NOTCHES 'STAFFORD 80'
FOR FIFTH WIN
Pasteryak of Jewett City, CT, took the lead on a
lap-60 restart, held off a hard charging Woody
Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, at the finish, to
win the Valenti Modified Racing Series sanctioned,
‘Stafford 80’ Friday night, Sept 4, at Stafford
Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT.
The victory was Pasteryak’s second consecutive, his
third in the last four races contested, and fifth in
the last eight races on the schedule. Friday’s race
was Pasteryak’s 11th VMRS victory and his second at
Dylan Kopec, of Palmer MA, brought the field to
green leading the first 9-laps when Rowan Pennink,
of Huntingdon Valley, PA, fronted the field until
lap-11. Todd Szegedy held the top spot for one
circuit when Pitkat took the lead and became the
class of the field.
The race stayed green until lap-58 when the first of
a series of caution flags and a red flag were needed
for spins and crashes. Todd Szegedy, while running
second and after a restart, spun collecting four
other cars that would change the scenario for others
when the race went back to green.
Pitkat led the field to a short-lived green flag
with Pasteryak, Norman Wrenn, of Nashua, NH, Kopec,
and David Schneider, Northport, NY, giving chase.
Following another yellow flag on lap-60, Pasteryak
sprinted by Pitkat on the re-start when the race
leader did not come up to speed. Pitkat then put on
a tremendous drive to catch Pasteryak but fell short
at the finish by 0.118 seconds.
“I don’t think the best car won tonight,” Pasteryak
stated in victory lane.
“We got to the shift point he spun the tires and I
didn’t. To really tell ya the truth I really thought
he was just going to drive right back around me I
didn’t think I had anything for him.”
Pasteryak said he was lucky in the heat and feature
he didn’t get collected (wrecks) “It’s been my year
and I am going to enjoy it.” Mike Willis Jr. of
Grantham, NH, winner of last years top rookie honors
finished a career best third, followed by Ted
Christopher, of Plainville, CT, and Wrenn.
Dave Etheridge, Keith Rocco, Kopec, Dan Meservey Jr,
and Matt Swanson rounded out the top ten.
Race Notes: Stafford SK driver Ronnie Williams, of
Ellington, CT, was a last minute substitute driver
for Jeff Rocco. Williams drove the John Jensen # 79.
Norm Wrenn finished fifth in his final race at
12 of 26 cars finished on lead lap
Heat winners: Keith Rocco, Willis, Szegedy, Kyle
Stafford Motor Speedway
Stafford Springs, CT.
Sept 4, 2015
Race # 13
Margin of Victory: 0.118
Best Speed: 95.470 (Rocco)
Average Speed: 43.431
Best Lap Time: 18.854 (Rocco)
Lead Changes: 4
Lap Leaders: Kopec (1-9) Pennink (9-11)
Szegedy (12) Pitkat (13-60) Pasteryak (61-80)
Cautions: Lap (6) (58) (59) (59 RED) (60)
Unofficial Order Of Finish: (1) Pasteryak (2)
Pitkat (3) Willis Jr (4) Christopher (5) Wrenn (6)
Etheridge (7) Rocco (8) Kopec (9) Meservey Jr (10)
Swanson (11) Lashua (12) Schneider (13) Keeler (14)
James (15) Pearl ((16) Hersey (17) Nocella (18)
Szegedy (19) Pennink (20) Patnode (21 Alexander (22)
Dowling (23) Medeiros Jr (24) Perry (25) Drown (26)
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
September 5, 2015