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#92 Team’s Hard Work Pays Off To Secure 2017 VMRS Championship
by Denise DuPont

Going into the Sunoco World Series Valenti Modified Racing series (VMRS) feature event Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA was leading the 2017 championship race by 104 points over second place Canaan, NH driver Donnie Lashua. Nocella had double duty on Saturday -- qualifying the #92 NASCAR Whelen Modified (NWMT) and participating in the VMRS race is the family owned #92. Nocella qualified and will start the NWMT 150 lap NWMT race twentieth.

With a stout field of thirty VMRS modifieds on track for the initial green flag, competition was tough and the field was tight. Nocella began the VMRS 50 lap World Series event eleventh and was in the top ten by lap 6. He rode there in his comfort zone waiting for the right time to make a move. Incidents eliminated cars from the field and by lap 31 there were only fourteen cars left running. Nocella dodged the incident and had the front position by the end of the next lap. He went forward from there to claim a VMRS victory.

Eric Goodale started on the pole, led the most laps in the first half of the race and finished the race second. Jeff Gallup started second, led some laps and finished fourth. Rowan Pennink began the feature deep in the field and cross the finish line third. Sam Rameau took fifth position at race end.

“I just cannot thank all my guys enough.” Stated Nocella post-race. “I had a crazy idea to come here this weekend with two cars and one crew. I like to go out and win a bunch of races. We work hard and I know we can do it. “

The family owned #92 team spend a lot of time in the shop and always bring to the track a pristine #92 modified. “Everybody stepped up this week and worked on the car a ton. We knew we won a bunch of races this year and we knew we had the championship secured. So we just went out there to win. We wanted to get in victory lane no matter what. We had a good car and we just rode the race out. We stayed up front targeting to get to victory lane.”

Starting on the outside of row one on lap 31, Nocella had a strong car and it was time for him to make his move. “On that last restart I had a good opportunity and my tires were under me. I had a shot for the lead and I took it. I sailed the car in and did what I had to do to get to the front.” From there forward it was Nocella’s race to win. He was able to maintain a sizable lead to secure his fifth VMRS win.

“Last year I thought we had the car to win and we ended up third. I always wanted to win here and at Stafford to wrap up some big races.” Confessed Nocella. “It was the biggest race of the year with the biggest field of cars. To beat the good cars that are here is pretty awesome.”

The VMRS banquet is schedule for December 2nd where the Nocella’s team will celebrate in style their first ever VMRS championship.

Notes from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park:

When did you know you had what was needed to win the race?

Anthony Nocella

“Pretty much at the beginning. With about three laps we were forced to the bottom. The bottom is real tough for me usually and it was easy to keep it (the car) running there. I was able to run the car on the top and bottom of the track so I told the guys I have a good car. Early on I settled in on the top and just kept the leaders in sight and kept the car straight.”
Source: Denise DuPont / TheChromeHorn.com
: October 15, 2017

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