Still Reigning: Michael Bennett Scores Late Model NAPA Spring Sizzler Win At Stafford

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

STAFFORD – Michael Bennett, the reigning Late Model champion at Stafford Motor Speedway, will voluntarily vacate his throne in 2016.

Bennett had decided to run part-time in the Late Model division at Stafford in 2016 while dabbling in other racing endeavors in the area.

But the Stafford driver made sure the competition at the track knew Sunday just who the reigning king of the division is.

Bennett scored victory in the 30-lap Late Model feature Sunday at Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Spring Sizzler.

It was the second consecutive Spring Sizzler weekend Late Model victory for Bennett.

Bennett took his time exiting his car in victory lane, waiting for his 4-year old son Chace to join him for the celebration.

“The crew, the sponsors, my family, they don’t put the pressure on me to come out here and perform every week, this little guy does,” Bennett said. “I told him this morning we were starting in the back and I said ‘Don’t be disappointed if we don’t win.’ He said ‘You gotta win.” So we won for him. I didn’t want to get out of the car until he got here.”

Michael Wray of Northford was second and Jim Mavlouganes of Bethany third.

Bennett got under Tom Fearn for the lead on lap 10 and never trailed again.

A flat tire from contact with Bennett in the battle for the lead dropped Fearn to the rear of the field just after losing the lead, but he rallied to finish fourth.

“I saw an opportunity to just keep the nose [inside],” Bennett said of his pass for the lead on Fearn. “He just kept coming down. I guess he popped a tire or something. We’re only coming here for a few times and we’ve got to do all we can to win races. I just felt like I was underneath him enough.”

Wray made a bid to get under Bennett in turn four on lap 28, but Bennett deftly defended the spot.

“I tried making a move coming off turn four, he pinched me down,” Wray said. “He did what he had to do.”

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  1. I would be interested to know what Fearn thought happened with the pass for the lead. Bennett said that Fearn was coming down on him. From where I was sitting, it looked more like Bennett was pushing Fearn out of the way. If Bennett is only racing a few times at Stafford, shouldn’t he be more respectful of teams that will be running for points? I hope he thinks of that whenever he comes back to race.

  2. There is doing what you have to do to win races and there is bulldozing through the field. Not only did Bennett drive through Fearn for the lead he drove Wray down into the grass on the restart going into 1. The icing on the cake was the pinch job off 4 to block Wray for the win. He’s a “Stafford guy”, and a crowd favorite but when you let guys race with impunity like that you can’t wonder why your already dismal Late Model car count gets smaller. Props to Michael Wray for running clean and not dumping the 16 when he had a chance.

  3. Jack Stand says:

    It’s interesting to hear him say that Fearn came down on him. I guess the 42, the 01, the 17, also did since he bulldozed them out of the way as well. He chopped the nose on the 42 several times. He didn’t make any friends out there and since he’s not racing a full schedule he has to come from the back every time. It’s exactly what I would expect from him, he’s always raced that way and then whines and cries when he gets paid back.

  4. Did Tom Fox not see the 16 plow his way to the front….. or did he have an appointment and need to leave like at the N/S Shootout?

  5. Jeffreyt1258@yahoo.com says:

    This guy Bennett is a joke his car is illeal
    Fearn is the man
    I promise you his rear-end is illegal and gears are welded for the lock rear ratio
    I bet u he don’t win again

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