For the first time in it’s 15-year history, the Valenti Modified Racing Series will open and close it’s season at the famed Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
This weekend the series will compete in the 44th running of ‘Icebreaker Weekend.” at the famed Connecticut oval and wrap up the 14-race schedule at the World Series of Speedway Racing in October. But there is a lot of racing to contest between both legendary events and it begins on Saturday, April 7.
The VMRS competitors will go the distance of 50-laps in their main event .
50-drivers are registered for the 2018 campaign with most teams returning from last season and several veteran racers from seasons past have registered to compete in selected events.
Reigning champion and 2017 Thompson winner Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, is entering the season opener, 2017 Rookie of the Year Jeffrey Gallup, of Feeding Hills, MA, intends to run the full schedule, Rowan Pennink, of New Egypt, NJ, recently sidelined by back surgery, hopes to be in the Gary Casella # 25. Long-time veteran Todd Owen practiced the car this past weekend.
Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, will pilot Dan Stebbins Mayhew # 52 car at Thompson. The 2015 series champion seeks his second VMRS win Saturday.
VMRS regulars, Sammy Rameau, of Westminster, MA, Mike Willis Jr, of Grantham, NH, George Sherman, of Framingham, MA, and Richmond, NH’s Matt Mead will compete in 2018.
Additionally, Colbey Fournier, of Berkley, MA, Rob Richardi Jr, of Taunton, MA and Donnie Lashua, of Canaan, NH, are registered.
Portland, CT, veteran Dave Etheridge, Westbrook, ME, veteran Toni Ricci, and Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, will compete in selected races.
Five drivers will contest for Rookie of the Year honors. Joseph Mucciacciaro, of Wolcott, CT, Derek Robbie, of Bellingham, MA, Dylan Rock, of Enfield, NH, Ryan Doucette, of Framingham, MA, and Jacob Perry, of Pawcatuck, CT, make up the rookie class for the new campaign.
The series welcomes the return of Mike Holdridge Sr, Chris Pasteryak, Eric Goodale, Donnie Lashua, Les Hinckley, Richard Savary, Jon Kay, Carl Medeiros Jr, Todd Patnode, and famed car builder Art Barry with driver Les Hinckley. All have indicated they will compete in selected events.
Heat races start at 12:15 Saturday.