Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the Valenti Modified Racing Series in the house for the 2nd Annual Town Fair Tire 80. Taking down weekly feature wins on the night were Chase Dowling, who scored his first career SK Modified® victory in the Xtra Mart Xtra D 45-lap SK Modified® feature, Jim Peterson in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Dylan Menditto, who was also a first time winner, in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Austin Bessette in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Johnny Walker picked up his second consecutive victory in the Xtra Mart Xtra D 20-lap DARE Stock feature. The SK Modifieds® and DARE Stocks were partaking in their Xtra Mart Xtra D feature events, with Xtra Mart Convenience Stores providing a $1,500 bonus that was split among the top-5 finishers and they provided a $250 bonus for the DARE Stocks that was split among the top-5 finishers.
In the 45-lap SK Modified® Xtra Mart Xtra D feature event, Michael Gervais, Jr. and Ronnie Williams were locked in a side by side duel for the lead from the drop of the green, but before the first lap could be completed, there was a multi-car incident behind the leaders that involved Nick Boivin, Dave Salzarulo, Jay Sundeen, Tom Bolles, Troy Talman, and Rowan Pennink that brought the caution out.
Gervais took the lead with Williams slotting into second behind him. Sean Foster was third, with Todd Owen and Dan Avery side by side for fourth place right behind him. Avery moved ahead of Owen and he was now on the outside of Foster to challenge for third. With 5 laps complete, Foster spun coming out of turn 4, which collected the car of Matt Galko and brought the caution out.
Gervais took the lead on the restart with Avery moving up to second. Chase Dowling was now side by side with Williams for third place with Doug Coby in fifth. Right behind Coby was Ted Christopher, who was just in front of Woody Pitkat and Todd Owen. Rowan Pennink brought the caution out with 12 laps complete as his car came to a stop at eth exit of turn 2.
Gervais took the lead after a lap of side by side racing with Avery and Dowling was able to pull alongside Avery in a fight for second. Dowling took the position on lap-15 and on lap-17, Coby moved by Williams to move into fourth place. Gervais spun in turn 4 to bring the caution out with 17 laps complete. Gervais’ spin put Dowling into the lead with Avery to his outside for the restart.
Dowling took the lead with Coby pulling alongside Avery for second. Coby took the spot one lap after the restart and now Pitkat was was on the inside of Avery and he took third to drop Avery back to fourth. Ryan Preece was challenging for fifth but he spun into the frontstretch infield with 20 laps complete to bring the caution out.
Dowling took the lead back under green with Pitkat getting by Coby for second. With Coby stuck on the high side, Avery was able to take over third and Coby fell from second back to fourth. Christopher was locked in a side by side fight with Williams for fifth and Williams did a half spin in turn 2 on lap-25 but he was able to keep going and brought his car to pit road with sparks showering from the left side of his car.
Pitkat was beginning to apply heavy pressure to the back bumper of Dowling, but the caution came back out with 28 laps complete for Kurt Lenahan and Sundeen, who spun in turn 4.
Dowling took the lead again back under green with Avery moving back up to second. Pitkat was third, with Coby in fourth and Christopher was side by side with Keith Rocco for fifth place. Right behind Christopher and Rocco was Eric Berndt and Todd Owen.
Avery looked to make a move on Dowling for the lead, but Dowling was able to stay out front with 10 laps to go. Avery backed off for a lap before again applying pressure for the lead. With 6 laps to go, Avery was right back on Dowling’s bumper. Tommy Membrino, Jr. came to a stop in the middle of turns 3+4 against the wall to bring the caution back out.
Dowling took the lead back under green with Pitkat moving into second. Avery was third, Coby was fourth, and Berndt was fifth but the action was slowed again as Williams spun in the middle of turns 1+2 with 41 laps complete.
Dowling again took the lead while Pitkat was able to slot into second right behind him. Avery and Coby were side by side for third place with Berndt and Christopher side by side for fifth. Dowling was able to hold off the hard challenge of Pitkat to capture his first career SK Modified® victory. Avery finished third, with Coby and Berndt rounding out the top-5.
In the 30-lap Late Model feature event, the race took the green with a multicar melee in turn 1 that collected the cars of Skip Breunig, Jim Mavlouganes, and Kevin Gambacorta to bring the caution out.
Dennis Botticello took the lead on the restart and immediately began to pull away from Jim Peterson in second. But the caution came out with 2 laps complete to erase Botticello’s lead as Josh Wood and Mark Heim got together and spun in turn 4.
Back under green, Peterson worked his way around Botticello in turns 3+4 to take over the race lead. J.J. Hill was third, Michael Bennett was fourth, and Cory Casagrande was up to fifth. Just as Botticello had opened up a large lead, Peterson was beginning to do the same but the caution came out with 5 laps complete for Mark Heim, who spun in the middle of turns 1+2.
Peterson took the lead ahead of Botticello on the restart, but behind them, Hill got into the wall and limped his way back to pit road. This moved Adam Gray up to third, with Cory Casagrande and Jay Stuart making up the top-5. Peterson was again beginning to stretch out his advantage over Botticello and just as Gray and Casagrande made a move to get past Botticello, the caution came out for a spin by Heim in turn 4.
Peterson continued to lead the race on the restart and Gray made a quick move to get past Botticello for second. Stuart followed suit and moved up to third. Botticello continued to slide backwards as Casagrande, Mavlouganes, and Breunig all were able to get by, dropping Botticello back to seventh. The caution came back out for spins by Breunig and Scott Cook with 14 laps complete.
Peterson took the lead back under green with Gray quickly slotting into second. Stuart was third, with Mavlouganes and Mike Quintiliano right behind him. Casagrande was sixth with Bennett, Michael Scorzelli, Gambacorta, and Botticello rounding out the top-10. Gray was able to stay within a car length of Peterson and with 10 laps to go the top-3 cars were all within a car length of each other with Mavlouganes lurking behind Stuart in fourth. Heim spun for a fourth time in turn 4 to bring the caution out with 26 laps complete.
Peterson took the lead on the restart while Stuart was able to pull alongside Gray in a fight for second. Stuart took the spot from Gray one lap after the restart and Mavlouganes was following in Stuart’s tracks to get by Gray. Gray got loose in turns 3+4 and slid back several spots to sixth.
Peterson led Stuart back to the checkered flag to pick up his first Late Model win of the 2014 season. Mavlouganes finished third, with Casagrande and Gambacorta rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature event, Dylan Menditto got a good run to the outside of Todd Douillard to move into the race lead at the drop of the green. Geoff Boisjolie followed Menditto’s lead and also was able to take to the high groove to get past Douillard. The third lap saw Jay Goff, Branden Dion, Tyler Hines, D.J. Burnham, and Paul French all get by Douillard as he was fading backwards fast. On lap-5, Menditto, Boisjolie, and Goff were in a 3-car train for the lead an advantage of several car lengths back to Dion in fourth place.
At the halfway point of the race, Menditto continued to hold the lead with Boisjolie and Goff behind him. Hines was fourth and Burnham got around Dion to move into fifth place. On lap-16, Boisjolie got out of shape coming out of turn 2 and he slid from second back to sixth place. Boisjolie’s misfortune opened up Menditto’s advantage over Goff to a comfortable margin of half a straightaway.
Menditto led Goff back to the checkered flag to pick up his first career SK Light victory. Goff finished second, with Burnham edging out Hines for third and Dion beat Jeremy Sorel to the checkered flag to round out the top-5.
In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, Glenn Bartkowski charged into the race lead from the pole, but Austin Bessette got a great run down the backstretch and he passed Bartkowski going into turn 3 to move to the front. David Arute was third with Duane Provost fourth and Jesse Hinze fifth. Norm Sears was right behind Hinze in sixth, with Albert Saunders, Andrew Hayes, Cliff Saunders, and Justin Bren making up the top-10.
On lap-4, Provost made a move around Arute to move into third and Hinze, Sears, Albert Saunders, and Hayes all followed suit as Arute was stuck in the high groove and he fell back to 8th. Bessette was pulling away from Bartkowski, Provost, and Hinze and he had nearly a full straightaway lead at the halfway point of the race.
Provost was able to work his way around Bartkowski to move into second but Bessette still had a large lead with 7 laps to go. Bartkowski was now running third with Hinze and Hayes behind him. Sears was all by himself in sixth with Arute locked in a 3-way battle with Bren and Albert Saunders for seventh place.
Bessette cruised to the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the 2014 season in dominating fashion. Provost finished second with Bartkowski, Hayes, and Hinze rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap DARE Stock Xtra Mart Xtra D feature event, Alexandra Fearn took the early race lead with Trace Beyer, and Brandon Michael behind her. Johnny Walker was on the move in the early laps, moving up to fourth in the first 5 laps and right behind Walker was David Comeau. Daniel Grenier brought the caution out with 8 laps complete with a spin in turn 3 with Fearn still in command over Beyer and Michael. Jeff Jolly had a flat right front tire and he took an early exit from the race by parking his car on pit road.
On the restart, Fearn resumed the lead of the race while Michael and Beyer were side by side for second. Comeau and Walker were side by side for fourth, but the caution came out for Nicole Chambrello and Matt Davis, who both spun in turn 1 with 9 laps complete.
Fearn again took the lead on the restart Walker going up the middle in a three-wide move with Beyer and Michael in a fight for second. Michael came out of the duel with second, while Comeau slid into third and Walker settled into fourth. Frank L’Etoile, Jr. was now fifth as Beyer slid back to sixth place.
Comeau moved into second and Walker moved into third on lap-12, but before the lap was completed, Scott Fanning lost a tire in turns 3+4 to bring the caution out with 11 laps complete.
Fearn took the lad again while Walker made another three-wide move to climb up to second. As Walker made his move for second, several cars got together with Comeau, Michael, and Andy Marchese all suffering heavy damage to their cars to bring the caution out before a lap could be completed.
