That shouldn’t come as a surprise either. After all, on a night when there were 12 cautions and one red flag period, nothing tops experience.
“Some of these guys aren’t quite so patient,” said Jarvis. “I was being more patient. Things happen when everyone gets bottled up. Maybe being old and a little bit patient helped tonight. But when it’s time to go, we went.
“We just feel good to win with this old car. It’s an old car compared to these new ones and she’s still getting the job done. A few of them that old are in the scrap yard now.”
JARVIS SHOWS THAT TRIED AND TRUE WORKS IN TRUE VALUE MODS by Mike Twist
Veteran Driver and "Old" Car Top the Field at Monandock
Conventional racing wisdom says that you need the latest and greatest stuff to win a race – it doesn’t seem to matter if it’s equipment or drivers, but lately those things that have the least amount of age on them seem to be the hot ticket on racetracks across the country.
Then again, there’s something to be said for what’s tried and true as well. That is exactly the approach that it took to win this week’s True Value Modified Racing Series event at Monadnock Speedway (NH).
Dwight Jarvis has been winning races in the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont going back to the early 1980’s (and possibly even before…our records only go back so far!). He’s raced at Monadnock for 33 years. His 1998 Troyer has been around the track a time or two as well. Together they ran 100 green flags laps at the tight quarter-mile oval in less time than many cars and stars that are much younger.
Dwight Jarvis works his way through the field at Monadnock in his #28. (Jim DuPont Photos)
With the victory, Jarvis took over the TVMRS point lead. However, Jarvis has worn the champion’s crown in racing before and he knows that it is much too early to be worrying about things like that.
“Nope, I’m not thinking about points,” said Jarvis. “It’s only the third race in. There’s way to go with the points.”
The TVMRS teams return to action this Saturday night with their first stop of the season at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. Speed51.com will have leftovers from Monadnock coming up later this week. Stay tuned.
Jarvis did have a great handling racecar, but he also had an engine that sounded more like it belonged in a tractor. Every time the #28 came by the frontstretch, it just didn’t sound good at all.
“On the restarts, we’d get caught out on the outside and lost a bunch of spots,” said Jarvis. Then we’d just go and make those back up. The car was handling absolutely beautiful.
“As I was heading up through, we had a terrible skip in the engine. Hopefully we didn’t hurt it because we just kept going and going.”
Behind Jarvis and Kuhn at the line came Rob Goodenough, 36-season racing veteran Jack Bateman (who got quite a workout by running much of the race without power steering) and the lone young gun near the front, 19-year-old Andy Seuss.
Jack Bateman (#17) and Jimmy Kuhn (#72) both led more laps than Jarvis did. But they didn't lead when it mattered the most.
Jarvis started in the 10th position and was all over the map during the race. Before the quarter-race mark, he was up to sixth. Then he dropped a few spots. Then he was sixth again at halfway. After that, Jarvis flipped a switch and rocketed to the front. He battled Jimmy Kuhn side-by-side for the lead and that lasted handful of laps, but once Jarvis got by on lap 70 he never looked back. Kuhn held on for second, but never challenged for the lead again.
“He runs pretty well here and he’s always saving stuff for the end of the race,” said Kuhn. “We try to do the same thing. I try to ride and ride and ride early in the race and have something for the end. But we were just a little too tight tonight. I would get bound up and that screwed me up getting off. Once you get in tight, you’re going to be loose off and he was really good on the top.”
Jarvis (C) is joined by podium finshers Jimmy Kuhn (R) and Rob Goodenough (L) after the race.