STAFFORD – Troy Talman’s first time on the track at Stafford Motor Speedway was on April 26, the day before his first event at the half-mile oval.
Friday night, in his second event at the track Talman showed in dramatic fashion that he has the place figured out.
Talman came out on top of a feisty duel over the closing laps with Tony Membrino Jr. to win the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature at Stafford.
It was the first career victory at Stafford, for Talman, of Oxford, Mass. Membrino, of Plantsville, was second and Ronnie Williams of Ellington third.
Talman used the outside lane to go by Membrino for the lead on lap 14, but on lap 17 Membrino used the low lane to take the lead back. On lap 18 Talman went back to the lead again. Membrino looked to regain the top spot on lap 19 before the caution flew to set up a decisive green-white-checkered finish.
On the restart Membrino regained the lead but Talman fought back in a three-wide battle at the front and took the checkered flag.
Jeremy Lavoie rebounded from a disappointing opening weekend at Stafford in perfect fashion.
Lavoie, of Windsor Locks, ran away with the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
“We did our research over the winter,” Lavoie said. “We really dug our head in the books. This car was in for a big change this year and that change definitely helped.”
Johnny Walker of Ludlow, Mass. was second and Kris Fluckiger of Enfield third.
D.J. Burnham won in dominating fashion in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature. David Arute of Tolland was second and Josh Wood of Palmer, Mass. third.