Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway will host its first on track action of the 2008 season on Saturday, April 19 with an open practice session in preparation for the season opening 37th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST scheduled for April 25, 26, & 27. For the first time ever, the open practice session will be open to Whelen Modified Tour cars. The practice will also be open to all divisions scheduled to race at Stafford in 2008, which includes: SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light Modified, Limited Late Model, DARE Stock, Camping World Series, ISMA Supermodified, NEMA Midget, and Pro-4 Modifieds.
The rain date for the open practice session will be Sunday, April 20. The paddock gates will open at 10:00am, with the practice session running from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. The cost for admission into the paddock area for the practice session will be $25.00. Stafford Motor Speedway season paddock pass holders have their admission cost covered by the pass. The general admission grandstands will be closed to the public for the practice session.
“The CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler is our premier event of the season, and the open practice session is a great way for teams to get some seat and track time before the start of the season,” said SMS CEO Mark Arute. “We like to give all our teams an opportunity to get out on the track to see where their cars are at and make changes so that when they come back for the Sizzler they can have their cars dialed in and make for another season of great NASCAR short track racing.”
The 37th annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST is the first race of the 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at SMS, and is scheduled for April 25-27, 2008. The 2008 Tech-Net Spring Sizzler kicks off on Friday, April 25 with pit gates opening at 9:00am with a practice session running from noon to 7:00pm for Stafford’s weekly divisions. The General Admission grandstands will be open to the public at no charge for the practice session. The G.A. Grandstands will open at noon.
Action continues on Saturday, April 26 with Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Whelen Modified Tour cars at 1:30pm, with heat and consolation races for Stafford’s weekly divisions following Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Saturday wraps up with feature events for Stafford’s SK Light Modified, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions.
The Sizzler continues on Sunday, April 27 with the famous Stafford CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party kicking off the day’s activities from 11:00am to noon, with 270 laps of feature racing to follow. Stafford’s SK Modifieds® will take to the speedway at 1:00pm for 40-laps, with the Whelen Modified Tour 200-lap Tech-Net Spring Sizzler scheduled to take the green flag at approximately 2:30pm. Following the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler will be a 30-lap Late Model feature event that will conclude the weekend’s festivities.
Tickets for “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are available and on sale now at the Stafford Motor Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $35.00 for adult General Admission, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 & under are free. Reserved seating is $38.00 for all ages. All tickets cover both Saturday and Sunday admission to the Sizzler. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.
For more information, 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