WATERFORD – Nothing but a thing?
Tony Membrino Jr. is a little worried it might just be reaching that point.
Membrino, the most dominant SK Light Modified driver in the state this season, kept up his blazing run Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
Membrino, of Berlin, held off Corey Barry over the final four laps to win the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature Saturday at the Speedbowl.
Barry, of Plainfield, was second and Andrew Molleur of Shelton third.
It was Membrino’s third victory in three events this season at the Speedbowl. Overall this year Membrino has won seven of eight SK Light Modified events run at the state’s three short tracks. He has won three of four SK Light Modified events at Stafford Motor Speedway and the one event run at Thompson Speedway. In his only non-win, on May 27 at Stafford, Membrino was fourth.
“I’m stoked,” Membrino said. “I’m beyond stoked. It’s tough. It’s almost like my level of excitement is starting to drop. I don’t want to say it’s getting routine, but it’s starting to feel that way. But it’s almost like a numb excitement. I can’t believe we’re on this kind of a roll. It’s just a testament to all the blood, sweat and tears we put into this and the pennies we can save up to do it. It’s being able to do this.”
But the victory Saturday wasn’t without some late drama.
On a restart with 13 laps left Membrino got by Chris Gombos to move to second place behind Chris Correll.
With eight laps left Membrino went by Correll off of turn four to take over the lead, with Barry moving to second.
Barry stayed to the outside of Membrino on a restart with four laps left, but a lap later contact between the two in turn three sent Barry up the track and allowed Membrino to pull away.
Barry wasn’t pleased with Membrino’s tactics.
“I guess that’s how he wants to race,” Barry said. “I’ll remember that. No hard feelings, that’s racing. I’ve never even raced side-by-side with him before. I don’t know if he’s got a grudge against me but, I don’t know. It kind of sucks that I gave him all the room in the world and he gave me none.”
Membrino didn’t deny using up Barry.
“I was a little greedy,” Membrino said. “The first lap or so of that last run, I could see he had an advantage on me outside. We haven’t really figured our car 100 percent out as far as this track goes. So the rear kind of had a mind of its own. He was getting better drive up off [the corners] and sooner or later that’s going to give him an advantage going [into the corner]. It’s less than five laps to go so I had to do what I had to do, but I didn’t want to wreck him and I didn’t wreck him. I understand if he’s a little frustrated. I would be too. I’ve been on the receiving end of that every single race I’ve been in here. It’s just the way it is and I’ll understand if I’m on the receiving end of his deal. It was just hard racing for the win. I’m sure he would do the same.”