What Won the Race: Anthony Nocella took the lead from David Schneider on lap 35 and pulled away to win the first of two Valenti Modified Racing Series feature.
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The Skinny: Dave Schneider took the lead from Dan Meservey on lap 20, but gave up to the lead to a hard-charging Anthony Nocella on lap 35. Nocella pulled away for his second straight Valenti Modified Racing Series victory.
Jon McKennedy started 16th on the grid after a 17-car invert for race two and blistered through the field. McKennedy took the lead from Branden Dion following a lap nine restart and never looked bcak.
Winning Quote: “It was good the last couple races, so I figured we’d leave it. Pretty good car, pretty balanced. It got a little tight, but at least good enough to get to the lead.” – Anthony Nocella, Race #1 winner
“I wouldn’t say it was easy, but we definitely had a really strong car. The first race we were good, just a little bit too loose and we made some good adjustments. Obviously they were the right call.” Jon McKennedy, Race #2 winner
Winning Chassis: Race Works Chassis (Nocella), Race Works Chassis (McKennedy)
Winning Engine: Pettit Racing Engines (Nocella), Pettit Racing Engines (McKennedy)
Winning Crew Chief: “Group Effort” (Nocella), “Don’t Really Have One” (McKennedy)
Winning Shocks: Pro Shocks (Nocella), Penske and Bilstein (McKennedy)
On the Move: Race 1: Race winner Anthony Nocella charged from the 12th starting spot, a gain of 11 positions.
Race 2: Jon McKennedy drove from the 16th starting spot to win, a gain of 15 positions.
Biggest Loser: Race 1: Outside polesitter Carl Medeiros faded early before spinning near the halfway mark. He finished 17th, a loss of 15 positions.
Race 2: Donnie Lashua finished 20th and started 7th, a loss of 13 positions.
Notebook: There will be two separate 50-lap points-counting feature races for the Valenti Modified Racing Series tonight. Each race will offer separate purses. Last year’s twin 50s for the VMRS featured segment-style racing, but they decided to get rid of that for tonight’s event.
This is defending champion Woody Pitkat’s first ever trip to Oxford Plains Speedway.
Chris Pasteryak felt good about his car in practice, but said he wasn’t quite sure it’s exactly where it was last year when he dominated the 100-lap feature.
Austin Teras (Legends), Ryan Robbins (PASS Modifieds), Scott Robbins (Super Late Models) and Kyle Hewins (Street Stocks) also scored feature win Saturday night.
Title Fight: Woody Pitkat holds a 28-point lead over Jon McKennedy heading into tonight’s race.
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Consolation Race Results: There will not be a consolation race here tonight.
Heat Race Results:
Qualifying Heat Race #1 Unofficial Results
Qualifying Heat Race #2 Unofficial Results
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Practice Results: Dan Meservey led the first two Valenti Modified Racing Series practice sessions, while Jon McKennedy led the way in final practice.
6:30 p.m. ET – Legends heats (8 laps), VMRS heats (12 laps), Street Stock heats (10 laps), PASS Mods (10 laps), Super Late Model heats (12 laps), North East Mini Stock Tour heats (8 laps)
Features: Legends (25 laps), VMRS Feature #1 (50 laps), Street Stocks (30 laps), PASS Mods (40 laps), Super Late Models (50 laps), NEMST (50 laps), VMRS Feature #2 (50 laps)
Who To Watch For: Chris Pasteryak dominated the VMRS feature at Oxford Plains one year ago and will certainly be a threat here tonight. Jon McKennedy has also been strong and has previous experience at the historic 3/8-mile oval.
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The Track: Oxford Plains Speedway is a flat 3/8-mile oval located in Oxford, Maine. The track is host to the prestigious Oxford 250 Super Late Model race each year.
Weather: It’s a great night for racing in Western Maine with temperatures in the high 60s and blue skies above the 3/8-mile oval.
Next Series Race: The Valenti Modified Racing Series will visit Stafford Motor Speedway next Friday, June 24.