Leftovers: True Value Modifieds at Canaan by Denise DuPont and Mike Twist
Pastreyak, Hinckley, Seuss, Bodreau, Alexander and More

Michael Waltrip might be able to learn a thing or two from Modified racer Chris Pasteryak.  The young Connecticut driver had qualifying troubles in a few early season NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, so instead of going about doing the same old things, Pasteryak made a change.  He will now focus on his True Value Modified Racing Series program, which has shown plenty of promise so far in 2007.

Chris Pasteryak  (Jim DuPont Photos)
“I fired myself from the Whelen Modified Tour and I am going to run the True Value Series for the rest of the year,” said Pasteryak.  “I was not getting the job done. I did not qualify.”

Pasteryak plans on taking part in all of the remaining 2007 TVMRS events.

“I plan on trying to make every race. It is a good schedule and this is a fun deal too. All the races are within three to four hours for us. It is a nice schedule. Most of the races are on Saturday.  We get to run at some really nice race tracks. It is more fun.”

Waterford Speedbowl (CT) is Pasteryak's home track, but he while he can be found in the pit area on his off Saturday nights from the True Value Series, you probably won’t see him running a racecar there this year.

“Weekly, I will no longer be running Waterford because we do not have the SK car any more. We will be there for the True Value race [rained out last week and now rescheduled for September 1st] and then that will be it for the year unless they schedule another one. I doubt that that will happen. I will be driving the rust color #15 and the blue car has a good driver for it.”

The driver of that blue car for selected Mod shows will none other than Chris’ father Charlie, who will be back in the familiar blue #5 car on the Whelen Modified Tour when the cars return to Thompson on June 21st.
“I told every body that I never retired,” said Charlie Pasteryak.  “I will be running a few races. I am going to try Thompson the next time and see if I can qualify for that one. Then I would like to go to Loudon and then go race by race. I do not think that I will go to “Rubberhead” [The August event at Riverhead Raceway].

“We’ll see how it goes. My return may not be all that stellar, you know. If I have trouble qualifying too then we will go from there, one by one. We will have some fun.”

Racing with the True Value Series makes Pasteryak feel like he’s back in the good old days of running a Modified.

“The True Value Series is a way nicer deal then the Whelen Modified Tour. It is back to grass roots. It is more about racing than it is about having your nose in the clouds all the time like they do on the tour.”


Dale Evonsion’s 2006 race at Canaan didn’t last very long, but this time he managed to make the day last and bring home a 10th place finish.

“This is pretty much the first time that I have run the car here,” said Evonsion.  “I had it here last year and I lost the motor on lap 10. So we did not have much time in this car. It just took a while to get the setup where I needed it. We got it close so then we started running in the back. I worked my way up through and then it started over heating. So I had to come on put a different nose piece on to get more air. Then coming back up through I do not know if it was Tony Ricci or someone banged wheels and it must have knocked mine off the bead a little bit or something because at the end I finished with ten pounds [of air pressure] in the right front. I ended up with a top ten which is not bad after all that.”


Rob Goodenough was trucking right along at Canaan until his #6 just decided that it was done with for the day.
“The car just died on me,” said Goodenough.  “It sputtered a little bit going down into turn three. I got into the middle and I was checking my gauges and everything to make sure everything was all OK. It sputtered like it was going to go again off turn four and it all of a sudden quit when I got up on the straight away.”

With a field of racecars behind his own, this led to some trouble on the track.

“I tried to get it down to the bottom and I got a shot in the back. So I did not dare turn anymore down. So I just tried to stay in my line. I feel really bad for everybody caught up in that.  Unfortunately with no power out there and I was just trying to get off the track some where without ruining everything. I do not know what happened maybe the ignition, it does not seem like a fuel problem. So I think some how or other we lost ignition. I will have to look at it later tonight or tomorrow to find out what is going on.”

Before his problems, the day was going well for Goodenough.

“It was a great run. I got into the wall early on in the race and picked up a vibration and I ended up hitting the right front in the wall and knocked the toe out a little bit. I just changed my driving style a little bit and the car started coming back to me. I was really happy with it. I am just really upset how this turned out, but we’ll get it back together and come back next week and show it again.”
Alexander's #43 Modified.

