STAFFORD – The most secure place to be within the SK Modified Spring Sizzler race at Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday become up at the front.
Fortunately for Eric Berndt, that’s where he becomes.
But the ragged nature of the race examined even the veteran motive force. There had been seven cautions inside the first 16 laps.
“When you’re leading, the ones feel like all the time,” Berndt stated. “It’s good to be up to the front, but you get right into a rhythm and you lose that rhythm. You have to find it again.“
Berndt, who became forty in the offseason, was capable of achieving this. He picked up his twenty-first career win in his twenty-fifth year inside the division, finishing in advance of Todd Owen.
“Car was true. It’s been exact for the reason that we unloaded it weeks ago,” Berndt stated. “Last week, I placed myself in a hollow and just looked to finish. We did. We started out sixth (Saturday) and figured we have to take benefit of it. The vehicle just got higher as the run went on.”
Third-place finisher Michael Gervais had to work a touch extra than Berndt or Owen as he started similarly back within the field.
“It was the type of tough at the beginning,” Gervais said. “I had to avoid a number of wrecks, however, once we got up front, the car was exact. I simply tried a touch too difficult to capture (Berndt and Owen) and burned my tires up. We will take a third-place finish.”
Everything regarded to have been going George Bessette Jr.’s way. Until the very last lap of the 20-lap characteristic.
Alexander Fuller’s vehicle went up and into the first turn wall and brought out an overdue yellow flag.
“I noticed the warning come out and if I hadn’t been strapped into my seat, I could be bouncing all over the automobile,” Johnny Walker stated.
Walker took gain of the state of affairs to submit his first victory of the season.
Walker was strolling in the best position for the green-white-checkered, in 1/3 place, that means he got an inner position on the restart. On the backstretch of the final lap, Walker got underneath Bessette’s 39 automobiles.
“I hoped to come home in 2nd,” Walker stated. “I didn’t expect George to be as unfastened as he becomes and he left the door extensive open. I changed into capable of stand on it, keep on with the inside and produce domestic a win for my Mom.”
Bessette, meanwhile, needed to settle for second.
“I don’t know what happened. It turned into just a tough day. I upset myself and my crew,” Bessette stated. “The same aspect passed off the ultimate week. The car was given tight.“
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Matt Clement idea he had won his first career race at Stafford ultimate season. Only to have it taken away in tech for loss of weight on the auto.
“It became heartbreaking,” Clement said. ”(Race Director) Tom Fox broke the information to us at the scales and, to be sincere, I got indignant however it changed into our personal fault. We made the error of not placing enough gas within the automobile.“
He didn’t make an equal mistake two times.
Clement took over the lead on the fourth turn of the 12th lap of the 15-lap race, getting below Alexandra Fearn and holding on for the milestone win.
“That became the sweetest feeling riding down the returned stretch after the whole lot had calmed down and searching up inside the replicate and seeing Duane (Provost who completed 2d) back there. He didn’t seize me coming down the lower back stretch. I’m just first-rate-pumped,” Clement said.
The department did stand up to seven cars, one more than an ultimate week, but nonetheless had their laps decreased through the song to 15. According to Clement, the department’s drivers had been informed in the event that they get one extra car, the department will cross returned as much as a 20-lap feature.
“The 15 laps helped us this week, so I gained’t bitch this week,” Clement stated.
Alex Pearl and Teddy Hodgdon were struggling with for the lead after a restart at the thirteenth lap of the 20-lap feature.
Hodgdon was given free and ended up within the grass on turn 4 on the 18th lap and Pearl, following a restart, hung on for the win.
“I become capable of work via traffic clearly properly, starting 12th, and once I got to the lead (on a restart on the fifth lap), it became difficult to keep on. We didn’t have the excellent automobile, but we were given it achieved,” the Salem driving force said.
Mark Bakaj finished 2d.
Both Cliff Saunders and Kevin Gambacorta were a bit happier on Saturday than they had been the week earlier than.
Saunders, thanks to a break caused by brake troubles, finished seventeenth within the opening day race the week earlier than at the same time as Gambacorta received the feature best to be disqualified in the inspection.
The two finished 1-2 within the 30-lap characteristic this time around.
Saunders, using a new car, in spite of remaining week’s unhappiness, become glad about the way it felt.
“I didn’t realize how it’d be this week if we would have any problems with it this week, and it ended up being surely true. The car becomes better within the feature than it changed into in exercise,” Saunders stated.
Saunders commenced up the front and by no means relinquished the spot.
He was only challenged whilst a caution flag flew on the twenty-sixth lap and he had to preserve off Gambacorta’s No. 23 car.
Gambacorta, meanwhile, had to work for the runner-up spot, having commenced 16th.
“We had a mission (Saturday). What passed off ultimate week turned into unfortunate. We had things to prove,” Gambacorta said.