(Stafford Springs, CT)—After two successful seasons in Stafford Speedway’s DARE Stock division, Palmer, MA native David Comeau moved up to Stafford’s Limited Late Model division and took home R.A.D. Automachine & T/A Engines Rookie of the Year honors to go along with his 2013 R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year award in the DARE Stock division. While Comeau was unable to match his 2-win season of one year ago, he posted 1 top-5 and 17 top-10 finishes during the season. Comeau was neck and neck for much of the year with Robert Bloxsom, III for the Rookie of the Year honors, and the final margin between the two rookie drivers was 16 points, or 8 positions on the race track.
“It feels great,” said Comeau. “Rookie of the Year was one of my goals when the season first started. I’ve tried out 2 different divisions now after never racing before and I was able to win Rookie of the Year both times, so I’m pretty excited about that. It was tough this year, those guys out there make it look easy. We struggled with the car. I finished second one night so we can say we were the highest finishing rookie, but overall we weren’t really competitive and it was a bit disappointing for us. I wanted to win a race so bad for everyone on the team and my wife brought our kids to the track every Friday night, but we just could never get there. Everyone worked so hard, Kris Fluckiger really did a lot of work on the car, along with his dad Kevin, Matteo and Barry Fluckiger. They all helped me out and it took a lot more time and energy with this car compared to the DARE Stock.”
Comeau was able to challenge for the DARE Stock championship last season with his 2 wins, but he says the biggest challenge for him and the #8 T.S. Alliance team this season in the Limited Late Model was the difference between the two cars with tuning options and how to best relay what the car needed for changes on a week to week basis.
“Having to get used to a whole new car was the biggest challenge for me,” said Comeau. “I was real comfortable in the DARE Stock car. This was a completely different car and I don’t think I had a full grasp on what the car was doing to let the crew chief know what kind of changes to make to the car on a week to week basis. That didn’t stop us from trying and I really have to thank the Fluckigers, Matteo, and Don Wood for all their help this season. Donnie and I live pretty close to each other and he would let me use whatever I needed for spare parts so I really have to thank him for letting me do that this season. Also a big thanks to Donnie Wood and Tony Altieri for sponsoring the rookie program. And thank you to all my sponsor this season, U.S. Environmental, Cape Cod Realtor.com, and Sunoco for their weekly contingency bonuses. Also we were raising money for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance all year long, which was a big thing for me with my daughter Hannah. We did a raffle this year at the track and we raised almost $1,500 just from that.”
For winning the 2015 R.A.D. Automachine & T/A Engines Limited Late Model Rookie of the Year Award, Comeau will take home an $1,100 bonus, which will be paid in $100 increments for the first 11 races of the 2016 season that Comeau attends. Comeau will officially be crowned as the 2015 R.A.D. Automachine & T/A Engines Rookie of the Year at the 46th Annual Stafford Motor Speedway Champions Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 20 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor.
Tickets to the 46th Annual Stafford Motor Speedway Champions Awards Ceremony are $47 per person and can be ordered by calling the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at (860) 684-2783, or by downloading an order form from www.staffordspeedway.com and returning the form to the track office.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.