SPARKLES IN FIRECRACKER 100 WIN AT MONADNOCK
a firecracker, Richard Savary sizzled and then
exploded on lap 95 passing race leader Chris
Pasteryak, of Lisbon. CT., to go on and win the
Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned, 11th
annual ‘Firecracker 100’ before a packed house at
Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH. Saturday night,
Savary started 14th in the 24-car field and quietly
raced outside the top 10 until lap 30, then laid
back in sixth position from lap 34 through lap 73.
The Canton, Massachusetts., driver moved to second
on lap 87, and then the lead at the completion of
the 95th circuit, to go on to record his fourth
A total of nine caution flags plagued the race. A
hindrance to some but welcomed by others.
“It very truly went the way I needed it to go,”
Savary said in victory lane. “I needed some cautions
where we started down back. I got real fortunate
toward the end. I was on the inside and there was no
outside line for whatever reason. The guys really
backed up bad. They got stuck out there and I was
lucky enough to be on the inside.
In the April race several drivers ran hard early on.
Savary took from that.
“I felt it was in my best interest to wait and let
them run hard and hope we had something towards the
end. I raced hard at the end. Went in down
low. Don’t think I got into anyone. I raced Chris
(Pasteryak) hard. I really enjoy racing with him. I
think Chris is a real good driver. One of the
best drivers in this series.”
The victory is Savary’s second consecutive win and
his third of the season
Runner-up Pasteryak ran a strong race and appeared
to be on his way to a win. He showed the way from
lap 33 through 95.
“All the cautions probably helped Richard out. He
was just a lot better than I was those last three or
four laps. Thought maybe I could stick with him but
he just drove away. This is the 3rd year in a row
I’ve been leading the Firecracker 100 with 12 laps
to go or 10-laps to go, oh well.”
Holtsville, N.Y. driver Justin Bonsignore had
another strong run leading laps 19 through 32.
Bonsignore ran top four throughout the race and
“We were a little too free,” said Bonsignore. Missed
a shift on the last restart that put us a little too
far back. We’ll keep chipping away. Anytime you can
be here in a podium is a good night.”
Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, finished
fourth after a late race charge, with Russ Hersey of
Swanzey, N.H., rounding out to the top five. Kirk
Alexander, Dana Smith, Matthew Mead, Mike Willis Jr,
and Max Zachem, rounded out the top ten.
Bonsignore, Dylan Kopec, and Tom Carey Jr, won
qualifying races with Norm Wrenn, the winner of the
15-lap consolation race.
28 teams were on hand to qualify. 24 cars started
the main event, 16 finished on the lead lap.
9 caution flags slowed the race taking 57 minutes 28
seconds to complete.
The next stop for the VMRS will be a return to
Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT. Friday, July
Monadnock Speedway - July
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 57:39:288
Margin of Victory: 0.607
Best Speed: 70.989
Best Lap Time: 12.678
Best Lap: Russ Hersey (# 51)
Lap Leaders: Owen (1-28) Bonsignore (19-32)
Pasteryak (33-95) Savary (96-100)
Lead Changes: (3)
Cautions: 9 - Laps
Unofficial Order Of Finish: (1) Savary (2)
Pasteryak, (3) Bonsignore (4) Pennink (5) Hersey (6)
Alexander (7) Smith (8) Mead
(9) Willis (10) Zachem (11) Wrenn (12) Jarvis (13)
Carey 14) Owen (15) Cyr (16) Kopec (17) Pearl (18)
Masse (19) Schneider
(20) Szegedy (21) Gernhard (22) Medeiros (23)
Richardi (24) Nocella
Source: John Spence Sr / Valenti Modified Racing Series
July 6, 2014