Chris Meyer Takes Street Stock Checkers at Sizzler
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway ushered in the 2021 racing season with NAPA Auto Parts Opening Day on Saturday, April 24. Stafford’s SK Modifieds®, Late Models, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks were all in action along with the Granite State Pro Stock Series. The first feature victories of the 2021 season were scored by Tyler Hines in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Michael Bennett in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Alexandra Fearn in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Chris Meyer in the 20-lap Street Stock feature.
In the 20-lap Street Stock feature, Chris Meyer and Frank L’Etoile, Jr. led the field to the green. Meyer immediately grabbed the lead with L’Etoile following in his tire tracks. Travis Hydar was third in the early going with Nickolas Hovey fourth and Adrien Paradis, III fifth. L’Etoile slowly reeled Meyer in and he took the lead from Meyer on lap-4. Meyer came back to L’Etoile’s inside with a crossover move in turns 1+2 but settled back into second. Johnny Walker spun in turn 1 to bring the caution out with 5 laps complete.
John Orsini got out of shape and came to a stop in the turn 4 grass to bring the caution out right after the restart. The next restart attempt saw L’Etoile power back into the lead with Hydar pulling alongside Meyer for second. Hydar took second from Meyer on lap-6 with Hovey in fourth and Daltin McCarthy in fifth. Paradis was sixth followed by Bert Ouellette, Jason Finkbein, David Macha, Sr., and Tommy Hanley. Christopher Phelps spun to bring the caution back out with 8 laps complete.
L’Etoile again took the lead on the restart followed by the side by side duo of Meyer and Hydar, Hovey, and McCarthy. McCarthy spun in the middle of turns 3+4 to bring the yellow flag back out with 10 laps complete.
L’Etoile took the lead back under green while Hydar and Meyer were once again side by side for second place. Hydar took the spot from Meyer on lap-12 with Hovey in fourth and Finkbein in fifth. Paradis was sixth in line followed by Walker, Macha, Kyle Johnson, and Chris Danielczuk. Tommy Hanley did a 360 spin in turn 2 but was able to keep going and the race stayed green.
Hydar was starting to apply heavy pressure to the back bumper of L’Etoile for the lead with 3 laps to go. Hydar dove under L’Etoile going into turn 1 on lap-19 but he slid up the track which allowed L’Etoile to retake the lead coming out of turn 2 and going down the backstretch. Walker spun to bring the caution out with 19 laps complete to set up a green white checkered finish.
L’Etoile and Hydar brought the field to the green and they took the lead on the restart. Coming out of turn 4 to the white flag, Meyer made a 3-wide move and he took the lead going into turn 1. Hovey followed right on his back bumper and moved into second. Hovey gave Meyer a tap to his back bumper in turns 3+4 but Meyer was able to hold him off to the checkered flag. Finkbein finished third with Johnson fourth and L’Etoile fifth.
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Posted: to Racing News on Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Updated: Sun, Apr 25, 2021