Archive for January, 2009

Speedbowl Announces Changes to Board of Directors

The Speedbowl has announced the addition of Mark Caise to the Board of Directors. Caise holds a degree in Marketing Communication and Advertising from Western New England College. With experience in promotions and graphic design, as well as competing on the historic shoreline oval, the Board unanimously welcomes and looks forward to Caise’s addition.

Track Owner Terry Eames offered the following regarding the addition, “Mark’s addition is in keeping with the fresh, youthful approach we’re taking to bringing the ‘Bowl back. His experience in radio promotions and graphic design, as well as competing successfully on the historic shoreline oval in recent years, coupled with passion for racing and the Speedbowl, offers us an exciting combination to compliment our existing Board of Directors”.
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NEMA Announces 17-Race ’09 Agenda

The Northeastern Midget Association heads into its 58th season with a 17-race campaign that includes several “traditional” stops. NEMA, which dates back to 1953, is one of the oldest Midget sanctioning bodies in the country.

The winged wonders will open the 2009 campaign on Saturday night, May 23 at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway, one of three stops for the New Hampshire quarter-mile. The agenda also includes traditional venues Thompson and Stafford Speedways and Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway and Lee USA Speedway in the Granite State.
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Busy Season Ahead For Champion Pasteryak With True Value Modified Series

Canaan, NH — To say that defending True Value Modified Racing Series champion Chris Pasteryak is excited over the opportunity that’s come his way would be an understatement. Three weeks ago, the Lisbon, CT; standout, received a surprise phone call that would change his plans for 2009. Wayne Darling, long time car owner, who fields a racer on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, asked Pasteryak if he would have any interest in driving his #59 racer in seven WMT races. “I was shocked and flattered that he would consider me. That’s a good car and good team all around. I am grateful for the opportunity,” said the second generation driver.

Pasteryak said it was important to him that he still supported the True Value Modified Racing Series. “The way it looks, we are only going to miss three shows with the True Value tour” He admits it is going to be tough to defend his title but an opportunity like the Darling offer does not come along everyday.
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NEMA Releases 2009 Schedule

The NEMA Midget series has released their 2009 schedule.

The schedule is included below:
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TSI Harley-Davidson Renews Title Sponsorship of Whelen Modified Tour Event at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — TSI Harley-Davidson has renewed their sponsorship of the prestigious Memorial Day Weekend Whelen Modified Tour event at Stafford Motor Speedway. The 19th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson Classic is scheduled for Friday, May 22 and will feature the Whelen Modified Tour along with Stafford’s five Whelen All-American Series divisions.

TSI Harley-Davidson has become an established partner of premier events at Stafford, sponsoring a Camping World East Series race from 2005-2007 and the TSI Harley-Davidson Classic last year. The TSI Harley-Davidson Classic has developed into a must-see event for fans, developing a reputation as one of the finest stops on the Whelen Modified Tour calendar with sensational racing and dramatic finishes between the some of the finest drivers the Whelen Modified Tour has to offer over the past several seasons.
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Speedbowl Adds Truck Series to 2009 Schedule

Waterford, CT — The Waterford Speedbowl has announced the formation and addition of a new Truck Series for the historic shoreline oval in 2009.  The new Series is based upon the same template as the current “G” chassis race trucks found throughout the Northeast.  The Series will run 8 events at the ‘Bowl throughout the 2009 season.

“We believe that a great number of these trucks populate our immediate region, and with the economy as it is, it makes some sense to offer a local venue for these competitors” stated Speedbowl owner Terry Eames.

The Truck Series will make its debut at the 13th annual Modified Nationals on Saturday, March 28 and appear on 4 Saturday Night events on May 2, June 27, August 1, and September 19.  They will be part of the season-ending Finale weekend, racing on Saturday, October 10.  Tentatively, these feature events will be 25-laps.  The Series will also make 2 appearances on Wild ‘N Wacky Wednesday, the Speedbowl’s popular mid-week program, with planned 20-lap feature events.
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Payne Out, Stoehr Returns To Angelillo NEMA Car

 Wolcott, CT — Joey Payne Jr. is out of Gene Angelillo’s #45 Northeastern Midget Association car. Russ Stoehr, one of the club’s all-time winners, is back in.

“It is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” says New Jersey resident Payne who won 15 races and a championship (2003) over the past five year’s in Angelillo equipment. “I’ve known Gene almost my whole life. He’s like family but NEMA’s midweek shows have presented me with a very difficult economic situation. It is the right decision for me.”

