by side with Alexander, especially on re-starts, only to
have the #43 pull away each time.
Veteran driver Jack Bateman of Canaan , NH., passed Peter Jarvis on
lap 37 to take over the third spot. Bateman would stay there until
the end for his best finish of the season. Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford
, MA., went by P. Jarvis on lap 60 to move into fourth where he
would finish with Rob Goodenough, Swanzey, nailing down a fifth
Pasteryak checkered sixth with Belchertown, MA., driver Bryan
Shumway, Dale Evonsion, E. Hartland, CT., Mike Holdridge, Madison ,
CT. , and Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury , CT. rounding out the top ten.
With both Alexander and D. Jarvis already “guaranteed” starters for
the New England Race Fuels sponsored, “Mod-Mania” weekend at
Thompson , CT. , in September, Bateman, with his third place finish,
receives the guaranteed spot.
22 cars started the 100 lap grind with nine of those competitors
finishing on the lead lap.
Four caution flags slowed the race that took 40 minutes, 51 seconds
to complete. Bateman turned the fastest race lap at 12.846
Veteran driver Ken Bouchard, Fitchburg , MA., competing in his
first race with the TVMRS finished 20th..Bouchard completed only 58
laps. He was involved in a mishap when several cars came together on
a re-start and Bouchard ran into Shumway who had spun sideways.
The next event for the TVMRS is Friday July 11 at Lee USA Speedway,
Lee , NH . at 7:15 PM Race sponsor is Manchester , NH radio station
“96.5 The Mill” In honor of the sponsor, the race distance will be
For the second weekend in a row, modified ace Ted Christopher was
beaten at the line, this time in a heat race. Alexander tried to
pass Christopher on the low side of turn four for several laps.
Alexander, on the last lap, opted for the outside and when he pulled
up along side of Christopher, they crossed the line with what looked
like a dead heat. Transponders had Alexander winning by 0.001,the
same margin in the now famous finish at NHMS the week before.
Race Summary: Firecracker 100
Monadnock Speedway , Winchester , NH .
Caution Flags: Laps 31, 58, 58, 66
Race Time: 40:51:381
Black Mountain Painting - ½ way: Alexander
New England Race Fuels - Sunoco Hard Charger: Evonsion
Finish Order :(1) Alexander, (2) D. Jarvis (3) Bateman (4)
McKennedy (5) Goodenough
(6) Pasteryak (7) Shumway (8) Evonsion (9) Holdridge (10)
Dachenhausen (11) Boniface
(12) P. Jarvis (13) Perry (14) Doucette (15) Douglas (16) Drown (17)
Christopher (18) Hinckley
(19) Owen (20) Bouchard (21) White (22) Wenzel
John H. Spence Sr./True Value Modified Racing Series
July 7, 2008