Michael Wray Declared Late Model Winner At Stafford After Kevin Gambacorta DQ

STAFFORD – After taking the checkered flag as the winner of the 30-lap Late Model feature Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway, Kevin Gambacorta lamented his frustrations of season opening events of years past

Minutes later the Ellington driver was back to not liking season opener’s once again. 

Gambacorta failed post-race tech inspection and was disqualified from victory in the Late Model feature, giving Michael Wray of Northford the win. 

Michael Bennett of Stafford was moved to second and Tom Fearn of East Longmeadow, Mass. was moved to third.

According to Tom Fox, director of racig operations at Stafford, Gambacorta was found to have an illegal left front shock on his car after the feature. 

“I’ve always said that the second I try something then I’m going to get caught and that’s exactly what happened,” Gambacorta said. 

Said Wray: “I’m disappointed for Kevin. He had a really good car. I hate to see that. I’m pretty good friends with him. … It’s disappointing to see, but at the same time it’s exciting to win the first race of the year.”

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  1. Hillary 2020 says

    At least he knew he was going to get caught.

  2. That shock rule is stupid. Yes, if everyone is using the same product it makes enforcement easier, but they should just say you can only spend x amount per shock, and give the teams options. Keep in mind that shocks can ( and have) been altered, it just costs allot of money

  3. Hope they continue to check shocks, hopefully with a shock dyno. Some of the top Late Models last year appear , to be suspect. Manufacturers advertise making you any shock you need and putting it into a shock rule casing. If you do not keep a CLOSE eye on the boys they will cheat

  4. Stuart Fearn says

    They just checked shocks last week so no way they will do that two weeks in a row! Open season now in that area, everyone knows that. Change back to the legal ones in about 3-4 weeks when they might check again. When you put the legal ones on that’s when you have to cry and whine really loud to the track officials that they should check them that week!
    Often times the people complaining the most are also cheating and can’t believe they are being beat still. True story

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