New Owner Of Monadnock Speedway

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WINCHESTER, N.H. – Businessman Norman Wrenn Jr. has completed the purchase of Monadnock Speedway, a quarter-mile high-banked asphalt oval located in Winchester, N.H.

Wrenn finalized the purchase on Dec. 13, buying the facility from Larry Cirillo and Fred Pafumi, the owners of the track since 1984.

“About a month before the track opening this past spring we met and negotiated a deal that would work for them, me, and my family,” said Wrenn, who purchased Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway last February. “We would have finalized the sale sooner but the application process for permits and licenses would have delayed the start of the season. We signed a purchase and sales agreement and agreed it would be best to finalize the sale after the season ended.

“I have to thank Jeff Zuidema. If it wasn’t for his persistence it wouldn’t have happened.”

Zuidema will serve as a special consultant to Wrenn and Monadnock Speedway.

Cirillo, a one-time modified racer himself, won a season ending open competition 100-lap race at Monadnock in September 1983 and then went and bought the race track the following season. He now says it was time to let go of Monadnock Speedway.

“I’m ready for the change. It’s time for me to go – time for a new regime to come with new ideas,” said Cirillo. “I’m glad Norman bought the race track I believe it’s in the right hands. I’ve accepted that it was time.”

The track will continue to carry the NASCAR Whelan All-American Series sanction and in addition to their weekly divisions, will host the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Granite State Pro Stock Series, Tri-Track Open Modified Series, International Supermodified Ass’n and Northeastern Midget Ass’n.

Wrenn also noted long-time Monadnock manager Michelle Cloutier will return with the new owners and serve as the track’s operations manager.

The speedway will open its season on Saturday, May 4 with traditional Spring Dash featuring the Valenti Modified Racing Series.