STAFFORD – Paul Arute got to victory lane Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway and did some crystal ball gazing to the future.
Arute, of Tolland, won the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.
“We had a great car,” Arute said. “I’m glad to be back here. This car is hooked up. We’re going to win a bunch of races this year. I’m pumped to be here.”
Duane Provost of Springfield, Mass. was second and Cliff Saundes of Stafford third.
Arute’s optimism for the season was boiling over after the victory. He got his first victory in the division late last season.
“My goal at the start of the year was to win five times,” Arute said. “It’s May, there’s a ways to go.
“Last year we hammered on this car all year. Fought every problem out of it. In the fall it was hooked up, the last four or five events. I was second and third, had a win, had a fourth. We worked at it. [Crew chief Steve Johnson] has been putting so many hours into this car. He likes sleeps in this car. He sits in the garage all night and stares it. That’s it. It really is.”
Tom Fearn went to the lead past Glen Reen on lap 15 and then survived numerous challenging restarts to win the 30-lap Late Model feature.
Reen, of Wilbrham, Mass., was second in his second Late Model start at the track. Wayne Coury Jr. of Milford was third.
“I just bided my time a little bit at the beginning and tried to be patient and be there at the end,” Fearn said. “Man oh man, it was a tough one tonight. A lot of restarts there, a lot of good guys up there. First time I’ve raced with Glen Reen in the Late Models, he did a great job.”
Tyler Trott of East Hartford scored victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Trace Beyer of Dover, Vt. was second and Brandon Michael of Granville, Mass. third.