The Exit Realty ProTrucks visited Monadnock speedway for another great
racing card on June 12th. The YouTube Guy 55 is an event
dedicated to Robert Bagot. Robert filmed and promoted the
series and was close to many of the teams. Robert was lost
last year. We all miss his presence at events.
Weathermen predicted a cool race day. It
was not. It was apparent early that the strong June sun
made for a slick track surface.
ProTruck qualifying is based on group time trials
. The 17 trucks were incredibly evenly matched in
practice. When time trials were over the 10 of Andrew Morin was
fastest. The top 4 qualifiers were separated by only 9
hundredths of a second. The difference in Morin's time and
second place qualifier G-Rods time was 8 thousandths.
Starting positions are gridded by a combination of points and
times. Although he was a tick off those front four, Lucas
Leone was awarded the pole position.
The first casualty of the event was the 10 of
Morin. Monadnock may be his strongest track.
Suspension failure eliminated the 10 team on lap 14.
The race had an uncharacteristic number of incidents.
The first of two major ones occurred on lap 19. The 78 of
Emma Monahan, the 97 of Dave Koenig and the 02 of Jim Boyle all
headed out of turn four 3 wide. Koenig was the
first to lift. The 78 made contact with the 97 turning it
nose first into the side of the 02. Both Boyle's Silverado
and Monahan's Silverado suffered damage from hard impact
into the wall. Koenig was able to avoid serious damage and
The second major incident was the result of a stuck
throttle. Brad Caddick had qualified in the top 10 and was
simply looking for a good finish when his throttle stuck.
He slammed into the 28 and 55. The contact
most likely saved serious injury by cushioning his impact.
He still suffered an injured wrist. The 55 of Nathan
Smith was not able to continue. Rick Ashlaw kept his Pro
Truck moving. He would continue on to a fine 5th place
The most controversial portion of the event was during the
final restart. Connor Souza in is 38 Silverado had run a
flawless race, and needed to survive a 2 lap dash to the
checkers to secure the win. As the pace truck pulled off Connor
had the 1ne of Lucas Leone to his outside. G-Rod had the
15jr directly behind. Outside of G-Rod was Duane Noll.
The restart line is in turn four. Connor took off
in his 38 entering turn three. Connor attempted to
correct the error by slowing and allowing the 1ne to get to his
outside, but the damage had been done. The field crossed
under the checkers. The win was awarded to Lucas Leone in
the 1ne. The flagman, race director and competition
director all agreed that Souza had jumped the start.
Competition director Marshall Hurley summed up the call.
"The drivers are warned in the drivers meeting at every race.
The leader is required to bring the field at pace-truck speed to
the yellow line in turn 4 at Monadnock. When the leaders
nose hits the line in turn 4, he is to go. The field
cannot leave ahead of his nose hitting that line. If the second
place car jumps, he must give the position back by the start
finish line. We do not do multiple tries. Connor deserves to win
except he didn't execute the final restart. It was the
earliest jump by the leader in our series that I have seen. Unfortunately it
is a call we have to make. We understand he is off to race a
midget car and will be back at Seekonk. He is a great young
talent. We all wish him the best." Despite the
error Connor leaves while first in overall points and third
in Chase standings.
Lucas Leone had a great night.
This was his 3rd win at Monadnock. His season started with
a rebuild of his brand new car after a needless wreck at
Thompson not of his doing. Times and his fortunes have
changed. The 1ne team now has a hold on the 1st Chase
spot. He has two more events to look forward to at Monadnock
where he has to be considered the favorite. Can he
go three for three? We will see in a few weeks.
G-Rod Giordano was another top performer and challenged for the lead all night. It was a
particularly difficult race to prepare for. His crew
chief, Gerard Giordano Sr. is recovering from surgery so it was
up to the young guns to prepare for this one. The effort
was worth it for G-Rod ended up in the runner up position.
grabbed the third spot. His fund raising efforts collected over $1400
for Bill Dill, a life long friend and neighbor who is fighting
The Champion, Duane Noll,
quietly grabbed fourth with his new truck and Rick Ashlaw, in
his battered and bruised F-150, rounded out the top 5.
