THE TRUE VALUE MODIFIED SERIES INVADES THE
Coby Surfs to Victory, Winning the
Doug Coby earned a hard fought win over Mike Stefanik, a seven-time NASCAR
regional touring series champion, and Chris Pasteryak, the current True
Value Modified Series Champion. Coby on the cool down lap established a new
celebration as he powered the #20 modified through the wet and muddy infield
at the Waterford Speedbowl. Coby who said, “it’s his signature move” ala
Carl Edwards’ back flips or other drivers’ burnouts or doughnuts. He went on
to say, “the guys needed little work in the shop next week.”
Coby continued, “I love the outside here but it just wasn’t working
out there. I stomped the brake, made a left, and threw it in under him -- a
move used on me. It worked I was able to pass on the inside on the restart
knowing Chris would probably run about foot higher than usual to protect the
The local favorite and former SK track champion, Chris Pasteryak,
won for the first time in August 16th, 2008 on the TVMRS. Pasteryak took the
field to the green as he and Owens battled for the lead, with Pasteryak
The starting line up for the Waterford 100: 1) 15 Chris Pasteryak,
2) 29 Todd Owens, 3) 73 Jonathon Mc Kennedy, 4) 0 Mike Holdridge , 5) 06 Les
Hinckley, 6) 66 Mike Stefanik, 7) 10X Ed Dachenhausen, 8) 3 Jeff Malave, 9)
69 Jim Dolan, 10) 00 Ted Christopher, 11) 20 Doug Coby, 12) 71 Jeff Pearl,
13) 23 Mike Douglas, 14) 17 Jack Bateman, 15) 28 Dwight Jarvis, 16) 18 Eddy
Spiers, 17) 13 Steve Masse, 18) 60 Glen Griswold, 19) 25Rowan Pennink , 20)
5 Charlie Pasteryak, 21) 9nh Peter Jarvis, 22) 51 Rob Janovic Jr., 23) 27
Kevin Iannarelli, 24) 1NH Rob Goodenough, 25) 77 Ken White Jr., 26) 55 Joe
Ed Dachenhausen in the #10x and the #77 of Kenny White Jr., brought
out the first caution. The track crew cleaned up the backstretch as the
field lined up for the restart.
Chris Pasteryak controls the race on lap two as Todd Owens and Mike
Holdridge battle for second and third. Mike Stefanik is on the move in the
66. Lap 10) 15, 29, 0, 73, 66, 3, 20,
With 12 laps on counter, Pasteryak is holding the point. Current
Whelen Modified Tour champion, Ted Christopher, is driving the #00 Joe Brady
modified and hits the turn 3 wall. Christopher apparently had a flat tire.
The #00 left on the tow truck. Pasteryak continues to lead with Owens,
Holdridge, McKennedy, Stefanik, Malave, Coby, Pearl, and Jimmy Dolan are the
Lap 25 the leaders are still the same with Jarvis looking inside of
Douglas for 8th, finally making the pass on the outside. Lap 35 brings
caution for Rowan Pennink in turn four inside. Dachenhausen returns to the
track after a first lap skirmish. Awaiting the restart, Pasteryak leads as
Stefanik and Holdridge battle for second. Stefanik claims second on the
inside followed by Coby. Caution flies on lap 40 with Holdridge, Malave, and
many others involved. The #3 of Malave left on the hook - we’ll see if he
Numerous recalled restarts tonight as the drivers were a little
eager to get to the front.
Restart recall as Pasteryak may have moved early. Pasteryak again leads over
Stefanik, Coby, Owens, Pearl, Jarvis, Hinckley, Masse, Mc Kennedy, and Dolan
at the halfway mark.
Pasteryak had a 6-car length lead when the caution flag flew again
on lap 58 as Jarvis slides to the infield. In turn 2 Pennink and Griswold
get together, though both were able to continue. Pasteryak shows the way as
Coby and Stefanik battle and Coby claimed second on the restart.
