STAFFORD – Making the best of a second chance meant the third win of the season Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway for Daniel Wesson.
Wesson saw a pass of Tony Membrino Jr. for the lead on lap 20 negated by a waving caution, but the 16-year old didn’t back down.
Wesson, of Monson, Mass., used a lap 21 pass of Membrino to score victory in the 22-lap SK Light Modified feature Friday Stafford Motor Speedway.
“I come here for wins, not points racing,” Wesson said.
Membrino, of Berlin, was second and Joey Ferrigno of East Hartford third.
Membrino, the winner of five of the 10 events for this division this year at Stafford, went by Wes Prucker for the lead on lap six and looked to have the field in check, before Wesson weaved his way to second by lap 10.
By lap 19 Wesson was all over Membrino. Wesson grabbed the lead from Membrino off of turn four on lap 20, but the spinning car of Carlos Gray brought out the caution, negating the pass.
On lap 21 Wesson got under Membrino off turn two to over the top spot for good.
“I was being patient, waiting for him to make a mistake,” Wesson said. “He slipped up a little bit and I got by him. … [The car] was a perfect. We struggled a little bit in the first practice but we got it spot on in the second practice.”
Said Membrino: “Not much really worked. We didn’t have th drive that I needed to. I kind of wish we raced earlier in the day. It was a rough race to say the least.”
Albert Saunders went by RJ Surdell for the lead on lap eight and never trailed again on the way to his second victory of the season in the 22-lap Limited Late Model feature.
“Our car was perfect,” Saunders said. “Awesome setup from Barry Fluckiger and Fluckiger Race Chassis. I felt like we’ve had the best car here probably the last four or five [races] and we just wrecked, had circumstances, flat tires, broken parts. It’s been a while since we won, but we got it tonight so it’s really good.”
Paul Arute of Stafford was second and Jeremy Lavoie of Windsor Locks third.
Tom Fearn of East Longmeadow, Mass. got his fourth victory of 2016 in the 32-lap Late Model feature.
Michael Wray of Northford was second and Kevin Gambacorta of Ellington third.
Teddy Hodgon won the 20-lap Legends feature.