TIGHT AS VALENTI MODIFIED SERIES HEADS TO OXFORD
VMRS First / Speed51 Powered By JEGS To Televise Race Live
Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to Maine for
the second time this month, to the famed Oxford
Plains Speedway, Saturday, August 29, as part of the
42nd annual Oxford 250 weekend.
The race, the ‘Oxford Plains 100’ is race # 12 on
the series 15-race schedule.
Speed51 powered by JEGS, will televise
the pay-per-view event, the first time a VMRS race
has been televised live.
Saturday’s race is the 7th appearance by the New
England based modified series. Kirk Alexander won
the inaugural event in 2007.
Saturday’s race has an interesting twist. Point
leader Woody Pitkats’ lead is down to 24 points
after last weeks fourth place finish at Monadnock.
Pitkat has another race obligation on Saturday so
car-owner Peter Kulessa reached out to three-time
VMRS champion Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford,
Massachusetts, to fill in for Pitkat. McKennedy, who
won at Oxford in 2009, will wheel the # 42 car.
Kulessa leads the car-owners point standings.
Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, coming off a solid
second at Monadnock, is the guy that chopped four
points of Pitkat’s lead last week. Patnode will be
at Oxford Plains looking for a strong run Saturday.
Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT, is currently third
with Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, only three
points behind, and Norm Wrenn, of Nashua, NH, ranked
fifth heading to Oxford.
2014 Star Speedway modified champion, 15 year-old
Matt Swanson, of Acton, MA, will make his series
debut at Oxford Plains. Others making the trip
include 2011 winner Joe Doucette, of Framingham, MA,
Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, who will compete on
behalf of car owner Kevin Stuart, Northport, NY’s
David Schneider, veteran Dan Meservey, Jr, of
Brewster, MA, Kevin Ianarelli, of Groton, MA, and
Todd Annarummo, of Swansea, MA, and Russ Hersey, of
The State of Maine will be represented. Series
newcomer veteran Bruce Haley, of Minot, Tony Ricci,
of Westbrook, and Josh Cantara,of Alfred, are
In addition to Alexander, McKennedy, and Doucette,
David Pinkham (2008), and Andy Seuss, (2010) have
won at Oxford on 250 weekend.
Qualifying races begin at 6:00 pm.
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
August 23, 2015