Checked Off: Richard Savary Gets First Career Valenti Modified Racing Series At Stafford

Richard Savary

STAFFORD – Celebrating a victory in a Modified at Stafford Motor Speedway was something living on the bucket list for Valenti Modified Racing Series veteran Richard Savary.

Friday the Canton, Mass. driver got to put a big check mark on that bucket list.

Savary dominated on the way to victory in the Valenti Modified Racing Series Lincoln Tech 80 Friday at Stafford Speedway.

It was Savary’s first career victory in a Modified at Stafford Speedway.

“I’ve been trying to win here since 1990 in a Modified and I’m at the end, so it feels pretty good to do it,” the 54-year old Savary said. “… This was on my bucket list to win here at Stafford in a Modified. We talked about it earlier today. We’ve come close, we’ve been fast, but we’ve never finished the deal.

“This is unbelievable. … I’ve had some top-five’s, some top-three’s, but this is huge. This is one of the most prestigious tracks in all of New England and I’ve been coming here for years. So to be able to check this one off, it’s going to make retiring a lot easier.”

Jeffrey Gallup of Agawam, Mass. was second and Dave Etheridge of Portland third.

Savary took the lead from Chase Dowling on lap 26 and never trailed again.

“Just had a great car under me,” Savary said. “The guys did a great job as always. We just tried to pace ourselves. My spotter did a great job slowing me down. Anytime he felt there was a little pressure I’d pick it up a bit. I really thought there’d be cautions so I really was saving as best I could. … But it was going to be tough to beat [this car] tonight. The guys hit everything right on the money.”


  1. The was a great value, good racing and nice to see Savory win. Clearly his Open experience paid off in mastering the finicky track. I’d be curious what the more experienced traveling fans thought of the race and the absence of allowing new rubber.
    Great to see Patnode in the race but man that poor guy was a duck out of water from the start.

  2. What happened to Nocella?

  3. Only reason Patnode made the feature is Nucella blew a motor in his heat and couldn’t come out for feature ,don’t think no new rubber was a factor for this race as cautions came to early

  4. Kevin,
    My understanding is that had a motor issue before the feature and withdrew.

  5. Top 5 SK’s ran an average fast lap of 19.14. The VMRS cars ran an average of 19.24. SK’s are faster.
    And this particular week the top 5 SK’s all shared elite first tier speed. Amazing.

  6. Geoff Nooney says

    VRMS is limited on carburetor. They run a Holley 390 4barrel, basically a restrictor plate

  7. Overdue win for the 99 team! Congrats! Great racing once again at Stafford! More VMRS than Open cars; but that may have been due to scheduling conflicts. Three heats and a consi to set the field. the only thing that would make these shows better would be to allow SK & SKL heats.

  8. 390 for all engine combinations? Is there a sk engine combination?

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