WINS FIRST VALENTI MODIFIED SERIES RACE
AT OXFORD PLAINS
the saying goes, “good things come to those that wait.” Joe Doucette and his
dedicated crew waited longer than they wanted too. For five years, the
Framingham, MA., racer and his team towed their racecar all over New England
chasing their dream.
Saturday night, July 23, Doucette and his dedicated crew finally attained
In a perfectly executed late race charge, Doucette nabbed the Valenti
Modified Racing Series 100-lap event at the Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford,
ME. Doucette becomes the eighth different winner this season and the fifth
different winner of the Oxford race.
Before a huge “Oxford 250” weekend crowd, pole-sitter and present point
leader Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., jumped into the lead at the drop of the
green flag and appeared to be in cruise mode when a lap 62 caution flag
brought the race leader back to the rest of the field. Up to that point, Les
Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT., and Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, VT., staged a
torrid second place battle until Doucette came into the picture and second
place on lap 73.
Doucette chased after Pasteryak, reeled him in, and made several attempts to
pass the leader but the 2008 series champion was equal to the challenge.
Until lap 97.Doucette, with the huge crowd cheering on each pass attempt,
finally was able to squeeze by Pasteryak, to go on and win his first ever
“I don’t know what to say, I really don’t,” an emotional and exhausted
Doucette stated in victory lane. “I can’t believe it’s finally happened.
That race was quite a workout. I have to thank Chris for running me clean, I
expected nothing less from him,” he said. “I always figured we'd win of
these things some day, but I never thought it would come on a flat track.”
Pasteryak, settled for second, Max Zachem, Preston, CT., third, Rowan
Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, PA., fourth, and Norm Wrenn, Nashua, NH., fifth.
Six through tenth were Jeff Malave, Mike Holdridge, Hinckley, Dwight Jarvis,
and Jack Bateman.
A season low 18 cars entered the Oxford event. 10 cars finished on the lead
lap. 17 cars started the race.
The event was slowed by one caution flag and was completed in 30 minutes .
Oxford Plains Speedway
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 30:30:724
Margin of Victory: 0.721
Best Lap Time: 15.177 Pasteryak
Best Speed: 88.950 Pasteryak
Lead Changes: 1
Lap Leaders: Pasteryak (1-96) Doucette (97-100)
Cautions: 1 (Lap 62)
Order of Finish; (1) Doucette (2) Pasteryak (3) Zachem (4) Pennink
(5) Wrenn (6) Malave (7) Holdridge (8) Hinckley (9) Jarvis (10) Bateman (11)
Dore (12) Mechalides (13) Annarummo (14) Oliveira (15) Goodenough (16) Ricci
Source: John Spence Sr
/ Valenti Modified Racing Series