Stafford Springs, CT — With the spring season fast approaching, yet another season of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series competition is set to kick off at Stafford Motor Speedway with the 38th annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler Presented by CARQUEST, scheduled for April 24-26, 2009. “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” will officially begin Stafford’s 51st year of hosting weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events.
The Tech-Net Spring Sizzler is the oldest and longest running race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. The Sizzler tradition began in 1972 as the idea of Dick Berggren, Lew Boyd, and Bruce Cohen as a way to hold a prestigious race in the springtime during a time period where prestigious races always took place in the fall. After Fred DeSarro won the initial Sizzler in front of a standing room only crowd of over 10,000, Jack Arute, Sr. bought the rights to the race from Berggren, Boyd and Cohen in 1973, and it has since become the signature event of the Connecticut half-mile, with some of the greatest names in modified racing tasting the fruits of victory.
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