Runaway: Zack Robinson Scores First Career Late Model Win At Stafford

Zack Robinson celebrates his first career Late Model division victory Friday at Stafford (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

STAFFORD – Zack Robinson put the struggles of a rookie season in the Late Model division – and the rest of the competition  – deep in the rear view Friday at Stafford.

Robinson, of Putnam, checked out from the field to win the 30-lap Late Model feature Friday at Stafford Speedway.

It was the first career victory in the division for Robinson, who was a two-time champion in the Street Stock division at Stafford.

“It’s amazing to be here against some of the best in the business,” Robinson said. “This has been a dream of mine forever.”

The victory also marked Robinson’s first top-five finish in the division. Coming into Friday night’s event Robinson had one top-10 over nine starts in 2021.

“We’ve been fighting this thing since the beginning of the year and we’ve had our bad luck,” Robinson said. “We just keep digging. We try our hardest. I think this is a whole new car since the third race of the season. It’s just constantly been fighting us. We’ve been putting everything we’ve got into it. Just hour after hour after hour.”

Andrew Durand of Chicopee, Mass. was second and Adam Gray of Belchertown, Mass. third.

Robinson started third in the field. He used the outside lane off of turn four to go by Paul Arute for the lead four laps into and went virtually unchallenged at the front the rest of the way.


  1. congratulations zack nice job!

  2. Congrats Zach, the first one is the best one. Great job by you and your team.

  3. A caution has come out, danger Zack Robinson!!!
    Nope not this night. At least not when the monster lead had been established.
    Zack Robinson, not a fan favorite at least not up to now. There was the cheating episode and suspension. Last year he took out Meg Fuller in a race that ended up costing her the championship and won the championship as Michael took Fuller out a turn away from the championship.
    That was the past and racing is about the now.
    He built that car then rebuilt it more then once after wrecks. He turned in bad results and meh lap speeds while ascending the learning curve. With absolute, dogged determination he stuck with it and it all came together last night. Sure he had a favorable starting position and only one caution early but you still have to beat that field loaded with accomplished veterans. Arute couldn’t as he dropped back in his newly rebuilt car, Robinson did.
    The win impressive by itself but understanding everything he went through to get it an even more impressive tail of a dedicated short track racer beating the odds.
    Well done Zack Robinson.

  4. I was glad to see Arute and Keane come back pretty strong after being wrecked the week before. Hoping to see them both back on the podium soon, but it was another race with the typical Bennett running into everything. Not sure if it was on purpose or not, but Gray gave Bennett quite the bump before they even went green. Maybe he wanted to give him a heads up that the drivers are fed up with the way he races…didn’t look like it made any difference though. Bennett still ran into everyone. Too bad Ryan Fearn is out indefinitely. I feel like he’d be a good candidate to give him what he deserves. As someone else commented last week, the other drivers are not going to let it continue happening much longer.

    As for the results…how’s the saying go? Once a cheater, always a cheater. But then again, its only cheating if you get caught. Looking forward to see how the rest of the season turns out.

  5. Also lucky Bennett was no where in site or he might have been making repairs this week

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