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Ryan Preece Ready to Challenge for SK Modified® Title in 2011 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After moonlighting in the SK Modified® division at Stafford Motor Speedway during the 2010 season, Ryan Preece has a full schedule lined up for the 2011 season and he is ready to be a contender for the 2011 track championship. Preece will run the full 2011 season at Stafford in the same #40 Chassis Dynamics car that he drove last season for Mike Paquette, Bob Hitchcock and Kelly Iverson, but the car will have a fourth partner.

Jean-Guy Poulin, who won the SK Modified® championship in 2008 as a car owner with Keith Rocco and in 2009 as a sponsor of Ted Christopher, will supply the #40 team with engines for the 2011 season. The car will also carry sponsorship from Sullivan and Sons for the 2011 season.

“We’re going to run the full season with the same deal as we had last season,” said Preece. “Jean-Guy Poulin is coming on board with us to supply us with a motor. We ran Jean’s motor for the last three races of 2010, and it’s a real good motor.”

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Bobby Santos, III Looking for First Career CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler Victory at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After finishing second in last year’s CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, Bobby Santos, III is looking to capture his first Sizzler victory and give car owner Bob Garbarino his second victory in the longest continuous running event on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. Santos made his debut Sizzler effort in the #4 Mystic Missile Santos memorable, as he set a track record in Coors Light Pole Qualifying, becoming the first Whelen Modified Tour driver to break the 18-second barrier at Stafford. Santos then continued his good luck streak by redrawing the pole position. When the green flag came out, Santos led the first 54 laps of the race before spinning in turn 3 on lap-55 while navigating lapped traffic. Santos fell deep in the field, but he worked his way back through traffic to finish second behind Christopher in a green-white-checkered finish.

“At the time it was disappointing, but looking back now, the end result was a great second place finish,” said Santos. “It was a great weekend for the team. We set a track record and won the pole and we led the race for a while before we had the problem with the lap car. The spin with the lap car messed up the rear end of the car a little bit, so it didn’t handle as good in the second half of the race as it did in the first half. I think that Teddy [Christopher] had the stronger car at the end of the race, but who’s to say what would have happened. After the race was over and we saw the rear end of the car, we were happy to have finished second.” After his second place finish in last year’s CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, Santos knows what it will take for another good finish in this year’s version of “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring.”

“I think the big thing is the pit strategy,” said Santos. “We run the car pretty much the same way for the Sizzler as the other Stafford races and see how the race plays out. We got thrown off of our pit strategy last year, but then we ended up pitting with all the lead cars anyways, so we didn’t get hurt that bad.”
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CARQUEST Champions for Charities Driver Spotlight: Bobby Santos, II

Stafford Springs, CT — As the excitement builds for the June 28th CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Champions for Charities event, Stafford Speedway has been busy coordinating charities and the drivers that will represent them. The field for the CARQUEST Champions for Charities race is impressive, as it represents 42 championships among 12 drivers and 5 different open wheel divisions.

Bobby Santos, III, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, will be racing to help raise funds for the USAC Benevolent Fund to support Eric Saunders. Eric Saunders, the son of Hoosier Tire’s Irish Saunders, was injured in a motocross crash while he was practicing for the Steel City National at his home track last year and he is now on the road to recovery. The money that Bobby Santos, III raises will go towards helping Eric’s family purchase equipment for his rehabilitation.

“We’re good friends with Irish Saunders and I knew about Eric’s accident last year,” said Santos. “Being a young driver myself, I could identify with what happened to Eric. With him being so young and to have an accident that potentially could end his racing career, I can’t imagine what that would feel like, not only for Eric, but for his friends and family as well. I’ve never driven a caged go kart before, so this race should be a lot of fun and hopefully we can raise a lot of money for Eric in the process.”

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MVRCA Salute to Hall of Fame Libby Brothers highlights Racin’ Preview 2011 at Portland Expo February 25-26

Portland, ME — Legendary Maine racers Phil and Bob Libby will be the focus of an extensive Maine Vintage Race Car Association display at Northern New England’s biggest and best wintertime stock car racing showcase, Racin’ Preview 2011, set for Friday and Saturday, February 25-26 at the Portland Exposition Building on Park Street (U.S. Route 1).

Both Phil and Bob Libby are members of the Beech Ridge Hall of Fame, the Maine Vintage Race Car Association Hall of Fame and the NEAR New England Hall of Fame.

Phil Libby started racing in 1949, when Beech Ridge Speedway first opened. Perhaps the best season of his stellar career was the 1960 campaign, when he won 21 of 27 races at Beech Ridge, and the Oxford Plains Speedway championship. The following season he continued his championship-winning ways at Beech Ridge. Always a respected ambassador for the sport, he served as President of the Main State Stock Car Racing Association five times.

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Loudon the Lobster Predicts an Early End to Winter During Speedway’s Lobster Day

Loudon, NH — Forget Punxsutawney Phil! Weary, snow-bound New Englanders looked to Loudon the Lobster, New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s favorite crustacean, as he officially waved the white flag on winter.

