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Cory DiMatteo Earns First Stafford SK Victory

Paul Lambert/STS

Cory DiMatteo has had his ups and downs throughout his time in the SK Modified division at Stafford.

He certainly reached a new high Friday night, earning his first career SK Modified win despite being dogged by Teddy Hodgdon over the final 30 laps.

“It’s probably the biggest win of my life,” DiMatteo said. “I’m not looking any further than this.”

Behind the second-place Hodgdon was Keith Rocco, followed by Ronnie Williams and Marcello Rufrano. Rounding out the top-10 were Mikey Flynn, Todd Owen, Matt Vassar, Michael Gervais and Noah Korner.

Hodgdon started on the pole and led the opening seven laps. That’s when DiMatteo got underneath him, making the pass on lap eight. Hodgdon didn’t go away, staying all over the back of DiMatteo. The 22-year-old didn’t slip, however, and beat Hodgdon to the line by two car-lengths.

“I just knew I had to hit my marks,” DiMatteo said. “Nothing else you can do as the leader. [The field] has a rabbit to chase, and just have to not bobble, not fumble the football.”

On lap four, the race was slowed by a massive crash that got started off of turn four, involving around 10 drivers. In total, six cars were taken out of the race.

The lap four skirmish would be the only caution flag the entire race.

The full results can be found below:

  1. Cory DiMatteo
  2. Teddy Hodgdon
  3. Keith Rocco
  4. Ronnie Williams
  5. Marcello Rufrano
  6. Mikey Flynn
  7. Todd Owen
  8. Matt Vassar
  9. Michael Gervais
  10. Noah Korner
  11. Tyler Leary
  12. Bryan Narducci
  13. Tyler Hines
  14. Todd Patnode
  15. Daniel Wesson
  16. Tony Membrino
  17. Matthew Gallo
  18. Jonathan Smith
  19. David Arute
  20. Andrew Molleur
  21. Troy Talman
  22. Michael Christopher
  23. Stephen Kopcik
  24. Jeff Malave
  25. John Catania

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Paul Lambert is an aspiring collegiate journalist. A writer and broadcaster, Paul's excited to cover New England short track racing in 2021. Paul has also been published in the Boston Herald, Speedway Illustrated and on

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