SZEGEDY WINS MONADNOCK FIRECRACKER 100
Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT., passed race leader Chris Pasteryak on lap 92,
and went to win the 8th annual ‘Firecracker 100’ Saturday night, July 7, at
Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH. Szegedy becomes the series fifth
different winner this season.
Szegedy hooked up in a side-by-side, crowd-pleasing battle, with Les
Hinckley, III, of Windsor Locks, CT., for several laps, before grabbing the
runner-up spot. Pasteryak led the race from lap 49 when he slipped up
allowing Szegedy to take the lead.
Tired and slow to exit his race car on a warm and humid night, Szegedy enjoyed
the journey to victory lane.
“Those last 20 laps were some of the hardest I have ever driven in my
career,” Szegedy told the crowd. “I raced hard with Hinckley there for god
knows how many laps. He could have ran me up and I expected him to do it and
Szegedy felt Pasteryak dealt him a winning hand. “I was watching the (5)
getting free but I was getting free too. Finally he just got real loose. I
couldn’t believe it. Kinda gave that one to me.” Szegedy said. “I knew guys
were coming up hard. I drove it as hard as I could and we got the victory.”
Monadnock favorite Dwight Jarvis made a late race charge to finish second.
“I love this track this is where I started racing back a few years ago,”
Jarvis said. “The car was real good. Got torn up a bit in the heat race. The
crew did a heckuva job to fix it. Thanks to Jack Murray and their crew. They
loaned us a nose right off their car.”
Another local favorite, Todd Patnode, of Richmond, NH., also made a late
race charge to finish third.” The car was real good all day,” Patnode said.
“We had some trouble in the heat race. The guys worked really hard. I don’t
think it was quite the way it was but it was still pretty good. We had a
clutch problem earlier. It was nice to have a good finish”
Hinckley settled for fourth with Pasteryak rounding out the top five.
Sixth through tenth were: Rowan Pennink, Jon McKennedy, Norm Wrenn, Mike
Holdridge, and Joey Jarvis.
The race, slowed by five caution flags, was completed in 44 minutes. 14 of
the 24 cars that started the event finished on the lead lap. 30 race teams
entered the race.
Heat winners; Rob Goodenough, (Engine Failure) Todd Owen, Pennink
DNQ—Malave, Fifield, Raymond, Murray, Seidell,
Point Leaders – Pennink (242) McKennedy (240) Hinckley (214) Wrenn (200)
Mechalides (190) Holdridge (185) Pasteryak
(169) Bakaj (137) Zachem (134) Doucette (122)
Next Event: Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, NH. July 14, 2012.
Race # 7 Monadnock Speedway
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 44:32:514
Margin of Victory: 0.372
Best Lap Time: 12.792
Best Speed: 70.356 (Mechalides)
Lead Changes: (2)
Lap Leaders: Holdridge (1-48) Pasteryak (49-91) Szegedy (92-100)
Cautions: Laps 48,48,48,62,80
Order of Finish: (1) Szegedy (2) D. Jarvis (3) Patnode (4) Hinckley
(5) Pasteryak (6) Pennink (7) McKennedy (8) Wrenn (9) Holdridge
(10) J.Jarvis (11) Gernhard (12) Shumway (13) Owen (14) Bakaj (15) Mead (16)
Pearl (17) Zachem (18) Boniface (19) Schneider
(20) Mechalides (21) Doucette (22) Nocella (23) Barnett (24) Cipriano
Source: John Spence Sr / Valenti Modified Racing Series