Loudon, the fastest lobster in the world, emerged from his tank to visit “The Magic Mile’s” Granite Stripe start-finish line to predict when “Snowmageddon 2011” will end and when racing will resume at the speedway.

According to the direction of the 11-pound shellfish’s massive claws crossing the Granite Stripe, there is only one more week until NASCAR racing begins and just five months before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to NHMS for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, July 17.

Jerry Gappens, New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s executive vice president and general manager, joined in the fun by shoveling 55 inches of snow off of the track’s Granite Stripe in preparation for the upcoming season of speed.

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Town Fair Tire Signs With Lime Rock Park

To Sponsor Whelen Modified Tour Race in September

Lakeville, CT — Town Fair Tire, the largest tire and wheel retailer in New England, has signed a naming-rights agreement for the September 16-17 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Lime Rock Park.

A Lime Rock sponsor since 2000, this is Town Fair Tire’s first event sponsorship at the famous track in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner.

The naming-rights deal is in addition to Town Fair Tire and Toyo Tire continuing its presence at Lime Rock Park as Official Retail Tire Partner.

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Christopher Continues TQ-Midget Dominance with Coffee Cup Victory

Providence, RI — Ted Christopher likes this indoor racing gig.

He proved why Saturday night as he captured the TQ-Midget Coffee Cup at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.

The victory was Christopher’s second consecutive in as many weeks as he won the Gambler’s Classic in Atlantic City, N.J.

With his most recent victory, which was his fifth in 10 outings in TQ-Midget action, Christopher of Plainville, Conn., captured more than $9,000. In addition to the winnings in Atlantic City, N.J., and Providence, R.I., he won the Leonard J. Sammons Jr Indoor Series for having the best overall finishers over the past two weeks.

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Sara Locascio is Newest Member of SK Light Modified Rookie Class at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Sara Locascio, from Carmel, NY, is the newest member of the 2011 SK Light Modified rookie class at Stafford. Locascio has competed against the likes of Tommy Barrett, Jr., Matt Galko, and Dylan Liseo in the quarter midget ranks and she will now once again compete against them on the track in the #02 Shear Moritz Hair Design Chevrolet. Barrett, Galko, and Liseo each found their way into victory lane last season with Galko winning the championship as well. Locascio hopes that she can find the same amount of success on the track.

“A lot of my former competitors made the move into the SK Lights, and after talking with them, we thought it would be the next logical step for me to take,” said Locascio. “We don’t expect to be in the top-5 right away, but Tommy Barrett, Matt Galko, Dylan Liseo, and Tommy Membrino have all had success, so I think I can be successful as well in the SK Lights. I’m very excited to move up to a new division and see where it will take me.”

Locascio comes to Stafford with an extensive background. She has been racing quarter midgets since 2004 and she has experience in Alcohol Half Midgets as well as World Formula cars. Locascio has won races in Connecticut, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, and her team has purchased the same car that Michael Gervais, Jr. drove to the 2009 SK Light track championship at Stafford.
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Heather DesRochers Moving Up to SK Modified® Competition in 2011 with Help from Steve Greer & Gunsmoke Stables

Stafford Springs, CT — The 2011 SK Modified® season at Stafford Motor Speedway will see Heather DesRochers become the latest in a long list of drivers to make the transition from SK Lights into Stafford’s premier division. DesRochers has spent the past 4 seasons in the SK Light Modified ranks and will make the move up the ladder into the SK Modified® division with help from Steve Greer, who will supply DesRochers and her #24 Gunsmoke Stables team with an engine for 2011.

“I’m extremely excited about racing in the SK Modified® division this season, it’s been a lifelong dream of mine,” said DesRochers. “We had been looking at moving up to the SK Modified® division for a while now, but we weren’t sure about our financial situation with having to purchase a new engine. Out of the blue Steve Greer got in touch with us and asked if we were planning on moving up, and that if we were, he had an engine for us to use. It was very lucky for us and extremely generous of Steve to lend us an engine for the season. Steve and his wife Diana are a great family and we’re excited about working with them this year.”

While DesRochers will have a new experience with the power of the SK Modified®, she is very familiar with the chassis that she will be driving. DesRochers will also lean on her SK Light experience as she embarks on her rookie campaign in the SK Modified® division.

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Town Fair Tire Renews Event Title Sponsorship of Stafford Speedway’s August Whelen Modified Tour Event

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that it will once again partner with the best in tires and wheels to bring racing fans the 21st Annual Town Fair Tire 150 on August 5th. The 21st Annual Town Fair Tire 150 will feature the stars and cars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as well as Stafford Speedway’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing divisions. Last year’s Town Fair Tire 150 saw two former Whelen Modified Tour champions dueling for the victory with 2003 champ Todd Szegedy beating 7-time champ Mike Stefanik to the checkered flag.

