Things could not have been any more different between Monadnock races number four and five for Kirk Alexander. Last month’s race there ended with a tow off the track and a car so heavily damaged that the two-time series champion would have to sit out two races to repair it. This time, Alexander left as the victor in a last-lap dual which saw him win his third race of the season and join Jimmy Spencer as having the very worthy nickname of “Mr. Excitement”.
Saturday’s Fenton Family Dealership night at Monadnock that included the 100-lap True Value Modified Racing Series race. This was the last show for 2006 at Monadnock for the series. It was also the first race where four cars would be automatically qualify for the Thompson Modified Mania Weekend in September.
The evening started the normal way with three heat races. But these heat races ended up being anything but normal.
During Heat Race one, Tom Abele, Jr. in #32 car lost some fluid and slowed down on the backstretch. Trying to avoid the Abele’s car, Ken Vogel in #97 car spun damaging his car. Ed Dachenhausen went to the front and took the first heat race win. Other heat race qualifiers were Dwight Jarvis, Kirk Alexander, Les Hinckley, Bryan Shumway, and Tony Annelo.
The excitement continued in the second heat race. On lap one, Andy Seuss in the #70 car spun in turn two, while Dale Evonsion stopped on the backstretch after a mix-up with another car. Seuss went to the back of the pack and Evonsion’s bad night continued though as he drove his smoking car into the pits. The heat barely got going and the caution came out again as the #27 car of Jim Boniface spun after trying to avoid the #03 car of Dennis Charette. The #03 car was squirrelly driving into turn four.
But the winning heat races moves of the night went to Seuss. He drove his damaged car around the track for the last few laps with the left front wheel bent outward and smoking badly. Andy managed to pull the car across the start finish line on lap twelve to capture the sixth qualifying position. The crowd was on their feet yelling and cheering as he deftly maneuvered his car around the track. This feat definitely got the excitement award for the night and series. Fans barely noticed Jimmy Kuhn as he crossed the start finish line to win the second heat race because all eyes were on Seuss. Additional qualifiers were Sean Bodreau, Jim Boniface, Jimmy Dolan and Ryan Preece.
The third Heat Race completed without any trouble as Lightening Lou Mechalides took the win followed by Rob Goodenough, Gary Casella, Bobby Grigas, David Pinkham and Bruce Batchelder.
After replacing parts from practice and Heat Race car damage, Evonsion came out of the pits to win the Consi race. The rest of the qualifiers were Dennis Charette, Jack Bateman and Ken Vogel Jr. The two drivers to take provisional starts to complete the field were Tom Abele, Jr. and Dave Roys.
ALEXANDER WINS ON LAST LAP AT MONADNOCK by Denise DuPont
Two-Time Champ Wins Third TVMRS Race of 2006
Monadnock Speedway (NH) is the cornerstone of the True Value Modified Racing Series schedule. The tour has an open test session there before the start of the season and backs that up with five scheduled races at the high-banked quarter mile for 2006.
Kirk Alexander sets up Jim Boniface (#27), makes a last-lap pass and wins at Monadnock. (Jim DuPont Photos)
and spun on the front stretch on lap 88. The drivers regrouped and went to the back of the pack.
Boniface in #27 car, continued to lead the field on the restart followed by Alexander in the #43 “Superbeast”. Alexander tried the top, the bottom and every strategy that he had to get around Boniface during the last 11 laps.
On the last lap, Alexander succeeded. He passed Boniface way down low between turn three and four to take the win.
“My tires started to go away. Kirk made a bonsai move
Seuss brought his #70 car back on the track on the lap 66 as the crowd’s cheered him on. He was fifty-one laps down.
Ryan Preece and David Roys brought out cautions for solo spin sin the middle stages of the race, while Boniface took over the lead and showed the way.
On lap 82, the eighth caution of the night was brought out as Dauchenhausen’s car spun in the front stretch going backwards the complete length of the front stretch. The officials took the time to inspect the entire line of cars to check for leaks because of oil on the track. The #77 of Bruce Batchelder was sent to the pits after it was discovered that this was the leaking car.
The last and ninth caution of the night came out when Evonsion and Bobby Grigas, III tangled and spun on the front stretch on lap 88. The drivers regrouped and went to the back of the pack.
down on the grass in turn three. I am just disappointed.” Jim Boniface said after the race.
The 11-lap sprint was exactly what we needed for the end of an exciting race night. This was Kirk Alexander first race after the #43 car was literally destroyed during the last TVMRS race at Monadnock. The car went off the track on the hook.
“That was a bad wreck and we were glad that no one got hurt,” said Alexander, recalling the incident. “Chris Wenzel my buddy was also in that wreck. A few years ago he had a broke his back at Stafford so I had to check on him. Whose fault it was, did not matter. We just had just a wrecked car. You can replace them.”
The crowds cheered loudly Kirk as his drove the car into
“It was a great night. We had a fast car and we were going
good. The car was just awesome. We knew if we held our
line on the restart, we would have had no trouble. We had
some good racing here. We came here to race. We came
here to win. We came here for the fans.”
Boniface came in second after the lead and win went to
“We came back and we should have won again.”
Kuhn led most of the early part of the race and completed
the race with a strong third place.
“I am happy with our finish. We just did not have quite
enough. We have a lot of experience here and we are
getting better and better.”
Winning the TVMRS race at Monadnock automatically
gave Kirk a starting position at the Thompson Modified
Mania seventy-five lap TVMRS race on September 9th and 10th.
“There are a few races that I wanted really wanted to win this summer,” said Alexander. “The last TVMRS at Monadnock, Thompson True Value Modified race, and then the race in November.”
There was a drawing for the three other Thompson guaranteed starter positions to represent Monadnock Speedway: third place car, Jim Kuhn, Jr. in the #72 car, fourth place finisher Dwight Jarvis in #28 car and the eleventh place finisher, Dale Evonsion in the #35 car all drew winning numbers to get into the event.
The True Value Modifieds return to action this Saturday night, September 2nd, at Canaan Fair Speedway (NH).
In the feature, Ed Dachenhausen and Jimmy Kuhn were early race leaders pulling ahead of the field of cars.
There were nine cautions of the night that all started on lap three when Bryan Shumway spun in turn one.
Caution two came out soon after when #70 car of Seuss had a right rear flat and hit the front stretch wall damaging the right front end on lap five. Kuhn now was the leader of the field of cars.
After a minor incident of lap 19, the longest stretch of racing took place up to lap 61 when Tony Annelo’s car spun in turn four. During the forty-two green laps of racing, Kuhn continued to lead the field followed by Jim Boniface, Dwight Jarvis, Kirk Alexander and Ed Dachenhausen.
Andy Seuss crosses the finish line wounded, but in a transfer spot, during his heat race.
Alexander gets interviewed by TVMRS announcer John Spence after the race.
Ed Dauchenhausen (#48) races with Jimmy Kuhn (#72) for the lead early on.