Ageless Wonder: Tom Butler Scores Late Model Victory At Stafford Speedway

Tom Butler

Tom Butler

STAFFORD – Fast cars but unfortunate bad luck too often has been the overriding theme keeping Tom Butler out of victory lane this year at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Friday the 55-year old from Stafford shook off the demons and got back to a familiar place.

Butler drove away from the field to score the victory in the 32-lap Late Model feature at Stafford Motor Speedway.

It was the 24th career Late Model victory at Stafford for Butler and his first since Sept. 4, 2009. Butler began competing at the track when he was 16 years old and has been racing in the Late Model division since the 1980’s.

“This is crazy,” Butler said. “This never gets old. The guys that never get a chance to do this, I feel bad for them. I’m like a kid here. I’ve been doing this so long, but it never gets old to get back to victory lane.”

Michael Bennett of Stafford was second and Kevin Gambacorta of Ellington third.

Butler went from second to the lead on the first lap and was never challenged again.

“The guys have been working their butts off,” Butler said. “We’ve been fast every week. It finally paid off tonight. I hope this is the first of some more. .. We come down here to win races. I’ve never chased points. … We’re just focused on winning races.”

Andrew Hayes of Charlton won the 22-lap Limited Late Model feature. Justin Bren of Palmer, Mass was second and David Arute of Tolland third.

Frank L’Etoile Jr. of Wethersfield won the 17-lap DARE Stock feature.

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