Archive for February 10th, 2010

Village Springs Team to Raise their Game for 2010 SK Modified® Season at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Coming off a disappointing 2009 season, Sean Cassells and his Village Springs/XtraMart team with driver Zach Sylvester are looking to turn their fortunes around for the 2010 season at Stafford Motor Speedway. The team has changed its number from 49 to 51 and the car has a new spec engine from Larry’s Auto Machine, which Cassells hopes is the beginning of good things to happen to the team.

“We changed the number and we have a new Larry’s Auto Machine spec engine, everything else on the car is the same from last year,” said Cassells. “We’re the only car with a Larry’s spec engine, so we hope that will be an advantage for us. With what we learned by running the spec engine last season, we know exactly what we need to do this year. Our engine had great dyno numbers, we’ll just have to see now how well it does when it gets out on the track.”

The Cassells team has forged several relationships over the past several seasons that are still continuing. Cassells is teaming with Glenn Johnson once again and he will carry sponsorship from XtraMart, two relationships that Cassells says has kept him in the racing game.
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Dan Avery Teams with Ted Christopher in Return to Stafford’s SK Modified® Division for 2010 Season

Stafford Springs, CT — Former Whelen Modified Tour and Stafford Speedway SK Modified® regular Dan Avery has teamed up with Ted Christopher to return to Stafford for the 2010 season. The Avery/Christopher combination is a pairing that can trace its roots all the way back to the very beginning of the SK Modified® division in 1982.

Avery was among the first drivers to field a car in the division, and he won two of the first three SK Modified® events ever run at the track. Avery eventually finished the 1982 season in 6th place in the final points rundown, with Charlie Savage taking home the initial SK Modified® track championship. Among the SK Modified® field was a young driver named Ted Christopher, who was looking to make his way in the SK® ranks. Avery worked with Christopher and helped him to get his car going in the right direction with setups, a favor that Christopher is repaying to Avery this season.

“I helped Teddy out when he first started racing at Stafford,” said Avery. “When he first started, he was a mess, nothing like the Ted Christopher you see today. One day Teddy and Mike came down to my shop and I scaled his car for him and helped him out with how to set the car up. Shortly after I began helping him out, he went out and won his first SK Modified® feature. I was looking around, trying to get back into local racing and I got to talking with Teddy at the end of the 2009 season. Teddy told me that he hadn’t forgotten the help I gave him back then and that he would like to help me out this year in return.”
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New Haven Truck & Auto Body Late Model Team featuring Dream-Team Two Driver Lineup for 2010 Season at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag drops on the 2010 Late Model season at Stafford Motor Speedway, the New Haven Truck and Auto Body Late Model team at Stafford Motor Speedway will feature a dream two-car lineup. New Haven Truck and Auto Body has lined up former Late Model track champions Corey Hutchings and Woody Pitkat to drive their #87 and #88 cars respectively for the 2010 season at Stafford.

“We’re looking at ourselves as the dream team this year,” said team owner Billy Snow, Sr. “Woody ran our car last year and he committed to the car towards the end of the year and Corey was searching for a Late Model team to get involved with, so we thought we’d pair him up with Woody. Right now, we are a two-car team and a third car is a possibility for this season as well.”

Both drivers have impressive pedigree in Stafford’s Late Model division. Pitkat has amassed 19 career victories in the Late Model division and was the 2006 Late Model track champion, while Hutchings has 3 career Late Model wins and won the 2007 Late Model track championship in his rookie season at Stafford. The team’s best career finish in the division was a second place run that Pitkat put in last August, but Snow feels like his team is primed to break down the barrier to CARQUEST Victory Lane this season.
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Valvoline Renews Stafford Speedway SK Modified® 1st Place Contingency Sponsorship

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway has announced that Valvoline, in conjunction with CARQUEST Auto Parts, will return to the track’s Contingency Program as first place SK Modified® feature partners for the fourth consecutive season. Valvoline’s first place SK Modified® contingency bonus will be worth an extra $150.00 to each SK Modified® feature winner during the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season.

In their first three seasons of contingency sponsorship, Valvoline has contributed nearly $8,000 in bonus money to SK Modified® feature winners and their 2010 participation in the Stafford Contingency Program will push their contribution to well over $10,000 in four seasons.

“We’re happy to have Valvoline back on board with us for another season of SK Modified® competition,” said SMS COO/GM Mark Arute. “Valvoline has built a great tradition and heritage in open wheel racing by helping some of the best drivers in the world achieve victory at Indianapolis. We are proud to have Valvoline and their open wheel heritage and tradition associated with our premier open wheel division as we continue to add to our racing heritage and tradition here at Stafford.”
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Thriving Northern New England dirt track scene in the spotlight at Racin’ Preview 2010

Portland, Maine – While the pavement went down some 25 years ago at nearby Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and the era of serious dirt track racing seemingly ended in Maine, the regional dirt track scene in Northern New England is on the rebound. The regional dirt track scene will have a healthy presence on Friday and Saturday, February 19-20 as the Portland Expo hosts Racin’ Preview 2010.

Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) is a touring series for the fastest dirt track racecars competing in New England, and they race at all three of Northern New England’s remaining dirt tracks. The winged warriors are seeing increased interest in the club and expect a banner 2010 season, which they’ll kick off at Racin’ Preview 2010. At least a couple of the powerful, fuel-injected, winged racecars will be on display at Northern New England’s annual stock car racing showcase.
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York, Maine Native Amanda Wright Named as Miss Sprint Cup Representative

Loudon, NH –Amanda Wright, a York, Maine native, has been named as a Miss Sprint Cup representative for 2010.

While attending a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last season, Amanda stopped by the Sprint Experience display. She met one of the Sprint Experience staff, and they had a long conversation about racing. Staying in touch with each other after the event, Wright was told that they were interviewing for the Miss Sprint Cup team, and she wasted no time in throwing her name into the hat. Amanda drove 15 hours for her interview in North Carolina.

“My mom got me hooked on the sport back in 1995 when fellow ‘Mainer’ Ricky Craven started in the Cup series, and I have followed it ever since,” Amanda said. “Growing up as a big fan of NASCAR, I always wanted to be involved in the sport.”
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25 Years of ACT Racing – 1989 Champion – Russ Urlin


We continue the countdown to the 25th Anniversary Season of American Canadian Tour racing with a review of the
1989 season. The 1989 season saw a changing of the guards on the ACT Coors Tour. With defending champion Robbie Crouch running a limited schedule, seven of the twenty-one events, the door was wide open for a new driver to step into the limelight. London, Ontario’s Russ Urlin, in just his sophomore season on the Tour, took advantage of the opportunity. He dominated the 1989 season winning the Coors Tour Championship, the GM National Stock Car Series Championship and the STP Canadian Challenge Championship. Below is a section from the 1990 ACT Media Guide recapping his dominant season:

“Russ Urlin became the first Canadian to win the American-Canadian Tour championship, a feat he accomplished with three races remaining on the 1989 schedule. This was the earliest that a championship had ever been decided. The 37 year-old London, Ontario resident picked up where five-time champion, Robbie Crouch left off, in dominating the Series.

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