Kirk Alexander had a solid second place run at Canaan.  He came up just a little bit short of catching Les Hinckley at the end though.

“It was a good race, decent and I liked it. I had to work my way up through. We were messed up a little bit and had to go back six or seven spots when we got caught on the bottom. We worked our way back. We really needed those restarts at the end to pick them off one by one and it helped out a lot. We took a good hit on the right rear and it pushed the rear end over. The drive shaft was running so it was vibrating about half the race. But she held together. I was very lucky. It was pretty fast at the end we just did not have enough time to get to Les.”

“Les was pretty fast. Maybe we could have stuck to him. We started running down a little bit and it was really using up the car, but it was the end of the race. Maybe we could have had a shoot maybe not. You never know. He ran a good race and it is good to see him win.”

“I like the track but the pits are a pain in the butt. Modifieds belong on pavement. It is a beautiful race track/ It is smooth and the tire wear is good. It is a lot of fun to race. When you get your car going here is it fun.

“It is pretty good without walls here. If a guy gets in trouble he can slide off the track without damage. It is a fast place going around her but there is a lot of grip. It makes for good racing.”

Although his Modified wasn’t as strong late in the race as it was early on, Sean Bodreau was still happy with his ninth-place finish at Canaan.

“The car was good in the beginning of the race,” said Bodreau.  “I was just riding.  Around halfway I got a little bit low and clipped the speed bumps.  That unloaded the car and I spun to the infield.  It was pretty much catch-up after that.  We got back up to ninth at the end.  We’re happy with a ninth after what we had this year.


Todd Patnode’s machine was in rough shape after the race after getting caught in an incident late in the going.
“The rack had been seizing up all race on us, making it harder and harder to turn the wheel,” Said Patnode.   “Everything happened up front. We got caught in the left front when the accident happened, ripped off the front suspension. The car was good except for the rack tightening up a bit.


Lou Mechalides nailed down a strong third-place finish at Canaan and things are looking up for him and his #40 Marco Turcotte-owned team.
Chris Pasteryak enjoyed his day with a fifth place finish.
“The car is running a lot better than it has been,” said Mechalides.  “Both of those guys [Hinckley and Alexander] are tough to beat on any night.  It was running good. If it went green, the longer it went green the better off we were. It took nine or ten laps to get it going again. But this gives us something to work on.”


Starting third at Canaan was great, but finishing back in the 19th position wasn’t quite what Dan Douville had hoped for.

“It didn’t go so well,” said Douville.  “We tried making a couple of adjustments. Yesterday we just crunched the car. We qualified well only because we were up front. I was able to have the track to myself. When we get in traffic we get tight then really loose. So we’re just really fighting the car for now. My dirt days allow me to keep the
car on the track. It’s just not necessarily all that fast at times.  It helps with car control no doubt.  I see a lot of guys spin cars out but they should really have been able to catch them. At times I drive to hard, I overdrive the car. I need to let the car work more than overdrive it.


Andy Seuss was back in familiar surroundings when the True Value Modified Racing Series visited Canaan.  After starting out the season in the Brian Schofield-owned #07, Seuss returned to his family’s #70 Rockingham Boat / Stewart’s Automotive Modified for this race..

They say that getting there is half the fun, well this week is seemed to be more than
half the work for the #70 team.  After facing all kinds of set-backs, they barely made
it to the track in time to get into the race.

“It was a long weekend with countless hours by the crew,” said Seuss.  “It is a little
tough this time of the year with boat season. [the Seuss family’s business is
Rockingham Boat].  We did not get to work on the car until Friday. We put the motor
in and started it up at 3:00 AM Saturday morning and it blew the oil filter right off the
car so we knew something was wrong.”

Repairs were made in time to load up for the track, but the team didn’t even have time
to scale their car.  They got to Canaan too late to practice, ran their heat race and
started towards the rear of the field.  Seuss worked his way up through during the feature
event and finished a strong fifth.

“That was good for us, it made all of the work worthwhile,” said Seuss. 

Evonsion's #35.
Bodreau's #1 is facing the wrong way at Canaan.
Mechalides' #40 Modified.
Andy Seuss' familar #70 Mod.