THOMPSON – On April 15 at Thompson International Speedway, Rowan Pennink had what looked to be shaping up as a great start to his season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Sunday at Thompson, Pennink scored a measure of personal redemption.
Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. held off Richard Savary over the closing laps to win the 75-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature at Thompson.
Savary, of Canton, Mass., held on for second and Geoff Gernhard of Salem was third. It was the fifth career Valenti Modified Racing Series victory for Pennink and his first of the 2012 season in the division.
“I love this place and I love racing here,” said Pennink, who competes full-time on both the Valenti Modified Racing Series and the Whelen Modified Tour. “We always run good here. To lose that one at the Icebreaker was a heartbreaker, but it feels good to come back the next time after that race and win here again and show everyone who really should have been in victory lane at the Icebreaker.”
Pennink had to fight off Savary on three restarts over the 23 laps. Savary made his boldest move to get under Pennink on lap 65, but couldn’t make a bottom shot off of turn four stick.
“It always seems like when we’re out front here at Thompson the cautions just keep coming,” Pennink said. “But, we were able to fight through it. The car got a little tight there at the end and Richard was able to make a couple good runs at me, but we were able to hang on.”
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