Oxford Plains Speedway is considered by many to be the mecca for full-fender racing in the Northeast, but on Saturday night the Valenti Modified Racing Series hit the 3/8-mile oval to show off their brand of open-wheel excitement. It was Chris Pasteryak who covered the field most of the night to claim his fourth win of the 2015 MRS season. Despite starting from the pole and leading upwards of 80 of 100 laps, Pasteryak was still staggered by the level of domination on the night.
“Wow! We were considering pitting at Lap 40 because I didn’t think the car was going to be good enough to win. I’m probably lucky we didn’t get a late restart,” Pasteryak told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Man it was awesome until five to go, and even then it was still better than everybody else. I wish I could explain it better, I think we hit it right on.”
A win at Oxford has been on Pasteryak’s radar for quite some time dating all the way back to his Legends Cars days.
“I think 200, in a Legends Car, I had a shot to win the night before the 250 and didn’t do it. “I’ve been coming to Oxford Plains for a long time and it feels good to finally park her in victory lane.”
It was also a career night for Massachusetts rookie driver Kevin Iannarelli who chased Pasteryak most of the night and held off many MRS veterans for a second-place finish.
“It’s our best run in the MRS,” Iannarelli said. “I’ve been struggling with this car this year. We ran Star weekly last year, then when we switched to MRS tires we had a hard time hitting on something, but I think we finally found something that works.”
Les Hinckley followed up his win at Monadnock with a third place finish in Gary Casella’s No. 25 car, filling in for Rowan Pennink. Russ Hersey and Donnie Lashua rounded out the top five.
The MRS moves on to Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) this coming Friday for an 80-lap show.
Editor’s Note: A Trackside Now replay of Saturday’s action at Oxford Plains Speedway including Super Late Model practice can be seen by clicking here.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent
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