Warren Alston was named as the Race Director for the Valenti Modified Racing Series over this past offseason, but he is now stepping down from that position due to scheduling conflicts with his full-time job.
Alston, from Yardville, New Jersey, is a paramedic for Medcor in the Garden State. He explained that he informed Jack Bateman, the president of VMRS, that he would have to step down because he cannot get coverage at his full-time job and would have to miss a number of events.
“We’re in the process of hiring people but until they get hired and into the system I don’t have any coverage so I have to be here,” Alston told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “The reality is I spoke with Jack about that and he was sad to hear that would be the case. I just can’t do it because of work. There’s no reason other than that.”
Prior reports stated that Alston would be replaced due to a disagreement he and Bateman had over the double-points event at Lee USA Speedway (NH) a couple weeks ago. Alston vehemently denied that.
“It was a decision that was not based on the double-point deal at Lee or a text message,” explained Alston. “It was a conversation that Jack and I had about what was best for the series.
“Do I wish that I could continue to do the job? Yes. I enjoy working with my fellow officials, the drivers, and everyone that has welcomed me, as well as the folks in the media and the track operators. But unfortunately I don’t have the coverage for my full-time job that enables me to keep doing this.”
Alston explained that he believed everybody involved with the series needs to have consistency, and that was something he could no longer provide.
“There needs to be consistency in the calls coming out of the tower,” he said. “To not have that consistency isn’t fair to the drivers. The teams deserve it, the drivers deserve it, the series deserves it.”
While Alston would have to miss about half of the remaining 10 races, he said he would be interested in continuing to work with the series in a lesser role like he had in the past.
“I could, because there’s not a flagman for the series currently,” Alston said. “I know we are looking for a flagman and a scorer for the series. I’m not sure, but it’s certainly something we can look at down the road.”
Alston was the fourth Race Director for the Valenti Modified Racing Series in the past two seasons. He followed Scott Tapley, Jordan Harnish and John Spence Jr.
Speed51.com attempted to reach Jack Bateman, but he was unavailable for comment.
The next Valenti Modified Racing Series event is Saturday, July 4 at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway. Speed51.com will be on-hand with live Trackside Now coverage.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Crystal Snape Photo