Finding The Groove: David Arute Tops SK Modifieds At Stafford Speedway

David Arute celebrates victory in the SK Modified feature Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

STAFFORD – As racing parlance goes, the phrase “Stinking up the show” refers to a driver dominating a feature event at a short track. 

At Stafford Speedway David Arute is part of the management crew that tries so hard to make sure that the show at the historic half-mile is always one of the best around. 

But Friday it was Arute stinking it up. 

Arute went to the lead on lap six and went virtually unchallenged the rest of the way, rolling to victory in the 40-lap SK Modified feature Friday at Stafford Speedway. 

It was the first victory of the season for Arute, of Stafford, and his seventh overall in the division. 

“I actually can’t believe this right now,” Arute said. “If you stopped by our pit stall before this feature we had two kitchen sinks outside of it. Changed the whole setup on this thing. This is unbelievable. I can’t thank my crew enough. They put in so many long hours. It’s been a long year of wrecks and getting caught up in problems that weren’t our or our doing. But we figured it out tonight. We worked our tails off all day in practice. This is unbelievable.” 

Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott continued his heated streak of late with a second place finish. Christopher got his first SK Modified win of the season on June 21 and followed that up with a second last week. 

“Almost victory lane,” That’s two weeks in a row we were second. Victory lane is right there. I would love to be right there, but I’ll take it I guess. Coming from 14th … that’s all we had. We ran out of time. We had the fastest car. My dad is making the piece go right now so I’m excited about it.” 

Steven Chapman of Ellington was third. 

“This thing was on rails,” Chapman said. “We’ve been struggling the last couple weeks, we just lose it toward the end of the race. This week we had enough so we did a bunch of changes back at the shop … and it paid off.” 

Division points leader Andrew Molleur of Shelton finished fourth for his eighth top-five finish in eight events this year. 

RJ Marcotte went by Arute for the lead at the start. With Marcotte leading, Arute in second and Chapman in third, the first caution flew on lap six for a ride into the turn one wall by George Bessette Jr. 

On the lap six restart Arute got by Marcotte to retake the lead. By lap 10 Arute still held the top spot with Steven Chapman in second, Cory DiMatteo in third and Marcotte in fourth. 

The field strung out over a long green flag run. Christopher claw his way to third and then found the bumper of second place runner Chapman by lap 37. On lap 38 Christopher found the lane to get by Chapman for second, but by then Arute had opened more than a second lead on the field. 

Comments

  1. When are they going to take the Chapman skl engine and put it on the dyno to make sure it is legit??? Any idea why he is dominating?

  2. That guy says

    I would say he is dominating because of talent and hard work. Tyler is a driven, talented driver. He has a good team with a lot of experience. The car has a good setup, good maintenance and preparation. I would say track time visiting different tracks helps too.

  3. Steve Skaling says

    Great to see the win. I have watched him struggle, now the grass, clean the restrooms, paint the barrier and go buy gas for the speedway equipment. The man works hard. Good to see hard work actually pay off once in a while. Wishing the team continued success.

  4. “Great to see the win. I have watched him struggle, now the grass, clean the restrooms, paint the barrier and go buy gas for the speedway equipment. The man works hard. ”

    He sure does! I’ve witnessed some of the above. Great to see success!

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