WINS 4th ANNUAL SHARK CYCLE 80
AT STAFFORD SPEEDWAY
Valenti Modified Racing Series made its second of
three visits during the 2013 season to Stafford
Motor Speedway for the 4th Annual Shark Cycle 80.
Tommy Barrett, Jr. took the checkered flag to become
the very first repeat Valenti Modified Racing Series
winner at Stafford Motor Speedway.
The race took the green flag with Ted Christopher
and Keith Rocco side by side for a lap before
Christopher got clear of Rocco. Norm Wrenn was third
with Zane Zeiner fourth and Dan Meservey fifth. Ryan
Preece was on the charge moving from 11th to sixth
in the first five laps. Rocco got around Christopher
to take over the lead on lap-6 and Preece got around
Meservey to move into fifth.
Tommy Barrett did a half spin in turn 4 on lap-12
but he recovered and rejoined at the rear of the
field as the race stayed green. Preece was
continuing to run strong as he moved by Zeiner to
take over fourth and he was closing in on Wrenn for
third at the lap-17 marker of the race. Christopher
went back around Rocco to take over the lead on
lap-18 while Wrenn, Preece, and Steve Masse were
lined up in a 3-car train about a half straightaway
behind the lead duo. The action slowed to a crawl
with the caution coming out with 23 laps complete
for Mark Bakaj, who came to a stop against the
Rocco took the lead back under green with
Christopher behind him. Christopher went back around
Rocco on lap-26 to retake the lead and Preece was
now in the lead mix with Christopher and Rocco.
Preece and Rocco ran side by side for a lap before
Rocco got clear of Preece. Wrenn was fourth and
Zeiner was fifth and applying heavy pressure to the
rear bumper of Wrenn.
Christopher was beginning to stretch out his lead
over Rocco ever so slightly and Preece was applying
pressure to Rocco's bumper. Preece nearly made a
pass on lap-31 but he settled back into line behind
Rocco. The caution came back out with 32 laps
complete for spins in turn 3 by Barrett, Todd Owen,
and Max Zachem.
Rocco took the lead back under green with
Christopher right behind him in second. Preece was
third with Wrenn fourth and Eric Goodale was up to
fifth. Masse and Zeiner were side by side for sixth
place and right behind them was Kenny Barry. Zachem,
Barrett, and David Schneider spun in turn 3 to bring
the caution back out with 36 laps complete.
Rocco again took the lead back under green with
Christopher in second. Preece was third with Masse
fourth and Wrenn fifth. Christopher pulled alongside
Rocco for the lead on lap-38 but Rocco was strong in
the outside groove and he held Christopher off to
maintain the race lead. Christopher was looking to
make a pass for the lead but the caution came back
out with 41 laps complete as Rowan Pennink lost a
left rear tire and Zachem spun on the frontstretch.
Back under green the order was Rocco, Christopher,
Preece, and Masse. Goodale was fifth but he lost
that spot to Zeiner on lap-44 while Masse got around
Preece to move into third. After several laps of
trying, Christopher was able to get his car in front
of Rocco to take over the lead on lap-46. Rocco was
hanging strong on the outside of Christopher and he
had the lead at the line on lap-47 and he cleared
Christopher on lap-48. Mike Holdridge brought the
caution out with a spin in turn 4 with 51 laps
Back under green Christopher and Rocco resumed their
side by side fight for the lead on the restart, but
with 52 laps complete, Christopher touched wheels
with Rocco and Rocco spun to bring the caution out.
Christopher was immediately black flagged to the
rear of the field for the contact with Rocco. This
put Preece and Masse on the front row with Wrenn and
Zeiner on the second row.
Masse decided to restart from the outside of the
front row and he took the lead back under green.
Preece was second with Wrenn, Zeiner, and Goodale
lined up behind him. Once Masse was out in front he
began to pull away from Preece in second. Preece had
his hands full with Wrenn, who was applying pressure
to Preece's bumper for second. Preece was able to
hold off Wrenn's challenges while Masse was still
inching his way away from Preece. The car of David
Bitondo came to a stop on the backstretch to bring
the caution out with 72 laps complete.
Masse took the lead back under green with Preece,
Wrenn, and Barry lined up behind them. Dave
Etheridge made a move around Zeiner to move into
fifth place but Masse was already beginning to
stretch his lead out over Preece just as he had done
on the previous green flag run.
Masse pulled away from Preece and took the checkered
flag ahead of Preece, Wrenn, Barry, and Etheridge.
4TH ANNUAL SHARK CYCLE 80
1) Steve Masse
2) Ryan Preece
3) Norm Wrenn
4) Ken Barry
5) Dave Etheridge
6) Zane Zeiner
7) Richard Savary
8) Keith Rocco
9) Ted Christopher
10) Dan Meservey, Jr.
11) Chris Pasteryak
12) Charlie Pasteryak
13) Max Zachem
14) Louie Mechalides
15) Jeff Malave
16) Bobby Drown
17) Matt Mead
18) Eric Goodale
19) Tommy Barrett, Jr.
20) Dave Bitondo
21) Mike Holdridge
22) Rob Goodenough
23) Rowan Pennink
24) David Schneider
25) Todd Owen
26) Mark Bakaj
Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway