Canaan, New Hampshire. -- A first time visit to a New Hampshire Speedway, an appearance with the Pass Pro All Stars Series in Maine, and the traditional stops at New England’s top bull-rings and historic ovals, highlight the 2016 season for New England’s Valenti Modified Racing Series. Jack Bateman, series founder and president, made the announcement Thursday night, December 2.
The 13th annual season opens Saturday night April 23, 2016, with Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, New Hampshire, once again rolling out the carpet for the new campaign.
The series next competes Friday night, May 20 at the famed Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut. The event will be the first of three races at the half-mile oval. Friday, June 24, and Friday, September 2, is the dates to circle for return visits.
New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member and track owner, Joey Laquerre, opens the gates to his Speedway 51 in Groveton, New Hampshire, for the first ever VMRS visit. The event will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 28.
The month of June finds Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Massachusetts, hosting the series. Seekonk has hosted close competition and finishes through the years. June 4 is the date.
Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine will host the ground-pounders twice. Saturday, June 18, for the first event, and August 27, as part of the prestigious Oxford 250 weekend.
The week after the June Stafford date, the long tradition of Monadnock Speedway hosting the series continues with their annual Independence weekend event on Saturday, July 2.
The series remains in New Hampshire with a stop at Claremont Speedway, July 8, and Lee USA Speedway July 22. The Lee event is a return to the month of July after June races the last few seasons.
The annual ‘Wings and Wheels’ takes place at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, August 13, with Monadnock Speedway on the docket August 20.
The VMRS joins with the Pass All Stars Series, September 17, at Scarborough, Maine’s, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway for the first time.
The fall traditions continue with stops at Lee USA Speedway for the annual ‘Oktoberfest’ weekend, October 8th and 9th, and the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut, October 14, 15.
-VMRS Press Release. Photo credit: Rick Ibsen/Speed51.com