Anthony Bello Grabs Second SK Modified Win Of Rookie Season At Stafford Motor Speedway
Story By: SCOTT RUNNING / STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT – Stafford Speedway hosted the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final headlined by the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series with the SK Modifieds®, SK Lights, and Vintage All-Stars also in feature action.
Anthony Bello was victorious for the second time during his rookie SK Modified® season, Steven Chapman dominated the 20-lap SK Light Invitational, and Tony Ferrante, Jr. won the Vintage All-Stars race.
Todd Owen finished 5th in the SK Modified® feature, which was good enough to clinch his second consecutive SK Modified® track championship.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Michael Gervais, Jr. took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Michael Christopher, Jr. quickly taking second. Tyler Leary was third in the early running with Keith Roccofourth and Ronnie Williams and Anthony Bello side by side for fifth place. Christopher took the lead from Gervais on lap-3 while Rocco took third from Leary. Bello followed him by Leary to take fourth place on lap-5 with Leary now in a wheel to wheel duel with Williams for fifth place. Just behind them, Cory DiMatteo and Todd Owen were side by side for seventh and Bryan Narducci and David Arute were side by side for ninth. Jimmy Broderick hit the turn 1 wall to bring the yellow and red flags out with 7 laps complete.
On the restart, Christopher’s car lost its air cleaner with the debris on the track bringing the caution right back out. Christopher had to come to pit road to reattach the air cleaner, which handed the race lead back to Gervais with Rocco beside him for the restart while Christopher rejoined the field at the rear.
Rocco took the lead from Gervais on the restart while both Bello and Williams went by Gervais to take second and third. Cory DiMatteo came to a stop in turn 2, which brought the caution flag back out with 8 laps complete.
Rocco and Williams went wheel to wheel for the lead on the restart with Bello nearly going 3-wide but falling back into third. Rocco got clear of Williams on lap-10 while Bello took second from Williams on lap-11. Owen followed Bello by Williams to take third and drop Williams back to fourth just before the caution came back out with 11 laps complete for a spin in the middle of turns 3+4 by Dylan Kopec that collected the cars of Anthony Flannery and Curt Brainard. R.J. Marcotte was sent to the rear of the field by Stafford officials for making contact with Kopec.
Back under green, Rocco took the lead with Bello glued to his back bumper in second. Owen got by Williams to take third with Narducci and Williams side by side for fourth place. Bello made a strong move in turn 3 to take the lead from Rocco on lap-13 just before Marcotte spun in turn 2 to bring the caution back out with 13 laps complete.
Bello took the lead on the restart with Rocco taking a look for the lead before slotting back into second behind Bello. Owen and Narducci were wheel to wheel for third with David Arute in fifth, just in front of Williams in sixth. Teddy Hodgon spun on the backstretch and Troy Talman’s car came to a stop in turn 3 to bring the caution back out with 16 laps complete.
Back under green, Bello took the lead with Rocco in second. Owen and Narducci were once again wheel to wheel for third with Arute in fifth and Gervais in sixth. Owen took third from Narducci on lap-19 and Narducci slid back to fifth as he got loose in turn 2 and allowed Arute to take fourth. The caution came back out with 19 laps complete as Curt Brainard got into the frontstretch wall and collected Mikey Flynn, Marcotte, and several other cars.
Bello took the lead on the restart with Owen getting to the inside of Rocco in a duel for second. Narducci was fourth behind Rocco and Owen with Arute in fifth. Tyler Leary appeared to lose an engine in turn 2 as Hodgdon spun to bring the caution back out with 21 laps complete.
Bello took the lead back under green with Rocco now getting to the inside of Owen in a fight for second. They touched coming off turn 4 on lap-22 and got out of shape but both cars were abel to save their cars with Owen maintaining second while Rocco slid back to fifth as Owen went to second, Christopher to third after his earlier mishap, and Narducci fourth. Christopher made a move to the inside of Owen on lap-26 to take over second while Rocco got clear from Arute in the fight for fifth place. Rocco got around Narducci to take over fourth on lap-30 and Arute nearly took fifth from Narducci, but he fell back into line behind Narducci as Bello continued to hold the lead with Christopher in second and Owen in third.
