Another Monadnock Race, Another Alexander Win in TVMRS by Denise DuPont
Two-Time Champ Shows Again That He is King of the Banks
The True Value Modified Racing Series returned to Winchester, NH for their third race this season at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, July 7th. There were Twenty-nine cars in the pits for qualifying races, but only twenty-six cars started the race. Eighteen cars qualified through the heat races, six cars qualified in a consi race and two cars took provisional spots.
Kirk Alexander's #43 Modified. (Rick Ibsen Photo)
The winners of the heat races were Rob Goodenough, Bryan Shumway and Sean Bodreau. Ted Christopher completed the third heat race in second spot but was disqualified for rough riding when he spun Dale Evonsion. TC had to qualify in the consi race. After having a hard time in his heat race, Louie Mechalides came back and won the fifteen lap Consi Race. Dale Evonsion spun the Bill Goodrow during the consi race and had to restart at the back of the pack. Evonsion never made it back to a qualifying position.
Two race provisional positions were taken by and Bill Goodrow (38) and Kenny Vogel, Jr.(97). Since Vinnie Annarummo (12) won the last race, he started the 100 laps at the back of the pack in the 26th position.
Two time TVMRS champion, Kirk Alexander won the Budweiser 100 Lap TVMRS race after taking over the lead from Rob Goodenough on lap 92. Kirk had tried several times to get the lead but with all the caution laps it was hard to get a run with the car.
“She was tight tonight,” said Alexander. “I just needed long runs. Restarts and all, Rob he was running good tonight and he was tough. I could see that he was loose but I was the opposite, I was tight in the middle. I could not get him on the outside no matter how hard we tried. He had a strong car and I take my hat off to him. I have not worked that hard for a win in quite a while. I mean that was tough.”
This was Alexander’s eleventh win in the True Value Modified Racing Series in four years. His last win was for the season was at Monadnock on May 25th. That win gave him one of the six qualifying spots for Thompson’s 2007 Mod Mania race on September 8th.
Rob Goodenough (#6) and Kirk Alexander (#43) were the stars of the show at Monadnock. (Jim DuPont Photo)
“I cannot wait to get back there,” said Alexander. “That is a blast running fast down there. It never really crossed my mind until you said something tonight that it was a qualifier. That is great. This is awesome. I like racing at Thompson and I would like to go back there more then once during the year, maybe sometime in the future.”
Alexander took over the lead on lap 27 and led the race for the next 73 laps for the win.
“These guys are a good team. I just cannot say enough about these guys. We made a lot of changes and it pays off. I have got a great team. This is all a credit to them guys. I am just the lucky guy that gets to drive the car. ”
Alexander is a two time past True Value Series Champion and has continued to do well in this division.
While TC was making a move around Hinckley for position, he spun both cars bringing out the second caution of the night on Lap 65.
”So after that, we decided to pit on pit to try to make it back to where it was really good,” said Hinckley. “We had a little bit of a run towards the end but we run out of laps. We started the race a little bit on the free side. We had probably a top five car, but we were not dealt a good hand of cards tonight.”
The DMR team ended up with an eighth place finish.
Dwight Jarvis was Mr. Consistent again on the track when he completed a pass to finish in the top three. Dwight had a new car at Monadnock.
Kirk Alexander in victory lane. (Rick Ibsen Photo)
Alexander, who started in eighth position, rocketed past Goodenough with just nine laps to go in the race and stayed several car lengths in the front of the pack for the rest of the race.
“Once we got going we could get to the outside and run it,” said Alexander. “When the car came around I needed probably six or eight laps, it started to open up a little bit and she started rolling good.”
At Monadnock’s last TVMRS race in May, Kirk had Les Hinckley, Dwight Jarvis and Rob Goodenough in his rear view mirror as he crossed the finish line. This time Les Hinckley started the race in mid pack and was making the normal yellow flash to the front when he was spun on lap sixty-five by TC.
