SHARK CYCLE 80
AT STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY
year-old Tommy Barrett of Millis, Mass., not only beat the veterans on
Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway in the Shark Cycle 80, he got by
both top points contenders of the Modified Racing Series presented by
Valenti, for his first touring event win.
Barrett passed current points leader Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon, Penn.,
with 10 laps remaining, then finished ahead of Pennink, Jon McKennedy
(currently second in points) and Ted Christopher of Plainville in the first
of two scheduled events at the Connecticut half-mile oval.
Barrett, a former SK Modified Lights competitor at Stafford, went from the
back of the field to the lead in 70 laps.
He took advantage of six cautions, including one on lap 69 when Rich Pallai
Jr. and Norm Wrenn made contact and spun on the frontstretch.
Barrett pulled even with Pennink on the re-start and passed him on the
Barrett had to start at the back of the 28-car field after pitting twice
before the initial green came out.
“It was our plan to make a couple of last-minute adjustments to the car,”
Barrett said. “I was able to save the tires for most of the race and it
definitely helped me at the end.”
Barrett began racing at Stafford as a 15-year old in the Lights Division.
“I don’t think that it gave me any type of advantage tonight,” he said. “The
types of cars are completely different."
“It was nice, though, to win my first tour race here because I consider
Stafford to be my home track. It’s a great facility where the media treats
you well and you always get lots of publicity.”
Pennink said that he car simply got too tight in the later stages of the
“All of those cautions really messed up the heat cycles in my tires,” he
By finishing one place ahead of McKennedy, Pennink increased his points lead
to 18 (410-392) heading into this Saturday’s race at the Waterford
“A third-place finish was good for us tonight," said McKennedy, of
Chelmsford, Mass. “It keeps us right in the points standings.”
Following Christopher to the line were Todd Owen (fifth), Doug Coby (sixth),
Chris Pasteryak (seventh), Steven Reed (eighth), Louie Mechalides (ninth),
and Rich Pallai (tenth).
Source: Peter Vander Veer / Valenti Modified Racing Series