Valenti Modified Racing Series – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – 9/17/2016

Last updated: September 17, 2016 at 17:27 pm
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Anthony Nocella won the first 50-lap feature. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race:

Race #1: Anthony Nocella stormed through the field late and went by Richard Savary on the outside with three laps to go in feature one.

 

Race #2: Jon McKennedy pulled away from Anthony Nocella late to win the second Twin 50.

 

The Finish: 

Feature One

1 92 Anthony Nocella
2 99 Richard Savary
3 12 Todd Annarummo
4 52 Woody Pitkat
5 29 Jon McKennedy
6 48 Johnny Kay
7 81 Josh Cantera
8 27 Kevin Iannarelli
9 117 Donnie Lashua
10 06 Les Hinckley
11 19 David Schneider
12 38 Mike Willis
13 16 Colbey Fournier
14 52ME Bruce Haley
15 55 Joe Doucette
16 33 Rob Richardi
17 33ME Bill Dixon
18 04 Brandon Dion
19 93 George Sherman

 

Feature Two

1 29 Jon McKennedy
2 92 Anthony Nocella
3 12 Todd Annarummo
4 06 Les Hinckley
5 117 Donnie Lashua
6 16 Colbey Fournier
7 52 Woody Pitkat
8 19 David Schneider
9 99 Richard Savary
10 81 Josh Cantera
11 55 Joe Doucette
12 38 Mike Willis
13 52me Bruce Haley
14 33 Rob Richardi
15 33me Bill Dixon
16 48 Johnny Kay
17 27 Kevin Iannarelli

 

 

The Skinny:

Race #1: Richard Savary started second and led the majority of the race and was caught with Anthony Nocella with three laps to go. It is the fourth win of 2016 for Nocella.

 

Race #2: Les Hinckley started from the front row and led the first 17 laps before giving up the lead to Jon McKennedy.  Anthony Nocella, the winner of the first race, closed in on McKennedy but couldn’t make the winning pass.

 

Winning Quote:  

“Once we realized there was no caution and everybody was so spread out, my spotter said, ‘you gotta go’ so we went for it and gave it all we had to get there.” – Anthony Nocella

 

“He got my attention a little bit and he came on strong.  We had a real good car, the last 10 or 15 I was able to give it all I had and pulled away.” – Jon McKennedy

 

Winning Crew Chief:

Nocella: “Group Effort”

McKennedy: No Designated Crew Chief

 

Winning Chassis:

Nocella: Race Works

McKennedy: Race Works

 

Winning Engine:

Nocella: Petit Racing Engines

McKennedy: Petit Racing Engines

 

On the Move:

Race #1: Anthony Nocella went 11 positions from 12th to the lead.

Race #2: Nocella went from 11th to second, a gain of nine positions in the second race.

 

Biggest Loser:

Race #1: Bill Dixon started on pole and finished 17th, a loss of 16 positions.

Race #2: David Schneider also started on pole but fell back and finished eighth.

 

Feature Notebook:

Race #1:

Brandon Dion pulled off midway through the feature.

 

Race #2:

Les Hinckley jumped out the early lead but McKennedy took over the point on lap 18.

The second race went caution-free.

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

-Richard Savary was originally supposed to be at Oswego Speedway (NY) for the Race of Champions. The team decided to come to Beech Ridge with a poor forecast at Oswego.

-Les Hinckley is making his first MRS appearance of 2016.

 

Staring Lineup:

Feature One

1 33ME Bill Dixon
2 99 Richard Savary
3 81 Josh Cantera
4 27 Kevin Iannarelli
5 48 Johnny Kay
6 12 Todd Annarummo
7 52 Woody Pitkat
8 16 Colbey Fournier
9 38 Mike Willis
10 06 Les Hinckley
11 33 Rob Richardi
12 92 Anthony Nocella
13 19 David Schneider
14 04 Brandon Dion
15 29 Jon McKennedy
16 93 George Sherman
17 117 Donnie Lashua
18 52ME Bruce Haley
19 55 Joe Doucette

 

Feature Two

1 19 David Schneider
2 06 Les Hinckley
3 117 Donnie Lashua
4 27 Kevin Iannarelli
5 81 Josh Cantera
6 48 Johnny Kay
7 29 Jon McKennedy
8 52 Woody Pitkat
9 12 Todd Annarummo
10 99 Richard Savary
11 92 Anthony Nocella
12 38 Mike Willis
13 16 Colbey Fournier
14 52ME Bruce Haley
15 55 Joe Doucette
16 33 Rob Richardi
17 33ME Bill Dixon

 

 

Heat Race Results:

Heat One

1 33ME Bill Dixon
2 81 Josh Cantera
3 48 Johnny Kay
4 52 Woody Pitkat
5 38 Mike Willis
6 19 David Schneider
7 33 Rob Richardi
8 117 Donnie Lashua
9 29 Jon McKennedy
10 55 Joe Doucette

 

Heat Two

1 99 Richard Savary
2 27 Kevin Iannarelli
3 12 Todd Annarummo
4 16 Colbey Fournier
5 06 Les Hinckley
6 92 Anthony Nocella
7 04 Brandon Dion
8 93 George Sherman
9 52ME Bruce Haley

 

 

Heat Race Lineups:

Heat One

1 33ME Bill Dixon
2 81 Josh Cantera
3 55 Joe Doucette
4 38 Mike Willis
5 52 Woody Pitkat
6 48 Johnny Kay
7 33 Rob Richardi
8 19 David Schneider
9 29 Jon McKennedy
10 117 Donnie Lashua

 

Heat Two

1 27 Kevin Iannarelli
2 16 Colbey Fournier
3 77 Matt Mead
4 99 Richard Savary
5 06 Les Hinckley
6 93 George Sherman
7 04 Brandon Dion
8 92 Anthony Nocella
9 12 Todd Annarummo
10 52ME Bruce Haley

 

 

Car Count: 20 Modifieds

 

Entry List: 

04 Brandon Dion
06 Les Hinckley
12 Todd Annarummo
16 Colbey Fournier
19 David Schneider
27 Kevin Iannarelli
29 Jon McKennedy
33 Rob Richardi
33ME Bill Dixon
38 Mike Willis
48 Johnny Kay
52 Woody Pitkat
52ME Bruce Haley
55 Joe Doucette
77 Matt Mead
81 Josh Cantera
92 Anthony Nocella
93 George Sherman
99 Richard Savary
117 Donnie Lashua

 

Qualifying Format:
Two Heats set the lineup.

 

Event Schedule: 

Heats 1pm

Races 5pm

 

Who to Watch For: Jon McKennedy, Woody Pitkat, Richard Savary, Anthony Nocella

 

Title Fight:  Jon McKennedy is in firm control of the points.

 

The Track: Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (3/8 mile), Scarborough, ME

 

Weather: Sunny, breezy, and 70 degrees

 

Next Series Race: Lee USA Speedway, October 9

 

 

Speed Central: Nocella, McKennedy Split VMRS Twin 50s