One driver that deserves a shout out for his performance was
Clark Brooks. Clark raced in his first EXiT Realty Pro
Truck event. He drove like a seasoned veteran. His car is
based on a chassis that was purchased for $500. This
effort exemplifies what the series is about. It does not
take gobs of money to race the trucks. Clark finished 7th
without a scratch on his F-150.
The series returns to "Mad Dog" on July 3rd. Full results
can be found by following the buttons to the left and proceding
to the standings
*All photos credit of MLB Racing
The Exit Realty ProTrucks kicked off the 2021 short track season
with a visit to Monadnock speedway. three pro trucks were
noticeably absent. Andrew Morin runs well at Monadnock but the
10 did not make the trip. The number 31 Silverado of Ryan
Vanasse did not race. Ryan had finished second in both the
opener and last week at New Hampshire international. The 15 of
Gerard Giordano Jr. had a conflict in schedule and could not
race. The field was missing three trucks viewed as favorites to
The field is lined up by a combination of points
and time trials. When it was all over the number one of Lucas
Leone was on the pole. Lucas had one from this position in the
past. He was going to be tough to beat tonight. Sharing the
front row with Lucas was the number 97 of Dave Koenig. Row two
had the 32 of Randy Burr and 38 of Connor Souza. rounding out
the top five was Northeast Classic winner Jim Boyle.
When the green flag flew Leone skipped out to a comfortable
lead. Koenig’s 97 was noticeably loose. He was struggling to
hold off the 32 of Burr. Connor Souza and Devin Jencik were
tight to Burr’s tailgate. They were looking to improve their
position. The battle for second gave Leone plenty of breathing
room in the early stages of the race.
The first caution occurred on lab 17 when Brad Caddick and his
number 48 Silverado slowed coming out of turn two. Caddick
was unable to continue but still left Monadnock with the Rookie
of the Year points lead.
On the restart the ill handling 97 with shuffled
back easily. Randy Burr and Connor Souza set chase on the 1ne.
They reeled him in setting up a 25 lap battle between Leone and
Burr. Burr simply couldn’t find away by. Leone wasn’t making any
mistakes. The battle was interrupted by caution for Dave Koenig
who had spun into the infield exiting turn four.
The last five laps of Exit Realty Challenge
events must be run under green flag conditions. The lap 50
restart had the same three trucks that had dominated the race
upfront. Joining Leone, Burr and Souza in the top five was Jason
Ferreira and Jim Boyle. This time Burr was able to hang on the
outside of Leone for lap 51 however the pace was slowed
again for caution when the 78 of Emma Monahan spun in turn three
. Ari Jencik was collected in the incident.
The lap 52 restart again featured Leone Burr and
Souza. Joining the leaders now was Dylan "Dozer" Cabral. Lined
up in the third row was Ferreira and Boyle. The leaders
were able to execute another textbook restart however behind
them the same could not be said. Jason Ferreira’s number 24
simply headed straight up the track out of turn four and smash
the 02 Silverado. Boyle careened off of the wall and ended up on
the front straight facing backwards. The caution was out.
The 23 of Devon Jencik was also collected in the incident.
Both Boyle and Jencik continued despite have heavy damage.
The final restart of the night was
with two laps to go. The green flew and the leaders charged
into turn one side-by-side. On the backstretch Burr had his
number 32 F- 150 ahead by a nose . Leone was not
rattled. He carved the bottom of turns three and four and went
under the white flag with sole possession of first place.
