STAFFORD – A week ago Kevin Gambacorta looked on the verge of scoring his first career Late Model win at Stafford Motor Speedway.
But Gambacorta’s last lap bid to snare the top spot was stopped by Tom Fearn.
But it was a showing that went a long way to prove that Gambacorta was ready for the breakthrough to victory lane in a Late Model at Stafford.
And he let little time go by in proving that.
Gambacorta, of Ellington, got his first Late Model win at the track in runaway style in winning the 30-lap feature for the division Friday at Stafford.
It was the 12th career victory at Stafford for Gambacorta, who has three DARE Stock victories and eight Limited Late Model wins. He won a DARE Stock championship at the track in 2004 and Limited Late Model titles in 2006 and 2011.
The Late Model win proved years in the making.
“It only took four years for us to get our first win,” Gambacorta said. “It’s awesome. I like to stay humble, but if people knew what we go through just to get here every week racing against these guys. It’s a lot of money … and we scrape pennies to get here every week. This is something I’m pretty proud of. It’s been a long time coming.”
Fearn, of East Longmeadow, Mass., was second and Josh Wood of Palmer, Mass. third.
Gambacorta went by Rich Hammann for the lead on lap 10 and then checked out from the field. He had a straightaway lead over Fearn at the checkered.
“I had to go because I knew Fearn and [Michael Wray] and [Wood] would be coming,” Gambacorta said.