Archive for March 20th, 2011

Dillon Moltz Renews Sponsorship with AAA Driver Training for 2011 Late Model Season at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For Stafford Late Model competitor Dillon Moltz, the dawn of a new racing season has brought he and his team some great news. Moltz’s #94 team has renewed their agreement with AAA Driver Training to return as their primary sponsor for the 2011 season and will once again challenge for the track championship. The news couldn’t have come at a better time for Moltz and his team, who weren’t sure if they would be racing at all this year.

“We’re happy to have AAA Driver Training back with us this, that made our season happen,” said Moltz. “Without them coming back with us, we wouldn’t have been racing this year. We had enough money to get the car ready to race and to do a couple of races, but with AAA we can now race the entire season. We have a new body and we’ve made some small changes, but we’re coming back with pretty much the same car we had last season. It was a bit of a late start for us because we didn’t want to do anything with the car until we were sure that we would be racing, but we’re excited about the new season.”

When the green flag drops on the 2011 season, Moltz will most likely be counted among the favorites to win the championship. In three and a half seasons of Late Model competition at Stafford, Moltz has accumulated 14 feature victories, a total that puts him in 8th place on the All-Time Late Model Winners List. Moltz had to sit out the first 7 races of his rookie season in 2007 because he hadn’t yet reached his 16th birthday. But once he got behind the wheel, he took 2 wins in his first 13 starts and finished the season 18th in points. The 2008 and 2009 seasons saw him win 5 races in each season and he finished second and third in the standings. His win total last year dropped down to 2, but he still finished third in the standings despite missing a race.

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Stafford Native J.J. Hill Looking for Big Things in Stafford Speedway’s Late Model Divison

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season set to kick off in a little more than a month’s time, Stafford Springs native J.J. Hill is excited about his chances in Stafford’s Late Model division. Last season saw Hill capture his first career victory in the most prestigious race of the season, the Late Model 100, and Hill is looking to use that win as the building foundation for a run at a top-5 finish in the Late Model points standings with the #41 Life Care Family Chiropractic team.

“We’re working our way towards winning more than one race and running up front every week,” said Hill. “We want to be higher in points this year, but our main goal is to be consistent. There’s no reason why we can’t run in the top-5 every week. They always say that the first win is the hardest one and once you get that first one, they start coming after that, so hopefully we can do that and get a couple of wins this year. Our main focus is to finish in the top-5 in the points and if we can do that, it wouldn’t matter if we win or not. We should definitely be improved from where we were last year.”

The road to CARQUEST Victory Lane was a long and oftentimes uphill battle for Hill and the #41 team. Hill began his Late Model career in 2005 with a rough season that saw him not qualify 6 times and a 27th place finish in the points standings. Hill’s next three seasons were a combination of struggles and tough luck that saw him finish 26th in the points standings each year with one top-10 finish. But Hill had a breakout season in 2009, taking 5 top-10 and 10 top-10 finishes to wind up 7th in the points standings. Although he slipped down to 12th in the points last year, Hill took his first victory along with 4 more top-5 and 6 top-10 finishes.

“After 5 years of racing, you start to wonder if you can win or not,” said Hill. “The win really didn’t sink in for us until the end of the season. Now we know we did it once, so why can’t we go out there and do it again? Last year we started off the season around 20th in points after the first couple of races, so it was a nice climb back up in the standings for us.”

Another reason Hill has optimism for the 2011 season is the addition of Rob Russell as a team and chassis consultant.

“This will be our second season working with Rob,” said Hill. “Having Rob helping us last year got us turned around 180 degrees from where we were. Having Rob help us out gets everyone involved and excited about working on the car. Rob is like the heart of our team he gets everyone pumping. We started working on the car the week after the Fall Final. We stripped the car down and we decided to start from scratch. We improved some parts and pieces on the car and we still have some older stuff on the car. Rob really gives us a lot of knowledge and we’re all excited about getting back on the track with how we started to run more consistent at the end of last year. The whole team is much more confident than we were at this time last year.”

Hill will carry sponsorship from Life Care Family Chiropractic this season in his quest to make the top-5 in the final points standings, and like most other teams, he is searching for additional sponsorship.

“We have Life Care Family Chiropractic on the car and we’re looking for additional sponsors,” said Hill. “Life Care is a great sponsor to have, they’re big fans of racing and they’ve been helping us out all winter long with the car. If we can’t find more sponsors before the season starts, hopefully we can run well enough that we will attract some sponsors. We’re going to have a little different look to the car for this year, we’re changing up the paint to make it easier to pick out of a crowd. We can’t wait to get back out on the track and try to win some races.”

The 2011 Late Model season kicks off with the 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, scheduled for April 29-May 1. The Whelen Modified Tour will headline the Sizzler with Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions joining them on the card. Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $35.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $38.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.

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

Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR

Frank Ruocco Ready to Challenge for Second SK Modified® Track Championship at Stafford Motor Speedway in 2011

Stafford Springs, CT —  With the dawn of a new season rising above Stafford Motor Speedway, SK Modified® driver Frank Ruocco is ready to challenge for his second track championship at the famed half-mile oval. Ruocco is the 2006 Stafford SK Modified® track champion, and he is eager to get back to that position after a season in which he finished third in the standings behind Keith Rocco and Woody Pitkat in what he describes as the toughest division in the country.

“Over the winter we’ve gone through the cars down to the chassis, we redid everything, and now we’re ready to go,” said Ruocco. “Our cars were fast all year long and they’ve been fast for the past couple of years, but in the SKs at Stafford, everyone is so close. I would argue that there isn’t a more competitive field anywhere than we have in the SK Modified® division at Stafford.”

Rocco’s 2010 season was a mix of peaks and valleys. Ruocco consistently had one of the fastest cars every Friday night, but his finishes didn’t always match the pace of his car. Ruocco won the second race of the year after an 18th place showing in the season opening CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, but he had 5 finishes of 16th or worse in the first half of the year. The turning point for Ruocco was the midway point of the year, when he made a crew chief change that saw Steve Butova take over the role. In their first race together, Ruocco came home as the race winner and began a streak that saw them win 3 times and finish on the podium a total of 7 times over the final 10 races of the 2010 season.

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Stafford Speedway Adds IZOD IndyCar Veteran Davey Hamilton to CARQUEST Champions for Charities Driver Lineup

Stafford Springs, CT — The June 28th CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Champions for Charities Event at Stafford Motor Speedway has added an Indy 500 flair with the addition of “500” Veteran Davey Hamilton. Hamilton will take part in the CARQUEST Champions For Charities go kart race while racing for The Victory Junction Gang Camp. The Victory Junction Gang Camp was built in honor of Adam Petty and they provide life-changing experiences for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.

“I love to be able to help kids,” said Hamilton. “We’re very fortunate in that we are able to do what we do racing cars and anytime I can do something for kids, I always like to help out.”

Hamilton is a veteran of West Coast Supermodified competition, winning a total of 6 championships from 1987-1991 in Northwest Supermodified Association, Western States Supermodified Tour, Supermodified Racing Association, and Injected Fire and Fury Series supermodified competition. Hamilton’s Supermodified success carried him to the world of IndyCars.

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