STAFFORD – The drama of a breathtaking finish made for extended theater in the SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Joey Ferrigno dashed to victory lane following the event, but officials quickly put a hold on the festivities after the three-wide finish at the line.
After an extended review by officials, Daniel Wesson of Monson, Mass. was declared the winner of the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford.
Ferrigno, of East Hartford, was second and Jay Goff of Stafford third.
The three drivers came to the checkered side-by-side-by-side with Goff on the inside, Ferrigno in the middle and Wesson on the outside.
Officials declared the transponders on the cars showed a dead heat between Wesson and Ferrigno at the finish. After reviewing the replay officials deemed Wesson’s car broke the plane of the finish line first.
Ferrigno went to the lead on lap 14 past Goff with Wesson following to second.
The caution flew on lap 20 to set up a green-white-checkered finish. On the first attempt at a green-white-checkered restart, Wesson spun in turn two, but the caution flew just before the spin for another spin at the rear of the field, putting Wessson back to second for the final restart.
On the final lap Ferrigno and Wesson made contact in turn four allowing Goff to find a lane under them and bring the cars to the frontstretch three-wide.
“On that [last restart], I was on the outside, that was great,” Wessm said. “I was coming on him and then the wall started coming so I had to lift and it was just a battle to the finish.”
Said Ferrigno: “That last restart, I had him coming toward the line. He got into my right rear a little bit and aimed me toward the wall and slowed me down into [turn] one. I was just driving it for everything we had. I drove it into turn three on the last lap. The car didn’t stick. Someone gave me a shot in the back. Both cars slid up, me and [Wesson] were going to the wall and he came down on me. It was just racing. We touched. The car got a little bit out of shape again and he beat me on the outside to the line. That’s racing. It’s all part of the deal.”
Said Goff: “I thought we were a little bit quicker than them. I sort of planned that fourth turn move. I figured Joey would take him a little high.”