MCKENNEDY NABS TRUE VALUE MODIFIED RACE AT ALL*STAR
Jon McKennedy started 24th in a field of 26 competitors Saturday
night Sept 20, stayed out of trouble, had a strong race car in the
late stages, and went on to win the 100 lap race True Value Modified
Racing Series event at the All-Star Speedway, Epping , NH. It was
the second TVMRS career win for the Chelmsford MA., driver who took
the lead on lap 79, ironically his car number a year ago, to
register the victory. McKennedy has run strong all season and has
come close several times to a win but was not able to put it all
together until Saturday night in front of a hometown crowd.
McKennedy, a long time racer at the New Hampshire speedway utilized
his experience and knowledge of the ¼ mile race track to work his
way to the front. Once there, he opened a full straightaway lead
over the field until a late race caution flag slowed the pace with
two laps remaining.
Pole sitter Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury , CT. , took the lead at the
drop of the green flag with All-Star regulars Luke Royea, New
Hampton, NH., and Louie Mechalides, Tyngsboro, MA., giving chase.
Dachenhausen led the first 28 laps. On lap 29, defending champion,
Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, NH., driving the Marco Turcotte # 43
dubbed the “Flyin Creamsicle” because of it’s orange/white color
scheme, took over the top spot and fast became the class of the
field setting a torrid pace, a best lap time of 12.834, best speed
of 93.408, holding the point until lap 74 when he lost it on a race
restart, spinning into the infield.
Point Leader Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon , CT. , in a rebuilt mount due
to a hard crash two weeks ago at Thompson , CT. , took over the top
spot and led the next four laps until passed by McKennedy. Pasteryak
finished a solid second in his quest for the series championship.
Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT., the 2006 champion, finished in a
solid third, Dachenhausen settled for fourth, with Jimmy Kuhn, W.
Bridgewater, MA., rounding out the top five.
Sixth through tenth were, Rob Goodenough, Alexander, Mike
Holdridge, Kenny White, Jr, and Mechalides. Fifteen cars finished on
the lead lap.
Heat races were won by Dachenhausen, Sean Bodreau, and Royea. The
second 12 lap qualifying race stirred the crowd as White and Bodreau
raced side by side lap after lap with Bodreau winning out at the
checkered flag by one-one-hundredths’ of a second. The TVMRS 12-lap
heat races are popular with the fans.
The next event for the TVMRS will be, Sunday Sept 28, at Twin State
Speedway, Claremont , NH . “The Ricky Miller Memorial 100” will be
the first ever race run by the popular racing series, now in its
Sept 20, 2008
All-Star Speedway, Epping , NH .
Time of Race: 50:51:072
Margin of Victory: 0.455
Lead Changes: 4
Caution Flags: 6 Laps: 21, 23, 32,74,74,98
Lap Leaders: Dachenhausen (1-28) Alexander (29-74) Pasteryak (75-78)
Black Mountain Painting: Alexander
26 starters, 15 cars finished on lead lap
Order of Finish: McKennedy, Pasteryak, Jarvis, Dachenhausen,
Kuhn, Goodenough, Alexander, Holdridge, White, Mechalides, Wenzel,
Annarummo, Evonsion, Iannarelli, Douglas, Dolan, Royea, Boniface,
Boudreau, Doucette, Leclair, Bateman, Ordway, Boudreau, Perry,