In the 2021 Late Model season at Stafford Speedway, Fairfield, CT native Wayne Coury, Jr. claimed two wins including the Paradiso Insurance Late Model 50. Fast forward a year on and Coury is struggling to get his pace of to achieve a best performance in one year Completion of 3approx again on 24.6th. The Late Model Division will participate in the Paradiso Late Model 50 this Friday evening, September 2ndndCoury attempts to get his season back on track by getting Wayne’s Auto Body Chevrolet #10 back into the NAPA Victory Lane.
“It’s been a tough season for us and we’ve struggled to find speed with this new car but I feel like we’ve been getting better and better over the past few weeks so I’m quite excited going into Friday night ‘ Coury said. “I’ve always found that racing the extra distance gives you more time to settle in and get into a rhythm with your car and we’ve always had a good car for long races. We’re usually in a pretty competitive position at the end of the longer races. I like the extra distance races and everyone is really looking forward to Friday to hopefully break through with the new team. A big thank you to our sponsors Wayne’s Auto Body, Restore: Utility Land Restoration, Springfield Thunderbirds, Stafford Sand and Gravel, Whip’s Sporting Goods.”
After driving a family-owned car for most of his racing career, an opportunity arose during the off-season where Coury teamed up with car owners Tom Fearn and Pat Kretschman, who were also spotted for Coury two seasons ago. The new combination has had a hard time getting the number 10 car up to speed, but an increase in performance over the last 3 weeks has Coury excited about his prospects of not only winning the Paradiso Insurance Late Model 50 but getting back on track to return before the 2022 season ends on Friday 30th Septemberth.
“Tyler Leary was supposed to be driving this car but he had some other commitments and it was getting harder each week for my dad and I to get our car out on the track in good condition so we decided to pool our resources with Pat and Tom and make the situation better for everyone involved,” Coury said. “They needed a rider and we needed a little extra help so we’re all working very well together and now we’re just missing a win which we hope to get this Friday night. Slowly but surely we worked up some kinks with the car. We certainly had a couple of clashes with a bit of bad luck but we’ve made some improvements and I think in the last 3 weeks we’ve finally found some speed in the car, we just wish we could have found that speed a bit sooner. I always look forward to the 50 laps and hope that we are in a better position with the car and the stars are in our favor and we can get a win either this Friday night or later this season.”
Victories have been hard to come by this season in the late model division. Across 15 races, the combination of Adam Gray, Kevin Gambacorta and Tom Fearn has won 12 of the 15 races, with Darrell Keane, Andrew Molleur and Michael Wray all claiming a single win.
“It was extremely difficult to win a race this season,” said Coury. “These guys obviously found something that worked really well for their cars and it was hard to keep up with them. For me it’s about improving our game with our car and in the last few weeks everyone has been both faster and slower and the field overall is very tight at the moment.”
Having won the Paradiso Insurance Late Model 50 last season, Coury knows exactly what it takes to have his number 10 car among the contenders for the final laps of the 50-lap race.
“Obviously we need a bit of luck and we need things like track position to go our way during the race and most of all you need a fast and consistent car that can put you at the front of the field,” he told Kury. “We’ve been behaving really well over the past few weeks and if we can get out on track on Friday and fine-tune the car properly, I think we’ll be in a pretty good position to be in contention for our first win of the season . Pat, Gary and the entire crew have put in countless hours to make this season a reality with this new car and a win would mean a lot to all. I think we definitely have all the pieces to make this happen, now all we have to do is go out and get the job done.”
The Paradiso Insurance Late Model 50 is scheduled for this Friday, September 2nd. Stafford’s SK Modified®, SK Light, Limited Late Model and Street Stock divisions will join the Late Models in feature action and there will also be a Kids Big Wheel race. Tickets for the Paradiso Insurance Late Model 50 are available now online at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets and tickets can also be purchased at the gates. Tickets for the Paradiso Insurance Late Model 50 are $25.00 for adults and are free for all children 14 and under. Reserved seating is $30.00 for all ages and pit passes are $40.00 with a valid 2022 Stafford Competition License and $45.00 without a Stafford License. If you’re unable to attend the event, tune in to live stream on FloRacing, Stafford Speedway’s official streaming partner.
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