STAFFORD – Duane Provost rolled out for the Limited Late Model feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway pondering just going to the back of the field, figuring issues with his car wouldn’t put him there anyway.
In the end the decision to just stay near the front and race paid huge dividends for the Springfield, Mass. driver.
Provost scored his first victory of the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.
“It’s been a trying couple weeks,” Provost said. “I made a lot of changes. I came here tonight and the car was still not handling, I couldn’t figure it out. Found out about 20 minutes before the race that I actually had a ball joint that was bad. I didn’t have the time to change it. I had hemmed and hawed about pulling it into the back and I’m so glad that I didn’t. This is not where I expected to be tonight. … I’m glad, I’m just really surprised I’m here. I did not anticipate this at all.”
Frank L’Etoile Jr. of Wethersfield was second and Cliff Saunders of Stafford third.
Michael Wray scored his first victory of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature.
Wray, of Northford, checked out from the field and had no challengers the duration of the event.
Kevin Gambacort of Enfield, the winner of the last two Late Model events, was second. Josh Wood of Palmer, Mass. was third.
Trace Beyer of West Dover, Vt. scored his second consecutive victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
Marcello Rufrano of North Haven was second and Alexandra Fearn of East Longmeadow, Mass. third.