Modified Touring Series – Monadnock Speedway (NH) – 9/16/17
Last updated: September 17, 2017 at 12:24 pm
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What Won the Race: Chase Dowling took the lead early in the 125 lap feature from polesitter Richard Savary and held off a late charge from Chris Pasteryak to win for the second time in his two MTS starts this season, both at Monadnock.
While Dowling dominated the majority of the race which went yellow free after Lap 44, it was not enough to secure a spot in the top five in the Quest for the Cup standings for the Gary Casella No. 25 team, missing it by just 5 points.
Woody Pitkat, Jon McKennedy, Eric Goodale who had Ron Silk substituting tonight, Tommy Barrett, and Richard Savary will be the five drivers who will compete for the championship in October at Waterford.
On the Move: Both Chris Pasteryak and Les Hinckley gained seven spots from start to finish.
Biggest Loser: Richard Savary started on the pole, pitted early, but was unable to make up track position on the long green run after Lap 44. He finished 12th.
-125 lap distance
-After this race the top five in points will be locked in to race for the championship at Waterford in October.
-Chase Dowling is substituting for Rowan Pennink in the No. 25 car. Dowling won the last time he drove the No. 25 at Monadnock in July.
-Ron Silk takes over the No. 58 for Eric Goodale.
-Both Pennink & Goodale are racing at Riverhead Raceway in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
-Substitute drivers will earn points for primary drivers and their team. (See title fight below for more)
-The field will assume the “missing man formation” during pace laps in honor of Ted Christopher who passed away earlier today.
-Chase Dowling missed both the early practices, he and the team were late to the track.
-Ron Silk led the first practice.
-Mike Holdridge led the second.
-TJ Bleau and Chris Pasteryak won the two heat races.
-Richard Savary drew the pole in the Top Ten Redraw.
Heat Race Results:
Heat Race Lineups:
Heat One (12-laps)
Heat Two (12-laps)
Car Count: 17 MTS Modifieds
Qualifying Format: Two heat races set the starting lineup. There will be a top ten redraw before the feature.
-Heats follow six Monadnock division heats which begin at 5pm
-125 feature is last in the order (approx. 9pm)
Who to Watch For: The nine drivers in the points battle (see below) will get tough competition from TJ Bleau and Dave Ethridge who know Monadnock well. RoC ace Andy Jankowiak is always a threat.
-Nine drivers are still eligible for the top five points spots that will race for the title next month.
-Winner receives 40 points plus 2 bonus points, for 42 total.
-Second gets 39, third 38, and a continued 1 point decrease per lower position
-Substitute drivers (Silk & Dowling) will earn points for their car’s primary drivers (Goodale & Pennink).
Current Points Standings
|Pos.||No.||Driver (Substitute Driver)||Pts.||Interval|
|4||58||Eric Goodale (Ron Silk)||411||+12|
|7||25||Rowan Pennink (Chase Dowling)||393||-16|
The Track: Monadnock Speedway (1/4 mile, highbank oval); Winchester, NH
Weather: Clear and humid, 80 degrees falling to high 60’s.
Next Series Race: MTS Championship Race, New London-Waterford Speedbowl (Sun. Oct. 22)