Brian Sullivan at Stafford Motor Speedway. (Stafford Motor Speedway Photo)

Sullivan Wins Stafford Monaco Ford SK Light Double Down

STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. — Stafford Speedway hosted the extra distance Monaco Ford SK Light Double Down along with Stafford’s other four weekly divisions on Friday. 

Scoring the big win of the night was Brian Sullivan in the 40-lap Monaco Ford SK Light Double Down. Sullivan was scored as the race winner when Nick Anglace was penalized to the last car on the lead lap for making contact with Meghan Fuller on the final lap of the race. 

Other feature winners on the night included Cory DiMatteo, who notched his third consecutive SK Modified feature victory, Andrew Durand in the late model feature, Rich Hammann in the limited late model feature and Travis Hydar was a winner in the street stock division for the second week in a row.

In the 40-lap Monaco Ford SK Light Double Down feature event, Cassandra Cole led the field to the green flag but by the end of the first lap she was in third place as Robert Bloxsom III took the lead. 

His time at the front was short as Nick Anglace took the lead from Bloxsom on la three. Cole was still in third place with Casey Vogt in fourth and Amanda West in fifth place. 

Anglace began to stretch out his lead over Bloxsom with Cole looking high and low for a way around Bloxsom. Vogt and West were still fourth and fifth with Chris Matthews, Tyler Chapman, Meghan Fuller, Sullivan and Chris Viens making up the top 10 with 10 laps complete.

Chapman moved into fourth place on lap 15 and just as he made a pass for third, the caution came out for Aiden D’Agata, who backed into the wall in the middle of turns three and four with 17 laps complete.

Chapman went three-wide with Anglace and Bloxsom to take the lead by a nose at the line. Anglace was hanging strong on the outside of Chapman in the fight for the lead with Bloxsom third, West fourth and Fuller in fifth. 

Austin Goff brought the yellow flag back out with 19 laps complete with a spin in turn four.  Anglace had the lead by a nose over Chapman on lap 19 so Anglace was the leader on the restart with Chapman in second.

Chapman had the lead by a nose on the restart with Anglace on his inside with Anglace leading the next lap by a nose.  The caution came back out with 21 laps complete for a multi car spin in turn two involving Anthony Forino, Josh Morrison, David Webb, Norm Sears, Carsten Cole, Norm Sears, Goff, Stephen Kalogiannis, Mike Parolo, Paul Arute, and several others.

Bloxsom nearly went three-wide with Anglace and Chapman with Anglace taking the lead. Chapman got loose in turn four and fell back to 10th-place as Bloxsom took second, Fuller and West were wheel-to-wheel for third. 

Chapman began to charge his way back to the front as he moved into sixth on lap-26 while Fuller was now applying heavy pressure to Anglace for the lead. Sullivan moved into third on lap 29 with Bloxsom back to fourth and Pearl was fifth.

Fuller was keeping the pressure up on Anglace, whose car was drifting up the track coming out of turn four. Fuller was able to finally work her way to the inside of Anglace on lap 34 but couldn’t complete the pass as she and Anglace were now side-by-side racing for the lead with Sullivan closing in from third. 

With four laps to go, Fuller and Anglace were still locked in a wheel-to-wheel battle with Sullivan looking to get past them both.

Anglace got very loose coming out of turn four on lap 38, which gave Fuller the margin she needed to pull into the lead.

Anglace settled into second with Sullivan in third.  Anglace and Fuller touched in turn three on the final lap with Fuller drifting up the track, which allowed Anglace to power into the lead and take the checkered flag first. 

A post-race penalty was applied to Anglace for making contact with both Fuller and Chapman and he was scored as the last car on the lead lap, making Sullivan the race winner. 

Pearl finished second with Chapman, Bloxsom and West rounding out the top five. Fuller touched the dirt coming out of turn four and she spun, which relegated her to a 23rd place finish.