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Danny Snyder, Brad Grim, and Ryan Watt Capture Checkered Flags at Grandview Speedway on Saturday Night

Brett Peters and Ricky Rutt Winners in Vintage Racing Feature

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 22, 2018 . . . A full card of regular season NASCAR points-paying events Saturday night at Grandview Speedway got the 2018 racing season underway on a very exciting note, as Danny Snyder, Brad Grim and Ryan Watt, all, took home Opening Night wins at the popular high-banked third-mile clay oval in Bechtelsville, PA.

The 25-lap Late Model triumph by Snyder was his first victory at the raceway since July 20, 2013, and the tenth win of his career.

Watt dominated in the 30-lap NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modified main event, winning his third career feature race at the track and his first since September 3, 2005.
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Four Divisions of Racing at Grandview Speedway on Saturday Night

Bechtelsville, PA April 20, 2018 . . . It is going to be an action-packed night of auto racing at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night (April 21) with four divisions of racing excitement being offered.

Even though there is a fourth division of racing being presented there is no increase in admission prices. Fans will be treated to the start of the NASCAR season with the TP Trailers 358 Modifieds, Late Models, and Sportsman stock cars in action while the Blast from the Past Vintage racers will show fans what racing was like in past years.

A full series of qualifying events will be presented leading up to feature events in each division and all for the low admission price of $15 for adults while youngsters under 12 are admitted free. Pit admission is $30 and a NASCAR license is required.

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Point Battles Kick Off for All Three Divisions of Stock Car Racing at Grandview on Saturday, April 21st

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 17, 2018 . . . When NASCAR stock car racing gets the green flag at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, April 21st, two 10-time champions, Craig VonDohren and Jeff Strunk, will be trying to be the first to reach 11 championships. VonDohren has earned the T.P.Trailers 358 Modified championships the last three years and his strong third-place effort in the VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial last Saturday showed that he is ready for another strong season, perhaps a fourth straight title.

However, Jeff Strunk is also looking for a strong season as he goes after his 11th title and first since 2014. Duane Howard, another talented veteran, is a five-time champion and will be seeking his sixth title, last one won in 2012, during the 2018 season.

Make no mistake though it will not be all about VonDohren, Strunk, and Howard as the season gets underway with many young talents setting their sights on the lucrative title. Grandview Speedway is one of very few tracks, perhaps the only track, in the nation that affords racer the opportunity to win two titles, the NASCAR and track championships.

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$500 Bonus Posted for Whelen Modified Tour Events in Honor of Ted Christopher

Stafford Springs, CT — When the 2018 season at Stafford Speedway begins, the paddock area will be different.  For the first time in nearly 30 years the winningest driver in Stafford Speedway history, Ted Christopher, will not unload his signature #13 SK Modified®.  After tragically losing the racing legend last fall the racing community is coming together to continue the legacy of TC in the only way we know how, through racing.

Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner George Bierce has posted $500 bonuses for each of the three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events being held at Stafford Speedway this season.  Starting with the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® 200 on Sunday, April 29th, competitors will be eligible for the bonus which will be paid throughout the field.  The 13th place qualifier, 13th place car on lap 13, and 13th place finisher will each receive a $100 bonus while the winner will receive $200 for a total bonus of $500.

“I wanted to do something to honor Teddy,” explained George Bierce, owner and operator of Major Motion Transport.  “I’ve known Ted for a long time.  I sponsored his cars when he ran for Billy “Bear” Calicchio and raced against him for a long time.  He was a fierce competitor and a friend, we’ll miss him. I’m glad we can put up a bonus in his honor.”

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R.A.D. Auto Machine to Sponsor Limited Late Model Contingency

Stafford Springs, CT — New for the 2018 season, R.A.D. Auto Machine of Ludlow, MA will sponsor a weekly first place contingency bonus of $125 for the Limited Late Model division.  With the additional $125 bonus the total weekly purse for the division moves to $3,255 including an impressive $500 to win.

“The Limited Late Models are an important division in the Stafford Speedway ladder program,” explained Don Wood, owner and operator of R.A.D. Auto Machine.  “The cars in the Limited Late Model division are ideal for gaining experience, especially at Stafford.  There is a long list of successful graduates of the Limited Late Model division and that will continue to grow as more drivers move up.  I’m glad we are able to support Stafford and the Limited Late Model division.”

The Limited Late Model division will have a mix of old and new faces for the 2018 season including the return of two-time track champion Duane Provost, who is looking for his 3rd consecutive track championship in 2018.  Also returning for the new season are 2017 feature winners Jeremy Lavoie, Alexandra Fearn, R.J. Surdell, and Ryan Fearn, all of who are expected to contend with Provost for the 2018 championship.

