VMRS OPENING NIGHT WIN AT MONADNOCK
CT, modified veteran Todd Szegedy led the opening
11-laps before turning over the top spot to local
favorite Kirk Alexander, of West Swanzey, NH,
regained the lead on lap-57 to go on and win the
‘Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100’ before a large
crowd Saturday night at Winchester, New Hampshire’s
The race was the season opener for the Valenti
Modified Racing Series.
The win was the third for Szegedy and car owner
Kevin Stuart and their second at Monadnock.
Szegedy started first in the 24-car field and when
passed by Alexander fell back to third and never out
of the top five.
Was that the plan by the driver of the Stuart
Automotive #85 in advance if the 100-lap race. I had
a set pace that I knew I wanted to abide by. I stuck
to my guns and let the guys go. I focused on not
spinning the wheels on restarts. I had to drive a
little hard to pass those guys but for the most part
that’s what it takes.”
Szegedy furthered, “It’s a great start. We come here
to race and win. I’m coming into the season with a
whole new attitude of having fun and having fun is
going to get me wins. This crew made all the right
adjustments. Thanks to Kevin and Kenny Stuart and
Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, drove the
Peter Kulessa owned modified to a solid runner-up
Pitkat explained,“ It was a good race and a good
finish to start the season. The car got real tight
towards the end. I was kinda surprised. It got real
tight in the center loose off. just battled and did
the best I could. Can’t thank these guys enough for
giving me the opportunity. Hats off to Todd.
(Szegedy) We’ll work on this and get it better for
The event saw local racers make their presence known
as Alexander ran well early on with area favorites
Russ Hersey, of W. Swanzey, NH, and Todd Patnode, of
Richmond, NH, giving it their best. Hersey made it
to second at one point and Patnode put on a late
race charge to finish third.
Said Patnode, “The car was pretty good. We were
probably one adjustment away but we’re real happy
with the car. Got to congratulate Todd and Woody on
their runs.” The Patnode mount is a new endeavor for
car-owner Dan Stebbins.
Chris Pasteryak, Mike Douglas Jr., and Dennis Perry
won heat races.
Dwight Jarvis won the 15-lap consi.
Next Event: Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT
Friday May 22, 2015
Bond Auto Spring Dash 100 -
Results May 2, 2015
1. 85 Todd Szegedy
2. 42 Woody Pitkat
3. 05 Todd Patnode
4. 25 Rowan Pennink
5. 06 Les Hinckley III
6. 88 Russ Hersey
7. 53 Norm Wrenn
8. 92 Anthony Nocella
9. 17 Donnie Lashua
10. 0 Mike Holdridge
11. 12 Todd Annarummo
12. 5CT Chris Pasteryak
13. 43 Kirk Alexander
14. 19 David Schneider
15. 38 Mike Willis Jr.
16. 66 Dylan Kopec
17. 50 Carl Medieros Jr.
18. 23 Michael Douglas Jr.
19. 99 Richard Savary
20. 96 Dennis Perry
21. 77 Matthew Mead
22. 46 Jonny Kay
23. 27 Kevin Iannarelli
24. 28 Dwight Jarvis
Race had 10 Cautions, 3 lead changes, and took 1 hour 2 minutes
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
May 4, 2015