TOMMY BARRETT JR. WINS 3RD ANNUAL
SHARK CYCLE 80 AT STAFFORD
Valenti Modified Racing Series made its first of two visits of the 2012
season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 3rd Annual Shark Cycle 80. Tommy
Barrett, Jr. was the big winner of the night, coming from the back of the
pack to pick up his first career VMRS victory.
Rowan Pennink shot into the lead from the pole with Dave Etheridge riding in
second. Chris Pasteryak was third, with Timmy Jordan in fourth and Louie
Mechalides was fifth. Jon McKennedy was sixth, with Norm Wrenn, Max Zachem,
and Jeff Malave behind him. Ted Christopher, who started 18th, was already
in the top-10 in the first ten laps of the race and by lap-15, he had moved
into seventh place, just ahead of Doug Coby.
At the lap-20 marker, Pennink was still in command of the race with
Etheridge, Pasteryak, Jordan, and Mechalides behind him. McKennedy was still
sixth, but Christopher was closing in on him as he was pulling away from
Coby in 8th place. Christopher got around McKennedy for sixth on lap-26 and
the caution came out with 30 laps complete for Tom Bolles, who spun in turn
Pennink took the lead back under green with Pasteryak getting around
Etheridge for second. Coming off turn 4 with 31 laps complete, contact
between Christopher and Jordan sent Jordan around and collected the cars of
Bryan Shumway, Matt Hirschman, George Sherman, Doug Coby, and Todd Owen to
bring the caution out. Christopher was sent to the rear of the field by VMRS
Officials for making the contact with Jordan.
Pennink again took the lead back under green with Pasteryak in second.
Etheridge was third, with McKennedy moving up to fourth and Mechalides
holding down fifth place. Wrenn was sixth, with Zachem, Mark Bakaj, Coby,
and Christopher making up the top-10. This was the running order with
Bakaj was beginning to slide back several spots as Coby moved into sixth
ahead of Wrenn, with Christopher moving up to eighth. Hirschman was ninth
with Tommy Barrett Jr. in tenth place.
The order shuffled again on lap-47 as Christopher moved around Wrenn for
seventh and Barrett followed Christopher by Wrenn while Pennink continued to
hold the race lead ahead of Pasteryak.
With 25 laps to go, Pennink was still ahead of Pasteryak, but the remainder
of the top-5 had changed as McKennedy was up to third, Mechalides was
fourth, and Coby was fifth. Christopher was sixth, with Barrett, Hirschman,
Etheridge, and Owen making up the top-10. The caution came out with 59 laps
complete for a spin by Bolles on the backstretch.
On the restart, Etheridge appeared to have a flat tire and he slowly made
his way back to pit road as Pennink powered into the lead. McKennedy moved
into second, with Pasteryak, Barrett, and Coby behind him. Coby got by
Barrett for fourth on lap-61 and he immediately began to apply pressure to
Pasteryak for third. Barrett retook the spot on lap-65 with a move to the
inside of Pasteryak in turns 3+4. The caution came back out with 66 laps
complete as Mark Bakaj got into the backstretch wall.
On the restart, Pasteryak got loose in turn 2 and he shot up the track
directly in the path of Hirschman, who climbed up and over Pasteryak's car,
which also collected the car of Todd Owen. The incident brought the yellow
and red flags out with 15 laps to go.
The restart saw McKennedy briefly take the lead from Pennink before Pennink
went back to the point. McKennedy settled into second with Barrett in third.
Barrett made a strong move in turn 3 on lap-68 to move into second with Coby
fourth and Christopher in fifth. Jimmy Zacharias came to a stop in turn 2 to
bring the yellow back out with 68 laps complete.
The restart was called back and on the next restart, Pennink and Barrett
were side by side for the lead with Pennink the leader by a nose. Richie
Pallai, Jr. and Wrenn spun on the frontstretch to bring the yellow back out
with 11 laps to go.
Barrett and Pennink were side by side on the restart with Barrett taking the
lead at the line by a nose. Barrett got clear of Pennink the next lap and
took over the lead but the race was slowed again by the caution as Joe
Doucette spun in turn 4 with 10 laps to go.
Barrett was the leader back under green with Pennink, McKennedy, Coby,
Christopher, and Owen lined up behind him. Barrett was beginning to stretch
out his lead over Pennink while Christopher was now fourth behind McKennedy
with 2 laps to go.
Barrett led Pennink back to the checkered flag to pick up his first career
Valenti Modified Racing Series victory. McKennedy finished third, with
Christopher and Owen rounding out the top-5.
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MODIFIED RACING SERIES SHARK CYCLE 80 (80)
1) Tommy Barrett Jr.
2) Rowan Pennink
3) Jon McKennedy
4) Ted Christopher
5) Todd Owen
6) Doug Coby
7) Chris Pasteryak
8) Steven Reed
9) Lou Mechalides
10) Richie Pallai Jr.
11) Joey Cipriano
12) Tom Bolles
13) Norm Wrenn
14) Max Zachem
15) Jeff Malave
16) Jimmy Zacharias
17) Mark Bakaj
18) Joe Doucette
19) George Sherman
20) Dave Etheridge
21) Matt Hirschman
22) Bryan Shumway
23) John Jensen
24) Tim Jordan
25) Melissa Fifield
26) Roy Seidell Jr.
27) Todd Annarummo
28) Dennis Charette
Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway