STAFFORD – Fenders.
For longtime Modified driver Glen Reen, the idea of those things that kept the wheels of a racecar covered was pretty much a foreign concept before this year.
And when Reen agreed to drive for Late Model team owner Rob Russell before the start of the 2016 season at Stafford Motor Speedway he made sure that his new car owner knew it would take some time for him to get used to piloting a full-bodied car.
Friday, with nearly a full season in the rearview, Reen made that decision by Russell to put him behind the wheel look fantastic.
Reen, of Wilbraham, led every circuit on the way to victory in the 30-lap Late Model feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.
It was the first career Late Model division victory for Reen, who had six SK Light Modified feature victories at the track from 2006-2007 and is a former winner on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
“These guys are awesome,” Reen said. “They called me at the beginning of the year. I told them it would take some time to learn these fenders. I definitely learned them. I’ve still got a lot to learn.”
Michael Wray of Northford was second and Tom Fearn of East Longmeadow, Mass. third.
Daniel Wesson took advantage of a missed shift late by David Arute to score victory in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature.
It was the fifth victory in 12 starts this year for Wesson, of Monson, Mass.
Arute, of Tolland, was second and Vin Anglace of Ansonia third.
Wesson used the outside lane to go by Arute for the lead on a lap 19 restart.
“It was a great race,” Wesson said. “I ran Arute hard, he ran me hard. I think I had a tire going down in the end. I got real loose and tight off [the corners]. It was weird. But it was a great race overall.”
Said Arute: “Congratulations to Daniel. It’s awesome that he got another win. I just lost it on my own there at the end. I missed a shift on the start. It sucks to finish it like that. … I’ve just got to work on my shifting.”
Justin Bren went by Matthew Clement for the lead off turn one on lap 15 and raced to victory in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature.
It was the third victory of the season for Bren, of Palmer, Mass.
Duane Provost of Springfield, Mass. was second and Bryan Narducci of Colchester third.
Brandon Michael of Granville, Mass. led every lap on the way to victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
It was the second victory of the season for Michael.
Division points leader Johnny Walker of Ludlow, Mass. was second and Trace Beyer of West Dover, Vt. third.
Noah Korner of Canton won the 20-lap Legends feature. Brett Crowther of Belchertown, Mass. was second and Teddy Hodgon of Danbury third.