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The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its first of three visits during the 2013 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the Inaugural VMRS 80. Taking the checkered flag was former Stafford SK Modified® regular and 2003 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Todd Szegedy.

At the drop of the green flag, Ted Christopher set into the race lead from the pole with Todd Szegedy hot on his trail. The car on the move in the early stages was Eric Goodale. Goodale started seventh and he quickly worked his way into the top-5 and once he was in the top-5 he set his sights on taking the lead. Goodale was able to get around Christopher and take over the race lead on lap-10. Christopher continued to run second with Szegedy in third. Szegedy would lose the third position to Keith Rocco on lap-23 and Rowan Pennink, who made an early power move to get as high as third, was running fifth.

At lap-30, the order was Goodale leading Christopher, Rocco, Szegedy, and Pennink. Justin Bonsignore was up to sixth with Anthony Nocella, Timmy Solomito, Tom Abele, and Tommy Barrett, Jr. rounding out the top-10. Richard Savary had a near spin on the backstretch as he got out of shape a bit on lap-32, but he managed to keep his car straight and on track.

Goodale had built up a comfortable lead but Christopher was beginning to erase that advantage as the race neared the halfway point of 40-laps. The top-2 cars had a margin of a half straightaway back to the trio of Rocco, Szegedy, and Pennink. With 44 laps complete, Dave Schneider, Norm Wrenn, Mike Willis, Jr., and Todd Owen spun coming out of turn 4 directly in front of Goodale, who had to stop to avoid crashing into the spun cars. Goodale was able to maintain the race lead for the restart.

On the restart, Christopher got a good run on the outside of Goodale and he moved back to the race lead for the first time since lap-9. Szegedy was also on the outside of Goodale and he was trying to take over second. Szegedy cleared Goodale after a lap of side by side racing and now Rocco was on the outside of Goodale and he got around Goodale to move into third on lap-47.

Szegedy was now looking to make a move around Christopher for the race lead. With Szegedy looking for a way around Christopher, Rocco was looking for a way to make a pass on Szegedy as the action at the front of the pack was picking up in a hurry. The caution came back out with 50 laps complete for Dylan Kopec, who spun in turn 4.

The restart order was Christopher and Szegedy on the front row, Rocco and Goodale in the second row, Pennink and Barrett in the third row, Bonsignore and Nocella in the fourth row, and Chris Pasteryak and Richard Savary in the fifth row.

On the restart, Savary got into the turn 2 wall and Matt Mead spun in turn 2 to bring the caution right back out before a lap could be completed.

Back under green, Christopher took the lead with Szegedy quickly slotting himself into second behind Christopher. Rocco was third, with Goodale and Pennink lined up behind him. Szegedy made a strong move on lap-53, but Christopher was able to keep Szegedy behind him. Szegedy made another strong move on lap-58 to get alongside Christopher and he made his move stick for the lead on lap-59. With Szegedy now in front, he began to slowly pull away from Christopher after riding behind him for so many laps.

Szegedy was continuing to stretch out his advantage over Christopher in the closing laps while Rocco was applying heavy pressure to Christopher’s bumper in a fight for second. Szegedy led the field back to the checkered flag to pick up his first VMRS feature victory. Christopher was able to hold off Rocco for second, with Pennink and XXX rounding out the top-5.


  1) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield
  2) Ted Christopher, Plainville
  3) Keith Rocco, Berlin
  4) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA
  5) Eric Goodale, Wading River, NY
  6) Tommy Barrett, Jr., Millis, MA
  7) Justin Bonsignore, Islip, NY
  8) Steve Masse, Bellingham, MA
  9) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon
10) Richard Savary, Canton, MA
11) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA
12) Timmy Solomito, Islip, NY
13) Ryan Preece, Berlin
14) Max Zachem, Preston
15) Dave Etheridge, Portland
16) Tom Abele, Baltic
17) Dan Meservey, Jr., Brewster, MA
18) Jeff Malave, Manchester
19) Norm Wrenn, Nashua, NH
20) Matt Mead, Richmond, NH
21) David Schneider, Northport, NY
22) Dylan Kopec, Palmer, MA
23) Dana Smith, Sunpee, NH
24) Todd Owen, Somers
25) Tom Carey, Jr., Wendell Depot, MA
26) Mike Willis, Jr., Grantham, NH

  Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway
Posted: June 20, 2014

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