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Pennink Swaps Tires Then Charges To Stafford Victory Lane

(Photo by Dick Ayers)

Stafford Springs CT - Rowan Pennink, of New Egypt, New Jersey, started 18th in a field of 26 cars, chose to hang back early on, swapped right side tires during a lap-42 caution period, then went on to win the 5th annual VMRS 80 Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT. Pennink passed race leader Woody Pitkat on lap-78.

The win was Pennink’s third of the season in four races with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, his 14th VMRS career victory, 
and his third series win at Stafford.

“Another awesome car right out of the trailer. Didn’t have to do a thing to it. We stuck to the game plan and ended up in victory lane. 
I couldn’t be prouder of my team,” Pennink said.

Pitkat led laps 44 through 77 and finished runner-up followed by Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, for his best series finish. Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, and Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH. 
rounded out the top five.

Dave Etheridge, of Portland, CT, Les Hinckley, of Windsor Locks, CT, Richard Savary, of Canton, MA, Keith Rocco of Berlin, CT,, and Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills. MA, finished sixth through tenth.

Qualifying race winners were Nocella, Willis, Jr, and Lashua. Rob Richardi Jr, of Taunton, MA, won the 12-lap consolation race.

Race Summary:
Stafford Motor Speedway
Stafford, CT.
Race # 4
May 18, 2018
Entrants: 29
Started Race : 26
Distance: 80-laps

Cautions Flags: Laps – 23,24,35,42,71
Lap Leaders : Willis Jr (1-7) Etheridge (8-12) Gallup (13–42) Rocco (43) Pitkat (44-77) Pennink (78-80)

Margin of Victory: 0.548
Average Speed: 51.158
Best Lap Time: 18.939
Best Speed: 95.042 - - Jeffrey Gallup (Lap 4)

Unofficial Order Of Finish: (1) Pennink, (2) Pitkat,(3) (Lashua), 
(4) Nocella, (5) Willis, (6) Etheridge, (7) Hinckley, (8) Savary, (9) Rocco, (10) Gallup, (11) Rameau, (12) Shaw, (13) Goodale. (14) Perry, 
(15) Sontag, (16) Bloxsom, (17) Robbie, (18) Richardi, (19) Seidell, 
(20) Dolan, (21) Silk, (22) Flannery, (23) Meservey, (24) Cipriano, 
(25) Montesanto, (26) Rock.