Tyler Chapman Wins The Battle, Tyler Barry Wins The Title In SK Light Modified War At Stafford 

Tyler Barry (left) gets soaked by his father Ken Barry (right) after winning the SK Light Modified championship Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

STAFFORD – The goal for Tyler Chapman on Friday at Stafford Speedway was to somehow shake Tyler Barry. 

Chapman learned there was no shaking him.

Chapman and Barry came into Friday’s season ending event at Stafford sitting 1-2 in the SK Light Modified standings with Barry holding a 10-point lead. Chapman was starting 13th and Barry was starting 14th. 

And in a green-to-checkered feature Barry never let Chapman get out of sight.

Chapman, of Ellington, won the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature Friday at Stafford. Barry, who stayed with Chapman the whole way, finished second. 

That runner-up finish was enough for the the 16-year old Barry, from Griswold, to clinch his first SK Light Modified championship at Stafford. 

“It was so much fun driving through.” Barry said. “So much fun with those guys. Went green to checkered. A lot of respect out there for each other. Great race with Tyler Chapman. I don’t know where [Alexander] Pearl finished, but he did a great job too. I had fun racing with all those guys all year. This is amazing.” 

It was the fourth victory of the season for Chapman, who finished the season eight points behind Barry in the standings. 

“I didn’t want to see [Barry] in my rear view mirror, but the whole time I did,” Chapman said. “We just fought him the best we could I think. We had a great year.” 

It capped an emotional season at Stafford for Barry, the grandson of legendary team owner and car builder Art Barry, who passed away on Aug. 16. 

“I’ve been thinking about this all week,” Tyler Barry said. “… It’s been everything I’ve been doing. It feels awesome to get it done and win [the championship].” 

George Bessette Jr. of Danbury finished third in the feature. 

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


  1. Well that’s interesting. Meg Fuller comes in 6th in this race, West 7th and in the final standing those positions are reversed. Well done ladies that’s a killer competitive division and those finishes show you’ve arrived. So I’m watching West motor around on the high side at the front of the field for so many laps amazed at a couple things. People that say you can’t race the high side at Stafford and how much West has improved this season fighting tooth and nail for every position. I won’t be forgetting Charland crushing her one shot at a victory she more then earned.
    Part of the reason West came in 7th was the move Barry made that forced a three wide in three with West smartly backing out of a dicey situation he created. Not wild about the move by Barry but that pretty much sums up his season. He’s been making the right moves at the right time not wrecking in the process and is exactly where he should be in the standings.
    Just an astounding division. So many young guns in so many good cars and on any given Friday one could be the winner or wrecked in the infield.
    Thanks for the memories.

  2. Congratulations to the Barry Team, the SKL division teams and drivers put on a great show every week / another caution free race

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