MARQUIS SUBS AND
WATERFORD WINGS & WHEELS 100
race driver Jerry Marquis of Broad Brook, Connecticut., dusted off his
racing helmet Saturday night and won the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing
Series feature at Waterford, (CT) Speedbowl. The win came on a night when
the track presented the fourth annual “Wings & Wheels” program in front of a
large crowd of open-wheel race fans.
Marquis becomes the fourth consecutive first time winner and the 10th
different winner this season.
“Only here to help these guys out,” said Marquis who ended a successful 34
year career in 2007. “Brian (Crowley) called and asked if I would consider
it and here I am.”
Marquis was tabbed to drive for regular driver Rowan Pennink and car owner
Gary Casella as Pennink was committed to race in New Hampshire. Marquis
agreed to practice the car at Stafford, (CT) on Friday and be ready on
Saturday at Waterford if needed.
With qualifying completed and Pennink enroute from Loudon, NH., Marquis was
slated to start on the pole for the VMRS race.
When the field of 21 cars rolled from the paddock area, Marquis took his
position in the front row to a rousing ovation.
At the drop of the green flag, Marquis was the driver to beat and no one
could top the Roscoe Racing #25. The 56-year Marquis wired the field but
received pressure throughout the race.
Local favorite Rob Janovic Jr, of Waterford, from the drop of the green
flag, chased Marquis until Les Hinckley III, of Windsor Locks, CT., slipped
by on lap 40. For the next 60 laps Hinckley chased Marquis and ran him hard
on restarts but this was not the night for the current point-leader. Marquis
prevailed for the full 100-laps.
Keith Rocco, of Wallingford, CT., started 21st and finished a solid third,
following his win the night before at Stafford Springs, CT.
Pasteryak finished fourth with Max Zachem of Preston, CT., rounding out the
Mike Holdridge, Louie Mechalides, Dave Etheridge, Tim Jordan, and Josh
Sylvester finished sixth through tenth.
17 of the 21 cars that started the race finished the event, 16 on the lead
Four caution flags slowed the race. It took 40 minutes 15 seconds to
complete the 100-laps
Interestingly, the winning car was damaged in a crash Friday night at
Stafford. The crew worked all night stopping three hours for sleep before
heading to Waterford from Saugus, MA.
“The best part of this is a good guy won, we (the crew) pulled it off, and
I’d like to think it was good for the series,” said car owner Gary Casella.
That’s what really makes me happy.”
August 13,2011, 2011
Waterford Speedbowl (CT)
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 40:15:294
Best Lap Time: 14.061 (Pasteryak)
Best Speed: 96.010 Pasteryak
Margin of Victory: 1.432
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Marquis (1-100)
Cautions: Laps; 6, 8, 8, 54, 62
Unofficial Finish - (1) Marquis (2) Hinckley (3) Rocco
(4) Pasteryak (5) Zachem (6) Hold ridge (7) Mechalides
(8) Etheridge (9) Jordan (10) Sylvester (11) Janovic
(12) Malave (13) Solomito (14) Wrenn (15) Owen
(16) Doucette (17) McClay (18) Charette (19) Barrett
(20) Bateman (21) Goodenough
Source: John Spence Sr
/ Valenti Modified Racing Series
August 15, 2011