Stafford Notes: Ryan Fearn Tops Limited Late Models; Mike Hopkins Wins Casagrande Builders Street Stock 25

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

STAFFORD – Often time for drivers having the best car in practice doesn’t pan out to having the best piece when feature time comes.

Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway Ryan Fearn made sure speed in practice didn’t go to waste when the laps really counted.

Fearn. ran away from the field in winning the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature Friday at Stafford.

It was the first victory of the season and second career victory in the division for the East Longmeadow, Mass. driver.

“We were the fastest in practice today, w couldn’t have had that without the crew and my crew chief, my dad Stu Fearn,” Fearn said. “I knew that we had the car and that if we just got out front we were going to have a pretty good race.”

Ryan’s older sister, Alexandra Fearn of East Longmeadow, Mass., was second for the second consecutive week. Duane Provost of Palmer, Mass.

Ryan Fearn started third, got to second early and then passed Gary Patnode for the lead on lap six. From there he checked out on the field.

Alexandra Fearn made the move to second a lap later but her brother was already leaving her fight only for second place.

“I just studied [Gary Patnode] there up front and made my move when I needed to and it just ended up working out,” Ryan Fearn said. “No cautions, no restarts to deal with there.”

Said Alexandra Fearn: “Definitely really awesome to get second two weeks in a row and second to my brother, that’s even better, I guess.”

Mike Hopkins of Springfield, Mass. took the lead from Chris Bagnall on lap 19 and went on to victory in the Casagrande Builders Street Stock 25. It was the second career victory in the division for Hopkins.

Brandon Michael of Granville, Mass. was second and Gregory DeMone of Ludlow, Mass. third.


  1. Don’t look now but Meghan Fuller the rookie is second in the standings. Let’s see, if she can drive and Rick Fuller is her dad and the Fuller family is who they are to modified racing where does that put her next year? An SK Light? Too early?
    Who is this Hopkin’s guy? One previous win but not a consistent front runner. In his 40’s, a salesman by profession and there he is winning some pretty good money and dancing on the roof of his car in victory lane. Streets are not the SK’s or Lights in terms of car counts but they are getting stronger and the competition is better. Nice job Stafford.

  2. Man I love the Fearn’s. I love Alexandra’s success as a chick and Ryan’s victory circle comments were outstanding. I love when Stuart checks in with racedayct. But man those Late Models are going in the wrong direction when New England is awash with Late Model success. Gotta give the ACT rules a look Stafford.
    PS. to Alexandra. You go girl. Racing is a hobby. Your career is your life. Good luck with your time away this summer building a future at an iconic American business.

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