LEAD VALENTI MODIFIEDS
TO THOMPSON ON MAY 19TH
Pennink, fresh off of a second place finish at the
Thompson Speedway’s Icebreaker, will lead a full
field of Valenti Modified Racing Series cars and
stars to the Thompson Speedway on Sunday, May 19th.
The Pennsylvania driver is the current points leader
in the VMRS. He gained the top spot as a result of a
4th place finish in the season-opening race at the
Waterford Speedbowl and then a win at the Monadnock
Speedway. Pennink, like many drivers, competes with
the Valenti Modified Racing Series, the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen
“I think we have a pretty good chance at Thompson”,
Pennink said. “With the # 25 car, Thompson seems to
be our best track. Gary (Casella) has a really good
setup for that track and we have had great motors
from Mike Pettit. Generally, we unload the car at
Thompson and don’t touch it. The setup has been that
good,” Pennink concluded.
When asked about the challenge of competing in every
race on both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the
Valenti Modified Racing Series, Pennink said that
they plan to run them all. He did indicate that
there are a couple of races that are scheduled
pretty close, but he indicated that the teams felt
that if all went well they would be able to make
Even though it is very early in the new season and
he sits near the top of the points chase in both
touring series, Pennink said that thoughts of a
championship are a long ways away. “We just want to
keep up front all season and see where the points
are as the season gets near the end. We’ll take
every race as it comes,” he said.
Second in the VMRS points standings is veteran Louie
Mechalides. Steve Masse, winner at Waterford, holds
the third spot and is followed by Mike Holdridge and
Tommy Barrett, Jr. The competition in this extremely
popular series is fierce and to succeed every race
team has to bring their best effort to every event.
The Valenti Modifieds will pay three visits to
Thompson this year with the first on Sunday, May
19th. Their second race will be on Thursday, July
25th with their third event slated for the Saturday
night of World Series weekend, October 19th.
Joining the VMRS on May 19th will be Thompson’s
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. The
exciting Sunoco Modifieds will lead those divisions
with a 30-lap main. They will be joined by the
Thompson Late Models, Lite Modifieds, Xtra Mart
Limited Sportsman and Monster Mini Stocks.
Grandstands for the May 19th event will open at 11AM
and practice gets underway at 12 Noon. Qualifying is
scheduled to get underway shortly after 2 PM with
features to follow. The complete event schedule is
available on the Thompson web site.
Source: Russ Dowd /
Thompson International Speedway