Stafford Springs, CT- Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with a Five-Star Series event as part of the Five-Star Series program on September 5th. Taking down NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly feature wins on the night were Rowan Pennink, who won for the third consecutive week and 5th time in the last 7 SK Modified® feature events in a wild and thrilling run to the checkered flag with Ryan Preece, Joey Cipriano, and Ted Christopher. Adam Gray scored his fourth win of the year in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Jay Goff scored his first win of the year in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Andrew Hayes locked down his fourth win of the season in the 20-lap Ltd. Late Model feature, Alexandra Fearn scored her second win of the season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, and Cory DiMatteo scored his third win of the season in the 20-lap Legend Cars feature.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Sean Foster took the early lead with Joey Cipriano and Dan Avery side by side for second. Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece were side by side for fourth when the caution came out with 1 lap complete for a spin by Nichole Morgillo in turn 3.
Avery took the lead on the restart with Preece moving up to second. Rowan Pennink was on the move as he took third while Foster fell back to fourth in a duel with Cipriano. Foster was able to clear Cipriano on lap-5 and Preece made a move to the inside of Avery to take the lead at the line. The two leaders remained side by side for three laps before Preece got clear into the lead. Pennink was now side by side with Avery for second while Cipriano had gotten around Foster to take over fourth.
Pennink quickly moved by Avery to take over second and he began to immediately apply pressure to Preece for the lead. Pennink made a move to the inside of Preece to take over the race lead on lap-12. The caution came out with 13 laps complete for Chris Jones, who spun in turn 3. Curt Brainard and Morgillo also came to a stop in turn 3.
Pennink took the lead back under green with Preece slotting into second. Avery and Cipriano were side by side for third with Ted Christopher moving around Foster to take fifth. The caution came back out with 16 laps complete for Eric Berndt and Doug Coby, who touched and spun in turn 1. Their spin also collected the car of Ronnie Williams.
Pennink and Preece were locked in a side by side duel for the lead back under green with Preece taking the lead at the line by a nose. Neither driver was giving an inch as they were side by side for 4 laps before Pennink got clear of Preece on lap-20. Cipriano was side by side with Foster for third with Glen Reen and Michael Gervais, Jr. lined up behind them.
Preece made a move to the inside of Pennink on lap-27 to take over the race lead. Preece’s pass allowed both Cipriano and Reen to close in and make it a 4 way fight for the lead. Preece’s lead was short lived as Pennink went back past the very next lap and the caution came back out with 28 laps complete for a spin by Gervais in turn 4.
Pennink and Preece resumed their duel on the restart but behind them, Reen spun in turn 4 and the field scrambled to take evasive action as the caution came right back out.
Pennink and Preece were again side by side for the lead but Pennink was able to pull in front of Preece after one lap of side by side action. Cipriano and Foster were side by side for third, with Chase Dowling and Christopher side by side for fifth place, just in front of Keith Rocco. Curt Brainard and Morgillo spun in turn 3 and Williams came to a stop in the turn 3+4 grass facing the wrong way to bring the caution out with 32 laps complete.
Pennink was able take the lead on the restart with Preece right behind him in second. Cipriano slotted into third with Christopher fourth and Rocco fifth. Preece was looking high and low for a way around Pennink but Pennink was able to hold him off. Preece dove to the inside of Pennink in turn 3 to take the lead as the cars came to the white flag. Pennink went back by Preece, but just as he made his move the caution came out for a spin by Bob Georgiades in turn 3 that set up a green-white-checkered finish, and what a finish it turned out to be.
Preece and Pennink were side by side back under green with Preece leading Pennink by a nose as they took the white flag. As Pennink and Preece headed into turn 3 on the final lap, Christopher got into the back bumper of Preece, which loosened his car up and allowed Pennink to streak to the checkered flag and become a winner for the third consecutive Friday night and record his 5th win in the last 7 races. Cipriano came through to finish second, with Preece, Christopher, and Owen rounding out the top-5 in an absolutely thrilling run to the checkered flag.
