Stafford Motor Speedway To Offer 2016 Season Preview At Frank Maratta Auto Show / Race-A-Rama

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season drawing closer to dropping the green flag, Stafford Motor Speedway is geared up for what will promise to be a blockbuster year. The Connecticut half-mile track will offer race fans a sneak preview into the season at the Frank Maratta Auto & Race-A-Rama show, which will be held at the Big E in Springfield, MA from Feb. 26-28.

Stafford’s booth will be filled with the #99 SK Modified® car of defending SK Modified® track champion Rowan Pennink, the #75 SK Light of David Arute, the DP Motorsports owned #28 Limited Late Model that will be driven by Bryan Narducci, the #12 DARE Stock of Alexandra Fearn, and the #25 Legend Car of Brett Crowther. 

Defending SK Modified® champion Rowan Pennink and the #99 NAPA Van Wickle Auto Supply team have been on a roll since the middle of the 2014 season.  They won 5 times in the second half of the 2014 season and they followed that up with 6 wins in 2015 to go along with 17 top-5 and 19 top-10 finishes.  Pennink dueled with Ryan Preece for much of the year in the chase for the track title and Pennink ended up beating Preece to the championship by a 10-point margin at season’s end.

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Defending SK Light Champion Stephen Kopcik Ready to Move Into Premier SK Modified® Division for 2016 Season at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stephen Kopcik came to Stafford Motor Speedway in 2014 having never before driven an open wheel modified car.  After 2 wins in his rookie season, Kopcik won the track championship last year and he is now ready to move up to the SK Modified® division where he will race for Rookie of the Year honors with the #31 NJK Automotive Chevrolet.

“We always had it in our minds that we were going to run SK Lights and then make the move up to the SK Modified® division,” said Kopcik.  “My car owner, David Smith, bought an SK motor last year so we could run at Thompson and that was a big piece of the picture for us to make the move.  Hocon Industrial Gas is going to help us out with tires so, between that and David Smith with the engine, we have our two biggest expenses taken care of.  I’m really excited and it should be awesome.  I can’t wait to go to the track and show everyone what we can do as a team.  The Spring Sizzler can’t come soon enough and I can’t wait to see what the new season brings.  Rookie of the Year is a goal for us and it would be an awesome accomplishment if we could win that this season.”

In addition to winning the championship last season, Kopcik finished 5th in the 2014 SK Light points standings as a rookie.  With 2 strong seasons of SK Light experience plus 2 SK Modified® starts at Thompson and then the North-South Shoot-Out at the end of the 2015 season, Kopcik feels like he and his team have a good set of notes to begin life within the SK Modified® division and will have a head start on their SK Modified® learning curve.

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Mr. Rooter Plumbing Returns to Stafford Speedway Contingency Program

Stafford Springs, CT — For the second consecutive year, Stafford Motor Speedway’s Late Model and Limited Late Model drivers will be racing to take home some extra cash thanks to Mr. Rooter Plumbing.  Mr. Rooter contributed a total of $2,750 to both the Late Model and Limited Late Model teams during the 2015 season for a total of $5,500 and they will once again provide a weekly bonus of $125 to each Late Model and Limited Late Model feature winner.

“I‘m excited about going into my second year with the contingency program at Stafford Speedway,” said Vinny Beedle, owner of Mr. Rooter.  “I think it’s important that these two divisions get some support, it’s not only about the open wheel divisions.  The full fender divisions put on a great show and I’m looking forward to watching some more exciting races this season.”

The race to get to NAPA Victory Lane last season was tight in both full fendered divisions.  Even though eventual track champion Michael Bennett and Tom Fearn combined to win 17 of the 22 Late Model races last season, there were still 6 different feature winners while the Limited Late Model division boasted 9 different feature winners.  Fearn led all  Late Model drivers with 10 wins while 2015 champion Al Saunders and 2014 champion Andrew Hayes tied for the Limited Late Model lead with 5 wins each.

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Michael J. Cane, J.D. Tax Advisor Racing with Ryan Preece

LAS VEGAS, Nev. and CHICAGO, Ill. – Michael J. Cane, J.D. Tax Advisor is joining JD Motorsports with Gary Keller and driver Ryan Preece as an associate sponsor for the Feb. 20 NASCAR Xfinity Series PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway, to be televised on Fox Sports 1.

Michael J. Cane, J.D. will be on board the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Preece with crew chief Zach McGowan.

