VALENTI MODIFIED RACING SERIES NEXT AT THOMPSON
Valenti Modified Racing Series will top the bill at the Thompson
International Speedway on Sunday, May 20th. The popular VMRS will compete in
a 75-lap main event as the highlight of the day’s racing activity.
Defending VMRS champion, Chris Pasteryak, will lead an impressive field of
Modified racers for this special Sunday afternoon race event. He will be
joined by drivers like Rowan Pennink, Less Hinkley, Doug Coby, Norm Wrenn
and Jon McKennedy. The 2012 season has been very good to McKennedy after
having logged victories in both of the VMRS races run to date. The
Chelmsford, MA driver won the season opener at the Waterford Speedbowl and
then went on to repeat his winning ways at the Monadnock Speedway. All bets
are off, however, when the VMRS arrives at Thompson which is the largest and
fastest track on their race schedule.
When the VMRS last raced at Thompson, it was veteran Mike Stefanik who
claimed the win and lead the entire 75-lap event. The battle for positions
behind Stefanik was tremendous as Chris Pasteryak, Rowan Pennink and Steve
Massey diced it out lap after lap. At the finish line, however, it was
Pennink in for second followed by Pasteryak, Massey and Les Hinckley.
Joining the Valenti Modifieds will be Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series divisions including the brand new LKQ/Keystone Lite Modifieds. This
new weekly division will appear for the first time and will compete in a
20-lap feature event. Thompson’s Sunoco Modifieds, Xtra/Mart Limited
Sportsman, Late Models and Monster Minis make up the other exciting racing
divisions on the program.
Many race teams are looking to gain on the momentum they picked up at the
season opening Icebreaker at Thompson. Sunoco Modified standout, Ryan
Preece, will look to repeat his winning ways after a convincing win over
Woody Pitkat, Todd Ceravolo, Ted Christopher and Kerry Malone. Pitkat,
competing in two divisions, found himself in second place at the end of the
Late Model feature event which was won by Tommy O’Sullivan.
Scott Sundeen opened his season with a win in the Xtra/Mart Limited
Sportsman division and Glenn Boss showed everyone the quick way around in
his Thompson Modified. Tyler Poulin bested a tough field of racers and drove
to victory in the Monster Mini Stock division.
Following the May 20th VMRS event, Thompson will go through a huge
transformation as it gets converted to the site of the annual Eve of
Destruction slated for May 27th. This Memorial Day weekend tradition
features daredevils, thrills, spills, explosions, automotive carnage,
fireworks and more. It is a fan favorite that attracts thousands every year.
For more information on these or any events at Thompson Speedway, visit the
track’s web page at
Source: Russ Dowd / Thompson International Speedway