The Souza Files Blog: Hometown Hero Comes Home; Wins VMRS at Seekonk

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August 21, 2013 – Blog by RaceChaser New England Insider Kyle Souza – Overall it has been an up and down season for Todd Annarummo and his Valenti Modified Racing Series team. It all started at Waterford Speedbowl in April, with the Blastoff 100 with the tour. He led almost the whole race, but a late race restart sent Steve Masse into Victory Lane, holding Todd to settle for second.

The team took races off from the VMRS and headed to Star Speedway and collected a few victories at the banked oval. He really has come to like Star, running there every Saturday night for much of last season and early on this season. The track is somewhat similar to Seekonk Speedway, his home track, just less banked and a tad faster. Regardless, he has come to have Star towards the top of the list of his favorite tracks.

Two weeks ago Todd took the #12 Levesque’s Tree Service sponsored machine back to the Waterford Speedbowl to compete in the VMRS 100. He was running in the top 5 for a better part of the race, even challenging for the lead just after the halfway point. A late race spin with Anthony Nocella, sent him back to the pits, with a DNF.

The team never gave up, repairing the front end of the car and getting the setup ready for their home track, Seekonk Speedway this past Saturday night.

Over the years Todd has competed in various events at Seekonk, including full-time Pro Stock seasons. How does he know the track so well? Ah, does Vinnie Who ring a bell? His father, Vinnie Annarummo has won various Seekonk track titles, giving Todd a lot of knowledge on how to drive the 1/3 mile oval.

On Saturday, when I arrived at the track in the early morning hours, Todd’s trailer was already parked. The same spot for the last few years, the first spot closest to the pit gate’s, ready to get in the action.

Practice began just after 3:30, and he went right to the top of the charts in practice 1. Leading the way, the favorite to pick up another win, which would be his second on the tour in its history.

He started and finished second in his qualifier, confident in the car he had going into the feature, where he started fourth.

He took the green and went backwards, but that wasn’t going to stop him. He used a few restarts on the bottom to find himself right back in position, chasing down Richard Savary for the lead. On a lap 32 restart, on the outside of Savary, he motored to the lead and the chase was on for the other drivers to catch him.

Even though a few late race restarts got stressful, with Steve Masse breathing down his neck, Todd was able to hold the inside and find himself carrying the trophy once again at his home track. In Victory Lane Todd said, “I wanted to get out front and run my own race,” something he did masterfully. He got out front and held the bottom line, the fast line, not letting anyone slide by.

He was greeted as always by his young son Ty in Victory Lane, a nice touch to anytime he wins. Ty is often known to wanting many of the trophies to be his and this time he was able to get a blue one with Dad’s win.

A great story for a hometown boy from Swansea, coming back to Seekonk, dominating much of the race in route to victory.

Levesque Tree Service, Global Remediation, and Colmar Belting and Spafco Chassis, along with his whole crew are to thank for getting him on track, while he took care of the rest.

Congrats Todd, heck of a run!

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