TWIN STATE TRUE VALUE MODIFIED WIN TO
Chelmsford, MA., racer Jon McKennedy became the fourth different winner in
four races Friday night June 5, winning the True Value Modified Racing
Series sanctioned “Granite State Harley-Davidson 100” at Twin State
Speedway, Claremont, NH. It was McKennedy’s first win this season and his
third career TVMRS victory.
McKennedy has closed to within eight points of
point leader Steven Masse.
The 100 lap race, highly competitive from the start, featured nine
lead changes among five different drivers.
Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA., from his pole starting
position, took the lead at the drop of the green flag and held it until lap
19 when three-time series champion Kirk Alexander, Swanzey, NH., snuck by.
Pennink regained the lead three laps later, lost it to defending champion
Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., regained it again on lap 27, before turning it
over to Alexander on lap 29, at which point the series all time winning
driver took control until the mid-way mark.
Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT., who started 24th on the field, worked
his way to the front to contest for the lead. Jarvis and Alexander tossed
the lead back and forth between laps 51 and 70.
McKennedy, who started third in the lineup, faded to fifth in the
early going and then methodically made his way to the front by mid-race. The
part time ISMA supermodified driver moved to fourth on lap 46, third on lap
53, and then the lead as he passed both Jarvis and Alexander on lap 71.
Jarvis took the lead back for one circuit on lap 87 only to turn it over to
the race winner a lap later.
Jarvis finished a strong second, Alexander third, Eddie
Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT., fourth, and Steve Masse, Bellingham, MA fifth.
Pasteryak, Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT., Ron Goodenough, Swanzey, NH.,
Sean Bodreau, Claremont, NH., and Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT., rounded out
the top ten.
18 of the original 24 starters finished the event. Nine caution
flags for minor spins slowed the race that took 52 minutes 59 seconds to
complete. The top 15 drivers finished on the lead lap. 26 teams entered the
The LaValley Building Supply qualifying heat races were won by
Pennink, Dachenhausen, and McKennedy.
The next event for New England’s premier modified touring series is
Saturday night, June 13, at Seekonk, MA., followed by a special Thursday
night appearance at the Thompson, CT
Speedway, June 18.
Race Summary: Race # 4
Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 52:59.602
Margin of Victory: 0.548
Lap Leaders: Pennink (1-17) Alexander (18, 19) Pennink (20-23)
Pasteryak (24-26) Pennink (27, 28) Alexander (29-50) D. Jarvis (51)
Alexander (52-54) D. Jarvis (55-67)
Alexander (68-70) McKennedy (71 – 100)
Cautions Flags: (9)
24 Started Event (15 cars finished on lead lap)
Sunoco Hard Charger: D Jarvis
Sherwood Wheels Award: Masse
Order of Finish: (1) McKennedy, (2) D. Jarvis (3) Alexander, (4)
Dachenhausen (5) Masse, (6) Pasteryak, (7) Hinckley (8) Goodenough (9)
Bodreau, (10) Holdridge, (11) Dore, (12) Doucette, (13) Batchelder (14)
Coby, (15) P. Jarvis (16) Cleary, (17) Dolan, (18) Spiers (19) Douglas, (20)
R. Perry (21) Pennink (22) S. Perry, (23) Patnode, (24) Bateman.
Next Event: Seekonk Speedway Rte 6 Seekonk, MA.
Date: June 13 6:00 PM
Spence Sr / True Value Modified racing Series