Story By: SCOTT RUNNING / STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT – Stafford Speedway hosted Weekly Racing action on Friday, August 14 with all 5 of its divisions in feature action.
After winning the biggest SK Modified® race of the season one week ago in the NAPA SK 5k, Chase Dowling made it back to back wins by taking the checkered flag in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature.
Paul Arute was a first time 2020 winner in the Late Model feature, Derek Debbis won for the second time in the SK Light feature, Andrew Durand scored his third win in the Limited Late Model feature, and Zack Robinson scored his third points paying win and fourth overall win in the Street Stock feature.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Tyler Leary took the early lead after holding off a challenge from Troy Talman. Andrew Molleur was third in line at the start with David Arute fourth and Michael Christopher, Jr. fifth. Talman took the lead from Leary on lap-7 and his move kicked Leary to the high groove and he fell back to a side by side duel with Arute for fourth place as Molleur took second and Christopher took third. Leary was able to get in line in fourth in front of Arute on lap-10. Arute would lose fifth to Chase Dowling on lap-12 as Talman continued to lead Molleur and Christopher. Marcello Rufrano brought the caution out with 16 laps complete with a spin in turn 2.
Talman took the lead back under green with Christopher and Molleur going side by side for second. Dowling was fourth in line with Stephen Kopcik up to fifth. Ronnie Williams was side by side with Arute for sixth and Todd Owen was in eighth place. Dowling got by Christopher to move into second place behind Talman on lap-21 and Kopcik was up to fourth as Molleur slid from second back to fifth in line.
With 10 laps to go Talman was still in command but Dowling was right on his back bumper looking high and low for a way to get by and take over the lead. Dowling made the move on lap-31 coming out of turn 4 and he took over the lead. Christopher was still third with Kopcik, Molleur, Williams, and Keith Rocco making up the top-7.
Dowling slowly pulled away from Talman over the closing laps to take down his second consecutive win of the 2020 season. Christopher finished third with Kopcik and Molleur rounding out the top-5.
In the 30-lap Late Model feature, Rick Lanagan took the lead at the green with Marc Curtis in second. Trace Beyer was third in line with Dave Wray fourth and Paul Arute in fifth. Just behind Arute was Tyler Leary, Al Saunders, Wayne Coury, Jr., Tom Fearn, and Adam Gray.
Wray took third from Beyer on lap-9 and Arute followed him by to take fourth and drop Beyer back to fifth. Arute took third from Wray on lap-11 and Leary was looking to follow him by. Leary made the move on lap-12 to move into fourth and with Wray stuck in the high lane, he fell back to 9th as Al Saunders was fifth, Coury sixth, Fearn seventh, and Gray eighth as Lanagan continued to hold the lead with Curtis in second.
Arute continued his charge to the front as he took second from Curtis on lap-17 and his move opened the door for Leary to take third and Al Saunders to move into fourth. Curtis would lose fifth to Coury on lap-20 but just as Coury made the move the caution came out for a spin in turn 2 by Greg DeMone to put Curtis back into fifth for the restart.
Arute took the lead on the restart with Leary taking second. Lanagan slotted into third with Al Saunders in fourth and Curtis fifth when the caution came back out with 20 laps complete as Michael Bennett and Ryan Fearn spun on the frontstretch.
Arute took the lead back under green with Leary all over his back bumper in second. Lanagan and Al Saunders were side by side for third with Curtis in fifth. With 5 laps to go, Arute and Leary were still locked in a tight duel for the lead with Lanagan still side by side for third.
Leary’s car dropped off the pace over the final 5 laps as he slid back to fourth at the finish while Arute took down his first win of the 2020 season. Al Saunders finished second with Coury, Leary, and Lanagan rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap SK Light feature, Robert Bloxsom, III took the lead at the green with Bob Charland, George Bessette, Jr., and Joey Ferrigno lined up behind him. The caution came out with 1 lap complete as Andrew Les spun in turn 4 and Wesley Prucker took to the infield grass to avoid Les.
