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Owen, Robinson, Anglace, Jencik, & Hydar Score Bud Light Open 80 Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway hosted another round of Stafford Weekly Racing on Friday, July 30th with Open Modified cars in the house for the Bud Light Open 80.  Todd Owen scored his first SK Modified® win of the 2021 season, Zack Robinson took down his first career Late Model feature win, Nick Anglace notched his second SK Light win of 2021, Devon Jencik became a first time winner at Stafford in the Limited Late Model feature, and Travis Hydar took down his second Street Stock win of the 2021 season.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Doug Meservey, Jr. took the early lead at the drop of the green with Matt Vassar in second.  Mikey Flynn was third followed by Michael Gervais, Jr. and Chase Dowling.  The caution came out with 4 laps complete as David Arute spun in turn 2 which collected several cars behind him including Bran Narducci, Dylan Kopec, Keith Rocco, Nick Giardina, and Teddy Hodgdon.

Meservey took the lead back under green with Flynn taking second.  Dowling moved up to third with Andrew Molleur taking fourth and Tyler Hines fifth as Vassar fell back to sixth.  Molleur took third from Flynn on lap-8 and Hines followed him forward to take fourth and drop Flynn back to fifth with Meservey and Dowling the lead cars. 

Dowling made a move to take the lead from Meservey on lap-13 and that move brought Hines up to second as Meservey fell back to third with Molleur in fourth and Todd Owen fifth.  Hines went by Dowling to take the lead on lap-14 and Dowling almost pulled off a crossover move on lap-15 but he settled back into second behind Hines.  Meservey drifted up the track on lap-17 which allowed Molleur to move into third, Owen fourth, and Michael Christopher, Jr. fifth as Meservey slid back to sixth place.  Meservey’s car then dropped off the pace on lap-19 and he pulled onto pit road. 

Stephen Kopcik went by Christopher to move into fifth place on lap-21 with Hines still leading Dowling, Molleur, and Owen.  Owen went by Molleur to move into third on lap-25 and he began to close down the gap to Dowling in second.  Owen caught Dowling on lap-29 and  he made a pass to take second place on lap-30.  Kopcik pulled alongside Dowling for third and the two cars ran side by side for a lap before Kopcik took third on lap-31.  The caution flew with 36 laps complete as Kopec and P.J. Peters spun through the frontstretch grass to set up a 4 lap sprint to the finish.

Hines took the lead on the restart but coming off turn 4 Hines and Kopcik came together with Hines spinning into the infield to bring the caution out before a lap could be completed.  Hines was finished for the evening while Kopcik brought his car to pit road with damage to the right front of his car.  This put Owen in the lead for the restart with Dowling in second.

Dowling took the lead on the restart with a push from Christopher but Owen came back strong to Dowling’s inside on lap-38 to retake the lead.  Dowling was second with Molleur and Christopher side by side for third.  Owen held off Dowling to the line to pick up his first win of the 2021 season.  Christopher got around Molleur for third on the final lap with Vassar rounding out the top-5.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature event, Paul Arute took the early lead at the green flag with Zack Robinson taking second from John Blake on lap-2 but the caution flew before the lap was complete for a spin in turn 1 by Armand Cote, Jr. to put Robinson back in third for the lap-2 restart.

Arute took the lead on the restart with Robinson again going door to door with Blake for second place.  Robinson took the spot on lap-2 just before the caution came back out for a spin in turn 1 by Marc Curtis.

Robinson took the lead from Arute on the restart with Blake briefly making it 3-wide for the lead.  Arute settled into second with Blake third before Rick Lanagan spun in turn 4 to bring the caution back out with 3 laps complete.

Robinson charged into the lead on the restart with Arute taking second.  Blake was third in line followed by Andrew Durand in fourth and the side by side duo of Wayne Coury, Jr. and Keane for fifth.  Coury took fifth on lap-5 with Keane right behind him in sixth. 

With 10 laps complete, Robinson had pulled out to a lead of several car lengths over Arute with Durand and Blake side by side for third with Coury in fifth.  Durand took over third from Blake on lap-14 and that move allowed Coury to take fourth, Keane fifth, and Adam Gray sixth as Blake slipped back to seventh in line.  Durand made a move to get by Arute and take over second place on lap-16 while Robinson was still in command. 

Coury’s car dropped off the pace on lap-19 and he limped his way back to pit road as Gray and Keane were now side by side for third place with Arute in fifth as Robinson continued to lead.  Gray took third with Keane and Arute falling into line behind him.