Michael J. Cane, J.D. joins JD Motorsports and its various other important sponsors, including G&K Services, in helping the team achieve success on the track Feb. 20. JDM is looking to build on a strong 2015 season in which the team had 7 top 10 finishes and 13 top 15 finishes. Ryan Preece has had much success on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, including a championship in 2013.
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Seth Bergman Focused On 2016 Lucas Oil ASCS National Title Run

TULSA, Okla. (February 10, 2016) One name that has become synonymous with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network is Washington’s Seth Bergman.

Coming off a banner year that included 13 overall wins, Seth continues to climb the ladder of success as he looks to add the 2016 Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Championship to his resume.

“We’re committed 100 percent to try to see this championship through,” said Seth in looking at the 2016 season. “I’m not going to lie, I will be disappointed if we don’t win the championship this year. I feel like we’ve been here long enough, and I’ve grown enough as an individual and a racecar driver. Last year, we had the speed to be a championship contender, and I feel like we’ve put all the tools in place.”

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Ford Performance Bolsters CARS Tour Loyalty Program for Late Model Stocks

Mooresville, NC 2/10/16- Continuing to build during the off season in preparation for 2016; CARS Tour officials are proud to announce that Ford Performance has signed on to bolster the all new CARS Tour Loyalty Program set to begin this season. Ford Performance joins the already involved, VP Racing Fuels and Hoosier Race Tires, in joint efforts to kick off the inaugural platform for participating competitors.

The Ford Performance program will award $300 cash to the top three highest finishing Late Model Stock competitors on the CARS Tour Loyalty Program utilizing the Ford D347SR or Ford 347R7 crate motors beginning with race six on the 2016 schedule. Once the award has been won by a competitor in an event, the next three highest-finishing Ford competitors on the Loyalty Program having not won the award, will be eligible for the cash bonus.

“Right after we announced the Loyalty Program, Mike Delahanty with Ford Performance, told us that he wanted Ford to be a part of the loyalty program for competitors,” explained Chris Ragle, Director of Operations for the CARS Tour. “The way the bonus program is structured should impact every Loyalty Program competitor utilizing a Ford engine. This will add additional value to an already great program. As we’ve been saying, if you invest in competing with the CARS Tour we will invest in you the competitor.”

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Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Set for Florida Winter Swing

Salem, NH – Palm trees will greet teams for the second annual Winter Exhibition for the Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championship Series, organized by Formula Race Promotions. Drivers are set to begin testing this Thursday at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Florida as part of a two-weekend winter season, with Sebring scheduled for Feb. 19-21.

With warm temperatures to look forward to for teams and drivers flocking south, the racy and confrontational Palm Beach layout will offer three days of track time with a pre-season feel, culminating in a spectator-focused Saturday with three races on the schedule.

Just like in 2015, the weekend will offer a glimpse into what will be a highly competitive F1600 Formula F Championship Series season.

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Nick Salva Ready to Run for Rookie of the Year Honors in Stafford Speedway’s Premier SK Modified® Division in 2016

Stafford Springs, CT — After racking up four victories and a runner-up championship finish during 2 full and 2 partial seasons of SK Light competition at Stafford Motor Speedway, Prospect native Nick Salva is ready to make the jump up to the SK Modified® division for the 2016 season and run for Rookie of the Year honors. Salva has carried sponsorship from J.G. Poulin Drywall with Jean-Guy and Brigitte Poulin for the past several seasons on his #98 SK Light machine, and it was their support that helped make a dream come true for Salva as he prepares to embark on his rookie campaign of SK Modified® racing.

“Jean and Brigitte decided that they wanted to see me give it a shot in the SK’s and help me out,” said Salva.  “Without them, this move wouldn’t have been possible.  I got a text message from Brigitte saying she needed to talk to me and after that conversation I was on cloud nine.  It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to race in the SK division.  I am bouncing off the walls right now and I can’t wait for the season to get started.    I’ve heard for years that SK racing is hard, balls to the wall racing and I can’t wait to be a part of that.  It’s going to be a totally new driving experience for me with having a spotter on the radio.  There’s definitely going to be a learning curve.  I’ve driven an SK at Thompson and Waterford and I drove Teddy’s car a couple of times in practice so I feel like I got my feet wet enough that it won’t totally be brand new to me.”

“Both Jean and I are excited for this new opportunity with Nick,” said Brigitte Poulin.  “We support him 100% and we believe that he is a young driver that is just starting to show what he is capable of.  Nick has an entire team that is behind him and this is a perfect fit for us.  The PPP team that we had formed with Ryan [Preece] was the best team that we’ve ever had and we’re looking forward to duplicating that this season with Nick and his team.”

