STAFFORD – Joey Ferrigno insists he doesn’t points race.
Friday night at Stafford Speedway he didn’t have to be careful to grab points, they just arrived to him in bushels along the way to victory.
Ferrigno held off Vin Anglace to win the 25-lap XTRA Mart Xtra D SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford Speedway.
Anglace, of Ansonia was second and Al Wisialko of Westwood, Mass. third.
“It was rough out there, great race though,” Ferrigno said. “I’ve got to thank everybody for putting on a good show. My crew chief, Paul French, never gave up on this car. Phenomenal setup. I’ve got to thank everybody that helped me out. Gino [Difilippo Jr.] from RH2Way Radios, I wouldn’t even be racing this year if it wasn’t for him.”
It was the second victory of the season for Ferrigno, of East Hartford. It was also a night that could likely be the determining factor in the division’s championship hunt.
Ferrigno came into evening tied at the top of the standings with Tony Membrino Jr., but a plug wire issue dropped Membrino to a 17th place finish. It meant the night ended with Ferrigno on top of the standings holding a 32-point lead over Membrino.
Despite the jump, Ferrigno didn’t want to talk points.
“I’m here for trophies and I got a nice one tonight,” Ferrigno said.
“It could all change in a week. We were tied going in. Next week same thing could happen [to me] and he could be right back up front.”
Ferrigno started eighth in the field and was up to fourth by lap 16. He went from second to fourth on a lap 18 restart and set out to challenge Anglace in the lead.
The caution flew on lap 22 to set up a late race shootout. On the restart Ferrigno used the outside lane to get by Anglace for the lead off of turn two.
“He shifted at the wrong point, I got the run down the straightaway,” Ferrigno said. “I turned into [turn] one a little earlier than I probably should have. He got into my door. Racing deal, he didn’t clean me out and I had the good run down the backstretch. It was rubbing doors, trading paint racing. He wasn’t trying to clean me out. He was trying to protect the lead as any racer would do. He hit me a little hard, but not harder than what was fair. It was a good race out there.”
Said Anglace: “It sucks. Everytime I come here cautions change what’s going to happen. … It sucks. I hate second. I didn’t come here to finish second after running like we’ve been running. I’m not happy at all.”