Story By: SCOTT RUNNING / STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT – Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the Late Model division taking center stage with their extra distance Late Model 50 feature event.
Ryan Fearn came away the big winner on the night, capturing his first career Late Model feature win. Fearn’s winnings from the night totaled $3,450 with $1,200 in purse money, $1,900 from the Gaston Racing Enterprises High Roller Challenge that saw Fearn roll a 1 in victory lane for the winner takes all option, and $350 in contingency bonus money from iRacing, New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco, and Bob’s Painting and Del’s Vinyl Siding.
Other winners on the night included Ronnie Williams in the SK Modified® feature, Bryan Narducci in the SK Light feature, Alexandra Fearn in the Limited Late Model feature, and Meghan Fuller in the Street Stock feature.
In the 50-lap Late Model feature, Tyler Leary took the lead at the green with Ryan Fearn lined up behind him in second. Fearn took the lead from Leary on lap-2 as the leaders came back to the line with Darrell Keane third, Kevin Gambacorta fourth and Tom Fearn quickly worked his way into fifth utilizing the outside groove. Al Saunders was applying heavy pressure to Tom Fearn for fifth and he nearly made a pass on lap-5 but fell back in line.
Gambacorta slid back to sixth in line as the order on lap-10 was Ryan Fearn, Leary, Keane, Tom Fearn, Adam Gray, and Gambacorta. The caution came out with 12 laps complete as Andy Marchese, R.J. Surdell, and Paul Varricchio, Jr. came together coming out of turn 4.
Ryan Fearn didn’t come up to speed on the restart and he fell from the lead back to third as Leary took the lead and Gray moved into second. Al Saunders was up to fourth behind Ryan Fearn with Michael Wray in fifth. Trace Beyer got around Wray to move into fifth on lap-18 while Leary was starting to stretch out his advantage over Gray and Ryan Fearn.
Ryan Fearn made a move to get around Gray to move into second right at the halfway point of the race on lap-25. Al Saunders was still fourth with Beyer in fifth. Leary’s large lead was erased by the caution flag with 26 laps complete as Keane got into the backstretch wall at the entrance to turn 3.
Ryan Fearn streaked into the lead on the restart, but the caution came out almost immediately as Marchese and Scott Bouley spun in turn 1 to bring the caution back out. Ryan Fearn again took the lead on the restart with Leary in second. Saunders was third with Beyer and Tom Fearn lined up behind him in fifth. The caution came back out with 26 laps complete as Saunders and Beyer spun coming off turn 4 and nearly collected the car of Cliff Saunders, who did a great job to avoid hitting either Saunders or Beyer.
Ryan Fearn and Leary ran a lap side by side for the lead before Fearn got clear. Tom Fearn and Wray were side by side for third but the caution came back out with 27 laps complete for spins by Surdell, Marchese, and Bouley coming out of turn 2.
The restart saw a wreck on the backstretch that collected the cars of Gray, DeMone, Keane, Michael Wray, Tom Fearn, Cliff Saunders, and Richard Ciriello to bring the caution back out. This made the restart order Ryan Fearn and Tyler Leary on the front row, Michael Bennett and Gambacorta in the second row, and Dave Wray and David Arute in the third row.
Ryan Fearn took the lead back under green with Bennett in second. Dave Wray was third with Gambacorta fourth and Michael Wray charged his way into fifth. Michael Wray took fourth from Gambacorta on lap-32 with Tom Fearn and Leary following him through to move into fifth and sixth and drop Gambacorta back to seventh.
With 10 laps to go, Ryan Fearn had a lead of a second and a half over Bennett in second with Dave Wray, Michael Wray, and Tom Fearn still making up the remainder of the top-5.
Ryan Fearn led the field to the checkered flag to pick up his first career Late Model feature victory. Bennett came home second with Dave Wray, Tom Fearn, and Leary rounding out the top-5.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Tony Membrino, Jr. took the early lead with Dan Wesson and Stephen Kopcik lined up behind him. The caution flew with 3 laps complete as a multicar pileup in the middle of turns 3+4 brought the caution out.