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Rob Summers Looking Forward to NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Speedway in Return to Full-Time Status on NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Stafford Springs, CT — When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour comes to Stafford for the 45th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler, one driver who will be looking forward to the race is Rob Summers.  The 2016 season will mark a return to full-time NWMT competition for Summers, who hasn’t run a Tour race since the 2013 season. Summers has recorded 4 of his 7 career pole positions and 3 of his 14 career top-5 finishes have come at the Connecticut half-mile facility.

“Stafford is a track that I seem to have a niche at,” said Summers.  “Everything seems to really go good for me at Stafford and I’m hoping that we can do something decent for the Sizzler.  I haven’t been to Stafford in a couple of years so it’ll be nice to just be able to go back and get out on the track and go racing.”

Summers will make his return to NWMT racing behind the wheel of the Mike Murphy owned #64 Complete Construction / Fast Track Electric / Hughes Motors Chevrolet that was formerly piloted by Ron Yuhas, Jr. and Anthony Nocella.  The two parties go back 10 years together while racing at Waterford and they struck up a deal around Christmas for Summers to take the keys of the #64.

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Tyler Dippel Ready for New Challenge at Stafford With 3-Time Defending K&N Pro Series East Champion Team

Stafford Springs, CT — In the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the team to beat for the past three seasons has been the team of HScott Motorsports.  They have won the last three series championships with drivers Dylan Kwasniewski, Ben Rhodes, and William Byron.  With Stafford Motor Speedway adding a K&N East race for the first time since the 2008 season, HScott Motorsports will once again be the team to beat and they will come to Stafford for the 19th Annual NASCAR 150 on June 17 with a five-car driver lineup consisting of three rookie drivers in Hunter Baize, Harrison Burton, and Tyler Dippel, a second-year driver in J.J. Haley, and third-year driver James Bickford.

15-year old Tyler Dippel, from Wallkill, NY, has already amassed quite a resume at such a young age. He began his racing career on the dirt tracks in the northeast at the age of 7 and by the age of 10, he was racing Legends cars and competing in the south.   He advanced quickly into the Super Late Model cars running the PASS National and the PASS Southern Series.  As a Rookie, he led the National series up until the last race when a transmission failure took his hopes for the title and he finished runner-up in the National Series and a top 5 in the Southern Series.  Dippel has won numerous championships and awards on both dirt and asphalt and captured his first northeast dirt big block modified win at the age of 14.

Dippel made his debut in the ARCA Series last season, running a total of three races.  Dippel ran as high as second in his first start he was involved in a late-race incident which cost him several positions.  In his third and final start at Salem Speedway, he finished fourth in what was his first ever race on asphalt and he took home Rookie of the Race honors.  With most of the K&N East drivers having zero experience at Stafford, Dippel is looking forward to racing at the Connecticut half-mile.

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Call Before You Dig 811 Challenge Returns to Stafford Speedway; Distributing $4,055 Contingency Bonus in 2016

Stafford Springs, CT — For the fourth consecutive season, Call Before You Dig will partner with Stafford Motor Speedway to offer one of the most unique contingency awards in all of short track racing.  The CBYD 811 Challenge will award a total of $4,055 that will be split evenly among 5 drivers this season.  CBYD has distributed $12,165 split up evenly among 15 drivers during the past three seasons and this year’s CBYD 811 Challenge will bring the total contribution up to $16,220. 

The CBYD 811 Challenge is open to drivers from each of Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and a special points system is used to determine the five drivers who will each receive an $811 bonus.  Drivers earn 100 points for a victory, and each subsequent position is worth 5 points less.  The CBYD 811 Challenge will begin with the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 22-24 and wraps up on August 5 with the Stafford 150 feature events.  The five drivers who come the closest to accumulating 811 points without going over during that time period will each take home an $811 bonus from CBYD. 

“Everyone here at Call Before You Dig has been very pleased with the amount of exposure we’ve received through the 811 Challenge,” said Derek Brown, Vice President of Damage Prevention and Education for Call Before You Dig.  “We have a new ticket management system in place and the CBYD 811 Challenge is a great way for us  to be able to get the word out about that online system.  It’s also a great program that provides tons of excitement through being open to drivers from all five of the weekly divisions instead of focusing on a particular division.  Everyone here has a lot of fun keeping tabs on the 811 points standings from week to week and we’re looking forward to another great year of competition on the track at Stafford and an exciting points race to be able to award five more drivers the CYBD 811 Challenge $811 bonus on August 12th.”

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Stafford Speedway & Mr. Rooter Add Open Comp Truck Race to the NAPA Spring Sizzler

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway and Vinny Beedle, owner of Mr. Rooter have announced the addition of a 25-lap open-comp-style truck event to the Saturday portion of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 23.  The winner of the race will take home $1,000.   

“I’m excited about being involved with Stafford and the opportunity that the Arute family is giving me to bring the trucks back to race there,” said Vinny Beedle, owner of Mr. Rooter.  “We’re going to give $1,000 to the winner and we should attract a lot of trucks for the race.  We’ll have a second race later in the season that we’ll announce the date for at a later time.”

The truck race rules will be based on the New England Truck Series rules, but will be adjusted to make all styles of trucks eligible to run in an open-comp-style event.

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Reigning NASCAR Truck Series Champion, Erik Jones, to Run a Handful of Late Model Races with KBR Development

Holland, MI (February 4, 2016) KBR Development announced today that 2015 NASCAR Truck Series Champion, Erik Jones, will be behind the wheel of one of their Template Super Late Models in 2016. Jones, who is coming off a phenomenal 2015 season will be piloting a Super Late Model housed by KBR for an undisclosed number of events in conjunction with his NASCAR Xfinity schedule.

Jones is no stranger to working with KBR Development owners Mike Bursley and Zach Dunson. The trio teamed up in 2015 at the Battle @ Berlin 251. An event that Jones went on to win with Bursley and Dunson filling the roles as crew chief and car chief respectively. The Battle @ Berlin 251 win along with the Redbud 300 and Winchester 400 allowed Jones to be the first driver to ever capture the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown.

“I just love racing late models, so anytime I get an opportunity to race one it’s hard to say no.” Jones stated. “I currently have some dates open on the schedule that will allow me to participate in some late model events. The success Bursley, Dunson, and myself had working together last year along with the program these guys have put together will make us hard to beat. I’m very confident about our partnership and am looking forward to getting to the racetrack with them.”

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to Pay out Over $600,000 in Purses in 2016

THOMPSON, CT — Over the course of its 10-event season, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) will pay out over $600,000 in prize money – a $100,000 increase from 2015. Over $220,000 of those funds will go directly to its own six divisions.

The Sunoco Modified division will have more than $12,000 in purse money on the line for their big event, the 3rd annual Sunoco Modified 20/20 Sprint on Wednesday, July 27. This event will see the winner walk home with $2,000, and pay out $1,500 and $1,000 to 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. The race will pay $325 for 10th and $200 to start. The first two points races of the night will be 20 laps, but it’s the final 10-lap race which will determine the purse payout, making for an exciting finish to the segment-race event. Over the course of the 10-event season, Sunoco Modified teams will be the beneficiary of nearly $100,000 in prize money, before contingencies.

The Late Model division’s main event of the season will be their own 20/20 Sprint event on Wednesday, June 1. This segment-race format will be run the same way, with the winner taking home $1,000 at the end of the night, as well as a guaranteed starter position for the American-Canadian Tour race at the World Series. The drivers in 2nd and 3rd place will take home $700 and $575, respectively, and the total purse for the night will be $7,675. Late Model drivers will fight for nearly $60,000 over the course of their 2016 campaign.

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Bouc Disqualified After Winning A.C. Kart Race, Win Goes to Nall

Nall Declared Champ Kart Winner after Apparent Winner Bouc Is Disqualified

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Donnie Nall of Lawsonville, N.C. has been declared the official winner of the NAPA Know How Weekend Champ Kart 25-lap feature in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) officials disqualified apparent race winner Danny Bouc of Plumsteadville, Pa., after a detailed post-race inspection on his kart’s engine revealed irregularities on the power plant’s head.

.Bouc had held off Nall and Chris Daley, two past champions of the race.

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Entry Forms Available for March 10-12 STN at I-30

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (February 1, 2016) – A $15,000 winner’s share up for grabs! What a way to kick off the 2016 season at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway.

Recircle the dates on your calendar, as I-30 Speedway will make-up the 28th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires on March 10-12. The event postponed by inclement weather last October offers up a $15,000 winner’s share with $2,000 just to start the Saturday night finale.

Entry forms for the event are now available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/flyers/STNFlyer_March2016.pdf. Entries are just $150 is postmarked by March 4, with entries after that $250.

