the Valenti Modified Racing Series rolls into
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thursday night,
34 race teams from New England, New York, and
Pennsylvania, are expected to compete in the first
of two races at the all-new Connecticut venue.
A 75-lap feature race and an early season battle for
the points lead highlight the May 29th program.
Series regulars Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT,
two-time series champion Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon,
CT, reigning champion Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon
Valley, PA, Preston, Connecticut’s, Max Zachem, and
Justin Bonsignore, of Islip, NY, are entered. The
five drivers are currently ranked one through fifth
in the point standings.
Szegedy, driver of the Stuarts Automotive sponsored
entry out of Lowell, MA, leads the pack by only two
points over Pasteryak, (Dawley’s Collision and
Custom) #5CT car, and Pennink’s (Monk Hand Cleaner)
#25 based in Saugus, MA. The 21-year-old Zachem,
(Dunleavy Tire and Truck Repair) # 20, is 13 points
back with Bonsignore, (Monster Marine) # 21, one
point behind and 14 points from the top.
Additionally, Steven Masse, of Bellingham, MA,
Richard Savary of Canton, MA, Anthony Nocella, of
Woburn, MA, Charlie Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT, Todd
Owen, of Somers, CT, Matt Richmond, of Richmond, NH,
and Dylan Kopec, of Palmer, MA, are entered.
Thursday’s race also features drivers that some
consider outsiders but are no strangers to the VMRS.
Most have committed to competing at the Connecticut
tracks on the 2014 schedule.
Legendary Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, again
teams with New England Hall of Fame car owner Joe
Brady, Keith Rocco, of Wallingford, CT, Woody
Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, Ryan Preece, of
Berlin, CT, Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, and Rob
Fuller, of Auburn, MA, make up the impressive group.
Qualifying heat races begin approximately at 6:15
26-cars will start the 75-lap main event.