He still had to survive for one more circuit. Heading into turn three on the final lap it was still the 1ne
out front but the 38 of Souza had established himself
side-by-side with Burr. Souza drove hard into the corner past
tagged Leone in between turns three and four causing Leone to be
sideways. All three leaders were out of shape heading for
Burr fought back on the outside. Leone overcorrected and hit the
outside wall with his right front directly under
the flag stand. Burr was still pushing him down the straight
while Souza did his best to pass both low.
when the dust cleared it was a battered Leone first. Randy Burr
was second. Connor
Souza had to settle for third.
Two notable finishes were Jim Thompson and Dylan Cabral.
Both started in the back. Jim's 87 did not have a mark
on it as he quietly took the forth spot. Cabral's 19 also
was undamaged. He rounded out the top five.
The race was certainly a crowd pleaser. The fans could
be heard cheering over the sound of the race trucks. This
is the type of action race fans follow the Exit Realty ProTruck
challenge for . It’s door-to-door action. It’s
old-school racing. The ProTrucks will be back at Monadnock to
continue this battle June 12. Round one of four here at
Monadnock goes to Lucas Leone. Congratulations on a great run!
Get complete results and standings y following the link in
the left column.
Photos all courtesy of MLB Racing Photography
The EXiT Realty Challenge ProTruck
Series headed to New Hampshire International Speedway for
the first time in it's history. The "Magic Mile" was
the amazing creation of Bob Bahre. The connection to
Disney is true. Bob Bahre would send his employees to the Magic
Kingdom to go through the Disney training to make sure his guest
had a Disney like experience. The fact is, as a racer, if
you are driving through the tunnel and going to have the
privilege of driving there, you know first hand dreams do come
Getting there wasn't easy and there are a
few people that deserve a tip of the cap. Not to long ago, Bob
Guptil, who owns the North East Mini Stock Tour, risked his
financial future to bring short track drivers to the Speedway.
Bob has a beautiful family that you will find with him at the
track. With sacrifices from his family he
accomplished his goal . Short trackers from everywhere got
to turn laps at the Magic Mile. Unfortunately the
ProTrucks were not part of those initial events. Still he opened
the door, and without that step, there are hundreds of New
England Drivers that still may not have made their way on to the
track. Guptil needed help to continue. Tom Mayberry
, owner of the Pro All Stars Series and Chis Michaud of the
American Canadian Tour stepped in and created The North
East Classic. Chris Michaud included the
ProTrucks for the first time. To Tom Chris and Bob, Thank
you. Each and every one that is part of the
EXiT Realty Challenge truly enjoyed being there.
If you live in New England, Mother Nature
always tries to be in the story. This past weekend was no
difference and the management team moved race day to Sunday.
Flagman Steve Gran could not make the event Sunday, so again the
Guptil family stepped in. This time it was Ethan Guptil
flagging his first ProTruck event. Ethan is another Star
to watch.. It takes a certain amount of bravery to climb
on a flag stand. The one at NHIS is one of the taller
ones. For 14 year old Ethan, hanging a couple stories over the
race surface just isn't a problem. Don't be surprised if
sometime in the future Ethan makes his way to the flag
stand at Daytona. He did a masterful job all weekend.
The ProTrucks use a combination of times and points to set
lineups. The fastest truck by far was the 24 of Jason Ferreira.
Jason also had a mechanical issue at Thompson. Combine the
two and Jason was lined up on the pole. Jim Boyle also had a
rough outing at Thompson. He was fast here. He lined up on
the outside of row one. Crowd favorite Emma Monahan had an issue
during the qualifying session that relegated her to the 10th
One the race was underway it was clear the 24 had extra speed
and was never challenged. Jim Boyle, Ryan Vanasse and Andy
Lindeman all chased but could not muster up help to gain on the
24. The big mover in the event was Monahan's 78. The
race had no cautions yet Emma was able to challenge and work by
one truck at a time. She ended up 5th. The 24 took the
checkers, followed by Jim Boyle, Ryan Vanasse, and Andy
Unfortunately for the 24 team, a technical infraction
resulted in the win being awarded to Jim Boyle. Jim races
anytime anywhere. He won on the dirt. He won at
Thompson and his newest creation, the 02 Silverado, have now won
the inaugural North East Classic. Congratulations to all of the
teams that were able to compete. A special Congrats goes to Jim
Boyle's entire 02 teeam.
