TO CONTINUE THOMPSON SUCCESS
Valley, PA, modified driver Rowan Pennink knows the
way to victory lane at Thompson International
Speedway. He’s won three races at the famed
Connecticut oval and will be looking for his second
straight win there when the Valenti Modified Racing
Series swings into Thompson, Sunday afternoon, May
19, for the first of three scheduled 75-lap events
this season. Pennink won the May and October races
Pennink has a slim10-point lead over Louie
Mechalides, of Tyngsboro, MA, another previous
Thompson winner. Steven Masse, of Bellingham, MA.,
is ranked third in the standings thanks to his
opening day win at Waterford, CT. Masse always runs
well at Thompson.
Madison, CT., veteran, Mike Holdridge sits fourth
after two races with Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA,
coming off an impressive run last month at Monadnock
(NH) Speedway, currently fifth.
Besides, Mechalides, other former series winners
heading to Thompson include Todd Owen, of Somers,
CT., and Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, who
will pilot Joe Brady’s famed #00, the car he wheeled
to victory last summer.
Three-time and defending series champion Jon
McKennedy will make his season debut. The SPAFCO
/Barry team has been forced to delay their start due
to illness suffered by car-owner Art Barry. The
legendary car owner is making progress toward
recovery. The Barry team is planning to compete.
Two-time series champion, Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon,
CT, will compete at Thompson. Norman Wrenn, of
Nashua, NH, Max Zachem, of Preston, CT, Rob
Goodenough, of Swanzey, NH, and rookie Dylan Kopec,
of Palmer, MA, are expected.
Practice starts at 12 noon with qualifying races at
Source: John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series