Double Take: Albert Saunders Scores Late Model Victory At Stafford Speedway

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

STAFFORD – The twins have fully taken over possession of victory lane at Stafford Speedway when it comes to the Late Model division. 

On May 11 it was Cliff Saunders scoring his first career Late Model victory at Stafford. 

Friday his twin brother Albert Saunders made it two in row for the duo. 

Albert Saunders staved off the challenges of Tom Fearn and held on two win the 30-lap Late Model feature Friday at Stafford. 

It was the second career victory in the division for Albert Saunders, of Stafford, who got his first victory last season. 

“It’s really cool,” Albert Saunders said of he and his brother scoring wins so early in the season. “We put a lot of work into it. We put a lot work into this season and for the results to pay off so quick, in the second and third races of the season, is real gratifying.”

Kevin Gambacorta of Ellington was second and Fearn, of East Longmeadow, Mass., third. 

Fearn was able to track down Saunders out front on lap 20. After stalking Saunders for two laps, Fearn gave him a tap in turn three. Saunders was able to wrangle in his car, with Fearn back off through corner. 

“Tom Fearn was definitely better in turn three,” Albert Saunders said. “I actually think he probably should have won this race. He gave me a break. He gave me a shot in the center of [turns] three and four because I couldn’t get through the corner. And he lifted and let me gather it up. Ultimately that’s what won me the race. Thanks to Tom for driving me clean.” 

Said Fearn: “We’re just struggling here trying to get a grip on this tire here. One of them things. We’ve been working on it. I think we’ve been better every week. … Our wins will come.”

Gambacorta got by Fearn for second place on lap 23 and held on for his second consecutive runner-up spot on the podium. 

“It’s unbelievable,” Gambacorta said. “I think we’ve got the car to beat out here. … I’m actually disappointed with second, but I’m happy because we have an awesome car.” 

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