(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway’s Limited Late Model division is once again providing some thrilling full fendered excitement on the track. The top-7 drivers in the points standings are separated by only 50 points, leaving the championship chase wide open for anyone to step up to the plate and take.
The leading winner in the division this season has been Paul Arute and the #82 Supreme Industries team with three wins. Arute is the only driver to have recorded multiple wins this season as Robert Bloxsom, III, Justin Bren, Bryan Narducci, Duane Provost, and the Saunders twins Al and Cliff, have all won one race each. Despite Arute leading the division with three wins, he is not at the top of the points standings as he trails Provost by 10 points.
Provost has been the most consistent driver of the first half of 2016 with 6 podium finishes, including a victory on July 8. Arute has the three wins, but he has one less top-5 finish than Provost. The two drivers are separated by only 10 points, which is 5 positions on the racetrack.
Sitting third in the standings is the defending track champion Al Saunders. The driver of the #04 American Sleeve Bearing Chevrolet is 22 points behind Provost with his twin brother Cliff, driver of the #4 American Sleeve Bearing Chevrolet fourth in the standings, 34 points behind.
Rounding out the top-5 in the standings is 2-time defending DARE Stock track champion Frank L’Etoile, Jr. L’Etoile has recorded two podium finishes in the first 9 races and he is the leading rookie driver but he is only 18 points ahead of Bryan Narducci in the #28 Mosquito Free Organic Mosquito Control Chevrolet.
The 15-year old Narducci comes to the Limited Late Model division after making his name in the Monday Night Wild Thing Kart Series at Stafford. Narducci won 40 races during his 6 seasons of kart racing and he put that winning experience to use this past Friday night as he took down his very first feature victory. With some winning momentum on his side, Narducci is primed to make a run at L’Etoile during the second half of the season for Rookie of the Year honors as well as looking to move up from his current position of 8th in the points standings.
With so many drivers within striking distance of one another in the race for the championship, the race for the Limited Late Model crown may be one of the most entertaining races during the second half of the 2016 season.
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