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Grandview Speedway Trying Again with VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker Classic on Saturday, April 14

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 9, 2018 . . . OK, let’s try this again. The VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker Classic at Grandview Speedway is set for Saturday, April 14th at 7 pm after being weathered out last Saturday.

With $7,500 posted for the winner and $1,000 guaranteed just for making the starting field for the 50-lapper that has Small Block Modifieds going up against the Big Block Modifieds the race has attracted a huge amount of interest. This is especially true with the race being run to honor Bruce Rogers, one of the most respected race promoters in the business. He passed away in March, 2017.

The doubleheader show is expected to attract quite a few outsiders (racers who are not regulars at Grandview) to take part with the popular Sportsman stock cars making up the second part of the event. The Sportsman will be racing for $750 to win and $125 guaranteed for making the feature starting field.

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A Wintery Mix Forces the Postponement of Grandview Speedway’s VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial to Saturday, April 14th

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 5, 2018 . . . A weather forecast that includes a wintery mix of cold, snow, rain and wind on top of the already saturated grounds has forced Grandview Speedway management to postpone the First Annual VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial Money Maker Classic, scheduled for Saturday, April 7, to Saturday, April 14th at 7 p.m.

The same schedule of events will be presented on April 14th including a 50-lapper featuring the Small Block Modifieds going up against the Big Block Modifieds with the winner walking off with $7,500 and each feature starter earning at least $1,000. Also included in the doubleheader will be the exciting Sportsman stock cars racing for $750 to win and each feature starter earning $125.

A full series of qualifying heat races will be run in each division to decide who will get to race in the main events.

An impressive field of racers is expected to take part in the rescheduled doubleheader that will remember the late owner of the popular one-third-mile, banked clay oval and kicks off the 56th consecutive season of stock car racing at the Berks County facility.

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Chase Dowling to Chase Stafford SK Championship

Stafford Springs, CT — After posting 4 wins and finishing second in the 2017 SK Modified® standings at Stafford, Roxbury, CT native Chase Dowling has changed plans for the 2018 season. With the help of Ben Dodge and the support of his sponsors, Dowling is set to run for the 2018 SK Modified® championship at Stafford.

“We had a deal to race this year, but that fell through,” said Dowling. “I really wanted to race SK’s this year and thanks to the help of Ben Dodge along with my sponsors Wicked Motorsports, S & S Asphalt Paving, Hocon Industrial Gas, and Carrigan Heating and Air Conditioning, we were able to find a car and put a deal together at the last minute. Ben Dodge has been the shoulder that I’ve been leaning on for the past month. He always told me if I ever needed someone to talk to, I should give him a call. We numbered the car 36 in his honor, which is a number that has a lot of meaning for Ben. We’re basically running this deal like we did with my family operation a couple years ago and working on the car every day up here at the shop. There hasn’t really been an LFR car full-time at Stafford so I’m pretty excited to see what we can bring this season. It’s a bit of short notice, but we run the business during the day and then I’m picking away at the car every night. We’re in pretty good shape right now and we’ll be ready to go for the Sizzler.”

Despite the short time left before the first green flag of the 2018 season at the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® on April 28-29, Dowling will be ready to hit the track full speed ahead. Dowling also isn’t worried about the lack of track time in the SK Modified® division with an LFR Chassis car.

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Stafford Drivers React to Kevin Harvick SK Modified® Contingency

Stafford Springs, CT — Since the March 23rd announcement of Kevin Harvick and KHI Management’s participation in Stafford’s SK Modified® contingency program, SK Modified® teams and drivers have been buzzing with excitement.  We caught up with a few SK Modified® drivers to talk about the Harvick sponsorship and the status of SK Modified® racing at Stafford.

Keith Rocco  

On Harvick: “I think it’s pretty spectacular to have someone like Kevin Harvick join Stafford Speedway.  It’s huge to have someone like him on board and to do something like that for Ted is great.  Kevin and all those Cup guys, they pretty much all started out where we started so for him to remember the grassroots level is pretty awesome.” 

On Stafford SK Modified® Racing: “Stafford puts on a show second to none, from the facility to the crowds to the social media.  They go above and beyond in everything they do so that makes everyone want to bring their best game to Stafford.  Everyone is there to win and no one holds back with their equipment.  If you want to win races and put your name in the spotlight, Stafford is definitely the place to do that and put your name in the spotlight.”

