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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

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Opening Night N.E. Dodge Dealers Feature Wins At Stafford Speedway
May 5, 2007 - updated May 5th, 2007 11:44am
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(Stafford Springs, CT)---Stafford Motor Speedway kicked off its 2007 Friday night schedule with N.E. Dodge Dealers Night. Driving to victory lane were Frank Ruocco in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Scott Foster, Jr. in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Glen Reen in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Andrew Durand in the Limited Late Model feature, and Robert Thompson in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

The 40-lap SK Modified® feature event saw defending track champion Frank Ruocco start the race from the pole and lead all 40-laps to rebound from a blown engine that relegated him to an 18th place finish last Sunday during the Spring Sizzler. Ruocco’s win was not an easy win by any means. Kerry Malone worked his way through traffic to come up to second, and he hounded Ruocco for the final 10 laps, but came just up short at the checkered flag. Todd Owen finished third, with Keith Rocco fourth and Jeff Baral rounding out the top-5.

The 30-lap Late Model feature saw Scott Foster, Jr. making aggressive passes to get to the front, and he took the lead from early leader Ed Ricard on lap-7. From there, he drove away from Jim Peterson and Ryan Posocco, who were locked in a duel for second for the second half of the race, and took his first win of the season. Peterson bested Posocco at the checkered flag to take second, with Tom Butler and Wayne Coury, Jr. rounding out the top-5. The 20-lap SK Light feature event came down to a two-car duel for the win between Chris Matthews and Glen Reen. Matthews took the race lead on a lap-5 restart and held the lead until a caution came out with 15-laps complete. On the restart, Reen moved to the high side of Matthews and took the lead. The caution came out the next lap, and due to an extended number of caution periods, the race was yellow/checkered with 16 laps complete, making Reen the winner. Matthews finished second, with Mike Sweeney, Jr., Josh Sylvester, and Tony Santangelo rounding out the top-5.

The 20-lap Limited Late Model feature looked like it was going to be a Foster double header in victory lane as Sean Foster moved out front on lap-7 and began to pull away from the field. But Andrew Durand, who was third when Foster took the lead, also moved past early race leader Joey Ferrigno and ran Foster down, taking the lead on lap-13. From there, Foster was unable to mount a challenge to Durand as he took his first feature win of the season. Foster held on for second, with Rick Lanagan, Joey Ferrigno, and Charlie Newman rounding out the top-5.

The 15-lap DARE Stock feature came down to a duel between Robert Thompson and Jesse Hinze, who spent much of the race battling for the top spot. Thompson held Hinze off lap after lap, and on the final lap of the race, Norm Sears made a bold three-wide pass to get around Hinze and take a run at Thompson, but he came up just short at the checkered flag. Hinze finished third, with Barry Fluckiger and Rob Lawrence rounding out the top-5. For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at (860) 684-2783, or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

1) Frank Ruocco, Cheshire
2) Kerry Malone, Needham, Ma
3) Todd Owen, Somers
4) Keith Rocco, Wallingford
5) Jeff Baral, Enfield
6) Ted Christopher, Plainville
7) Eric Berndt, Rocky Hill
8) Curt Brainard, Canton
9) Brad Hietala, Ellington
10) Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs
11) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, Ny
12) Ken Barry, Griswold
13) Jim Larsen, East Hartland
14) Jeff Johnson, Tolland
15) John Cleary, Madison
16) Scott Bennett, Stafford Springs
17) Fran Siana, Enfield
18) Willie Hardie, Jr., Willington
19) Shelly Perry, Ashaway, Ri
20) Bo Gunning, Bethlehem
21) Zach Sylvester, Lebanon
22) Jeff Malave, South Windsor
23) Lloyd Agor, New Milford
24) Jimmy Smith, Woodstock
25) Wade Mattesen, Tolland
26) Kirk Zervas, Winthrop, Ma

