TO LEE OKTOBERFEST
the 2015 championship still to be decided, the
Valenti Modified Racing Series, following a
four-week layoff, journeys to Lee USA Speedway, Lee,
NH, this weekend, to again be part of that tracks
popular ‘Oktoberfest,’ an 18-race program spread out
over three days, October 9 through October 11.
For the first time, the annual event will be
contested in two 50-lap segments. The format, tried
in June when the series raced at Lee, was well
received by competitors, fans, and track operators.
As is the case when the VMRS visits Lee, the point’s
championship is either decided there or a close
battle is taking place heading to Thompson, CT, the
following weekend. Sunday’s main event is no
different. Only 21-points separate the top two point
men chasing the title.
Chris Pasteryak, a five-time winner this season,
from Jewett City, Connecticut, hopes to increase his
chance of joining Kirk Alexander and Jon McKennedy,
as the only three-time series champions.
Alexander of W.Swanzey, NH, and McKennedy, of E.
Chelmsford, MA, are entering the Lee race.
Not to be counted out is Stafford Springs,
Connecticut’s, Woody Pitkat who has had a solid
season and been at the top of the point standings.
Pitkat, a fan favorite, has two series wins to date
and is 21 markers from the top of the standings.
Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, Norm Wrenn, of Nashua, NH,
and Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, third
through fifth in the point standings are expected
Wrenn, retiring at seasons end, will be racing in
front of ‘hometown’ fans for the last time. Wrenn
raced Pro-Stocks at Lee for several seasons earlier
in his career.
Former series champion, Rowan Pennink, last year’s
top rookie, Mike Willis Jr., and three-time Lee
winner, Les Hinckley, are expected.
Practice is scheduled for 12 noon Saturday with
qualifying at 2:00 PM
Feature races will begin at 12 noon on Sunday.
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
October 5, 2015