Todd Szegedy came back from a spin to take the checkered flag in the Valenti Modified Racing Series’ return to Claremont Speedway on Friday night, but it is Chris Pasteryak who will go into the record books as the winner of the event. Announced on Sunday afternoon by the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Szegedy has been disqualified for failing post race inspection.
Szegedy’s No. 85 machine owned by Kevin Stuart was deemed illegal for having a “non-compliant carburetor pursuant to the 2015 Modified Racing Series rulebook,” according to a press release sent out by the series.
According to a report by the website RaceDayCT, Stuart said that he was never informed directly of the disqualification, but that he found out on the internet. Bob Carrita, the head technical inspector for the series disputed that claim.
“Kevin was notified yesterday by me personally,” Carrita told Speed51.com powered by JEGS on Sunday afternoon. “His crew chief was notified yesterday as well.”
Carrita explained that the motor needed to have a “tour legal carburetor,” but that it did not, and he knew it right after the race on Friday night even though the announcement was not made then.
“I knew it was illegal as soon as I looked at it,” Carrita said. “I knew where it was going right in the beginning. We had to get together and communicate this out between all of us, the officials. We made the official decision yesterday to announce it.”
Speed51.com made an attempt to reach Stuart on Sunday but he declined to comment at the time.
Pasteryak took the lead on lap 86 after starting 10th and pitting quite a few times to fix damage that he incurred throughout the race. He led for the next six laps before Szegedy got by to take what appeared to be his second win of the season.
“The race with Todd was a lot of fun once we got going on the last restart,” Pasteryak said. “But I didn’t have enough to hold him off and that showed.”
While Pasteryak said he is unsure if the illegal carburetor on Szegedy’s machine was the deciding factor, he did say that it was most likely part of the reason.
“There’s so much to be gained in little things in the carburetor,” Pasteryak explained. “I don’t know if that’s why he got by me on the race track, but there’s a lot in the carburetor. That’s why NASCAR techs them so much and that’s why our series does too.”
Both drivers managed to survive the mayhem that took place as the 100-lap event was slowed 17 times for cautions. Only nine cars finished on the lead lap, and 10 cars failed to finish. 23 cars started the event.
The win is the second of the season for Pasteryak with the Modified Racing Series, and his third Tour-Type Modified win this year.
“I’m getting older so I’ll take it any way I can get it.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Crystal Snape photo