Matt Galko Leads Laps, Finishes Sixth in Spring Sizzler at Stafford

STAFFORD, Conn. – For the first time in 2022, Stan Mertz Racing unloaded at the track for the 50th running of the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 23-24. Driving the No. 6, Matt Galko qualified into the big dance, and led laps in the first half of the 100-lap Spring Sizzler feature. After a pit stop for fresh rubber, Galko restarted outside the top-10, but worked his way back into the top-10 quickly, and continued advancing through the field before the finish.

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

When the checkered flag went in the air, Galko crossed the line sixth in the Stan Mertz Racing entry, sponsored by Koopman Lumber. The run was a strong start to a busy 2022 season schedule for Galko and the Mertz Racing team with a fresh paint scheme and momentum now on their side.

“I think we had a very strong showing for the first race as a team, we all clicked from the get go and had a strong car all weekend,” Galko said. “It’s good when you’re disappointed with a 6th place finish and leading some laps. I think if we could have gotten a little better track position after the pit stop, we would have been right with Hirschman and Preece battling for the lead. I think we are in a strong place for the next open race at Stafford and we should be able to compete for wins for the remainder of the season. I can’t thank Stan enough for this great opportunity, along with the entire crew and sponsors for everything they do to get us to the race track.”

Sponsors of Stan Mertz Racing include Koopman Lumber, Reed Property Services, Pomfret Wine & Spirits, Cape Towing & Salvage, Mike Holmes & Son Excavating, J&S Motors, JW’s Home Improvement, Black & White Grille, Performance Engines by Billy the Kid and more.

The next race on the 2022 schedule for Stan Mertz Racing will take place back at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, May 20, for the running of the Open Modified 80.

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