Stafford Notes: Frank L’Etoile Tops Streets Stocks; Derek Debbis Wins In SK Light Mods

Frank L’Etoile celebrates victory in the Street Stock feature Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

STAFFORD – The battles between Frank L’Etoile and Chris Meyer have been epic in the Street Stock division in 2021. 

Last week it was Meyer holding off the late charges of L’Etoile to score victory. 

Friday at Stafford it was L’Etoile making another late charge work. 

L’Etoile passed Meyer through the final corner to win the 20-lap Street Stock feature Friday at Stafford Speedway. 

It was third victory of the season for L’Etoile, of Wethersfield. 

Meyer, of North Franklin, was second and Bert Ouellette of Ellington third. 

L’Etoile gave Meyer a bump going into turn three on the final lap and then got under him through turn four. From there L’Etoile won the drag race to the checkered flag. 

“We’re not that much faster, but I think we are faster,” L’Etoile said. “You know you’re only going to block me for so long. That’s it.” 

Derek Debbis came back from a rough finish last week to score his third victory of the season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature. 

“It feels good, especially after last week,”  Debbis said. “We were just kicking ourselves in the ass after. that Thirteenth place finish? Outside the top-10. That should not happen for us. But we got the car back to normal this week. The whole Chassis Pro team, I can’t thank them enough for this to put us back in victory lane this week.” 

It was the eight career SK Light Modified victory for Debbis, who is in his second full-time season in the division. 

Tyler Barry of Griswold was second and George Bessette Jr. of Danbury third. 

Adam Gray of Belchertown, Mass. scored his first victory of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature. 

Wayne Coury Jr. of Shelton was second and Michael Bennett of Willington third. 


  1. Congrats to Adam Gray and the whole #97 team on your late model win. Good job.

  2. I am not a fan of the slam and run move L’Etoile used on Meyer to win. I find it a low-class, no talent way to win races regardless of who does it. Both cars are fast and will win more races this year. I hope that tonight is the last of the slam and run wins.

  3. Joe meyer says

    That’s y you keep them on the bumper it’s not blocking it racing smart .05 sec isn’t fast enough to get you clean but it for the old bump and run

  4. I don’t know man. Going back to the 70’s the tradition of the Streets has be banging. Given the weight and one drive wheel it’s kind of a necessity if we’re going to get any real passing action. Meyer banged his way at times through the field, Hydar was doing it and it’s good they do it within reason. The best thing for the Streets is a gaggle of a few cars that are really good charging from the back weekly to fight it out at the end.
    I looked at it several times and L’Etoile planted an ever so slight kiss to Meyer at just the right time unhooking that one drive wheel from the pavement. What we saw from Meyer coming out of 4 wasn’t caused as much by L’Etoile as it was Meyer keeping his foot in it knowing it was his only chance to nip the 8 at the line.
    My view it was acceptable Street Stock racing pulled off expertly by a very good driver. That move seems easy but to do it just right without spinning your target is very difficult. No worries, Meyer will bank the move and revisit it later in the year at just the right time to return the favor.

  5. Joe meyer says

    Agreed Doug good observation

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