Bloxsom took the on the restart with Charland right behind him in second. Bessette was third in line followed by Tyler Chapman in fourth and Norm Sears in fifth. Nicole Chambrello took a trip through the frontstretch infield and came to a stop to bring the caution back out with 3 laps complete.
Bloxsom took the lead back under green and one lap after the restart Tyler Chapman made a power move to shoot into second with Nick Anglace taking third. Anglace nearly took second from Chapman but fell back to third and the caution came back out with 5 laps complete for spins in turn 2 by Alina Bryden, Chambrello, and Anthony Forino.
Tyler Chapman took the lead from Bloxsom on the restart with Anglace pulling alongside Bloxsom for second. A multi-car pileup into the turn 1 wall involving Peter Bennett, Bert Ouellette, Cassandra Cole, Jacob Perry, and Sami Anderson brought the caution and red flags out with 7 laps complete.
Anglace went around Chapman on the restart to take the lead. Derek Debbis came up to second with Tyler Chapman and Bessette side by side for third. Debbis took the lead but just as he took the lead Wesley Prucker spun coming off turn 4 to bring the caution back out with 10 laps complete and put Debbis back to second for the restart.
Debbis powered his way into the lead on the restart with Tyer Chapman and Anglace side by side for second. Anglace nearly spun in turn 3 on lap-12 but he gathered his car up and rejoined in a side by side battle with Jonathan Puleo for sixth place. Anglace took sixth from Puleo on lap-15 as Debbis was leading Tyler Chapman, Steven Chapman, Alexander Pearl, and Bessette.
Debbis held the Chapman brothers off to take down his second win of the 2020 season. Tyler Chapman beat Steven to the line for second with Pearl and Bessette rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Lucas Leone took the lead at the green flag with Alexandra Fearn moving into second. Matt Clement took third with Andrew Durand fourth and Jeremy Lavoie fifth. Devon Jencik, who started on the pole, slid back to seventh and with 2 laps complete looked to lose an engine going into turn 3 as a plume of smoke appeared from underneath his car and he spun in turn 3 to bring the caution out.
On the restart Durand went from fourth to the lead, streaking his way through traffic. Leone settled into second with Lavoie third, Clement fourth and Fearn slid back to fifth. Lavoie made a move to take second from Leone on lap-6 and his move opened the door for Clement to take third and drop Leone back to fourth, just in front of Fearn as Durand continued to lead the race.
Fearn took fourth from Leone on lap-9 while Durand was staring to slowly extend his advantage over Lavoie and Clement, who were locked in a tight duel for second. Damian Palardy spun in turn 4 to bring the yellow back out with 10 laps complete.
Durand took the lead back under green while Clement got by Lavoie to move into second. Fearn also got by Lavoie to take third and drop Lavoie back to fourth with Leone rounding out the top-5. Fearn made a move to the inside of Clement for second on lap-13 and she completed the pass on lap-14. With 5 laps to go, Durand maintained a several car length lead over Fearn with Clement, Lavoie, and Leone still making up the top-5.
Durand led Fearn to the checkered flag to pick up his third win of the 2020 season. Clement came home in third with Lavoie and Leone rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap Street Stock feature, Bobby Stirk, III appeared to lose his engine at the start as he laid down a trail of oil and his car was smoking heavily to bring the caution out. George Yuska powered his way into the lead on the start with Larry Barnett coming up to second. Barnett took the lead from Yuska on lap-4 while Chris Meyer was third. Zack Robinson went around Nickolas Hovey on lap-5 to move into fourth and Robison’s pass opened the door for Adrien Paradis, III and Meghan Fuller to also get by Hovey and drop him back to seventh.
Robinson took second from Meyer on lap-8 while Paradis was fourth in line and Fuller was fifth as Barnett continued to lead the race. Robinson closed the gap to Barnett and by lap-12 he was looking to the inside of Barnett for the race lead. Robinson took the lead from Barnett on lap-13 while Fuller was now up to third behind the two leaders. Paradis was still fourth with Jason Lafayette now in fifth with 7 laps to go.
Fuller took second from Barnett with a pass in turn 4 on lap-14 and set her sights on narrowing the gap to Robinson for the race lead. Fuller couldn’t get close enough to Robinson to make a bid for the lead as Robinson scored his third points paying and fourth overall win of the 2020 season. Barnett finished third with Lafayette and Frank L’Etoile, Jr. rounding out the top-5.