The teams of the EXiT Realty Challenge now head to
another favorite of race fans, Monadnock Speedway. We'll
have more on that later. Click the button labeled "Results and
Standings" to the left for complete results for the North East
The EXiT Realty Challenge
ProTruck Series held it's opener at Thompson Speedway's
IceBreaker Saturday. Twenty five ProTrucks took time trials
to secure their starting spot in the field. Gerard
Giordano Jr. in the K1 Logistics Silverado just edged number
31 Ryan Vanasse by 17 hundredths of a second to secure
the pole. Qualifying third just 39 hundredths of a
second behind the lead duel was last year‘s most popular
driver, Emma Monahan in the 78. Long Island Dave
Koenig slotted in he fourth position and Randy Burr
The IceBreaker had a lot of racing in a very tight time frame. It
was not long until the EXiT Realty pace car lead the field
down the backstretch where Giordano took over and lead the
field to green.
Giordano had a great start charged and cruised in to turn
one. Ryan Vanasse did not have it as easy as he had to
fight off Emma Monahan in the 78. By turn three
the 31 of Vanasse prevailed and settled into second
place. Behind Monahan number 32 RandyBurr and
last year’s Champion, number 2, Duane Noll rounded out the
The first yellow of the event flew when number 91 Joe
Coates and the 84 of Brandon Hunt got together in turn
three. Neither ProTruck was significantly damaged.
Both continued however during the yellow session Dylan
Cabral retired due to mechanical issues.
As the field prepared to go back to green
Giordano chose the inside lane for the restart. Ryan
Vanasse lined outside in the front row. Emma Monahan
and Randy Burr made up row two. Duane Noll and last
year’s rookie of the year Connor Souza lined up in row
three. On this restart Giordano was unable to breakaway
clean. The lead duo battled side by side, door
to door for three laps until the caution flew for an
incident in turn one.
The caution was the result of contact between Jason
Ferrier's 24 and Lucas Leone's 1. Leone’s Silverado
suffered severe damage and was unable to continue.
Ferreira would say after that Lucas was one of his best
racing friends and it was just a bad racing deal that they
The race was again restarted. The trucks had a
short green flag run slowed by a caution on lap 17 for the
23 of Ari Jencik. Jencik's steering failed after
contact with another truck. The next restart looked
the same in the first two rows only this time Vanasse was
the leader. He had lane choice and was happy on the
When the field returned to green flag racing, the 31 of
Vanasse fired off smoothly . The same could not be
said for Giordano. He missed a shift resulting in the
leaders scattering around to miss the 15jr. The
result of Giordano's poor start was Vanasse cruising up
front all alone . Duane Noll now had second to
himself. The 90 of Coates ran outside of G-Rod in
third. Emma Monahan was back to 5th.
G-Rod soon battled back and utilized the low groove to fight
to second. Noll and Monahan followed in third and
fourth. A few laps later the 78 of Monahan fought her way
back to 3rd. The three fastest trucks were back in
The 31 was on cruise control leading easily but the
15jr was flat out and gained slightly with each turn.
G-Rod turned his fastest lap of the day on lap 26 and sliced
the lead to 3 truck lengths. Two laps later G-Rod had caught
Vanasse and was looking for a way by. Before he could
make his move the caution flew again. The field was
gathered and the stage was set for a five lap battle
for the win.
5 were the same as earlier. Vanasse and G-Rod
were up front. Monahan and Noll were in row two.
Souza held down the 5th slot. New to the lead pack was
Joe Arena driving the Leone Financial Services 01. He
was now 6th.
When the green flag was unfurled from starter Steve Gran,
Vanasse executed his usual smooth start and had the lead to
himself by the end of lap one. Noll in third had Emma
Monahan on his inside. By he end of lap 32 Emma moved back
by and had third to herself . She concentrated on
chasing down the leaders.
