Modified Touring Series – Monadnock Speedway (NH) – 9/16/17

Last updated: September 17, 2017 at 12:24 pm
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Chase Dowling celebrates his second MTS win of 2017. (Speed51.com photo)

Chase Dowling celebrates his second MTS win of 2017. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

The Finish: 

1 25 Chase Dowling 125
2 15CT Chris Pasteryak 125
3 29 Jon McKennedy 125
4 21 Les Hinckley 125
5 52 Woody Pitkat 125
6 43 Kirk Alexander 125
7 4 Jeff Gallup 125
8 58 Ron Silk 125
9 1 Dave Ethridge 125
10 7 Kurt Vigeant 124
11 9 Tommy Barrett 124
12 99 Richard Savary 124
13 93 George Sherman 68
14 52CT Gary Byington 46
15 15NH TJ Bleau 23
16 0 Mike Holdridge 23
17 73 Andy Jankowiak 23

 

The Skinny:

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.

 

Feature Notebook:

-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.

 

Pre-Feature Notebook:

-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.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 99 Richard Savary
2 25 Chase Dowling
3 9 Tommy Barrett
4 58 Ron Silk
5 0 Mike Holdridge
6 29 Jon McKennedy
7 43 Kirk Alexander
8 52 Woody Pitkat
9 15CT Chris Pasteryak
10 15NH TJ Bleau
11 21 Les Hinckley
12 7 Kurt Vigeant
13 1 Dave Ethridge
14 4 Jeff Gallup
15 73 Andy Jankowiak
16 93 George Sherman
17 52CT Gary Byington

 

 

Heat Race Results:

Heat One

1 15NH TJ Bleau
2 99 Richard Savary
3 52 Woody Pitkat
4 29 Jon McKennedy
5 25 Chase Dowling
6 21 Les Hinckley
7 1 Dave Ethridge
8 73 Andy Jankowiak
9 52CT Gary Byington

 

Heat Two

1 15CT Chris Pasteryak
2 43 Kirk Alexander
3 58 Ron Silk
4 0 Mike Holdridge
5 9 Tommy Barrett
6 7 Kurt Vigeant
7 4 Jeff Gallup
8 93 George Sherman

 

Heat Race Lineups:

Heat One (12-laps)

1 15NH TJ Bleau
2 21 Les Hinckley
3 99 Richard Savary
4 25 Chase Dowling
5 52 Woody Pitkat
6 29 Jon McKennedy
7 1 Dave Ethridge
8 52CT Gary Byington
9 73 Andy Jankowiak

 

Heat Two (12-laps)

1 15CT Chris Pasteryak
2 43 Kirk Alexander
3 0 Mike Holdridge
4 58 Ron Silk
5 4 Jeff Gallup
6 9 Tommy Barrett
7 93 George Sherman
8 7 Kurt Vigeant

 

Car Count: 17 MTS Modifieds

 

Entry List: 

0 Mike Holdridge
1 Dave Ethridge
4 Jeff Gallup
7 Kurt Vigeant
9 Tommy Barrett
15CT Chris Pasteryak
15NH TJ Bleau
21 Les Hinckley
25 Chase Dowling
29 Jon McKennedy
43 Kirk Alexander
52 Woody Pitkat
52CT Gary Byington
58 Ron Silk
73 Andy Jankowiak
93 George Sherman
99 Richard Savary

 

 

Qualifying Format: Two heat races set the starting lineup. There will be a top ten redraw before the feature.

 

Event Schedule: 

-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.

 

Title Fight:

-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
1 52 Woody Pitkat 417 +18
2 99 Richard Savary 412 +13
3 9 Tommy Barrett 412 +13
4 58 Eric Goodale (Ron Silk) 411 +12
5 29 Jon McKennedy 409 +10
6 43 Kirk Alexander 399 -10
7 25 Rowan Pennink (Chase Dowling) 393 -16
8 15CT Chris Pasteryak 391 -18
9 21 Les Hinckley 391 -18

 

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)

 

 

Speed Central: Modified Touring Series at Monadnock (NH)