The struggles of the 2016 season for Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified driver Ronnie Williams took the worst turn of the year so far Friday.
What looked like the positive turnaround the team had been looking for all year turned sour in post-race inspection following the 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Friday at Stafford.
Williams, of Tolland, took the checkered flag on the track as the race winner.
But Williams’ car was found to be too low in post-race inspection and his team was stripped of the victory.
Tom Fox, Stafford Speedway director of racing operations and competition, confirmed to RaceDayCT that the decision to disqualify Williams was made.
Todd Owen of Somers, who finished second on the track, was deemed the winner of the event.
It was the first victory of the season for Owen. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott was a career best second and Tom Bolles of Ellington third.
It was the sixth career SK Modified victory at Stafford for Owen and his first at the track since Sept. 14, 2012.
It proved a doubly-good evening for Owen, who oversees the car driven by Limited Late Model driver Bryan Narducci. The rookie from Colchester scored his first career victory Friday at Stafford.