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Ronnie Williams Earns First 2020 Stafford SK Victory

Paul Lambert/STS

You knew Ronnie Williams would eventually find his way back.

The two-time defending Stafford SK Modified champion got his first victory of the 2020 season Friday night after leading the last 20 laps of the 40-lap feature.

“[The car] wasn’t too good throughout the day, but we definitely made it better,” Williams said.

Williams also earned an extra $433 for leading the 33rd lap, a bonus in honor of late Whelen Modified Tour racer Wade Cole, who drove the No. 33 on the Tour for years.

“It means a lot,” Williams said. “I raced with [Cole] a little bit, but just to hear the stories from my grandmother, my grandfather, I learned just what a great guy he was.”

Second went to Todd Owen, followed by Stephen Kopcik, Michael Christopher Jr, and Keith Rocco. Rounding out the top-10 were Andrew Molleur, Troy Talman, Cory DiMatteo, Tony Membrino, and Michael Gervais.

Starting on the pole was Bryan Narducci. He led until lap three when Cory DiMatteo slid by him for the lead. Working the outside groove was Williams. He darted his way to second, then jumped underneath DiMatteo in turn one on lap 20. Despite challenges on two late-race restarts from Christopher, then Owen, Williams was able to pull away both times and take down the win.

The full results can be found below:

  1. #50 – Ronnie Williams
  2. #81 – Todd Owen
  3. #21 -Stephen Kopcik
  4. #82 – Mike Christopher Jr.
  5. #88 – Keith Rocco
  6. #35 – Andrew Molleur
  7. #2 – Troy Talman
  8. #6 – Cory DiMatteo
  9. #44 – Tony Membrino
  10. #33 – Michael Gervais
  11. #42 – Todd Patnode
  12. #48 – Marcello Rufrano
  13. #75 – David Arute
  14. #01 – Bryan Narducci
  15. #1 – Tyler Leary
  16. #25 – Tyler Hines
  17. #24 – Mikey Flynn
  18. #77 – Matthew Gallo
  19. #92 – Daniel Wesson
  20. #23 – Jeff Malave
  21. #11 – Matt Vassar
  22. #55 – Teddy Hodgdon
  23. #27 – Jonathan Smith
  24. #28 – Nick Giardana
  25. #76 – Tom Bolles
  26. #66 – Marc Burke
  27. #52 – 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 2019. Paul has also been published in Speedway Illustrated and on Autoweek.com.

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