“Since we’ve been associated with Stafford Speedway, they do a heck of a job promoting our events and taking care of us as a sponsor,” said Jim Uliano, V.P. of Marketing for Town Fair Tire. “We have been overwhelmed by the level that Stafford goes to in promoting our events. They certainly go above and beyond in promoting our events and getting our name out to the public. We look forward to being part of another exciting Whelen Modified Tour event at Stafford Motor Speedway.”

Town Fair Tire’s association with Stafford Motor Speedway began during the 1999 season as an advertiser in the track’s PitStopper Magazine and over the past 12 years has grown to its current status of Whelen Modified Tour presenting sponsor. Town Fair Tire first increased their advertising presence at Stafford by becoming a Billboard Sponsor and eventually they began setting up displays on the midway to showcase their lines of tires and specialty rims. The midway displays led to Town Fair Tire becoming an Event Title Sponsor for the first time in 2007 as they sponsored Town Fair Tire Summer Heat and offered contingency bonuses to the SK Modified® and Late Model feature event winners. Town Fair Tire shifted their title sponsorship to Stafford’s Summer Blast-Off Fireworks program at Stafford for the 2008 season and again offered contingency bonuses to the SK Modified® and Late Model feature winners. The 2009 season saw Town Fair Tire take their title sponsorship to a top-flight level with their Whelen Modified Tour involvement, and Town Fair Tire can still be found in the pages of the Stafford PitStopper Magazine.
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CARQUEST Champions for Charities Driver Spotlight: Donny Lia

Stafford Springs, CT — As the excitement builds for the June 28th CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Champions for Charities event, Stafford Speedway has been busy coordinating charities and the drivers that will represent them. The field for the CARQUEST Champions for Charities race is impressive, as it represents 42 championships among 12 drivers and 5 different open wheel divisions.

Donny Lia is a 2-time Whelen Modified Tour Champion, winning titles in 2007 and 2009 for car owner Bob Garbarino. Lia is a former Tech-Net Spring Sizzler champion, winning the prestigious race in 2007. Lia is the last driver other than Ted Christopher to have won a Spring Sizzler at Stafford as Christopher has won the Sizzler three times in a row. Lia has 2 additional Whelen Modified Tour wins at Stafford, winning the 2007 TSI Harley-Davdison 125 and the 2009 CARQUEST Fall Final 150.

After winning his first Whelen Modified Tour title in 2007, he moved up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2008 where he won at Mansfield. Lia started the race in 28th and he outdueled David Starr and Todd Bodine in a thrilling three-truck fight for the victory in the closing laps of the race.
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ACT Veteran Champions will be Challenged at New Smyrna Speedway

Veterans of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) will find plenty of eager young and veteran talent to challenge them at the inaugural Goodyear Speedweeks Cup event to be held at the New Smyrna Speedway during the upcoming World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing this month.

Past American Canadian Tour Champions, Brian Hoar from Williston, VT, Karl Allard, Ste Felicien, QC, Donald Theetge, Quebec City, QC and Patrick Laperle from Ste-Denis sur Richeleau, west of Montreal, have all won multiple championships during their successful careers.

Hoar is a seven time and defending ACT Champion. He has been winning races at all levels of competition for nearly 20 years. After winning five ACT Late Model championships between 1993 and 2000, he moved over to the former NASCAR Busch East division. He became a top competitor, won Rookie of the year in 2001, a Busch East race at Thunder Road Speedbowl in ’03, and the yearly track championship at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2006.
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Christopher Leads a Quality Pack of TQ-Midgets to the Coffee Cup

Providence, RI — The driver besting all others last weekend in Atlantic City, N.J., is looking forward to this weekend’s Coffee Cup indoor TQ-Midget race at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.

Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn., is looking to add another notch to his TQ-Midget earnings this weekend as he’ll drive the potent No. 13 car this Saturday night. Christopher made a statement in the TQ-Midget class as he dominated the Gambler’s Classic at Boardwalk Hall.

“I am looking forward to getting to Providence,” Christopher said. “We have a fast car and we know it will just as fast in Providence.”

Christopher is one of four different drivers who have previous TQ-Midget victories at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Mike Iles, Mike Lichty and Mike Stefanik are the other victors in TQ-Midget action.
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Maine’s fastest full-bodied racers added to Racin’ Preview 2011 lineup

Portland, ME – Northern New England’s oval track stock car season is several weeks away, as the Daytona International Speedway gates swing open for the start of the NASCAR season.

Just days after the big 500 in Florida, the 18th annual edition of the region’s biggest wintertime stock car racing showcase, Racin’ Preview 2011 at the Portland Expo, opens its doors Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26.

A newcomer to the show this year is the New Meadows Ice Racing Association. There season may be getting underway at the time of this year’s Expo show, as they’ve been battling uncooperative ice conditions thus far in 2011. But when the racing gets underway it’s the fastest full-bodied racing action available in Maine.

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