The next restart saw Walker stick side by side with Fearn in a side by side duel for the lead. The two cars touched and banged their way through turns 3+4 with Walker moving ahead of Fearn to take over the race lead. Beyer was third behind Walker and Fearn, with L’Etoile and Gus Coelho making up the top-5. Doug Phelps spun in the middle of turns 1+2 to bring the caution out with 14 laps complete.
Walker took the lead back under green with Beyer taking second from Fearn. Fearn came back strong the very next lap to move back into second as Beyer, L’Etoile, and Coelho made up the top-5. Fearn was all over the back bumper of Walker as they took the white flag in a fight for the lead. Walker was able to hold Fearn off to the checkered flag to pick up his second consecutive DARE Stock victory. L’Etoile finished third behind Walker and Fearn with Beyer and Coelho rounding out the top-5.
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SK MODIFIED® (45)
1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury
2) Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs
3) Dan Avery, Somers
4) Doug Coby, Middletown
5) Eric Berndt, Cromwell
6) Ted Christopher, Plainville
7) Keith Rocco, Berlin
8) Ryan Preece, Berlin
9) Kurt Lenahan, Roxbury
10) Nick Boivin, Belchertown, Ma
11) Brian Sullivan, South Windsor
12) Michael Gervais, Jr., Southbury
13) Tony Membrino, Jr., Plantsville
14) Dave Salzarulo, Monson, Ma
15) Joey Cipriano, III, Waterbury
16) Curt Brainard, Canton
17) Todd Owen, Somers
18) Tom Bolles, Ellington
19) Tommy Membrino, Jr., Prospect
20) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
21) Jay Sundeen, Douglas, Ma
22) Frank Ruocco, Cheshire
23) Troy Talman, Oxford, Ma
24) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa
25) Joe Allegro, Jr., Vernon
26) Sean Foster, Willington
27) Matt Galko, Meriden
LATE MODEL (30)
1) Jim Peterson, Monson, Ma
2) Jay Stuart, Preston
3) Jim Mavlouganes, Bethany
4) Cory Casagrande, Stafford Springs
5) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington
6) Adam Gray, Belchertown, Ma
7) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
8) Michael Scorzelli, Feura Bush, Ny
9) Dennis Botticello, Suffield
10) Michael Bennett, Willington
11) Kyle Casagrande, Stafford Springs
12) Scott Cook, Uncasville
13) Skip Breunig, Milford
14) Paul Varricchio, Jr., Berlin
15) George Nocera, Jr., Plainville
16) Mike Quintiliano, Shelton
17) J.J. Hill, Stafford Springs
18) Mark Heim, Ware, Ma
19) Josh Wood, Palmer, Ma
SK LIGHT MODIFIED (20)
1) Dylan Menditto, Brooklyn
2) Jay Goff, Stafford Springs
3) D.J. Burnham, East Hartford
4) Tyler Hines, North Haven
5) Branden Dion, Taunton, Ma
6) Jeremy Sorel, Westfield, Ma
7) Rich Hammann, Tolland
8) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford
9) Nick Salva, Prospect
10) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown
11) Geoff Boisjolie, East Hampton, Ma
12) Paul French, Andover
13) Glenn Griswold, Vernon
14) Bob Charland, Stafford
15) Todd Douillard, Palmer, Ma
16) Jodi Johnson, Medway, Ma
17) Robert Palmer, Lisbon
18) Wesley Prucker, Stafford
19) Victoria Bergenty, Plainville
20) Pete Lopuch, West Redding
21) Rit Dulac, Plantsville
LIMITED LATE MODEL (20)
1) Austin Bessette, Stafford Springs
2) Duane Provost, Indian Orchard, Ma
3) Glenn Bartkowski, Manchester
4) Andrew Hayes, Charlton, Ma
5) Jesse Hinze, Farmington
6) Norm Sears, Andover
7) David Arute, Tolland
8) Albert Saunders, Stafford
9) Justin Bren, Palmer, Ma
10) Cliff Saunders, Stafford
11) Brian Clement, Wethersfield
12) Joe Nogiec, Bristol
13) Kelsey Rottino, Willimantic
14) Robert Surdell, Manchester
DARE STOCK (20)
1) Johnny Walker, Ludlow, Ma
2) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
3) Frank L’Etoile, Jr., Wethersfield
4) Gus Coelho, Jr., Wilbraham, Ma
5) Trace Beyer, Brewster, Ny
6) Allison Coelho, Wilbraham, Ma
7) John Carpenter, Danielson
8) Doug Phelps, Jr., New Salem, Ma
9) Brandon Michael, Granville, Ma
10) Dave Comeau, Palmer, Ma
11) Andrew Marchese, Tolland
12) Daniel Grenier, Pascoag, Ri
13) Nicole Chambrello, Kensington
14) Scott Fanning, Mapleville, Ri
15) Matt Davis, Stafford Springs
16) Tyler Trott, East Hartford
17) Jeff Jolly, Wallingford
18) Ryan Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
19) Bill McNeil, Preston