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Harsh Words

The next passage we take a look at may take us a few weeks to get our hands around. Many times in life words have several meanings. Sometimes we think we know what something means only to find out something was lost in the translation. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Have you ever lost your temper? Threatened to do something to someone? Gone so far as to say you would take them out? We all lose it and overreact at times. What does it mean when we say things to others? Are words really that important?

Out on the track things happen and when they happen to us we react. We usually do not wait and figure out what really happened before we respond. Racers in the heat of the moment have been known to do things they later regret.

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Fast Friends to Appear at SpeedwayEXPO

SpeedwayEXPO ’09 will feature a diverse group of special guests

Salisbury, MA — One of the most interesting groups of racing characters ever assembled will help kick off the Northeast racing season in style at the Big E in Springfield. Check out this star-studded lineup:

Steve Park–This Long Island native was a standout in the modified division before getting “the call” to drive a Busch car for Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 1996. That led to the Cup Series, where Steve earned two wins with DEI, including an emotional win at Rockingham a week after Earnhardt’s shocking death at Daytona. Steve returned to the Camping World East Series in 2008. (Left)
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Seekonk Speedway Announces New Sport Four Entry Level Division

Seekonk, MA — Looking toward the future, Seekonk Speedway Race Director Dave Alburn announced the introduction of a new entry level class of racing at Seekonk Speedway. The Sport Four division will be a true entry level class of racing, added to the Fast Friday schedule in 2009.  

“We are always looking for new and inexpensive ways for the fans to get involved in racing here at Seekonk Speedway”, Dave stated. “We have had things in the past that had gotten way beyond what we were trying to accomplish”. What Dave was talking about was the previous Formula Four division which was scuttled after the 2003 racing season. While they share the same basic format, the cars that competed previously in the Formula Four class will not be eligible.  “We want a class of cars that people can race, not race cars.” The rules package that has been put together clearly outlines the basics of entry level racing. 
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Matt Gallo Returns to Stafford Speedway & Joins 2009 SK Modified® Rookie Class

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s 2009 SK Modified® rookie class has added Matt Gallo to its roster of candidates. Gallo returns to Stafford and makes the move into the SK Modified® division after spending the 2006 and 2007 seasons in the track’s SK Light Modified division and a full year of SK Modified® racing at Waterford Speedbowl last season. Gallo has three wins to his credit at Stafford in SK Light Modified competition, winning twice in 2006 and once in 2007, and he reached victory lane during his rookie season at Waterford. Gallo is looking forward to returning to Stafford and he is looking to continue his winning ways behind the wheel of an open-wheeled modified.

“We wanted to race at Stafford last year, but we just couldn’t make it,” said Matt Gallo. “We like racing at Stafford and we’re really looking forward to coming back to the track this season. We’ve raced at Stafford and we’ve won at Stafford in the past, so we’re looking for good things to happen this year with the SK.”
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Malone, Astle & Zuidema Feted as Thompson Speedway Champions

Thompson, CT — There was plenty to celebrate at the Raceway Restaurant and Golf Club on Friday & Saturday night, January 23 & 24, 2009 as Thompson International Speedway honored six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champions. The race for the crowns in each of the divisions went right down to the wire in what was the most competitive season in recent memory at Thompson.

Kerry Malone of Needham, MA, was lauded for this third Thompson Sunoco Modified championship along with car owners Jimmy Fuller, Bob Hitchcock and Kelly Iverson. Also feted on Saturday Night was Late Model champion Jeff Zuidema of N. Brookfield, MA, and TIS Modified champion Kurt Vigeant of Oxford, MA. On Friday night Fred Astle, Jr. was crowned the 2008 Pro Stock champion while Scott Sundeen of Oxford, MA, received the 2008 Limited Sportman division top honors and Danny Field was celebrated as the 2008 Mini Stock Champion.

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Debra Jordan Passes Away at 51

PLAINFIELD – Debra L. Jordan, 51 of Plainfield, passed away Sunday Jan. 25, 2009 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the loving wife of Patrick M. Jordan, to whom she had been married for 25 years. She was born in Norwich, CT on December 23, 1957 the daughter of Stephen and Barbara Kostyk. Debra touched so many lives while fighting for workers rights as a union organizer and Secretary Treasurer for Local 217, UNITE HERE for over 15 years.

