MODIFIED SERIES TITLE
DECIDED AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY
Valenti Modified Racing Series Championship goes
down to the wire in this weekend’s season finale at
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and the ‘Sunoco
World Series of Speedway Racing presented by
Justin Bonsignore, of Holtsville, New York, thanks
to a second place finish at Lee, New Hampshire, last
weekend, takes a 37-point lead into Thompson ahead
of reigning champion Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon
Pennink had a strong racecar at Lee but fell to the
wayside with ignition problems.
Bonsignore and Pennink were tied after qualifying
races at Lee. Now the focus is on the famed
Bonsignore completes his first full season with the
VMRS and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is the
stage for a possible title.
“It’s going to be a big weekend. Its unfortunate the
#25 (Pennink) had his issues. We’ve had our fair
share this year. It’s nice to go there with a little
bit of breathing room. Anything can happen. We’re
going to try and get Art Barry another championship.
It would be a huge honor to win a championship for
Art,” said Bonsignore.
Pennink, who had a solid season in a brand new Gary
Casella mount, is not out of it mathematically.
He’ll need some things to happen in his favor and is
looking forward to the weekend.
“Excited to go to Thompson. I think we had the car
to beat at Lee until the motor shut off. (Ignition)
Looking forward to Thompson. Planning on running
three divisions, Pennink said.
Two-time series Champion Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett
City, Connecticut, sits third in the standings. The
second-generation driver had a solid season, some
tough breaks along the way, and had he found victory
lane a couple of times, might have been in position
for a title. The optimistic Pasteryak still hopes to
wrap up the season strong.
“It’s going to be a fun weekend. I’m out of it for
the title. We still got a shot at second. We’ll see
Only 7-points separate Pasteryak and Richard Savary.
Savary, a four-time winner this season, and a winner
at Thompson last year, welcomes the opportunity to
return this weekend.
“I think personally Thompson is the Super Bowl for
the MRS Series. It’s the biggest track and fastest
track. A win at Thompson makes the year for me. The
short tracks are fun and exciting but I like the
bigger tracks. Every year I look at the calendar and
was disappointed we only went to Thompson twice, I
like it that much.”
The VMRS completes its eleventh season on Saturday.
Source: John Spence Sr / Valenti Modified Racing Series
October 15, 2014