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Reutzel Has Busy Start to 2016

CLUTE, Texas (February 1, 2016) – Aaron Reutzel broke out of the gates with a flurry of racing activity to kick off the 2016 racing season.

The reigning Lucas Oil ASCS National champion kicked off January by competing in all five rounds of Cocopah Speedway’s Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown near Yuma, AZ, and then made the long trek to Tulsa, OK, to compete in his first Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

In both cases, Reutzel joined forces with different teams for the first time taking the wheel of Shane Liebig’s No. 55 Triple-X for Cocopah’s Winter Heat and then jumping in the seat of Jeff Taylor’s Rockwell Securities No. 2rs Midget for the Chili Bowl.

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Valiant Debut by Gdovic in Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

China Grove, N.C. (February 1, 2016) – Brandon Gdovic joined Performance Tech Motorsports to compete in the 54th annual Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona January 30-31st at Daytona International Speedway. Gdovic, on the heels of securing the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Gallardo World Championship, has been on a trajectory straight to the most prestigious endurance race in North America. Gdovic spent his time behind the wheel of the ComServe Wireless and WindStax® Wind Power Systems-sponsored No. 38 ORECA FLM09 battling between second and third position, but unfortunately engine problems saw the race conclude early for the Performance Tech Motorsports team.

Touted as one of the most difficult cars for stock car drivers to adjust to, the ORECA FLM09 features an open cockpit and a right-side driver’s seat. The aggressive brake package and high downforce makes the racecar even more of a challenge. Unfortunately for Gdovic, rainy weather conditions during practice days limited his seat time to only five laps. Gdovic would need to rise to the occasion in the race.

The green flag for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona waved at 2:40 p.m. ET with Gdovic scheduled to be the third of five drivers to take the wheel. Each driver would compete in three 45-minute sessions which saw Gdovic swap in for his first stint at 7:30 p.m. ET. Gdovic completed a smooth driver swap with teammate Josh Norman and hit the 3.56-mile road course in the third position. Brandon experienced a bit of handling issues early on, but soon settled in to a comfortable rhythm and was able to advance into the second position before swapping with teammate and former 24 Hours of Daytona champion Jim Norman at 9:45p.m. ET.

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Sold-Out Crowd Celebrates at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions

White, Eddy honored with John Bruno Award; eight track champions crowned

RUTLAND, Vt. – A sold-out crowd of more than 370 stock car drivers, team members, race officials, sponsors, and media put the cap on the 2015 Devil’s Bowl Speedway racing season on Saturday, January 30 at the track’s annual Banquet of Champions. The event was hosted by the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, Vt., and officially crowned the season champions in eight different divisions at the West Haven, Vt., speed plant.
Several special annual awards were also presented, including the track’s highest honor, the John Bruno Award. The trophy was shared by Debbie Eddy of Fair Haven, Vt., and posthumously by her longtime partner, Ron White, in recognition of their significant lifetime contributions to racing while maintaining high standards of conduct and respect on and off the track.

The couple has fielded winning Modifieds for drivers including Harry Peek, Ray Hoard, and most recently Ron Proctor. Proctor drove the team’s car to a 100-lap victory on May 9, just four days before the unexpected passing of the well-liked Ron White. Ms. Eddy, upon accepting the award, received an extended standing ovation.
Brandon, Vt., veteran Vince Quenneville Jr. collected his first championship on the asphalt half-mile in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere. Quenneville’s five-win season was enough to edge Proctor for the title while Greg Atkins, the late Leon Gonyo, and Billy Lussier completed the top five.

Tribute was also paid to veteran driver Gonyo, of Chazy, N.Y., who passed away suddenly on September 19, moments after winning the final asphalt Modified race of the season. Matt Gonyo accepted his father’s fourth-place trophy with a moving speech, and he, too, received a lengthy standing ovation.

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LFR Chassis Continues Major Expansion in 2016

Chassis Company Adds New Ownership, Five New Employees, and 6,500 Square Feet

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 1, 2016) – After a successful 2015, LFR Chassis is excited to announce the continued expansion of the company. To kick off 2016, LFR Chassis’ Late Model Division Director Jeff Fultz and Competition Director Tony Eury Jr. will join founder Rob Fuller in ownership of the organization. Additionally, the LFR Chassis team will welcome five new team members and an accumulation of 6,500 square feet to the North Carolina facility.

