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Christopher Finally Wins First MRS Race At Stafford

- Justin St. Louis on 11 Sep 2010

Ted Christopher (right) and car owner Joe Brady celebrate their first Modified Racing Series victory together at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday. (LINMAT photo)PHOTO: Ted Christopher (right) and car owner Joe Brady celebrate their first Modified Racing Series victory together at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday. (LINMAT photo)

(From series press release)

Ted Christopher finally put it all together and won his first Modified Racing Series event Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Christopher, of Plainville, Conn., bested a field of 27 other racers to win the inaugural Shark Cycle 100. The all-time leading winner at Stafford became the 12th different MRS winner this season. His victory also makes him a guaranteed starter for the North-South Shootout on November 5th at the Concord (N.C.) Speedway.

For four years Christopher has been seeking a win with MRS. "It’s really fitting that I had to wait this long and do it at Stafford," Christopher said. "Stafford’s always been so good to me. This car has been really fast, we were pretty good in practice and in the heat race. We changed it around and it was like a rocket. I knew we had something really good."

Christopher was followed to the finish by Ronnie Silk of Norwalk, Conn., Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Jeff Malave of Manchester, Conn., and Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon, Conn. Sixth through tenth were Mike Stefanik, Bryon Chew, Eric Goodale, Richard Savary, and Bobby Santos, III.

Point leader Jon McKennedy of East Chelmsford, Mass., finished 12th and now has a seventeen-point lead over Dwight Jarvis of Ascutney, Vt., for the series championship, and Gary Casella has a nine-point lead over McKennedy in the car owner standings.

The race took just under 38 minutes to complete was slowed by two caution periods on laps 24 and 34. The Modified Racing Series will next compete at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway on October 9 and 10.

Modified Racing Series -- Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, Conn.
Friday, September 10, 2010

# - denotes rookie

1. (3) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., 100, Running
2. (1) Ronnie Silk, Norwalk, Conn., 100, Running
3. (2) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., 100, Running
4. (6) Jeff Malave, Manchester, Conn., 100, Running
5. (4) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., 100, Running
6. (23) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., 100, Running
7. (11) Bryon Chew, Inlet, N.Y., 100, Running
8. (7) Eric Goodale, Wading River, N.Y., 100, Running
9. (9) Richard Savary, Canton, Mass., 100, Running
10. (17) Bobby Santos, III, Millis, Mass., 100, Running
11. (20) Ken Barry, Preston, Conn., 100, Running
12. (18) Jon McKennedy, East Chelmsford, Mass., 100, Running
13. (5) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., 100, Running
14. (21) Les Hinckley, III, Windsor Locks, Conn., 100, Running
15. (12) Dwight Jarvis, Ascutney, Vt., 100, Running
16. (24) # Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., 100, Running
17. (25) Todd Annarummo, Swansea, Mass., 100, Running
18. (28) Jack Bateman, Canaan, N.H., 100, Running
19. (26) Jacob Dore, Sanford, Me., 99, Running
20. (22) Jimmy Kuhn Jr., Bridgewater, Mass., 99, Running
21. (8) Louie Mechalides , Tyngsboro, Mass., 99, Running
22. (10) Joe Doucette, Framingham, Mass., 99, Running
23. (13) Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford, Conn., 98, Running
24. (15) Rob Summers, Vernon, Conn., 69, Mechanical
25. (16) # Joey Jarvis, Ascutney, Vt., 68, Mechanical
26. (27) Rob Goodenough, Swanzey, N.H., 46, Overheating
27. (14) Tom Bolles, Ellington, Conn., 32, Engine
28. (19) Steve Masse, Bellingham, Mass., 24, Accident

Did not qualify: Dave Ethridge, Norm Wrenn, John Cleary, Don Fowler, Bobby Drown, Todd Owen, Mike Keeler, Jim Dolan, Ryan Preece, Geoff Gernhard

Date: September 10, 2010
Event: Shark Cycle 100 (#17 of 20)
Venue: Stafford Motor Speedway -- Stafford Springs, Conn.
Distance: 100 Laps
Time of Race: 37:41
Margin of Victory: 1.684 sec.
Best Lap Time: 18.702 sec., 96.246 MPH -- Mike Stefanik
Lap Leaders: (1) Ronnie Silk, (2-100) Ted Christopher
Cautions: 2 (24, 34)


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