VICTOR JOHNSON MEMORIAL 100
NEXT FOR VMRS
Valenti Modified Racing Series gets back at it
Saturday night, August 22, as the Monadnock
Speedway, Winchester, NH, plays host to the ‘Victor
Johnson Memorial 100’ honoring the late modified
driver who lost his life in a 2011 house fire.
Saturday’s race also carries additional purse money.
Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, still has the
point lead entering the series final 2015 appearance
at Monadnock. 28 points separate Pitkat from (Todd)
Patnode and Szegedy. Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett
City, CT, is 29 points from the top, with Nashua,
NH, veteran Norm Wrenn fifth.
Additionally, former Monadnock winners Kirk
Alexander, Jon McKennedy, Rowan Pennink, and Les
Hinckley III, are expected entries.
Local favorite Russ Hersey, last years top rookie
Mike Willis Jr. and
Anthony Nocella, the winner at Beech Ridge earlier
this month, is expected.
This year’s event has a different twist. An
additional $6100 will be added to the race payoff
thanks to the efforts of Lisa Patnode, wife of
driver Todd Patnode, who organized a lap sponsorship
program several weeks ago.
Patnode reached out to race fans, sponsors, race
teams, drivers, media representatives, and many
others and will continue to accept contributions
right up to race time. Race product certificates
from various race related businesses’ will also be
part of the special bonus program.
“This is a very special race to me,” explained
Patnode. “Victor Johnson was a very special person.
I wanted more for this race this year. I enjoy a
challenge. About 2 months ago I began getting lap
sponsors. Knowing I needed to fill 100 spots was a
cool challenge but I also wanted to incorporate
something else. I came up with the idea of the
‘Johnson Laps’ Barry Johnson graciously offered to
sponsor it. So on every 5th lap because Victor drove
car number 5, I have chosen a position in the field
that will also receive $25.”
Qualifying races begin at 6:00 PM .
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
August 17, 2015