Debra most enjoyed spending time with her family, especially caring for her grandson, Lucien Dube, for whom she shared a special bond. She was an avid race fan, and especially loved watching her son Timothy compete in the family supported racecar. She always looked forward to her annual summer getaway with her “girls” in Cape Cod.

In addition to her husband and parents she will always be lovingly remembered by her children, Eric Dube, Tim, Lauren and Lindsay Jordan. Her sister Nancy Kostyk, her aunt Linda Novotny, and her mother and father in law Ronald and Evelyn Fox also survive her. She also has gained 3 additional sons Ryan Curran, Christopher Gagne, Christopher Pasteryak, and a daughter Lauren Douglas.
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The Latest on the Speedbowl Reorganization

Waterford, CT –The Speedbowl Board of Directors and track owner, Terry Eames, wish to assure interested parties that we are moving forward despite the abrupt departure of one of our team.

In the coming days we will release new contact information and start providing other details here while the new is rushed to completion.

Our interim website has been commandered by the departing party. That is unfortunate because it contained rules and other information of value. We are working to get that info up on this site as soon as possible.

Sources: Waterford Speedbowl

Shawn Monahan Leaves Waterford Speedbowl Board of Directors

I would like to publicly announce my withdrawal from the Waterford Speedbowl lease. I appreciate everyone’s support and enthusiasm for my involvement. It is with great regret that I was unable to come to a mutually beneficial agreement with Mr. Eames. As many of you know, I have worked hard, and invested much energy and financial resources to see this deal come to fruition.  However, despite good faith efforts on both parts, we were unable to reach an agreement and have, at this time, dissolved our potential partnership.

During the time in which I was working with Mr. Eames in anticipation of the partnership, I collected money on behalf of the Waterford Speedbowl.  I want to assure all of those who have purchased their number registrations and/or season passes that the money has been turned over to Terry Eames as owner of the Waterford Speedbowl.

I understand many of you made those payments because you were hoping I would be involved and running the Speedbowl; and I can assure you I’m as disappointed as you are.  However, the money had to be turned over legally as criminal charges could have resulted in my holding checks made out to Waterford Speedbowl without having any authority to cash them.

I would again like to thank you all for your support.

Shawn Monahan

Kobyluck The First To Make It Two

Earns Second Toyota All-Star Showdown title

Irwindale, CA — Matt Kobyluck is no stranger to wild finishes at the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Saturday night at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, he once again got the best of a three-car, last-lap free-for-all to end up in Victory Lane.

In the process, the Uncasville, Conn., driver became the first to win two NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdowns.

Joey Logano slid up into Peyton Sellers while going for the lead in Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag. Kobyluck, who was running third, came across the start-finish line a nose behind Logano. Logano was penalized for his move, though, giving Kobyluck a second NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown to go with the one he won in 2006.

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Three-Time Claremont Speedway Champion Dynamite Donnie Ayer Passes at 60

The Modified Racing Series would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends on “Dynamite Donnie Ayer.”

Donnie Ayer, 60, of Cornish died peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 18, 2009 surrounded by his loving family and dogs Mickey and Smoke. Donnie was born on April 3, 1948 in Claremont, the son of Percy “Elmer” and Louise “Dolly” (Simms) Ayer.

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Ted Christopher Files Providence Indoor Entry

Providence, RI — Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher is the first to file an entry for the upcoming indoor Three-Quarter Midget race at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on March 6 and 7.

“I have to go,” Christopher, 50, said. “I do not want miss an event of this caliber. This is a first time for a motorsports event in 50 years in the state of Rhode Island, and I want to be a part of it.

“This event is huge for the Northeast. For me, it is only an hour-and-a-half from my home. Plus, we have a lot of race fans in this area and big markets, like Boston, Mass., Hartford, Conn., and Providence, to draw from.”

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Randy LaJoie Donates A “Gift of Safety” To The New England Antique Racers

For years, Randy LaJoie’s company “The Joie of Seating” has provided competitors with an extra-measure of safety by producing state of the art aluminum racing seats available for use in a wide-variety of applications. From NASCAR Nextel Cup to Go Karts, chances are they have you covered.

LaJoie, a two-time NASCAR Bush Series champion and 1981 champion at Connecticut ‘s Danbury Fair Racearena, has generously donated one of his “Saturday Night” model seats to the New England Antique Racers.

“Randy wanted to contribute to NEAR, and we’re certainly excited that he’s gifted us with one of his seats,” stated club Technical Inspector Jim Torok recently. “Randy’s dad Don is a 7-time Danbury champion and a member of the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame, so the family definitely has a strong-connection to vintage racing scene. As with Randy’s company, safety is priority-one with us. This is truly appreciated and a great way to help kick-off our twenty-eighth season.”

