Archive for March 31st, 2009

Former SK Light Track Champion Chris Matthews Joins 2009 SK Modified ® Rookie Class at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s 2009 SK Modified® rookie class has added Chris Matthews to the list of drivers who will try to win the 2009 Reliable Welding and Speed Rookie of the Year honors. With the addition of Matthews, the SK Modified® division now has a total of 10 rookie drivers signed up for competition, with half of those drivers coming from Stafford’s SK Light Modified division. Of the five drivers who have SK Light experience at Stafford, both Matthews and Joe Allegro, Jr. are former track champions, making the 2009 SK Modified® rookie class one of the most talented rookie classes in recent memory at Stafford.

In the short three-year existence of the SK Light Modified division at Stafford, Matthews has established himself as the most successful driver, with 18 feature victories and the track championship in 2007 on his SK Light resume. Matthews drove to his SK Light success using a Brad Hietala created chassis, and it was a quick conversation with Brad and his wife Linda that led to his arrival in the SK Modified® division for the 2009 season.

“After the season, I was talking with Brad and Linda about moving up to the SK Modified® division and they said they would put a third car together for me,” said Matthews. Continue reading ‘Former SK Light Track Champion Chris Matthews Joins 2009 SK Modified ® Rookie Class at Stafford Speedway’

Tony Stewart Coming to Celebrate Thunder Road’s 50th

Barre, VT — Thunder Road officials confirmed that two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart will be racing in the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 150, Thursday, June 25 as a part of the 50th Anniversary celebration season at Thunder Road International Speedbowl.

Stewart has long been regarded as one of the most versatile and accomplished stars of NASCAR stock car racing. A multi-time USAC open wheel sprint car racer in his early years, Stewart then went on to race in the Indianapolis Racing League. Stewart was the only rookie to sit on the pole of the Indianapolis 500. He joined the Joe Gibbs racing in 1997. Stewart won 33 NASCAR Cup races while racing for Gibbs.
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News & Notes: Miller Ready For Return To South Boston

After weather issues have limited the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified to just one race so far on the 2009 schedule the competitors are ready to visit another new track this weekend.

South Boston Speedway, one of the best-known short tracks in the state of Virginia, will host its first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event, but it is not the first time the track has hosted the NASCAR Modified cars.

The track known as “SoBo” hosted the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2001 and one of the drivers who competed in the race is ready to get back on the track. (CLICK HERE FOR RACE EVENT PAGE)
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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Icebreaker At Thompson International Speedway

Daytona Beach, FL — The 25th season of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will commence with the Icebreaker at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on Sunday, April 5.

At Thompson International Speedway:

  • Since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour formed in 1985, there have been 106 races at Thompson.
  • There have been 29 different race winners at Thompson, led by Mike Stefanik’s 14 victories.
  • Jeff Fuller maintains the record for most poles won at Thompson with 13 … There have been 36 different pole winners at the track.
  • Ed Flemke Jr. is the defending winner of the Icebreaker … Ron Silk won twice at Thompson in 2008 and Ted Christopher and Todd Szegedy also reached Victory Lane at the track a year ago.
  • In the first 24 years of the NWMT there have been 17 different drivers win the Icebreaker, led by Rick Fuller’s three victories … Richie Evans won the inaugural NWMT Icebreaker on March 31, 1985.
  • There are eight drivers on the entry list who have previously reached Victory Lane at TIS.

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