Payday: Derek Debbis Wins Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night Special For SK Light Mods At Stafford

Derek Debbis celebrates his first career SK Light Modified victory in the Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night special event for the division Friday (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

STAFFORD – The 2020 progression for SK Light Modified division rookie Derek Debbis has gone from grounded to meteoric over four events at Stafford Speedway. 

On June 26 in the first event at Stafford Debbis failed to qualify for the SK Light Modified feature. He was 9th in his first start on July 17 and second in his second start on July 18. 

Friday he hit the jackpot on the perfect night. 

Debbis won the 40-lap Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford.

The victory earned the 17-year old from Oakdale a $1,750 winner’s purse plus a $333 bonus in memory of the former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Wade Cole. 

“Today was just a learning curve for us,” Debbis said. “During that race it was all about shifting mostly and saving. I’ve got to thank Todd Owen for giving us a car like this.” 

Alexander Pearl of Salem was second and Mark Bakaj of Lebanon third. 

Debbis started on the pole and led every lap. He earned the $333 Wade Cole Memorial bonus for leading lap 33 of the event. The bonus was donated by Doug Dunleavy and Andy Seuss. 

Jeremy Lavoie of Windsor Locks got his first victory of the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature. 

Matthew Clement of Wethersfield was second and Andrew Durand of Chicopee, Mass. third. 

Jason Lafayette of Somers got his first victory of 2020 in the 20-lap Street Stock feature. 

Al Stone III of Durham was second and Meghan Fuller of Auburn, Mass. third. 


  1. OUTSTANDING! ,Congrats! Was impressed in practice before the season started. He practiced the groove ,outside lane, and starts. Most impressed by a rookie using practice to learn. Again Congrats !

  2. That is the good part about the Lights you just never know what to expect. Sure Debbis had great starting spots the last couple weeks but how many rookies can actually keep and improve on them.
    Great consi with the women. Chambrello is making steady progress and she’ll improve steadily like she did in the Streets.
    Steven Chapman, Pearl and Puleo had to be favorites going into the season. Puleo is getting wins and is right there. Pearl as usual not getting wins but still delivering steady results and is in the thick of it. Chapman you have to say is a surprise under achiever from last year. What happened?

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