Stafford Notes: Rookie Tyler Alkas Gets First Career SK Light Modified Victory  

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

STAFFORD – Up until Friday evening the most notable claim to fame for SK Light Modified division rookie Tyler Alkas was having the most epic mullet in the pit area at Stafford. 

Friday night the 16-year old from Berlin grabbed went to first for something else at the track. 

Alkas got his first career victory in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway. 

Alkas was making his 14th career start in the division Friday. 

“It’s crazy,” Alkas said. “I ran a good race. I can’t thank everyone else [enough] for racing me clean. It’s nuts.” 

Chris Matthews of Stafford was second and George Bessette Jr. of Danbury third. 

Jeremy Lavoie checked out from the field on the way to victory in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature. 

It was the second win of the season for Lavoie, of Windsor Locks. 

“We come out here to win every week,” Lavoie said. “To finish on the podium is a huge success for us. As far as I could tell it was a decent points night. A few times I looked back in the mirror just to see who I had behind. I knew I had a really fast car in the heat and we made a few adjustments, hoping they would be the right ones and it sure was. … I’m just glad to be back in victory lane.” 

Kevin Cormier of Agawam, Mass. was second and Gary Patnode of Barkhamstead third. 

Travis Downey scored his second victory of the season in the 20-lap Street Stock feature. 

Jason Finkbein of Manchester was second and Adrien Paradis III of Plainville was third. 

Jeremy Lavoie celebrates victory in the Limited Late Model feature Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)
Travis Downey celebrates victory in the Street Stock feature Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)


  1. Great to see the Alkas family back in Victory lane- pretty sure first time at Stafford. Great job tonight

  2. Yes it is great to see Alkas name back in victory lane my father always talk about them from Plainville stadium I grew up in Plainville but track was already shut down


  3. Did I hear that right? 70 something first time winners in three hundred and something SK Light feature events. A new winner in about every 5 races. Talk about parity.
    As a Danbury refugee Alkas means nothing to me but I do recognize an accomplishment when I see it. First win, a rookie and what, about 16 years old? In a SPAFCO so with a SPAFCO leading the points looks like the Barry clan can count on more work if this success keeps up.
    OK so Jackie Arute’s nickname for Bessette of “Rooster” never stuck and he remains the “Mad Pup”. He’s aging out of that quickly, what to do. How about “Hair”. How’s he do it? Hot night, comes in third, pops the helmet off and that great head of hair is in full flower not matted of sweaty at all. Is that a perm? Big smile, looks right into the camera as he rattles off the sponsors. I love that kid.
    Honorable mention to Frank L’Etoile. Turning is a bunch of stinkers navigating the modified learning curve seems to be figuring it out. Considering his record and pedigree didn’t take a Kreskin to predict that one.
    You set your goal as a top 5 finish in the SK Lights and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. With that field and parity you finish in the top 10 you’ve really had a good night.

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