Archive for May 6th, 2011

Stafford Speedway Kicks Off 20-Week Friday Night Race Season this Friday Night, May 6th

Stafford Springs, CT — Friday, May 6th will mark the first of 20 consecutive weeks of Friday night NASCAR racing at Stafford Motor Speedway. The 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series kicked off last weekend with the 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, and last week’s feature winners were Ryan Preece in the SK Modified® feature, Keith Rocco in the Late Model feature, Joey Cipriano in the SK Light Modified feature, George Nocera, Jr. in the Limited Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande in the DARE Stock feature.

In his first full season of SK Modified® competition, Preece drove a strong race to take down his second career SK Modified® victory. Chris Matthews, who is the winningest driver in Stafford’s SK Light Modified division with 17 career wins, took a career best 2nd place finish behind Preece, driving around 7-time SK Modified® champion Ted Christopher to take the position. Christopher rounded out the podium finishers in third place with Dan Avery and Glen Reen making up the remainder of the top-5 cars. Defending Whelen All-American Series National Champion and SK Modified® track champion Keith Rocco came to pit road early in the feature and fought his way through traffic to a 6th place finish.

The Late Model division saw Rocco end up as the winner of the race after Woody Pitkat was issued a post-race penalty. Tom Fearn was second and Jim Mavlouganes rounded out the podium finishers, while defending track champion Ryan Posocco had a strong effort to finish in fourth place. Pitkat’s teammate, Corey Hutchings, came home in fifth position after running among the front-runners all race long.

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Schrader Named as Vintage Grand Marshal

Loudon, NH — Veteran NASCAR driver Ken Schrader will welcome thousands of vintage racing fans, during the 21st Annual Vintage Racing Celebration at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

One of the godfathers of racing, Schrader has a long history of success in all forms of racing and the Vintage Racing Celebration is a chance for fans to meet and greet a racing great.

Schrader began his racing career on local dirt tracks in the Midwest racing mostly open-wheel USAC cars, one of which he co-owns today, the I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.

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Race Your LeMons at NHMS

Loudon, NH — Life gave these drivers lemons, so they decided to race them during the 24 Hours of LeMons at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Formed in 2006, the 24 Hours of LeMons is a race full of clunkers, uniquely honoring the world famous 24 Hours of LeMans. The rules simply state the car can cost no more than $500. That’s $125,000 less than a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car.

Each team consists of four to six people that build, race, break and even fix the car again throughout the entire two-day event.

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Sunoco Modifieds to Benefit from Big Dollar Increase This Thursday at Thompson

Thompson, CT — The Sunoco Modified division will see a big increase in their race pay off this Thursday thanks to LaFramboise Well Drilling and Water Service of Thompson. The winner of this week’s 30-lap main event will receive $2,000.00 for their efforts and just about everyone else will see additional money thanks to the local well drilling and water service company. This race, like all at Thompson, is open to any Sunoco Modified type car that races in Connecticut.

“LaFramboise Well Drilling and Water Service has been a long-time supporter of events at the Thompson International Speedway and we welcome their support for our weekly season-opening race. Their support of the Sunoco Modified division will go a long way to help these race teams and should make the competition especially exciting. Every race team will be looking to cash in on the $2,000.00 to win race this Thursday, May 12th. Additional money has been added throughout the published pay off as a result of the LaFramboise sponsorship,” said track owner, Don Hoenig.

The Speedway recently announced another contingency program that will add some $10,000 to be awarded to competitors in each of the track’s “Super Six” NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. These contingency dollars will be awarded on top of the published purse structure announced earlier this year by the track.

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