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Christopher, Bennett, Debbis, Hammann, & Hydar Score May 7th Stafford Weekly Series Wins

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway hosted its first scheduled Friday night race of the 2021 season with a Stafford Weekly Series program on Friday, May 7th.  Michael Christopher outdueled Keith Rocco to win the SK Modified® feature, while both Michael Bennett and Derek Debbis both made it two-for-two in 2021 by winning the Late Model and SK Light feature events respectively.  Rich Hammann scored his first career Stafford feature victory in the Limited Late Model feature, and Travis Hydar won the Street Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Mikey Flynn led the field to the green but Michael Christopher, Jr. took the lead on the first lap before the caution came out for a multi car incident in turn 2 with 1 lap complete.

Christopher took the lead on the restart with Flynn in second and Todd Owen in third.  Owen worked his way by Flynn on lap-5 to take over second with Bryan Narducci in fourth and Tyler Hines and Chase Dowling side by side for fifth with Keith Rocco in seventh.  The caution flag flew with 9 laps complete for Doug Meservey, Jr. who did a half spin through the frontstretch infield.

Owen took a look to the high and low side of Christopher on the restart but Christopher was able to maintain the lead.  Rocco came up to third with Hines side by side with Flynn for fourth.  Hines took the place on lap-12 while Stephen Kopcik took fifth on lap-13.  Up front, Rocco got around Owen to take over second and he began to set his sights on Christopher for the lead. 

At the halfway point of the race, Christopher still held the lead with Rocco right on his bumper.  Owen was third followed by Hines and Kopcik.  Noah Korner was up to sixth followed by David Arute, Ronnie Williams, Andrew Molleur, Dowling, and Tyler Leary. 

Hines got around Owen for third place on lap-31 while Rocco was still giving chase to Christopher for the race lead and Kopcik was still running in fifth place. 

Rocco couldn’t get close enough to Christopher to make a move for the lead as Christopher took down the victory.  Hines finished third with Owen and Kopcik rounding out the top-5.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature, Rick Lanagan took the early lea with Paul Varricchio, Jr. in second.  Jim Mavlouganes was third in line followed by John Blake and Darrell Keane.  Keane drifted up the track on lap-4 and slid back several spots to eighth place.  Adam Gray got around Blake on lap-7 to move into fifth place while Michael Bennett took third from Mavlouganes on lap-8.  Gray was right behind Bennett and he also got by Mavlouganes to take fourh as Lanagan and Varricchio continued to hold down the top-2 spots.  Mike O’Sullivan spun in the middle of turns 3+4 to bring the caution out with 10 laps complete.  Michael Wray was black flagged to the rear of the field for making contact with O’Sullivan.

The field completed one lap before the caution came back out with 11 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Andrew Durand.  Bennett charged by Lanagan on the restart to take the lead while behind the lead duo was some 3-wide racing with Gray charging his way into third.  Mavlouganes settled into fourth with Blake rounding out the top-5.  Ryan Fearn was on a charge as he took fifth place from Blake on lap-17 while Bennett was starting to stretch out his lead over Lanagan and Gray.

Gray got by Lanagan on lap-20 to take over second place but he had a gap of nearly 2 seconds to erase in order to get close to Bennett.  That margin was erased with 21 laps complete for Al Saunders, who got into the turn 2 wall and was showering sparks from his car as he slowly brought his car to pit road.

After a restart was called back Bennett took the lead with Gray immediately falling into line in second.  Ryan Fearn took third as Lanagan fell back to fourth with Mavlouganes in fifth.  With 5 laps to go Bennett and Gray had pulled away from Ryan Fearn in third.  Mavlouganes and Lanagan touched as Mavlouganes was going for fourth place and he spun to bring the caution out with 25 laps complete.  Mavlouganes was black flagged to the rear of the field for making contact with Lanagan.

Bennett took the lead on the restart while Ryan Fearn took second from Gray.  Wayne Coury, Jr. took third from Gray but Gray came back with a crossover move on lap-27 to get back into third place.  Tom Fearn was fifth in line with the side by side duo of Michael Wray and Keane behind him.  Marc Curtis spun in the middle of turns 1+2 to bring the caution out with 27 laps complete to set up a 3 lap sprint to the finish.

Bennett took the lead on the restart with Ryan Fearn moving into second.  Gray was third with Coury in fourth.  Coury slid up the track on lap-28 and fell back several spots but the caution came out as Mavlouganes, Zack Robinson, and Cliff Saunders all spun in turn 3.  Under the caution Tom Fearn brought his car to pit road where it was found to be leaking fluid and his race came to an early end.