Membrino took the lead back under green with Wesson right behind him but the caution came out with 7 laps complete for a spin in turns 3+4 by Marcello Rufrano. Kopcik took the lead from Membrino in the outside lane on the restart with Membrino and Cory DiMatteo side by side for second. DiMatteo took second going into turn 3 and he took the lead from Kopcik at the line on lap-9. The caution flew with 10 laps complete as Dan Wesson spun coming off turn 4.
Kopcik took the lead on the restart but DiMatteo went 3-wide with Kopcik and Ronnie Williams on lap-12 to take the lead. Kopcik came right back on lap-13 with a push from Williams to retake the lead. Keith Rocco was now in the mix for the lead as the top-4 cars were side by side two rows deep before the caution came back out with 18 laps complete for a spin by Tyler Jones at the exit of turn 2.
Williams powered his way into the lead back under green with Rocco and Kopcik fighting side by side for second. DiMatteo was fourth in line with Michael Gervais, Jr. up to fifth. Rocco cleared Kopcik for second on lap-26 and he began to set his sights on Williams in the lead. The caution came back out with 30 laps complete for a spin by Eric Berndt in turn 4 and Andrew Molleur came to a stop against the turn 2 wall.
Williams took the lead back under green while Kopcik and Rocco resumed their side by side duel for second. Rocco got clear of Kopcik on lap-33 and DiMatteo was now side by side with Kopcik for third with Gervais in fifth. Kopcik took third on lap-34 with Gervais pulling alongside DiMatteo for fourth. Up front, Rocco pulled to the outside of Williams on lap-35 and the two leaders were once again side by side. Williams cleared Rocco on lap-37 with Kopcik diving to the inside of Rocco for second. Coming to 2 to go, Rocco was right on Williams’ back bumper. Rocco tried a crossover move but Williams was able to fend off his challenge. The two cars touched going into turn 3 but Williams was able to maintain the lead with Rocco still in second. Rocco made one last bid for the lead in turns 3+4 but Williams took the checkered flag to pick up his second consecutive win and fifth of the 2019 season. Rocco finished second with Kopcik, Gervais, and DiMatteo rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap SK Light feature, Amanda West took the lead at the drop of the green with Chris Matthews in second. The action was fast and furious behind the two front runners as Teddy Hodgdon, Bryan Narducci, and Robert Bloxsom were three-wide for third. Alexander Pearl came through to second with Narducci, Jonathan Puleo, and Hodgdon making up the top-5.
Narducci took the lead from West on lap-9 and with that move West began to slide backwards as Pearl took second, Puleo third and Hodgdon fourth with West finally getting back into line in fifth place.
With 5 laps to go, Narducci, Pearl, Puleo, and Hodgdon were locked in a four car nose to tail train in the fight for the race lead. Hodgdon made a move to the inside of Puleo on lap-17 but Puleo was able to hold him off. Hodgdon tried the move again on lap-18 and this time he was able to make the pass stick and take over third place.
Narducci led Pearl to the checkered flag to pick up his sixth win of the 2019 season. Hodgdon finished third with Puleo and West rounding out the top-5.
In the 15-lap Limited Late Model feature, the caution came out at the start as Matt Clement got on the brakes to avoid getting into the back of Gary Patnode and spun after contact from Kevin Crosby. Alexandra Fearn took the early lead on the restart with Duane Provost giving chase in second. Patnode was third in line with Jeremy Lavoie fourth and Clement was fifth in line.
Lavoie made a move on lap-8 to get by Patnode for third. Lavoie’s move opened the door for Clement and David Tefft to follow Lavoie by Patnode and drop Patnode back to sixth in line. Provost was still giving chase to Fearn for the race lead while Tefft nearly made a pass on Clement for fourth on lap-12 but settled back into line in fifth.
With 2 laps to go, Provost was right behind Fearn in the fight for the lead. Provost couldn’t get close enough to Fearn to make a move as Fearn took down her third win of the 2019 season. Lavoie finished third with Clement and Tefft rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap Street Stock feature, Meghan Fuller took the lead at the drop of the green with Zack Robinson working the outside lane to take second. Adrien Paradis, III slotted into third with Travis Hydar fourth and Tyler Trott and Dave Secore side by side for fifth place.
