Stafford Springs, CT — When Stafford Motor Speedway released its 2012 schedule, it strayed from the norm and had a host of changes in store for the 2012 season with extra distance and double feature nights. The 2012 Stafford schedule has another change to announce and that is the addition of a 25-lap Pro-4 Modified feature event to the CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, which is scheduled for Sept. 28-Sept. 30.
The Pro-4 Modified division will run a 20-lap feature event as part of the Saturday schedule of events for the CARQUEST Fall Final, joining Stafford's SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and DARE Stocks in feature action on Saturday, September 29th.
The addition of the Pro-4 Modifieds to the CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend gives the Pro-4 Modifieds two race dates at Stafford during the 2012 season. The Pro-4 Modifieds join the ISMA Supermodifieds and NEMA Midgets on Saturday, June 30 as part of the CARQUEST Super Saturday program before returning to Stafford as part of the CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend festivities.
"We're very excited about having two races at Stafford this season," said Stan Mertz, Business Manager for Pro-4 Modifieds of New England. "The Fall Final is a great addition to our schedule. Our competitors love racing at Stafford, it is certainly one of the best tracks in the area and the response from our competitors was overwhelmingly positive when we announced this event at our annual meeting."
The Pro-4 Modifieds have made two visits to Stafford during a season once before during the 2005 season. The Pro-4 Modifieds were on hand for the CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday program and they made a second trip to Stafford as part of a special open wheel Friday night race program with the Whelen Modified Tour and Stafford's SK Modifieds®.
Norm Wrenn has owned Stafford Motor Speedway when it comes to Pro-4 Modified competition. Wrenn has won the Pro-4 Modified feature 4 consecutive times as part of CARQUEST Extreme Tuesday. Wrenn will have two opportunites to extend his Stafford winning streak during the 2012 season. Other Pro-4 Modified drivers who have won at Stafford include Mike LaJoie, Mike Weeden, Andy Major, and Jeff Zuidema.
"I think we have several guys who can give Norm a run for his money," said Mertz. "We've had a lot of guys who have stepped up their game and I think Rob Richardi and our defending Pro-4 Modified champion Tyler Anderson are the best bets to knock Norm off the top step of the Stafford podium. We've had more different feature winners in the past couple of years than we've ever had, and we're looking forward to putting on another great show at Stafford."
The 40th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend will get underway Friday, September 28 with a practice session for Stafford's weekly divisions. The practice session will be open to the public at no charge. The CARQUEST Fall Final will continue on Saturday, September 29 with qualifying for the Whelen Modified Tour and heat races for Stafford's weekly divisions as well as the Pro-4 Modifieds. Saturday's racing action will conclude with feature events for the SK Light, Limited Late Model, DARE Stock, and Pro-4 Modified divisions. The CARQUEST Fall Final will conclude on Sunday, September 30 with the CARQUEST Belts and Hose Pit Party followed by Stafford's SK Modifieds® and Late Models joining the Whelen Modified Tour in feature action.
Tickets for the CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend are available and on sale now through the SMS Box Office. Tickets are priced at $38.50 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 will be priced at $42.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.
For more information on the 40th annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, or to order tickets, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR