Stafford Notes: Nick Hovey Gets First Street Stock Win; Tyler Chapman Tops SK Light Mods

Nick Hovey celebrates his first career victory in the Street Stock feature Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

STAFFORD – Fifteen year old Nick Hovey of Chaplin held off Chris Meyer to score his first career win in the 20-lap Street Stock feature. 

“We had a great car all day,” Hovey said. “First practice it was a little iffy. My dad did a lot this weekend.” 

Chris Meyer of North Franklin was second and Travis Hydar of Woodbury third. Hydar was penalized to sixth place following the event for being overweight, moving Adrian Paradis III of Plainville to third. 

Meyer was able to get past Hydar for second on a lap 18 restart and gave Hovey a bump on the backstretch on lap 19, but couldn’t find the lane to the lead. 

“Not tonight, the Kid did a great job,” Meyer said. “I laid the bumper to him going down the backstretch, and tried to see if I could get him to mess up a little bit. He did a great job. He did what he needed to do.” 

Tyler Chapman of Ellington eld off the charges of his brother Steven and Derek Debbis over the closing laps to win the 20-lap Street Stock feature. 

Debbis, of Oakdale passed Steven Chapman on the final lap for second. Steven Chapman of Ellington was third. 

It was the second career SK Light Modified victory at Stafford for Tyler Chapman.

Rich Hammann rallied through the final corner and edged Alexandra Fearn at the checkered by inches to win the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature. 

It was the second win of the season for Hammann, of Tolland.

Fearn, of East Longmeadow, Mass., was second and Gary Patnode of Barkhamstead was third. 


  1. A matter of time with Hovey. He’s been racing everywhere and is usually fast. Myer could have roughed him up at the and perhaps stole a win but he’s a smart guy and is playing the long game. Gave him a shot, didn’t affect Hovey one bit then fell in line and took the second.
    No good race, congratulations happy talk from second place finisher Alexandra Fearn in the LLM barn burner. She was very disappointed. The 12 usually the one hunting down the leader and doing the passing got the tables turned in this one. Looked really clean as far as I could see, text book last lap, last turn racing to the checkers. Terrific race.

  2. Hope they red checker this late model race – too many idiots out the tonight

  3. Congratulations Nick Hovey! Two weeks in a row of first time winners. And here I was thinking it was just going to be the 8 vs the 87 all year. Not that it isn’t a compelling rivalry, just nice to see some new faces at the top of the finishing order.

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