Column By: MATTHEW WIERNASZ / RPW – FRAMINGHAM, MA – Ryan Doucette is set to race in the Valenti Modified Racing Series this season as he will campaign for Rookie Of The Year. Doucette is excited to race in the Valenti Modified Racing Series as he is moving up from racing in Legends cars a lot faster than expected. He expected to be in Legends cars for the next two to three years.
He finished his second year in legends last season. He raced legends cars primarily at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway up in Scarborough, ME in the Thursday Night Thunder events. After the season was done up there, he would travel to different tracks in New England where those tracks had Legends cars.
He started in the modified at Beech Ridge and it definitely helped him out a lot with the experience at the track. Doucette thought it went better than expected his first time out. The result wasn’t what he expected. At that point up until he got wrecked, he was in the top 10 racing in the seventh position.
Doucette feels its very cool to go for Rookie Of The Year in a top-notch series. He wasn’t expecting much competition as there will be a lot of rookies on the Valenti Modified Racing Series this season.
Doucette is excited to head to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the second annual New England Shorttrack Showdown coming up in June. He is also looking forward to heading back to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. He is also excited to race at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Doucette’s father Joe has raced in the Valenti Modified Racing Series as well as the Pro 4 Modifieds. One of the things he has learned from his dad is driving techniques with being smooth on the wheel. when to pick up the gas, when to use the break. Joe helped out Ryan a lot last year at Lee.
Doucette felt the offseason went quick but is looking forward to heading to the 44th annual Icebreaker this weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He raced in the Sunoco World Series last season during the Valenti Modified Racing Series season finale where he finished in 13th position. He is hoping for a better result this weekend at the Icebreaker.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series will take part in a one-day event at the Icebreaker this Saturday with practice, qualifying, and the 50 lap feature race.