Archive for February 3rd, 2017

Former Mini-Stock Driver, Chris Viens Joins Stafford’s 2017 SK Light Rookie Class

Stafford Springs, CT — After competing in the Mini Stock division the past four seasons at the Waterford Speedbowl and Thompson Speedway, Putnam native and second generation driver Chris Viens will transition to Stafford Speedway and join the 2017 SK Light rookie class.

“My grandfather worked on modifieds and my father Mike drove Mini Stocks, so I’ve been around racing my entire life,” said Viens.  “I started racing in the Mini Stock division at Thompson in 2013 and ran those for the last four years.  I tested a modified at Waterford last year and while I was driving the car I had an epiphany that modifieds is what I wanted to be racing.  We have a new Spafco chassis and we’re planning on running the full season at Stafford.  We’re also fortunate to have a lot of our sponsors from last year coming back with us, Portraits By Nan, Gerry G’s Lawn Care, Coastline Fire Protection, Mainely Seafood, Shippee Solar, Gilman Villaud Funeral And Cremation Services, and Floors By Jimmy Buffit. I also have to give a special thanks to Ray Phillips, Joe Brockett, Nathan Broader, Cam and Zack Robinson, Eric Bourgeois, and my Mom and Dad.”

Viens becomes the 10th rookie driver to register for the 2017 season, joining Alexander Pearl, Rob Dow, Glenn Bartkowski, Jacob Taylor, Glenn Korner, Chris Bagnall, Ed Chicoski, Dan Giustina, and Geoff Nooney. Viens has set modest goals for the 2017 season but despite his lack of experience both driving an open wheel car and competing at Stafford, he is excited to get his rookie season started.

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Over $55,000 in Contingency Awarded to Stafford Competitors in 2016

Stafford Springs, CT — When the final checkered flag of the 2016 season was unfurled at the NAPA Fall Final, it brought an end to a season that awarded Stafford drivers over $55,000 through the track’s Contingency Program Partners.

Stafford’s premier SK Modified® division led the way in payments to drivers with over $23,000 in contingency payouts.  The July 8 NAPA SK 5k was the biggest race of the season with over over $8,000 in contingency thanks to special contributions from Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair and Wheelers Auto along with the regular weekly SK Modified® contingency sponsors.  Providing weekly contingency bonuses were Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, Call Before You Dig, Casagrande Builders, and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand.  Special contingencies were provided by NAPA Auto Parts, Magnus Transmissions, Stafford Speedway in Memory of Mario Fiore, T/A Engines, Xtra Mart Convenience Stores, and Speedway Services.

Stafford’s Late Model drivers took home over $6,000 from contingency payouts.  Mr. Rooter Plumbing, 32 Signs, and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand were the contingency sponsors of Stafford’s top full fendered division with special contingencies provided by NAPA Auto Parts, Magnus Transmissions, Xtra Mart Convenience Stores, and Speedway Services.

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MTS 125 Getting Schooled at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Class is in session at Stafford Speedway as Lincoln Technical Institute of East Windsor has signed on to present the Modified Touring Series 125 on July 21.  The 2017 season will be the eighth consecutive year that Lincoln Tech has sponsored an event at the Stafford half-mile.  Lincoln Tech joined the Stafford family of sponsors in 2010 as the title sponsor of the Late Model 100.  The partnership continues in 2017 with the Inaugural Lincoln Tech 125 featuring the newly formed Modified Touring Series on Friday, July 21.

“Every year this partnership keeps getting better,” said said Rob Wargo, Eastern Connecticut High School Admissions Reps for Lincoln Tech.  “We’ve had nothing but success with the Stafford program which is geared towards finding the prospects that we’re looking for at Lincoln tech.  It’s been a shared partnership where we both feed off of the other’s strengths and it’s been nothing but good things.  We’ve done Modifieds, Late Models, and the Back 2 Skool night in the past and looking at the 2017 schedule we saw the Modified Touring Series coming to Stafford for the very first time so we thought, let’s be part of that race.  It’s something different than we’ve done in the past and we’re excited. Every year we get enrollments from our events and we’ve also made a lot of liaisons with employers we’re able to work those leads through our career services department.  When people see me now, they don’t refer to me as the Lincoln Tech guy, they call me the Stafford guy, so that’s a pretty good thing and it shows just how much this partnership has been working for us.”

The origins of the Stafford-Lincoln Tech partnership dates back prior to the 2010 season when Kris Fluckiger, who was a DARE Stock driver and also a Lincoln Tech student at the time, brought the two parties together and resulted in Lincoln Tech sponsoring the Late Model 100 that season.  Fluckiger will serve as the grand marshal of the Lincoln Tech 125 and he will send the modified field on its way with the most famous words in motorsports.

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ASCS Lineups Grows Beyond 150 Races With More In the Works

TULSA, Okla. (February 3, 2017) The 26th year of the American Sprint Car Series gets underway with the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints at Tampa’s East Bay Raceway Park and the 41st East Bay Winter Nationals and Ronald Laney Memorial.

A three day affair with the winner walking away with $10,000 is the start of a 154 race lineup for the drivers of the American Sprint Car Series in 2017, which consists of seven regional tours along with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
For drivers chasing ASCS Championships, nearly $400,000 in point fund is up for grabs with the biggest prize of $60,000 going to the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Champion. Entering the 2017 season, Texas native Sam Hafertepe, Jr. stands as the defending champion.

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