In the 30-lap Late Model feature event, Kyle Casagrande pulled out to the early lead with his brother Cory, hot in pursuit from second place. J.J. Hill was third, just in front of Jim Peterson with last week’s winner Josh Wood holding down fifth place.
Kyle Casagrande had opened up a lead of nearly a half straightaway over Cory Casagrande, but that lead was erased by the caution with came out with 9 laps complete for J.J. Hill. Hill’s car got very loose in turns 3+4 on lap-9 and he then came to a stop at the exit of turn 4.
Kyle Casagrande took the lead back under green with Peterson moving up to second. Adam Gray also got around Cory Casagrande to move into third and drop Casagrande back to fourth, just in front of Kevin Gambacorta. Darrell Keane did a 360 in turn 3 on lap-10 but he was able to keep going and the race stayed green. Gambacorta got loose on the inside of Casagrande on lap-11 and both cars went up the hill, allowing Tom Butler to move into fourth and Tom Fearn took fifth. The caution came back out with 12 laps complete for Scott Cook, who came to a stop in turn 4.
Kyle Casagrande took the lead back under green but Adam Gray made a move to the inside of Casagrande before they completed the first lap of the restart and he took the lead. Peterson went around in turn 2 and collected the cars of Cory Casagrande, Wood, and Michael Scorzelli to bring the caution out with 13 laps complete.
Gray took the lead back under green with Kyle Casagrande behind him in second. Fearn was now up to third, with Gambacorta fourth and Tom Butler fifth. Gray had pulled out to a comfortable lead over Casagrande but as they approached the closing laps, Casagrande was closing back in on the bumper of Gray.
With 2 laps to go, Gray’s lead was a car length over Casagrande with Fearn, Gambacorta, and Butler still making up the top-5. Casagrande couldn’t get close enough to Gray to make a bid for the lead as Gray took down his fourth win of the season. Fearn finished third, with Gambacorta and Butler rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature event, Geoff Boisjolie took the lead at the drop of the green with Paul French moving into second. Stephen Kopcik got a good run on the outside of Dylan Menditto to take third as behind them Bob Charland got a bit out of shape but gathered hi car up and he got back in line in seventh place.
French made a bid for the lead on lap-3 but Boisjolie was able to hold him off. Charland and Menditto spun in turn 3 to bring the caution out with 3 laps complete. D.J. Burnham was collected in the spin and he was done for the race while Menditto and Charland were able to continue on.
Boisjolie took the lead on the restart with French slotting back into second. Jay Goff moved into third with Joey Ferrigno using the high line to move up to fourth. Jeremy Sorel and Kopcik were side by side for fifth behind Ferrigno as Boisjolie continued to lead the race. French drifted high in turns 3+4 and lost several spots on lap-8 but the caution came out for a spin in turn 3 by Tyler Jette.
Boisjolie took the lead back under green but Goff went by to take over the lead. Boisjolie came right back and took the lead back from Goff while behind them, Ferrigno and Sorel were locked in a duel for third with Nick Salva in fifth. Goff made another move to the inside of Boisjolie on lap-15 and he was able to move past Boisjolie on lap-16. Sorel was now third behind Goff and Boisjolie with Ferrigno and Salva side by side for fourth place. The caution came out with 18 laps complete for spins in turn 4 by Wesley Prucker and Jette to set up a green-white-checkered finish.
The field got bottled up midpack on the restart with Tyler Hines and Menditto spinning in turn 1 to bring the yellow right back out. Goff took the lead back under green while Ferrigno used a 3-wide move to pull alongside Boisjolie for second. Behind the leaders there was more 3-wide shuffling of positions as the field came to the white flag. Goff led the field back to the checkered to pick up his first win of the season. Boisjolie finished second, with Ferrigno, Branden Dion, and Sorel rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, Glenn Bartkowski took the lead at the green with Brian Clement moving into second. Albert Saunders moved into third with Joe Nogiec falling back to fourth and Paul Arute was fifth. Nogiec spun coming out of turn 4 and sent Paul Arute through the frontstretch grass to bring the caution out with 3 laps complete.