“I have been fortunate enough to experience success at about every level there is in this industry, but this is the proudest moment of my career to date,” said Fuller. “Two years ago I sat down with a couple good friends and we thought it would be fun to take all our experience and spin it into state-of-the-art short track cars and go win a couple races. Now with over 50 wins, a NASCAR championship, 85 cars sold, and more than 20 on backorder, we realize we have built a solid organization. I felt strongly about letting Jeff and Tony know how much their hard work and dedication meant to me and the company. We had a company meeting last week and sitting in front of 28 employees, talking about where the company was headed, it really hit me what LFR has become. With all the sacrifices my family and I have had to make to this point it was an emotional time for sure.”

Jeff Fultz and Tony Eury Jr. have both been with the company since 2014, helping create the Driver Development Group and develop the level of competition LFR Chassis is known for today. The pair now each have an equity stake in the organization and look forward to continuing to help it grow and succeed in the future.

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CARS Tour 2016 Media Day Set for March 9th at SRI Performance

Mooresville, NC 2/1/16- For the second year in a row the 2016 CARS Tour Media Day will take place at SRI Performance, formerly Roush Yates Performance Products, located in the Lakeside Park area of Mooresville, NC. Set for Wednesday March 9th at 7:30pm the evening will cover rules, procedures, and media orientation for the upcoming 2016 season. Once again the event will be streamed live online via RacefeedX by visiting the CARS Tour website for those not able to attend in person.

The evening will begin with introduction of new and existing CARS Tour staff members, followed by the introduction of the SRI Performance partnership with the tour and the company’s place within the industry since its offseason acquisition of Roush Yates Performance Products and CV Products.

From there all attendees and those viewing will learn of new procedures and rule changes taking place for the upcoming season. The all new CARS Tour Loyalty Program will also be discussed in depth, painting a clear picture of how to qualify for the program in 2016. The night will conclude with a question and answer session along with media obligation for teams in attendance about the upcoming season. Team members, drivers, and owners are all encouraged to attend if at all possible.
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MAVTV Motorsports Network Announces 20 Nights of Coverage for Lucas Oil ASCS in 2016

TULSA, Okla. (February 1, 2016) the 25th year of action with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network continues to get bigger and better as the MAVTV Motorsports Network in Corona, Cali. has announced its biggest year of coverage in the history of the American Sprint Car Series with 20 nights of racing set to be featured in 2016.

“This is big for the drivers, the tracks, and fans of the American Sprint Car Series. I can’t thank Forrest Lucas, and whole staff at MAVTV enough for putting this together for our drivers,” said Emmett Hahn. “It’s great to have a network that’s dedicate to Motorsports like this. Having Winged Sprint Cars on television to his level is only good for the sport. Put that with LucasOilRacing.tv, and our drivers and sponsors have almost unlimited potential for exposure in 2016.”

Each night will be recorded by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, and will be shown at a later date. Each race will also get multiple replays on the MAVTV Motorsports Network throughout the year, something very unique to give each race added exposure, with races shown on a regular basis throughout Saturday programming.
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Tombarello Continues Run at Lee

Three Titles In Four Years At New Hampshire Short Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With his latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship performance, Thomas Tombarello Jr. has placed himself among the elite at Lee USA Speedway.

The Haverhill, Massachusetts, native became the fourth driver to earn three NASCAR track titles at Lee. None have won four.

It’s been quite a run for Tombarello at the .375-mile banked asphalt oval in Lee, New Hampshire. His first NASCAR Division I track championship came in 2012 and he repeated a year later. After Jake Stergois won it in 2014, Tombarello ascended to the perch once again this past fall.

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The Craftsman® Brand Returns to Motorsports as Title Sponsor of the World of Outlaws

Sears® and Craftsman® Brand Sign Three-year Agreement That Renames the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Late Model Series

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Feb. 1, 2016 – Sears® and the Craftsman® brand, America’s most trusted tool brand, announced today the return of Craftsman tools as a major presence in motorsports, becoming the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws®.

The three-year agreement, which begins immediately, renames the two premier series in dirt track racing to the “World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series” and “World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.” This is the first time the two top series in grassroots motorsports have shared a title sponsor.

“The Craftsman brand has been trusted for generations by those who take pride in working on their car,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands at Sears Holdings. “Our Craftsman Club members are passionate about building, improving and even racing their own cars. That’s why we’re excited for the Craftsman brand and Sears to team up with the World of Outlaws, which has over one million fans who are working on their cars every week and reaches tens of thousands of racers who are competing at dirt tracks across the country. These individuals exemplify what it means to be a craftsman and we are honored to be part of their lives as the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws.”

