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Rocco, Leary, Narducci, Provost, & Bessette Score Lincoln Tech VRMS 80 Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

Tom Morris/Myracenews photos

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action on Friday, August 30th with the Valenti Modified Racing Series in the house for the Lincoln Tech VMRS 80.  Keith Rocco was a winner for the second consecutive week in the SK Modified® feature, Tyler Leary won for the first time in nearly 2 years in the Late Model feature, Bryan Narducci scored his second consecutive and eighth overall feature win of the 2019 season in the SK Light feature, Duane Provost secured his second win of 2019 in the Limited Late Model feature, and George Bessette, Jr. took down his second consecutive and fourth overall win of 2019 in the Street Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Troy Talman took the early lead with Joey Cipriano applying heavy pressure in second.  Tyler Hines was third with Cory DiMatteo fourth and Glen Reen fifth.  Hines got into the back of Cipriano on lap-5 with Cipriano recovering in 14th place.  Talman still held the lead with Hines now in second, DiMatteo third, Reen fourth and Andrew Molleur fifth. 

Todd Owen got around Molleur for fifth on lap-7 with Michael Gervais, Jr. in sixth.  Gervais took fifth from Owen on lap-10 and Hines was given the black flag for making contact with Cipriano.  This put DiMatteo into second with Reen third, Keith Rocco fourth and Gervais fifth as Talman was still in the lead on lap-14.  Reen got around DiMatteo to take over second on lap-15 but DiMatteo came right back and nearly retook the spot on lap-17.  DiMatteo continued to look high and low for a way around Reen while Rocco and Gervais were closing in and Talman was still in the lead.  DiMatteo made a pass stick on lap-20 to move back into second and drop Reen to third. 

With DiMatteo now in second, he was slowly starting to eat into Talman’s lead with Reen and Rocco right behind him.  Ronnie Williams and Owen were waging a thrilling side by side duel for sixth place with Williams taking sixth on lap-26.

With 10 laps to go, DiMatteo had closed the gap to Talman and was right on his back bumper.  Rocco and Reen weren’t far behind in third and fourth and DiMatteo took the lead from Talman on lap-32 with a pass coming out of turn 2.  DiMatteo’s pass for the lead allowed Rocco and Reen to close right up to the back bumper of Talman and Rocco took second on lap-33 with Reen taking third as Talman fell back to fourth. 

Rocco took to the outside lane and ran side by side with DiMatteo for lap-36 before falling back into line.  Rocco again went to the outside of DiMatteo on lap-38 and the two were virtually even at the line.  The three leaders touched going down the backstretch with DiMatteo spinning and Reen hitting the wall to bring the caution out with 38 laps complete.  Rocco brushed against the wall as he had white stripes all around his right side tires but he stayed on track in the lead for the restart.  Williams was now second for the restart with Gervais and Talman in the second row.

Rocco took the lead with Williams right behind him in second.  Williams couldn’t get close enough to Rocco on the final lap to make a move as Rocco took down his second consecutive win and fifth overall of the 2019 season.  Gervais finished third with Owen and Talman rounding out the top-5.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature event, Tyler Leary took the lead at the drop of the green with Richard Ciriello in second.  Michael Bennett held off Al Saunders for third with Michael Wray and Cliff Saunders side by side for fifth place.  Tom Fearn and Ryan Fearn were slicing their way through traffic in the early going and with Wray taking third on lap-4, Tom Fearn took fourth from Bennett and Ryan Fearn took fifth on lap-5 as Bennett slid back to sixth in line. 

Wray got by Ciriello to move into second on lap-6 and his move opened the door for Tom Fearn, Ryan Fearn, Al Saunders, Kevin Gambacorta, Wray, and Bennett to all get by Ciriello as he fell back to outside the top-10.  Leary had built up a large lead of almost a full straightaway over Wray and Tom Fearn.

Tom Fearn took second from Wray on lap-9 and Ryan Fearn followed him through to take third and drop Wray back to fourth in line.  At the halfway point of the race, Leary still held nearly a full straightway lead over Tom and Ryan Fearn with Wray fourth and Gambacorta fifth in line.  Al Saunders was sixth followed by Wayne Coury, Jr., Cliff Saunders, Bennett, and Dave Wray.  Bennett’s car began to drop off the pace on lap-19 and he brought his car to pit road on lap-20 where his team went under the hood. 

