Pink Power: Joey Ferrigno Scores SK Light Modified Victory At Stafford Speedway

Joey Ferrigno's Stafford Motor Speedway SK Light Modified

Joey Ferrigno’s Stafford Motor Speedway SK Light Modified

STAFFORD – The second half of the 2015 season has not been kind to Stafford Motor Speedway SK Light Modified driver Joey Ferrigno.

On July 31 Ferrigno scored his fourth victory of the season at Stafford and sat in the midst of the championship hunt in the SK Light Modified division.

And then August happened and the luck turned for the East Hartford driver.

Friday, two weeks after debuting a bright pink car in support of raising funds for crew member Marla Klemovitch, Ferrigno put the car in victory lane.

Ferrigno used a daring three-wide move to go to the front and then worked through an onslaught of restarts to win the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford.

“We fell to an act of unsportsmanlike conduct last week and we haven’t had any luck since we turned the car pink,” Ferrigno said. “We’re just trying to get some good finishes for our crew member Marla. She got diagnosed with liver and pancreatic cancer and is unable to work because of her treatment schedule and doesn’t have any insurance. I’m definitely donating tonight’s win check to her.

It was the fifth victory of the season for Ferrigno.

“I’ve got to thank all my guys,” Ferrigno said. “We’ve had a dry spell lately, missed the setup a couple weeks ago. … Everybody has helped out on this. A lot of late nights and long hours and it all paid off tonight.”

Tony Membrino Jr. of Plantsville was second and D.J. Burnham of East Hartford third.

Ferrigno was running third behind leader Glenn Griswold and second place Todd Douillard when the caution flew on lap six. On the restart Ferrigno made it three wide coming out of turn two. The threesome went that way through turn three before Ferrigno squeezed off of turn four with a lead he would never give up.

“I haven’t had a car that good in years,” Ferrigno said. “[I saw Griswold and Douillard] touch each other and they both slowed down in the center [of the corner] and I stuck my nose down to get away from it and the car stuck and I was able to pick up the throttle and there was enough room to go. Paul French put an awesome setup in the car and the thing stuck tonight.”

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