VMRS – Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) – 6/18/16

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Last Update: 11:10 p.m. ET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

The Finish:
Race #1

1 92 Anthony Nocella
2 29 Jon McKennedy
3 19 David Schneider
4 99 Richard Savary
5 52 Woody Pitkat
6 45 Dan Meservey
7 33 Rob Richardi, Jr.
8 88 Russ Hersey
9 24 Todd Patnode
10 77 Matt Mead
11 117 Donnie Lashua
12 15CT Chris Pasteryak
13 38 Michael Willis
14 93 George Sherman
15 04 Branden Dion
16 27 Kevin Iannarelli
17 50 Carl Medeiros
18 16 Colbey Fournier
19 15NH TJ Bleau
20 52ME Bruce Haley

 

Race #2

1 29 Jon McKennedy
2 93 George Sherman
3 15CT Chris Pasteryak
4 88 Russ Hersey
5 16 Colbey Fournier
6 38 Michael Willis
7 52 Woody Pitkat
8 77 Matt Mead
9 04 Branden Dion
10 19 David Schneider
11 33 Rob Richardi, Jr.
12 99 Richard Savary
13 50 Carl Medeiros
14 45 Dan Meservey
15 27 Kevin Iannarelli
16 15NH TJ Bleau
17 52ME Bruce Haley
18 24 Todd Patnode
19 92 Anthony Nocella
20 117 Donnie Lashua

 

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.

 

Starting Lineup:

Race #1

1 15CT Chris Pasteryak
2 50 Carl Medeiros
3 45 Dan Meservey
4 33 Rob Richardi, Jr.
5 29 Jon McKennedy
6 19 David Schneider
7 117 Donnie Lashua
8 52 Woody Pitkat
9 99 Richard Savary
10 24 Todd Patnode
11 88 Russ Hersey
12 92 Anthony Nocella
13 04 Branden Dion
14 27 Kevin Iannarelli
15 93 George Sherman
16 16 Colbey Fournier
17 38 Michael Willis
18 15NH TJ Bleau
19 52ME Bruce Haley
20 77 Matt Mead

 

Race #2

1 50 Carl Medeiros
2 27 Kevin Iannarelli
3 04 Branden Dion
4 93 George Sherman
5 38 Michael Willis
6 15CT Chris Pasteryak
7 117 Donnie Lashua
8 77 Matt Mead
9 24 Todd Patnode
10 88 Russ Hersey
11 33 Rob Richardi, Jr.
12 45 Dan Meservey
13 52 Woody Pitkat
14 99 Richard Savary
15 19 David Schneider
16 29 Jon McKennedy
17 92 Anthony Nocella
18 16 Colbey Fournier
19 15NH TJ Bleau
20 52ME Bruce Haley

Consolation Race Results: There will not be a consolation race here tonight.

 

Heat Race Results:

Qualifying Heat Race #1 Unofficial Results

1 15CT Chris Pasteryak
2 45 Dan Meservey
3 29 Jon McKennedy
4 117 Donnie Lashua
5 99 Richard Savary
6 88 Russ Hersey
7 04 Branden Dion
8 93 George Sherman
9 38 Michael Willis
10 52ME Bruce Haley

 

Qualifying Heat Race #2 Unofficial Results

1 50 Carl Medeiros
2 33 Rob Richardi, Jr.
3 19 David Schneider
4 52 Woody Pitkat
5 24 Todd Patnode
6 92 Anthony Nocella
7 27 Kevin Iannarelli
8 16 Colbey Fournier
9 15NH TJ Bleau
10 77 Matt Mead

 

Practice Results: Dan Meservey led the first two Valenti Modified Racing Series practice sessions, while Jon McKennedy led the way in final practice.

 

Event Schedule:

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.

 

Entry List:

Car # Driver
04 Branden Dion
15CT Chris Pasteryak
15NH TJ Bleau
16 Colbey Fournier
19 David Schneider
24 Todd Patnode
27 Kevin Iannarelli
29 Jon McKennedy
33 Rob Richardi, Jr.
38 Michael Willis
44 Dillon Bassett
45 Dan Meservey
46 Brandon Gdovic
49 John Holleman IV
50 Carl Medeiros
52 Woody Pitkat
52ME Bruce Haley
55 Noah Gragson
77 Matt Mead
77 Clayton Green
88 Russ Hersey
92 Anthony Nocella
93 George Sherman
99 Richard Savary
117 Donnie Lashua

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Speed Central: Nocella, McKennedy Split MRS Wins at Oxford