Stafford Springs, CT — The NAPA Spring Sizzler® at Stafford Motor Speedway is the longest continuous run event on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour calendar. While the Sizzler record books are filled with names like Christopher, Stefanik, Evans, and Troyer, one driver who quietly has amassed a sterling record in the Spring classic is 2003 NWMT Champion Todd Szegedy. The Ridgefield native has 8 top-5 and 9 top-10 finishes in 15 career Sizzler® starts with a best finish of second, which he has achieved five different times (2003, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016). Szegedy is primed to go one spot better than his career best and take home his very first NAPA Spring Sizzler® trophy behind the wheel of the #85 Montanari Fuel / Stuart’s Auto Chevrolet co-owned by Bob Katon and Kevin Stuart.
“I always feel good about coming to Stafford,” said Szegedy. “I have a lot of experience there and my crew chief Don [Barker] has a lot of knowledge for Stafford. We know what we need to make the car go fast, the challenge will be being able to make that happen and making the right calls during the race. Obviously, we want to win but we’ve got to start somewhere with good finishes. It’s always a little disappointing when you don’t win and finish second. I have 19 career wins and I’d really like to get to the milestone of 20 wins and what better place to do that than at Stafford? The Sizzler is definitely on my bucket list for races that I’d like to win. A Sizzler win would mean a lot to me but even more would be how happy it would make the team. When you win, there’s no better feeling than seeing how happy the whole team is, it’s a very rewarding feeling.”