DWIGHT JARVIS WINS VICTOR JOHNSON MEMORIAL
Modified Racing Series veteran Dwight Jarvis, of Ascutney, VT., captured his
first win of the season Saturday night, winning the ‘Victor Johnson Memorial
100’ at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH.
The race, plagued by 15 caution periods and two red flags, took over 90
minutes to complete.
Jarvis took the lead on lap 80 from Todd Patnode, of Richmond, NH., and was
never headed. Patnode suffered a flat tire forcing him to the pit area.
Patnode returned to finish 18th in the 24 car field.
Jarvis was right at ‘home’ at his favorite race track where he has enjoyed
much success for over 30 years. “I love this track. The fans here are
wonderful,” Jarvis said in victory lane.
“Todd and me were having an excellent run. Too bad he got a flat left
front,” Jarvis said. “I had something for him. I was saving something for
him at the end.”
Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., currently in a battle for the
series championship, finished in a solid second place. “It was a marathon
out there a long race you never like to see a race go like that but the 25
car was good all night,” Pennink said. We had to start far back and work our
way up through. Stayed out of the wrecks and ended up with a good finish.”
The late race story was Millis, MA., high school senior, Tommy Barrett, Jr.,
who made a late race charge to finish third. Barrett didn’t think he had
anything for the front due to early mishaps. “After the third pit stop I
didn’t think so,” said Barrett. “We started in the middle of the pack. I was
riding around trying to save tires, we had two flats and I just did what I
could to get back.”
Kirk Alexander, of Swanzey, NH., and Jon McKennedy of E. Chelmsford, MA.,
rounded out the top five.
Sixth through tenth were Louie Mechalides, Joe Doucette, Steve Masse, Chris
Pasteryak, and Bryan Shumway.
16 of the original 24 starters finished on the lead lap. It took 1 hour, 38
minutes to complete the race due to the excessive caution flags.
McKennedy’s point lead is now 16 over Pennink. Norman Wrenn has moved into
third followed, Pasteryak, and Mechalides, who has moved to fifth in the
Next event is Friday, August 31, Stafford CT.
Race # 13 at Monadnock Speedway
Distance: 100 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.953
Best Lap Time: 12.650
Best Speed: 71.146 (Patnode)
Lead Changes: (5)
Lap Leaders: Pasteryak (1) Alexander (2-67) Patnode (68-74) Jarvis
(75) Patnode (76-80) Jarvis (81-100)
Cautions: Laps 20,22,46,50,51,51,64,73,76,76,76,80,80,83,97.
Order of Finish:
(1) Jarvis (2) Pennink (3) Barrett (4) Alexander (5) McKennedy (6)
Mechalides (7) Doucette (8) Masse (9) Pasteryak (10) Shumway
(11) Mead (12) Wrenn (13) Barnett (14) Zachem (15) Bakaj (16) Cipriano (17)
Gernhard (18) Patnode (19) Owen (20) Nocella
(21) Jordan (22) Goodenough (23) Smith (24) Schneider
Source: John Spence Sr / Valenti Modified Racing Series