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Veteran driver Ted Christopher, of Plainville, Connecticut, put an end to a two-year winless streak when he won the Valenti Modified Racing Series 100-lap ‘Wings & Wheels’ race at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Saturday, August 9.

Christopher’s last series win was July 29, 2012.

Christopher started outside front row in the 24-car field. Pole sitter Steve Masse, of Bellingham, MA., took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Christopher giving chase over the first 42-laps. When Christopher jumped into the lead, he was never headed.

Justin Bonsignore, of Holtsville, NY, finished runner-up for the fifth time this season. Masse settled for third, followed by Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT, and Tom Abele Jr, of Baltic, CT, his best series finish to date.

Pasteryak started off the night a victim of a qualifying race crash. The consolation race was no better. The second-generation driver got in the starting lineup through a series provisional giving him the 24th and final starting position.

Pasteryak worked his way to seventh at lap 88. When a lap-96 melee on the front stretch eliminated six cars, Pasteryak restarted the race in fourth and finished there.

Starting 14th, Abele Jr also stayed trouble free for a solid fifth place finish.

Sixth through tenth were Mike Willis Jr, Max Zachem, Eric Goodale, Norm Wrenn, and Jonny Kay.

The official time of the race was 50:45 seconds. Four caution flags were needed on laps 42, 78, 96, and 97.

Anthony Nocella, Christopher, and Pitkat, won qualifying races, and Keith Rocco nabbed the consolation race.
The VMRS returns to action Saturday, August 16 at Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Massachusetts.

Race Summary:

Waterford Speedbowl
August 9, 2014
Distance: 100-laps
Time: 50:45: 942
Margin of Victory: 0.225
Best Speed: 95.779 (Masse)
Best Lap Time: 14.095
Lead Changes: 1
Lap Leaders:  (1 - 42) Masse (43 -100) Christopher
Cautions: Laps - 42, 78, 96, 97

Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Christopher (2) Bonsignore (3) Masse (4) Pasteryak (5) Abele Jr (6) Willis (7) Zachem
(8) Goodale (9) Wrenn (10) Kay (11) Rocco (12) Savary (13) Lashua (14) Kopec (15) Barrett (16) Pitkat (17) Gernhard
(18) Pennink (19) Nocella (20) Pearl (21) Etheridge (22) James (23) Medeiros

  Source: John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
Posted: August 10, 2014

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