(Stafford Springs, CT)—The 2016 SK Light season at Stafford Motor Speedway has had everything you could ask for in a season. Tony Membrino, Jr. and Joey Ferrigno have been the two drivers to beat during the first half of 2016 and there are two rookie drivers in the top-5 of the standings as well.
Tony Membrino, Jr. and the #44 Additive Manufacturing of New England team have been white hot to start off the 2016 season. In 9 races, they have recorded 5 wins and they have 8 top-6 finishes. Membrino had his worst finish of the season two weeks ago after a crash relegated him to a 14th place finish. But the #44 team came back strong and rebounded with a victory last Friday night to sit 8 points clear of Ferrigno at the halfway point.
Ferrigno and the #87 RH2 Way Radio Communications team have been almost as dominant as Membrino, recording a win and 4 second place finishes in the first 9 races. Ferrigno also has matched Membrino with 8 top-6 finishes and his lowest finish of the year has been a 14th place effort.
Joe Graf, Jr. entered the 2016 season as an SK Light rookie driver and he has looked like anything but a rookie driver. Graf recorded his first feature victory on June 24th and his performances on track have him sitting third in the points standings, 60 points behind Membrino.
Jay Goff has yet to taste the sweets of victory this season but he is tied with Graf for third in the standings. Goff has recorded top-8 finishes in 8 of the 9 races this season with a best finish of 3rd back on May 27th. With his veteran experience, the driver of the #07 Goff Motorsports Chevrolet can’t be ignored as the second half of the season gets underway.
Just as Graf has had an impressive rookie season, another rookie driver to keep notice of is David Arute. The DARE Stock and Limited Late Model veteran made the move into the SK Light division for the 2016 season and the driver of the #75 Big Haus USA Chevrolet is 72 points behind Membrino and only 12 points behind Graf in the race for Rookie of the Year honors. Arute has 2 podium finishes in his first 9 starts and he looks to be closing in on a first win.
As the 2016 season enters its second half, the race for the track championship and the race for the R.O.Y. are sure to be barnburners. With such a high level of performance through the first 9 races can Membrino and Ferrigno maintain that pace throughout the entirety of a season, or will they falter and be caught or even surpassed? Just as the track title race is close, the R.O.Y. race between Graf and Arute is sure to be a nailbiter right down to the wire as Graf will be hungry for more wins while Arute is hungry for his first win.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.