With 5 laps to go, Leary was still out front by a wide margin with Tom and Ryan Fearn still in second and third.  Gambacorta was fourth in line with Coury up to fifth.  Leary led the field to the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the 2019 season in dominating fashion.  Tom Fearn finished second with Ryan Fearn, Gambacorta, and Coury rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light feature event, Joey Ferrigno took the lead at the green and he led the first lap before Chris Matthews went to the front on lap-2.  Teddy Hodgdon followed Matthews by Ferrigno to move into second with Amanda West taking third, Alexander Pearl fourth, and Mark Bakaj fifth as Ferrigno slid back to sixth in line.  The caution came out with 3 laps complete for a multicar incident in turn 2 that involved the cars of Ed Chicoski, Glenn Bartkowski, and Sami Anderson.

Matthews and Hodgdon were side by side for the lead back under green with Pearl in third.  West and Bob Charland were side by side for fourth.  Hodgdon got clear to the lead on lap-6 with Matthews and Pearl now side by side for second while West and Charland were still side by side for fourth place.  Pearl took second from Matthews with Charland getting the better of the duel with West for fourth.  The caution came back out for debris on the frontstretch with 10 laps complete.

Hodgdon and Pearl were side by side for the lead but the caution came back out with 11 laps compete as Norm Sears, Robert Bloxsom, III, Glenn Griswold, and Ethan Durocher all spun on the frontstretch.

Matthews and Hodgdon were side by side for the lead with Narducci and Pearl side by side for third on the restart before Narducci went 3-wide with Hodgdon and Matthews before backing out and settling back in to second alongside Matthews as Hodgdon got clear to the lead. 

Narducci made a move to the inside of Hodgdon on lap-15 to take over the lad.  Hodgdon spun on lap-16 going down the backstretch and rejoined at the rear of the field as the race stayed green.  Matthews was now second with Pearl third, Charland fourth and Wesley Prucker fifth as Narducci started to stretch out his lead.  Narducci led the field to the checkered flag to pick up his eighth win of the 2019 season.  Matthews finished second with Pearl, Charland, and Prucker rounding out the top-5.

In the 15-lap Limited Late Model feature event, Gary Patnode led the first lap before giving way to Duane Provost, who took the lead on lap-2.  Jeremy Lavoie pulled alongside Provost on lap-4 for the lead and the two cars ran side by side for two laps before the caution came out with 5 laps complete as Alexandra Fearn slid into the turn 4 wall with a flat right front tire.

Lavoie and Provost resumed their side by side duel for the lead on the restart with Patnode in third.  Matt Clement was fourth and Devon Jencik was fifth in line.  Lavoie got clear to the lead on lap-8 with Patnode now side by side with Provost for second place with Clement right behind them.  The caution came out with 8 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Kevin Crosby.

Lavoie took the lead on the restart with Provost slotting into second.  Clement took third with Patnode fourth and Dave Gargaro, Jr. up to fifth.  Provost made a move to the inside of Provost on lap-12 and he took the lead on lap-13.  Clement was right behind Lavoie in third to form a 3-car train for the lead.  Provost led Lavoie and Clement to the checkered flag to pick up his second win of the 2019 season.  Patnode finished fourth with Gargaro rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Street Stock feature event, Marvin Minkler led the first lap before Tyler Trott went to the lead on lap-2.  Zack Robinson took second with Meghan Fuller third, George Bessette, Jr. fourth, and Adrien Paradis, III fifth as Minkler fell all the way back to ninth place. 

Bessette made a move to the inside of Fuller on lap-6 and he was able to complete the pass on lap-7.  Bessette then took the lead from Trott on lap-12 before the caution came out for a spin by Fuller in turn 3 that collected the car of Paradis. 

Bessette took the lead on the restart with Robinson right on his back bumper in second.  Paradis was third in line with Travis Hydar taking fourth from Trott on lap-15.  Nicole Chambrello spun on the frontstretch to bring the caution back out with 15 laps complete.

