Wild Thing Karts Recap From Stafford Motor Speedway – June 19, 2018

(Press Release from Wild Thing Karts)

STAFFORD – With heavy rains and extreme heat in forecast for Monday the staff of Wild Thing Karts made the decision to move the usual Monday night races to Tuesday this week.

In last week’s Senior Outlaw feature Gregory Estell spent more time as a spectator than he did as a driver. A drive train failure ended his night after one lap and he was determined not to let that happen again.

“This week we had a good handicap, we started up front, led every lap and got the win,” Estell said. “It was great. It also wasn’t easy. Daniel Gayman and Josh Gayman pressured Estell for most of the race, especially when a caution flag came out with four laps to go. “I was very concerned,” Estell said. “They always have fast cars and that caution bunched the field up. But I have confidence in my car and confidence in my driving, and we got there.” It was Estell’s second win of the season.

“We got five last year and I’d like to win more races than last year, but it’s going to be a tall order,” Estell said.

He needs his car to stay healthy, however. Estell proved Tuesday he’s a much better driver than he is a spectator.

Tim Sullivan remained the Wild Thing Karts hottest driver, winning the completion of a rain-suspended feature and the regularly scheduled feature. The sweep doubled his season win total to four. This is how dominant Sullivan was — he led every lap of both races. “We made a few changes in the off-season and revamped on what we did last year, and this year the car has been really good,” Sullivan said. He needed a good car because both Scott Foster and Nick Hadden were hounding him in the second race.

“With those two guys battling, there was no one to battle with me up front,” Sullivan said. “If they hooked up, they would have gotten to me, but they were racing with each other.” Sullivan, however, won’t be racing for a track championship this year.

“I’m going to miss two races,” Sullivan said, “so I’m just going for the wins.”

Cameron Pearl took the lead on the first lap en route to his first win of the season in the Junior Outlaw division. Pearl was pressured by Ryan Birkenshaw and Jacob Avery, but was able to hold them off. Jason Chapman, who won the first three races of the season, finished fourth. “In practice the car felt pretty fast, so I thought I had a good chance of winning tonight,” Pearl said.

Jesse Martello’s dive-bomb move on the final lap helped him get his third Tiger A win of the season. Parker Berndt was second and Ryan Magliano was third.

Jayden Lage made the comeback of the night, barreling underneath Adam Bigalow on the final turn of the final lap to win the Tiger B feature. Antonio Caputo finished third.

It took only three laps for Mason Summers to go from fifth place into the lead as he collected a win in the first Cubs feature. Summers took the lead with three laps to go to top Jacob LeMay, who was second, and Brady Bigalow, who was third. In the second Cubs feature, Fionna Mello cruised to a decisive win, followed by Abby LeMay and Ryan Midford.

Ernie Veader returned to the winner’s circle in the Pro 2 Modifieds.

Racing resumes next Monday, June 25th at Stafford Motor Speedway, heats start at 6:15 p.m. There will be double Pro 2 Modified races as a makeup from the rain shortened event a few weeks back. For more info about the Wild Thing Karts visit them online at www.wildthingkarts.com.

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