Dennis Perry Ready For Full-Time Valenti Modified Racing Series Run In 2015

Dennis Perry in front of his car after a third place finish in last year's Bullring Bash 100 at Lee USA Speedway

Dennis Perry in front of his car after a third place finish in last year’s Bullring Bash 100 at Lee USA Speedway

A few months ago Dennis Perry wasn’t sure if he would even be getting behind the wheel of a Modified for the 2015 racing season.

Now the Pawcatuck driver is watching the calendar filling more and more with racing dates for the season.

Perry confirmed to RaceDayCT Sunday evening that he will attempt to run full-time on the Valenti Modified Racing Series in 2015 and chase the division’s Rookie of the Year title.

“It’s all going depend on the first few races,” Perry said. “If we can get a good strong start, without sponsorship we race on our winnings. If we get a decent start where we can get our funding up and make it through [the third race of the season at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y.] our intention is to try to run the whole season.”

Perry will run for the Performance Engines team.

“I’m very excited,” Perry said. “I’ve always wanted to do a touring series and this will be the first time for me to do it. We had a couple of really good runs at the end of the year when we brought the car out. I think we’ve got a decent piece and with a little luck and a little help I think we can get it to the front.”

It fills up a schedule for Perry that will also see him running the four Tri-Track Open Modified Racing Series events for car owner Stan Mertz, and most likely the Tour Type Modified Open event at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Oct. 24.

Perry said he will also make some select runs with his SK Modified at the Speedbowl.

With his 13-year old son Jacob set to make his debut full-time in the Mini Stock division at the Speedbowl in 2016, Perry said it was time to jump at his last opportunity to go touring in a Modified.

“For me, this was going to be my last year to run a touring because next year my son will be racing on Saturdays at the Speedbowl,” Perry said. “I had to make a decision on what I wanted to do and make it quick and we decided to go for it.”

While keeping his own calendar straight, Perry will oversee his son’s Jacob’s efforts this year as he continues to run a Bandolero in the Crown Trophy Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Perry said he also hopes to see his son possibly run the Nationals event and Summer Shootout events at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway this year.

Perry said the the Perry Racing Performance Engines team rolls on with support from Ashaway Performance Engines and 96.7 The Buzz. With Mertz Racing Perry garners support from Just Get Dirty Racing Apparel, Morningside Lawn and Landscape, Diamond Chevrolet GMC of Auburn, Mass., Graffitiworks Sign Company, Ashaway Performance Engines, NAPA Auto Parts of Tolland and 96.7 The Buzz.

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