Bessette took the lead back under green with Robinson still glued to his back bumper in second.  Hydar took third from Paradis on lap-18 with Trott and Fuller side by side for fifth.  Fuller took fifth on lap-19 but no one could catch Bessette as he took down his second consecutive and fourth overall feature win of the 2019 season.  Robinson finished second with Hydar, Paradis, and Fuller 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) Keith Rocco, Berlin

2) Ronnie Williams, Tolland

3) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott

4) Todd Owen, Somers

5) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA

6) David Arute, Stafford Springs

7) Tony Membrino, Jr., Berlin

8) Joey Cipriano, Waterbury

9) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott

10) Todd Patnode, Swanzey, NH

11) Andrew Molleur, Shelton

12) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA

13) Ed Spiers, Beacon Falls

14) Tyler Hines, North Haven

15) John Catania, Agawam, MA

16) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA

17) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington

18) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, MA

19) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown

20) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven

21) Dan Avery, Somers

LATE MODEL (30)

1) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA

2) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

3) Ryan Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

4) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington

5) Wayne Coury, Jr., Fairfield

6) Michael Wray, Northford

7) Cliff Saunders, Stafford

8) Al Saunders, Stafford

9) Paul Arute, Northridge, MA

10) Dave Wray, Durham

11) Andy Marchese, Tolland

12) Richard Ciriello, Reading, MA

13) Greg DeMone, Ludlow, MA

14) Paul Varricchio, Jr., Berlin

15) Scott Bouley, Thomaston

16) Michael Bennett, Willington

17) Gary Theriault, Enfield

SK LIGHT MODIFIED (20)

1) Bryan Narducci, Colchester

2) Chris Matthews, Stafford

3) Alexander Pearl, Salem

4) Bob Charland, Stafford

5) Wesley Prucker, Stafford

6) Noah Korner, Canton

7) Steven Chapman, Ellington

8) Brian Sullivan, South Windsor

9) Jonathan Puleo, Branford

10) Nick Anglace, Oxford

11) Andrew Les, New York, NY

12) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury

13) Norm Sears, Andover

14) Alina Bryden, West Springfield, MA

15) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford

16) Rit Dulac, Plantsville

17) Todd Clark, Bristol

18) Amanda West, Colchester

19) Robert Bloxsom, III, Stratford

20) Glenn Griswold, Vernon

21) Ethan Durocher, Canterbury

22) Paul French, Andover

23) Ed Chicoski, New Hartford

24) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon

25) Sami Anderson, Wolcott

26) Glenn Bartkowski, Manchester

LIMITED LATE MODEL (15)

1) Duane Provost, Palmer, MA

2) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks

3) Matt Clement, Wethersfield

4) Gary Patnode, Barkhamsted

5) David Gargaro Jr., Cranston, RI

6) Devon Jencik, Canton

7) Kevin Crosby, Coventry

8) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

STREET STOCK (20)

1) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury

2) Zack Robinson, Putnam

3) Travis Hydar, Woodbury

4) Adrien Paradis, III, Plainville

5) Meghan Fuller, Auburn, MA

6) Tyler Trott, East Hartford

7) Marvin Minkler, Stamford

8) Dave Secore, Jr., Union

9) Bobby Stirk, III, Naugatuck

10) George Yuska, S. Glastonbury

11) Chris Danielczuk, Goshen

12) Paul Bourdon, Jr., Jewett City

13) Chris Ciriello, Beacon Falls

14) Nicole Chambrello, Kensington

Matt Clement Enjoying The Ride in Stafford’s Limited Late Models

Stafford Motor Speedway photo

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The 2019 season marks Matt Clement’s fifth full season of competition in the Limited Late Model division and coming into this year, he had yet to win a race.  With 5 races left in the 2019 season, Clement and the #59 Aquatic Wildlife / Elmo’s Dockside Restaurant team lead all drivers with 6 wins and they also lead the points standings by a slim 6-point margin over defending champion Jeremy Lavoie.

