didn’t know where it was. Boniface had a few career wins at Monadnock Speedway in a Pro Stock car.
The 100 lap race was filled with cautions and restarts. There were four cautions in the first 20 laps as the drivers could not get their momentum going.
On lap 20, the # 5 of Monadnock Pro Stocker Brian Shumway and the #9NH of Dennis Albro were towed from the race with severe damage. Dave Berube spun on lap 52 in turn two. After spinning, the #04 car of Berube came back across the track only to make contact with the #25 car of Gary Casella. Both drivers were OK but their cars had damage and were towed off the track
BONIFACE RUNS PERFECT RACE AT MONADNOCK by Denise DuPont
Veteran Leads All 100 Laps in TVMRS Show
All 100 green flags laps in Saturday night’s True Value Modified Racing Series event at Monadnock Speedway (NH) had something in common. That was the fact that Jim Boniface had his #51 car ahead of every other competitor.
Boniface led Monadnock’s third TVMRS race of the season to take his first win of the year, which is quite an accomplishment for someone who started out his season without a car and shopping for a ride.
“We went looking for a ride and we now have two cars to drive this year,” said Boniface. “This is my first win here [at Monadnock] in a modified car ever. I love it. It was an awesome.”
Just because victory lane at Monadnock was new to Boniface after a Modified race, it didn’t mean that he
Jim Boniface showed that 51 was the winning number at Monadnock. (Jim DuPont Photos)
“The car was awesome and when you start on the pole it makes it a lot easier. It was a good race. We did not need all those restarts. It was a super night. We won our heat race and then started on the pole. You could not ask for anything more or a better night like that.”
This was Boniface’s second TVMS tour win, his first was at Lee USA Speedway in 2004. Since Lee is the next track on the TVMRS schedule, with a Friday night show there this week, it is very possible that Boniface might not have to wait two years for his next victory on the Tour.
The last and tenth caution of the night occurred when the #79 of David Roys spun in turn two, spewing water on the track. Track crew rushed to spread speedy dry on the track
Officials made the decision early to go to single file restarts. Enough was enough when it came to damaged racecars.
The race finished with Jim Boniface leading the filed to the checkers followed by Dwight Jarvis, Kirk Alexander, Ed Dachenhausen and Jack Bateman.
“I was a little nervous when I saw Dwight back there in my mirror,” said Boniface. “I knew that if I move up, he had the race. I kept the car on the bottom. If he wanted the race, he was going to have to do it on the outside. We had the speedy dry in turn two, so I kept it extra low coming out of turn two. I was a little nervous with Dwight back there, but he drives you clean.
Dwight Jarvis (#28) got close to Boniface, but wasn't able to catch him.
It seemed as though the drivers finally had all of the kinks ironed out and the race went forward with 28 green laps of racing only to stop on lap 80 when something happened to the rear end of the #69 car ending Jimmy Dolan’s night. After a great second place finish at Waterford, Dolan’s car was towed to the pits.
Racing restarted on lap 80 only to have Jimmy Kuhn and Chris Wenzel tangle and spin on the front stretch. Wenzel’s #83 car again brought out a caution when on lap 87, when as his car hit debris in the backstretch cutting a tire.
Dave Berube (#04) and Gary Casella (#25) sit damaged on the apron of the track after an incident.
There were plenty of other stories from Monadnock and they will all be showcased in TVMRS Leftovers, coming later this week.