would get freed up, so I just tried to keep quiet and run a smooth line.  Towards the end, it was all used up.  It was bad at the end.  Very loose.”

That allowed Jimmy Kuhn to make up some major ground on the end and spice up the race with a last-lap, last-corner, sideways attempt at taking the victory.

“It was close,” said Kuhn, who had to settle for second place.  “It was tough on the outside.  I couldn’t do anything there, it was too loose.  Every time I tried to move up there it got loose, so I knew I wouldn’t get him up top.  It’s too bad, because he was getting worse and worse, looser and looser.  He was getting smart because I was catching him down the bottom and when I caught him, he started pinching down on the bottom.  The only shot that I was going to get him with was on the bottom and I made a last-ditch effort to do that at the end, but that didn’t work.
Lee Victory Might Be Sign of More To Come
But for the first time this year, there was a repeat winner in a regular TVMRS points-paying show and it was no surprise who that was.  Two-time defending series champion Kirk Alexander backed up his win in the season opener at Monadnock Speedway (NH) with victory number two of the year.

Alexander took the lead early from Richard Savary, but had to work hard for his first victory in three months.

“It was a handful tonight,” said Alexander.  “I knew that it was too good, too fast right off the bat.  I knew that it
The True Value Modified Racing Series has been a model of parity so far in 2006.  In the first six points events of the season, there have been six winners.  Everyone from a pair of rookies (Bobby Grigas and Tony Ricci) to two drivers with over 20 years of experience (Dwight Jarvis and Jim Boniface) had won races heading into Tuesday night’s 100-lap at Lee USA Speedway.
The TVMRS Mods go three-wide at Lee.  (Jamie Williams Photo)
Now, the pain might belong to the rest of the TVMRS pit area.  In 2005, Alexander won
12 races.  This year, the competition has appeared to have caught up.  But Alexander believes that after a slow start (for them), his A-Team has figured a few things out and is just hitting their stride.

“The tires are a little bit different this year, but we’re getting it back together.  We did quite a bit of work on the car this week and it is paying off.”

Alexander and most of the TVMRS teams will be back in action next Wednesday night, July 26th, for the $10,000-to-win Modified Madness show at Seekonk Speedway (MA).  The tour’s next points event is at Monadnock Speedway (NH) on July 29th.

I was able to stand up and get around.  It was better this
weekend and I went back to work Monday.  Today, I worked half a day and came out to the track.”

In Alexander’s mind, missing the race was not an option.

“If they could just sit me in the car, I would be all set to race it,” Alexander said.  “I’ve got no pain anymore.”
Alexander didn't need any help getting out of his car in victory lane.  (51 Photo)

“I wish the race was a little bit longer because I might have got him on the outside because he was getting that bad on the bottom.”

“He was looking on the bottom, but we just had to hold on for the 100 laps,” said Alexander.  “I’m just glad that we didn’t have to pass anybody.”

Another challenge for Alexander was a back injury that he had suffered the previous week.  A weekend without a points race allowed him to rest up for Lee, even though he probably would have somehow gotten into his racecar anyways.

“I had to go to hospital on Monday.  I couldn’t even walk on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  I couldn’t sleep or do anything.  It was bad.  On Friday, it got decent and
Alexander's #43 crosses the finish line at Lee.  (Jamie Williams Photo)