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Mega Plans Ahead for Revamped FAST Series

FAST 410s and 305s Will Expand in 2016

FREMONT, Ohio (January 30, 2016) – FAST Series officials will take their Ohio-based sprint car series to an entire new level in 2016, introducing a revamped image and an increased schedule that will benefit drivers and fans alike. Formerly known as Fremont/Attica Sprint Title, the newly established “FAST Series” will continue the tradition of promoting highly competitive 410ci and 305ci sprint car competition in northwestern Ohio and the surrounding areas.

The Kistler Racing Products FAST Series presented by K S Sales & Service boasts a 20-race schedule for the 410 sprint cars in 2016. Like previous seasons, Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, and Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, will split the majority of the scheduled events, 18 to be exact, with action set to ignite on Friday evening, April 8, at the Attica oval. As an added twist for FAST Series regulars, the Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio, and Butler “Battlegrounds” Speedway in Quincy, Michigan, will each also host FAST Series programs in 2016.

FAST Series officials will also introduce three “FAST Series Vs Ohio Sprint Car Series” challenge events in 2016, bringing together all of the top 410 sprint car drivers in Ohio for high dollar paydays. Challenge events will be contested at Attica Raceway Park, Fremont Speedway, and Atomic Speedway, each awarding a $3,000 top prize. In addition, FAST Series competitors will race for an added payday during their travels to Michigan also equaling $3,000.
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Canyon Speedway Park – Winter Challenge Saturday Report

Hodges & Marriott Headline Winter Challenge Finale

PEORIA, Ariz. (January 30, 2016) – Josh Hodges and Hunter Marriott brought the curtains down on Canyon Speedway Park’s Winter Challenge 2016 with impressive drives to victory lane in Saturday night’s fifth and final round of the mini-series atop the 1/3-mile clay oval.

While Hodges earned his second USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast non-wing Sprint Car feature victory of the series and Marriott picked up his second win as well in IMCA Modified action, other Saturday night winners included George Fronsman in IMCA Stock Car vs. Pure Stock action, Paul O’Connor in IMCA Hobby Stocks vs. Renegades and Danny Wagner in Dwarf Cars.

After sliding past front row starter Stevie Sussex for the lead on the second round, Tijeras, NM, shoe Josh Hodges countered several strong Bryan Clauson sliders to take Saturday night’s $4,000 USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature winner’s share.
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Anthony Sesely Wins Atlantic City NAPA TQ Midget Classic Saturday Night

Sesely Wins 14th Annual NAPA Know How Gambler’s Classic Three Quarter Midget Race; Bouc, Spellman Claim Champ Kart and Slingshot Feature Races at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ January 31, 2016 . . . Anthony Sesely of Matawan, N.J., became the first three-time winner of the NAPA Know How Gambler’s Classic Three Quarter (TQ) Midget feature Saturday night by driving what amounted to a perfect race in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

“The car got better as the race went on,” Sesely said. “We’re back with the setup we used to win the 2013 and 2014 race. I couldn’t be happier.”

Sesely, who was a non-factor in the 2015 race, started first in the 40-lap main event by winning the TQ Dash, a five lap race among the nine drivers in time trials and Friday night heat race points.

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Tyler Leary Ready for Rookie Season in Stafford Speedway’s Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT — When the curtain is lifted on the off-season and the green flag is displayed to drivers during the 45th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway, 19-year old Hatfield, MA native Tyler Leary will make his debut behind the wheel of his #11 Amherst Trucking Late Model.  Leary comes to Stafford after 3 seasons in the Super Stock division at Monadnock Speedway, where he was the championship runner-up in 2015.

“I got started racing at Monadnock in 2013 and that was the first car that I ever drove,” said Leary.  “I’m definitely excited about it and I think it’s going to be a totally different environment for me.  It’s definitely going to be a little bit more competitive.  I don’t think we’re going to get the hang of it right away, it’s going to take some getting used to the track for me and for us to find the sweet spot with the car.  We’re still going to race at Monadnock this season along with Stafford and we’ve been pretty busy working on both cars.  Our Monadnock car is just about ready to go and we have Donnie Wood from R.A.D. going through our engine and we still have a lot of things left to work on.  Monadnock is a bit smaller and higher banked so it’ll take some getting used to the flat corners and higher speeds for sure.  We bought Scott Cook’s #5 car and we’re going to have Bob Fill helping us out with the chassis.”

