Money Man: Rookie Ryan Fearn Grabs Payday With Late Model Victory At Stafford

Ryan Fearn celebrates his first career Late Model victory Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

STAFFORD – It’s been a season of immense highs and crashing lows for Ryan Fearn in the Late Model division. 

Such is to be expected for the rookie, who stepped up to the division after a successful 2018 in the track’s Limited Late Model division. 

Before Friday the highs for the East Longmeadow, Mass. driver included his first podium finishes in the division. 

Friday came the ultimate high on the most perfect night to accomplish it. 

Fearn was dominant in rolling to his first career Late Model victory in the division’s special 50-lap feature. 

The victory got even sweeter for Fearn when he scored 100 percent of the special bonus from the High Roller’s Challenge presented by Gaston Racing Enterprises. 

All told Fearn scored a $3,450 payday with the victory. 

“It’s insane,” Fearn said. “I know that a lot of people here think this would be the race if any that I would go out there and wreck myself on lap three and collect a bunch of cars. But I’ve been learning a lot. It’s taken a lot of maturity and reflection but I think we’re finally getting there.” 

Michael Bennett of Stafford was second and Dave Wray of Northford third. 

And as if he didn’t have enough to already celebrate, Fearn took extra satisfaction in the fact that Bennett, a former division champion, was second. Fearn and Bennett have had some heated skirmishes during the 2019 season.

“As much as I want to stay professional, I just want to say I hope Michael Bennett feels pretty good about seeing that view because he’s the reason why we made this car faster than it’s ever been,” Fearn said. 

Fearn went by Tyler Leary for the lead following a lap 27 restart and never trailed again. 

“There’s a lot of things going on right now regarding how things feel,” Fearn said. “But the one thing that comes up above all else is satisfaction. There’s so many things to be satisfied for. We got the car back to where it should be. We beat the people that we wanted to beat. And most off all I went out there and won the most difficult race that anyone would peg me to win at. No one would think I would go out there and win a 50-lap race when I’m the kind of guy that just goes out there and I don’t care if it’s lap two or 200, I’m going to be knocking on doors. Just very satisfied.”

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  1. Congrats to Ryan and the #12 team on your win. Great job

  2. Ryan you were a hole LOT more professional than Bennett was last night , he should have been sent home after the heat and told to stay there for a week or two, can’t believe Rob puts up with it, congratulations Ryan you been quick for awhile just needed a little break

  3. Great night for the Fearn family! Congrats to all, especially Stuart. I’m sure he has had some memorable nights at the track, but last night must have topped them all.

    I did not attend the show last night, so my question is, did Ryan climb the catch fence?

  4. Ricky,
    He did not.

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