Looking Ahead: Kevin Gambacorta Excited For Long Distance After Late Model Win At Stafford

Kevin Gambacorta celebrates victory in the Late Model feature Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

STAFFORD – Victory meant plenty Friday at Stafford Speedway for Kevin Gambacorta, but maybe looking ahead to next week was just as special for the Late Model driver from Ellington.

Gambacorta got his first victory of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature Friday at Stafford.

The victory helped buoy Gambacorta’s optimism looking forward to the Call Before You Dig Late Model 50 on Aug. 17.

“We’ve always had good luck in the 50-lapper,” Gambacorta said. “I really didn’t come into tonight thinking we were going to win. I was really looking forward to the 50-lapper, so this is just going to really boost our confidence.”

Tom Fearn of East Longmeadow, Mass., who has 10 victories this season, was second. Paul Arute of Tolland was third.

After a hard wreck in the season opening event, Gambacorta skipped the next five events at Stafford.

“We got destroyed at the Sizzler and we’re just a little team so we had to take a few weeks to come back,” Gambacorta said. “We’ve had a really good car all year. We’ve got it better the last few weeks. Just a weird year. I’ve never missed a race in like 17 years. This is a weird year. This helps make up for it. If we could win that 50-lapper next week it would really make up for it.”

Gambacorta went by Fearn for second place on lap 12 and then passed Arute for the lead on lap 16.

“It was about time,” Gambacorta said. “We’ve finished second to [Fearn] enough. You don’t see anybody drive by Tommy and drive away from him. This thing was unreal tonight. It was unbelievable. We didn’t touch it from last week. We just put a couple tires on it and that was it. I’m really looking forward to the 50-lapper now because this thing didn’t give up over 30 laps.”


  1. I usually go get food WHEN they race
    All 6 cars of then.. time to change this class. Plus fearn has like 120 wins this year..everyone gets a top ten!!!!

  2. OK for fun how about throwing out a little conspiracy ala Qanon that seems to be all the rage now in some circles.
    It’s easier to mention the races Fearn doesn’t win. I would say that judging from his practice, heat and feature lap times he’s been just outstanding. Not just winning a lot but consistency in excellence.
    So when I see guys winning like Saunders, Reen and Gambacorda with Fearn in second I start looking at the lap times and wondering. Is it possible that Tom knows that winning every week is bad for everyone and he mirrors winners speeds that are not as good as he has been shown to be capable of?
    And yes I know it’s all so ridiculous because winning is always hard but there it is.

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