Canaan, NH. — With the 2015 championship still to be decided, the Valenti Modified Racing Series, following a four-week layoff, journeys to Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH, this weekend, to again be part of that tracks popular ‘Oktoberfest,’ an 18-race program spread out over three days, October 9 through October 11.


For the first time, the annual event will be contested in two 50-lap segments. The format, tried in June when the series raced at Lee, was well received by competitors, fans, and track operators.


As is the case when the VMRS visits Lee, the point’s championship is either decided there or a close battle is taking place heading to Thompson, CT, the following weekend. Sunday’s main event is no different. Only 21-points separate the top two point men chasing the title.


Chris Pasteryak, a five-time winner this season, from Jewett City, Connecticut, hopes to increase his chance of joining Kirk Alexander and Jon McKennedy, as the only three-time series champions.


Alexander of W.Swanzey, NH, and McKennedy, of E.Chelmsford, MA, are entering the Lee race.


Not to be counted out is Stafford Springs, Connecticut’s, Woody Pitkat who has had a solid season and been at the top of the point standings.
Pitkat, a fan favorite, has two series wins to date and is 21 markers from the top of the standings.


Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, Norm Wrenn, of Nashua, NH, and Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, third through fifth in the point standings are expected entries.


Wrenn, retiring at seasons end, will be racing in front of ‘hometown’ fans for the last time. Wrenn raced Pro-Stocks at Lee for several seasons earlier in his career.


Former series champion, Rowan Pennink, last year’s top rookie, Mike Willis Jr, and three-time Lee winner, Les Hinckley, are expected.


Practice is scheduled for 12 noon Saturday with qualifying at 2:00 PM


Feature races will begin at 12 noon on Sunday.


-Valenti Modified Racing Series Press Release. Photo credit: Rick Ibsen/

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