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20-year old Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, driving his family owned Nocella Paving sponsored modified, drove to victory Saturday night, winning the Valenti Modified Racing Series, 100-lap ‘DAV Memorial’ race, at Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA. The win was Nocella’s first VMRS victory.

Nocella, a third year civil engineering student, joins Richard Savary, Todd Patnode, and Ryan Preece as first-time winners this season.

Nocella started 13th in a 24-car field and stayed out of trouble. He was running third on lap-71 when leaders Chris Pasteryak and Tommy Barrett made contact knocking Barrett out of the race and Pasteryak to the rear of the field.

Nocella fought off the constant challenges of Steven Masse the rest of the way to secure the victory. Masse finished runner-up with a fast closing Les Hinckley settling for third. Series point-leader Rowan Pennink and Dwight Jarvis rounded out the top-five positions.

Post race Nocella explained, “It’s awesome to win in a modified. We’ve been good this year and also struggled some. We took the last couple of races off to regroup. We put all kinds of new stuff on the car and it was good. Best car I’ve had here.”

Nocella knew it was not going to be easy with Masse looking over his shoulder. “ I just had to beat him at everything. I knew it was going to be tough. I tried to go as hard as I could on those last restarts. I’d get a little bit of a lead and then he was right there. He was shoving me around the track toward the end. Just tried to keep it low and make him work harder on the outside.”

The first competitor to greet Nocella in victory lane was Masse.

Masse acknowledged Nocella’s win in victory lane. “He had a fast car. If I couldn’t get the win tonight I’m glad he did. I want do dedicate this race to my Dad (Pete) who got me started in racing. He’s been sick this past year. I know it’s not a win but I want to dedicate this race to him.”

Les Hinckley finished a very strong third leaving some to wonder what might have been had another yellow flag flown.

“We were really good in the heat race,” explained Hinckley. “It was good early then it got way too tight. I was a little nervous in the back. It was hairy with guys hanging around. When it was 30-laps to go, you had to go. These guys had a good race going up front but we were fast. Would have liked another caution. We had plenty left but congratulations to them.”

10-caution flags and a red flag on lap-34 slowed the race when Todd Annarummo, of Swansea, MA, battling for the lead, piled into the concrete wall at full throttle. Annarummo was not injured.

Sixth through tenth place finishers were, Norm Wrenn, Dana Smith, Jeff Rocco, Todd Owen, and Mike Willis Jr.

The race, including a lengthy delay after the Annarummo crash, took one-hour, 14-minutes to complete.

32 teams entered the event. 24 cars started the race with 15 cars finishing on the lead lap.

Qualifying heat races were won by Hinckley, Annarummo, and Chris Pasteryak, with Jon McKennedy winning the 15-lap consolation race.

Next Event : Lee USA Speedway Lee NH Oct 12th and 13th.

Race No.15 of 17- Seekonk Speedway

Entrants 32 (24 starters)
Distance: 100-laps
Time of Race: 1:14:14.450
Best Lap Time: 12.124
Best Speed : 98: 878 (Savary)
Lead Changes: 3
Lap Leaders: 1-30 (Annarummo) 31-70 (Chris Pasteryak) 71 (Barrett) 72-100 (Nocella)
Cautions: Lap 4, 24,30,32, 34(red) 53,68,68,70,71,73.

Unofficial Order of Finish: Nocella, Masse, Hinckley, Pennink, Jarvis, Wrenn, Smith, Rocco, Owen, Willis, Zachem. Charlie Pasteryak, Houlihan, Chris Pasteryak, Mead, Sherman, Kopec, Mechalides, Barrett, Pearl, Savary, Patnode, McKennedy, Annarummo.

  Source: John Spence / Valenti Modified racing Series
Posted: October 6, 2013

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