Capture the flag; Membrino wins his 3rd checkered flag to claim the SK Light title at Stafford

It wasn’t until Dowling pulled up alongside him and flashed the thumbs-up sign that Membrino realized that he’d regained the points title. Dowling finished fifth overall. Membrino captured the checkered flag. When the dust settled, Membrino scored the points victory by a slim, four point margin.

“It was just pandemonium from there. All those people that were at our pit earlier were all around me screaming, cheering, clapping, and throwing water all around,” he said. “It was unreal…It just overwhelmed me. I thought to myself, ‘All this for me?’ It’s a feeling I can’t describe, but I wish everyone could experience just once.”

Although the Stafford season is finished, Membrino still has one more race before he hangs up his gloves. He’s currently ranked fifth in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division III national standings, and he’s ranked second in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state standings. Now, Membrino will try to improve his overall rankings with a final regional race.

“While we don’t know what lies ahead of us for next year just yet, we have one more stop in our schedule this year,” he said. “We’re going to try and wrap the year up with another win at the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson International Speedway on October 19.”

For now, Membrino will celebrate his victory with his local sponsors: Equipment Services, CWPM, Richards Corporation, TD Homers, Napa Valley Auto Supply, Jay Pahl Auto, Steve Greer, JMW Construction, Embroidery Works, and Membrino Electric.

To comment on this story or to contact sports writer John Goralski, email him at jgoralski@ southingtonobserver.com.

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