WILD CANAAN VMRS RACE
Barrett Jr, of Millis, MA, started on the pole,
swapped the lead twice with Richard Savary, of
Canton, MA, then Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT., on
lap 82,and went on to win the Valenti Modified
Racing Series ‘Canaan 100’ Saturday night, July 13,
at the Canaan (NH) Fair Speedway.
The win was Barrett’s 2nd of the season and his
fifth VMRS victory. Barrett also becomes the first
repeat winner this season.
Barrett is more accustomed to coming from the back
of the field in most races, but not this one. He
brought the field to green and dealt with Savary,
Chris Pasteryak, and Charlie Pasteryak early on. The
18-year-old driver, who will enter Eastern
Connecticut State University in September, just re-strategized.
“It was hot out there. A lot of cautions. I was
trying to push it but not wear the tires out too
much. I was swapping with the 99 and the 5. With 20
to go after that last restart (lap 82) it was time
to go,” said Barrett.
For the second consecutive race, Chris Pasteryak
finished runner-up. He led laps 64 through 82 and
again ran strong.
“Happy with the finish,” Pasteryak explained. “Had a
good car all day. Dad finished fifth. The 9 car was
just awesome. I thought maybe I had something for
him. I wasn’t even close.”
Second year series driver Anthony Nocella, of
Woburn, MA., drove a steady race, was fast, and
finished a solid third. Nocella was happy with his
finish and more importantly that he ran with the
front-runners for a long period.
“It was a real good run for us. Everyone worked real
hard. Definitely want to run with those guys up
front and we did. Had something there at the end. It
was a good run.”
Rob Goodenough, of Swanzey, NH., and Charlie
Pasteryak rounded out the top five.
Savary, who led 42 of the first 50 laps, finished
sixth, Louie Mechalides was seventh, Rowan Pennink,
eighth, Todd Patnode, ninth, and Todd Owen, tenth.
The race was marred by several crashes including a
late race re-start incident when Savary and Dana
Smith, of Sunapee, NH, collided with Smith’s wheel
catching Savary, sending Smith airborne and along
the safety wall coming to a stop in the first turn.
Steven Masse, of Bellingham, MA, was also involved
suffering heavy damage to his racer.
The race was clocked at 1 hour and 18 minutes to
complete. A total of 10 yellow flags were needed
throughout the 100-laps
27 race teams entered the event.
Next up, the VMRS returns to Oxford (ME) Plains
Speedway, Saturday night, July 20. Qualifying heats
begin at 7:00 PM.
Race No. 6 of 17- Canaan
Entrants: 27 (24 starters)
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 1:18:49.968
Best Lap Time: 13.849 (99-Savary)
Lead Changes: 6 (among 3 drivers)
Lap Leaders: Barrett 1-2, Savary 3-19,
Barrett 20-23, Savary 24-50, Barrett 51- 63 Chris
Pasteryak 64-82 Barrett 83-100
Cautions: 10 cautions, on laps -
Heat Winners: Nocella, Barrett, Wrenn
Consi Winner: Patnode
Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Barrett (2) Chris
Pasteryak (3) Nocella (4) Goodenough (5) Charlie
Pasteryak (6) Richard Savary (7) Mechalides (8)
Pennink (9) Patnode (10) Owen (11) Willis (12) Kopec
(13) Wrenn (14) Zachem (15) Masse (16) Smith (17)
Jarvis (18) Mead (19) Jordan (20) Schneider (21)
Murray (22) Berube (23) Fifield (24) Holdridge
Source: John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series