With only 3 seasons of experience under his belt, Leary has shown a propensity to be a quick learner. He took Rookie of the Year honors in his first season and followed that up by winning Most Improved Driver in his second season and then being the championship runner-up this past season.  Leary would like to add another Rookie of the Year title to his collection of accolades and he also has his eyes on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points standings.

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Bryan Narducci Joins DP Motorsports for 2016 Limited Late Model Season at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Since its move to the Stafford Speedway mini-mile the Wild Thing Kart series has been a proving ground for the future stars of the half-mile.  The list of Wild Thing Kart graduates that have successfully moved up to full size competition grows each year.  One of the new names on that list in 2016 will be 15 year-old Bryan Narducci, as he will join the DP Motorsports driver line-up in 2016.  Narducci will pilot the #28 Limited Late Model taking over the ride from DP Motorsports team owner David Arute, who is moving up to SK Lights this season.

“When I decided to move to the modifieds in 2016 my brother and I knew we wanted to give a driver in the kart series a chance to move up,” said David Arute.  “We’ve known Bryan since we’ve been involved in the karting series and thought he would be a great fit.  He has a great attitude and he eats, sleeps, and breathes racing just like we do.”

Narducci joins the Limited Late Model division after a very successful stint in the Wild Thing Kart Series. He started at the age of 9 in the Tiger B Sprint division, working up the ladder through the Junior Outlaw and finishing off in the 2015 season with 2 wins in the highly competitive Senior Outlaw division.

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Maybury Material Handling Becomes Newest Member of Stafford Speedway Contingency Program

Stafford Motor Speedway is proud to welcome a familiar advertising partner back to the track for the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season in Maybury Material Handling.  Maybury will present a contingency bonus of $150 to each SK Modified® feature winner as well as a $125 bonus for each SK Light feature winner.  Maybury’s contingency bonus will bring the SK Modified® winner’s check up to $1,700 and the SK Light winner’s take to $550. 

Maybury has been an active supporter in the Monday Night Wild Thing Kart Series over the last 10 years and prior to that was an avid partner at Stafford through Maybury Material Handling Event Nights, advertising and sponsoring Wade Gagner with his Late Model and ProStock teams.       

“We’re excited to be part of the race program once again at Stafford,” said John Maybury, President of Maybury Material Handling.  “We took a little hiatus while our kids were growing up and going through college and now is the perfect time for us to get back into racing.  Racing never gets out of your blood.  We started out with Wade Gagner in the Late Model division and the ProStock division.  We also had several employees who put cars together and we all ran in the enduro races at Stafford.”

Maybury will have a presence each week in Victory Lane as a contingency partner for both the SK Modifieds and SK Light division and will also sponsor Cam McDermott in the #5 SK Modified car.

“We have a lot of race fans at Maybury Material Handling whether it’s NASCAR or some other form of racing like motorcycles,” said Maybury.  “I’d love to see some of our customers come out and see Cam McDermott’s #5 Maybury sponsored SK Modified® car and see Stafford and hopefully our involvement might help bring some other companies who know about us to the track.  We hope that Stafford has a great season and it never rains on Friday!”

Since 1976, Maybury Material Handling has been designing, supplying, and servicing a wide variety of material handling equipment throughout New England.  Maybury provides customers from a wide range of industries with solutions to move, lift, and store their parts and products.  Maybury has become one of the largest and most successful material handling companies in the Northeast with nearly 100 employees and they are a distributor for approximately 1,300 manufacturers.  Maybury supplies virtually all types of material handling equipment, including many ergonomic & productivity enhancing products.  Customers range from large manufacturers to small, family-owned businesses.  A diverse product line, knowledgeable personnel, and an emphasis on safety combine to make Maybury a recognizable leader in the material handling industry.

“This is our 40th anniversary year of being in business and we have 25 service technicians out in vans performing service and our customers are Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco, Amazon, and we could go on right down the list,” said Maybury.  “We provide warehousing equipment, forklift trucks, sweepers and scrubbers to keep facilities clean and we have parts, service, and rental for all that equipment.  We’re approaching 100 employees, last year was our best year ever, and we’re looking forward to duplicating that.”

The first Maybury contingency bonuses of the 2016 season will be up for grabs during Stafford Speedway’s 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Weekend on April 22-24.  The SK Modified® feature winner that weekend will have to put in some OT behind the wheel as it will be a special 45-lap feature to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of the NAPA Spring Sizzler.  Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office.  Tickets are priced at $38.50 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.  Reserved seating is priced at $42.00 for all ages.  As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.  All tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday admission.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.

For more information on the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, or to order tickets, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR




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