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Speed Central: Modified Racing Series at Beech Ridge (ME)

Valenti Modified Racing Series – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) – 8/19/17

Last updated: August 21, 2017 at 8:56 am
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Anthony Nocella celebrates his 10th career VMRS victory. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: Anthony Nocella took the lead away from Tony Ricci on lap 49 and drove away on a late-race restart to score his fourth Modified Racing Series win of the 2017 season.

 

The Finish: (Full finish not available immediately after race)

Unofficial Top Five

  1. Anthony Nocella
  2. Troy Talman
  3. Tony Ricci
  4. Andy Shaw
  5. Mike Willis, Jr.
  6. Donnie Lashua
  7. Sam Rameau
  8. Derek Robbie
  9. Matt Mead
  10. Dylan Rock
  11. Chris Bolton
  12. George Sherman
  13. Jeff Gallup
  14. Colbey Fournier
  15. Bill Dixon
  16. Josh Cantara
  17. Ryan Doucette
  18. Randy Wimert

 

The Skinny: Polesitter Tony Ricci and Josh Contara swapped the lead a handful of times in the first half of the 75-lap race. Meanwhile, Anthony Nocella patiently worked his way to the front and took advantage of a caution on lap 48 to drive around Ricci and take over the lead for good.

 

Winning Quote: “The last couple years, I guess this is the third in a row up here, I kind of took a liking to the track.  The car is always good here and we always come back with close to the same setup.” – Anthony Nocella

 

Winning Crew Chief: “Group Effort”

 

Winning Chassis: Race Works

 

Winning Shocks: Pro Shocks

 

Winning Engine: Petit Racing Engines

 

On the Move: Andy Shaw started shotgun on the field in 18th and charged to a fourth-place finish, a gain of 14 spots.

 

Biggest Loser: Josh Cantara started third and led lap early on before being involved in an accident on the frontstretch with Ryan Doucette.

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

  • 71-year-old Randy Wimert is making his first start of the year in the No. 66 Modified tonight.
  • Multi-time PASS Modified champion Andy Shaw is making one of his limited starts in a Tour-type Modified tonight.
  • A pair of Modified qualifying heats went off without any interruptions.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 20 Tony Ricci
2 17 Donnie Lashua
3 81 Josh Cantara
4 6 Sammy Rameau
5 92 Anthony Nocella
6 77 Matt Mead
7 83 Michael Willis
8 4 Jeffrey Gallup
9 3 Troy Talman
10 33ME Bill Dixon
11 F16 Colbey Fournier
12 93 George Sherman
13 47 Dylan Rock
14 63 Chris Bolton
15 27 Derek Robbie
16 66 Randy Wimert
17 55 Ryan Doucette
18 66NH Andy Shaw

 

Heat Race Results:

Heat 1 Unofficial Results

1 20 Tony Ricci
2 81 Josh Cantara
3 92 Anthony Nocella
4 83 Michael Willis
5 3 Troy Talman
6 F16 Colbey Fournier
7 47 Dylan Rock
8 27 Derek Robbie
9 55 Ryan Doucette

 

Heat 2 Unofficial Results

1 17 Donnie Lashua
2 6 Sammy Rameau
3 77 Matt Mead
4 4 Jeffrey Gallup
5 33ME Bill Dixon
6 93 George Sherman
7 66NH Andy Shaw
8 63 Chris Bolton
9 66 Randy Wimert

 

Heat Race Lineups:

Heat 1

1 F16 Colbey Fournier
2 20 Tony Ricci
3 81 Josh Cantara
4 3 Troy Talman
5 92 Anthony Nocella
6 47 Dylan Rock
7 27 Derek Robbie
8 83 Michael Willis
9 55 Ryan Doucette

 

Heat 2

1 66NH Andy Shaw
2 17 Donnie Lashua
3 6 Sammy Rameau
4 93 George Sherman
5 77 Matt Mead
6 33ME Bill Dixon
7 66 Randy Wimert
8 4 Jeffrey Gallup
9 63 Chris Bolton

 

Car Count: 19 Modifieds

 

Entry List: 

1 3 Troy Talman
2 4 Jeffrey Gallup
3 6 Sammy Rameau
4 F16 Colbey Fournier
5 17 Donnie Lashua
6 20 Tony Ricci
7 27 Derek Robbie
8 33ME Bill Dixon
9 47 Dylan Rock
10 55 Ryan Doucette
11 63 Chris Bolton
12 66 Randy Wimert
13 66NH Andy Shaw
14 77 Matt Mead
15 81 Josh Cantara
16 83 Michael Willis
17 92 Anthony Nocella
18 93 George Sherman

 

Qualifying Format: There will be two 12-lap Modified Racing Series qualifying heats.

 

Event Schedule: Racing begins at 7 p.m. with qualifying heats for the Modified Racing Series, Pro Series Wildcats and Sports Series. There will then be features for the Wildcats (30 laps), Pro Series (40 laps), Sports Series (35 laps) and Modified Racing Series (75 laps).

 

Who to Watch For: Anthony Nocella will certainly be a driver to keep an eye on after winning and finishing second in a pair of twin 50s at Beech Ridge in 2016.  Multi-time PASS Modified champion Andy Shaw could play the role of underdog as he has more experience at Beech Ridge than any driver in the field.

 

Title Fight: Anthony Nocella leads Jeff Gallup by 56 points in the championship standings.

 

The Track: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway is a 1/3-mile oval located in Scarborough, Maine.

 

Weather: Temperatures are in the mid 70s with partly cloudy skies above the race track.

 

Next Series Race: The Modified Racing Series heads to Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) for the second and final time this season on Friday, September 1.