Stafford Notes: Anthony Bello Gets First SK Light Modified Victory At Stafford

Anthony Bello celebrates victory in the SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

STAFFORD – Anthony Bello held off the charges of George Bessette over the closing laps to win the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford Speedway.

It was the first career SK Light Modified victory at Stafford for the 15-year old from Newtown.

“This feels awesome,” Bello said. “So amazing. I’m so speechless for words. Oh my god. I just have to thank my whole. Nick Kopcik, my dad, Stephen Kopcik, everyone who helps me just race. Oh my god, I’m so speechless right now.”

Bessette, of Danbury, held on for second and Bob Charland of Stafford was third.

“We had a really good car,” Bessette said. “… [Bello] was a little loose off [the corners] and we were trying to use that to our advantage to try to get the run off of [turn] two. He snookered me at the end there, he blocked the bottom. That’s racing. I’ve been in that predicament too and I know how that feels. Congrats on his first win and I’m sure there’s more to come for him.”

Chris Meyer drove away from Nickolas Hovey over the final six laps to win the 20-lap Street Stock feature.

It was the fourth victory of the season for Meyer, of North Haven, matching the division’s lead with Frank L’Etoile.

Hovey, of Chaplin, was second and Travis Hydar of Woodbury third.

Meyer passed Hovey for the lead with seven laps remaining.

Gary Patnode of Barkhamstead scored his second victory of the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature.

Rich Hammann of Tolland was second and Devon Jencik of Canton third.

Chris Meyer celebrates victory in the Street Stock feature Friday at Stafford (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)
Gary Patnode celebrates victory in the Limited Late Model feature Friday at Stafford (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)


  1. Congrats to Anthony! You’ll always remember your first win

  2. Looked to me like Meyer may have had fresh rubber and ran a masterful race but then again I’m an admirer. Elect is more the knowledgeable critic of Meyer, was probably at the track so I’m looking forward to his take.

  3. If you had told me at the beginning of the season that Megan Fuller with all that analytical driving talent, good equipment and brain power behind her in the home stretch would not be able to capitalize once on a favorable starting position I’d would have taken that bet any day. Yet here they are not even able to garner a top 4 and just four top 10’s. It must be very frustrating for the whole team. Hopefully they can start to click in the near future.
    Debbis has that great Chassis Pro car but credit where credit is due. I saw him avoid a couple incidents that easily could have landed him in the infield prematurely but he drove his way around. An 8th may not be a win but it beats a 20th and is what championships are made of.

  4. Nothing to criticize here Doug, I thought he made some pretty gutsy moves going 3 wide early in the race for the points leader but when it works your a hero , and it worked, of course the Punk probably didn’t see one pass on the outside all night in any divisions

  5. The Atomic Punk says

    Elect might want to go to more than 1 track in his lifetime…. Stafford is a 1 groove, Dive Bomb going into 3 track…. and the guy on the outside has NO chance and is passed by the time they go into turn 1…. If you disagree then call your eye Dr. ASAP…..With that being said I still go there because I like Mods and have been to many 1 groove tracks…. I go because I like Mods….. The Fast ones.
    Comical that someone points to 1 pass on the outside and goes SEE!!…SEE!!! But when 1 track is all you know…. Just like a 5 year old thinks McDonald’s is the greatest restaurant in the world because it’s ALL they know.

  6. Thanks Elect!

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