Archive for January 16th, 2009

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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CARQUEST Auto Parts Returns for 24th Season at Stafford

CARQUEST Continues One of the Longest Running Partnerships Anywhere in Motorsports

Stafford Springs, CT — When Stafford Motor Speedway opens its paddock area for the 38th Annual Tech Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST on the weekend of April 24-26, it will signal the beginning of the 24th consecutive season that CARQUEST Auto Parts has been a Stafford Motor Speedway track partner. With the partnership between CARQUEST Auto Parts and Stafford Motor Speedway one year shy of a quarter century of involvement, it makes this elite partnership one of the longest continuous sponsorships anywhere on any level in motorsports.

During the past 23 years, CARQUEST Auto Parts has been a staunch supporter of weekly racing. CARQUEST began their storied involvement with Stafford Motor Speedway in 1985 as a track contingency partner. They continue to be part of the track’s unique contingency program, offering bonuses to each SK Modified®, Late Model, and Limited Late Model feature winner. Since the 1999 season, CARQUEST has contributed over $60,000 to SK Modified®, Late Model, and Limited Late Model competitors through the contingency program.
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Mark Bakaj Makes Move Up to SK Modified® Division for 2009 Season at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning four races and posting a third place finish in the 2008 SK Light Modified points standings at Stafford Motor Speedway, Mark Bakaj will make the move up to the SK Modified® division and challenge for Rookie of the Year honors during the 2009 season. Bakaj will utilize the new SK Modified® Spec Engine in his car, which he says was a major factor in making the move up to the feature division.

“The new spec motor was a big factor in allowing us to make the move up to the SK Modified® division,” said Bakaj. “Business has been slow of late, so we don’t have a whole lot of money to work with. We’re working with Brian Kowalyshyn from Specialty Performance Engines on our engine. He’s not one of the more known engine guys, but he makes great engines and our team is excited about going SK Modified® racing and shooting for Rookie of the Year this season.”

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