Just under 12 hours after winning Saturday night’s Valenti Modified Racing Series event at New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Ted Christopher received a call from series officials on Sunday morning informing him that he was disqualified from the event due to a fuel violation. Christopher told Speed51.com powered by JEGS that the fuel was tested on Saturday night and that he went home with the trophy before receiving the phone call this morning.
“I guess the True Value Series always wants to tell people later on, like four to five days or hours after,” said Christopher. “They checked it last night and they didn’t say anything. We were there for like an hour and a half after the race.”
Earlier this season, Keith Rocco was also disqualified from a second-place finish at Stafford Motor Speedway for a fuel violation.
“They said the fuel didn’t look right or something. We bought 10 gallons at Stafford. They said, ‘Well you didn’t buy any at Waterford.’ We went to Stafford and the car never made it off the jackstands. They started it up and it had a broken motor. So we had 12 gallons from there and we used that at Waterford.
“I know that Keith had been DQ’d for whatever he had in there at Stafford and I obviously knew that was an issue, so I’m not playing the game. I’m not sure what’s wrong with it.”
Speed51.com spoke with Bob Carrita, the technical director for the Valenti Modified Racing Series on Sunday afternoon. He explained that there’s two different Sunoco-brand fuels that teams can run, but the fuel in Christopher’s machine was neither mixture.
“We have Sunoco as our approved fuel,” said Carrita. “Standard 110 and Sunoco Supreme blue which is 112. His fuel was very light in color compared to either of those fuels. We have a procedure we go through and it didn’t pass.
“If you look in our rule book, it clearly states under section 1.15 article G that, ‘Any blending and/or mixing of fuels either of or not of the approved fuels are not permitted.'”
Unofficially, Chris Pasteryak who finished second to Christopher on the race track will be awarded the win.
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-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51, additional information from Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor
-Photo credit: Rick Ibsen/Speed51.com