STAFFORD – On May 8 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Tony Membrino Jr. completed a unique triple of local racing in Connecticut by completing a sweep of the three season opening SK Light Modified events at all three state short tracks.
Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway Membrino kept continued that stranglehold of the division in 2016.
Membrino held off Todd Douillard over the closing laps to win the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.
It was the fourth victory in four SK Light Modified victory in as many starts across the state this year for Membrino, of Berlin.
“Four in a row baby, we’re undefeated,” Membrino said. “Are you kidding me? I’m so stoked at the luck we’ve been having and the roll that we’re on.”
Douillard, of Palmer, Mass., held on for second and Joey Ferrigno of East Hartford was third.
While Membrino continued as perfect for 2016, he said it was with a car that was hardly perfect.
Douillard had multiple chances in the late stages to make moves on Membrino, but could not find a lane.
“Today was a story of I’d rather be lucky than good,” Membrino said. “It was just track position and I had a total gentleman in Todd Douilllard behind me. I just could not turn the center of the corner worth a crap and he had every opportunity – and probably every right – to bump me, move me out of the way, whatever. And he chose not to. I thank him very much for that and I’ll thank him for that in the future when the roles are reversed.”
Said Douillard: “We were pretty close. I was trying to make a move down in [turn] three and he already knew it was going to happen. He kind of slowed down there pretty and the back end started to come around on me. I just had to gather it back and finish it second.”