Archive for April 3rd, 2009

Stafford Motor Speedway Kicks Off 2009 Season with 38th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST

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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Ryan Posocco Looks Forward to Defending Track Championship with “Drive for Five” in 2009

Stafford Springs, CT — Ryan Posocco and the #48 Davidson Company team owned by Marcia Kretschman enter the 2009 season at Stafford Motor Speedway at the top of the Late Model mountain. The 2008 season saw Posocco take his fourth career track championship in dominating fashion, taking 7 wins and 16 top-5 finishes in 17 starts. Posocco looks to continue the domination during the 2009 season as he will go for his fifth track championship, which would tie him with Bob Potter and put him one championship behind Ted Christopher for the most track championships in Stafford Motor Speedway history.

Posocco joined the Kretschman team prior to the 2008 season, and by that time, Posocco has already rung up the most Late Model feature wins in Stafford history along with three championships while the Kretschman team won the championship with Woody Pitkat in 2006 and finished second in points two other seasons. The combination looked good on paper, and both parties expected to run well, but Posocco says that they never imagined the level of success that they enjoyed last season.
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G.H. Berlin/Kendall Oil Company Renews SMS Late Model Contingency Program Sponsorship

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway has announced that G.H. Berlin Oil Company has renewed their Late Model contingency program sponsorship. G.H. Berlin will offer a $100.00 bonus to the second place finisher in each Late Model feature event during the 2009 season. With 22 races on the 2009 schedule, Late Model competitors will have an extra $2,200 to race for this upcoming season.

The 2009 season at Stafford Motor Speedway will mark the third consecutive season of participation in the track’s contingency program by G.H. Berlin Oil Company. With 20 events during the 2007 season, and 17 events last season, G.H. Berlin has contributed an extra $3,700 to Late Model competitors. G.H. Berlin’s 2009 partnership will push their total contribution to Late Model teams to over $6,000.
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Richie Pallai, Jr. Set to Chase SK Modified® Track Championship and Make Whelen Modified Tour Debut at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2009 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Stafford Motor Speedway less than a month away, race teams are busy preparing their cars and making final tweaks and adjustments for the first event of the season, the 38th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. For third-year SK Modified® driver Richie Pallai, Jr., the off-season workload has been doubled as he his not only preparing his Bosch Spark Plugs SK Modified, he is also preparing a Whelen Modified Tour car that he hopes to debut in May at Stafford for the TSI Harley-Davidson Classic event.

Pallai and his team bought former SK Modified® and Whelen Modified Tour competitor Mike Molleur’s equipment during the 2007-2008 offseason and planned to debut last year on Tour, but maintaining his SK Modified® effort put those plans off until this year.
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Dillon Moltz Looks to Translate Success of 2008 into Championship Run in 2009 at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Last season at Stafford Motor Speedway, just about everything went right for Dillon Moltz in Stafford Speedway’s Late Model division. He won both 100-lap extra distance feature events and picked up a total of five wins, 11 top-5, and 15 top-10 finishes, which during most seasons would be enough to win a championship. But as good as Moltz and his team were last season, they couldn’t match the consistency of Ryan Posocco, who won his fourth Late Model track championship with 7 wins and 16 top-5 finishes. Moltz ended the 2008 season second in the points standings, and he is looking to build upon that success and move one notch higher at the end of the 2009 season and become track champion.

“I can’t really say we were disappointed with anything that happened last year,” said Moltz. “For sure it was a little disappointing that we didn’t win the championship because that’s always the goal at the start of the season, but it was my first full season. The fact that we finished second behind Ryan, who is now a 4-time champion, it was an honor for me. Ryan and the Kretschman team, they did everything right last year and they deserved to win the championship. It certainly wasn’t for a lack of effort on my part or the team’s part, we tried our hardest every week. We had a few problems here and there and we salvaged what we could on our bad nights while Ryan and his team were solid all year long.”
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Thompson Offers Unique Sponsor Exposure Program for Racers

Thompson, CT — The Thompson International Speedway today announced a unique and innovative program that will assist race teams, inform and entertain fans and help to provide exposure for the sponsors of Thompson race teams. This program is another effort of the Speedway to provide additional support for race teams that compete regularly in the Thursday Night Thompson Thunder (TNTT) series. The program is being offered to competitors in all of the track’s “Super 6″ NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions.

“This program provides an opportunity for racers to offer something special to their sponsors. A 10′ by 10′ display area will be provided free of charge to regular TNTT competitors so that their sponsors can display a wide array of products and services to race fans. Sponsors my provide product displays, brochures and demonstrations directly to Thompson’s race fans. We feel this is an important opportunity for everyone involved,” said track owner and promoter, Don Hoenig.

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Track, Competitors and Fans Ready for Icebreaker Weekend

Thompson, CT — Anticipation and excitement are in the air at the Thompson International Speedway.  Race fans and competitors alike are excited about the season-opening ICEBREAKER event this weekend at the historic Thompson oval. With a near perfect weather forecast being predicted, winter weary fans are ready to kick off a brand new racing season in sunny and warm conditions.

Race teams have spent the entire off-season preparing for the start of the 2009 campaign. Many have tested their cars during recent open practice sessions at Thompson and are now ready for the opening of the racing season.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (WMT) will begin its 25th anniversary year at the ICEBREAKER.  This year’s event will mark the 107th time that the WMT has raced at Thompson since the formation of the Tour in 1985. An outstanding field of WMT competitors will attempt to qualify this Saturday afternoon for a starting spot in the 150-lap main event which will be run on Sunday. The WMT will be joined by Thompson’s “Super 6″ NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions in this two-day racing spectacle that has ushered in the beginning of the auto racing season in New England for well over 40 years.

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