Archive for April 19th, 2010

News & Notes: Stafford Spring Sizzler

Whelen Modified Tour Set To Open Stafford Season

With one New England racing tradition in the rearview, its time for another as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will participate in Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway’s Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST on April 24-25.

The 2010 season began for the Whelen Modified Tour in the Icebreaker on April 11 as part of the traditional opening weekend for Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway. The same set-up is scheduled to take place this weekend as the Tour will be on the bill for Stafford’s season-opener, also a mainstay on the northeast racing calendar.

The 2010 Spring Sizzler will be the 39th edition of the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring,” and the 25th in which the Whelen Modified Tour has participated. Owner of many milestones, the late Richie Evans captured the first Spring Sizzler for the Tour in 1985, and he heads the list of many Modified stalwarts that count Sizzler victories among their many accomplishments.

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Seekonk Speedway to Try Round Two on Saturday, April 24

Seekonk, MA — With a strong forecast of rain, management was forced to postpone the second scheduled open practice n Saturday, April 17th. The rescheduled date for the practice session is on Saturday, April 24th. It will follow the same format as the first practice session, as any safe race car is welcome for time on the 1/3 mile oval.

The extra week is a blessing for many of the competitors, as they could use the extra week to complete their rides for the upcoming season. Other competitors were eager to make sure the changes they made form the opening practice put them in the right direction. Over 125 competitors took advantage of the first open practice to help sial in their cars. Competitors from NEMA, Modified Racing Series, Pro4, ISMA, STAR, NEAR, PASS, ACT and more are welcome to join the ARC competitors to get ready for their upcoming season.

There is one more scheduled practice on the schedule before out 2010 Opening Day, It will be held on Saturday, May 1st, and is open for Seekonk Speedway competitors only. This will be their last chance to get ready for the 65th season opener. There will be a limited amount of practice on opening day for all competitors.

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Thompson Readies for New and Exciting Weekly Racing

Thompson, CT — With a successful season-opening Icebreaker, Thompson officials are very optimistic about the regular weekly racing calendar for this season. Mother Nature pulled out all the stops and provided exceptional weather for the two-day event. As a result, fans flocked to the famed oval for the track’s opening event and witnessed a truly great weekend of racing.

“We have an exciting schedule of events for 2010 with several new additions to previous year’s race schedules. A good start like we had at the Icebreaker makes us very optimistic about our Thursday night weekly events that begin on May 20th,” said track owner, Don Hoenig.

Thompson has added four Tour-Type Modified events to its line up this year. These will be open competition with qualifying heats and 40-lap feature races. Fans and competitors alike have expressed great enthusiasm for these races as they will, for many, bring back the type of racing that many grew up with prior to “Touring” formats and longer races begun back in the mid 1980s. These races will inspire a “dash for the cash” style of racing with every lap being important as the drivers scramble for position in such a short distance event. These “Shoot out” races are scheduled on the Thursday nights of June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th and September 2nd.

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Stafford Open Practice Photos

[Photo Gallery] by Adam Fohlin