Bartkowski resumed the lead with Albert Saunders taking second on the restart. David Arute moved up to third, with Paul Arute in fourth and Austin Bessette was up to fifth. David Arute made a move to the inside of Saunders for second on lap-5 and he turned that move into a 3-wide move for the lead, which he took on lap-7. Bartkowski’s car lost its hood to bring the caution out with 7 laps complete.
David Arute took the lead back under green with Albert Saunders taking second. Paul Arute was third with Austin Bessette and Duane Provost rounding out the top-5. Saunders took the lead by a nose on lap-9 but Arute executed a crossover move on lap-10 to move back to the point. Arute then spun in turn 1 and collected Albert Saunders, handing the lead over to Paul Arute and bringing out the caution with 10 laps complete. Provost was now second behind Paul Arute with Andrew Hayes third, Bessette fourth, Cliff Saunders fifth, and Norm Sears sixth for the restart.
Paul Arute and Provost were side by side for the lead and one lap after the restart, Hayes made a three-wide move in turn 1 to take over the lead. Coming out of turn 4, Paul Arute spun after contact from Provost and several other cars including Sears and Bessette were collected and damaged in the melee to bring the caution back out with 12 laps complete.
Hayes took the lead on the restart with Provost lining up right behind him in second. Jesse Hinze moved into third with Justin Bren in fourth and Cliff Saunders was fifth. Hayes led Provost back to the checkered flag to pick up his fourth win of the season. Hinze finished third, with Cliff Saunders and Bren rounding out the top-5.
In the 15-lap DARE Stock feature event, Doug Phelps got a great start and took the lead at the green but as the cars headed out of turn 2, Alexandra Fearn moved to the lead, Frank L’Etoile, Jr. moved into second, Johnny Walker took third, and Tyler Trott took fourth as Phelps slid backwards to sixth place behind Andy Marchese. The caution came out with 1 lap complete for a spin by Brandon Michael in turn 2. David Comeau’s car also received damage in the melee and he was unable to continue in the race.
Fearn and L’Etoile were side by side for the lead on the restart with L’Etoile taking the lead by a nose at the line. Dan Dembek was third behind L’Etoile and Fearn with Marchese in fourth and Jeff Jolly up to fifth. Fearn and L’Etoile were still side by side for the lead with Fearn taking the lead by a nose on lap-4. Fearn got clear of L’Etoile on lap-5 and Dembek made a move to the inside of L’Etoile in a bid for second but L’Etoile was able to hold him off. Dembek spun on lap-6 but he was able to get his car going and the race stayed green. Fearn and L’Etoile still held down the top two spots with Marchese in third leading a train of cars that included Jolly, Walker, Trace Beyer, and Michael. Marchese was shown the black flag for making contact with Dembek.
Jolly was now third after the penalty to Marchese with Walker, Michael, and Beyer behind him. L’Etoile was slowly beginning to close the gap down to Fearn for the lead but the question was would he have enough time to get to Fearn and try to make a pass. L’Etoile was able to close the gap down to several car lengths but Fearn was maintaining that gap and she led L’Etoile back to the checkered flag to pick up her second win of the 2014 season. Jolly finished third, with Walker and Michael rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap Legends Car feature event, Kyle Rogers took the lead at the green but before a lap could be completed, there was a pileup of cars in turn 4 of the mini-mile that saw Dana DiMatteo’s car end up on its side and the field bottlenecked up behind him, bringing out the caution and red flags.
Back under green, Rogers and Teddy Hodgdon were side by side for the lead with Cory DiMatteo making a 3-wide bid for the lead as the field came off turn 4 and completed the first lap. DiMatteo streaked into the lead on lap-2 with Rogers and Hodgdon still side by side for second. Noah Korner was fourth and Chris Fuller was running in fifth as DiMatteo began to stretch out his lead.
Hodgdon hung tough on the outside of Rogers and he moved into second on lap-4. Korner did a 360 spin on the frontstretch on lap-12 but he was able to keep moving and the race stayed green. DiMatteo was still in the lead with Hodgdon, Rogers, Fuller, and Cassandra Cole now making up the top-5.
