JON McKENNEDY WINS
2ND ANNUAL LINCOLN TECH 80 AT STAFFORD
Valenti Modified Racing Series made its second and final visit of the 2012
season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 2nd Annual Lincoln Tech 80. VMRS
points leader Jon McKennedy helped extend his lead in the championship chase
by taking the checkered flag for his first ever victory at Stafford Motor
Ted Christopher got around polesitter Jon McKennedy to take the race lead on
the first lap. Rowan Pennink was third behind Christopher and McKennedy with
Tim Jordan in fourth and Chris Pasteryak in fifth place. Norm Wrenn was
sixth, with Mark Bakaj, Max Zachem, Tom Bolles, and Louie Mechalides making
up the top-10 in the early going.
Pasteryak got around Jordan to move into fourth and Christopher was leading
the race with 10 laps completed. The caution came out for Chris Jones and
Brian Schofield, who both spun in turn 1.
Christopher took the lead back under green with Pennink pulling alongside
McKennedy in a duel for second place. There was a multicar spin in turn 1 to
bring the yellow back out with 13 laps complete.
Christopher again took the lead on the restart with McKennedy and Pennink
resuming their side by side fight for second. Pennink cleared McKennedy
after two laps of side by side racing, but his good run ended on lap-16 when
his car let loose a plume of smoke and he limped back to pit road and pulled
behind the wall.
With 25 laps down, Christopher was the race leader, but he had McKennedy,
Chris Pasteryak, and Mark Bakaj lined up right behind him in a four car
train. Tim Jordan was running in fifth, almost a full straightaway behind
the four lead cars. Jordan was leading a train of cars that included Zachem,
Bolles, Mechalides, Wrenn, Dave Etheridge, and Joey Cipriano.
At the halfway point of the race, the leaders were beginning to encounter
lapped traffic and Christopher was able to stretch out his lead by several
car lengths over McKennedy. Chris Pasteryak was still third, with Bakaj
behind him in fourth. The caution came out with 43 laps complete as
Schofield spun on the backstretch.
McKennedy powered to the outside of Christopher and took over the race lead
on the restart. Chris Pasteryak was third behind McKennedy and Christopher,
with Bakaj right on his bumper. Bolles was fifth, with Wrenn, Zachem,
Mechalides, Etheridge, and Doug Coby lined up behind him.
Coby was on the charge, moving into eighth place on lap-50 after riding in
the back of the pack for much of the first half of the race. Tommy Barrett,
Jr. was also on the move, cracking into the top-10 for the first time after
riding in the back for the first half and then making two pit stops under
the lap-43 caution flag.
At the front of the field, Christopher was glued to the back bumper of
McKennedy for the lead with Chris Pasteryak right behind Christopher.
McKennedy was able to pull away from Christopher by several car lengths over
the next several laps, while Chris Pasteryak was right behind Christopher.
Barrett was continuing his charge towards the front, as he went three wide
into turn 1 on lap-64 to move into fifth place behind Bakaj. Barrett went by
Bakaj for fourth place on lap-67, but he was given the black flag for
dumping fluid on the track. Barrett ignored the black flag and then came to
a stop on the track in turn 2 to bring the caution out with 73 laps
Christopher took a look to the inside of McKenndy in turn 2 on the restart,
but McKennedy was able to hold Christopher off. Christopher's car began to
smoke from the right rear tire and he spun in turn 2 to bring the caution
back out with 76 laps complete.
McKennedy was the leader back under green with Chris Pasteryak right behind
him. Coby moved up to third, with Bakaj fourth and Mechalides fifth.
Mechalides got around Bakaj for fourth on lap-79, but it was all McKennedy
at the front of the field as he took the checkered flag for his first
victory at Stafford. Pasteryak finished second, with Coby, Mechalides, and
Bakaj rounding out the top-5.
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MODIFIED RACING SERIES LINCOLN TECH 80 (80)
1) Jon McKennedy
2) Chris Pasteryak
3) Doug Coby
4) Lou Mechalides
5) Mark Bakaj
6) Tom Bolles
7) Dave Etheridge
8) Tim Jordan
9) Charlie Pasteryak
10) Jeff Malave
11) Steven Reed
12) Joey Cipriano
13) Max Zachem
14) Norm Wrenn
15) Bryan Shumway
16) Brian Schofield
17) Joe Doucette
18) Roy Seidell, Jr.
19) Ted Christopher
20) Melissa Fifield
21) Tommy Barrett, Jr.
22) Chris Jones
23) George Sherman
24) Dennis Charette
25) Rowan Pennink
26) Bobby Drown
Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway