HIS THIRD TVMRS RACE AT OXFORD PLAINS
Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, Mass., drove by Andy Seuss for the lead in
lapped traffic on the 77th circuit to win his third True Value Modified
Series race of 2009 on Saturday night in the “Maine-Ly Action Sports 100” at
the famed Oxford Plains Speedway.
McKennedy started on the pole, but was overtaken for the lead by
Rob Goodenough on lap 17, moments after the first of only two caution
periods during the event. The caution on lap 15 was necessitated when Tony
Ricci spun out of a top five position with a flat right rear tire. The next
caution wouldn’t occur until there were 97 laps completed.
Andy Seuss took the lead from Goodenough as the 22-car field worked
lap 44, after a three-lap effort in the outside lane. Two laps later,
McKennedy drove into the second position.
A race for the lead developed between Seuss and McKennedy, as they
raced wheel-to-wheel on many occasions before McKennedy took the lead for
good on lap 77 as the two worked around lapped traffic.
While McKennedy sprinted off to a comfortable lead, the rest of the
top ten was changing by the moment. Dwight Jarvis moved to the second
position on lap 85, while David Pinkham made his way to third place from the
scratch position with just eight laps to go.
Kevin Iannarelli spun off turn two before lap 98 was completed to
set up a three-lap race to the finish, and McKennedy was fast enough to hold
the lead over Jarvis, Pinkham and Seuss. Ed Dachenhausen capped off a
consistent run with a fifth place finish.
The race was completed in just 34 minutes, with a margin of victory
of 0.371 seconds and an average speed of 66.147 seconds. Dwight Jarvis
recorded the fastest lap of the race on his way to a second place finish.
The True Value Modified Series returns to action on Thursday, July
23 for the rescheduled “Town Fair Tire 75” at the Thompson International
Maine-Ly Action Sports 100 Finish: (100 laps)
Jon McKennedy, Dwight Jarvis, David Pinkham, Andy Seuss, Ed Dachenhausen,
Peter Jarvis, Rowan Pennink, Rob Goodenough, Jack Bateman, Steve Masse, (99
laps) Sean Bodreau, Ed Spiers, Chris Pasteryak, Les Hinckley, Ken Barry,
Jacob Dore, (98 laps) Mike Douglas Jr., Jimmy Dolan, Joe Doucette, Kevin
Iannarelli, (15 laps) Tony Ricci, (13 laps) Mike Holdridge.
Rice / True Value Modified Racing Series