Archive for March 25th, 2011

Walt Wosko, Jr. Welcomes Miners, Inc. Lumber & Building Supply of Canton as Newest Sponsor for 2011 Season at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — For Stafford Late Model driver Walt Wosko, Jr., the 2011 season has brought about a new sponsor in Miner’s Inc. Lumber & Building Supply of Canton, CT for the #71 team. Miner’s Inc. joins Spargo Construction and Connecticut Custom Cars as the team’s sponsors. The new sponsorship has allowed the team to purchase a new engine as well as chassis updates for the 2011 season at Stafford Motor Speedway.

“Having Miner’s come on board with us this year was a big boost to the whole team, it was like a godsend,” said Wosko.

The #71 team is entering their 6th season of Late Model competition at Stafford, and they are looking to build upon a foundation they set at the start of the 2010 season before a blown engine ended their season after seven starts.

“Billy the Kid has given us a phenomenal motor for this season,” said Wosko. “We also have to thank Jason Moore from JMR Chassis. Without his help, we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are now with the car. He’s been helping us out with the chassis and with his help, we were in the top-5 on the practice sheets last year, which was better than we’ve ever been at Stafford. We had the car really going good and then the motor blew and money was tight so we decided to end our season and build for this year. We thought we were going to really have a good year last year, but we’re all excited for this year with Miner’s joining Spargo Construction and Connecticut Custom Cars as our sponsors. With our new Billy the Kid engine and Jason Moore helping us again with our chassis stuff, we are super happy and we’re ready to go racing this season.”

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5-Time SK Modified Champion Bob Potter Recalls Inaugural CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag falls on the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler on May 1st this year, it will mark the start of the 40th edition of “The Greatest Race In The History of Spring.” The CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler is the longest continuous running event on the Whelen Modified Tour calendar and the Sizzler has had some of the biggest and best names in modified racing find their way to CARQUEST Victory Lane.

The Spring Sizzler was born in 1972 with Dr. Dick Berggren, Lew Boyd, and Bruce Cohen putting the race together at a time when all the prestigious events were held in the fall. Their new idea for a major race in the springtime was an overwhelming success with over 100 cars in the paddock area and an overflow crowd of 11,500 packing the Stafford grandstands. Jack Arute purchased the rights to the race from Berggren, Boyd, and Cohen after that inaugural Sizzler and it has been the showcase event of the Stafford schedule every year since.

As part of the celebration of 40 years of the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, Stafford Speedway is inviting drivers who took part in the Inaugural Spring Sizzler to take part in a special pre-race. One of those drivers is Bob Potter, who after placing ninth in that inaugural Sizzler, would go on to record 5 Stafford SK Modified® track championships, a record that stood until 2007 when Ted Christopher recorded his sixth Stafford track championship. Driving for Roger Bonville in the #110 Coupe, Potter recalls the grand spectacle that was and continues to be the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.

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CARQUEST Champions for Charities Driver Spotlight: Chris Perley

Stafford Springs, CT — The CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Champions for Charities Event at Stafford Motor Speedway scheduled for June 28th is building in momentum and excitement as the drivers gear up to raise funds for their respective charities. The impressive field of open wheeled division champion drivers represents 42 championships among 12 drivers. This week’s spotlight is on Chris Perley, the 6-time ISMA Supermodified Champion, and he will be racing to raise funds for the North Shore Arthritis Walk in Honor of Katie Blouin.

“We’re family acquaintances of Katie, and having a daughter myself, when something like this affects someone in your community, it definitely hits home,” said Perley. “Katie has rheumatoid arthritis and that is something that she is going to have to deal with for the rest of her life, so we want to help raise some money that will go towards finding a cure. Katie was the ambassador for last year’s Arthritis Walk, and she is a great girl and she comes from a great family. This is the first time I’ve been part of something like this and I’ll be part of the Arthritis Walk on May 22nd.”

When it comes to ISMA Supermodified competition, there are not many drivers that can match Perley’s accomplishments. Perley won 6 ISMA Supermodified championships from 2003-2009 and he has over 50 career victories. Perley has enjoyed a fair share of success at Stafford behind the wheel of his ISMA Supermodified machine, winning four of the first seven CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday Events. Perley will face a new challenge when he gets behind the wheel of the Senior Outlaw Kart for the 20-lap CARQUEST Champions For Charities around the Stafford Mini-Mile.

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CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party to Usher in 2011 Season at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party is a Stafford Speedway tradition that has spanned the better part of two decades, with the first CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party taking place during CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend on September 30, 1990. The CARQUEST Belts and Hose Pit Party tradition will continue at Stafford on Sunday, May 1st as part of the 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler pre-race festivities.

That 1990 CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend was the first time that a pit party was held at a weekly NASCAR track as part of the pre-race festivities. As the CARQUEST Belts & Hose Pit Party has gained in popularity, the concept has spread to other area tracks and today is a mainstay in allowing race fans unique access to their favorite drivers and cars. Chris Kopec, Dan Avery, and Tom Bolles, who were each on hand for that Inaugural CARQUEST Betls & Hose Pit Party at Stafford, share their thoughts and memories of that first Pit Party and how it has grown into the event it is today.

“What I remember the most is being at the Pit Party with the Modified Tour car,” said Chris Kopec. “In the past we had done autograph sessions and things like that, but the Pit Party was a whole new way for drivers to be able to interact with the fans. No one had ever done anything like the Pit Party. I remember wondering how that first pit party was going to go because normally on race day you don’t get to meet the people who are in the grandstands. Once the Pit Party concept got going and became popular, the fans started showing up early just to be part of the Pit Party and see the cars and drivers up close. The coolest part was seeing kids getting close to the cars and the drivers. Over the years, it’s become a great event. I don’t think you ever see anyone going back to the grandstands empty handed with all the different things that drivers are handing out now.”

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Emergency Driving Skills and St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Tap For New Hampshire Motor Speedway This Weekend

Loudon, NH — The harsh New England winter may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the unexpected can’t happen while driving. Join New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Stevens Advanced Driving School this weekend as they promote safe driving techniques for people of all ages.

The Stevens Advanced Driving School offers a unique driving program featuring effective emergency braking techniques; best hand and seating position for control; precision steering and car control; tire care, mirrors and blind spots; emergency lane changes and the dangers of tailgating.

The emergency skills program begins at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to register for an upcoming session please visit

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take on the Auto Club Speedway, a 2-mile oval in Fontana, Calif., this weekend with the fifth race in the 2011 season. Coverage begins Sunday at 3 p.m. (ET) on FOX.

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