HITS THE DOUBLE AT LEE VMRS FINALE
Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion Jon
McKennedy closed out the season Sunday afternoon
sweeping both ends of the twin 50-lap features races
at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway. The tracks
annual ‘Oktoberfest’ was completed Sunday after
being postponed by rain two weeks ago.
18-cars returned to Lee from an original field of 26
on October 8.
In the first segment, McKennedy bested David
Schneider, of Northport, NY, Andy Seuss, of
Hampstead, NH, Geoff Gerhard, of Bozrah, CT, and
West Swanzey, NH, veteran Russ Hersey.
Sixth through tenth were all-time series winner Kirk
Alexander, Mike Willis, Rob Richardi, Nathan
Johnson, and Brandon Dion.
Three caution flags slowed the first 50-lap race
that was completed just under 27-minutes.
In the second segment, Mead brought the field to
green and led the first 13 circuits before Alexander
slipped by to lead laps 14 through 24. McKennedy
rolled into the lead at the halfway mark, to lead
the remaining 25-laps to secure his 9th VMRS win and
his fifth series victory at Lee.
Gernhard had his best series finish in second spot,
with Colbey Fournier, of Berkley, MA, making a late
race charge for his first series podium finish,
followed by Alexander, and Canaan, NH’s Donnie
Lashua, who also made a late race charge to round
out the top five.
Richardi, George Sherman, Schneider, Hersey, and
Dion finished sixth through tenth.
7-caution flags slowed the second race with 35
minutes needed to complete the event.
Alexander had the quickest lap with a 14.986 time
and a top speed of 90.084.
Next event is the 13th annual VMRS awards banquet at
Best Western Executive Court Inn, Manchester, NH,
Saturday, November 19, 2016.
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
October 25, 2016