The Valenti Modified Racing Series conducted its annual off-season team meeting Sunday morning at Stafford Motor Speedway’s banquet hall to discuss a menagerie of items ahead of the 2018 racing season. One of the hottest items on the table was the unveiling of the 2018 season schedule.
While the schedule is still subject to change, the MRS is set to run 16 races at nine different tracks in 2018.
The start of the season is one of the major additions as the MRS will open at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on the Saturday of Icebreaker weekend, April 7.
Next season will feature a brand new track for the Series as the MRS is poised to head to Maine's Wiscassett Speedway for the first time in many years. The race date at Wiscassett will be announced at a later time.
The New London-Waterford Speedbowl will also feature a triple appearance by the MRS with dates set for May 4, August 11, and September 15.
Both Stafford Motor Speedway and Lee USA Speedway will each host two MRS events in 2018, with the Series heading to Stafford on May 18 and August 31, while Lee USA welcomes in the series July 27 and on Oktoberfest weekend October 6.
The MRS will move to the Saturday of Oktoberfest.
As previously announced back in October, MRS will participate in the second New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway June 23 and 24.
Two northern tracks return to the calendar for 2018 with New Hampshire’s Speedway 51 on June 16 and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine on August 4.
The MRS will conclude the season on the Saturday of World Series weekend at Thompson on October 13.
Modified Racing Series president Jack Bateman is very satisfied with what is on the table for 2018.
“I’m excited to go Wiscassett, we went there once before a long, long time ago and it will be nice to go there again. Three races for Monadnock, very happy to be back there; that’s where we started the series, nice to be back. The Icebreaker is a really good thing for us, it will give us a nice jump on our season. Loudon was a fun deal, everybody enjoyed that, going to be great to be back. We’re looking real good, I’m very optimistic for 2018,” Bateman told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
In addition, long time Series official Bob McIlveen will head up officiating as race coordinator in 2018.
“I’ve been with the series 12 or 13 years, done multiple positions. Tech has been my background; I’ve done spotter’s official, pit road. This year went fairly well, we met right at the end of the season on what went well and what didn’t go well, what we can improve and stuff. We’ll have the same staff we had this year, so I think we’re in good shape,” said ‘Bobby Mac’.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series 2017 banquet is scheduled for December 2 in Manchester, NH.
Race distances and formats will be announced later this winter.
2018 Valenti Modified Racing Series Schedule (Subject to Change)
TBA - Wiscassett Speedway (ME)
Sat. April 7 - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT)
Sat. April 21 - Monadnock Speedway (NH)
Sat. May 4 - New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT)
Fri. May 18 - Stafford Motor Speedway (CT)
Sat. June 16 - Speedway 51 (NH)
Sun. June 24 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sat. July 7 - Monadnock Speedway (NH)
Fri. July 27 - Lee USA Speedway (NH)
Sat. August 4 - Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME)
Sat. August 11 - New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT)
Sat. August 25 - Monadnock Speedway (NH)
Fri. August 31 - Stafford Motor Speedway (CT)
Sat. September 15 - New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT)
Sat. October 6 - Lee USA Speedway (NH)
Sat. October 13 - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT)
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA, RI & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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