From The Back: Ryan Fearn Tops Late Model Field At Stafford; Adam Gray Gets Third Championship

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

STAFFORD – Ryan Fearn started at the back and ended the night winning by the slimmest of margins. 

Fearn edged his cousin Tom Fearn at the checkered by three ten thousandths of a second to win the 30-lap Late Model feature Friday at Stafford Speedway. 

It was the second victory of the season for Ryan Fearn, of East Longmeadow, Mass., who started last in the 18-car field. 

“We had a little mix up in the heat race,” Ryan Fearn said. “I’m not too sorry about it though because that’s just me defending myself. These guys, they want to come out here and think they can pick on the young guy, but that isn’t happening. We just went last to first baby.” 

Tom Fearn of East Longmeadow, Mass. was second and Adam Gray of Belchertown, Mass. third. 

Ryan Fearn got under Tom Fearn in turn four on lap 28, with Tom Fearn nearly getting sideways, but wrangling a sliding car back under control while hanging on to the top spot.

On the final lap Ryan Fearn got under Tom Fearn into turn three. The pair came side-by-side by off the corner with Ryan Fearn just edging Tom Fearn at the start/finish line.

The third place clinched Gray’s third Late Model championship at Stafford. 

Adam Gray celebrates his third Late Model championship at Stafford Speedway Friday (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)


  1. CONGRATS to Adam Gray and the #97 team. Great job Champ

  2. Was watching the Late Model race at Thompson and it was pretty impressive. The ACT style LM’s are universal with a lot of heavy hitters that can pop up at many race tracks to compete. Stafford’s LM’s are a closed group. Almost impossible to see an invader and we can never see how good the Stafford product is when they explore other venue’s because they can’t based on the rules. It’s a bit inbred and limiting for drivers that want to explore different track configurations but that’s the way Stafford wants it so that’s that.
    Terrific year. Who would have figured Tom Fearn could struggle so much, a part timer come in, be so dominant in so many races but not so dominant other winners couldn’t emerge And they did very nicely as it turned out.
    The best part of the division is Ryan Fearn, a real, genuine character.
    He’s got this thing with turn one. That yellow car can get the most out of shallow arcs and tight turns but come on man you already proved the law of diminishing returns won’t be denied. Black flagged in the heat. Looks bad I suppose but with so many cars in every division cruising in heats knowing they mean little it’s nice seeing a guy treat it like an actual race.
    So Ryan goes from bad and ugly to very good in the feature and the epic finish with stablemate Tom. Well done. You couldn’t have scripted that scenario any better.
    The best part is the interviews. Victory lane and with Nicole in the pits. Tom never says the wrong thing, Alexandra equally predictable making Ryan’s stream on consciousness that is at times bizarre meanderings a breath of fresh air.
    Just do the fan base a favor. No more talk of being patient, or disciplined in the off season or any other of that reflective nonsense drivers say but soon forget. The bright yellow 12 is just fine the way it is now.

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