Archive for February 16th, 2012

Former Norwood Arena Champion Les Rose, Sr. Passes Away

Leslie (Les) Rose, Sr. passed away after a brief illness on Sunday.  He was the  1971 LM Sportsman champion at the old Norwood Arena.  He won races at Norwood and Thompson Speedway as well. He was the father of Pro-Four Modified and Super Late Model veteran, Les Rose, Jr.

Our condolences to the Rose family.

In Worcester, February 12, 2012 Leslie Rose, age 71 passed away following a brief illness. Leslie was the husband of the late Sandra (Cataloni) Rose.

He was born in Taunton to his late parents William & Amy (Rego) Rose. Leslie was educated in Taunton schools.

He was a former NASCAR champion driver who also was the crew chief for his son Leslie Jr. when he was champion.

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Paul Tommasino Looking to Put His Car into the Top-5 In Stafford’s SK Light Modified Division This Season

Stafford Springs, CT — After making his Stafford debut for the final 3 races of the 2010 season, Paul Tommasino returned to Stafford’s SK Light Modified division in 2011 and ran 12 of the 19 races, posting his first career top-10 finish in the process. For the 2012 season, Tommasino is looking to take his car to the next level and be a consistent top-5 threat every week.

“This will be my third season at Stafford, and I’m looking forward to it,” said Tommasino. “We’ve made a few changes on the car, but for the most part it will be the same stuff we ran last year. Towards the end of the year, our motor started to get a little tired, so we just sent our engine to Tony at T/A to get freshened up. We really like Stafford, the track is clean and professional, we like the half-mile size, and the competition is the best, there’s a lot of really good guys racing at Stafford.”

While Tommasino has had only a handful of starts in his relatively short Stafford career, he knows exactly where he needs to get stronger in order to have better results on the track and become a contender.

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David Arute Joins Robust Rookie Class in Stafford Speedway’s Limited Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT — Fresh off of his rookie season in Stafford’s DARE Stock division and a championship winning season in the Wild Thing Kart Senior Outlaw division, David Arute will make the move into the Limited Late Model division for the 2012 season at Stafford Motor Speedway. After making his DARE Stock debut in 2010 with one top-10 finish in 5 starts, Arute flourished in 2011, posting 7 top-5 and 16 top-10 finishes in 17 starts. Arute’s numbers were good enough to place him 7th in the final DARE Stock points standings despite the fact that he missed 2 races. The prospect of moving up a level in competition has the high school senior looking forward to the 2012 season.

“I’m excited and nervous at the same time,” said Arute. “Going from the Senior Outlaw kart to a DARE Stock, I got a good feel for the car and I could give good feedback on what the car is doing, which really helped with the setup of the car. The DARE Stock was the most powerful car that I had driven so far, so I’m excited to start a new division with a new car. I was able to pick up the DARE Stock pretty quickly, so I think I will be able to pick up the Limited Late Model pretty quickly also.”

With the car and division being new to Arute, he will also face a third unknown variable, and that is shifting. The DARE Stocks use automatic transmissions, so the 2012 season will be Arute’s first experience with a manual shift transmission. Arute will also have to deal with 5 extra laps of feature racing than he was used to in the DARE Stocks, which will affect how he sets his car up.

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Corey Hutchings Teams with Barry Fluckiger Racing for 2012 Late Model Season at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — While there are many drivers at Stafford Speedway who will either be making their debuts or switching divisions for the 2012 season, Corey Hutchings will remain in the Late Model division, but be racing for a new team. After two seasons behind the wheel of Billy Snow, Sr.’s #87 car, Hutchings will sit behind the wheel of the #36 owned by Barry Fluckiger. While Hutchings will return to the car number that he is synonymous with, he will be joining a new team in hopes of chasing down his second career Late Model championship at Stafford.

“I’m very exited about the opportunity that has been put in front of me this season,” said Hutchings. “I had a great ride with Mr. Snow the past couple of seasons, but we ended up parting ways and I was pretty shocked to get a call from Barry asking me to drive his car. I wasn’t really sure I was going to be racing at Stafford this season. Barry has the car and the motor and I have a trailer and some spare parts and pieces, so this year will be like a group effort for us. Barry has shown that he has a good handle with the DARE Stocks and Limited Late Model cars, hopefully I can bring some of my knowledge from the past to combine with Barry’s knowledge and we can have some good results and put on some good shows for the fans.”

