Stafford Motor Speedway has cancelled it's opening night race event. The next event is Friday, May 11th, featuring the first Xtra/Mart Xtra-D program. The Late Models will go 40 laps, joined by regular distance events for: SK Modified® (40), SK Light (20), Limited Late Model (20) and DARE Stock (15).
Archive for May 3rd, 2012
Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl returned to its wild and wacky racing roots Wednesday evening, conducting the opening Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday event of the season. Scoring wins on the night included fourteen year-old Matt Pappa of Nassau, NY who picked up an impressive victory in Legends Cars action, while a pair of first-time winners took the Bandolero and X-Car features � Alan Eastman Jr. of Fishers Island, NY and Wayne Shifflett of Preston, respectively. Dan Butler of Waterford won the night’s Super X-Car feature race and veteran Onie Pierce of Norwich came out on top in the wacky musical race.
The 20-lap Legend Cars feature began with division newcomer Nicholas Sowa on the pole. Sowa jumped out to the race lead at the drop of the green flag with veteran racer Dennis Pantani hot on his tail. Pappa settled into the third position with Dave Garbo Jr. fourth in the early laps.
Pappa raced inside Pantani for second place on lap-3, creating a hole Garbo used to get by Pantani down the front stretch as the field began lap-4. Sowa looked good out front but Pappa and Garbo both closed on the leader in an apparent race to the head of the field between the two. Pappa looked in the low groove for racing room on Sowa, leaving Garbo opportunity to jump into the Speedbowl’s very capable outside lane. Garbo pulled even with Pappa through turns three and four and the pair spent the better part of the next lap side-by-side.
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. This week's CARQUEST Champions For Charities spotlight falls on 2006 Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified® Champion Frank Ruocco, who will be racing to help support The Lustgarten Foundation, which is an organization dedicated to the research of pancreatic cancer.
“I’m thrilled to be part of CARQUEST Champions For Charities again,” said Ruocco. “It was a lot of fun last year and it looks like it’s growing this year. I’ve had personal connections with several people affected by pancreatic cancer, so there’s no question it always means a little more when you have a personal connection that you’re raising money for.”
Part of Ruocco’s fundraising efforts for The Lustgarten Foundation will be the 2nd Annual Bill Tamburro, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 21st and will be held at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, CT. Ruocco was the leading fundraiser of the CARQUEST Champions For Charities Drivers last year, which put him on pole for the 15-lap Senior Outlaw Kart feature event. Ruocco finished the race in third place behind Keith Rocco and Jon McKennedy.