G-Rod and Vanasse had battled here at Thompson before.
In last fall's World Series the two raced hard with some
slight door to door contact. Vanasse won that round.
Those that remembered had to be thinking there could be some
contact here in round two.
The race was
winding down quickly. As the white flag flew, G-Rod aimed
low. The pair of leaders charged down the front straight. As they entered turn one, for the
final time, the leaders were dead even. The 31 eeked
ahead as the duo headed down the back stretch and entered
turn 3. Both trucks headed to the top of the banking between
turns 3 and 4. The 15 built a head of steam running down the
banking. Both trucks were side by side out of turn
four with Emma Monahan's 78 within striking distance .
Vanasse realized G-Rod had momentum and turned hard left.
He slammed G-Rod in the door in an attempt to hold
the 15jr back but on this day the momentum was too much.
G-Rod's 15jr beat Vanasse to the line.
It was an unbelievable heavy weight battle put on by
two talented drivers and the crowd loved it! They
loved the "rubbing is racing" finish, and they
certainly were star struck with Emma Monahan, who has to be
recognized for her potential to be one of the best female
drivers to come along in ages. The sky is the
limit with her. Post race both drivers clearly enjoyed
being able to race like racers used to race.
The series is off to New Hampshire International Speedway where
they will appear in the NorthEast Classic Sunday. For some
it will be a realization of a dream to finally be racing on
the Magic Mile. For others, the battle is on for the
Chase. Will it be round three for G-rod vs. Vanasse.
Will Emma get her first series win? Could we see Connor
Souza in Victory Lane. Veteran racers Jim Boyle and
Dave Koenig will be tough for sure and let's not forget the
ultimate Champion Andy Lindeman will be back for this one.
One thing is for sure. They all want to be the
winner of the first ever visit of the EXiT Realty
Challenge ProTrucks at New Hampshire International.
The EXiT Realty Challenge held it's 2020
awards banquet on the evening of January 16th at
Supercharged Entertainment in Wrentham Mass. It
has become tradition that the teams do some Kart
racing before settling down to dinner and awards. This
year our friend and former ERC 375 Sportsman Champion Shawn
Monahan was able to take down the win.
Award time followed. Appreciation plaques were delivered to
the staff. Ken Brunell and Michael Blackmar were recognized
for their excellent photography work. The series
enjoys a pleasant tech staff of Harold Churchill, Haley
Knight and Brendon Barry . They drew a nice round of
applause. Terri Churchill and Lorraine Pard organize the
show every week. They were on hand. The series
enjoys four announcers. John Gates, Harold Burdick,
Blaise Brodeur and Tyler Morse bring the action to the fans
throughout New England. Race director Christina Basset
spends her spare nights off as the Challenge Race
Director controlling the on track action. These
are the people that make the series happen. They are mostly
volunteers. The early part of the evening was dedicated to
The host tracks of the EXiT Realty Challenge were next
to be recognized. This season there were times when
most thought we would not race in 2020. Mike Parks was the
first to put the series back to work at Claremont
Motorsports Park. The Challenge teams were never happier to
get to race. Jeff Zuidema and the Monadnock Speedway
provided our next event. Jeff is a huge supporter of the
ProTrucks. Joe Bassett and the Lee USA Speedway are
also a huge part of our tour. More on that later. The Hudson
Speedway was back on the schedule in 2020. Teams all
enjoyed the amazing venue that has become. The track
ventured to Maine and raced at Wiscasset in 2020. It
was a huge struggle to get approval for that event but
somehow the management pulled it off and the Challenge was
included. The series was very thankful for those
efforts. The series appearance at Star Speedway was
cancelled due to COVID restrictions. The teams were
there plenty practicing. 2021 will see a few appearances to
make up for missing in 2020. Bobby Webber and his Star staff
are like family and we cannot wait to get back!