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PASS North Announces Schedule Changes, Additions

The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) has announced several changes to the 2009 PASS North super late model schedule.

On Saturday May 16 the super late models will tackle Maine’s toughest oval, Unity Raceway.  Sunday August 23 the traveling pros will return to Canaan Fair Speedway. Unity action gets the green at 3:00 PM and the first heat race at Canaan will take to the speedway at 2:00 PM.

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Town Fair Tire Becomes Title Sponsor of Stafford Speedway’s August Whelen Modified Tour Event

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that Town Fair Tire has become the title sponsor of the track’s prestigious August 7th Whelen Modified Tour event, the 19th Annual Town Fair Tire 150.

Town Fair Tire’s association with Stafford Motor Speedway is a partnership that traces its origins back 10 years to 1999. Town Fair Tire began their involvement with Stafford as an advertiser in the track’s PitStopper Magazine and has continually expanded their level of participation since their initial program advertisement. Town Fair Tire increased their advertising presence at Stafford by becoming a Billboard Sponsor and eventually began setting up displays on the midway to showcase their lines of tires and specialty rims. The midway displays led to Town Fair Tire becoming an Event Title Sponsor in 2007 as they sponsored Town Fair Tire Summer Heat and presented contingency bonuses to the SK Modified® and Late Model feature event winners. Last season saw Town Fair Tire shift their title sponsorship to Stafford’s popular Summer Blast-Off Fireworks program and the sponsorship has been elevated to a topflight level for the 2009 season by sponsoring the August 7th Whelen Modified Tour event.

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John Hanafin Joins Stafford SK Light Modified Rookie Class for 2009

Stafford Springs, CT — The 2009 SK Light Modified rookie class at Stafford Motor Speedway will welcome a newcomer to open wheel racing in John Hanafin. Hanafin comes to SMS after racing in the Street Stock and Late Model divisions at Seekonk Speedway, where he collected 8 feature victories and a Rookie of the Year title. Hanafin has always wanted to race in an open wheeled modified, but never had the budget until he found Stafford’s SK Light Modified class.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to race modifieds at Stafford,” said Hanafin. “I used to watch the races at Stafford and I’ve always wanted to race there, but we didn’t have the money to do. The SK Light class is a great way for us to be able to get into modified open wheel racing.”

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NASCAR To Hold Bristol Test Session For Modified Tours

Open Wheel Series To Make First Appearance At “World’s Fastest Half Mile”

Daytona Beach, FL — Six teams from NASCAR’s Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours will head to Tennessee to participate in a tire test session at Bristol Motor Speedway on Tuesday, Feb. 24 in preparation for an event at the famed .533-mile concrete short track later this summer.

The NASCAR Modifieds will visit the high banks of Bristol for the first time in either series’ history at a combination race on Wednesday, Aug. 19. The primary purpose for bringing teams in next month will be to test Hoosier tires, the series’ official tire supplier. The August Bristol date marks the first time that either the NASCAR Whelen Modified or NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours have raced on a completely concrete surface.

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NASCAR Hall of Fame Announces Induction Process

Yearly HOF Classes Will Have 5 Inductees; Fans, Media Part Of Voting Process

Daytona Beach, FL — The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today the annual induction process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, scheduled to open in Charlotte, N.C. in 2010.

The yearly HOF classes will have five inductees selected by a voting panel consisting of NASCAR industry leaders, manufacturer representatives, former competitors, the media and fans. Inductees will be chosen from an annual list of no more than 25 candidates. The main criteria for nomination and induction: NASCAR accomplishments and contributions to the sport.

To be eligible, former drivers must have competed 10 years in NASCAR and be retired from racing for a minimum of three years. Non-drivers must have worked at least 10 years in the industry. (Potential candidates with shorter careers may be considered if there are special circumstances.)

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SPEED To Air Bodine Bobsled Challenge This Sunday

 Event To Air From 4-6 p.m.

Daytona Beach, FL — Events from the Fourth Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge will air on SPEED this Sunday, Jan. 25, from 4-6 p.m.

The Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge, which took place Jan. 2-4 Lake Placid, N.Y., featured NASCAR and NHRA drivers competing at the Olympic Sports Complex, site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.

