ON THE LINE AT THOMPSON
the Valenti Modified Racing Series heads to Thompson
Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut,
this weekend,, the 2015 series championship will be
decided with a pair of Connecticut drivers vying for
Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, a two-time winner
this season, holds a slim four-point lead (450-443)
over Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, going into the
series season finale.
Pitkat trailed Pasteryak by 21-points until last
weekends race at Lee, New Hampshire where Pitkat
finished second and Pasteryak 16th. Pasteryak has
been to victory lane five times this season but has
yet to win at Thompson.
Pitkat hopes to win his first VMRS title for
long-time competitor, car owner, Peter Kulessa and
his crew. The team is no stranger to championships
having been the crew that backboned Kirk Alexander
to three titles. Kulessa seeks his first title
trophy as car owner.
Pasteryak is a 10-time series race winner and a
two-time series champion.
Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, currently third in the
standings has entered the Thompson finale. Patnode
has a 10-point lead over Norm Wrenn, of Nashua, NH.
(396-386). Wrenn is competing in his last race after
a long successful career that started in 1983.
Former series winners at Thompson also entering the
Saturday race include Ted Christopher, of
Plainville, CT, and Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon
Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, NY, Eric Berndt, of
Cromwell, CT, and Ryan Preece, of Berlin, CT, will
join VMRS regulars, Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT,
Jon McKennedy, of E. Chelmsford, MA, Dave Schneider
of Northport, NY, and Dylan Kopec, of Palmer, MA.
Qualifying heats on Friday October 16 will begin at
5:00 PM with the 50-lap feature scheduled for
Saturday evening October 17.
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
October 14, 2015