The 2020 season at Stafford Speedway saw a three-way title fight between Andrew Durand, Alexandra Fearn and Jeremy Lavoie that was only settled by a tie-breaking margin at the end of the season. Durand and Fearn each racked up 652 points, Lavoie had 16 more points, and Durand won the championship thanks to a 7-3 advantage over Fearn in the final victories. Fast forward a year and Fearn and Lavoie are once again in the thick of a tight championship race with Fearn and the # 12 SAFCO Foam team leading Lavoie and the # 6 L&S Equipment team by 12 points before the Last 3 races.
Fearn and Lavoie have been as consistent as they get this season, with Fearn scoring 16 top-5s in the first 17 races while Lavoie has finished all 17 races so far in the top-5. The difference between the two drivers is in the win column, with Fearn currently having a 5-1 advantage over Lavoie in that department.
âIt’s been a pretty good season for us so far,â said Fearn. “Our performance this year is the culmination of a lot of hard work and it’s definitely something everyone on the team can be proud of.”
âThe season was not, all in all, a bad year,â said Lavoie. âWe have been very consistent, I think our worst result this season was the fifth, we just couldn’t get the podiums and the wins we wanted to get to accumulate points. On the nights when Alexandra won races, we finished fourth or fifth, so that’s where we lost a lot of points. We’re a little hard on ourselves so in that regard it’s been a roller coaster season. We’ve been able to keep the car in one piece all year, we just haven’t been able to capitalize when the opportunity arises this season.
Fearn closed her 2020 campaign with a pair of second places followed by a win in the season-ending race and she carried over that performance to the 2021 season.
âI think this season has been a continuation of the momentum we got from winning the last race last season,â said Fearn. âWe come forward to win, so that’s our priority. A few weeks ago we had an incident on the last lap of the race which was incredibly frustrating as it put us in a bad position. We couldn’t afford to bow our heads and we just picked up the pieces and moved on. Our goal is to win races and everything else comes second after that. I tried not to worry about the points because there is nothing to be gained by focusing on the points when we can concentrate on winning. I owe it to myself and to all of this team who help me get out every week and do my best.
Lavoie took 2 wins and co-led the division with 13 top-5s in 14 races, but he and his team struggled with handling issues with their No.6 car all season that kept them from racing. turn their top-5. in victories.
âWe fought against a tight car, especially in the center of the turn throughout the season,â said Lavoie. âAs the car is tight in the middle of the turn, I have a lack of bite coming out of the turn, which costs us a few tenths per lap. In the Limited Late Model division, you can’t afford to give up a tenth of a second, let alone a few tenths. The competition has been very tough this season. We’ve had 8 different winners and three first-time winners with Mike Hopkins, Matt Scappini and Devon Jencik so things are tight and I think we’ve done some really good shows this season for the fans. We could never seem to get the setup right, we were always missing something. “
With only 3 more races on the schedule, Lavoie has no choice but to do everything to win while Fearn simply has to keep doing what she has been doing throughout the season.
âWe just have to do our best,â Fearn said. âI’m not going to try to set the world on fire, I’m just going to keep it realistic and try to complete all the laps. We’re generally running pretty well this time of year so hopefully we can keep it all together and get at least one more win before the season is over.
âWe will definitely go out of our way and hope for the best,â said Lavoie. âIt will certainly play out on the wire. I think Alexandra should have 3 bad races in a row for us to catch up with her, so at this point it’s basically her own to win, but you never know when it comes to running. We’re going to run a Hail Mary and see what happens. If we finish second it’s still a fantastic season for us.
Lavoie has 2 career Limited Late Model Track Championships in Stafford (2018, 2019) while Fearn is chasing his first career track title. After coming as close as possible without actually winning the championship last season, Fearn said winning the championship would be a very special accomplishment for her and her team.
âIt would definitely mean a lot to me and to everyone on the team,â said Fearn. âWe’ve always been able to win races, but it’s a little different when you can be a competitor every week. I think my team deserve the championship, especially after being so close last season. To be able to come back and do the job would be really special for us. The races are won in the store during the week so a big thank you to everyone who works on this car and I always look forward to being able to be with everyone on the way to victory.
Stafford’s weekly divisions are taking a week off this Friday September 17th, but all 5 divisions will return to racing on Friday September 24th. Stafford’s SK Light and Limited Late Model divisions will join the Whelen Modified Tour and Vintage All-Star cars on Saturday, September 25 for the NAPA Fall Finals. Tickets for both races are available online now at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets and tickets will also be available for purchase at the admission gates. Tickets for the Stafford Weekly Racing event on September 24 are $ 20.00 for adults, $ 5.00 for children 6-14, and free for children 5 and under. Reserved seats are priced at $ 25 for all ages and pit passes are $ 35 with a valid Stafford 2021 competition license and $ 40.00 without a Stafford license. Tickets for the NAPA Fall Finals cost $ 40.00 for adults, $ 10.00 for children 6-14, and free for children 5 and under. Reserved seats are priced at $ 45 for all ages and pit passes are $ 50.00 with a valid Stafford 2021 competition license and $ 55 without a Stafford license. If you can’t attend the event, tune in to the live broadcast on FloRacing, the official broadcast partner of Stafford Speedway.
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