Robinson held Durand off to the checkered flag to pick up his first career Late Model win at Stafford.  Gray finished third with Keane and Andrew Molleur rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light feature event, Amanda West and Tyler Barry ran the first lap side by side with West holding the lead by a nose at the line.  Brian Sullivan was third in line followed by Bob Charland and Meghan fuller.  Barry and West ran side by side until lap-4 when Barry got clear into the lead.  Nick Anglace took to the outside lane to get by Fuller and move into fifth place on lap-8 and he then took fourth from Charland on lap-9.  Sullivan was applying heavy pressure to West for second as the race hit the halfway point.  West held onto second and then Anglace streaked by Sullivan in the outside lane on lap-11 to move into third place.  Anglace took to the low line and he took second place from West on lap-13 as Barry continued to hold the lead.  Josh Carey made a move to take fifth from Charland on lap-14 and the caution flag flew with 15 laps complete as Sullivan spun in turn right in front of Charland with several other cars including Steven Chapman and George Bessette, Jr. getting involved as they took evasive action.

Anglace and Barry went wheel to wheel on the restart with Anglace taking lead by a nose at the line.  Derek Debbis was up to third and he took second as Anglace took the elad with Barry falling back to third on lap-19.  Debbis made a move for the lead coming to the checkered flag but Anglace picked up his second win of the 2021 season.  Barry finished third with Charland and West rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, Jay Clement held the lead by a nose at the end of the first lap with R.J. Surdell to his inside.  Surdell charged into lead on lap-2 with Devon Jencik taking second  to drop Jay Clement back to third.  Jeremy Lavoie was up to fourth with Alexandra Fearn and Rich Hammann side by side for fifth place.   Fearn took fifth on lnap-4 while Jencik was slowly starting to pull away from Surdell in second.

Lavoie took over third place from Jay Clement on lap-5 while Jencik was still stretching out his lead.  Lavoie continued his charge towards the front by taking second from Surdell on lap-6 and the caution flew with 6 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Gary Patnode.

Back under green Jencik took the lead with Lavoie, Fearn, Surdell, and Mike Hopkins lined up behind him.  Hopkins took fourth from Surdell on lap-10 and Hammann took fifth before Surdell got into the turn 2 wall to bring the caution out with 10 laps complete.

Jencik took the lead back under green with Laovie, Hopkins, Fearn, and Hammann lined up behind him.  The caution and red flags flew with 11 laps complete when Jay Clement and Hammann got sideways coming out of turn 2 and hit the wall head on. 

Jencik again took the lead on the restart with Lavoie in second.  Fearn and Hopkins were side by side for third place with Kevin Crosby up to fifth.  Hopkins took third on lap-14 but Fearn came right back to his inside with a crossover move and retook third on lap-15.  The following lap was Hopkins’ turn to get back to the inside of Fearn and he went back into third as Jencik and Lavoie were pulling away from Hopkins and Fearn.

Jencik held Lavoie off over the final laps to score his first career feature win at Stafford.  Hopkins finished third with Fearn and Crosby rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Street Stock feature event, Jeremy Washburn took the lead at the green but the caution flew with 1 lap complete as Travis Downey spun in turn 1, which collected the cars of Tyler Trott, Bill Cote, Chris Danielczuk, Bobby Stirk, III, and Christopher Orsini.

The race went back to green with Travis Hydar making a 3-wide move to take the lead.  Bert Ouellette came up to second with Adrien Paradis, III moving into third.  Chris Meyer took fourth on lap-3 and Frank L’Etoile, Jr.moved into fifth as Marvin Minkler fell from second back to 8th place.  The caution came back out with 4 laps complete for a spin in turn 1 by John Orsini that collected the car of Nick Bendiak. 

Christopher Phelps spun in turn 3 to bring the caution back out right after the restart.  Hydar took the lead on the next restart with Paradis coming up to second.  L’Etoile and Ouellette were side by side for third for a lap before L’Etoile took the spot with Chris Meyer and Nickolas Hovey right behind Ouellette.  Meyer took fourth on lap-8 and Hovey took fifth on lap-9 as Ouellette got dropped back to sixth.  The caution came back out with 9 laps complete for a spin by Jason Finkbein.

