STAFFORD – Listen to some competitors talk about competing at Stafford Motor Speedway and one might think the outside lane is the scariest place in racing.
For Alexandra Fearn, that supposedly terrifying second groove is more comfortable than a favorite pair of slippers.
“I don’t know why everyone thinks it’s so hard,” Fearn said of Stafford’s upper lane. “Stafford has two grooves, contrary to popular belief.”
Fearn, of East Longmeadow, Mass., used that outside lane on lap nine to pass Johnny Walker for the lead and held on to win the 17-lap DARE Stock feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.
“I’m not sure why people people seem to not like [the outside lane],” Fearn said. “Some divisions it doesn’t work … but I watch the SK [Light Modifieds], the SK [Modifieds], all those other guys and it works for them. It works in the DARE Stocks. A lot of people don’t think it does. Maybe just because they’re scared or something. I can’t figure it out, it’s not that bad. Some people get on the outside and they just throw out the anchor, they just give up, they don’t even give it a try. The first time I realized the outside worked was when I passed Jeff Jolly for the lead, that was like four years ago. It’s been good for me ever since. I won on the outside last year, passed on the outside for this win.”
Walker, of Ludlow, Mass., was second and Brandon Michael of Granville, Mass. third.
It was the second victory of the season for Fearn. She was also disqualified from a victory on June 17 for a ride height violation.
“I’m very proud of this,” Fearn said. “I’m really excited to be here. We worked really hard on this car. This is technically our third win this year. I’m really proud of that. This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while.”