FIRST VMRS WIN
AT STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY
was a night of firsts Friday at Stafford Motor
Speedway, Stafford CT, as hometown favorite Woody
Pitkat scored his first ever Valenti Modified Racing
The win was also the first series victory for
car-owner Peter Kulessa and the KBR Motorsports
team, sponsored by Patterson Farms and Gunsmoke
And it was a night for 13 first-place position
swaps, 11 of them between Keith Rocco, of
Wallingford, CT, and Berlin CTís Ryan Preece over
the first 50-laps of the 80-lap main event.
Pitkat beat Rocco to the checkered flag by 0.344 to
win the most competitive VMRS race at Stafford to
date, the series 12th appearance at the famed oval.
Pitkat post race explained, ď I knew we were going
to have a good car. This Spafco chassis was stout.
We put a notebook together last year and kept
working on it. Greg and Bob.. those guys at the shop
work their tails off. Greg (Felton) gives me a great
car. Pete Kulessa gives me the opportunity to run
Pitkat furthered, ďI knew we were going to be good.
I didnít know how Keith was going to be. I could see
Ryan was getting a little free. Didnít know what
Keith was going to do. Got a good re-start. Was just
looking to check out. Thanks to Wayne Darling
(Spotter) this is cool to finally get to win one
Rocco finished runner-up with a strong showing
throughout the race.
Strong finishes from Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield,
CT, Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, and Todd
Patnode, of Richmond, NH., enabled them to finish in
the top five.
Kirk Alexander, Rowan Pennink, Dan Meservey, Jr,
Dylan Kopec, and Mike Willis Jr. finished sixth
Race Notes: 26
race teams entered the second race of the season.
Carl Medeiros Jr. was sidelined in practice with a
The race was completed in 45 minutes 46 seconds.
Three caution flags were needed during the 80-lap
16- of the 25 starters finished on the lead lap
Kirk Alexander made his first series start at
Stafford since 2006.
Mike Keeler returned to the series at Stafford. His
last start was in 2010.
Keeler competed with the ISMA Supermodifieds
Next event: Seekonk (MA) Speedway June 6,
Stafford Motor Speedway
May 22, 2015
Race # 2
Margin of Victory: 0.344
Best Speed: 96.567 (Pitkat)
Best Lap Time: 18.640 (Rocco)
Lead Changes: 13
Cautions: Laps 50, 51,74
Heat winners: Preece, Pennink, Rocco
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Pitkat (2) Rocco (3)
Szegedy (4) Christopher (5) Patnode (6) Alexander
(7) Pennink (8) Meservey
(9) Kopec (10) Willis (11) Savary (12) Schneider
(13) Preece (14) Lashua (15) Drown (16) Mead (17)
Perry (18) Bolton
(19) Sherman (20) Wrenn (21) Seidell (22) Charlie
Pasteryak, (23) Masse (24) Chris Pasteryak (25)
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
May 23, 2015