Hydar took the lead on the restart with L’Etoile moving up to second.  Hovey took third with Meyer fourth and Paradis falling back to fifth.  Hovey slipped up the track in turn 3 on lap-16 with a flat right front tire, which allowed Meyer to take third, Paradis fourth, and Ouellette fifth.  L’Etoile was applying heavy pressure to Hydar as the two leaders took the white flag.  L’Etoile couldn’t get close enough to Hydar to make a move as Hydar took down his second win of the 2021 season.  Meyer finished third with Paradis and Ouellette rounding out the top-5.

For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at (860) 684-2783, or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

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SK MODIFIED® (40)

1) Todd Owen, Somers

2) Chase Dowling, Bethlehem

3) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott

4) Andrew Molleur, Shelton

5) Matt Vassar, Plantsville

6) Noah Korner, Avon

7) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA

8) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott

9) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven

10) David Arute, Stafford Springs

11) Jon Puleo, Branford

12) P.J. Peters, Oxford

13) Curt Brainard, Canton

14) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA

15) Dan Wesson, Monson, MA

16) Tyler Hines, North Haven

17) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown

18) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury

19) Dylan Kopec, Feeding Hills, MA

20) Doug Meservey, Jr., Chatham, MA

21) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington

22) Bryan Narducci, Colchester

23) Keith Rocco, Berlin

24) Nick Giardina, South Salem, NY

LATE MODEL (30)

1) Zack Robinson, Putnam

2) Andrew Durand, Chicopee, MA

3) Adam Gray, Granby, MA

4) Darrell Keane, Enfield

5) Andrew Molleur, Shelton

6) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

7) Michael Bennett, Willington

8) Paul Arute, Northbridge, MA

9) Paul Varricchio, Jr., Berlin

10) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington

11) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA

12) Trace Beyer, Stratton, VT

13) Michael Wray, Durham

14) Josh Wood, Palmer, MA

15) Rick Lanagan, Broad Brook

16) John Blake, North Haven

17) Armand Cote, Jr., Rocky Hill

18) Wayne Coury, Jr., Fairfield

19) Tom Butler, Stafford Springs

20) Marc Curtis, Brookfield, MA

SK LIGHT MODIFIED (20)

1) Nick Anglace, Seymour

2) Derek Debbis, Oakdale

3) Tyler Barry, Griswold

4) Bob Charland, Stafford

5) Amanda West, Colchester

6) Tyler Chapman, Ellington

7) Chris Matthews, Stafford

8) Peter Bennett, Cromwell

9) Norm Sears, Andover

10) Meghan Fuller, Auburn, MA

11) Alina Bryden, West Springfield, MA

12) Alexander Pearl, Salem

13) Josh Carey, East Longmeadow, MA

14) Brian Sullivan, Tolland

15) Nicole Chambrello, Kensington

16) Ed Chicoski, New Hartford

17) Cassandra Cole, Westbrook

18) Anthony Forino, Waterbury

19) Casey Vogt, Windsor Locks

20) Glenn Bartkowski, Manchester

21) Chris Bagnall, Winsted

22) Steven Chapman, Ellington

23) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury

24) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon

25) Rit Dulac, Plantsville

26) Brett Casey, Meriden

LIMITED LATE MODEL (20)

1) Devon Jencik, Canton

2) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks

3) Michael Hopkins, Stafford Springs

4) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

5) Kevin Crosby, Coventry

6) R.J. Surdell, Willington

7) Damian Palardy, Willington

8) Matt Scappini, Litchfield

9) Gary Patnode, New Hartford

10) Jay Clement, Wethersfield

11) Rich Hammann, Tolland

12) Matt Clement, Wethersfield

13) Trinity Provost, Holland, MA

STREET STOCK (20)