Bennett took the lead on the green white checkered restart with Gray all over his back bumper.  Bennett was able to hold off Gray and Ryan Fearn to take down his second consecutive win to kick off the 2021 season.  Coury finished fourth with Keane rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light feature event, Tyler Chapman took the lead at the green with Todd Douillard nearly making a move for the lead but slotting back into second.  Chris Matthews was third in line but he took second from Douillard on lap-2.  Peter Bennett was fourth followed by Brian Sullivan and Bob Charland side by side for fifth. 

Matthews pulled alongside Chapman on lap-4 and he took the lead on lap-5.  Sullivan and Douillard were now side by side for third behind Matthews and Chapman with Derek Debbis already up to fifth.  Debbis took fourth from Douillard on lap-7 and he was looking to take third when Chapman spun coming out of turn 4 to bring the caution out with 7 laps complete.

Matthews took the lead back under green with Debbis moving into second.  Sullivan was third in line with George Bessette, Jr. up to fourth and Alexander Pearl up to fifth.  Debbis took the lead from Matthews on lap-10 and the caution came out with 10 laps complete for Sami Anderson, who spun in turn 2.

Debbis took the lead on the restart with Matthews right behind him in second.  Sullivan was third with Pearl taking fourth from Bessette on lap-14.  The caution and red flags flew with 16 laps complete as Douillard hit the turn 4 wall head on and Sami Anderson also hit the turn 4 wall trying to avoid Douillard’s car.

After a delay to repair the turn 4 wall, the race went back to green with Debbis leading Matthews, Sullivan, Pearl, and the side by side duo of Bessette and Steven Chapman.  Bessette got clear from Chapman on lap-18 while Debbis picked up his second consecutive win of the 2021 season.  Sullivan finished third with Pearl and Bessette rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, Matt Clement took the lead at the drop of the green but he dropped off the pace going down the backstretch on the first lap which put Jeremy Lavoie into the race lead.  Mike Hopkins was second in the early going followed by R.J. Surdell, Rich Hammann, and Alexandra Fearn.  Hammann made a move to get by Surdell on lap-3 and that move opened the door for Fearn to follow Hamman by Surdell and drop him back to fifth in line as Lavoie continued to lead the race. 

Hammann continued to charge his way to the front as he took second from Hopkins on lap-9.  Just as Fearn followed Hammann by Surdell earlier, she followed Hammann by Hopkins to take third and drop Hopkins back to fourth with Surdell in fifth as Lavoie continued to lead.

Hammann was slowly reeling Lavoie in and with 7 laps to go there Lavoie’s lead was less than a car length over Hammann.  Jay Clement got around Surdell on lap-14 to move into fifth while Hammann made a move to the inside of Lavoie on lap-16 but Lavoie was able to fend off the challenge.  With Hammann and Lavoie dueling for the lead, Fearn was closing in on the two lead cars and with 3 laps to go it was a 3 car train for the lead.

Hammann made his move for the lead on lap-18 and his pass opened the door for Fearn to follow him through and drop Lavoie from the lead back to third place.  Hammann held Fearn off to the checkered flag to pick up his first career victory at Stafford.  Lavoie finished third with Hopkins and Clement rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Street Stock feature event, Sam Calvo spun into the frontstretch wall at the drop of the green flag to bring out the caution flag.  The next restart saw Bert Ouellette take the lead at the green and he held off a challenge from Adrien Paradis, III on the first lap to maintain the race lead.  Travis Hydar quickly moved into third with Kyle Johnson fourth and Nickolas Hovey fifth before the caution came back out with 1 lap complete for a spin by Christopher Phelps.

Ouellette resumed his place at the front of the field on the restart with Hydar getting around Paradis to move into second.  Johnson was fourth in line with Hovey in fifth.  Ouellette’s race came to a premature end as his car dropped off the pace as he completed lap 4 and he limped back to pit road.  This put Hydar into the lead followed by Paradis, Hovey, Johnson, and Chris Meyer.  Phelps spun in turn 2 to bring the caution back out with 4 laps complete.

Hydar powered his way into the lead back under green with Hovey moving up to second.  Meyer moved from fifth to third as Paradis fell from second back to fourth with Johnson in fifth place.  Johnson spun in the middle of turns 1+2 to bring the yellow flag back out with 7 laps complete.