Hydar took third from Paradis on lap-3 while George Bessette, Jr. got around Secore to move into sixth behind Trott. Bessette took fourth from Trott on lap-4 and he then went by Paradis to take third on lap-5 as Fuller was starting to stretch out her advantage over Robinson at the front of the field. Jason Lafayette took fifth from Paradis on lap-7 and the caution flag came out with 8 laps complete for a spin in the middle of turns 1+2 by Trott. Tim Morse was sent to the rear of the field by NASCAR Officials for making contact with Trott.
Fuller took the lead back under green with Hydar taking second. Bessette and Robinson were side by side for third and Paradis in fifth. Lafayette nearly spun in turn 4 on lap-13 but he was able to gather his car up and remained in sixth. Robinson got clear of Bessette for third and with 2 laps to go, Bessette was glued to the back bumper of Robinson.
Fuller led Hydar to the checkered flag to pick up her second consecutive win of the 2019 season. Robinson finished third with Bessette and Paradis rounding out the top-5.
SK MODIFIED® (40)
1) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
2) Keith Rocco, Berlin
3) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown
4) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott
5) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington
6) Todd Owen, Somers
7) Tony Membrino, Jr., Berlin
8) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
9) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven
10) David Arute, Stafford Springs
11) Tyler Hines, North Haven
12) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, MA
13) Joey Cipriano, Waterbury
14) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA
15) Matt Galko, Meriden
16) John Catania, Agawam, MA
17) Tyler Jones, New Milford
18) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA
19) Eric Berndt, Cromwell
20) Andrew Molleur, Shelton
21) Dan Wesson, Monson, MA
22) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA
LATE MODEL 50 (50)
1) Ryan Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA
2) Michael Bennett, Willington
3) Dave Wray, Durham
4) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA
5) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA
6) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington
7) Michael Wray, Northford
8) Adam Gray, Granby, MA
9) Trace Beyer, Stratton, VT
10) David Arute, Stafford Springs
11) Paul Varricchio, Jr., Berlin
12) R.J. Surdell, Willington
13) Greg DeMone, Ludlow, MA
14) Al Saunders, Stafford
15) Scott Bouley, Thomaston
16) Cliff Saunders, Stafford
17) Darrell Keane, Enfield
18) Richard Ciriello, Reading, MA
19) Andy Marchese, Tolland
SK LIGHT MODIFIED (20)
1) Bryan Narducci, Colchester
2) Alexander Pearl, Salem
3) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury
4) Jonathan Puleo, Branford
5) Amanda West, Colchester
6) Chris Matthews, Stafford
7) Robert Bloxsom, III, Stratford
8) Nick Anglace, Oxford
9) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon
10) Steven Chapman, Ellington
11) Sami Anderson, Wolcott
12) Wesley Prucker, Stafford
13) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford
14) Glenn Bartkowski, Manchester
15) Noah Korner, Canton
16) Norm Sears, Andover
17) Ethan Durocher, Canterbury
18) Alina Bryden, West Springfield, MA
19) Chris Bagnall, Winsted
20) Todd Clark, Bristol
21) Paul French, Andover
LIMITED LATE MODEL (15)
1) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA
2) Duane Provost, Palmer, MA
3) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks
4) Matt Clement, Wethersfield
5) David Tefft, Southampton, MA
6) Gary Patnode, Barkhamsted
7) Devon Jencik, Canton
8) Kevin Crosby, Coventry
9) Jay Clement, Wethersfield
STREET STOCK (20)
1) Meghan Fuller, Auburn, MA
2) Travis Hydar, Woodbury
3) Zack Robinson, Putnam
4) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury
5) Adrien Paradis, III, Plainville
6) Jason Lafayette, Somers
7) Dave Secore, Jr., Union
8) Chris Danielczuk, Goshen
9) Tyler Trott, East Hartford
10) Vince Gambacorta, Ellington
11) Marvin Minkler, Stamford
12) Chris Ciriello, Beacon Falls
13) Craig Landgrebe, Newtown
14) George Yuska, S. Glastonbury