Archive for March 22nd, 2012

Spring Cleaning Underway at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Motor Speedway is busy taking spring cleaning to a new level. The paddock area is undergoing a facelift and new pavement will be in place in time for the Motorcycle Swap Meet on Sunday, April 1st. A second concrete frame height check station is also being added to the backside of the concession stand. For more pictures, check out the SMS Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.

Scott Bouley Hoping to Dance a Victory Celebration Jig in Stafford SK Light Modified Division During 2012 Season

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s SK Light Modified division will welcome several new drivers to its ranks this season. While most of the newcomers are young drivers who have worked their way through the karting ranks, there is one new face to the SK Light division this season that bucks that trend. Scott Bouley, a 15-year veteran of the K & N Pro East Series (formerly Busch North Series), will join the SK Light division, where he will try to put his #26 into CARQUEST Victory Lane and dance on his roof for the first time since he danced on his roof following a ProStock feature victory in the 2000 CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.

“We’re going to show up and put the petal to the metal and give it our all,” said Bouley. “I haven’t danced on the roof since we won at the Sizzler 12 years ago, so it’s been too long. I shopped around last year to see where I wanted to go racing and Stafford is the best track around, it’s a real class facility. We’re really excited about the car and I’ll definitely be dancing on the roof if we can win again.”

While Bouley has spent the vast majority of his racing career behind the wheel of full fendered cars, he is not without modified experience as he prepares for his debut season in the SK Lights. Albeit a very limited experience, Bouley drove 2 races for Don Silberman during the 2007 season, finishing 7th and 15th in his two starts.

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Call Before You Dig Renews Contingency Sponsorship with Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that Call Before You Dig will return for the 2012 season as a first place SK Modified® contingency sponsor. Call Before You Dig will also serve as a track partner in addition to their Contingency Program sponsorship. Thanks to Call Before You Dig’s contingency sponsorship, each SK Modified® feature winner during the 2012 season will receive a $150 bonus. Also, Call Before You Dig will serve as the title sponsor of the track’s Technical Inspection Zone for the sixth consecutive season of NASCAR Whelen All American Series competition.

"We like doing business with Stafford Motor Speedway," said John Bonville CBYD VP of Damage Prevention and Education. "We're happy to be able to support Stafford Motor Speedway and all of the racers who put on the shows throughout the racing season. This is a great way for us to be able to promote our free 811 service. This is a solid venue to educate and inform people how to find out what's below before they dig."

In addition to sponsoring the Inspection Zone and providing a weekly contingency bonus, Call Before You Dig will maintain an advertising presence in the Stafford Speedway PitStopper Magazine as well as a billboard display along the track’s backstretch.

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Stafford Motor Speedway CARQUEST Champions for Charities Driver Spotlight: Woody Pitkat

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 spotlight falls on Woody Pitkat, the 2006 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division 4 Regional Champion, who will be racing to help support The Victory Junction Gang Camp.

The Victory Junction Gang Camp was built in honor of Adam Petty and they provide life-changing experiences for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Victory Junction has opened it’s doors to over 14,000 children from all 50 states and 4 countries since opening in 2004. Located in Randleman, NC, Victory Junction is partnered with 30 different hospitals to deliver health care to its campers, who are dealing with such chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses as Autism, Cancer, Craniofacial Anomalies, Diabetes, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell and Spina Bifida. The cost for a child to attend Victory Junction is $2,500, but thanks to generous donations, no child or family incurs that cost.

Last year Pitkat was a substitute for Davey Hamilton, and in less than two weeks, he was able to raise $2,728 for Victory Junction, which was good enough to allow Pitkat to start the race in the 4th position. With more time on his side this year, Pitkat is looking forward to surpassing his donation total from one year ago.

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Thompson’s Icebreaker Set for April 14 & 15

Thompson, CT — The season opening Icebreaker at the Thompson International Speedway is just around the corner. The winter has quickly turned to feelings of spring and with that comes the start of a brand new racing season. Thompson’s Icebreaker is the most anticipated race of the year and will be held the weekend of April 14th and 15th.

This two-day racing spectacular will feature the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions at the largest and fastest track in southern New England.

The race for championship honors starts at the Icebreaker and drivers in each of the divisions featured will be on hand to kick off the season-long search for a championship title. Race teams work long and hard during the winter months to prepare for a strong showing at the year’s first event. Some teams will introduce brand new race cars for the 2012 campaign while others will rely on completely rebuilt cars that served them well last year. New race teams and new drivers are joined by veterans of the sport to create a new and exciting atmosphere.

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SCoNE Sprint Cars at Diamond Run Mall this Weekend

Rutland, VT — The Sprint Cars of New England will be at the Rutland Regional Race Car Show to Benefit the March of Dimes at the Diamond Run Mall, this Saturday and Sunday March 24 and 25.

The Winged 360ci Sprint Cars owned by Dean Hanson and Armand Boisvert and driven by Lacey Hanson and Andy Seuss will join cars from various venues throughout Vermont and New Hampshire for the annual event. The Diamond Run Mall is located near the intersection of Route 7 and Route 4 on the south side of Rutland and is easily reached from Burlington, Bennington and White River Jct.

The Sprint Cars of New England will open their season on Friday May 18 at the Canaan Dirt Speedway in Canaan, NH. The following week, they’ll visit Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT on Saturday May 26. After return trips to Canaan and Bear Ridge, the Fastest Dirt Track Cars in New England will make their first visit of the season to Legion Speedway in Wentworth, NH on Sunday June 24.

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NEMA’S Nocella Advances to Valenti Modified Series for Three Races

Canaan, NH. — NEMA midget hot shoe Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA., knows a thing or two about open-wheel race cars. He has enjoyed success  and lots of it in go-karts, mini-sprints, and the two NEMA sanctioned midget divisions.

When the Valenti Modified Racing Series opens it’s ninth season March 31, and April 1, at Connecticut’s Waterford Speedbowl, at the annual Budweiser  Blastoff Weekend, Nocella will give the ground-pounding open-wheel modifieds a shot, thanks to car-owner Kevin Stuart, of Lowell, MA.

“He comes with a nice resume`, was recommended, and has lots of ability,” said  Stuart. “Bobby Seymour spoke very highly of Anthony and feels the kid could
make a lot of noise in open-wheel racing, and has a bright future.”

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