Archive for March 5th, 2010

Winning Debut For LaJoie

Holds off Brown to grab Atlanta 150 victory

Hampton, GA — Corey LaJoie drove like a veteran in his first career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour start. Using lapped traffic to get by Tim Brown, the 18-year-old third-generation driver then held off a furious challenge from Brown over the closing laps to capture the Atlanta 150 Friday. LaJoie edged Brown at the line by .061 seconds.

The race was the first for the Tour held on the track’s flat, quarter-mile front stretch oval. The setup is similar to Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Brown is an eight-time champion in the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified division.

But under the lights at Atlanta, it was LaJoie who came out on top.

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Stafford Speedway Late Model Driver Dillon Moltz Selected as Part of Richard Petty Developmental Driver Program

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway Late Model competitor Dillon Moltz recently was selected to be part of the Richard Petty developmental driver program. The program will select a total of 12 drivers from across the United States to compete in a combine where the winner will receive a one-off race deal to drive an ARCA car in the ARCA Pocono 200 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, June 5th.

“This is the chance of a lifetime for me,” said Moltz. “All I ever wanted was a shot to be able to show the right people my driving skills. This competition is the perfect way for me to do that. It will be a gong show type of program and we will be driving COT, Nationwide, USAC Midget, and High Performance Karts at Charlotte, Concord, and Carolina Motorsports Park as part of the program. They are going to measure car control, endurance, track management, adaptability, race practice, passing experience, car and mechanical knowledge and feel, speed, communication, and marketability. I like that they’re focusing on all aspects of driving rather than just who can put a fast lap down on the track.”

After having to sit out the first 7 races of the 2007 season as he was not as of yet 16 years of age, Moltz burst onto the Stafford scene and he posted 2 wins, 7 top-5, and 8 top-10 finishes in 13 starts and finished the season 18th in points. Moltz’s first victory came in his 10th start and made him the youngest feature winner in Stafford Motor Speedway’s long and storied history. Moltz continued his strong performance in 2008 and 2009, winning 5 races in each season to give him a grand total of 12 Late Model feature wins at Stafford and he finished second and third in the points standings those years. It was this performance that earned Moltz a shot at the Richard Petty Motorsports combine.

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Call Before You Dig Renews Sponsorship with Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that Call Before You Dig will return for the 2010 season as a track partner. For the past three seasons Call Before You Dig has been the title sponsor of the track’s Technical Inspection Zone, and they will once again serve in that capacity for the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season. In addition to sponsoring the Inspection Zone, Call Before You Dig has also maintained an advertising presence in the Stafford Speedway PitStopper Magazine as well as a billboard display along the track’s backstretch.

“We’re happy to have Call Before You Dig involved with us as a sponsor,” said Mark Arute, SMS COO/GM. “With the current economic climate, sponsors are harder and harder to find and it’s especially difficult to maintain a continuous relationship with a sponsor. We have several relationships with our current sponsors that have evolved into long-term partnerships and we hope to have another long-term relationship with Call Before You Dig. We’ve already had several sponsors renew their agreements with us for the 2010 season along with Call Before You Dig, which I think really speaks well to the value that we are able to offer a sponsor here at Stafford Speedway.”

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Stafford Speedway Season Ticket Savings Deadling is March 15

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s 2010 Season Ticket Packages are available and are on sale now at the SMS Box Office. After March 16, 2010, all season ticket packages will increase in price. Season tickets include General Admission, Reserved Seat, Season Paddock Pass, and Kids Club season packages. Season tickets offer fans access to all Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Racing events during the 2010 season, including NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday ISMA Supermodified events. Season tickets do not include admission to Monster Truck events, swap meets or Wild Thing Kart events.

Stafford Motor Speedway’s 2010 season ticket information, as well as seating chart diagrams, are available in the BOX OFFICE section on the track’s website located at www.staffordspeedway.com. The BOX OFFICE section also has season ticket order forms available for download. Order forms can be mailed to Stafford Motor Speedway, P.O. Box 105, Stafford Springs, CT 06076, or they can be faxed to 860-684-6236.

Stafford’s Season Paddock Pass grants weekly admission to the paddock area, as well as the paddock area grandstands and the general admission seats in the main grandstand. The paddock pass is priced at $450.00 if purchased before March 16, and increases to $500.00 if purchased after March 16. In addition to paddock access, the Season Paddock Pass also allows ticket holders access to general admission seating in the main grandstand. Season Paddock Passes can be upgraded to include a reserved seat in the main grandstand for an additional charge of $50.00.

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Heart Condition

We all have wondered now and again if someone’s heart was in their effort. Sometimes the passion just isn’t there. The condition of our heart is more important than we think. Do we have a heart condition? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We continue to hang out at Jacob’s well with the lady we met there. Have you ever noticed how Jesus can get right to the heart of things? He knows what we really are feeling, not just what we let everyone else see. He knows what is in our heart.

There are times when we can tell someone’s heart isn’t in it. Most racers live with their emotions out on their sleeve. They are not very good at hiding what they really feel from others. That is part of what makes racing exciting, you know when they talk to the driver you are going to get the uncut version with all the passion and emotion they have. That is what makes it real.
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New Sponsors Bolster MRS Contingency Programs

With the recent announcement of a new title sponsor, Bob Valenti AutoMall.com for the 2010 racing season, Modified Racing Series officials have disclosed two new companies will also be involved with the Northeast’s premier racing series.

Connecticut Trailers Inc, and Basement Systems, have come on board in support of the series contingency programs for the new campaign.

Connecticut Trailers Inc. has been in the business of selling trailers since 1997. Located in Bolton, the company has grown to become the largest supplier in the northeast shipping trailers across the nation. They offer the highest quality trailers on the market at fair prices backed by knowledge and personalized service both before and after the sale. Connecticut Trailer is a large supplier to the racing industry and will provide the official trailer of the Modified Racing Series.

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