True Value Mod Competitors Meet in the Off-Season by Denise DuPont
Rules, Procedures and Silly Season News Discussed
Recently, the Modified Racing Series Organization met for their 2008 Annual meeting. Officials, car owners, crews and drivers all attended to begin the year with discussion on schedules, rules and logistics for the new race year.
Founder of the series, Jack Bateman, led the meeting with officials at his side.
The official schedule was announced and reviewed. There are eighteen point races on the schedule and a non-point race again at Seekonk. The series will re-visit the following tracks: Beech Ridge, Lee, Monadnock, Oxford Plains, Seekonk, Thompson, and. Waterford. New to the series this year is a May race at Thunder Road and June at Wiscasset, ME. The tour will also return to All-Star Speedway for a September race.
Mike Chapman was introduced as a the new race MRS director and John Hoyt will be working full-time in the office working on marketing, sponsorship and sales while continuing to promote the series.
True Value has committed to continue their support of the series, Inside Track Racing Collectibles will be the official Souvenir vendor for the series and in addition, New England Racing Fuels COO John Holland has announced his companies return and sponsorship support for the True Value Modified Racing Series through the 2009 season.
There was a full house at the TVMRS rules meeting. (Jim DuPont Photos)
Sunoco Race Fuels will be the official race fuel of the fifth year series will present the touring series “Hard Charger” award at each race event in 2008. The award is presented to the competitor that passes the most cars in the series 100 lap races.
New England Racing Fuels will also continue their participation in the “Modified Mania” guaranteed starter program. Again this season, six race dates, to be determined, will establish the starting positions for the 75 lap race at the third annual Thompson International Speedway two day event scheduled for Sept 6th & 7th. The TVMRS will also benefit from money placed into the year end point fund.
In making the announcement Holland said, “We have been involved with the series since 2004. We are amazed at the growth in the popularity of the series. The 2007 season saw record crowds at many of the series events. Several of those races were hotly contested right to the finish.”
TVMRS founder Jack Bateman addresses the meeting.
As a series sponsor that’s what Holland likes.
“The great on-track competition in the series, that’s what it’s all about. New England Racing Fuels is proud to be a part of that,” he said.
The Modified Racing Series season will start on Saturday, April 5th with an open practice day at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.
Again this year, Monadnock Speedway will officially be the track for the first race the on April 12th with the running of the “Spring Dash 100”.
At the meeting, there was a discussion about fuel cell and spoiler height, radiator overflow hoses, MSD boxes, engines and transmissions. A recommendation was made to eliminate mirrors. After detailed discussion it was decided that the final decision will be based on a driver’s vote. NASCAR specs for a newly redesigned rear bumper will be adapted.
The scoring system will use two independent computers systems. The system will
hopefully allow for less human judgment calls. Once again there will be a wireless laptop system in the spotters stand so that spotters in the stand will be able to see the line up from the stands. Discussion took place about adding three to four scorers to validate computer systems being used.
Roll call will be taken over the car radios and lapped cars will go behind the lead car with no lucky dog rules being added. A discussion took place on handicapping, continuation of the three tire rule, safety issues and the availability of a treasure’s report for the series.
There will be twenty-six cars starting each race in 2008. The winner of the last race will start in the twenty-fourth position at the next race.
Jack Bateman continuously stressed throughout the meeting that the relationship with race tracks is the most important relationship that the TVMRS has.
Hard charger Todd Patnode will be driving the #24 car this year. The team has purchased Charlie Pasteryak’s old #5 car over the winter and will renumber the car for competition in the TVMRS and All-Star showdown races. The #01 team that Patnode formerly drove for has decided to take the 2008 year off from racing.
The next meeting for the series is planned in March 2008.
Todd Patnode's 2007 ride, the #01 Modified, will sit idle for 2008 as the driver moves to the #24 team.