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With the Lincoln Tech 80 right around the corner at Stafford Motor Speedway, Lisbon native Chris Pasteryak is looking forward to returning to the Connecticut half-mile facility. In 8 Valenti Modified Racing Series career starts at Stafford, Pasteryak has one win, 4 top-5, and 7 top-10 finishes, including two second place efforts to go along with his victory. Pasteryak finished 9th in last month’s Town Fair Tire 80 event and he is keen to improve upon that finishing position at a track he knows well and likes racing at.

“Our goal is to finish better than ninth and hopefully we can draw a better number for our heat race,” said Pasteryak. “The car was a tick off last time out so a little track position probably would have helped us out. But the car was better at the end of the race than it was at the beginning so we’re looking forward to coming back to Stafford. Usually going back to a track the second time really helps out and with the quick turnaround being only a month apart, it definitely will probably help everyone else out as well. Hopefully we can fine tune on the car a little and get a better heat draw.”

Pasteryak won the September race at Stafford back in 2011 and with his combined VMRS and Whelen Modified Tour experience at Stafford, he certainly knows what it will take to put his #5 Dawley’s Auto Body machine into NAPA victory lane at the end of the Lincoln Tech 80.

“We’ll need a good number draw for the heat and we need to hit everything right on,” said Pasteryak. “Stafford is tough. If the track is green I’ll have a little bit of trouble because you never know what you’re going to get. My notebook is for when the track is rubbered in so a green track leaves me a little bit in the dark compared to the guys who run there weekly. We have a slightly harder right rear tire this season so that allows you to be a little more aggressive during the heat race as well as the feature. It’s not as drastic with saving tires as it was last year. We can’t wait to get back to Stafford.”

The two-time Modified Racing Series champion is once again in the thick of the VMRS points race. Heading into the series’ last race at Monadnock, he was tied with Justin Bonsignore for third place in the standings. Pasteryak nearly won the race, but ended up finishing second behind Richard Savary. Pasteryak thinks Savary will be the man to beat in the Lincoln Tech 80 as he has won back to back VMRS races and he is the only driver with multiple feature wins this season.

“We finished second last Saturday at Monadnock so I think I might be up to second in the points, but it’s tough to know with the bonus points they award for the heats and leading laps,” said Pasteryak. “We’re coming into the heart of the season, so it’s just kind of hanging out there waiting for someone to reach out and grab it because there’s four or five of us that are really close together in the standings. Richard [Savary] won again at Monadnock, and he’s running good so I’d say he is the car to beat right now. He’s got three wins this season now, with two in a row, and he was fast last time at Stafford after he had to qualify through the consi. He seems to be fast from the time he unloads for practice right up through the feature. We have two second place finishes so far this season and we were about 5 laps away from our first win at Monadnock. It seems like everything is coming together at the right time for us. We had a decent heat race draw that allowed us to get into the redraw for the feature and we ran in the top-3 all night long. Up until that point, I think the best I had started in a heat race was 6th or 7th and the best we had started in a feature was between 13th and 15th. Hopefully I can keep on picking good numbers and our finishes can reflect that. We had to come from the back a lot this season, but it all goes in cycles. Last year I couldn’t pick a bad number and this year I haven’t been able to pick a good number. But the car is running good and I think we’re real close with the package that we’re running.”

The July 18 Lincoln Tech VMRS 80 will be the second of three VMRS events to be held at Stafford during the 2014 season. The VMRS will return on August 29 for the 5th Annual VMRS 80. Tickets for the each race are priced at $27.50 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $30.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Stafford Speedway offers free parking with free overnight parking for self-contained RV’s available.

For more information about the 4th Lincoln Tech VMRS 80, please contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

  Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway
Posted: July 10, 2014

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