Manchester, NH.-- Jon McKennedy of East Chelmsford, MA, was officially crowned 2016 Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion Saturday evening, November 19, taking top honors for the fourth time in eight years, as the 2016 season officially drew to a close at the 13th annual awards banquet at
The Yard Banquet Hall in Manchester, NH.
McKennedy thanked sponsors Exit Realty and Christopher’s Towing for their support, his dedicated crew, spotter Kelly Lajoie, family, and even his employer for showing support. The 29-year old driver also expressed his gratitude to racing
fans that support auto racing.
McKennedy received champion racing jackets from series sponsors New England Racing Fuels (Sunoco) and Hoosier Racing Tire East. Charlie Holland of Sunoco, and Rob Summers, of Hoosier Tire made the presentations.
The series top-15 car owners and drivers were recognized and received awards from series officials. Annual specialty
awards were also presented.
The Mechanic of the Year Award was presented to “The 29 Team” of McKennedy. The Jack’s Competition Engines Most Improved Driver award was presented to
19-year old Brandon Dion.
Tough Luck Award to Rob Richardi, Sportsmanship Award to David Schneider, Rookie of the Year to Colbey Fournier, and the Dedication to Racing Award to George Sherman.
The 12th annual ‘7-11’ award from Hall of Fame driver Bob Polverari was presented to Matt Mead for his professional attitude on and off the track, and the Above and Beyond Award
to series advisor Ben Dodge.
Series president Jack Bateman noted Valenti Auto Group will again sponsor the series in 2017, Hoosier Tire and New England Racing Fuel will return in their support role and right now it appears the series will be releasing a 12-event schedule in the next two weeks. Bateman is awaiting confirmation on race dates from one race track before releasing an official schedule.