1) Travis Hydar, Woodbury

2) Frank L’Etoile, Jr., Wethersfield

3) Chris Meyer, North Franklin

4) Adrien Paradis, III, Plainville

5) Bert Ouellette, Ellington

6) Kyle Johnson, Manchester

7) Johnny Walker, Agawam, MA

8) Marvin Minkler, Stamford

9) Chris Danielczuk, Goshen

10) Sam Calvo, East Berlin

11) David Macha, Sr., Columbia

12) Rob Sears, Stafford Springs

13) Patrick Grady, Berlin

14) Samantha Dell, Harrisville, RI

15) Jeremy Washburn, Willimantic

16) Nickolas Hovey, Chaplin

17) Jason Finkbein, Manchester

18) Christopher Phelps, New Salem, MA

19) Andy Crane, Montgomery, NY

20) John Orsini, Morris

21) Nick Bendiak, Pepperell, MA

22) Cameron Varricchio, Berlin

23) Travis Downey, Barkhamsted

24) Tyler Trott, East Hartford

25) Daltin McCarthy, Oxford, MA

26) Bobby Stirk, III, Naugatuck

27) Bill Cote, Belchertown, MA

Chase Dowling Wins Bud Light Open 80 At Stafford Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Open Modified cars returned to Stafford Motor Speedway for the third of four visits during the 2021 season on Friday, July 30th for the Bud Light Open 80.  Chase Dowling took the lead from Ryan Preece on lap-53 and drove away from the field to win the Bud Light 80 and take home contingency bonuses of $1,000 from GAF Roofing, $500 from New England Racing Fuel, and $500 from Rayner Real Estate to push his winner’s check up to $5,500.

Ryan Preece led the field to the green flag and he took the early lead with Ronnie Williams, Chase Dowling, Matt Galko, and Joey Cipriano behind him.  Williams nearly made a move for the lead on lap-4, but he fell back into line in second place behind Preece.  The caution came out with 10 laps complete for Les Rose, Jr. and Robert Bloxsom, III, who both got into the turn 3 wall.

Preece took the lead back under green with Williams and Dowling second and third.  Cipriano and Galko swapped positions with Cipriano taking fourth and Galko sliding back to fifth.  Woody Pitkat dove to the inside of Galko to move into fifth on lap-15 as Preece continued to lead Williams and Dowling out front.

With 30 laps complete, the top-3 of Preece, Williams, and Dowling remained unchanged but Pitkat was now up to fourth with Cipriano in fifth.  Galko was sixth followed by Eric Goodale, Craig Lutz, Chris Pasteryak, and Dana DiMatteo.  The caution came back out with 38 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Bloxsom.

Under the caution every car except for Andrew Molleur decided to come to pit road for a change of 2 tires and adjustments.  Preece won the race off of pit road followed by Dowling, Williams, Cipriano, Goodale, Pitkat, Lutz, Anthony Nocella, and Pasteryak. 

Molleur led the first lap after the restart but Preece charged his way into the lead on lap-40.  Dowling quickly worked his way up to second and Williams took third, dropping Molleur from the lead back to fourth place.  Cipriano took fourth from Molleur on lap-42 and Pitkat followed him through into fifth as Molleur began to slide backwards.  Pitkat then took fourth from Cipriano on lap-45 while Dowling was starting to apply heavy pressure to the back bumper of Preece for the race lead.  Bloxsom brought the caution back out with 50 laps complete with a spin coming out of turn 2.

Dowling went wheel to wheel on the outside of Preece for 2 laps after the restart before getting clear into the lead on lap-53.  Pitkat was up to third with Williams fourth and Cipriano in fifth.  Pasteryak was sixth followed by Nocella, DiMatteo, Owen, and Galko.  Brett Gonyaw spun in turn 4 to bring the caution back out with 57 laps complete.

Dowling took the lead on the restart with Pitkat getting around Preece to move into second.  Williams was fourth in line with Cipriano right behind him in fifth.  Pasteryak was sixth with Nocella and DiMatteo side by side for seventh, Galko was ninth and Noah Korner was up to tenth. 

With 10 laps to go, Dowling had pulled away from Pitkat in second, who had pulled away from a host of cars that included Preece, Williams, Cipriano, and Pasteryak.  Williams got around Preece to move into third on lap-74 and Cipriano took fourth from Preece on lap-75.

Dowilng cruised to his second consecutive Open Modified victory at Stafford with Pitkat coming home in second.  Williams finished third with Cipriano and Pasteryak rounding out the top-5.