SK MODIFIED® (40)
1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury
2) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA
3) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
4) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown
5) Andrew Molleur, Shelton
6) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
7) Keith Rocco, Berlin
8) Todd Owen, Somers
9) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, M
10) Tony Membrino, Jr., Wolcott
11) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott
12) David Arute, Stafford Springs
13) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury
14) Matt Gallo, Kensington
15) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven
16) Tyler Hines, North Haven
17) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA
18) Jeff Malave, Manchester
19) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA
20) Todd Patnode, Swanzey, N
21) Fran Siana, Enfield
22) Bryan Narducci, Colchester
23) Darin Renihan, Woodbury
24) Tom Bolles, Ellington
25) Matt Vassar, Plantsville
LATE MODEL (30)
1) Paul Arute, Northridge, MA
2) Al Saunders, Stafford
3) Wayne Coury, Jr., Fairfield
4) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA
5) Richard Lanagan, Broad Brook
6) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA
7) Marc Curtis, Brookfield, MA
8) Adam Gray, Granby, Ma
9) Darrell Keane, Enfield
10) Michael Wray, Northford
11) Michael Bennett, Willington
12) John Blake, North Haven
13) Duane Provost, Palmer, MA
14) Paul Varricchio, Jr., Berlin
15) R.J. Surdell, Willington
16) Dave Wray, Durham
17) Gregory DeMone, Ludlow, MA
18) Gary Theriault, Enfield
19) Ryan Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
20) Trace Beyer, Stratton, VT
21) Cliff Saunders, Stafford
SK LIGHT MODIFIED (20)
1) Derek Debbis, Oakdale
2) Tyler Chapman, Ellington
3) Steven Chapman, Ellington
4) Alexander Pearl, Salem
5) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury
6) Jonathan Puleo, Branford
7) Nick Anglace, Oxford
8) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon
9) Norm Sears, Andover
10) Bob Charland, Stafford
11) Robert Bloxsom, III, Stratford
12) Josh Carey, East Longmeadow, MA
13) Wesley Prucker, Staffor
14) Andrew Les, Palmer, MA
15) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford
16) Amanda West, Colchester
17) Alina Bryden, West Springfield, MA
18) Todd Douillard, Palmer, MA
19) Ethan Durocher, Canterbury
20) Peter Bennett, Cromwell
21) Cassandra Cole, Westbrook
22) Sami Anderson, Wolcott
23) Jacob Perry, Stonington
24) Bert Ouellette, Ellington
25) Anthony Forino, Waterbury
26) Nicole Chambrello, Kensington
27) Nathan Pytko, Douglas, MA
LIMITED LATE MODEL (20)
1) Andrew Durand, Chicopee, MA
2) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA
3) Matt Clement, Wethersfield
4) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks
5) Lucas Leone, Southington
6) Gary Patnode, New Hartford
7) Jay Clement, Wethersfield
8) Rich Hammann, Tolland
9) Damian Palardy, Willington
10) Devon Jencik, Canton
STREET STOCK (20)
1) Zack Robinson, Putnam
2) Meghan Fuller, Auburn, MA
3) Larry Barnett, Moosup
4) Jason Lafayette, Somers
5) Frank L’Etoile, Jr., Wethersfield
6) Adrien Paradis, III, Plainville
7) Nickolas Hovey, Chaplin
8) George Yuska, S. Glastonbury
9) Jason Finkbein, Manchester
10) Chris Meyer, North Franklin
11) Kyle Johnson, Manchester
12) Daltin Mccarthy, Oxford, MA
13) Chris Danielczuk, Goshen
14) John Orsini, Morris
15) Marvin Minkler, Stamford
16) David Macha, Sr., Columbia
17) Christopher Phelps, New Salem, MA
18) Thomas Hanley, Winsted
19) Craig Zervas, Tewksbury, MA
20) Adam Huff, Philadelphia, PA
21) Bobby Stirk, III, Naugatuck