THIRD STAFFORD VMRS WIN
old Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, used a daring
three-wide pass on a lap-57 restart, to go on and
win the Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned
80-lap race Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway,
The win was Barrett’s third series victory at
Stafford and his second win this season. He won at
Thompson, CT, May 29th
Justin Bonsignore, of Holtsville, NY, led the field
to green from his pole starting position and topped
the 24-car lineup over the first five circuits.
Fast closing Keith Rocco, of Berlin, CT, started
fifth, and promptly chased down the leader to take
the lead for two laps starting a race long flip flop
of the lead with Bonsignore.
Seven lead changes between the two leaders over the
first 56-laps ended when Barrett made what proved to
be the race winning move
“ I really didn’t think I had much of a car to get
by Keith and Justin. I thought I could have maybe
caught them. Getting under them was a different
thing,” said Barrett. “On that last restart I got a
good start behind Keith and he washed up the track a
little bit. I stuck my nose in there. The car stuck
on the bottom and we just pulled away after that.
The car was really good tonight. Can’t thank the
Rocco hung on to finish second. “ The car was
awesome the whole race even after Barrett got by me.
I really didn’t have many complaints about the car.
It was still pretty good and I still had a lot of
tire under me. He was fast at the end,” Rocco
Bonsignore nailed another podium finish,“ We had a
good car on the long runs. We were making a move to
go for the lead with Keith and the yellow came out.
The restart the (9) just came on strong and he was
definitely the class of the field at the end of the
night,” stated Bonsignore.
Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, finished
fourth with Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs,
rounding out the top five.
Chris Pasteryak, Richard Savary, Norm Wrenn, Mike
Holdridge, and Eric Goodale finished sixth through
Four caution flags were displayed over the 80-lap
run. The race was completed in 46 minutes. 13 cars
finished on the lead lap.
Heat wins went to Rocco, Pennink, and Max Zachem.
Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY, will host the
VMRS Saturday, Sept 6.
Stafford Motor Speedway
August 29, 2014
Race # 13
Margin of Victory: 1.360
Best Speed: 96.051 (Rocco)
Best Lap Time: 18.740 (Rocco
Lead Changes: 8
Lap Leaders: 1-5 (Bonsignore) 6,7 (Rocco) 8
(Bonsignore) 9-21 (Rocco) 22 (Bonsignore) 23-49
(Bonsignore) 51-56 (Rocco) 57-80 (Barrett)
Cautions: Laps: 50,50,50,57
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Barrett (2)
Rocco (3) Bonsignore (4) Pennink (5) Pitkat (6)
Chris Pasteryak (7) Savary
(8) Wrenn (9) Holdridge (10 Goodale (11) Medeiros
(12) Lashua (13) Meservey (14) Galko (15) Bakaj (16)
Seidell (17) Zachem
(18) Christopher (19) Kopec (20) Charlie Pasteryak
(21) Willis (22) Malave (23) Preece (24) Masse
Source: John Spence Sr / Valenti Modified Racing Series
August 30, 2014