FIRECRACKER HOT AT MONADNOCK
veteran Dwight Jarvis showed fellow competitors and
Monadnock Speedway fans he still has what it takes
when he took the lead from Chris Pasteryak, of
Lisbon, CT, on a lap 87 restart and went to win the
10th annual Valenti Modified Racing Series
‘Firecracker 100’ at the New Hampshire speedway
before a large and cheering crowd.
The race was contested with temperatures in the
mid-90’s and high humidity.
The win was Jarvis first of the season, his fifth
series victory at Monadnock, and his seventh career
win under the VMRS banner
He also becomes the fifth different winner in five
races to date.
It was the late drive through the pack and the
quality drivers the Ascutney, VT, veteran needed to
pass to get a shot at race leader Pasteryak who led
the race a total of 66-laps. Jarvis beat Pasteryak
to the draw when the Connecticut driver spun his
tires on a late restart and Jarvis took off.
Jarvis made a handful of daring calculated moves in
traffic as he worked his way toward the front. The
five-time Monadnock champion drew a large ovation
when he exited his racecar.
For 40 years Jarvis has been winning races often in
dramatic style and it was vintage Dwight in victory
lane. “What an old buzzard huh,” said a smiling
Jarvis. “Laid a spanking on the boys.”
Jarvis added, “I love this track. The crew did a
heck of a job. I don’t make many decisions on the
car now. The crew does pretty much what they want to
do and we get the car set up. Want to thank my
sponsors and the fans. I’m glad we got to show them
what we can do instead of eating cement,” Jarvis
said with a smile.
Jarvis admitted he got to take his nap earlier in
the afternoon and he was ready.
Pasteryak drove a solid race from the get-go and was
pleased with the results. “I told my crew with 40 to
go I’m leading way to much. We had a good car. On
the last restart I got a little over anxious and
spun them too much and lit em’ up. It only takes a
Reigning champion Jon McKennedy of East Chelmsford,
MA, drove to a third finish in the famed Art Barry
owned car. “It was a good run. We started 15th
finished third. Would have been good to get a couple
of re-starts on the inside. We were always on the
outside. Thanks to the crew they worked hard. It’s
been a long hot day,” said McKennedy
Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, and Richard
Savary, of Canton, MA, rounded out the top five
Sixth through tenth place finishers were, Norm
Wrenn, Dale Holdridge, Max Zachem, Tommy Barrett,
and Jim Boniface.
9 caution flags slowed the race. The 100-laps were
completed in 57 minutes, 47 seconds.
Race No. 5- Monadnock
Entrants: 30 (24 starters)
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 57:47.822
Margin of Victory: 0.213
Best Lap Time: 12.776 (28-Jarvis)
Lead Changes: 6 (among 3 drivers)
Lap Leaders: Pennink 1-2, Pasteryak 3-16,
Goodenough 17-36, Pasteryak 37-87, Jarvis 88-100
Cautions: 9 cautions, on laps-
Heat Winners: Pennink, Wrenn, D.Jarvis
Consi Winner: Boniface
Unofficial Order of
(1) D. Jarvis, (2) Pasteryak, (3) McKennedy (4)
Pennink, (5) Savary, (6) Wrenn, (7) Holdridge, (8)
Zachem (9) Barrett, (10) Boniface, (11) Mechalides,
(12) Masse, (13) Spiers, (14) P. Jarvis, (15) Berube,
(16) Patnode, (17) Jordan, (18) Mead, (19) Pearl,
(20) Nocella, (21) Goodenough, (22) Smith, (23)
Owen, (24) Kopec.
Source: John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series