Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, Mass. scored victory in the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
It was the third career series victory at the track for McKennedy. He joins Keith Rocco and Chris Pasteryak as the only other three-time Valenti Modified Racing Series winners
McKennedy also won at Waterford in 2010 and 2012.
“You put your name with a good group of guys,” McKennedy said. “A kid like Keith Rocco, he’s arguably one of the best drivers in New England. He’s a really good driver. It’s cool to say we’ve all got the three wins here. I look forward to the future and hopefully we can win some more.”
Richard Savary of Canton, Mass. was second and Woody Pitkat of Stafford third.
McKennedy rallied after being involved in a lap 32 crash that collected more than half of the 29-car field. The wreck started when third place running Ted Christopher got loose off of turn two and collected much of the field on the backstretch.
“We had a wheel that was pretty bad,” McKennedy said. “I don’t know if we had something bent in the rear end. It was kind of driving a little funky down the straightaway there. Obviously it was still good enough. We had a real good car. I wasn’t too sure what to think, we got gobbled up in the wall pretty good. It looked liked Teddy just got really loose and overcorrected and I was right there.”
Savary went to the lead by Pitkat on lap 70 restart with McKennedy following to second place. Three laps later McKennedy went to the outside to take over the lead for good.
“It’s unfortunate that he got involved in that accident because it allowed him to put a new right rear [tire] on and that was the difference of the race,” Savary said. “I think on equal tires I was just as good. But good for him.”