Rocco took third from Owen on lap-37 and that move allowed Narducci to pull alongside Owen in a fight for fourth place. Christopher couldn’t get close enough to Bello to make a bid for the lead as he took down his second win of his rookie season. Rocco finished third with Narducci fourth and Owen rounding out the top-5.
In the 20-lap SK Light feature event, Steven Chapman took the lead at the green while Todd Clark spun but was able to get going and the race stayed green. Nick Anglace was second behind Steven Chapman with Tony Membrino, Jr. third, Jason Chapman fourth, and Ron Midford, Jr. in fifth.
Membrino took second from Anglace and Midford got around Anglace to move into third place on lap-9 with Anglace slotting into fourth, just in front of Jason Chapman while Steven Chapman was comfortably out front.
Steven Chapman cruised to a wire to wire victory with Midford, Anglace, Jason Chapman, and Membrino rounding out the top-5.
In the 15-lap Vintage All-Stars feature event, Tony Ferrante, Jr. led the field to the green and he took the early lead with Paul Suprenant, Ben Levangie, Boots Jasinski and Tom Pickerel lined up behind him. Levangie took second place from Suprenant on lap-2 and Jasinski got around Suprenant on lap-3 to move into third and drop Suprenant back to fourth with Pickerel still running in fifth place as Ferrante continued to hold the lead.
Levangie couldn’t get close enough to Ferrante to make a bid for the lead as Ferrante led from start to finish to take the victory. Jasinski finished third with Suprenant and Gagner rounding out the top-5.
SK MODIFIED® (40)
1) Anthony Bello, Newtown
2) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
3) Keith Rocco, Berlin
4) Bryan Narducci, Colchester
5) Todd Owen, Somers
6) David Arute, Stafford Springs
7) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott
8) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
9) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington
10) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury
11) Tyler Hines, North Haven
12) Noah Korner, Avon
13) Dylan Kopec, East Longmeadow, MA
14) Curt Brainard, Canton
15) John Montesanto, North Branford
16) Nick Halkowicz, Shelton
17) Tyler Jones, New Milford
18) John Sandberg, South Windsor
19) Rich Neri, Waterbury
20) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA
21) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA
22) R.J. Marcotte, Millville, MA
23) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA
24) Anthony Flannery, East Hampton
25) Jimmy Broderick, Brookfield
SK LIGHT MODIFIED INVITATIONAL (20)
1) Steven Chapman, Ellington
2) Ron Midford, Jr., Ellington
3) Nick Anglace, Seymour
4) Jason Chapman, Ellington
5) Tony Membrino, Jr., Wolcott
6) Frank L’Etoile, Jr., Wethersfield
7) Evan Bourgeois, East Haddam
8) Cassandra Cole, Westbrook
9) Bob Charland, Stafford
10) Nickolas Hovey, Chaplin
11) Casey Vogt, Windsor Locks
12) Matt Scappini, Litchfield
13) Brandon Michael, Granville, MA
14) Brandon Hunt, East Windsor
15) Stephen Kalogiannis, New Hartford
16) Chris Bagnall, Norfolk
17) Norm Sears, Coventry
18) Andy Marchese, Tolland
19) Anthony Forino, Waterbury
20) Rich Vasseur, Ellington
21) Todd Clark, Bristol
22) David Webb, Nashville, TN
23) Dylan Liseo, Windsor
24) Zach Aszklar, Newtown
25) Ethan Durocher, Canterbury
VINTAGE MODIFIED ALL-STARS (15)
1) Tony Ferrante, Jr., New Hyde Park, NY
2) Ben Levangie, Carver, MA
3) Boots Jasinski, Flanders, NY
4) Paul Suprenant, Springfield, MA
5) Wade Gagner, East Longmeadow, MA
6) Tom Pickerel, West Babylon, NY
7) Mark Miller, Hauppauge, NY
8) Alex Kitzen, Campbell Hall, NY
9) John Jalbert, Gardner, MA