“At the start of the season my goal was to be consistent and try to give Jeremy [Lavoie] and Duane [Provost] a run for their money to put on a show for the fans,” said Clement.  We got our first win and I didn’t really celebrate in victory lane because we had the win taken away from us last year.  We were loading the car into the trailer when we got the ok that we were good and that’s when it really hit me that we found something.  It’s funny, we finished fourth last week and I was disappointed with that.  Now I’m expecting to be fast and at least have a shot at winning each week where last year our goal was to just finish races with the car in one piece.”

Clement won the NAPA Spring Sizzler® feature for his first career win on May 11 and he followed that up with his second win two weeks later.  Even though Clement and the #59 team were enjoying their newfound success, they weren’t thinking about being a championship contender until Lavoie said something over the track P.A. system after one of his early season wins.

“There was a race earlier this season when Jeremy won and he said over the P.A. that the 59 is chasing us and that’s when it really hit home for me that we might have a shot,” said Clement.  “We’re taking things one race at a time right now and trying to not make any bonehead moves and keep the wheels on the car.”

With Clement and the #59 team holding a 6-point lead over Lavoie in the standings with 5 races to go, Clement plans to continue on doing what he’s been doing all season long while also being smart on the track.

“We’ve been pretty aggressive at the start of the races this season,” said Clement.  “A lot of it comes down to your starting position and how aggressive you’re willing to be in the first couple laps of the race.  We’re not going to drive through anyone but we’re also not going to let anyone drive through us.  We want to keep it as clean as we can and put on a show for the fans while still having a chance to win races.”

The 2019 season has been a remarkable turnaround for Clement as there were several times where he thought about giving up on racing with the struggles he endured throughout his first several seasons at Stafford.

“There were many a night where I’d be leaving the racetrack wondering if we were ever going to be a competitive car, let alone winning races,” said Clement.  “There were even a few times where I thought about hanging it up because I didn’t think I had it.  It feels great to finally be able to give something back to my Dad, my girlfriend, and my brother for all their hard work on the car as we’ve been stacking the trophies on the wall at home.”

More than anything Clement wants to become the newest track champion in the Limited Late Model division, but he also wouldn’t be too disappointed if he came up short at season’s end.

“I’d like to say we’d be ok with not winning the championship, but we’re out here to win and we’re playing for keeps,” said Clement.  “It would probably take me a couple weeks to get over it, but with 6 wins so far this season, I can’t really complain.  My Dad is always telling me to be thankful for what you have at the moment and take things from there.  If we were able to win the championship, it would be unbelievable to be added to list of great drivers who have won championships at Stafford.  Especially from the low point we came from the last couple years.  My Dad drove Strictly Stocks, Pro-4 Modifieds, Limited Late Models, and he was never really able to find success because he was focused on raising me and my siblings.  If we could possibly add the big trophy on the wall at the end of the year, it would mean the world to us and my sponsors Aquatic Wildlife, Elmo’s Dockside Restaurant, Wayne’s Auto Body, DMW Graphics, and Short Track Baker.”

Clement will continue his quest for the championship this Friday night, August 23 as part of the Back 2 SK®ool Blitz / Maybury Night program.  Stafford’s five weekly divisions will all be in feature action as well as Kid’s Big Wheel races.  There will also be bounce houses and all kids win a prize at the midway kids tent.  All kids 14 & under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult for the Back 2 SK®ool Blitz program while Adult General Admission Tickets are $20 and Reserved Seating is $23 for all ages.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking available for self-contained Recreational Vehicles. 

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

RAIN POSTPONED WALL MODIFIED TURKEY DERBY 100 RESET FOR SUNDAY MORNING

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The second of two late day rain showers on Saturday during Wall Stadium’s 42nd annual Turkey Derby forced officials to postpone the majority of the 50-lap main event for the Limited Late Model stock cars and the entire 100 lap main event for the Wall/SK Modifieds. Those events will be contested on Sunday morning starting at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by the complete program that was originally scheduled for Sunday, which includes Legend Cars, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Trucks and a Demolition Derby.

On Sunday pit area gates will open at 8:30 a.m. and the grandstands will open at 9:00 a.m. Grandstand admission is $15.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.