FAMILY FIRST AT STAFFORD
35 years, the Pasteryak family has been trying to get to victory lane at the
famed Stafford Springs (CT) Motor Speedway. Friday night, September 9, it
With his Father Charlie, and Uncle Carl, watching from pit road, Chris
Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT., started third in a 25-car field, took the lead on
lap two, and went on to win the Valenti Modified Racing Series “Shark Cycle
80” for his third victory of the 2011 season.
“My family has been coming here since 1976. This is the first time we ever
had a modified in victory lane here. A cool night, a great night,” said
The Stafford victory was Pasteryak’s sixth series win.
Kenny Barry, of Preston, CT., chased Pasteryak for 12 laps before Doug Coby,
of Milford, CT., moved into second on lap 14. Coby pursued the race leader
until lap 63 when Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA., who started
24th, took over second.
Pennink closed fast on Pasteryak, often right on his bumper after late race
restarts. “The restarts were killing me,” said Pasteryak. “It took five or
six laps to get going again and then hold on.”
Pennink overcame a leak in an earlier qualifying race. He passed the most
cars in the feature race to win the Sunoco Hard Charger award.
Coby, Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA., and Keith Rocco, Meriden, CT.,
rounded out the top five.
Ted Christopher, Plainfield, CT., Dave Etheridge, Portland, CT., Rob
Goodenough, Swanzey, NH., Dennis Charette, Southington, CT., and Louie
Mechalides, Tyngsboro, MA., finished sixth through tenth.
Five caution flags and a red flag slowed the race that took 55 minutes to
complete. 20 of the 25 cars that started the event finished on the lead lap.
Sept 9, 2011
Stafford Springs (CT) Motor Speedway
Distance: 80 laps
Time of Race: 55:02
Best Lap Time: 18.618 (Coby)
Best Speed: 96.681
Margin of Victory: 0.183
Lead Changes: 1 (Lap 2)
Lap Leaders: Barry (Lap 1) Pasteryak (Lap 2)
Cautions: Laps 42 (Bolles) 59 (Barrett) 59 (Red for Bateman/Hinckley)
59 (Bolles) 76 (Bolles)
Unofficial Finish: (1) Pasteryak, (2) Pennink (3) Coby (4) Hirschman,
(5) Rocco (6) Christopher (7) Etheridge (8) Goodenough (9) Charette (10)
Mechalides (11) Holdridge (12) Jordan (13) Wrenn (14) Reed (15) Drown (16)
Bolles (17) Zachem (18) Barrett (19) Doucette (20) Barry (21) Perry (22)
Hinckley (23) Bateman (24) Owen (25) Summers .
Source: John Spence Sr
/ Valenti Modified Racing Series
September 10, 2011