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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
SAMMY RAMEAU-"MAKING FIRST MTS START"
(By Alan Piquette / The Racing Times)
Photo by Crystal Snape
Fourteen year old Sammy Rameau is looking forward to Friday Night's event at the Stafford Speedway, this is where Remeau will be making his maiden start in the Exit Reality Modified Touring Series. Rameau has kicked up his program for the 2017 season by competing on both the MTS as well as the Valenti Modified Racing Series.
Last year Rameau competed at the Claremont Speedway and finished in the top ten (seventh) in points by the end of the year. This season the plans are to still run Claremont and will add the two Touring Series to his 2017 schedule. "Right now are goals are to compete in both Series and hope to finish in the top 10 in points by seasons end in both," commented Rameau. Rameau will have to make several hard decisions as the two series will bump heads on a few occasions. "We'll have to see how we look like points wise in both Series and make a call from there," noted Rameau on his touring schedule.
Rameau made two starts this year in the Touring Series by finishing 15th(Lee USA Speedway) and 22nd (Stafford Speedway. "Lee we made some adjustments after the heats for the feature, we just missed on the adjustments. We struggled to pass and the cars we did pass we drove inside deep on them and made the pass," mentioned Rameau. Stafford, Rameau had engine issues and was unable to finish the event "We never really got going at Stafford as we had issues with our motor," finished up Remeau.
One race that's circled on his 2017 schedule is the Valenti Modified Racing Series at NHMS. Rameau did go to test for the event at the open test date what he called it a learning day for him. "We had a fast car and the car felt good. It was really a learning day draft wise for me. We will be good for the race and I'm looking forward to it
Photo by Crystal Snape
He adapted quickly as a driver at the start of his Quarter Midget Career. After finishing second in his first career start he only had to wait till his next race to take down his first win at the Little T (Thompson's Quarter Midget Track). To date Rameau credits this a one of his favorite quests in his racing career to date, the other was winning two Race of Champions events.
It was really a no brainer that racing was in Rameau's blood as he followed his dad's career in the Dare Stock, Late Models, and Pro Stock Series. The traveling was only growing as he visited tracks such as Stafford, Star, Monadnock, Thunder Road, Hudson Speedways along with the now closed River side Park Speedway. When Rameau is not at a speedway you can find him fishing on his families boat or hunting. Riding 4-wheel quads is also a favorite past time away from the track.
The 2017 assault has Rameau driving a Spafco Chassis with Ron Hutter power under his maroon and black numbered 6MA modified. Rameau pick the number 6 after his favorite driver (Xfinity Series) Bubba Wallace. "Bubba Wallace is my favorite driver and I've been following his career. We had to add the MA because there was already a modified that was numbered six at Claremont," stated Rameau about his number choice.
Rameau has a arsenal of sponsors heading into the season headed by Oilzum Def, who came on board this year and looks like it could be the primary wrap for the 2018 season Joining them are Powell Stone and Gravel, RA Construction, Dennison Lubricant, Earth Solutions, Curtis Tree Solutions, Akin Automotive and Reds of Jaffrey.
Photo by Crystal Snape
The Team is spearheaded by Russ Hersey and Dennis Harty (Co-Crew Chiefs) along with crew members Randy Rameau (Dad), Bob Norris, Chris Burdell, Rick Page, Scott Miller, Chuck Morrison (Spotter), Todd Murray, Grant Fisher, Howie Dietz, Warren Mordenti and Bob Laferte.
Only being 14 and enrolled as a Freshman in High School (Monty Tech) he fits the NASCAR mode of young drivers, so when I asked him where he wanted to be in five years the K&N Series came to surface quickly. Next year the team already has a Whelen Modified waiting to debut so his career is pretty much mapped out.
Before closing Sammy wanted to thank Rich Lehtola (Team Manager) his family (Mom, Dad and his Sister Faith) as well as all his friends. To show how important the fans are to him, he wanted to thank all of them for attending and supporting racing events.
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