Barrett Goes Back To
Back At Lee
Barrett Jr, of Millis, MA, made a tire swap during a
lap-55 caution period, then took the lead on lap-91,
and went on to win his second consecutive Valenti
Modified Racing Series sanctioned ‘Laticrete 100’at
Lee USA Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Barrett becomes the first series driver to repeat
victory at the New Hampshire tracks 26th annual
‘Oktoberfest’ program. He won last October’s race.
Matt Mead took the lead from the start and was the
class of the field until Steve Masse rolled by on
lap 55. Masse fast became the pace setter until
Barrett reeled him in and passed Masse with 9-laps
remaining. Barrett’s win, his third this season, is
his 6th career VMRS victory.
Barrett’s successful strategy of a mid-race tire
swap worked once again. “We always save tires at the
beginning when we come here. We were banking on the
pit stop at the half way. We did the double swap
came back out and worked my way up through with Les
Hinckley. The right front was giving out a little
but once out front the car was fast.”
Masse settled for second with Jon McKennedy
finishing in a solid third. Richard Savary and
Hinckley rounded out the top five.
Mike Willis Jr., Louie Mechalides, Mike Holdridge,
Rowan Pennink, and Norm Wrenn finished sixth through
Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, nailed down the
2013 series championship with his ninth place
finish. “I’ve got to give a huge thank you to this
‘Team 25’ they did an awesome job all season.
Couldn’t have done it without any of these guys.”
wins the series 10th Anniversary title and the
$10,000 check that goes with it at next month’s
series banquet. For car owner Gary Casella, of
Saugus, MA, it’s extra special. He was a
driver/car-owner when the VMRS was started. He joins
Kirk Alexander and Dwight Jarvis as the only series
champions that were charter members of the series.
Barrett’s win moved him back into second place in
the point standings with 574 points. Savary moved
from fifth to third with 550 points. Mechalides has
545 points, in fourth, and Chris Pasteryak slipped
back to fifth with 539.
The Lee race was completed in 45 minutes, 26 seconds
with only four caution periods for minor incidents.
31 cars entered the Lee event with qualifying races
on Saturday. Heat winners were Pennink, Holdridge,
and Barrett, with Todd Owen winning the consolation
race. 26 cars started Sunday’s race.
Rookie Dylan Kopec will receive the $200 Laticrete
Next event: Saturday, October 20, at Thompson CT
Speedway, the final race event of the 2013 season.
Race No.16 of 17 - Lee USA
Entrants 31 (26 starters)
Time of Race: 45:26:596
Best Lap Time: 14.799
Best Speed: 91.222 (Masse)
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-55 (Mead) 56-91 (Masse) 92-100
Cautions: Laps 55, 59, 75, and 83
Unofficial Order of Finish: Barrett, Masse,
McKennedy, Savary, Hinckley, Willis, Mechalides,
Holdridge, Pennink, Wrenn, Zachem, Dolan, Owen,
Kopec, Patnode, Pasteryak, Mead, Jarvis, Goodenough,
Nocella, Seuss, Rocco, Dore, Doucette, Goodale,
Storace (DQ) Pit Road Violation.
Source: John Spence / Valenti Modified racing Series