DiMatteo led the field to the checkered flag to pick up his third win of the 2014 season. Hodgdon finished second, with Rogers, Fuller, and Cole rounding out the top-5.
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-Stafford Motor Speedway Press Release.
SK MODIFIED® (40)
1) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa
2) Joey Cipriano, Waterbury
3) Ryan Preece, Berlin
4) Ted Christopher, Plainville
5) Todd Owen, Somers
6) Keith Rocco, Berlin
7) Chase Dowling, Roxbury
8) Brian Sullivan, South Windsor
9) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
10) Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs
11) Sean Foster, Willington
12) Nichole Morgillo, Plantsville
13) Curt Brainard, Canton
14) Tommy Membrino, Jr., Prospect
15) Frank Ruocco, Cheshire
16) Bob Georgiades, East Hampton
17) Matt Galko, Meriden
18) Tom Bolles, Ellington
19) Dan Avery, Somers
20) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Ma
21) Michael Gervais, Jr., Southbury
22) Chris Jones, New Milford
23) Doug Coby, Middletown
24) Eric Berndt, Cromwell
LATE MODEL (30)
1) Adam Gray, Belchertown, Ma
2) Kyle Casagrande, Stafford Springs
3) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
4) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington
5) Tom Butler, Stafford Springs
6) Jim Peterson, Monson, Ma
7) Rick Lanagan, Broad Brook
8) Cory Casagrande, Stafford Springs
9) Michael Bennett, Willington
10) Scott Cook, Uncasville
11) Darrell Keane, East Lomgmeadow, Ma
12) Rich Hammann, Tolland
13) Josh Wood, Palmer, Ma
14) Michael Scorzelli, Feura Bush, Ny
15) J.J. Hill, Jr., Stafford Springs
16) Stu Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
SK LIGHT (20)
1) Jay Goff, Stafford Springs
2) Geoff Boisjolie, East Hampton, Ma
3) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford
4) Branden Dion, Taunton, Ma
5) Jeremy Sorel, Westfield, Ma
6) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown
7) Nick Salva, Prospect
8) Tyler Hines, North Haven
9) Todd Douillard, Palmer, Ma
10) Jodi Johnson, Medway, Ma
11) Carlos Gray, Manchester
12) Kyle Jette, New Milford
13) Wesley Prucker, Stafford
14) Dylan Menditto, Brooklyn
15) Mike Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
16) Paul French, Andover
17) Bob Charland, Stafford
18) D.J. Burnham, East Hartford
LIMITED LATE MODEL (20)
1) Andrew Hayes, Charlton, Ma
2) Duane Provost, Indian Orchard, Ma
3) Jesse Hinze, Farmington
4) Cliff Saunders, Stafford
5) Justin Bren, Palmer, Ma
6) Albert Saunders, Stafford
7) Paul Arute, Tolland
8) Joe Nogiec, Bristol
9) Austin Bessette, Stafford Springs
10) Norm Sears, Andover
11) R.J. Surdell, Manchester
12) David Arute, Tolland
13) Brian Clement, Wethersfield
14) Glenn Bartkowski, Manchester
DARE STOCK (15)
1) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
2) Frank L'Etoile, Jr., Wethersfield
3) Jeff Jolly, Wallingford
4) Johnny Walker, Ludlow, Ma
5) Brandon Michael, Granville, Ma
6) Trace Beyer, Brewster, Ny
7) Doug Phelps, Jr., New Salem, Ma
8) Nicole Chambrello, Kensington
9) Tyler Trott, East Hartford
10) Gus Coelho, Jr., Wilbraham, Ma
11) Andy Marchese, Tolland
12) Dan Kennedy, Tewksbury, Nj
13) Dan Dembek, Hamden, Ma
14) David Comeau, Palmer, Ma
LEGEND CARS (20)
1) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington
2) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury
3) Kyle Rogers, Waterbury
4) Chris Fuller, Boylston, Ma
5) Cassandra Cole, Westbrook
6) Noah Korner, Canton
7) Jordan LaMothe, Woodstock
8) Dana DiMatteo, Farmington