Excitement Building for Modified Racing Series Debut at Stafford Speedway with Shark Cycle 100

Stafford Springs, CT — With the Modified Racing Series making its debut appearance at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, Sept. 10th, it is in the midst of its most competitive season with 10 different winners in 12 races and a tight points race. There was a palpable buzz in the air when the Stafford race was announced back in December and the buzz has picked up steam as the race approaches with such an exciting points race and the number of different feature winners.

“Everyone is looking forward to coming to Stafford,” said Modified Racing Series President Jack Bateman. “I think that most of our racers are unfamiliar with Stafford, which usually makes for an interesting race. Stafford is the jewel of modified racing and we’re all looking forward to being able to race there. We are expecting to have about 32-36 cars when we come to Stafford, and we are going to start 28 cars for the feature.”

Dwight Jarvis currently leads defending Modified Racing Series champion Jon McKennedy by a mere 5 points with Les Hinckley sitting in third place, 39 points behind Jarvis. The truly amazing part of the 2010 championship fight is that Jarvis is leading the points after missing the series’ opening race in Waterford at the end of April. Jarvis has been consistently good this season, winning the series’ second race of the year at Monadnock while earning 3 second place and 2 third place finishes to go along with his victory. With the exception of an 18th place finish at Oxford Plains in July, Jarvis has finished in the top-10 every time he has taken to the track this season, while McKennedy and Hinckley have both experienced several hiccups as they try to maintain pace with Jarvis in the race for the championship. The series has had 10 different winners in 12 races this season, with only Hinckley and Steven Masse able to record multiple feature victories.

“Things have been very competitive this season,” said Bateman. “You really have to be on your game just to get into the top-10. It’s been great to have so many different winners this season because everyone feels like they have a chance to win the race when they go to the racetrack.”

With such parity on the track, the Inaugural Shark Cycle 100 promises to deliver great modified competition not only in the race itself, but in qualifying as well. Modified Racing Series competitors draw a number to determine their starting position in the qualifying heats. The starting field for the 100-lap Shark Cycle feature event is determined by the finishing positions of drivers in their heat races.

“We run 3 or 4 heats, depending on how many cars we have for an event,” said Bateman. “Then we have a consi and we fill out the field with provisionals. Drivers draw for their heat position and they start the feature heads up from where they finished in their heat race. This gives the drivers something to race for in the heats and it makes the heat races very interesting for the fans as well.”

Tickets for the Inaugural Shark Cycle Modified Racing Series 100 event at Stafford Motor Speedway are on sale now and are priced at $20.00 for Adult General Admission, $5.00 for Children Ages 6-14 General Admission, $23.00 for Reserved Seating, and $35.00 for Pit Passes. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or by logging onto the Online Ticket Sales section of www.staffordspeedway.com.

For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR