Tommy Barrett, Jr. Wins 3rd Annual Shark Cycle 80 at Stafford
(Stafford Springs, CT)---The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its first of two visits of the 2012 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 3rd Annual Shark Cycle 80. Tommy Barrett, Jr. was the big winner of the night, coming from the back of the pack to pick up his first career VMRS victory.
Rowan Pennink shot into the lead from the pole with Dave Etheridge riding in second. Chris Pasteryak was third, with Timmy Jordan in fourth and Louie Mechalides was fifth. Jon McKennedy was sixth, with Norm Wrenn, Max Zachem, and Jeff Malave behind him. Ted Christopher, who started 18th, was already in the top-10 in the first ten laps of the race and by lap-15, he had moved into seventh place, just ahead of Doug Coby.
At the lap-20 marker, Pennink was still in command of the race with Etheridge, Pasteryak, Jordan, and Mechalides behind him. McKennedy was still sixth, but Christopher was closing in on him as he was pulling away from Coby in 8th place. Christopher got around McKennedy for sixth on lap-26 and the caution came out with 30 laps complete for Tom Bolles, who spun in turn 2.
Pennink took the lead back under green with Pasteryak getting around Etheridge for second. Coming off turn 4 with 31 laps complete, contact between Christopher and Jordan sent Jordan around and collected the cars of Bryan Shumway, Matt Hirschman, George Sherman, Doug Coby, and Todd Owen to bring the caution out. Christopher was sent to the rear of the field by VMRS Officials for making the contact with Jordan.
Pennink again took the lead back under green with Pasteryak in second. Etheridge was third, with McKennedy moving up to fourth and Mechalides holding down fifth place. Wrenn was sixth, with Zachem, Mark Bakaj, Coby, and Christopher making up the top-10. This was the running order with 40-laps complete.
Bakaj was beginning to slide back several spots as Coby moved into sixth ahead of Wrenn, with Christopher moving up to eighth. Hirschman was ninth with Tommy Barrett, Jr. in tenth place.
The order shuffled again on lap-47 as Christopher moved around Wrenn for seventh and Barrett followed Christopher by Wrenn while Pennink continued to hold the race lead ahead of Pasteryak.
With 25 laps to go, Pennink was still ahead of Pasteryak, but the remainder of the top-5 had changed as McKennedy was up to third, Mechalides was fourth, and Coby was fifth. Christopher was sixth, with Barrett, Hirschman, Etheridge, and Owen making up the top-10. The caution came out with 59 laps complete for a spin by Bolles on the backstretch.
On the restart, Etheridge appeared to have a flat tire and he slowly made his way back to pit road as Pennink powered into the lead. McKennedy moved into second, with Pasteryak, Barrett, and Coby behind him. Coby got by Barrett for fourth on lap-61 and he immediately began to apply pressure to Pasteryak for third. Barrett retook the spot on lap-65 with a move to the inside of Pasteryak in turns 3+4. The caution came back out with 66 laps complete as Mark Bakaj got into the backstretch wall.
On the restart, Pasteryak got loose in turn 2 and he shot up the track directly in the path of Hirschman, who climbed up and over Pasteryak’s car, which also collected the car of Todd Owen. The incident brought the yellow and red flags out with 15 laps to go.
The restart saw McKennedy briefly take the lead from Pennink before Pennink went back to the point. McKennedy settled into second with Barrett in third. Barrett made a strong move in turn 3 on lap-68 to move into second with Coby fourth and Christopher in fifth. Jimmy Zacharias came to a stop in turn 2 to bring the yellow back out with 68 laps complete.
The restart was called back and on the next restart, Pennink and Barrett were side by side for the lead with Pennink the leader by a nose. Richie Pallai, Jr. and Wrenn spun on the frontstretch to bring the yellow back out with 11 laps to go.
Barrett and Pennink were side by side on the restart with Barrett taking the lead at the line by a nose. Barrett got clear of Pennink the next lap and took over the lead but the race was slowed again by the caution as Joe Doucette spun in turn 4 with 10 laps to go.
Barrett was the leader back under green with Pennink, McKennedy, Coby, Christopher, and Owen lined up behind him. Barrett was beginning to stretch out his lead over Pennink while Christopher was now fourth behind McKennedy with 2 laps to go.
Barrett led Pennink back to the checkered flag to pick up his first career Valenti Modified Racing Series victory. McKennedy finished third, with Christopher and Owen rounding out the top-5.
For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at (860) 684-2783, or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
MODIFIED RACING SERIES SHARK CYCLE 80 (80)
1) Tommy Barrett, Jr.
2) Rowan Pennink
3) Jon McKennedy
4) Ted Christopher Matt Hirschman
5) Todd Owen
6) Doug Coby
7) Chris Pasteryak
8) Steven Reed
9) Lou Mechalides Dennis Charette
10) Richie Pallai, Jr.
11) Joey Cipriano
12) Tom Bolles
13) Norm Wrenn
14) Max Zachem
15) Jeff Malave
16) Jimmy Zacharias
17) Mark Bakaj
18) Joe Doucette
19) George Sherman
20) Dave Etheridge
21) Matt Hirschman
22) Bryan Shumway
23) John Jensen
24) Tim Jordan
25) Melissa Fifield
26) Roy Seidell, Jr.
27) Todd Annarummo
28) Dennis Charette