THE Valenti Modified Series is at Monadnock Speedway Saturday for its fourth race of the season. A week from Friday, the Modified Series moves on to Claremont.
Modified fields have been holding up well in the region so far — despite a hefty number of events between the Valenti schedule, the Tri-Track Modified Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
These traveling series have a somewhat shared cast of characters, but have managed to avoid too many direct scheduling conflicts. In addition to the aforementioned series, there’s a lot of open-wheel racing going in the various weekly Sportsman Modified divisions at venues such as Stafford, Thompson, New London/Waterford (eventually) and more locally, Claremont and Monadnock.
The Sportsman Modifieds at Claremont and Monadnock show some promise although car counts are currently a little lean.
Joel Monahan of Whately, Mass., won the Sportsman Modified feature at Monadnock last Saturday despite having to resort to a backup car. Monahan and runner-up Todd Patnode were much the best of the field. Scott McMichael completed the podium finish.
Brian Robie of Sunapee carried the checkers at Claremont. Robie will do double duty at Monadnock, competing in both the Sportsman Modifieds and the Valenti Modified 100. Todd Patnode will likely do the same.
Patnode has had plenty of success at Monadnock in Valenti Series competition. If there were a tote board, he’d be the favorite.
The three Modified Series winners so far this season are Chase Dowling, Jeffrey Gallup and Anthony Nocella.
At press time, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour was gathering at Thompson Speedway. NASCAR Cup regular Ryan Preece was expected to compete in that one in Ed Partridge‘s No. 6 machine.
Last weekend at Seekonk it was Doug Coby time once again. Coby, the pole sitter, led most of the way en route to his 27th career Tour win in the Mayhew Tools No. 2.
“I was running three 50 lap races in my head,” Coby said. “And trying to win each one of them.”
Justin Bonsignore was Coby’s closest rival. Positions 3-4-5 went to Craig Lutz, Ron Silk and Timmy Solomito.
Rich Dubeau of Plainfield, who has run up near the front in many an American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model race, drove to his first Tour win over the weekend in the Claude Leclerc 150 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Quebec.
Dubeau pulled away late in the race during a rare extended green-flag run. Earlier, both Jimmy Hebert and eventual third-place finisher Scott Payea had to pit with flats while racing in, or for, the lead. Canadian Dany Trepanier wound up in second place.
The next event on ACT’s schedule is Saturday, June 15, at Thompson. A NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, set for Thompson that same night was recently canceled.
In keeping with Laconia Bike Week, which begins this weekend, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is prepping its new quarter-mile dirt track — out behind the North East Motor Sports Museum — for an American Flat Track (AFT) sanctioned motorcycle event Saturday, June 15.
AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes will compete in a full race program including heat races, semis and a main event, which will co-headline the racing action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway along with the 96th running of the Loudon Classic, the longest running motorcycle race in America, on Sunday, June 16.
Bear Ridge ran its regularly scheduled Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modified feature and a make-up from the previous week. Kevin Chaffee won them both. In the nightcap, he started 14th, ran the rim and gained the lead on lap 33.
It’s 99Rock WFRD Night this week at the Ridge with the WYKR Sprint Cars of New England and the Granite State Mini Sprints as added attractions.
While many tracks grapple with low car counts in numerous divisions, White Mountain Motorsports Park started 29 entries in its Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Minis feature. Dustin Jackson of Bethlehem was the winner. Ryan Hare of Littleton finished second ahead of Adam Sicard, rookie Darrin Newland and John Knight.
The 350 Supers, ACT-style Late Models, Street Stocks and the Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association out of Maine will all be in action Saturday for Whelen Night at Star Speedway.
Last week’s Star winners included Wayne Helliwell Jr. (LateModels), Alby Ovitt (Street Stocks) and J.T. Cashman (Six-Shooters).
On a rare Friday night race at Thunder Road, the headline event is a Flying Tiger Triple Crown Series event.
After a 12-car turnout at Thunder Road, the Pro All-Star Series started 30 cars at Oxford Plains. Garrett Hall of Scarborough, Maine, won for the second time this season. Nick Sweet of Barre, Vt., was second. Granite State Pro Stock Series regular Ray Christian III placed third.
This from racing historian Phil Smith – 40 years ago in 1979 – Long Islander Charlie Jarzombek won a 100-lapper at Stafford. At Riverside Park in Agawam, Mass., Richie Evans bested Reggie Ruggiero and Jerry Cook while Leo Cleary and Bugsy Stevens finished one-two at Seekonk. Other weekend winners were Jeff Fuller at Westboro, George Kent at Shangri-La, Ron Bouchard at Thompson, Reggie Ruggiero at Monadnock, Maynard Troyer at Lancaster and Punky Caron at Claremont.
On Track This Weekend
Claremont: Friday, 7 p.m.
Lee USA: Friday, 7 p.m.
Thunder Road (Vt.): Friday, 7 p.m.
Rumtown: Saturday, 4 p.m.
Star Speedway: Saturday, 5 p.m.
Bear Ridge (Vt.): Saturday, 6 p.m.
Monadnock: Saturday, 6 p.m.
Speedway 51: Saturday, 6 p.m.
White Mountain: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Hudson: Sunday, 1 p.m.