Stafford Springs, CT — When the Modified Racing Series made their first visit of the 2011 season to Stafford in June, Dave Etheridge had one of the strongest cars and looked to be a contender for victory. Then the rain forced the race to be resumed in August and Etheridge fought his way to a 10th place finish. When the MRS comes back to Stafford next Friday night, Sept. 9 for the Shark Cycle 80, Etheridge will be looking to repeat his June performance and be a contender for the checkered flag.
“I don’t know if it was the weather difference or what,” said Etheridge. “That first time around in June, it seemed like it was going to be our night. Then when we came back the second time and it seemed like everyone picked up a little bit and we didn’t pick up. That first night was a bit cloudy and overcast with cooler temperatures, and the second time around it was a nice hot night, and Stafford is a temperature sensitive track. I honestly believe we can win the race, I have a lot of laps at Stafford and it’s a bit of an advantage to have laps at Stafford.”
A key to performing well in the Shark Cycle 80 will be a good starting position. The Modified Racing Series has a unique qualifying format where the driver who passes the most cars and finishes in a qualified position in the heat race will start on the pole, and Etheridge says that makes the race more interesting for the drivers and the fans.