Anthony Nocella picks up his first career Valenti Modified Racing Series Win
Anthony Nocella picked up his first career Valenti Modified Racing Series win at one of their most prestigious events, the DAV Fall Classic. Nocella inherited the lead when Chris Pasteryak and Tommy Barret tangles on the 71st lap.
Todd Annarummo battled with Pasteryak over the first 1/3 of the event with Todd setting the pace for the first 30 laps. The pair races side by side through a handful of restarts. On the 34th circuit, with Todd running on the outside, the pair made contact, and the second generation Annarummo shot hard into the wall just past turn 4. Todd was able to climb out of his destroyed race car under his own power and was deemed ok by the safety team.
Once back underway, Steve Masse and Les Hinckley took turns pursing the Lisbon, CT driver, but could not find a weakness in the former champion. One driver that could was Barrett, as he wound up the outside lane and moved to the front on lap 71. As the pair raced off the second turn, they made contact and Barrett spun. Pasteryak was penalized to the rear.
Once back underway, Nocella set the pace and was not to be beaten on this night. Steve Masse put pressure on the former NEMA standout, but could not get past over the final laps. Les Hinckley pitted halfway through the race, and made it back to third in the final rundown. Rowan Pennink and Dwight Jarvis rounded out the top five.
1) Anthony Nocella 2) Steve Masse 3) Les Hinckley 4) Rowan Pennink 5) Dwight Jarvis 6) Norm Wrenn 7) Dana Smith 8) Jeff Rocco 9) Todd Owen 10) Mike Willis Jr 11) Max Zachem 12) Charlie Pasteryak 13) Dick Houlihan 14) Chris Pasteryak 15) Matt Mead 16) George Sherman 17) Dylan Kopek 18) Louie Mechalides19) Tom Barrett 20) Jeff Pearl 21) Richard Savary 22) Todd Patnode 23) Jon McKennedy 24) Todd Annarummo