RECORD REGISTRATION CREATES FULL ROSTER
FOR TRUE VALUE MODIFIED RACING SERIES
Despite the country’s present economic status, the old adage racers always
find ways to race certainly applies to the True Value Modified Racing
Series. The sixth year touring division is gearing up for its season opener
and as the anticipation grows for the new campaign, so does the roster of
“Very surprised, said Jack Bateman, when addressing his staff at a
recent pre-season briefing reflecting on the interest and registrations for
the 2009 season. This is the highest registration count we’ve ever had going
into the season. In these times it’s pretty amazing,” said the founder of
the New England based series.
To date, a record 53 teams have secured numbers and paid fee’s to
compete. Bateman has structured a 16 race schedule in response and
additional prize money will be paid this year.
Bateman knows all teams signed on are not going to compete at each
stop on the tour. He is pleased that many newcomers have indicated they are
planning to race in four to six races. That, coupled with the amount of
drivers registered from other divisions, other sanctions, and weekly race
tracks, leaves Bateman and his staff confident they’ll have a good season
despite the recession and a bright future.
Two new faces focusing on the tour are nine-time Lee USA Speedway
track-champion JR Baril, Haverhill, MA; a standout racer in pro-stock and
late model competition, along with Garrison Grubisa, Moultonboro,NH; a
former Lee late model regular and ACT competitor.
Baril, who competed last year briefly with the TVMRS, was a weekly
modified racer at All-Star Speedway, and will again drive for the Mordenti
Race Team, Claremont, NH. “Have some fun, do the best we can, tough
competition there with that series,” said Baril this week. The 32 year old
second generation driver indicates the team will run as many events as
possible but have the Lee, Waterford, and Oxford dates on their shop
Grubisa, a 24 year old former go-kart racer and Newtown, CT;
native, will wheel a 2000 Troyer car with roots on the NASCAR Southern
Modified Tour. An eight year veteran, Grubisa also plans to compete in as
many races as possible.
Former Lee small block super modified driver Brandy Tree has
registered with the tour. Tree, of Nottingham, NH; will become the third
female driver to compete with the series. She campaigned a modified last
season at All-Star Speedway.
Sanford, ME driver Jacob Dore is another All-Star Speedway
competitor making the move to the series. “We are planning on running the
whole tour,” said the 19 year old University of New Hampshire student. Dore,
who is majoring in mechanical engineering, will drive the modified racer
that carried Dwight Jarvis to the 2006 TVMRS title.
Modified standout Rowan Pennink, Huntington Valley, PA; has
announced his plan to compete full time with the TVMRS. Pennink ran a few
races for veteran and well respected car owner, Gary Casella. Casella has
owned and driven modified cars for many years on the True Value Series with
a number of different drivers. This year, Pennink will compete in the Monk
Mechanics, Roscoe Racing sponsored #25 with one schedule conflict.
The 2009 slate kicks off Saturday night, April 25, at Monadnock
Speedway, Winchester, NH. Race time is 6:00 PM.
/ True Value Modified Racing Series