Acting His Age: Joey Ferrigno Scores SK Light Modified Victory At Stafford Speedway

Joey Ferrigno celebrates victory in the SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont)

STAFFORD – At 35 years old, Joey Ferrigno is hardly nearing grizzled status on the track at Stafford Motor Speedway.

But a rough start with three consecutive finishes outside of the top-10 to start the 2017 season in the SK Light Modified division for the East Hartford driver had him wondering.

“I thought I was starting to get old, that I didn’t have any left,” Ferrigno said.

Friday he felt young all over again.

Ferrigno drove away from the field late to get his first victory of the season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

“It definitely helps to get the monkey off our back,” Ferrigno said. “I knew I had a fast car all season. It’s been going. We just ran into something unfortunate the first two weeks. … This week the car was there, we didn’t have any trouble, and we showed them what we have.”

George Nocera Jr. of Plainville was second and Glenn Griswold of Vernon third.

Ferrigno dedicated the victory to longtime local crew chief Daren Clark, who passed away unexpectedly on May 20 at 51 years old.

“This one is a special, I want to dedicate it to Darren Clark,” Ferrigno said. “He helped set up my car when I won the championship in [the DARE Stock division in 2005]. He set up my [Limited Late Model] for me. I got a ton of wins with him doing my setups. This one is definitely for Darren.”

Ferrigno started on the pole but it was Jay Goff starting second who took over the lead on the first lap.

But on lap 10 Ferrigno was able to get back to the front by Goff and he never trailed again.

“I wasn’t prepared for the different rubber on the track,” Ferrigno said. “The car skated. I’ve raced with [Jay Goff] for years. I didn’t want to slide into him. His car hooked and mine didn’t. He got a little jump on me. I beat him on the start, he beat me out of turn two and it took me a couple laps to run him down. He was tight, I got under him. It was a good clean race.”

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  1. Sharpie Fan says:

    We need ‘sperienced drivers like Ferrigno and Goff to show these kids how to put on a show. It’s not all about wrecking to get to first place.

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