Todd Annarummo's home track advantage paid off for the Swansea driver when he crossed the finish line first in the VMRA 100 at Seekonk Speedway. (Linmat)
Long-time racer Vinnie Annarummo once declared in victory lane following a Valenti Modified Racing Series win, “This Is My Home.” Son Todd showed Saturday night he could also lay claim that Seekonk Speedway is his home turf too. The Swansea driver nabbed his first victory of the season winning the ‘Valenti Auto Group 100’ at the historic Massachusetts oval. The victory was Annarummo’s second series win.
Annarummo started fourth in a 24-car field, moved into third in the early going behind leaders Rob Goodenough, of Swanzey, NH, and Richard Savary, of Canton then took the top spot from Savary on lap 31.
Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT, chased the leader, Savary took his turn for 38-laps, then a hard charging Steven Masse, of Bellingham tried his best to the checkered flag. Masse lead lap-88 only to be passed by a more dominant Annarummo.
Annarummo had a plan in place when then race went green. “I just wanted to get out front and run my race. It was going to take a lot to beat me. It was probably going to have to be in the infield,” he said with a smile.
In the closing laps, the leaders came upon a handful of slower cars that brought Masse and Savary within striking distance. “Not again,” Annarummo reasoned. “Two races so far here. Lapped traffic cost me wins here. I was very patient this time. I had to deal with the cars behind me but I needed to deal with the cars in front of me first.”
Runner-up Masse knew he was in Annarummo country. “My crew gave me a great car. It was real fast. Tightened up a bit. Can’t be ashamed getting beat by the (12) here. He knows the track well. I’ll take second place to him any day.”
With is five-month-old son watching Dad race for the first time, early leader Savary was pleased with his podium finish.” We had a really good car most of the day. On that second or third restart the clutch started slipping. No excuses. I couldn’t step on the gas. I had to just ride. Cautions were killing me. I couldn’t shift and I couldn’t go full throttle. Just happy to bring the car home third.”
Tommy Barrett, of Millis finished fourth with Louie Mechilides, of Tyngsboro rounding out the top five.
Max Zachem, Rowan Pennink, Todd Patnode, Chris Pasteryak, and Norm Wrenn, finished sixth through tenth.
Despite eight caution flags, the race was completed in 51 minutes with 15 of the original 24 starters finishing on the lead lap. For the second consecutive race, 32 race teams entered the event
Heat winners were; Barrett, Pennink and Savary, with Dana Smith winning the 13-car consolation race.
A busy week coming up for the VMRS as the three-time postponed race at Thompson CT Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, August 22 and a return to Monadnock NH Speedway on Saturday, August 24.
Race No.10 of 17- Seekonk Speedway
Entrants: 32 (24 starters)
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 51:31.084
Best Lap Time: 12.229 (T.Annarummo)
Lead Changes: 4 (among 3 drivers)
Lap Leaders: Goodenough 1-10, Savary 11-31, Annarummo 32-87, Masse 88, Annarummo (89-100)
Cautions: 8 on laps-5, 8,26,36,82,82,84,88
Order of Finish; (1) Annarummo, (2) Masse, (3) Savary, (4) Barrett, (5) Mechalides, (6) Zachem, (7) Pennink, (8) Patnode, (9) Chris Pasteryak, (10) Wrenn, (11) Iannarelli, (12) Jarvis, (13) Holdridge, (14) Schneider, (15) Smith, (16) Pearl, (17) Mead, (18) Fifield, (19) Nocella, (20) Goodenough, (21) Barnett, (22) Spiers, (23) Dick Houlihan (Bridgewater), (24) Kopec.
In the Seekonk support classes Dylan Estrella of No. Attleboro took the Late Model feature his third of the season. "My dad and my crew made all of this possible. Coming down at the end I was getting a lot of pressure from the guys behind me," revealed Estrella.
1) Dylan Estrella 2) Bill Bernard 3) Charlie Rose Jr 4) Mark Hudson 5) Jeramee Lillie 6) Gerry DeGasparre Jr 7) Branden Dion (Taunton) 8) Dave Hutchins Jr 9) Mike Marfeo 10) Ryan Lineham 11) Greg Cotter
Paul Lallier picked up his third win of the season in the 30 lap Bradford Motor Annex/Racing Guys Street Stock feature. Vinny Pangelinan and Steve Potter swapped the lead back and forth over the first half dozen laps before Pangelinan spun. Potter took over and set the pace with Lallier and Craig Pianka in his tail.
As the halfway point came up, Lallier saw his opportunity and slid past the Providence, RI driver and led the rest of the way. Potter held on to second with Rey Lovelace Gerard Berthelette and Craig Pianka rounding out the top five.
Berthelette picked up the Racing Guys Leo "The Lion" Hard Charger award. Vinny Pangelinan was the Simpson's Auto Care Lucky Draw winner of $100. "My car was reallyu running well thanks to my crew,"said Lallier in victory lane.
1) Paul Lallier 2) Steve Potter 3) Rey Lovelace 4) Gerard Berthelette 5) Craig Pianka 6) Chris DeMoura ( Dighton) 7) Scott Bruneau 8) Bobby Bettencourt Jr 9) Crystal Serydynski 10) Ray Negley 11) Vinny Pangelinan 12) Jeff Ellis 13) Daryl Perry 14) Scott Serydynski 15) Manny Dias 16) Joe Melberg 17) Austin Blais 18)
Scott Dion of Taunton moved past his son Brandon with eight laps remaining, and held off Branden and Rick Martin through a pair of late race restarts to pick up his second win of the season in the Sport Trucks. Lenny Guy led the charge for the first dozen laps before contact from points leader John Paiva put him around. This moved Branden Dion into the lead at the halfway point.
Branden held off his dad for several laps before the senior Dion moved past and showed the 15-year old how it's done. Martin moved into second with four laps remaining and tried to pressure Scott, to no avail. Martin settled for second with Rob Murphy, Nick Uhrig and Mike Cavallaro third through fifth.
1) Scott Dion 2) Rick Martin 3) Rob Murphy 4) Nick Uhrig (Abington)5) Mike Cavallaro 6) John Paiva 7) Darryl Church (Brockton) 8) Dave Haywood 9) Branden Dion (Taunton) 10) Dan Leach 11) Lenny Guy 12) Anna Gregoire 13) Mike Duarte 14) Joey Wakefield 15) Bill Schoeler 16) Jim Hawkins 17) Rob Rainville 18) Barry Shaw Jr 19) Russ Borges 20) Chase Belcher.