Defender: Glen Reen Opens Reign With Late Model Win At Stafford NAPA Spring Sizzler

Glen Reen celebrates victory in the Late Model feature Sunday at the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont)

STAFFORD – With his championship in 2017, Glen Reen ascended to the the kings throne among the Late Model competitors at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Sunday Reen began his reign on that throne in style.

Reen, of Wilbraham, Mass., won the 30-lap Late Model feature at the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Tom Fearn of East Longmeadow, Mass., was second and Mike Quintiliano of Shelton third.

Darrell Keane dominated the event and looked on his way to victory, but on lap 29 Keane bobbled in turn two and Reen pounced. Reen went to the low lane and too over the lead, with Fearn moving to second.

“There was no gift there,” Reen said. “That was earned hard. [Keane] bobbled but we were right there. We’ve got to put ourselves there. … It’s been an awesome weekend. … It was a blast racing with Tommy Fearn. It was awesome. I’ve got to thank all my sponsors. If it wasn’t for that guy right there, Sean Noel from Lifecare Family Chiropractic, I wouldn’t be sitting here either.”

Reen said despite his happiness in victory, he was frustrated on track thanks to a new tire compound for the division this year.

“If you would have listened to the radio on lap one you would have been hearing a different story,” Reen said. “I was complaining a little bit in the car. These new tires, I don’t like them at all. I personally think it takes away from the racing. It’s single-file. You can’t do any double-wide moves. There’s no grip in the car. I think it was a horrible decision, but that’s obviously my take on it. But we’ll figure it out and we’ll prevail.”

Fearn rallied from the back after wrecking with Michael Bennett in a battle for the lead early in the event battling for the lead.

“I’ve got to thank my crew for getting my car straightened out so we could make the run from the back,” Fearn said. “Congrats to Glen Reen.”

Reen said he enjoys the battles with Fearn on the track.

“I have a blast racing with Tommy,” Reen said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for him. If he gets me loose he gives me enough time to collect it and the same thing if I get him loose, and then we go at it again. He’s a real class act.”

Reen also finished fourth in the 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Sunday.

“I was a little frustrated in the [SK Modified] as far as not getting a good finish,” Reen said. “But, I’ll take a fourth, we’re points racing .”

Reen was later penalized from fourth to ninth place in the SK Modified finish for a weight violation.

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  1. Blind as a Bat says:

    IDIOT ,RAN INTO EVERYTHING 10 TIMES.BOTH RACES,SK AND LATE MODEL.NEEDS A GOOD OLD PLAINVILLE STADIUM TUNE-UP.

  2. Rob p. says:

    Blind as a bat, Karma’s a fickle bitch. I’m sure before this season is over, they will end up putting a new clip on that car thanks in part to someone Reen pissed off. Fearn drives the same way. Both are better punters than passers

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