Stafford Notes: Tom Fearn Gets Third Straight In Late Model; Marcello Rufrano Second Straight In SK Light

Tom Fearn celebrates his third consecutive Late Model victory Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont)

STAFFORD – The search for speed never slows for Tom Fearn and his Fearn Motorsports team.

Victories just mean a tougher week of preparation for the group facing down the challenge of making the best car on the track even better.

That mission continued to pay dividends for Fearn on Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Fearn, of East Longmeadow, got his third consecutive victory in the 30-lap Late Model feature Friday at Stafford.

“We just go back and look things over and think of an adjustment that may make it better,” Fearn said. “[Car owner Stuart Fearn], after the race, he always asks me ‘Where on the track could you be better?’ I’ll tell him … and we’ll work on that. So, even though we’re winning, I think the car could be better so I guess if you don’t strive for that you’re not going to reach it. We’ve been lucky that the changes we have made have made it better. I guess we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing. The ball is rolling here and we’re going to keep trying to roll with it.”

Tom Fearn came from the last starting spot in the 12-car field to get the win.

“It’s a great night,” Fearn said. “I had to start last because we forgot to turn our tire sheet in. But we overcame that. Just one at a time, just tried to pick them off, take my time. We had a real good car. I can’t thank my guys enough.”

Michael Wray of Northford was second and Tyler Leary of Hatfield, Mass. third.

Fearn got under leader Michael Wray in turn two on lap 17 and then vaulted to the lead into turn three on the same lap.

Marcello Rufrano held off a last lap slam from Bryan Narducci in turn three and held on to win the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature.

“I knew it was going to happen,” Rufrano said of the slam into turn three from Narducci. “It was the last lap. Anything can happen with him. I was glad he did it because it put a good show on for the fans. They’ve been waiting all year for us to be battling like that. This is really the first time since go-karts that I’ve actually raced against him so it was pretty cool.”

Narducci, of Colchester, was second and Andrew Molleur of Shelton third.

It was the second consecutive victory for Rufrano, who won the Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night 40-lap event last week. It was third victory overall in 2018.

George Bessette Jr. of Danbury checked out from the field for most of the event on the way to his first victory of the season in the 20-lap Street Stock feature.

“We had a good car and it was hooked up really well,” Bessette said. “I looked in my mirror one time and I was like ‘Where did the cars go?’ I can’t believe it.”

Jason Lafayette of Somers was second and Meghan Fuller of Auburn, Mass. third


  1. Said it last week . Fearn’s got his mojo back, this spells trouble for the competition. Congrats to Tom and the 92 team

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