The Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour returned to Star Speedway this past weekend. With the biggest field of the season, totaling 26 cars, and with the competition as tight as its been all season, there were several drivers looking for a big day in the series first run at Star. Last season when the Tour went to Star for the first time ever for an exhibition race, it was won in dominating fashion by Nick Ladyga in the 3 car. He was looking to make it two in a row at the tough quarter mile.
The first of two heat races had defending Nelcar champion Evan Beaulieu on the pole with young driver Joey Parker in the 60 on his outside. On the start, Beaulieu got out to the early lead while Matt Bourgoine and Ladyga worked into the top three. Just a few laps into the race, Parker went for a spin off turn two. He was able to continue on but the 20 of Taylor Martin and the 33 of Alan Smith were involved in the incident as well, which saw Smith head to the pit area early. On the restart, Beaulieu once again got out to the early lead, but with a few laps to go Ladyga ran him down and was able to put the pass and get the heat race win. Beaulieu finished second with Bourgoine in third.
The second heat race would have Kevin Hutchens on the pole with former series champion Bob Weymouth on his outside. On the start, Hutchens was able to get out to the early lead withWeymouthright behind in second. Coming from a ways back however was the 23 of Shawn Buffington trying to work his way to the front. The heat ran incident free, with Hutchens taking the win. Buffington worked his way to second with the 11 of recent standout Steve Miller in third.
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Veteran Gains Lead Late To Win TSI Harley-Davidson 125
STAFFORD, Conn. – Doug Coby slipped past Bobby Santos eight laps from the finish to win the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday and become the driver with more than one win this season.
Coby’s first win came in the tour's first visit to Stafford last month.
For the Milford, Conn., driver – who was making his 118th start – it marked his fourth career win and his third victory on Stafford’s half-mile oval.
The driver of the No. 52 Reynolds Auto Wrecking/Furnace & Duct Chevrolet started fifth but had to pit on Lap 27 under caution for a flat right front tire. He charged back and chased down Santos, who had won the Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day and led the race from the drop of the green. Coby closed in on the leader with 10 laps to go and on his second attempt slipped by for the lead.
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Stafford Springs, CT– Stafford Speedway returned to racing with the 22nd Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125. Taking down feature victories were Michael Gervias, Jr. in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Tom Fearn in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Dylan Kopec in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, D.J. Burnham in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. For Gervais, it was his first career win in any division at Stafford, Fearn won for the first time since the 2009 season, Kopec was a winner for the third time in 4 SK Light races this season, Burnham ended Josh Wood’s winning streak at three races, and Casagrande became the all-time winningest DARE Stock driver in Stafford history with his 13th career victory.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Brian Sullivan took the lead on the outside of Kurt Lenahan while Todd Owen moved into second. Ted Christopher spun on the backstretch but kept going and Eric Berndt took a spin through the frontstretch grass, but was also able to keep going and the race stayed green. Owen was all over the back bumper of Sullivan looking to take over the lead, but Sullivan was able to stay out front.
Owen was finally able to make a pass on Sullivan and he took the lead on lap-7. Glen Reen was running in third behind Sullivan, while Keith Rocco moved into fourth on lap-9 after starting deep in the field. Rocco continued his charge as he moved by Reen on lap-10 to move into third. Rocco’s pass brought Ryan Preece along with him past Reen. Rocco continued to move towards the front as he took second from Sullivan on lap-14. But Rocco’s good run came to and end in turn 3+4 as his car suddenly began to leak fluid and he spun in the fluid. Also involved were the cars of Preece, Reen, and Sullivan. Rocco, Sullivan, and Reen were behind the wall with damage, while Preece was able to continue in the race.
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