Canaan, NH — To say that defending True Value Modified Racing Series champion Chris Pasteryak is excited over the opportunity that’s come his way would be an understatement. Three weeks ago, the Lisbon, CT; standout, received a surprise phone call that would change his plans for 2009. Wayne Darling, long time car owner, who fields a racer on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, asked Pasteryak if he would have any interest in driving his #59 racer in seven WMT races. “I was shocked and flattered that he would consider me. That’s a good car and good team all around. I am grateful for the opportunity,” said the second generation driver.
Pasteryak said it was important to him that he still supported the True Value Modified Racing Series. “The way it looks, we are only going to miss three shows with the True Value tour” He admits it is going to be tough to defend his title but an opportunity like the Darling offer does not come along everyday.
Pasteryak will be a busy man when the season starts in April. He will pencil in dates on the shop calendar for both series that will make for an exciting and hectic 2009 season. “Wayne indicated he likes to run for points, so we’ll do seven races with him, plus we’ve decided to run the blue car (father Charlie’s car) the other seven dates, and we’ll campaign the new car (new Troyer car) with the True Value series.” Pasteryak stated.
Series Operations Manager John Hoyt said he’s pleased that the 2008 True Value Modified Racing Series champion has been afforded a quality ride with NASCAR’s oldest division. “Everyone involved with our series is very happy for Chris. The key is we have not lost him, he’ll still be with us, but we are extremely happy that our guy, our champion, was considered by Wayne Darling. We wish him the very best with his new endeavor. We’ll be pulling for him,” Hoyt concluded.
About True Value Modified Racing Series
Based in Canaan, New Hampshire; the True Value Modified Racing Series tours five New England states hosting 18 events at 11 tracks. Feature races are 100 laps, contested among as many as 70 registered race teams that use high-horsepower, low-slung, wide-tired, open wheel-type modified race cars that reach speeds approaching 140 mph. The Series has enjoyed unprecedented success among fans and competitors in its five-year-history for highly technical cars, professional race teams, heat race qualifying format, and affordability for teams and fans. Series sponsors include True Value Hardware Stores, Sunoco, and Dart Machinery.
Sources: John Spence, Sr./True Value Modified Racing Series PR