Chelmsford, MA., racer Jon McKennedy became the fourth different winner in four races Friday night June 5, winning the True Value Modified Racing Series sanctioned “Granite State Harley-Davidson 100” at Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH. It was McKennedy's first win this season and his third career TVMRS victory. McKennedy has closed to within eight points of point leader Steven Masse.
The 100 lap race, highly competitive from the start, featured nine lead changes among five different drivers.
Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley,PA.,from his pole starting position, took the lead at the drop of the green flag and held it until lap 19 when three-time series champion Kirk Alexander,Swanzey, NH., snuck by. Pennink regained the lead three laps later, lost it to defending champion Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., regained it again on lap 27, before turning it over to Alexander on lap 29, at which point the series all time winning driver took control until the mid-way mark.
Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney,VT., who started 24th on the field, worked his way to the front to contest for the lead. Jarvis and Alexander tossed the lead back and forth between laps 51 and 70.
McKennedy, who started third in the lineup, faded to fifth in the early going and then methodically made his way to the front by mid-race. The part time ISMA supermodified driver moved to fourth on lap 46, third on lap 53, and then the lead as he passed both Jarvis and Alexander on lap 71. Jarvis took the lead back for one circuit on lap 87 only to turn it over to the race winner a lap later.
Jarvis finished a strong second, Alexander third, Eddie Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT., fourth, and Steve Masse, Bellingham, MA fifth. Pasteryak, Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT., Ron Goodenough, Swanzey, NH., Sean Bodreau, Claremont, NH., and Mike Holdridge, Madison, CT., rounded out the top ten.
18 of the original 24 starters finished the event. Nine caution flags for minor spins slowed the race that took 52 minutes 59 seconds to complete. The top 15 drivers finished on the lead lap. 26 teams entered the event.
The LaValley Building Supply qualifying heat races were won by Pennink, Dachenhausen, and McKennedy.
The next event for New England's premier modified touring series is Saturday night, June 13, at Seekonk, MA., followed by a special Thursday night appearance at the Thompson, CT Speedway, June 18.
Race Summary: Race # 4
Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 52:59.602
Margin of Victory: 0.548
Lap Leaders: Pennink (1-17) Alexander (18, 19) Pennink (20-23) Pasteryak (24-26) Pennink (27, 28) Alexander (29-50) D. Jarvis (51) Alexander (52-54) D.Jarvis (55-67)
Alexander (68-70) McKennedy (71 - 100)
Cautions Flags: (9)
24 Started Event (15 cars finished on lead lap)
Sunoco Hard Charger: D Jarvis
Sherwood Wheels Award: Masse
Next Event: Seekonk Speedway Rte 6 Seekonk, MA.
Date: June 13 6:00 PM
Order of Finish: (1) McKennedy, (2) D. Jarvis (3) Alexander, (4) Dachenhausen (5) Masse, (6) Pasteryak, (7) Hinckley (8) Goodenough (9) Bodreau, (10) Holdridge, (11) Dore, (12) Doucette, (13) Batchelder (14) Coby, (15) P. Jarvis (16) Cleary, (17) Dolan, (18) Spiers (19) Douglas, (20) R. Perry (21) Pennink (22) S. Perry, (23) Patnode, (24) Bateman.