Stafford Notes: Michael Bennett Buries Competition In CBYD 811 Late Model Feature

Michael Bennett

STAFFORD – The showcase event on Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway proved to be show-off session for one driver.

Michael Bennett buried the competition by leading every lap on the way to victory in the Call Before You Dig 811 Late Model 50 Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Bennett scored a winner’s purse of $1,811 for the victory.

“We circled this one early when [the schedule] came out,” Bennett said. “We wanted to win this one. The big money. I appreciate everything they do for us and everyone here at Stafford Speedway.”

It was the third consecutive year Bennett, of Stafford, has won the lone 50-lap event of the season for the Late Model division, which typically runs 30-lap features.

“My guys, this our third year in a row we’ve won this 50-lap event. I can’t say enough for my team,” Bennett said. “We wrecked at the [NAPA Spring Sizzler] and we worked real hard making this thing fast and it definitely showed tonight.”

Kevin Gambacorta of Ellington gave Bennett a scare in the closing laps but settled for second place. Wayne Coury Jr. of Milford was third.

Bennett went to the lead on the first lap and looked for much of the race on cruise control. But after a long red flag for cleanup of a blown engine, Gambacorto looked ready to knock Bennett from his perch.

By lap 48 Gambacorta was all over Bennett’s rear bumper. On lap 49 Bennett had to stave off a backstretch attack from Gambacorta.

“I’ve got to think Kevin Gambacorta,” Bennett said. “He probably could have got me there but he ran me hard and clean.”

It was a double vision dose of success on the podium for the Limited Late Model feature.

Cliff Saunders of Stafford held off his twin brother Albert Saunders to win the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature.

Albert Saunders of Stafford held on for second and RJ Surdell of Willington was third.

After getting his first career SK Light Modified feature victory at Stafford on April 29, Cory DiMatteo of Farmington made quick work of getting his second.

DiMatteo held off Daniel Wesson to win the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature.

Wesson, of Monson, Mass., was second and Brett Gonyaw of Vernon third.



  2. Why no headlines for the Light winner? Two weeks in a row the 6 wins… should be big headlines

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