SERIES TO CROWN
The curtain will officially close on a very successful season, Saturday,
November 21, when the New England based Modified Racing Series crowns its
2009 champion, and recognizes its competitors for their accomplishments in
the recently concluded season.
The sixth annual awards banquet will be held at the Clarion Hotel,
1080 Riverdale St, West Springfield, MA.
Jonathan McKennedy, East Chelmsford, MA., scored four wins this
season (Twin State, Seekonk, Oxford Plains, Beech Ridge) paving the way to
his first series title. McKennedy held off a late season charge by veteran
driver Rob Goodenough, West Swanzey, NH., to capture the title by a 15 point
In addition to the new champion being crowned, the 2009 Koszela
Speed “Rookie of the Year” award will be presented as will the DART Steel
Engine Builder award. Specialty plaques will be awarded to the Most Improved
driver, Tough Luck driver, Dedicated driver, Mechanic of the Year, and
Sportsmanship recipient. The special awards are selected annually by series
The fifth annual “7-11” award, a presentation made by New England
Hall of Fame modified great Bob Polverari, will be awarded to the competitor
who represents modified racing in a professional manner both on and off the
track. Jack Bateman, Dwight Jarvis, Ed Dachenhausen, and Vinnie Annarummo,
are former recipients of the prestigious award.
The 2009 season has been deemed a big success by series officials.
73 racers competed with the MRS in 2009. In 15 races, 12 different drivers
Series founder Jack Bateman will address competitors looking ahead
to the 2010 season.
Bateman is working on an 18 race schedule for the new campaign including the
series first ever appearance outside the New England region. A spring race
is planned for the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY.
Doors open November 21 at 4:30 PM with a social hour starting at
4:45 PM. A buffet style dinner will be served at 6:00 PM followed by awards
For additional information, call 800-924-2594 or
Source: John H. Spence
/ Modified Racing Series