BOTH WINNERS AT LEE
Pasteryak’s 21 points garnered in the first half of
the Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned
‘Stratham Tire 100,’ and 23 more points in the
second 50-lap segment, put the two-time series
champion in victory lane Friday night at Lee USA
Speedway, Lee, NH.
The Jewett City, Connecticut driver, the fourth
different competitor to win this season in four
races, ended a four-year drought with the VMRS.
Friday’s race was his seventh series win and his
second at the Lee track. Pasteryak’s last series win
was in 2011.
Steven Masse, of Bellingham, MA, substituting for
Rowan Pennink, amassed enough points to finish
second followed by Jon McKennedy, of East
Chelmsford, MA, Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs,
CT, and Richard Savary, of Canton, MA.
Sixth through tenth were; Mike Willis Jr., Dennis
Perry, Norm Wrenn, Todd Patnode, and Donnie Lashua.
Most saw the Lee race as an experiment while others
thought it might be the answer. VMRS officials and
Lee owner Red MacDonald agreed this past winter a
change was needed to create interest in the two
races staged at Lee, stop the so called
‘sandbagging’ seen the last two years, and develop a
race fans would talk about heading to the parking
If Friday night’s race was any indication, those
responsible may have found the answer.
Twin 50-laps races, an inverted line-up for the 2nd
half segment, points garnered Friday going toward
the series championship, and combined points earned
by drivers in each 50-lap race determined the
outcome of the main event. All of it created an
Competitors, fans, and track management warmly
received the concept. “That was a pretty good race,”
said track owner Red MacDonald long after the
checkered flag dropped on race winner Pasteryak.
“I’d like to see them do that again. Maybe at
The Valenti Modified Racing Series closes out the
month of June with a return to Stafford (CT) Motor
Speedway, Friday, June 26.
The month of July finds the series at Monadnock,
July 4, a return to Claremont Speedway, July 10, and
a first ever visit at Devil Bowls Speedway,
Fairhaven, VT, July 24.
Unofficial Order Of Finish
(1) Pasteryak (2) Masse (3) McKennedy (4) Pitkat (5)
Savary (6) Willis (7) Perry (8) Wrenn
(9) Patnode (10) Lashua (11) Schneider (12) Hersey
(13) Kopec (14) Iannarelli (15) Doucette (16)
Alexander (17) Szegedy
(18) Mead (19) Dion (20) Medeiros (21) Leclerc (22)
Sherman (23) Kay
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
June 21, 2015