Jeffrey Gallup Gets First Valenti Mod Series Win At Lee USA Speedway; Anthony Nocella Gets Second Feature

(Press Release from the Modified Racing Series)

Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills Mass, passed race leader Mike Willis Jr. of Grantham, NH, to win the first of two 50-lap events in Sunday’s “May Madness” at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH.

The victory was Gallup’s first win with the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

Gallup, the son of former modified racer Richie Gallup, chased after early race leader Mike Willis Jr.

When Gallup took command on lap-25, it was Willis who chased the leader to the checkered flag. Dylan Rock, of Enfield NH, finished third, with Conway, NH’s, Andy Shaw fourth, and Anthony, Nocella, of Woburn, MA, rounding out the top five. Cameron Sontag, C.J Bolton, Carl Medeiros Jr, Tony Ricci, and George Sherman finished sixth through tenth.

One caution flag slowed race on lap-45 followed by a restart caution flag.

In the second race, Andy Shaw overcame a first race incident when his crew got him race ready to become the class of the field until Nocella had other plans.

The former series champion passed Shaw with two laps remaining in the race. The win was Nocella’s first of the season and his 11th VMRS victory.

Rock scored his second podium finish in the Jack Bateman # 47

The second race was also slowed by one caution flag.

The next event for the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be Saturday June 8, at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH.

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  1. Fast Eddie says

    One of the most overdue drivers got one, passing another overdue team, Mike Willis.Congrats Jeff Gallup! Although if Anthony Nocella didn’t spin in the first race, he might have won both. Congrats to him as well! I think there were 21 cars and good racing in both features. It was fun watching the leaders try and lap pairs of cars fighting for positions. The GSPSS race had 18 or 19 cars, and a good race as well. It would have been cool to see the cone come out, as allegedly it was supposed to be cone racing. Each race only had one caution and both were fairly late in the races; maybe that’s why it wasn’t done. I don’t know how well the unified New Hampshire rules are working though, as there were pretty small fields of mini-stocks and limited late models. Hopefully that will improve as the year goes on.

  2. Nice report Eddie.
    Mod field was a little on the light side wasn’t it? You doing the double next weekend with Stafford Friday and the TTOMS opener Sunday? Plan a late night Friday if you decide to attend.
    If you don’t mind the prying would you care to say where your home base is to give you’re busy travel schedule some perspective?

  3. They announced at LEE that if you go to the Granite State Pro stock race at Monadnock this Saturday, you can go to the TTOMS race for free on Sunday. Just use Saturdays ticket stub. That is a pretty good deal. I think the Monadnock show is 20.00 includes their sportsman mods and claremont TTOMS is 25.00. It is nice to see tracks working together instead of against each other although the same guy owns both tracks. Norm Wrenn is part owner of claremont and owner of Monadnock. Hopefully they bang out the places, I for one want to see the new changes at Monadnock.

    Star was running Saturday night so maybe a few drivers had to choose between the two events or had issues at Star the night before LEE. I know the car counts have been pretty low at Lee for a few years now. Maybe the wall keeps them from running there. Star you have a little run off area around 3/4 of the track. Star is a smaller track it is probable easier on equipment. Perhaps its just easier getting to the track on Saturday instead of Friday. I hope Lee finds some success this year. I do think the unfied rules and cooperation between tracks will work out for everyone in the long run.

  4. Fast Eddie says

    Doug, yes, a little light on the mods. my count was off, I think only 19, but the racing was good overall. Yes, I am doing Stafford Friday & Claremont Sunday. My location is just south of Boston near the 128 & 95 split.
    CG, good point about the lack of walls at Star, never thought about that. Also, Lee was a 2-day race. I’m guessing it would have been pretty tough to do heats at Lee, then run Star at night, than back to Lee on Sunday. That Monadnock ticket deal is really good, as the tracks are only an hour or so apart

  5. Tri Track rolls off this weekend too. Two open races. Both ends of New England on the same weekend. Should be interesting.

  6. getserious says

    Go up to Thunder Road on Sunday at 1:30 for the absolute best racing in the northeast and then stop in at Claremont on the way home for the 7PM TriTrack mod big-money race. Now, that’s a day of racing! Thunder Road is at 1:30 and even with 335 laps of features, not even counting the heats, you’ll still be out of there quicker than Stafford runs a regular Friday night show. Guaranteed.

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