Pasteryak Looking to Ride Improvement to a Win at Thompson

Back in 2018, Chris Pasteryak and his family team made the bold decision to focus on running the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with the goal of challenging and eventually improving their overall effort. While it wasn’t always sunny skies, a noticeable improvement did come out of it, with Pasteryak’s No. 75 becoming more noticeably closer to the front as time went on.

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With the financial demands of the Tour higher than most Open Modified races, the decision was then made to return to a racing schedule that Pasteryak had been accustomed to in the past, allowing them to see what their efforts has produced during the 2021 season.


Settling on the six race schedules of both the Outlaw Open Modified Series at Thompson Speedway and the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, things did not start well in April with an engine failure at Icebreaker weekend. But as the weather has warmed, so have Pasteryak’s race results, including a top-five finish in the Nutmeg State 75 one month ago at ‘The Big T’.


Overall, Pasteryak is very content in his choices and performances so far in 2021, and is ready to race for glory once again this Wednesday at Thompson in the Wicked Hazy IPA Spirit of 76.


“We got off to a rough start after blowing the motor at The Icebreaker, but I think we’ve turned the corner and seem to be running pretty good. Been happy with the schedule we chose for this year, great to run the car, and been nice to run at Thompson,” Pasteryak told Speed51.


Amid the high demands of three seasons on the NASCAR Tour the Lisbon, CT native is already happy with how well his Modifieds have performed in competition during 2021.

Anytime you go up, at the time, against the best guys in full fields, and doing something outside your comfort zone definitely helps. The biggest thing was going to run different races across the map and focusing on different things than what we were accustomed too, made us even better. Now we’re back to a little more what we were used to and now things are going good.

When it came to selecting the full Outlaw Open Modified Series schedule at Thompson, part of the aim was to keep himself and the 75 camp on the edge of the comfort zone going forward. But, Pasteryak has something ambitious at year’s end. The team is looking to build up to going for the $20,000 winner’s check that lies at the end of 300 laps at Thompson this coming October.


“Thompson is one of those places, the more laps you get the better off you are. When they came out and announced the Thompson 300 is coming back at the World Series, that was something we definitely wanted to be a part of, and go for the win. This whole series that they are doing at Thompson with the Wednesday shows and The Icebreaker, I figured the more we ran the better the shot we have at the end of the year.”


Following the 125-lap race on Icebreaker weekend in April, four $5,000-to-win 75-lap races are spread throughout the summer months at Thompson. The Nutmeg State 75 in June brought a high quality field of teams and drivers to Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, and this Wednesday’s Sprit of 76 race is set to do the same.


“When you can go up against guys like Keith Rocco, Ronnie Williams, Ryan Preece, Matt Swanson; all the guys that are running these Wednesday shows, high caliber drivers; seeing how you stack up. Every time you got a better shot at beating them the next time.”


The two-time Modified Racing Series champion has not seen victory lane since the 2016 racing season, but is confident that a chance to stand in the spotlight once again is very close at hand.


“I hope so, it’s been way too long. But, we’re still having fun running competitively. We’ll continue to do the best we can, if we can hang in the Top 5 long enough, a win will come for us.”


Can’t make it out to Thompson, CT this Wednesday, July 7? You can watch the pay-per-view broadcast for the third round of the Outlaw Open Modified Series, plus the Late Models, Light Modifieds, Street Stocks, Limited Sportsmen, and Mini Stocks over on Speed51.TV.


-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo credit: Speed51 / Connor Sullivan

Pasteryak Looking to Ride Improvement to a Win at Thompson