TAKES POINT LEAD
TO STAFFORD FRIDAY
to a dominating performance at Oxford Plains (ME)
Saturday, the absence of a couple of key men atop
the point standings, and a well prepared family race
car, Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, CT, emerged
from the weekend as an 11-point leader in the
standings for the Valenti Modified Racing Series
with three races remaining on the schedule. The
first of the three is the 6th annual VMRS 80, Friday
night September 4, at Stafford Motor Speedway,
Instead of looking up at the leaders, Pasteryak will
be looking over his shoulder at Todd Patnode, Woody
Pitkat, Todd Szegedy, and Norm Wrenn.
Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, seeking his first win of
the season, continues as runner-up, a position he
has held for several races and 11 points separating
him from the top of the heap.
Pitkat, winner of the first two races at Stafford
this season and a 19-year veteran at the famed
Connecticut speedway, is only 17-points behind
Pasteryak. Pitkat fell from the lead when he passed
on competing at Oxford Plains.
Szegedy, a VMRS winner last year at Stafford, has
slipped back 47 points from the lead with Wrenn 69
points from the top. Wrenn, retiring at seasonís
end, would be pleased with a top-five finish at the
end of the year.
As of Tuesday, 28 race teams indicated their intent
to compete at Stafford. Former VMRS winners Ted
Christopher, Ryan Preece, and Keith Rocco join
Pasteryak and Szegedy who have also visited victory
Veteran VMRS regulars Kirk Alexander, Mike
Holdridge, Rowan Pennink, Dan Meservey Jr, Russ
Hersey, Dennis Perry, Dave Etheridge, and Donnie
Lashua, are expected.
Brandon Dion, Dave Schneider, Kyle James, Colbey
Fournier, and Matt Swanson represent the young
drivers registered with the series.
Ticket booths and grandstand seating open at 4:15
PM. Qualifying races begin at 6:15 PM.
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
September 1, 2015