Reign In The Rain: Chris Meyer Gets Second Consecutive Late Model Win At Stafford 

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

STAFFORD – June 21 at Stafford Speedway was a night Chris Meyer wanted to forget as quickly as possible. 

A brake failure in Meyer’s Late Model sent his team on a mad dash attempting to make repairs, but the rush to get ready for the feature just led to more and more issues with the car. Meyer and his team couldn’t get the the car repaired in time and missed the night’s feature. 

The night’s issues brought to a head the struggles of the 2024 season for the team. 

“We felt like we had been doing everything the right way,” Meyer said, “We’ve got all the right people and we’ve got all the right stuff and we were working on the car like crazy just to come to the race track and be eighth to tenth in speed and not really be able to give a fair explanation to my guys to what the car is doing. … It’s like, you start to second guess yourself, ‘Can I still do it?’ I think every racer does that. It only takes a couple weeks to get there.” 

The night off though may have been a blessing in disguise for the team. 

“We’d been struggling,” Meyer said. “We missed that race. We had a game plan after that night anyway for all the problems we had but we kicked it into high gear. We completely rebuilt the brake system. … Once the car had brakes it was a lot better. And now the mindset is just let’s try to win races.”

Last week, Meyer followed up missing a week by going to victory lane in the Late Model feature. It was his second career win in the division. 

Friday the North Franklin driver started his first career winning streak in the division. 

Meyer used a bold move to go from third to first on a lap 25 restart and then held on two in the 30-lap Late Model feature Friday at Stafford. 

“A lot of hard racing out there,” Meyer said. “[My spotter] Bob Lucas just guided me through the field.” 

Kevin Gambacorta of Ellington was second and Paul Varricchio Jr. of Berlin third. 

Tom Fearn went to the lead early with Alexandra Fearn following to second place. On lap three contact from Alexandra Fearn sent Tom Fearn spinning in turn two, with the car getting hooked together. Alexandra Fearn was penalized for the incident. 

After a brief rain delay, the race restarted with PJ Zarella out front and Darrell Keane in second. Keane went to the lead on the restart. 

By lap 12 Alexandra Fearn had clawed back to sixth place. Caution flew on lap 20. Under caution rain drops began falling again, bringing out the second red flag for rain during the event. 

The cars returned to the track following a second brief shower. On the lap 20 restart it was Keane and second place Varricchio going side-by-side for the lead. On lap 21 Keane cleared Varricchio off of turn two. In turn three Bobby Stirk got to second, but then it was Alexandra Fearn getting under Stirk to take over second getting onto the frontstretch. 

Alexandra Fearn closed in on the bumper of Keane before caution flew on lap 25 for the spinning car of Varricchio. 

The lap 25 restart got wild with Keane keeping Alexandra Fearn to the outside. Behind them it was third place running Meyer rocketing low down the backstretch and to the lead through turns three and four. 

On lap 26 a wild skirmish for positions second through six ended up with third place Alexandra Fearn spinning in turn one. 

On the restart Gambacorta made an aggressive move to get under Meyer into turn one, but Meyer fended off the challenge and quickly pulled away out front. 

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