SPEED’s Sunday programming will showcase Race 2 of the two-segment competition, which pitted NASCAR and NHRA drivers against each other in an elimination competition. Current drivers Todd Bodine, Joey Logano and Boris Said represented NASCAR along with former driver – and founder of the event – Geoff Bodine.

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Do The Rules Apply

Have you ever noticed in life we are increasingly looking for an advantage? As we look around we see a world who is focused on being first, to the point of rudeness. Why is it that we think we deserve to be first, or in some way treated differently than others? Our passage today reminds us that the rules written long ago still apply. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

At the track every team is looking for the things that will make their car go the fastest. They are searching for that one thing that gives them an advantage over the rest. That in itself isn’t wrong, it is when that desire leads us across the line into the questionable area, the gray area of the rules. Some have even been known to actually break the rules to gain an advantage.

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ACT, Thunder Road Announce 2009 Schedule Changes

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road offices announced today final changes to their 2009 schedules.  The New Hampshire Motor Speedway has confirmed Saturday, September 19, 2009 for the inaugural ACT Invitational at the Northeast’s only super speedway.  

Thirty-six of the best Late Model race teams in the Northeast and Canada will be invited to participate over the Fall NASCAR weekend at NHMS in this $65,000.00 event. Approved qualifiers will come from all 2009 ACT Tour events in the US; all the winners on the very successful Sërie ACT Castrol throughout Quebec; and additional invitations will be available to teams from ACT rules-affiliate tracks including champions from Thunder Road Speebowl (Barre, VT), Oxford Plains Speedway (Oxford, ME), Lee USA Speedway (Lee, NH), White Mountain Motorsports Park (Lincoln, NH) Seekonk Speedway (Seekonk, MA), Waterford Speedbowl (Waterford, CT), Twin State Speedway (Claremont, NH), Kawartha Down Speedway (Peterborough, ON) and Capital City Speedway (Ottawa, ON). Additional non-point events will also award winners with invitations to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway which include the TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway on July 19, 2009, the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on June 25, 2009, and the Showdown at Chaudiere All Star Race at Valle Junction, QC being held on August 29, 2009.
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The Face and Spirit of SpeedwayEXPO

Mrs. Teddy Christopher is XPO ’09 Grand Marshal

Salisbury, MA- Quinn Wazorko, a special-needs teacher from Plainville, Connecticut, has been named Grand Marshal of SpeedwayEXPO ’09. She will appear at the show from Friday, February 27, through Sunday, March 1.

As the official ‘hostess’ of the show, Ms Wazorko will participate in many of XPO’s events and seminars and will present the prestigious SPEEDY Awards, which recognize special achievement in racing in the year just past.

She will be accompanied by her husband, the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, Ted Christopher-who also happens to be the Tour’s 2008 Most Popular Driver and Stafford Speedway’s 2008 Most Popular Driver as well as winner of more events at that track than any other driver in history.
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Indoor Auto Racing Coming to Rhode Island in March

Providence, RI — Auto racing is returning to Rhode Island . The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence will host a two-day indoor racing event on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7. The small, but powerful Three-Quarter Midget Cars will headline the program with top- named drivers from several Northeast state s planning to compete. Speeds reaching 70 mph are expected to produce thrills and spills for the fans. Exciting Senior Champ Kart racing will be on the under card. Rhode Island is credited with holding the first ever oval track race in United States history, in 1896.

But it has not had professional auto racing excitement within its boundaries for many years. We look forward to bringing live auto racing back to Rhode Island ,” said event co-promoter Len Sammons. “The Northeast is noted for great racing, and we proud to bring this event to Providence to add to the heritage and future of the sport in the state.”

Details about the program will be released in the forthcoming days. However, Sammons indicated that each night will include complete shows (qualifying and main events) for both classes. The race is expected to draw top drivers from many different racing divisions, including NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher of Plainville , Conn.
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Late Model Track Champion Adam Gray Joins Stafford Speedway Late Model Field for 2009 Season

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s Late Model division has added another track champion to its lineup for the 2009 season. Adam Gray, who won the Late Model track championship at Monadnock Speedway last season, will join the Late Model field for the 2009 season and race for Rookie of the Year honors. Gray won the Late Model championship in the same season that his father, Barry, won the ProStock championship at Monadnock.

“We’ve been talking about coming to race at Stafford the last couple of seasons, and with Monadnock shutting the Late Model division down, we figured we would make the move to Stafford now rather than waiting any longer,” said Gray. “I would have liked to have been able to defend my championship this year, but we can always say we won the last Late Model championship.”
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