(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in the house for the Stafford 150. Taking down NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly feature wins on the night were Rowan Pennink in the SK Modified® feature, Tom Fearn in the Late Model feature, Marcello Rufrano was a first time winner in his very first career SK Light start, Justin Bren won the Limited Late Model feature, and Ryan Fearn scored the DARE Stock feature win.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Tyler Hines took the lead at the start with Stephen Kopcik slotting into second. Michael Gervais, Jr. was third with Tom Bolles fourth and Keith Rocco was fifth. Rigth behind Rocco was Eric Berndt and Woody Pitkat. Kopcik moved to the lead on lap-5 and he brought Gervias and Rocco with him as Hines slid back to fourth. Berndt was side by side with Hines and he took fourth on lap-9 as Gervais got around Kopcik to move into the lead. The caution came out with 13 laps complete for spins in turn 3 by John Montesanto and Tommy Membrino, Jr.
Ed Spiers spun on the restart along with Payton Henry to bring the caution right back out. Gervais took the lead with Rocco on his bumper on the next restart. Berndt made a strong move 2 laps after the restart to move into third with Kopcik fourth and Rowan Pennink was up to fifth.
Rocco was hounding Gervias for the lead while behind them Pennink was on the move as he took third place from Berndt on lap-21. Bolles spun in turn 4 to bring the caution out with 21 laps complete.
Gervais took the lead on the restart with Pennink and Rocco side by side for second. Pennink took the spot and beganto set his sights on Gervais for the lead. Pennink took the lead from Gervais on lap-26 and he immediately began to pull away as Rocco was now hounding Gervais for second. Right behind Rocco was Danny Cates and Pitkat.
Pennink led Gervais to the checkered flag to pick up his fourth win of the 2016 season. Rocco finished third with Cates and Pitkat rounding out the top-5.
In the 30-lap Late Model feature event, Tyler Leary took the early lead with Joel Monahan in second and Tom Fearn in third. Rich Hamman was fourth with a wild scramble going on for fifth between Kevin Gambacorta and Michael Wray. The caution came out with 2 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Peter Thickett.
Monahan took the lead on the restart with 3-wide action behind him as Fearn moved into second with Hammann taking third. Gambacorta and Leary were side by side for fourth place. Gambacorta took the spot with Tom Butler following him through to drop Leary back to sixth.
Monahan held the lead until lap-7 when Fearn moved to the front of the pack. Gambacorta got around Hammann for third and Hammann began to slide backwards as Butler moved into fourth and Michael Wray took fifth.
The top-5 cars ran unchanged to the finish as Fearn took down his division leading fifth win of the 2016 season and his second consecutive win.
In the 20-lap SK Light feature event, Ted Cain took the lead at the green with Wesley Prucker glued to his back bumper. Vinny Anglace was third with David Arute and Jay Goff fighting side by side for fourth. Joey Ferrigno and Tony Membrino, Jr. were side by side behind Arute and Goff. Prucker got shuffled out of line and Arute moved into second with Ferrigno and Anglace side by side for third with Membrino in fifth as they completed lap-7.
Ferrigno made a move to the inside of Arute on lap-9 to move into second but Arute was hanging tough in the outside lane and the duo ran side by side as Cain continued to lead. Everything changed in turn 2 on lap-12 as Ferrigno and Cain went around and brought the caution out. Arute was now the race leader with Daniel Wesson in second, Membrino in third, and Joe Graf, Jr. was now fourth for the restart.
Wesson took the lead from Arute on the restart but the field could only complete one lap before the caution came back out for spins by Cain and Mark Alkas in turn 4.
Graf and Wesson were side by side for the lead on the restart but Cain had spun in turn 1 to bring the caution right back out.
Wesson took the lead back under green but before the field could complete a lap there was a pileup of cars in turn 4 to bring the caution out.
The next restart saw Sean Mandel spin on the frontstretch to bring the yellow back out before a lap could be completed.
Wesson took the lead on the restart but he was only able to hold the lead for one lap because Marcello Rufrano took over the lead on lap-14 after starting the race at the rear of the field. Goff was third with Ferrigno and Arute side by side for fourth place. Rufrano slowly stretched out his lead over Wesson and he took the checkered flag in his very first SK Light start at Stafford. Ferrigno finished third with Goff and Arute rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, R.J. Surdell took the early lead with Frank L’Etoile, Jr. and Justin Bren lined up behind him. Robert Bloxsom, III was fourth with Jeremy Lavoie in fifth. Al And Cliff Saunders were fighting for sixth with Paul Arute right on their bumpers in eighth place.
Al Saunders won the battle with Cliff for sixth and Arute also got by Cliff to move into seventh. L’Etoile moved by Surdell on lap-7 in turn 1 to take over the race lead. L’Etoile’s pass opened the door for Bren to follow him through and drop Surdell back to third place. Lavoie was now fourth with Bloxsom in fifth.
As the race hit the halfway point, L’Etoile and Bren were starting to pull away from Surdell in third. Bren made a move to take the lead from L’Etoile on lap-12. Al Saunders was now fourth behind Bren, L’Etoile, and Surdell with Arute in fifth.
Bren led L’Etoile to the checkered flag to pick up his second win of the 2016 season. Surdell finished third with Al Saunders and Arute rounding out the top-5.
In the 15-lap DARE Stock feature event, Nicole Chambrello led the field to the green flag and she took the early lead with Michael Hopkins moving into second. Dan Dembek settled into third with Chris Bagnall and Ryan Fearn dueling for fourth place. Chambrello spun in turn 3 after contact from Hopkins to bring the caution out with 1 lap complete. Hopkins was sent to the rear of the field for the contact with Chambrello.
Dembek was now the leader for the restart and he took the lead with Ryan Fearn streaking into second before Trace Beyer went around in turn 3 and collected the car of Paul Bourdon, Jr. to bring the caution out before a lap could be completed.
Dembek took the lead back under green while Fearn was applying heavy pressure for the lead. Tyler Trott was up to third with Bagnall fourth and Johnny Walker was up to fifth. As the field rumbled off turn 4 to complete what would have been lap 4, Dembek’s car got out of shape and shot into the wall to bring the caution back out with 3 laps showing on the scoreboard.
Trott was able to keep pace with Fearn for half a lap on the restart before Fearn got clear to the lead. Walker was now alongside Trott for second with Alexandra Fearn up to fourth after starting at the back of the pack and Bagnall was running fifth.
On lap-11 Alexandra Fearn’s car spun to the infield and she brought her car to pit road while her brother Ryan continued to hold the race lead with Walker in second and Trott in third. Brandon Michael was now in fourth with Zack Robinson in fifth.
Walker wasn’t able to get close to Ryan Fearn as he took the checkered flag for his second win of the 2016 season. Walker and Trott followed him to the line with Michael and Robinson rounding out the top-5.
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