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BUD LIGHT OPEN MODIFIED 80 (80)

1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, CT

2) Woody Pitkat, Bellingham, MA

3) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, CT

4) Joey Cipriano, Plymouth, CT

5) Chris Pasteryak, Moosup, CT

6) Ryan Preece, Kannapolis, NC

7) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA

8) Dana DiMatteo, Farmington, CT

9) Noah Korner, Avon, CT

10) Andrew Molleur, Shelton, CT

11) Craig Lutz, Middle Island, NY 

12) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, NY

13) Tommy Barrett, Jr., Millis, MA

14) Todd Owen, Somers, CT

15) Matt Galko, Meriden, CT

16) Jeff Gallup, Agawam, MA

17) Anthony Bello, Newtown, CT

18) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA

19) Brett Gonyaw, Vernon, CT

20) Earl Paules, Palmerton, PA

21) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven, CT

22) Robert Bloxsom, III, Branford, CT

23) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott, CT

24) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown, CT

25) Les Rose, Jr., Southbridge, MA

26) Dave Salzarulo, Monson, MA

Chris Pasteryak Looking to Get Back to Winning Ways in Stafford Speedway’s Bud Light Open 80

(Stafford Springs, CT)—When the green flag is displayed to the field for the Bud Light Open 80 at Stafford this Friday, July 30, Chris Pasteryak will be looking to turn his fortunes around and get back to victory lane.  The Moosup, CT native and driver of the #75 Dawley’s Collision and Custom Chevrolet last visited victory lane in 2016 and his last win at Stafford came back in 2015 in a Modified Racing Series event.  For Pasteryak, a win at Stafford would be special not only for being his first win in over 5 years, but Stafford is a track that holds a special place in Pasteryak’s heart from the long history of his father Charlie and Uncle Carl racing modifieds at the Connecticut half-mile.

“Stafford is the first track that my father and uncle went to way back in 1976,” said Pasteryak.  “Every time I go back to Stafford that’s always in the back of my mind and I’ve been able to have some success over the years at Stafford.  It’s been so long since I’ve won a race, getting a win would be like winning my first race all over again.  Any time you’re lucky enough to win a race at Stafford it’s very special and if I can get back into victory lane, especially at Stafford, it’s going to be a huge deal.  Thanks to Dawley’s Collision and Custom, New England Race Fuel, M.P. Williams Builders, and all the guys who come and help me in the pits.  We’ll give it another go this Friday night and see how things go for us.”

The 2021 season has seen Pasteryak and his crew struggling to find speed in his #75 machine.  In 5 starts between the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and Stafford’s Open 80’s, Pasteryak has just 1 top-10 finish, which came at Star Speedway back in May.  Pasteryak finished just outside the top-10 in 11th place in CBYD 81 at Stafford in May and he finished 17th in the June Twisted Tea 80 after losing his power steering in an early race mishap.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit this season but I feel better about going to Stafford,” said Pasteryak.  “The first race was all right but still not good and the last race at Stafford I lost the power steering after getting into a wreck on lap-4, so I kind of have to throw that one out and it was a long night of just driving around to get to the finish.  We need to work on our luck and speed in the car at Stafford.  We’ve been quick at times at other tracks but we haven’t been great.  We’ve made some good calls in the pits to help get some decent finishes but this season has been a bit bizarre.  Hopefully I can change my luck this Friday.”

Pasteryak has run well at Stafford in previous seasons, notching 2 wins, 7 top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes in 15 career Modified Racing Series starts, and he also scored a third place finish in a Modified Touring Series feature at Stafford back in 2017.  Pasteryak’s career Whelen Modified Tour numbers at Stafford are 4 top-5 and 7 top-10 finishes in 17 starts with a single pole position coming in the 2019 NAPA Fall Final.  In his search to regain speed in his #75 car, Pasteryak’s plan is go back in time and see if one of his older setups can provide the speed he needs but he won’t be able to utilize everything from his older setups.  


“We’ll be trying something different with the car again for this Friday’s race,” said Pasteryak.  “We’re going to go back in time a little bit to see if what worked a few years ago might work for us again.  When I won the pole at the Fall Final in 2019 with my Tour car, I had a coil bind setup in the car and the Stafford Open Modified rules don’t allow for coil binding.  So in that sense I’m a little bit behind the guys who have regularly run the Open shows at Stafford and have figured out how to make the car conventionally go fast around Stafford.”

The 4th Annual Bud Light Open 80 is scheduled for this Friday, July 30.  Stafford’s SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and Street Stock divisions will join the Open Modifieds in feature action.  Tickets for the Bud Light 80 are available now online at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets and tickets will also be available for purchase at the admission gates.  Tickets for the Bud Light 80 are $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids 6-14, and free for kids 5 & under.  Reserved seating is priced at $35.00 for all ages and pit passes are $45.00 with a valid 2021 Stafford Competition License and $50.00 without a Stafford license.  If you are unable to attend the event, tune into the live stream on FloRacing, the official streaming partner of Stafford Speedway. 

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783