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Andrew Durand makes it two wins in a row in the Limited Late Models at Stafford Motor Speedway

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Andrew Durand in victory lane (Photo Courtesy of Tom Morris)

Andrew Durand makes it two wins in a row in the Limited Late Models at Stafford

By: Matthew Wiernasz


Stafford Motor Speedway – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT (WWLP) – Chicopee’s Andrew Durand made it two wins in a row in the 20 lap Limited Late Model Division at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday.

Devon Jencik led at the beginning of the race. Damian Palardy brought out the first caution on lap 7 for a spin between turns 3 and 4. Matt Clement led on the restart as Andrew Durand would follow into second spot. The second caution of the event came out on lap 12 as Jay Clement spun in turn 4.

Durand and Matt Clement would battle for the lead on the restart and Durand made the pass for the lead with six laps remaining in the race. Matt Clement would put the pressure on Durand as he would try a pass for the win on the final lap but Durand would able to go on to win the 20 laps race and his second win of the season.

Marcello Rufrano wins first-ever Modified race in Bud Light Open Modified 80 at Stafford Motor Speedway

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Marcello Rufrano celebrating the win (Photo Courtesy of Dick Ayers/Ayers Racing Images)

Chase Dowling dominated in the Bud Light Open Modified 80 but Marcello Rufrano would use a late-race restart with four laps and pass Dowling on the outside to go on to win the Bud Light Open Modified 80 at Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

A speechless Rufrano talked to 22News about the win. “I don’t know how to explain it, The stars aligned tonight. I really don’t know what to say coming from the worst night in my life yesterday to the best night of my life tonight. I can’t really explain it. It’s surreal. I can’t thank everyone enough for everything that they do for me,” Rufrano said.

Dowling finished in second after dominating the Bud Light Open Modified 80.

“We had a really good car that whole race. The cautions came out and I don’t know if it was cold tires. We went in even and he was hooked up on the top. Tried to run him up the hill so he couldn’t get a run. We were just free all of the sudden. Just like kind of a light switch,” Dowling said.

Joey Cipriano finished the race in third. He talked about his race to 22News. “I can’t say enough about Ted Anderson and Ryan Stone, Fury Race Cars. I am just the lucky guy. I am just so thankful to get to drive this thing.” Cipriano said.

Cipriano was going to give it his best in the last 39 laps of the race and he said he was worn out after the race.

Eric Goodale finished the race in fourth. He talked about his race to 22News. “We were pretty good. We had a great pit stop. Just didn’t have the car. Got to free there at the end. That was our first solid run of the year so pretty happy with that. Were gonna load her up and see where we go to next,” Goodale Said.

Craig Lutz finished in fifth. He talked about his race to 22News. “It was a new package for us. It’s a gen 2 design from Robbie Fuller. It was kind of a test run. We run a bunch of stuff and made some huge gains. It was cool to get out there and run for the win a little bit. Just didn’t have enough for them. Burnt it up,” Lutz said.

Matt Swanson finished the race in seventh. He talked about his race to 22News. “It was definitely up and down. First race with this car that we got. Definitely got to go back to the drawing board I think. Go back through all of our notes and make sure we were spot on with everything. The end of the race came down to making sure we were in the right lane. Capitalized on other people falling backward. Luckily we were able to recover where we were. That’s definitely a positive. Just go back to the shop do our homework. Come back and try to do better next time,” Swanson said.

Ronnie Williams finished the race in ninth. He talked about his race to 22News. “It was good. Our car was OK. It wasn’t as good as last year’s open 80. We had a solid top five going. On the restart, McKennedy just went three wide going into turn 1 and kind of ruined our chances of winning. It ruined his chances of winning too. It’s like the third time it’s happened in the last two weeks. Kind of getting old. Were gonna rebound from it and just learn from it,” Williams said.

Stafford will be back in action this Friday.

Zach Robinson wins Midstate Site Development 30 Street Stock race at Stafford Motor Speedway

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Zach Robinson wins the Midstate Site Development 30 (Photo Courtesy of Tom Morris)

Zach Robinson out of Putnam, CT took down the win in the Midstate Site Development 30 lap Street Stock on Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway. Brandon Michael out of Granville led the field to the green. The caution came out on lap 1 for an incident between John Orsini and Meg Fuller. Orsini would be parked for the remainder of the event for contact with Fuller.

On the restart, Michael and Paradis would battle for the lead, Paradis would take the lead in turn 4. Chris Douton brought out the caution on lap 9. Robinson would be in the lead on the restart and continue to dominate. After having an early racing incident, Meg Fuller would be in second. Fuller would try to catch Robinson but Robinson would go to win the Midstate Site Development 30. Meg Fuller would finish in second and Adrien Paradis would finish in third.

Chris Phelps out of New Salem would finish in 12th and Brandon Michael out of Granville would finish in 20th.

Stafford Motor Speedway will be back in action this Friday night. The next Open Modified 80 will be held on Saturday, August 1

By: Matthew Wiernasz | Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc | Jul 19, 2020 / 07:07 PM EDT