FOR MONADNOCK OPENER
NH., modified driver, Rob Goodenough returns home Saturday night and he
could not be happier. Following a hard crash during practice at Waterford,
CT., last month coupled with last weekend’s rained out program at Malta,
NY., Goodenough will be pleased to wheel his Hamshaw Lumber sponsored, 1NH
car, onto neighboring Monadnock Speedway this Saturday night May 1. That’s
the next stop for the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by
The race, The Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100, is the third event of a 19
race schedule this season for the MRS and the first of two appearances at
the Winchester, NH., oval by the popular open-wheel modified tour. The
second event will take place July 3.
Goodenough is coming off his best season (2009) to date in modified
competition. He was in the hunt for the series championship down to the
final race of the season at Lee, NH., but ended the year runner-up to
champion Jon McKennedy. He is a two-time MRS winner at Monadnock and the
defending champion of last year’s spring race.
The Waterford crash, March 27, almost caused Goodenough his season before it
started. He is quick to point out that the support of his family and fellow
racers allowed him to make the trip to New York last week and be ready for
this week’s race at Monadnock.
“The help with parts from Jacob Dore, (series driver) and his team, and
parts and repair from Rusty Ball is the reason we are racing,” said the
second generation driver. Ball is a longtime fixture in New England modified
racing and one of the original competitors when the series started seven
years ago. When called on, Ball has helped many race teams over the years
get back on track.
This Saturday’s race is the 7th annual Spring Dash race for the MRS. Until
last year, Kirk Alexander, W.Swanzey, and Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT.,
were the only winners of the April event. Flip-flopping, Alexander won the
inaugural in 2004, Hinckley won it in 2005, Alexander in 2006, Hinckley in
2007, and Alexander in 2008.
Expected entries for this weekends race include Alexander, an 18-time series
winner at Monadnock, Hinckley, a three-time winner there, Dwight Jarvis,
Ascutney, VT., a two-time series winner, Sean Bodreau, Claremont, NH.,
victorious in 2004, and Jim Boniface, W.Swanzey, NH., a 2006 winner.
Defending series champion Jon McKennedy, E.Chelmsford, MA., is entered and
still looking for his first Monadnock victory. Race time is 6PM. For
additional event information log on to
Source: John H. Spence Sr.
/ Modified Racing Series