STAFFORD – On July 15 at Stafford Motor Speedway, Todd Owen ended up with the winner’s trophy for the SK Modified feature, but missed out on the chance to celebrate in victory lane.
Owen was declared the winner of the 40-lap feature that evening after Ronnie Williams was disqualified from victory for an issue in post-race inspection.
Sunday evening at Stafford, to close out the season, Owen got that chance he missed out on to celebrate in victory lane.
Owen, of Somers, used a daring three-wide move to go to the lead and went on to win the 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature at the NAPA Fall Final at Stafford Speedway.
“That’s a win,” Owen said. “The first one was by a technicality. At the end of the year I still won, but this one was definitely cool because I was deserving of it and we had the car to beat.”
Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott was second and Keith Rocco of Wallingford was third.
On lap 18 Owen was running second on the outside next to Christopher in the lead. Coming off of turn four Rocco went low to take the trio three-wide across the start/finish line. Into turn one Owen got the power drive through the corner and came off of turn two with a lead he wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way.
“This car was awesome all week,” Owen said. “The heat race [Saturday] the thing was just on rails. … When you’re on the outside [three-wide] you’re in the wrong place so you’ve got to drive it in as hard as you can.”
Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. had already clinched the 2016 SK Modified championship at the track before Sunday’s final event.
Following the event Owen saluted track management and the Arute Family which owns the track for their resiliency in getting the event run on Sunday. The start of the event was delayed nearly seven hours because of showers through the morning and afternoon.
“Mark and Lisa Arute and the whole Arute family for waiting this thing out,” Owen said. “Race fans they complain a lot about the racetracks. Today there’s about seven people in the grandstands and they still wanted us to race. People need to think about that sometimes.”