Hovey was able to stay on the outside of Hydar for the lead for almost a full lap before falling back into third place behind Hydar and Meyer.  Frank L’Etoile, Jr. was up to fourth and Paradis was fifth in line when the caution came back out with 9 laps complete for a spin by Phelps.

Hydar took the lead back under green with L’Etoile taking second.  Hovey was third but he went by L’Etoile on lap-12 to move into second and Hovey would fall back to fourth on lap-13 as Meyer took over third place.  Chris Danielczuk and Calvo got together in turn 1 on lap-14 but both cars were able to continue on and the race stayed green. 

With 5 laps to go, Hydar was starting to slowly edge away from L’Etoile in second with Meyer, Hovey, and Jason Finkbein making up the top-5.  Hydar had stretched out his lead to nearly one second but the caution flew with 19 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Jeremy Washburn to set up a green white checkered finish.

L’Etoile went side by side with Hydar for the first lap of the green white checkered finish before slotting back into second.  L’Etoile made one more run on the final lap but couldn’t get close enough to Hydar to make a move as Hydar took down the victory.  Hovey finished third with Meyer and Finkbein rounding out the top-5.

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1) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott

2) Keith Rocco, Berlin

3) Tyler Hines, North Haven

4) Todd Owen, Somers

5) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown

6) Ronnie Williams, Tolland

7) Noah Korner, Avon

8) Andrew Molleur, Shelton

9) David Arute, Stafford Springs

10) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MS

11) Chase Dowling, Bethlehem

12) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA

13) Matt Vassar, Plantsville

14) Joe Allegro, Jr., Vernon

15) Dan Wesson, Monson, MA

16) Doug Meservey, Jr., Chatham, MA

17) Tom Bolles, Ellington

18) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA

19) Bryan Narducci, Colchester

20) Jonathan Puleo, Branford

21) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott

22) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven

23) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury


1) Michael Bennett, Willington

2) Adam Gray, Granby, MA

3) Ryan Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

4) Wayne Coury, Jr., Fairfield

5) Darrell Keane, Enfield

6) Michael Wray, Durham

7) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington

8) Paul Arute, Northbridge, MA

9) Andrew Molleur, Shelton

10) Tom Butler, Stafford Springs

11) John Blake, North Haven

12) Andrew Durand, Chicopee, MA

13) Rick Lanagan, Broad Brook

14) Paul Varricchio, Jr., Berlin

15) Duane Provost, Palmer, MA

16) Zack Robinson, Putnam

17) Armand Cote, Jr., Rocky Hill

18) Marc Curtis, Brookfield, MA

19) Michael O’Sullivan, Wilbraham, MA

20) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

21) Cliff Saunders, Stafford

22) Jim Mavlouganes, Bethany

23) Al Saunders, Stafford


1) Derek Debbis, Oakdale

2) Chris Matthews, Stafford

3) Brian Sullivan, Tolland

4) Alexander Pearl, Salem

5) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury

6) Steven Chapman, Ellington

7) Peter Bennett, Cromwell

8) Bob Charland, Stafford

9) Josh Carey, East Longmeadow, MA

10) Norm Sears, Andover

11) Zach Aszklar, Newtown

12) Tyler Chapman, Ellington

13) Tyler Barry, Griswold

14) Meghan Fuller, Auburn, MA

15) Nicole Chambrello, Kensington

16) Nick Anglace, Seymour

17) Ed Chicoski, New Hartford

18) Glenn Bartkowski, Manchester

19) Todd Douillard, Palmer, Ma

20) Geoff Boisjolie, Montgomery, MA

21) Sami Anderson, Wolcott

22) Shawn Thibeault, Plainville

23) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford

24) Alina Bryden, West Springfield, MA

25) David Webb, Danbury

26) Chris Bagnall, Winsted

27) Amanda West, Colchester


1) Rich Hammann, Tolland

2) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

3) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks

4) Michael Hopkins, Stafford Springs

5) Jay Clement, Wethersfield

6) R.J. Surdell, Willington

7) Matt Scappini, Litchfield

8) Kevin Crosby, Coventry

9) Damian Palardy, Willington

10) David Shinder, West Granby

11) Trinity Provost, Holland, MA

12) Gary Patnode, New Hartford

13) Matt Clement, Wethersfield


1) Travis Hydar, Woodbury

2) Frank L’Etoile, Jr., Wethersfield

3) Nickolas Hovey, Chaplin

4) Chris Meyer, North Franklin

5) Jason Finkbein, Manchester

6) David Macha, Sr., Columbia

7) Tyler Trott, East Hartford

8) Travis Downey, Barkhamsted

9) John Orsini, Morris

10) Daltin McCarthy, Oxford, MA

11) Marvin Minkler, Stamford

