Archive for April 10th, 2009

Erica Santos to Drive in Stafford’s SK Light Modified Division for 2009 Season

Stafford Springs, CT — Erica Santos, who won her first career NEMA Midget feature at Stafford during CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday in 2007, will move into the SK Light Modified division and pilot Vern Porter’s #21 during the 2009 season. Santos’ Stafford schedule will include the majority of the 2009 calendar, with the exception of two conflicting dates with the NEMA schedule, June 26th and July 31st.

Last season, John Walmsley posted 5 top-5 and 11 top-10 finishes driving Porter’s #21 car. When the seat opened up in the off-season, Porter had one driver in mind that he wanted to fill the seat.

“Erica is a great driver and I told her that the ride was her’s if she wanted it,” said Porter. “She has a couple conflicts with her NEMA schedule, so we will miss a couple races, but we’re looking to have fun and better our performance from last year. Joey Allegro proved that you didn’t have to win a race to have a good season.”
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Rain Washes Out Ace

Southern Mod Tour heads to Caraway Saturday

Altamahaw, NC — Due to consistent rain showers in the Altamahaw, N.C., area and forecast for possible severe storms and more rain throughout the evening, NASCAR has announced tonight’s Lightnin’ Fast 150 race at Ace Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour has been postponed.

Details on the event’s rescheduling will be announced at a later date.
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PRACTICE: Silk Smooth at Ace

Altamahaw, NC —  Ron Silk topped the speed charts in practice at Ace Speedway, but rains right before qualifying have put everything on hold.

Silk’s No. 79 Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Sunoco Pontiac put up a fast lap of 14.472 seconds (99.502 mph) around the .400-mile oval.
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2nd Annual Ricky’s Race to Benefit David’s House

Claremont, NH — Dennis Fleury,owner of Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH; Jack Bateman, founder and president of the True Value Modified Racing Series, and New England racing legend Donnie “The Golden Jet” Miller have jointly announced plans for the second annual “Ricky Miller Memorial 100” modified stock car race, Sunday Oct 4.

The fall event, the second of two True Value Modified races at Twin State Speedway in 2009, will benefit David’s House, a home-away-from-home that offers support for families with children receiving treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in New Hampshire.

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Stafford Motor Speedway Inducted into Connecticut Business Hall of Fame

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway was recently inducted into the Connecticut Business Hall of Fame. Stafford joined Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Alcoa Howmet, Gloria McAdam, president & CEO, Foodshare, and Jim Barnes, president & CEO, OAKLEAF Waste & Recycling in the Connecticut Business Hall of Fame Class of 2008 at a ceremony held on April 3, 2009.

The Connecticut Business Hall Of Fame showcases successful companies and business leaders through business networking and industry events that are held throughout the state. The organization partners with private and public organizations, associations and corporations to promote economic development and new ideas in the marketplace. For more information, visit

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Budweiser Modified Nationals Make-Up Date May 30

Waterford, CT — The Waterford Speedbowl has announced the make-up date for the 13th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals as Saturday night, May 30.  The event is highlighted by the $5,000 to win SK-150 and will also feature extra distance events for the Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, and Late Models.  The popular pre-race Pit Party will also be a part of the evening’s festivities.

The event, originally scheduled as the Speedbowl season opener on March 28-29, was cut short due to rain.  It takes the places of the regular Saturday night event that was scheduled for May 30.  “We looked long and hard at the calendar along with upcoming schedules” offered Speedbowl promoter Terry Eames.  “The May 30 date is a bit further out than we initially wanted but there weren’t a lot of breaks between everyone’s schedules this spring.   We want to accommodate fans as well as the teams that were on hand with us in March as best we can”.

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Bobby Allison to Appear at Thunder Road in 2009

50th Anniversary Celebration at Thunder Road

Three-time Daytona 500 mile stock car champion Bobby Allison will participate in the 50th anniversary celebration at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road this summer. Allison will make an appearance at the high-banked track on Thursday night June 18th.

Ken Squier, co-owner of Thunder Road said the announcement of Allison’s appearance was part of a year-long Thunder Road effort to recognize and honor great racing talent from the beginning of the Barre track’s history to today. “The track’s intention is to honor the greats from the 60’s to today, national stars and Thunder Road’s own greats. Actually we’re planning to present another NASCAR star driver for the future who will compete against Thunder Road regulars later this season,” said Squier.

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