MODIFIED RACING SERIES MOVES ON TO STAFFORD FRIDAY
a three week layoff following the first race of the
new season at Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire,
the Valenti Modified Racing Series heads to the
famed Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs,
Connecticut, Friday May 20.
The series will compete in an 80-lap feature race.
Reigning series champion, Woody Pitkat, of
Sturbridge, Massachusetts, leads the list of entries
for the first of three scheduled events this season
at the historical half-mile.
Pitkat won his two series races last season at
Stafford. He is driving this year for Dan Stebbins,
a long-time racer turned car-owner. Pitkat finished
8th in the season opener at Monadnock.
Long time veteran driver-car owner Charlie
Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT, is an expected entry. The
31-year veteran will be driving a Troyer car driven
by his son Chris last season. The 5CT is two years
old. Chris drives a brand new Troyer mount (15CT)
that he landed in victory lane in the Monadnock
After steering Chris to a pair of championships with
brother Carl, Charlie chooses races on the schedule
to stay active as a driver and after 30-years, he
still likes the thrill of driving modified race
“After a week at work (paving business) driving
these cars is the most fun you can have. There is
nothing like sitting behind the wheel of one of
these things. The series is fun and to me it’s a
Second-generation driver Dan Meservey Jr. will make
his first start of the season at Stafford. The
Brewster, MA, veteran is seeking his first career
Mike Willis Jr , of Grantham, NH, 2014 Rookie of the
Year ,will compete in Friday’s program. Willis had a
series best finish last September with a solid
third-place finish. Willis. Jr intends to run the
entire schedule in 2016.
Matt Mead, of Richmond, NH, who suffered a damaged
race car after a bout with a Monadnock Speedway
safety barrier, says the car “is almost back
together and we’ll be at Stafford.” Mead and
car-owner Ron Townson are seeking their first win.
Former series champion Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon
Valley PA , David Schneider, of Northport, NY, and
Carl Medeiros, of Westport, MA, are expected
VMRS qualifying races begin at 6:15 PM
John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series
May 15, 2016