Hutchings was able to win the championship in his first full season of Late Model racing at Stafford in 2007, but since that championship season, Hutchings has had a struggle to replicate the results of that championship season. He finished 5th in 2008, 4th in 2010, and 6th last season in the Late Model points, but he has only won 4 races since his championship season. Hutchings is looking to get those results turned around and place himself back at the top of the standings this season.

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Glen Reen Looks to Build Upon Success of 2011 to Challenge for SK Modified® Championship In 2012 at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After several years away from weekly competition at Stafford Motor Speedway, Glen Reen returned to Stafford’s SK Modified® division in 2011 driving the #21 owned by Don Silberman. Josh Sylvester drove Silberman’s #21 to Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 and Reen took the car’s performance to an even higher level in 2011, finishing 6th in the points standings with 6 top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes in 18 starts. As good as the 2011 season was for Reen and the Silberman crew, Reen says that the season could have been even better than it was.

“I had a feeling that we were going to run well last year,” said Reen. “I had ran a couple of seasons on the Whelen Modified Tour and I could take what I learned over there and apply it to Don’s SK car, which really helped pick up our performance. I think that we could have been even better if we didn’t have a motor go bad on us halfway through the season. Mike Sweeney let us borrow an engine and I really have to thank him for letting us borrow that engine. It was an older motor and it was set up for Waterford, so we fell from third to tenth in the points, but we were able to work our way back up to sixth at the end of the year. With the cards we were dealt, we had a great year and we’re looking to do even better this season and our goal is to be among the challengers for the championship.”

Reen finished the 2011 season on a high note with second place finishes in each of the final two races of the season. Combined with his first career Whelen Modified Tour victory in the season ending race at Thompson, Reen has all the momentum in the world on his side as he prepares for the 2012 season.

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Stafford Motor Speedway Carquest Champions For Charities Driver Spotlight: Ryan Preece

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has again lined up an impressive field of current and former open wheel champions for its CARQUEST Champions For Charities Event as part of CARQUEST Super Saturday on June 30th. During the coming weeks, SMS will offer a profile on each of its championship winning drivers and the charity they will be racing for and this week’s CARQUEST Champions For Charities spotlights falls on defending Stafford SK Modified® champion Ryan Preece, who will be racing to support the Connecticut chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“First of all, it’s nice to finally be able to be called a champion,” said Preece. “I watched the race last year and it looked like all of the guys had a lot of fun. The main thing is to raise money for Make-A-Wish, so I’m looking forward to raising money and helping to make a difference in being able to grant a wish for a child with a life-threatening medical illness.”

As Preece strives to raise money for the CT Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he will not be alone in his fundraising efforts. Hoosier Tire’s Missy Pearl, who is an independent consultant with PartyLite Gifts, will aid Preece’s efforts by donating 25% of her profits from selling PartyLite gifts to Preece’s efforts for Make-A-Wish. Fans can order PartyLite gifts online at and entering Ryan Preece’s name after clicking on Look Up Your Host, or by calling Missy Pearl at 860-608-6043.

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4th Annual DT 100 is Sat. March 3rd

The "DT 100" is an annual charity karting event that features some of the top racing talent from NASCAR, ISMA, MSA, PASS, ACT, and many other touring series and weekly tracks. Stafford drivers taking part in this year's DT 100 include: Heather DesRochers, Woody Pitkat, Ryan Preece, and Erica Santos.

Event Details:
4th Annual "DT 100" for Make-A-Wish
Saturday, March 3rd
35 Franks Way, Epping, NH 03042

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New England Based Bond Auto to Sponsor American-Canadian Tour Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, NH — They provide the parts that create a winning ride and now they'll be there in victory lane no matter who wins the American-Canadian Tour race on Saturday, Sept. 22. New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today that Bond Auto, a New England based full service auto parts retail and wholesale store, will be the title sponsor for the ACT Invitational during the fall NASCAR weekend.

The Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational will be part of "The Magic Mile's" short track Saturday Showdown during the SYLVANIA 300 weekend. The thrilling day features, NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 100 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100. Last year, it was Rowley, Mass. native Eddie MacDonald who raced his way from 25th to first in just a few laps, capturing the checkered flag.

Bond Auto is no stranger to the motorsports industry. The Vermont company in the past has sponsored several drivers at Richard Petty Motorsports including Kasey Kahne and A.J. Allmendinger.

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