Montpelier Motor Speedway
It's not everyday you see something like the spectacle of Kount Kennedy, and
what better event during Halloween weekend to see a flame throwing hearse
pulling coffins with jet engines inside with a vampire on top? You know
it's not an average night when you see a vampire riding a bat styled three
wheeler throwing fire out the back in the pit area! At the very least, it
generated a lot of heat on a cool evening.
Trick or T
Trick Or Treat!
An unique aspect of the Monster Mash is the trick or treat time for kids and
families. Each year before the races the pit area is opened for families
giving them a safe and fun place to trick or treat with race teams. Many
race teams provided loads of candy, stickers, and autographed pictures.
It's hard to tell how many young fans and families can be gained with such
generous acts by our competitors.
For an unique event like the Monster Mash, an equally unique trophy for the
winner is a necessity! The trophy sporting a huge skull on the top is sure
to be the coolest trophy in any racer's collection!
2 Nights of Racing - 7 Different Winners
- 118 Cars Over 2 Day Period
With double nights of racing and two vastly different race surfaces, 7
different drivers found themselves in the Montpelier victory lane. The
Night Before the Mash portion of the event found winners Jamie Lomax, Ervin
Turner, and Colby Oberembt in victory lane, while the Monster Mash crowned a
different group of winners including Matt Bex, Ed Johnson, and Chad Clay.
Only Super Street driver, Shawn Valenti, was able to sweep the weekend events.
A total of 118 visited the speedway over the 2 day event.
UMP Modifeds & Super Streets Fill
The Montpelier Motor Speedway hosted its 5th $1000 To Win event of the season
with the Monster Mash drawing a tough field of 45 UMP Modifieds from Indiana,
Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois. For the speedway, it was the 4th time the
field had reached 40+ Modifieds this season. Super Street action also
found a large field of 30 cars on hand which equated to a 15 car B Main that was won
by Ohio driver, Bill Reimund.
LV Inferno Posts Night Before The Mash Victory
Bringing out a special breast cancer awareness paint scheme at the Monster
Mash events, the LV Inferno, Jamie Lomax of Lake Village, Indiana, posted the
strongest 2 night performance of any driver in the UMP Modified division picking
up a strong Night Before the Mash feature win and followed that up the next
night with a runner up finish at the Monster Mash. Lomax made 5 starts at
the speedway in 2011 adding an additional pair of runner up finishes and a 5th
place finish at the Early Season Shootout.
Bex Becomes 4th Different UMP Modified Monster Mash Champion With First Start
at the Montpelier Motor Speedway
Matt Bex of Avoca, Indiana became the 4th different UMP Modified winner at
the Monster Mash event. For Bex, it was his first career start at the
Montpelier Motor Speedway and it paid big dividends as he garnered the $1000
paycheck and skull trophy. Bex's name joins an elite list of racers who
have won Monster Mash championships including the Wayne Hurricane Jeff Babcock,
Todd Sherman, and Jeff Bland Jr. The Monster Mash is a tough event to win.
Valenti Goes 3 For 3
Shawn Valenti of Risingsun, Ohio was on fire in the Babcock 7B racing entry
at the Montpelier Motor Speedway in October winning every race he entered.
Valenti posted his first Montpelier Motor Speedway career win at the
Monster Mash Fall Tune-Up show following that up 6 days later scoring a Night
Before the Mash win and for good measure he collected the Monster Mash
Championship the following evening. Not a bad way to end your 2011 season!
Ever Wonder What Happened If....
You took a Super Street, removed the roof, mounted a full sprint car top wing
to the roll cage, and bolted a on wide pair of Late Model style tires? As
Bill Lewis and car owner Sam Thompson found, a very fast Super Stock. In
an exhibition match race with UMP Modified Track Champion, Todd Sherman, at the
conclusion of the Monster Mash, the Super Street car beat the UMP Modified to
the stripe producing a huge amount of down force with the top wing and wide
tires. Lewis has piloted about every car possible at the Montpelier Motor
Speedway during this career including career wins in Late Models, Modifieds,
Super Streets, Street Stocks, and Thunder Cars, but never in a winged Super
Street! The car looked like a throwback to the early days of Late Model
Johnson Claims Thunder Car Crown
New Hope, Ohio's, Ed Johnson, is always a contender when he pulls through the
pitgate at the Montpelier Motor Speedway, and on Saturday night he won the top
prize for Thunder Car racers at the speedway picking up the Thunder Car Monster
Mash Championship. Johnson became the 5th different winner at the Monster
Mash in the Thunder Car division.
Frank Downs Jr. took a nasty tumble at
the Night Before the Mash when he tail slapped the guard rail sending him in a
series of flips down the front stretch (a video is posted on our Facebook Page).
Downs was thankfully okay and climbed out of the machine, but the car looked to
have suffered very heavy damage. It was a big surprise the next night when
it rolled through the pit gate ready to compete this time with Eric Hunter
behind the wheel. It wasn't pretty, but you can tell that it must have took
all night and day to get this car to track for the final event of 2011.
Iowa's Colby Oberembt Wins Night Before The Mash in First Career Montpelier
Motor Speedway Start With Last Lap Pass
For Iowa's Colby Oberembt, it took until the final lap, but he got the job
done as he meticulously worked the outside grove to pick up his first career
Montpelier Motor Speedway win in his first career start at the speedway.
Clay Loses Heartbreaker on Night 1 - Collects
Top Prize on Night 2
Chad Clay of Elkhart, Indiana looked to be on his way to collecting the Night
Before the Mash before a last lap pass gave him the runner-up position.
The next night Clay left nothing for chance as he colleted the Monster Mash
Championship leading every lap of the feature.
UMP Modified VS Mod Lite?
Ever wonder the difference in the size of UMP Modified and a
ModLite? As you can tell, there is a big difference, and no, they did not
compete against each other.
Monster Mash - 5th
Annual - October 29, 2011
Night Before The
Mash - October 28, 2011