12) Bobby Stirk, III, Naugatuck

13) Jeremy Washburn, Willimantic

14) Chris Danielczuk, Goshen

15) Tyler Morrell, Berlin

16) Kyle Johnson, Manchester

17) Samantha Dell, Harrisville, RI

18) Adrien Paradis, III, Plainville

19) Sam Calvo, East Berlin

20) Christopher Phelps, New Salem, MA

21) Rob Sears, Stafford Springs

22) Tommy Hanley, Stafford Springs

23) Bert Ouellette, Ellington

24) Chad Wengloski, East Haven

25) David Angelillo Jr, Bristol

Stafford Speedway Kicks Off 21 Weeks of Friday Night Racing

(Stafford Springs, CT)—This Friday night, May 7, will see Stafford Speedway host the first of 21 weeks of Friday night weekly racing.  Here we take a look at several storylines from each of Stafford’s five weekly divisions that have developed over the first 2 events of the 2021 season.

SK Modified® Division

  • Over the winter, Tyler Hines moved from his family owned #25 car to the #85 car owned by Petty Cash Motorsports.  Hines and the #85 crew have enjoyed a seamless transition as they won the first SK Modified® feature on April 24 and followed that up with a third place podium finish on April 30 to lead the points heading into this Friday night, May 7.
  • Defending SK Modified® champion Keith Rocco has had a tough start to his 2021 season in the #88 Wheelers Auto Service Chevrolet.  Rocco has been involved in accidents in both SK Modified® feature events run thus far and while he was able to recover and finish second in the April 24 feature event, his luck was not so fortunate in the April 30 race where he was towed off the track and finished in 18th place.  Rocco enters this Friday night in 8th place in the SK Modified® standings, 32 points behind Tyler Hines.
  • Stephen Kopcik continues a hot streak dating back to the end of the 2020 season.  Kopcik missed the last 2 races of the 2020 season but he finished 1st and 2nd in the last 2 races that he ran in 2020 and has followed that up with a victory in the April 30 feature after finishing a disappointing 15th in the April 24 feature.  Kopcik enters this Friday night 5th in the SK Mod standings, 24 points behind Tyler Hines.

Late Model Division

  • Michael Bennett moved from Rob Russell’s #31 car back to his family owned #19 Aubuchon Hardware sponsored car for the 2021 season and much like Tyler Hines in the SK Modified® division, he hasn’t been hampered at all by changing teams.  Bennett won the season opener for the Late Model division, ending a winless streak at Stafford that dated back to September 22, 2017.
  • Defending Late Model champion Adam Gray and the #97 Meadows Motor Cars team showed that they are already in mid-season form, chasing Bennett to the checkered flag in the season opener finishing second after starting 21st.  Including the 2020 season, Gray has now scored 10 podium finishes in his last 15 starts at Stafford.
  • Although there has only been one race run so far in 2021, a 5th place finish in the season opener means perennial Late Model winner Tom Fearn and the #92 King Gray Coach Lines team now remain winless in their last 18 Late Model races, dating back to September 7, 2018.
  • 26 drivers took the green flag in the Opening Day 30-lap feature. Big fields means qualifying is more important than ever in the Late Model division, finishing outside the handicap positions means you’re starting deep.

SK Light Division

  • After a stellar rookie season in 2020 that saw him win 5 races, win Rookie of the Year honors, and finish second in the points standings, Derek Debbis and the #56 Donna May Fisheries team continued their dominance with a victory in the season opening SK Light feature. Debbis proved he’ll be one of the drivers to beat in 2021. 
  • Last year’s SK Light Rookie of the year runner-up George Bessette, Jr. in the #39 Lasco Roofing & Sheetmetal Chevrolet and Brian Sullivan in the #11 Monaco Ford Ford rounded out the podium in the SK Light season opener with Derek Debbis, meaning that the top-3 finishers from the 2020 SK Light standings were all on the podium to start the 2021 season. Bessette is still looking for his first SK Light win while Sullivan looks to add to his only career victory which came in 2020. 
  • Tyler Barry, the 15-year old son of former Stafford SK Modified® driver and chassis builder Ken Barry, made his Stafford Speedway debut on April 24 and brought his #18 Clearcom I.T. Solutions Chevrolet home with an 18th place finish, making him the top finishing rookie driver.
  • 34 SK Light Modifieds attempted to qualify for 27 spots at last Friday’s event. Rookies Meghan Fuller & Jake Hines both failed to make the field after hard qualifying accidents. Both will be back Friday to attempt their first SK Light Modified feature.