Leaders lap 65: Pasteryak, Coby, Stefanik, Hinckley, Masse, Owen
and McKennedy. Caution again on lap 80 as Glenn Griswold made contact with
the turn 3 wall. On the restart another recall to line the field up again as
Coby may have left a bit too soon. Side-by-side Pasteryak and Coby challenge
each other for supremacy as Mike Stefanik waits patiently. Coby pulls out to
lead as Stefanik now works on Pasteryak. Lap 84 sees caution as Pennink and
Kenny White Jr., along with a few more cars tangle in turn 1. Pennink and
White were able to continue.
Restart - Coby, Stefanik, Pasteryak, Hinckley. On lap 95 Jeff Pearl
spins in the #71. The restart was single file, but called back as John
Spence Jr., didn’t like the start. Stefanik was able to head outside on the
ensuing restart but that was all Stefanik could do. Doug Coby wins Waterford
100 pulling away.
Mike Stefanik said, “On the outside I got my right rear too hot. I
want to thank Brad LaFontaine and the team for giving me good car tonight.”
1) Doug Coby, 2) Mike Stefanik, 3) Chris Pasteryak, 4) Les
Hinckley, 5) Steve Masse, 6) Jon Mc Kennedy, 7) Mike Douglas, 8) Todd Owen,
9) Rob Janovic, 10) Jimmy Dolan, 11) Rob Goodenough, 12) Mike Holdridge, 13)
Joe Doucette, 14) Rowan Pennink, 15) Kenny White Jr., 16) Jeff Pearl, 17)
Kevin Iannarelli, 18) Ed Spiers, 19 Glenn Griswold, 20) Dwight Jarvis, 21)
Peter Jarvis, 22) Jack Bateman, 23) Charlie Pasteryak, 24) Jeff Malave, 25)
Ted Christopher, and 26) Ed Dachenhausen.
The Speedbowl alumni and regulars had three top ten finishers: Doug
Coby, Chris Pasteryak, and Rob Janovic. And plenty of names from the old
Riverside Park Speedway in the event: Stefanik, Hinckley, Owen, Christopher,
Bateman, Spiers, Jarvis.
Charlie Pasteryak of Lisbon, CT, in the #5 had his day cut short
when he was collected by the #4 of Tony Ricci of Westbrook, ME, when he
broke hard and spun loose into Pasteryak during the first heat. Thirty-one
True Value Modifieds were on hand to challenge the shoreline oval.
Pasteryak was able to repair the modified and will compete in one
of the two consolation races tonight. Mike Holdridge of Madison, CT, Ted
Christopher of Plainville, CT, and Ed Dachenhausen of Danbury, CT, battled
to finish 3rd and 4th. Mike Douglas of Auburn, NH was 5th and Eddie Spiers
took the final transfer spot. Spiers is from Beacon Falls, CT.
The second heat race was won by #29 Todd Owens of Somers, CT. He
was followed by #06 Les Hinckley Jr. of Windsor Locks, CT, #3 Jeff Malave of
Manchester, CT, #20 Doug Coby of Milford, CT, #17 Jack Bateman of Canaan,
NH, #13 Steven Masse of Bellingham, MA. Owens started on the pole and held
off all challengers to take the top transfer spot in the heat.
Heat #3. Jimmy Dolan of Bethel, CT, and Dave Etheridge took the 10
modifieds to the green with the #69 of Dolan jumping out on the first
attempt. On the second attempt Goodenough spins. The third attempt was good
with Dolan and Mc Kennedy leading. Lap 4 Mike Stefanik of Coventry, RI,
takes 3rd, while Jeff Pearl of Salem, CT, moves to fourth as caution flies
and Shelly Perry spins. Jon Mc Kennedy takes the lead on lap 7 with
Stefanik, Dolan, Pearl following. Mc Kennedy wins heats.
Rowan Pennink of Huntington Valley, PA, won the consolation race to
transfer to the main event. Joining Pennink moving over were: Rob
Goodenough, Peter Jarvis, Charlie Pasteryak, and Rob Janovic.
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