PENN YAN, N.Y. — Story by Race Chaser Online New York Dirt Correspondent Steven Ovens — SDS photo —
Sometimes things just work out better than you could have ever dreamed. You can’t explain it, but something just works out.
For Chris and Matt Mashewske, Chris Daugherty and Casey Pavlick- things have just really worked out well this off season. Mashewske has gone out and hired on some of the best Crate Sportsman talent in the area, while he and son Matt will focus on their full-fendered efforts at Outlaw Speedway in 2016.
Daugherty will race a No. 17 for Mashewske on the Super Gen Products Grit Racing Series, Pavlick will race the No. 117 weekly at Outlaw Speedway, Chris will race a mini stock entry at Outlaw Speedway and Matt hopes to have a brand new custom-fit Potter Chassis ready for Outlaw Speedway by mid-season.
Daugherty and Pavlick bring instant credibility to a newer team that ran a few races together with Daugherty last season, nearly bagging a win at Outlaw Speedway and another close call at Woodhull. Daugherty won the track championship at Woodhull Raceway in 2016, while Pavlick won his second straight championship at Outlaw Speedway while picking up several big wins including the Onyx Summit in thrilling fashion.
Race Chaser Online spoke with Daugherty at the Woodhull Raceway banquet back in December, and although the Pavlick deal wasn’t solidified yet, he was already looking forward to the 2016 season.
“Big things are going to come with these guys,” said Daugherty. “We made a big commitment together for next season. We’re going to follow the (GRIT) series and do some traveling. Hopefully we can have the same success on the road that we’ve had at our local tracks. We’re going to follow the entire American Racer series and some hit or miss shows with the GRIT Hoosier series.”
For Pavlick, this kind of deal couldn’t come at a better time. Pavlick and wife Lisa found out in the off season that they have twins on the way, so to drive for the Mashewskes took a ton of pressure off a driver trying to three-peat at Outlaw Speedway. The driver out of Addison, N.Y. will keep his familiar No. 18P for select shows on the GRIT series until the new arrivals come late in the season.
“It’s a great opportunity to team up with Chris and Matt to try for a third title,” Pavlick said when reached Wednesday. “We’re really looking forward to the 2016 season and what the new Outlaw Speedway has to offer.”
What will be awaiting Pavlick is $600-to-win weekly, a $1,000-to-win track championship and three Super Gen Products Grit Racing Series shows in April, June and September. With the first class operation that the Mashewskes have come to operate over the years, Pavlick should have no trouble contending for number three.
The elder Mashewske got a later start than most when it comes to getting behind the wheel. He’s been a team sponsor with his business, A+ Superior Services, for some time with local drivers like ESS champion Lance Yonge, multi-time winner Bubby Kerrick and 2015 Outlaw Speedway Modified Sportsmanship Award winner Derrick Podsiadlo. 2016 is a big step up for his team and his excitement was palpable.
“We are committed to the sport of racing on a competitive level,” said Mashewske. “It is by no mistake how we chose the drivers in the seats of our Sportsman cars — both drivers have the credentials and championships to back it up! We are out to have fun and win races this season. It’s really exciting to think about what Outlaw Speedway has to offer for 2016.”
Chris will compete once again for the 4 Cylinder championship at Outlaw, while his son is paving a new road for the team as well. Son Matt will make his debut later on in 2016 behind the wheel of a new street stock.
Mashewske is quite tall in height, which will require a custom designed chassis with more headroom to ensure his safety while competing. It’s nothing too challenging, but it will require a little extra engineering and elbow grease. With all of the cars in the Mashewske stable this season — Matt will have plenty to keep busy with until that time.
As we approach 2016 head-on, watch out for Mashewske Motorsports. They are not messing around, hiring top talent and preparing for a full out assault on the Northeast dirt in 2016. Mashewske credits support from A+ Superior Services, Daugherty Auto Sales and Service, Lanes Yamaha and Architectural Concrete Plus for allowing them to do so.
About the Writer
Steven Ovens is the Northeast Dirt Correspondent for Race Chaser Online and the creator and host of the Turn 5 Live dirt track racing radio show, airing at 7:30 p.m. Eastern every Tuesday on the Performance Motorsports Network.
Ovens has spent his lifetime in the sport of dirt track racing, growing up in the garages of the Kerrick and Ovens families. He spent 11 years behind the wheel between go-karts and 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks which brings a unique perspective to his dirt track editorials.
The 29-year-old has a career in the growing health care business world, and is also serving as the full-time announcer and PR Director for both Outlaw Speedway (formerly Black Rock Speedway) in Dundee, N.Y. and Woodhull Raceway in Woodhull, N.Y.
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