Limited Late Model Division

  • Alexandra Fearn in the #12 SAFCO Foam Chevrolet outdueled former 2-time Limited Late Model champion Jeremy Lavoie in the #6 L + S Equipment Ford to win the season opener.  The two Limited Late Model heavyweights could be in for a season-long battle in the race for the 2021 championship.
  • Rich Hammann built a brand new car over the winter with some help from Rob Russell Chassis and he piloted his new #28 NAPA of Tolland Chevrolet to a career best Limited Late Model finish of third in the season opener.
  • After posting a best finish of 6th during his rookie season in 2020, Jay Clement showed that he isn’t falling victim to a sophomore slump as he recorded a career best finish of fourth with his #95 Elmo’s Dockside Chevrolet in the season opener.

Street Stock Division

  • In his first season of racing at Stafford in 2020, Chris Meyer scored 2 wins and nearly won the championship.  Meyer and the #87 D and L Services team showed they will once again be championship contenders as Meyer made a slick 3-wide move on the final lap of the Street Stock season opener to take the lead and the win.
  • In his second season of Street Stock competition at Stafford, 15 year old Nickolas Hovey scored his best finish with a second place finish in the season opener.  Hovey nearly got by Chris Meyer for the win on the final lap of the race but he had to settle for second place with his #16 Busy Bees Learning Center Chevrolet.
  • Former 2-time Street Stock champion Frank L’Etoile, Jr. took the lead at the green flag and looked like he was going to cruise to victory in the season opener.  L’Etoile led the first 19 laps of the race before getting shuffled back to fifth place on the final lap.  L’Etoile and the #8 O’Reilly Auto Parts team will be looking to rebound from missing out on what would have been a dominating win to kick off the 2021 season.

Stafford’s SK Modifieds®, Late Models, SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks will all be in feature action this Friday night, May 7.  General admission and paddock tickets can be purchased online at  Any fans who can’t make it to the track to watch in person can watch all the action live on FloRacing, click here to subscribe.

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The Crafty Toolbox Becomes Newest Stafford Contingency Program Partner

(Stafford Springs, CT)—New for the 2021 season at Stafford Motor Speedway, The Crafty Toolbox of Meriden, CT has become the track’s newest contingency sponsor.  The Crafty Toolbox will present a weekly bonus of $50 to the third place finisher in each Street Stock feature event, bumping the third place purse up to $225.

“Last season we sponsored Gary Patnode’s Limited Late Model car and we had Baker’s Woodshop as a Limited Late Model contingency partner,” said Joe and Tim Baker, co-owners of The Crafty Toolbox.  “This season we’re sponsoring Gary again with Baker’s Woodshop but we’re also sponsoring Travis Downey in the Street Stock division with The Crafty Toolbox.  We were at the track for Opening Day a couple Saturdays ago and we noticed that there was no contingency sponsor for 3rd place in the Street Stock division so we decided to become the 3rd place sponsor and fill that void.  We do this out of a love of racing and the fact that these drivers deserve some extra money because racing is an expensive sport and they don’t make a lot of money racing.”

Joe and Tim Baker’s involvement with the Stafford Contingency Program doesn’t begin and end with The Crafty Toolbox.  For the second consecutive season, Baker’s Woodshop will offer a $75 bonus to the third place finisher in each Limited Late Model feature event this season.  The Crafty Toolbox will also have a presence at Stafford’s Monday night Wild Thing Kart Series.

“We’re also going to be sponsoring the Senior Outlaw division of Wild Thing Karts on September 18 so the race will be The Crafty Toolbox 25,” said the Bakers.

The Crafty Toolbox is a Veteran Owned retail store located at 930 Old Colony Road in Meriden, CT specializing in handmade products from various vendors and artists.  They currently have over 60 unique vendors with a wide variety of products on offer.  For more information about The Crafty Toolbox, please visit or call 475-775-5007.  The Crafty Toolbox is open Wednesday through Sunday with hours of 10am-5pm on Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-6pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sunday.

“Baker’s Woodshop is now an LLC and we have our contractor’s license,” said the Bakers.  “We build decks and things like that but we do a lot of craft stuff with recycled pallet wood.  Other than if we’re doing a deck or porch or something like that, 90% of what we make is all recycled pallet wood so it looks good and it’s environmentally friendly.”

For more information about Baker’s Woodshop, please visit or call 860-416-1013.

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