“Teddy decided to drive where there was no room and spun me around,” said Hinckley. “He gave some dumb excuse on the radio that he had something on his visor and could not really see. Take that for what it is worth.”
Rob Goodenough started on the pole with Bryan Shumway at his side. Goodenough jumped to the front and had the lead for the first ninety-one laps. Then Kirk Alexander who had slowly worked his way up from eighth spot dove to take over the lead. Rob had a good car, but in the end it was not “good enough”.
There was no denying that Rob Goodenough had the car to challenge.
“I was very happy we have had a tough time here this year, it seems like something always happens,” said Goodenough. “We are either in the wrong place or something breaks. We just have not had a lot of luck at this track this year. Tonight was a very great night for the whole team. It is a whole boost just to get up and get going again.”
Goodenough maintained a very strong lead throughout the race continuing to lead after each caution and restart. He did all that he could to hold off hard charging Alexander but a bad handling car forced him to relinquish the lead during the last ten laps of the race.
“I have been waiting for this night,” said Goodenough. “I really wish that we could have hung on to one more spot. We unfortunately lost the clutch and I could not get a full throttle all the way down the straight away on the last twenty laps. I was hanging on to the end. A bad break for us, but luckily we held on for second.”
“I am pleased,” said Jarvis. “I did not think that we had it left in it until it got towards the end and they started running high. It seemed to like it on the high side. I could have bet that darn punk up in the front there but just run out of laps. But he still gave me the checkered after the race. He laid it on the right front for me.
“It is fun racing here. Rob had a darn good run. A bunch of real clean guys, that goes for the regular clean guys.”
Todd Patnode, a Monadnock regular had an excellent night at his home track. He spent most of the night in the top five racing for the win.
”We had a pretty good car tonight,” said Patnode. “We are really excited about having a new car for next week. This car ran good tonight. We were just a switch off. We just would have been a little better if we had something more. We are finally all on the same
page. It took them a little while to get use to how I like the car and it took me a while to get use to working with new people. They are a great bunch of guys to work with.”
Lou Mechalides started back in the 19th position and had made it up to seventh spot when the checker flag was thrown. After a second place finish at Seekonk and a Lee win, Louie was trying for another top five finish, but he only managed to make it in the top ten.
“Those cars were running good up there. We were about as good a car as we finished.”
Les Hinckley (#06) wasn't too happy with Ted Christopher (#11) after this spin. (Jim DuPont Photo)
Racing at Monadnock has been good for Pete Jarvis. He finished the race in fourth position making this his third top ten finish at Monadnock Speedway.
“We had fun,” said Jarvis. “The team is coming together good. Everybody is working good together and that is what it takes.”
There were four cautions in the race with the first one occurring after 50 laps of green racing.
As the winner of the last race, Vinnie “Who” started from the back of the pack and with the many cautions of the night only made it to twelfth position by the end of the race.
The True Value Modified Racing Series will race next at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH on Saturday, July 13th for the “Mid Summer Modified Shootout”. Heat races start at 7:15pm.
TRUE VALUE MODIFIED RACING SERIES MONADNOCK July 7, 2007 Results
FinishCar #DriverStarting Position
Failed to Qualify: Tom Abele,Jr. (#32), Dale Evonsion (#35) and Buck Akley (#71).
Black Mountain Painting 1/2 Way Bonus: Rob Goodenough
Koszela Speed 7th Place Award: Jimmy Kuhne, Jr.
Sherwood Wheels 5th Place Award: Todd Patnode
Sunoco Hard Charger Award: Vinnie Annarummo – 26th to 12th
There were 9 cautions, one of which was for a bad restart.
Caution Flags: Laps 13; 64; 65; 65; 65; 66; 70; 71; 93.
Lap Leaders: Rob Goodenough (#6) 1-91, Kirk Alexander 92-100.
Total Laps Led: Rob Goodenough – 91 Kirk Alexander - 9.
2 lead changes involving only 2 drivers.
Lou Mechalides' #40 and Todd Patnode's #01. (Jim DuPont Photo)