MCKENNEDY CLINCHES TITLE
WHILE BARRETT WINS VMRS FINALE
McKennedy, of E. Chelmsford, MA; delivered on his goal Sunday afternoon, and
young gun Tommy Barrett, of Millis, Mass; scored his third win of 2012 as
the Valenti Modified Racing Series closed out it’s schedule at Lee USA
Speedway, Lee, NH.
McKennedy captured his third series championship giving Hall of Fame
car-owner Art Barry of Preston, CT; his first VMRS title. McKennedy ties
all-time race winner Kirk Alexander for series championships.
Barrett, the 17-year old Millis MA; high school student, passed McKennedy on
lap 88 of the 100-lap race, and went on to win the ‘Oktoberfest 100’.
Barrett became the eighth driver in eight seasons to win the annual event.
Barrett’s win was what his team hoped for to wrap-up a rewarding season.
“Exactly what we needed,” Barrett said in victory lane. “We had a plan all
weekend we stuck to the plan and it worked out.”
Barrett’s strategy is to lie back at the start of the race until the halfway
mark “We stay back to save tires. I came in to make a few adjustments and
then try to get to the front.”
Defending series champion, Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT; led the first 45
laps from his pole starting position with Louie Mechalides, of Tyngsboro,
MA; setting the pace from lap 46 through lap 77. McKennedy led the next 10
laps before Barrett took over the lead.
Les Hinckley III, of Windsor Locks, CT; finished runner-up followed by
Rowan, Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA; from his 18th starting position.
McKennedy was fourth, and Andy Seuss, of Hampstead, NH; fifth.
Sixth though tenth were; Norm Wrenn, Dwight Jarvis, Joe Doucette,
Mechalides, and Max Zachem.
The top-ten point men for 2012 were McKennedy, Pennink, Wrenn, Pasteryak,
Mechalides, Barrett, Hinckley, Zachem, Mark Bakaj, and Mike Holdridge.
The race was completed in 48 minutes. Seven caution flags were displayed
through the event. 31 teams entered the program, 24 cars started and 16
finished on the lead lap. Dwight Jarvis recorded the fastest lap with a
15.124 time and a speed of 89.262 mph.
Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
Time of Race: 48:18:456
Margin of Victory: 3.661
Best Lap Time: 15.124 (Dwight Jarvis)
Best Speed: 89.262
Lead Changes: 3
Lap Leaders: Pasteryak (1-45) Mechalides (46-77) McKennedy (78-87)
Cautions: 24,45,65,65,73,79,82 (7)
Order of Finish: Barrett, Hinckley, Pennink, McKennedy, Seuss, Wrenn,
D. Jarvis, Doucette, Mechalides, Zachem. Holdridge, Owen, Schneider, Masse,
Pasteryak, Bakaj, Goodenough, J. Jarvis, Mead, Perry, Cliché’, Boniface,
Source: John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series