In April Bryan Narducci began the steps of following the family lineage of competition at Stafford Motor Speedway.
The 15-year old from Colchester made his debut in Stafford’s Limited Late Model division to start the 2016 season.
Narducci, of Colchester, is the grandson of two-time Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified champion Jerry Pearl.
And Friday the rookie joined his grandfather on the all-time roll of Stafford Motor Speedway winners.
In his ninth start in Stafford’s Limited Late Model division, Narducci drove to victory in the division’s 20-lap feature Friday at Stafford.
“I’ve been dreaming about winning here since I was about three years old,” Narducci said. “To finally do it is awesome. … It’s the best the car has ever been.”
Paul Arute of Tolland was second and Duane Provost of Springfield, Mass. third.
Narducci is the son of longtime local track and series official Missy Pearl and the nephew of 1998 New London-Waterford Speedbowl SK Modified champion Jeff Pearl. Jerry Pearl was the 1984 and 1985 SK Modified champion at Stafford and the 1993 SK Modified champion at Waterford. Narducci is a graduate of Stafford’s Monday night Karting program.
“It feels awesome, I’ve won a lot of go-kart races here but nothing compares to that,” Narducci said.
Narducci’s previous best finish before Friday was a second place on June 17, his only other top-three finish this year.
Arute, a three-time winner this season, had nothing for Narducci over the closing laps.
“I looked up in the mirror with about three [laps] to go,” Narducci said. “I didn’t even see the halfway [flag] because I was so focused. I looked up in the mirror and I say him and I was like ‘Hopefully he can’t catch me.’ Then on the last lap I looked up going into turn one and he was a couple car lengths car and I was just hoping he wouldn’t drive it into [turn] three and bottom shot me but luckily he wasn’t close enough.”