Valenti Modified Racing Series Heads Back To Stafford Motor Speedway Friday

(Press Release from Valenti Modified Racing Series)

Close to 30-race teams have indicated they plan to enter the Valenti Modified Racing Series event this Friday, September 1, at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

Drivers from throughout New England will be competing in the 8th annual VMRS 80-lap race.

Series point leader Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, will be attempting to sweep both VMRS events held at Stafford this year. He started the season in May with a victory in the series season opener. Since then, Nocella has been to victory lane three times most recently at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME. The win put 76-points again between Nocella and his closest competitor now Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, who moved ahead of Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, after the Beech Ridge race. Gallup and Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, continue their quest for Rookie Of The Year honors. Only 34-points separate Gallup and 15-year-old Rameau with three-races remaining.

Stafford ace Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, will enter the VMRS race. Christopher has already been to victory lane this season having garnered the 100-lap event at Waterford, CT, two weeks ago. Additionally, Dave Etheridge, of Portland, CT, is expected to compete, as is Kyle James, of Ashaway, RI, who has run strong with the series this season.

Former series champion Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, is expected to compete, as is New Hampshire regulars, Mike Willis, Jr, Matt Mead, and Berkley, MA, driver Colbey Fournier.

Former PASS Modified champion Andy Shaw, of Center Conway, NH, will make his first start at Stafford coming off an impressive run at Beech Ridge, and Westbrook, ME driver, Tony Ricci, will be in the Czarnecki Brothers # 20 car after a podium finish at Beech Ridge. Troy Talman, of Oxford, MA, will compete. Already this season, Talman has a win at Lee, NH, and was runner-up last weekend at ‘The Ridge.’

An autograph session for fans will be held immediately following qualifying races that begin at 6:15 pm. The evening will be capped off by a gigantic fireworks display to usher in the Labor Day holiday weekend.


  1. Fast Eddie says

    Great to have you back Shawn! I hope all is well with you and yours!

  2. Fast Eddie,
    Thank you.

  3. Woo woo. Second Friday in a row and no rain forecast. Bring a coat cause it’s going to get chilly later. “Gigantic firewords display” no not really. It’s a nicely sized fireworks display and a great way to end the show for the kids. Now gitty up Stafford and don’t drag the show on too much so we can get those kids tucked in bed at a reasonable time.
    Kile James making and appearance. Strong a the Speedbowl. Could be a dark horse to watch. Last Saturday I could have sworn Rocco sent him into the wall with a turn 4 shove then complained about others after he won. Any witnesses?

  4. Sharpie Fan says

    Hope everybody speed walks the Track Walk.

  5. wmass01013 says

    I don’t get the expected large field of cars but I will attend and see if true


    Great video of the race. I thought Rocco got James until I saw this. Rocco got under Kyle when he was trying the high low moves. No fault of Kyle, I don’t think he knew Rocco was there.

    Worth watching for the last lap pass. How do those guys not wreck?

    Speedbowl has the best races by far.

  7. Modified racing is really screwed up.
    The Tri-Track pays a great purse and gets only 20 cars at Star Speedway.
    This MRS Tour pays nothing and is going to get 30 cars. WOW something is really wrong in Modified country.

  8. It’s Stafford. Everybody wants to race there. I don’t think it matters how much they pay.

  9. How about Janovic sending Masse into the front stretch wall. Pretty much destroyed the car. Doubt he’ll be back. That’s all they need is destroying cars with already a light field.

  10. Fast Eddie says

    I think Stafford gets the VMRS car turnout partly due to their location. It’s almost in the middle of CT, it’s not too far for the central NH or MA & RI crews, and some Stafford regulars join in. I think the first one in May they had about 25 cars. Hopefully everyone fills their fuel cells!

  11. Stafford is on Ct’s Mass border but I get your point Eddie. It’s accessible to a number of States. Plus from the pits to the stands, food, beverages, the half mile,parking, family atmosphere and all the rest. It’s just a nice facility.

  12. I also agree Stafford is a fantastic track for mods and late models.It blows my mind to hear New England folks rag on it, one groove boring track etc.It also is a relatively easy drive even from NY.I love it.Who wouldn’t love to see an 80 lap Tri Track at Stafford?Why leave an iconic track with so much mod history
    out of your New England series.Ditto Thompson,although they would have to rename the tour to five track

  13. Generally speaking handling at Stafford is challenging cause turns one and two are fundamentally different from three and four making the outside challenging at best. That plays out for most divisions including the experienced Late Model teams. Stafford has a core of very competitive, experienced guys in the Late Models that go at it every week and it’s impressive. But they still end up spread out with the outside groove underused because the cars are too fast and the tires too narrow.
    On the other the SK and Lights consistently use the outside groove consistently and effectively. They’ve got the perfect balance of tire width and horsepower to erase the complaint about one groove racing from any fans vocabulary. The SK Light race last week was a mind blower of side by side racing to the finish line.
    See you tomorrow night for some great side by side racing.

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