PENNINK TO BE
10TH ANNIVERSARY VMRS CHAMPION
Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, will officially
become the 10th Anniversary Champion when the
Valenti Modified Racing Series crowns its top
competitors at Saturday’s 10th Annual Banquet of
Car owner Gary Casella, of Saugus, MA, a driver-car
owner when the series started in 2003, will also be
Both Pennink and Casella are first-time champions.
For their efforts, the Pennink/Casella team will
receive a check for $10,000 in honor of the series
10th anniversary by founder Jack Bateman.
Pennink captured two wins in 2013 at Monadnock
Speedway in New Hampshire and Oxford Plains Speedway
in Maine, but it was his consistent solid runs that
paved the way to his first series championship.
Pennink had 13-top five finishes and 15-top 10
finishes, the most of any series competitor.
Pennink was the only driver to qualify through heat
races in every event. The Roscoe Racing # 25 team
never ran a consolation race in 2013.
Pennink also became the only driver in series
history to win all marquee events in VMRS history
when he garnered the 10th annual Spring Dash at
Monadnock in April.
The Pennink/Casella team captured ‘Wings and Wheels’
at Waterford, CT, in 2009, the ‘DAV Fall Classic’ at
Seekonk, MA, in 2012, and the 9th annual
‘Oktoberfest’ at Lee USA Speedway (NH) in 2011.
The season’s top 14 finishers in the point standings
will also receive awards for their achievements.
Specialty awards, chosen by series officials will be
Categories include the SPAFCO Most Improved Driver,
Tough Luck Award, Sportsmanship Award, Mechanic of
the Year award, Rookie of the Year, Dedication to
Racing Award, Volunteer Award, and Above and Beyond
The ‘711” Award, presented to the driver who
represents modified racing in a professional manner
both on and off the track, will be handed out by
Hall of Fame driver, Bob Polverari.
This year’s event will be held at Best Western
Executive Court Inn, 13500 South Willow Street,
Guests will be received at 4:30 pm, with a social
hour beginning at 4:45 pm.
A buffet style dinner will be served at 6:00 pm
followed by awards at 7:30 pm. Music and dancing
Source: John Spence / Valenti Modified racing Series