June 3, 2019
Andrew Molleur Outduels Top SK Modified Drivers To Make History With First Career Stafford SK Victory
A www.staffordspeedway.com release
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Troy Talman and Andrew Molleur ran side by side for the first lap dueling for the lead before Talman got clear on lap-2. Talman’s time out front was short as Cory DiMatteo pulled alongside Talman and had the lead by a nose at the line on lap-3. DiMatteo and Talman were still side by side on lap-5 when the caution came out for Joey Cipriano who got into the turn 2 wall.
Talman took the lead with DiMatteo again pulling alongside in a fight for the lead but the field could only complete one lap as cars were 4-wide behind the lead duo with Tom Bolles spinning through the infield grass and Dan Wesson coming to a stop at the end of the frontstretch to bring the caution back out.
Glen Reen spun on the restart with Michael Rutkoski also getting into the turn 3 wall to bring the caution right back out. Michael Christopher, Jr. was penalized to the rear of the field for contact with Reen.
Talman took the lead back under green with Andrew Molleur and DiMatteo side by side for second. Keith Rocco was fourth and Stephen Kopcik was fifth. Tyler Leary spun on the infield to bring the caution out with 8 laps complete.
Talman took the lead on the restart with Molleur taking second. Rocco and DiMatteo were side by side for third with Kopcik fifth. Rocco got clear into third on lap-11 with Kopcik moving into fourth. DiMatteo slid back to a side by side battle with Todd Owen for fifth.
Molleur took the lead from Talman on lap-12 and that move opened the door for Rocco to get alongside Talman for second. Rocco got clear of Talman on lap-15 with Owen now in fourth and Kopcik in fifth with Molleur continuing to hold the race lead. Jeff Malave spun in turn 2 and collected David Arute to bring the caution back out with 16 laps complete.
Molleur and Rocco ran side by side for the lead until lap-19 when Molleur got clear to the lead. Owen moved into second with Rocco falling back to third in line. Ronnie Williams was up to fourth with DiMatteo holding down fifth. Williams got by Rocco to move into third on lap-23 with Owen looking high and low for a way around Molleur for the lead.
The fight for fifth place was heating up on lap-27 as DiMatteo was 3-wide with Michael Christopher, Jr. and Glen Reen with Reen taking fifth, Christopher sixth and DiMatteo falling back to seventh.
With 10 laps to go, Owen was still giving chase to Molleur for the race lead with Williams third, Rocco fourth, and Reen fifth. Christopher spun coming out of turn 4 to bring the caution out with 36 laps complete. Christopher was given a one lap penalty by NASCAR officials for drawing the yellow flag.
DiMatteo and Reen spun on the restart to bring the caution immediately back out. The next restart saw Molleur and Owen side by side for the lead with Rocco and Michael Gervais, jr. side by side for third. Molleur got clear to the lead on lap-39 with Gervais and Owen side by side for second and Rocco in fourth. Gervais was able to get to the outside of Molleur as they came to the white flag. The two cars ran side by side for the final lap and they were still side by side coming to the checkered flag. Molleur beat Gervais to the line by inches to lock down his first career SK Modified® feature victory. Owen finished third with Rocco and Matt Vassar rounding out the top-5.
September 16th, 2018
Andrew Molleur Wins For the 4th Time In 2018 At Stafford
A www.staffordspeedway.com release
In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Chris Matthews took the early lead with Alexander Pearl and Mark Bakaj lined up behind him. Andrew Molleur and Wesley Prucker were side by side for fourth with Teddy Hodgdon in sixth. Pearl pulled alongside Matthews on lap-5 but couldn’t take the lead.
Bakaj took second from Pearl on lap-6 and he pulled alongside Matthews for the lead on lap-7. Pearl and Molleur were side by side for second behind the two leaders with Marcello Rufrano fifth and Steven Chapman up to sixth. Prucker did a half spin coming out of turn 2 and Hodgdon got into the frontstretch wall to bring the caution out with 9 laps complete.
Bakaj took the lead on the restart with Pearl slotting into second. Matthews was third with Rufrano fourth and Chapman and Bryan Narducci in a side by side duel for fifth. Matthews got out of shape coming out of turn 4 on lap-13 but made a great save and fell back to 9th place. Pearl made a move to the inside of Bakaj on lap-16 but couldn’t make a pass and the caution came out with 16 laps complete as Narducci and Chapman came together on the backstretch and got into the wall.
Pearl took the lead on the restart with Molleur behind him in second and Bakaj in third. Molleur moved back to the front on lap-19 but Rufrano was making a charge in the outside lane and he came up to second as the field headed down the backstretch on the final lap. Rufrano was able to get alongside Molleur, but he couldn’t make a pass as Molleur took down his fourth win of the 2018 season. Bakaj finished third with Pearl fourth and Joey Ferrigno fifth.