Stafford Springs, CT — As Stafford Speedway readies to let the green flag fly on the 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler this weekend, 2003 Whelen Modified Tour champion Todd Szegedy has to be counted among the favorites to take home the checkered flag. Being a former SK Modified® driver at Stafford, Szegedy has track experience on his side, and he was among the fastest cars that participated in an open test session with his #2 Wisk sponsored Ford.
“The practice was awesome,” said Szegedy. “That was the fastest I’ve ever gone at Stafford. We didn’t have the transponders on the cars, but by the stopwatches we were right around 18.0 seconds and we had several people call us who said they had us timed at 17.9. I think we might have had a few tenths of a second on the guys who were at the test, and I know the car felt good. I think we’re going to be really good for the Sizzler.”
The 2011 Whelen Modified Tour season marks a reunion for Szegedy with crew chief Phil Moran, who was Szegedy’s crew chief when he won the WMT championship in 2003. The reunion of Szegedy and Moran paid instant dividends at the season opening race, as Szegedy was fifth fastest in time trials and was among the front runners in the race before getting caught up in a wreck. Despite finishing 22nd at Thompson, Szegedy feels good about his team and his chances at Stafford.