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The Valenti Modified Racing Series wishes to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Modified legend Ted Christopher. We like everyone in this great sport are heartbroken over Teddy's life coming to an abrupt end en-route to the next race.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Quinn and the family.
Rest In Peace Ted , you will be missed.


A change in the upcoming Lee event

The feature race will be a 75-lap event and not the previously announced Twin 50's. Please pass the word.

The Lee dates are Oct 7 & 8.

Pennink Holds Off Rocco To Win VMRS 80 At Stafford.

(Photo by Crystal Snape)

Stafford Springs CT --. Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley,
Pennsylvania, took the lead on lap-56 from Portland Connecticut’s
Dave Etheridge, and went on to win his first race of the season in
the Valenti Modified Racing Series 80-lap race at Stafford Motor
Speedway, Stafford, CT, Friday night, September 1.

The 2013 series champion scored his second VMRS win at Stafford,
and his 11th career win moving to fifth on the all-time series win list. 

Etheridge started on the pole when first heat winner Ted Christopher,
of Plainville, CT, was forced to withdraw because of motor problems.

The veteran driver led the main event until Pennink passed
for the lead. They were the only race leaders in the 80-lap sprint.

“The guys gave me a really strong car under us tonight,”
Pennink explained in victory lane. “ The last couple times we’ve
been here (VMRS) we’ve had probably the same type of car we
just haven’t had the luck to make it here to victory lane. Tonight we
did. I’ve got to thank all the guys on the Gary Casella team
and everybody that helps out. Awesome job.”

The race was slowed for the eighth time (caution flags) on lap-78
creating a green-white-checker finish. Keith Rocco, of Berlin,
Connecticut, made a late race charge to
finish (0.608) behind Pennink. 

Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, Massachusetts, fought a recurring
steering pump problem throughout the afternoon practice session,
started the race 17th then worked his way to the lead pack to finish
third. Etheridge settled for fourth with veteran driver Jeff Malave,
of Manchester, Connecticut, returning to racing after a 2-year
absence because of health issues, made his first start  
with a respectable fifth place finish after starting
15th in the 26-car field. 

Jackson, New Jersey’s, 17-year old Blake Barney made an
impressive showing in his Stafford debut mixing it up early
on with the lead pack, and checkered sixth in his first VMRS start. 

Donnie Lashua, Dan Meservey Jr, Matt Galko, and
Mike Willis Jr, rounded out the top-ten.

Heat race winners:  (1) Ted Christopher, (2) David Schneider,
(3) Rowan Pennink. 

The race was slowed eight times by caution flags for
minor spins or incidents. 

Race Summary:

Stafford Motor Speedway
Stafford Springs Connecticut
September 1,2017
Entrants: 30
Distance: 80
Margin of Victory: 0.608
Average Speed: 40.920
Best Lap Time: 19.014 Pennink   
Best Speed: 94.667   Pennink
Race Time: 59:28.469
Caution Laps: 25-30-34-55-55-55-56-78
Lap Leaders:  Etheridge (1-56) Pennink (57-80)

Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Pennink (2) K. Rocco (3) Nocella
(4) Etheridge 
(5) Malave (6) Barney (7) Lashua (8) Meservey Jr
(9) Galko (10) Willis (11) Trayner (12) Ricci (13) Savary
(14) Gernhard (15) Fournier (16) Gallup (17) Mead (18) Molleur
(19) Flannery (20) Rameau (21) Masse (22) Talman, (23) Richardi
(24) Schneider (25) Medeiros (26) J. Rocco