PREPARED TO TAG TEAM THE NORTH-SOUTH SHOOTOUT
Father-Son Duo Jump at the Chance to Compete at Concord
the Northeast region, the name Pasteryak is one of
the most recognizable names in Tour-Type Modified
racing. Charlie Pasteryak, 60, competed in 313
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events from 1985-2008.
His passion for the sport trickled down to his son,
Chris, who is a two-time Valenti Modified Racing
Series champion and currently sits at the top of the
2015 championship standings.
This fall, the father-son duo will take a little
vacation and travel south to Concord, North Carolina
for the 13th annual North-South Shootout at Concord
Speedway on November 6-7.
When the Pasteryaks were informed of event promoter
Darren Hackett's decision to move the event back to
Concord after hosting the race at Caraway Speedway
(NC) in recent years, both of their eyes lit up with
excitement. They said that there was no way they
would miss the event.
They're now holding true to their word, but the only
thing that hasn't been decided is who will actually
be behind the wheel when the green flag waves.
"I'm definitely going to be there," Chris Pasteryak
said. "I just don't know whether or not I'll be
driving or if my dad will be driving. He hasn't
really gotten to race much this year. That one is a
good one because he gets a whole day of practice if
he wants it. He'll get a lot of time to get used to
driving again. It's also a lot of fun. We wouldn't
miss it since it is back at Concord. We'll
definitely be bringing something. I just don't know
if I'll be driving or crew-chiefing yet."
While Charlie has made seven career starts in the
North-South Shootout at Concord, the younger
Pasteryak has never raced at the unique half-mile
tri-oval. He said that he'd love to have the
opportunity to race at the track, but having the
opportunity to just visit the track as a crew chief
is something that he's looking forward to.
"I've never actually raced there. I've only run a
few laps in practice," Pasteryak explained. "From a
standpoint of just watching, it's because it's
different. There's no place around that's like that
at a half-mile on the east coast that I can think of
that we run Modifieds on. There might be other
places like it around the country, but I've never
seen them. It's fast and it's close racing because
it's fast, and normally is a pretty interesting
If Chris does in fact get the chance to drive he
plans to be realistic with his goals. He knows that
the race will feature the best of the best in
Tour-Type Modified racing from both the north and
the south, and that is what makes the event so
special for racers and fans alike.
"Winning anywhere is cool, but that would be a great
one," Chris Pasteryak said. "If I do end up driving
I don't think I'll put myself on the list of people
that can win simply because when you look right down
the line of guys like (Matt) Hirschman, (Chuck)
Hossfeld, Burt Myers, Jason Myers, any of the guys
that normally go to those races, they've raced at
Concord before and they have a lot of laps there. If
I do end up driving this will be my first time
having a go at it. It would be cool to get a win,
but it'll just be a good weekend regardless."
Up to this point in the season, 2015 has been one of
the more successful years of Chris' racing career.
After purchasing a new chassis prior to the start of
the season, Pasteryak has hit his stride, winning
five Modified Racing Series features and the
$10,000-to-win Bullring Bash event at Lee USA
Speedway (NH) in May.
"I am having a good year. I just can't seem to screw
up yet," Pasteryak said with a laugh. "Confidence is
everything and things are going well. We're putting
the right setup in the car at the shop and when
things are going well then you just can't over think
it. You need to just keep doing what you're doing."
Whether it's him or his dad behind the wheel for the
13th annual North-South Shootout, Pasteryak hopes
that they can "keep doing what they're doing" on
November 7 and leave Concord with a good finish in
one of Modified racing's most prestigious events.
Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III
Tour-Type Modified North-South Shootout event, as
well as the $5,000-to-win Mr. Rooter SK Modified
event, are currently available by visiting
Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South
Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional
practice and qualifying will take place on Friday,
November 6, with the North-South Shootout main
events taking the green flag on Saturday, November
For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout,
51 Sports / North-South Shootout
September 25, 2015