Stafford Springs, CT — On a regular Tuesday most race tracks are silent, that wasn’t the case this past Tuesday as Stafford Speedway was host to their annual CarQuest Xtreme Tuesday event. Long time Pro 4 Modified competitor Dan Meservey led the Pro 4 Modifieds of New England field to the first green flag of the night at Stafford.
It didn’t take long, by lap three Dan Meservey Jr. and Norm Wrenn moved into the top 5 using the outside lane at the half-mile track. The first yellow of the night came on lap 4 as limited competitor Dan Bedard spun between turns 1 and 2, at the same time Mark Giordano tagged the backstretch wall ending his Tuesday night on the hook.
Trouble struck early on the incoming point’s leader Phil Lausier. Lausier was black flagged and sent to the infield where he spent multiple laps on pit road working on this car by himself to discover his gas cap was missing. Phil made it back on track to finish the event six laps down.
As racing resumed Tyler Anderson took off with a commanding lead on the restart as Vincent, Wrenn, and Meservey Jr. went single file to race down Anderson. Laps later Wrenn made his way past Vincent and set his sights on Anderson. Anderson stopped Wrenn’s charges on both the high side and low side. As leaders caught lap traffic Anderson could not hold back Wrenn, coming out of turn four Wrenn got a run on the inside to take the top spot, as the leaders went side by side into turn one a lap car spun in front of them without contact. As the second yellow flew for the night Anderson regained his spot for the restart.
On the restart Wrenn pulled away quickly as Meservey Jr. and Vincent battled side by side. Another multiple car spin brought the yellow out for the third time on lap 21 making the following restart single file. As the cars spanned out when racing resumed the yellow flew again as Brian Vincent fell from the top five with mechanical failure, his attempt to pull off the backstretch was foiled when the service road was blocked, forcing the cars to slow again as he was pushed to safety.
The final restart on lap 23 produced a green white checkered drag race between Wrenn and Anderson. Anderson looked to the inside coming out of turn four to the checkered flag but could not hold off the momentum Wrenn had as he captured his fourth Stafford victory in only his fifth race. As the field crossed the finish line a battle shuffled up as the #00 if David Richardi had engine failure forcing him to lose power, he slowed in front of his brother and 2011 event winner #12 Rob Richardi Jr. His brother pushed him across the line to a fourth place finish.
Wrenn’s win helped him move into fourth place in the point standings, even after missing the second event of the 2011 season. The biggest point movers were Phil Lausier falling from first to fifth and Tyler Anderson moving into first with his second place effort at Stafford.
Complete June 29, 2011 Stafford Speedway CarQuest Xtreme Tuesday results can be at www.Pro4Mods.com.
Sources: Mark Caise/PFMNE PR