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STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT - SEPTEMBER 28:   Chris Pasteryak, driver of the #75 Dawleys Collision Chevrolet, wins the pole award in qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway on September 28, 2019 in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Photo by Adam Glanzman/NASCAR
Chris Pasteryak earned his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour pole at Stafford Motor Speedway. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

QUALIFYING: Chris Pasteryak Earns First Career Pole at Stafford

STAFFORD, Conn. — The last two years of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition have been filled with ups and downs for Chris Pasteryak, but Saturday, his smile told the story.

Pasteryak earned his first career Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award in qualifying ahead of Sunday’s NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Pasteryak, a Lisbon, Connecticut, native, posted a fast time of 18.515 seconds (97.218 mph) around the half-mile. He will lead the field to green in his 16th career Stafford start on Sunday. His previous best finish at Stafford is a third-place effort.

RACING-REFERENCE: NAPA Fall Final 150 Qualifying Results

Doug Coby, who leads the Whelen Modified Tour championship standings by 21 points with two championship races remaining, qualified second. Coby’s time of 18.548 seconds (97.046 mph) was put down as one of the final laps of the group qualifying session.

Bobby Santos, who is coming off a victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Musket 250, qualified third, while Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk completed the top five. Bonsignore is second to Coby in the standings entering the NAPA Fall Final 150.

Matt Swanson was sixth, followed by Timmy Solomito, Eric Goodale, Craig Lutz and Kyle Bonsignore.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Sunday afternoon, for the NAPA Fall Final 150. The race will air live on FansChoice.TV, and will also air on NBCSN on Friday, October 4, at 7 p.m.

STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT - SEPTEMBER 28: Chris Pasteryak, driver of the #75 Dawleys Collision Chevrolet, during qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour NAPA Fall Final 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway on September 28, 2019 in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Photo by Adam Glanzman/NASCAR
Chris Pasteryak’s No. 75 was the fastest of 34 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars in qualifying at Stafford Motor Speedway. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)