LEE PORT CITY 100 WIN,
TIES PENNINK FOR POINT LEAD
Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT, passed race leader Joe Doucette on lap 52 to go on
and win the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Laticrete “Port City 100” Friday
night, July 8, at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH.
The win was Pasteryak’s first at Lee, his second of the season, and his
fifth career victory with the VMRS,
Pasteryak becomes a guaranteed starter for next weekend’s big race at Canaan
Fair Speedway, Canaan, NH., the 4th annual “Ricky’s Race for Kids,” July 16.
Pole-sitter Louie Mechalides, Tyngsboro, MA., was the early leader until
Doucette, of Framingham, MA., took the top spot on lap three. Doucette took
command for the next 49 laps as he fought off Mechalides and then
several side-by-side attempts by Pasteryak for five circuits before the 2008
series champion was able to move by.
Veteran Dwight Jarvis, of Ascutney, VT., finished in the runner-up position
after starting eighth in the 19-car field. Defending series champion Jon
McKennedy, E. Chelmsford, MA., made a late race charge to finish third,
Windsor Locks, CT., veteran Les Hinckley III, was fourth, and Ken Barry, of
Preston, CT., debuting a brand new car, finished fifth.
Sixth through tenth were, Rowan Pennink, Jimmy Kuhn, Norman Wrenn, Doucette,
and Rob Goodenough.
With threatening skies and nearby rainstorms, the race program was hurried
along by speedway management. The 100-lap race was completed in 29 minutes
with only one caution flag slowing the event.
Heat race winners were Jarvis and Doucette.
19 race teams entered the race with all cars finishing. 11 cars were on the
Pasteryak’s victory moved him into a tie for the point lead with Pennink.
Hinckley is four points back from the leaders.
Standings: Pasteryak, Pennink (256), Hinckley (252), Goodenough
(210), McKennedy (200).
Race # 7 Lee USA Speedway
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 29:16.229
Margin of Victory: 3:590
Best Lap Time: 14.733
Best Speed: 91:631
Lead Changes: 3
Lap Leaders: Mechalides; (1-2) Doucette (3-52) Pasteryak 53-100)
Cautions: Lap 25
Order of Finish:
Source: John Spence Sr / Valenti
Modified Racing Series