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Craig Gabriele
       

 

 

Stafford Speedway: Tommy Barrett Takes VMRS Win

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Race Date 6/21/2013

9 Tommy Barrett of Millis, MA took his first win of the year in the VMRS 80 lap feature event @ Stafford Motor Speedway. The first of 3 race dates for the VMRS @ Stafford in 2013.

33 Modifieds signed into the pit area with 30 attempting to qualify thru 3 heat races. 3 cars loaded up early.  The 0 Mike Holdridge of Madison, CT, 07 Melissa Fifield of Sandornville, NH and the 10x Dennis Charette of Southington, CT with mechanical problems.

Making their first start of the year in the VMRS were the following:

58 Eric Goodale

45 Dan Meservey, Jr.

29 Woody Pitkat

52 Mark Bakaj

8 Danny Cates

78 Tom Bolles

31 Ryan Preece

09 Brad VanHouton

00 Ted Christopher

For the second week in a row the main event did not start until 10:00PM much too late for the average fan. The WMT event did not start until 10:00 PM the previous week.

Here is the starting lineup for the VMRS feature event:

Start

 

Driver

 

Car #

1

 

Keith Rocco

 

68

2

 

Tommy Barrett, Jr

 

9

3

 

Dave Etheridge

 

34

4

 

Mark Bajak

 

52

5

 

Ryan Preece

 

31

6

 

Jeff Rocco

 

57

7

 

Eric Goodale

 

58

8

 

Max Zachem

 

79

9

 

Woody Pitkat

 

29

10

 

Richard Savary

 

99

11

 

Steve Masse

 

13

12

 

Todd Owen

 

17

13

 

Rowan Pennink

 

25

14

 

Norm Wrenn

 

53

15

 

Dan Meservey, Jr

 

45

16

 

Eddy Spiers

 

18

17

 

Dylan Kopec

 

66

18

 

Louie Mechalides

 

85

19

 

Ted Christopher

 

00

20

 

Anthony Nocella

 

92

21

 

Tom Bolles

 

78

22

 

Brad VanHouten

 

09

23

 

Danny Cates

 

8

24

 

Timmy Jordan

 

47

25

 

Dana Smith

 

74

26

 

Matt Mead

 

77

 

The 68 of Keith Rocco of Meriden, CT lead the first 5 laps before 34 Dave Etheridge took over the lead on lap 6. On lap 10 the 31 Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT took over the lead driving for Cathy Moniz in his first start of 2013 in the VMRS. Moniz owns the SK Modified Preece drives at Thompson

 Moniz bought the Modified from L.W. Miller who ran the car on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour in 2012.

Lap 15 - 31, 34, 68, 9, 52, 57, 58, 29, 13, 79, 99, 25, 45, 17, 53, 85, 78, 66, 92, 09, 18, 77, 00, 74, and 8.

Lap 22 - while leading  the 31 of Ryan Preece slows down on the track and pulls down pit road with a blown engine. The 34 of Etheridge inherits the lead.

Lap 38 the 68 of Keith Rocco slows down - off the pace and pulls down pit road with another blown engine.

Lap 40 - Half Way - 34, 9, 57, 13, 58, 25, 52, 99, 29, 85, 45, 17, 66, 18, 92, 53, 8, 79, 77, 74.

Lap 44 - 34 Dave Etheridge is about 20 cars ahead of the field and then behind him 9 Tommy Barrett is about 20 cars space ahead of the rest of the field.

Lap 50 - 34, 9, 57, 13, 58, 25, 52, 99, 85, 29, 45, 17, 66, 18, 79, 63, 8, 92, 77, 74.

Caution Lap 60 - 57 Jeff Rocco of Meriden, CT slows down on the track bringing out the caution. Another blown engine.

On the lap 59 restart 9 Tommy Barrett takes over the lead.

Barrett rolls to victory in the VMRS 80 lap event.

The 25 of Rowin Pennink and the 52 of Mak Bakaj also suffered motor problems on this night.

All told this was one expensive night of racing as many as 9 engine failures on the night between the Modifieds and the SK Modifieds.

Here is the finish:

Finish

 

Driver

 

Car

 

Laps

1

 

Tommy Barrett, Jr

 

9

 

80

2

 

Steve Masse

 

13

 

80

3

 

Dave Etheridge

 

34

 

80

4

 

Eric Goodale

 

58

 

80

5

 

Richard Savary

 

99

 

80

6

 

Dan Meservey, Jr

 

45

 

80

7

 

Eddy Spiers

 

18

 

80

8

 

Woody Pitkat

 

29

 

80

9

 

Norm Wrenn

 

53

 

80

10

 

Louie Mechalides

 

85

 

80

11

 

Rowan Pennink

 

25

 

80

12

 

Todd Owen

 

17

 

80

13

 

Matt Mead

 

77

 

80

14

 

Dylan Kopec

 

66

 

80

15

 

Mark Bajak

 

52

 

80

16

 

Anthony Nocella

 

92

 

80

17

 

Danny Cates

 

8

 

80

18

 

Max Zachem

 

79

 

79

19

 

Dana Smith

 

74

 

71

20

 

Jeff Rocco

 

57

 

59

21

 

Keith Rocco

 

68

 

39

22

 

Tom Bolles

 

78

 

26

23

 

Ryan Preece

 

31

 

23

24

 

Brad VanHouten

 

09

 

22

25

 

Ted Christopher

 

00

 

17

26

 

Timmy Jordan

 

47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

       
 

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