MCKENNEDY TO BE HONORED
FOR SECOND MRS CHAMPIONSHIP
Chelmsford, Massachusetts’s driver Jon McKennedy will be crowned 2010
Modified Racing Series Champion, Saturday night, November 20, when the New
England based touring division, sponsored by Bob Valenti AutoMall.Com,
honors its competitors for their accomplishments. The 7th annual banquet
will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, W. Springfield,
McKennedy captured both the driving championship and car owner’s title for
the 2010 campaign. The 23 year-old joins three-time champion, Kirk
Alexander, as the only other driver to win back-to-back championships in
“Winning a second championship is a neat deal,” said the 11-time race
winner. “This series (MRS) has stepped up the last couple of years. The
competition is tough.”
Like 2009, McKennedy won four races enroute to the title. The only
difference this season was the purchase of a new Race Works Chassis, a
potent car he put in victory lane the first night out at Waterford,
“At the half-way point in the season, we were struggling. Little flaws kept
beating us. The competition had really stepped up. It needed to happen.
Reggie Ruggerio and Ed Flemke Jr. built a very responsive racecar. We ran
the new car in five races and won three of them,’ said the 13 year veteran.
The top 15 drivers for the 2010 season will be recognized at the year-end
banquet. Runner-up and 2006 Champion, Dwight Jarvis, will be honored, as
well as, Les Hinckley, Steven Masse, and Ken Barry, who finished in the top
five. Sixth through fifteenth were, Rowan Pennink, Todd Annarummo, Max
Zachem, Rob Goodenough, Jacob Dore, Joey Jarvis, Jack Bateman, Norm Wrenn,
Eddy Spiers, and 2008 champion, Chris Pasteryak.
In addition to crowning the series champion, the 2010 Koszela Speed “Rookie
of the Year” Award will be presented as will the DART Steel Engine Builder
Award. SPAFCO Most Improved Driver Award, Tough Luck Driver Award, Crew
Member of the Year Award, Sportsmanship Award, and Dedication to Racing
Award. Series officials select the special recipients annually.
New England Hall of Fame modified great Bob Polverari, will present the
sixth annual “7-11” award, to the competitor who represents modified racing
in a professional manner both on and off the track. Jack Bateman, Dwight
Jarvis, Ed Dachenhausen, Vinnie Annarummo, and Jimmy Dolan, are former
recipients of the prestigious award.
Series president and founder Jack Bateman will announce a tentative 18-race
schedule for the 2011 season. A major announcement will also be made
pertaining to the new season, the eighth, for New England’s premier modified
John H. Spence Sr. / Modified Racing Series