Jarvis patiently wins Valenti MRS 100 at Monadnock

The pass for the win came on lap 93.

Dwight Jarvis smiling in victory lane after winning the Victor Johnson Memorial 100. Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz
Dwight Jarvis smiling in victory lane after winning the Victor Johnson Memorial 100. Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz
WINCHESTER, N.H. (WWLP) – Ascutney, Vermont’s Dwight Jarvis watched, waited, and passed en route to winning the Valenti Modified Racing Series’ Victor Johnson Memorial 100 at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire on Saturday.

Dwight Jarvis (28) battling with Rowan Pennink (25) for the lead as the fog started to roll in. Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz
Dwight Jarvis (28) battling with Rowan Pennink (25) for the lead as the fog started to roll in. Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz

Jarvis passed race leader Rowan Pennink with less than 7 laps to go for the 8th Valenti MRS win of his career. Monadnock Speedway was at one time Dwight’s home track. Jarvis matched his knowledge of the high banked oval with the patience of a veteran of 41 years of racing as he worked his way to the front and paced himself so he still had tires able to beat the best when it mattered most. Dwight started 22nd in the 24 car field and was running 3rd at the halfway mark. Jarvis was 2nd by lap 75 as he and Pennink made a 2 car breakaway from the rest of the field as fog settled in all around the quarter mile track. The pass for the win came on lap 93 and the winning margin was better than a half straightaway.Jarvis told the crowd from victory lane, “We didn’t start out too good. The battery was dead. I had to get pushed started. The radios didn’t work right from lap 1. I had no radios to talk on. This is awesome, I love winning this race. Course you all know I love this track. I don’t know how many more times we’ll be going around it. But we enjoyed it tonight.”

Dwight Jarvis (28) coming to the checkered flag as he would win the Victor Johnson Memorial 100. Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz
Dwight Jarvis (28) coming to the checkered flag as he would win the Victor Johnson Memorial 100. Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz

Defending MRS Champ Pennink settled for 2nd, Woody Pitkat took 3rd, Max Zachem finished 4th, and Chris Pasteryak was 5th. There were 8 caution flags, the worst coming on lap 11 for a multi-car crash on the back straight. The #34 car of Dave Etheridge came to rest on the #06 of Les Hinckley. Over the team radio Hinckley said his head hurt really bad, adding “This chassis is right against my helmet.” The top 12 cars drew for starting positions. Kirk Alexander, a friend of the late former Monadnock driver Victor Johnson, started from the pole and led the first 70 laps before he was passed by Pennink.

The chase for the MRS Championship is a good one. Justin Bonsignore and Rowan Pennink are in a very tight battle that flipped and got tighter with Justin’s 22nd place finish at Monadnock. Bonsignore is also contending for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title. After his recent NWMT win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Justin was asked about the possibility of winning

Justin Bonsignore (21) passing Jean-Paul Cyr (44). Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz
Justin Bonsignore (21) passing Jean-Paul Cyr (44). Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz

2 modified touring championships in the same year and if he thought at the start of the season he’d be in this position in August? “On paper you know you got 2 good teams. The other deal (MRS) they were very experienced. Over here (NWMT) we made a lot of changes. New motors, new chassis, new crew chief. On paper to look at it, and say, ‘Yeah we got a team that could do this and win the championship’. But then to come out and actually do it.” Pennink told 22News he wants to be a repeat champion, “That was the 1st championship that I’ve won running a modified, and for Gary (Cassella) too and Kim. It’d be just awesome if we could make it 2 in a row. We’re concentrating on just to see if we can win races. The points will follow if we just keep getting good finishes,” Pennink is still competing on the NWMT but they are picking and choosing their races. There are 5 races left on the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

Woody Pitkat (42) battling with Chris Pasteryak (5) for position. Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz
Woody Pitkat (42) battling with Chris Pasteryak (5) for position. Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz
Big Wreck on lap 11 involving a bunch cars as Dave Etheridge (34) was on top of Les Hinckley (06)roof. Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz
Big Wreck on lap 11 involving a bunch cars as Dave Etheridge (34) was on top of Les Hinckley (06)roof. Photo Credit: Matt Wiernasz

 

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