Finally the Challenge Teams want to recognize Thompson
Speedway and the ACT/PASS staff. The World Series of
Asphalt held at Thompson was doubtful to even happen until
Chris and Tom from ACT and Pass respectively stepped in.
We are very proud to be part of their program. Again
Thanks to all of these great people, tracks and series for
making the Challenge happen in 2020.
The EXiT Realty Challenge has awesome sponsors.
Hoosier Tires East paid out over $8000 of Challenge Prize
Money. Derek Beatrice / EXiT Realty were recognized for
making the $1000 to win 1st place money possible.
Tread Connection of Norwood supplied prizes for the fast
time in qualifying and the race. Billy McGinns Tree
Service and Stump Grinding provided individual race
awards in 2020. One big surprise was Critical
Screenprinting. They provided awesome shirts
highlighting the 2021schedule to the teams. Go to
www.mycriticalgear.com for all your custom T-Shirt,
Screen Print and Embroidery needs. It cannot be said enough;
The EXiT Realty Challenge has awesome sponsors.
Team awards were up next. Joe Bassett of
Lee USA Speedway awarded the most prestigious award of
the night.. The NWIII award goes to the driver that did the
most to promote and support ProTruck racing off track.
It is named after Norman Wrenn the III who was lost this
winter. Norman had ties to the trucks. He loved the
competition and teams. He definitely had his eyes on owning
the series in the future. He was interested in
their success. Randy Burr was the NWIII award winner
for the 2020 season.
The EXiT Realty Challenge Champion for 2020 was
Duane Noll. Duane Noll was one of the first
competitors to be recruited when the series changed hands.
He immediately built the first D Chassis. The 2
team was not the favorite to win the Chase Race at
Claremont. Early on it looked like a two team battle
as the 32 of Randy Burr and the 15jr of Gerard Giordano Jr.
were the furthest teams towards the front. The duo
battled a bit two aggressively. G-Rod lost a front tire and
both teams ended up in the turn 4 fence.
The 31 of Ryan Vanasse was the next to appear unbeatable. He
charged up to the top 5, but also suffered a flat after
contact with the 1ne of Lucas Leone. Veterans Koenig,
#97 and Noll, #2 were quietly making their way to the front.
Koenig was the wild card entry. His goal was simple.
He had to win to be champ. Noll on the other hand had
no other contender on the lead lap, and simply had to finish
on that lap to be Champ if Koenig could not pull off the
miracle. Duane kept his #2 Silverado in front of the
97 and motored to a 3rd place finish. Duane Noll
is the 2020 EXiT Realty Champion.
Noll kept his speech short and sweet at the banquet.
He thanked his sister Beth. Beth is crew chief,
spotter and whatever else you need. She stands tall beside
her brother. They have multiple Championships in truck
racing. They are the best brother sister team on our
tour and probably in New England. It is a pressure packed
experience to race in a Chase Race. Duane handled it
with ease. Congratulations to the 2020 EXiT Realty
Challenge Champion Duane Noll.
The positional and specialty awards for 2020 are
Crew Chief of the Year - Joe Kass #97
Innovation Award - Jason Ferreira #24
9th points position - Lucas Leone
2020 Hard Charger Award
8th Position - Emma Monahan - #78
Most Improved Driver
Most Popular Driver
7th Position - Connor Souza #38
2020 Rookie of the Year
D Chassis Points Champion
6th Position - Andrew Morin - #10
2020 Iron Man Award
5th Position - Randy Burr - #32
4th Position - Ryan Vanasse
3rd Position - Gerard Giordano Jr. -15jr
Overall Points Champion /
Mr. Consistency Award
C Chassis points Champion
2nd Position - Dave Koenig - #97
A/B Chassis Points Champion
Social Media MVP
EXiT Realty Challenge Champion - Duane Noll -#2
Congratulations to all of the teams for against all
odds, making 2020 a success!