Clutch Performer: Tom Fearn Back To Late Model Victory Lane At Stafford

Tom Fearn celebrates victory in the Late Model feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont)

STAFFORD – After winning his first career Limited Late Model feature at Stafford Motor Speedway Ryan Fearn climbed the frontstrech catch fence at the track.

Tom Fearn laughed about the energy of his 18-year old nephew.

“I have enough trouble climbing the stairs,” the 52-year old Tom Fearn said. “We’ll leave that stuff to the kids.”

One thing Tom Fearn has no trouble with yet is finding victory lane at Stafford.

Fearn scored his second victory of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

It was the 35th career Late Model feature win at Stafford dating back to 2004 for Tom Fearn and it was his 53rd victory overall at the track, moving him into sole possession of fourth place on the track’s all-time win list. He had been tied for fourth with Ryan Posocco and Keith Rocco.

Glen Reen of Wilbraham, Mass. was second and Kevin Gambacorta of Ellington third.

Tom Fearn avoided possible disaster in the feature when his team found a clutch issue after practice.

“I went out in practice and it was vibrating,” Tom Fearn said. “We inspected it and found it was cracked so we had to change it. Marty Leary from the [No. 11 Late Model] gave us a hand. Thank you to them.

“We had it out in tech two weeks ago and then we didn’t race last week. … It happens. It’s just one of them things. But I have the best crew here and we got that taken care of and had the car ready for the feature. I guess we showed them in the feature. After changing that it gives you a little bit extra will power I guess. It’s a good feeling to go out there and put a whipping on them I guess.”


  1. Am I remembering correctly? Tom Fearn and the immaculately prepared 69 Chevelle that raced at Riverside when he started out. The rumors I remember was that he was singularly devoted to making the car as fast as it could be and right out of the box a competitive Street Stock driver. Is that wrong?
    But it was definitely Tom Fearn on youtube suggesting that he may end up having a bleacher named after him at Stafford with the likes of Richie Evans and Charlie Jarzombek. You have to love the rampant self confidence of these Fearns. Wishing to be included with a couple drivers that died in the sport-not a goal that seems worth pushing to hard for.

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