1) Scott Foster, Jr., Willington
2) Jim Peterson, Monson, Ma
3) Ryan Posocco, Stafford Springs
4) Tom Butler, Stafford Springs
5) Wayne Coury, Jr., Milford
6) Jim Mavlouganes, Bethany
7) Corey Hutchings, Salem
8) Ed Ricard, Stafford Springs
9) John Warren, Chicopee, Ma
10) Mike Quintiliano, Shelton
11) Scott Cook, Uncasville
12) Dave Wray, Meriden
13) J.J. Hill, Jr., Stafford Springs
14) Don Acker, Jr., West Haven
15) Mike Mordino, Southington
16) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
17) Bobby Leone, East Windsor
18) Tony Lafo, Higganum
19) Steve McQuillan, Bolton
20) Rick Charette, Ellington
21) Mark St. Hilaire, Berlin
22) Doug Blowers, Jr., Brighton, Ma
23) Patrick Townsend, Springifeld, Ma
24) Jonathan Smith, Beacon Falls
25) Billy Snow, Jr., Berlin
26) Michael Bennett, Stafford Springs
27) Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs

1) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Ma
2) Chris Matthews, Stafford
3) Mike Sweeney, Jr., Middletown
4) Josh Sylvester, Lebanon
5) Tony Santangelo, Middlefield
6) Chris Bakaj, Farmington
7) Ray Grassetti, Monson, Ma
8) Kyle Spencer, Montgomery, Ma
9) Scott Nordman, Woodstock
10) Rich Hammann, Tolland
11) Mike Lane, Middlefield
12) Matt Gallo, Kensington
13) David Webb, New Milford
14) Fred Nees, Jr., New Milford
15) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon
16) Joe Allegro, Jr., Vernon
17) Heather Desrochers, Granby, Ma
18) Ray Griffen, Jr., Ellington
19) Alan Provost, Monson, Ma
20) Harry Wheeler, Stafford Springs
21) Glenn Griswold, Vernon
22) George Nocera, Jr., Plainville
23) Wayne Robillard, Harwich, Ma
24) Brit Andersen, Branford

1) Andrew Durand, Chicopee, Ma
2) Sean Foster, Ellington
3) Rick Lanagan, III, Enfield
4) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford
5) Charlie Newman, Stafford Springs
6) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington
7) Bill Davis, Monson, Ma
8) Paul Conte, Plainville
9) Darrin Havanec, Storrs
10) Ed Charette, Jr., Plainville
11) Lori-Jo Rzeszutek, Hadley, Ma
12) Corky Hinze, Farmington
13) Michael Nadeau, Enfield
14) Peter Martin, Plainville
15) Greg Butler, Jr., East Hampton
16) Glenn Bartkowski, Vernon
17) David Capriati, Chicopee, Ma
18) Pete Cayer, Bristol
19) Mike Chaves, South Windsor
20) Jeff Hubbell, Naugatuck

1) Robert Thompson, Springfield, Ma
2) Norm Sears, Manchester
3) Jesse Hinze, Farmington
4) Barry Fluckiger, Vernon
5) Rob Lawrence, Stafford Springs
6) Matt Chiarizio, Stafford Springs
7) Gil Main, Westerly, Ri
8) Vince Gambacorta, Ellington
9) Dan Flannery, Ellington
10) Jeff Jolly, North Haven
11) Jim Brice, Manchester
12) Carla Botticello, Manchester
13) Bill Dunn, Prospect
14) Steve Berardi, Broad Brook
15) Albert Saunders, Stafford
16) Kyle Nosal, Higganum
17) Megan Bienkowski, Berlin
18) John Lampro, Jr., Enfield
19) Melissa Blowers, Cromwell
20) Duane Provost, Indian Orchard, Ma
21) Todd Laporta, Waterbury
22) John Kasper, Wilbraham, Ma

LATE MODEL 16 (16)
1) Corey Hutchings, Salem
2) Mike Quintiliano, Shelton
3) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
4) Don Acker, Jr., West Haven
5) Tony Lafo, Higganum
6) Bobby Leone, East Windsor
7) Steve McQuillan, Bolton
8) Rick Charette, Ellington
9) Billy Snow, Jr., Berlin
10) David St. Amant, Wallingford
11) Doug Blowers, Jr., Brighton, Ma
12) Patrick Townsend, Springifeld, Ma
13) Mark Lewis, Southington
14) Michael Bennett, Stafford Springs
15) Dennis Godbout, Meriden

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