POINT LEAD INTO
STAFFORD SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT
Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion Rowan
Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, sits
atop the point standings when the series returns to
Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut,
Friday night, July 18.
The race, the fourth annual ‘Lincoln Tech 80’ is the
9th race of the 17-race schedule.
Pennink moved into the point lead after a fourth
place finish last weekend at Monadnock Speedway,
Winchester, N.H., where he claimed his only win this
season, in April.
The standings have taken on a different look at the
half way mark of the 2014 campaign.
Consistency has kept Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT,
the two-time series Champion, in the hunt since the
outset, and a solid runner-up finish at Monadnock
has put the second generation driver back in second
place only four points behind Pennink.
Another picture of consistent, Justin Bonsignore, of
Holtsville, N.Y., is only six points back in the
standings in his first full year with the VMRS.
Bonsignore has knocked on the door several times
this season seeking his first win. He enters the
halfway point of the schedule a candidate for a
Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT., slipped from
leading the standings to fourth place after a tough
outing at Monadnock and a 20th place finish. Szegedy
will be right at home at Stafford. He was victorious
there last month.
And the plot thickens with the veteran Richard
Savary, of Canton, MA, red-hot with three wins and
now fifth in the standings after a slow start.
Savary heads to Stafford with back-to-back wins at
Lee and Monadnock. He won the May race at Seekonk.
Inaugural Lincoln Tech 80 winner Ted Christopher, of
Plainville, CT., is a confirmed entry. Also expected
is Steven Masse, of Bellingham, MA, Anthony Nocella,
of Woburn, MA, Connecticut drivers, Max Zachem, of
Preston, and Dave Etheridge, of Portland, and ‘Mr.
Rooter’ Rookie of the Year point leader, Mike Willis
Jr of Grantham, NH.
Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, a two-time series
winner at Stafford, is also expected to compete.
34 cars entered the event last year. Another strong
turnout is anticipated.
Qualifying races start at 6:15 P.M.
Source: John Spence Sr / Valenti Modified Racing Series
July 14, 2014