STAFFORD – Tony Membrino Jr. opened his 2016 racing season with a victory at Thompson Speedway’s Icebreaker weekend on April 9.
Saturday Membrino completed the iconic event double.
Membrino, of Berlin, held off the charges of Joey Ferrigno over the closing circuits to win the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature Saturday at the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway.
“The prestige and the history in both of those events is really overwhelming to take in,” Membrino said. “Not to mention last year we started off with back to back DNF’s, so this is quite the turnaround for us. It’s a hell of a rollercoaster feeling. I’m just excited and blessed to be able to experience it. Whatever luck I’m on I hope I’ve got more in store for me.”
Ferrigno, of East Hartford, held on for second and Vinny Anglace Jr. of Ansonia third.
On lap 12 Ferrigno got under Membrino and the two came to the start/finish line side-by-side battling for the lead. Membrino cleared Ferrigno off of turn two on lap 13 before the caution flew on lap 15. After the restart Ferrigno found another lane under Membrino briefly but still couldn’t find the way past him.
“That’s Mr. Bottom right there and he had the inside line,” Membrino said. “But this car is Mrs. Outside. I love putting that car there and that’s the first time in a while that I didn’t choose the outside on a restart. Thank you racing for me clean. He gave me a couple taps, but that’s Modified racing. It’s good hard love. I’m so stoked to be here for Spring Sizzler victory lane.”
Said Ferrigno: “We were in good in different places on the track. He had me coming out of [turn two] and I had him in the center of [turns] three and four. It’s just the way it played out. If I can’t win I’m glad it’s another low buck [Italian] that won the race.”