STAFFORD – On June 4, after getting his third SK Light Modified victory of the season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, and his seventh SK Light Modified win overall in 2016, Tony Membrino Jr. said of his run: “It’s almost like my level of excitement is starting to drop.”
Later that night longtime Modified competitor Ed Flemke Jr. slapped his perspective back into place.
And with that, Membrino’s excitement level went right back to the top as he kept up his furious run of victories Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Membrino used a lap 16 restart to go to the lead and win the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Vin Anglace of Ansonia was second and Daniel Wesson of Monson, Mass. third.
It was his fourth win in five events this year at Stafford and his eighth win in nine starts overall this year between the state’s three NASCAR sanctioned short tracks. He also won the only SK Light Modified event run this year at Thompson Speedway. In his only non-win in an SK Light Modified event this year in Connecticut, on May 27 at Stafford, Membrino was fourth.
Membrino said he spoke with Flemke in a post-race get together after winning at Waterford last week.
“I said it was weird that I was feeling the level of excitement start to drop,” Membrino said of the conversation with Flemke. “And he said ‘Just think of it this way, this could be your last win.’ It was a whole humbling turnaround. So I’m really excited. I’m kind of back where my mindset is, any race could be your last let alone any win. I’m looking at it that way now with a bigger perspective and I’m just really happy to be able to be on this side of luck. I wouldn’t mind some more along the way. But I’ll take everything for what it is and today is a blessing.”
On a lap 16 restart, Membrino used an outside run to beat out Vin Anglace and take over the spot for good.
The move had Membrino pondering what happened in the June 3 SK Light Modified feature. In that race, on a green-white-checkered restart, second place running Joey Ferrigno seemed to beat Membrino and take over the lead, but the start was called back and Ferrigno was penalized for jumping the start by track officials. After the event Membrino chided track officials over the public address system, saying they made a mistake in penalizing Ferrigno and that it was a clean restart.
“I got into turn one and thought: ‘Boy it would be really funny if they bring it back.’ Membrino said of passing Anglace on the restart Friday. “After last week and everyone was wondering if I was going to get a slap on the wrist for sticking up for a fellow competitor. … It was everything like I originally thought last week was. We kind of fired at the same time and I just I think I was just smoother through the gear box than he was and that was able to get me the advantage going into turn one.”