MODIFIED RACING SERIES TEAMS
SET FOR WATERFORD BLASTOFF
the calendar declaring it’s time to go racing, and
33 confirmed race teams indicating their intent to
compete, the Valenti Modified Racing Series kicks
off its 2014 schedule this coming weekend March
28th, 29th and 30th. at Waterford Speedbowl,
The famed racing facility will host the annual
“Blastoff” weekend with drivers preparing for
practice and qualifying day on Saturday. The VMRS
will compete in a 100-lap feature race on Sunday.
Based on high interest in the series for 2014,
series director Scott Tapley requested a mandatory
tire sign-in to ensure enough tires for Waterford.
The rule shows 33 race teams have filed for tires.
Teams have until Monday afternoon, March 24, to
submit their requests.
Reigning series champion Rowan Pennink, of
Huntingdon Valley, PA, and defending “Blastoff”
winner Steve Masse, of Bellingham. MA, are entered
for the seasons inaugural event.
Local favorite, two-time Speedbowl winner Chris
Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT, will compete. Richard
Savary, of Canton, MA, coming off a strong 2013
campaign is entered. Preston, CT’s Max Zachem and
Berlin, CT’s, Keith Rocco are confirmed.
Veterans Ted Christopher, Plainville, CT., will
wheel Joe Brady’s # 00. Mike Holdridge, of Madison,
CT, and Dave Etheridge, of Portland, CT., are part
of the opening day roster.
A Long Island invasion finds Justin Bonsignore, of
Islip, NY, driving Art Barry’s #21 car, and Shawn
Solomito, of Islip, looking to nail down the opening
day win. Eric Goodale, and Brad VanHouten of Wading
River, have entered.
Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT., will debut in
Kevin Stuarts # 85. Szegedy has committed to the
season schedule filling in for regular driver Louie
Mechalides who recently underwent back surgery.
As of Sunday March 23, additional drivers requesting
Gregg Hurley, Todd Annarummo, Dana Smith, Charlie,
Pasteryak, Todd Owen, Dave Schneider, Roy Seidell
Jr, Tom Abele, Jr, Rob Richardi Jr, Mike Willis Jr,
Dennis Charette, Chris Bakaj, Norm Wrenn, Jeff
Rocco, Dylan, Kopec, Matt Mead, Jeff Pearl, Anthony
Nocella, and Danny Cates.
The season’s first race will be the first of three
by the VMRS at Waterford with additional events
scheduled in August and September.
Testing and practice sessions with be conducted on
Friday and Saturday.
The popular pit party kicks off race day at 8:00 AM
on Sunday. The “Blastoff 100” is slated to go green
at 4:00 PM.
Source: John Spence Sr / Valenti Modified Racing Series