MONADNOCK FANS WITH VMRS VICTORY
didn’t have the dramatic finish like last weeks race
at Seekonk, but it had the same result, a large
vocal crowd greeting the race winner, this time fan
favorite 41-year veteran Dwight Jarvis, when he
exited his race car. Jarvis had just won the annual
Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned ‘Victor
Johnson Memorial 100’ and the Monadnock Speedway
crowd let him know they liked what they saw.
Jarvis, of Ascutney, Vermont, started 22nd in a
25-car field, worked his way to the front like he’s
done many times. Maintaining tire usage, staying out
of trouble, and passing cars when he felt it was
time to go, Jarvis moved to third bringing the crowd
alive and stayed there until a lap-71 restart when
he slipped by Woody Pitkat to settle into second.
With heavy fog rolling in over the speedway, Jarvis
used a lapped car to his advantage to pass Rowan
Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, on lap 93 to win
his eighth career VMRS race. It was the sixth series
win at Monadnock.
Jarvis post race disclosed it was not an easy
journey to victory lane. In fact it was old school.
Vintage Dwight Jarvis.
“We didn’t start out to good. The battery was dead.
The radio’s didn’t work right from lap one. Once in
awhile I could hear Mike (Crew Chief Michael Weld) I
could tell he was still trying to talk to me but
this is awesome. I love winning this race and of
course you all know I love this track. I don’t know
how many more times I’ll be going around this but we
enjoyed it tonight.”
With fog and staying in front the focus, Jarvis
didn’t see the 10-laps to go sign from the flag
stand. “ I just put it down to move forward.”
Pennink, the reigning series champion, finished
runner up. “We had a good car. It went away on me at
the end. I got a little bit free and Dwight got by
Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, finished third,
after coming back from a crash two weeks ago at
Waterford, CT. “ It’s certainly a better finish than
we had at Waterford. We a had a good car there and
it put us behind to have to fix it. Took last week
off to come here to be the best we could. We started
off a little bit tight figuring it would come around
and it just never did.”
Max Zachem, of Preston, CT, pressured Pitkat to the
finish and placed fourth, with Chris Pasteryak, of
Jewett City, CT, fifth.
Sixth through tenth were, Kirk Alexander, who led
the first 69-laps, Richard Savary, Russ Hersey, Jean
Paul Cyr, and Rob Goodenough.
Eight caution flags were displayed over the
100-laps, two on false restarts. The race was
completed in 57 minutes. 14 cars finished on the
Pennink, Dylan Kopec, and Matt Mead won heat races.
Stafford Speedway, Friday night, August 29, is the
next stop for the VMRS.
August 23, 2014
Time: 57:16: 024
Margin of Victory: 1.286
Best Speed: 70.522 (Jarvis)
Best Lap Time: 12.762 (Jarvis)
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-69 (Alexander) 70-93 (Pennink)
Cautions: Laps - 10,11,13,13,22,65,71,71
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Jarvis (2)
Pennink (3) Pitkat (4) Zachem (5) Pasteryak (6)
Alexander (7) Savary (8) Hersey
(9) Cyr (10) Goodenough (11) Kopec (12) Willis (13)
Medeiros (14) Douglas (15) Bakaj (16) Wrenn (17)
(18) Dana Smith (19) Etheridge (20) Mead (21)
Bonsignore (22) Richardi (23) Hinckley (24) Lashua
Source: John Spence Sr / Valenti Modified Racing Series
August 24, 2014