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Casagrande Builders Renews Stafford SK Modified® Contingency for 2018

Stafford Springs, CT — For the second consecutive season, Casagrande Builders of Stafford Springs, CT, will present a $125 weekly contingency bonus for the 2nd place finisher in the SK Modified® feature. Casagrande Builders, a long-time supporter of Stafford Motor Speedway’s weekly racing program, had previously announced sponsorship of the inaugural Casagrande Builders Street Stock 25, a new event for the street stock division paying $300 to win and $60 to start. With the announcement, the SK Modified® weekly purses hits a record high of $9,460 including $1,950 awarded to the winner weekly.

“SK Modified® racing is second to none in Northeast,” explained Rick Casagrande owner of Casagrande Builders. “I’ve been coming to Stafford for a long time and I’ve never seen racing quite like it, there’s 10 plus cars that can win on any given night. The racing is fantastic and we’re glad to be a part of it.”

Casagrande Builders is a local family-owned business founded in the 1960’s based in Stafford, CT. With a full slate of resources including a skid steer, backhoe, mini excavator, and lift, Casagrande Builders is equipped for any of your building, remodeling, or excavation needs. In addition to construction expertise, Casagrande Builders is fully equipped for snow removal in the winter months. Contact the team for your next project by reaching out on Facebook or giving them a call at 860-684-2673.

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Ronnie Williams Preparing for Busy NAPA Spring Sizzler® at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag falls on the 47th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler® at Stafford Speedway on April 28-29, one of the busiest drivers in the paddock area will be Ellington native Ronnie Williams. Williams will be splitting his weekend between the #50 SK Modified® team owned by the Skowyra family and the #21 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owned by the Bertuccio family.

Williams kicked off his 2018 season with a trip to New Smyrna Speedway in February for the World Series of Asphalt Racing with the Bertuccio crew to get a head start on their 2018 Whelen Modified Tour duties. Although the team met with some mechanical gremlins during their week in Florida, Williams is excited about his prospects of recording a top-10 finish at his hometrack, Stafford Speedway, in the 200-lap NAPA Spring Sizzler®.

“Between New Smyrna and the start of the Tour season, I already have 8 races under my belt this, so I’m excited about the Spring Sizzler,” said Williams. “We had some good speed at New Smyrna, we just didn’t get the finishes we wanted with some mechanical issues. I’m happy that we worked out some issues down in Florida rather than at Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach didn’t work out like we hoped it would so we’ll go to Thompson in search of a top-10 and then to Stafford and hope for another top-10 finish. There’s nothing better than coming to Stafford, my home track for Spring Sizzler Weekend and racing two different cars. The Spring Sizzler is definitely a race that I’m looking forward to.”

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Driscoll Motorsports Photography Flashes Contingency in 2018 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that John and Andrea Driscoll of Driscoll Motorsports Photography have returned to the track’s contingency program for the 2018 season. DMS Photography will provide a $75 bonus to each Street Stock (formerly DARE Stock) feature winner this season. DMS Photography’s contingency bonus will push the Street Stock winner’s share from $150 up to $225.

“Driscoll Motorsports Photography has enjoyed the excitement that the former DARE Stock division has brought over the years and we’ve seen many of today’s top drivers get their start in this division,” said John and Andrea Driscoll. “With the rebranding of the division, hopefully our contribution will help attract new teams and help all the teams stay competitive throughout the season. If the Street Stocks are as competitive as the DARE’s have been in the past, I think our bonus will be paid out to many different winners this season. Everyone at the Driscoll MotorSports team wishes all competitors in all divisions the very best of luck this season.”

The 2018 season at Stafford will mark the 18th consecutive season that John and Andrea Driscoll have served as the official photographers of Stafford. DMS Racing Photos can be found in the photo booth located on the lower midway behind the main grandstand and they have a wide variety of products to offer to race fans and drivers alike. Driscoll Motorsports Photography offers sponsorship packages, hero cards, calendars, holiday greeting cards, framed photo prints and many other services to the teams and fans of Stafford Motor Speedway. DMS Racing Photos can also print out photos in their photo booth during an evening, allowing customers to take home photos from the very same night that they are at the track.

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N.E. Racing Fuel Powers Stafford’s Contingency Program for 20th Consecutive Season

Stafford Springs, CT — When the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season kicks off at Stafford Speedway, it will mark the 20th consecutive season New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand with John Holland and Mike Joy have been part of the track’s contingency program.  N.E. Racing Fuel was a charter member of the contingency program in 1999 and have been a member every year since.  Since the 1999 season, N.E. Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand has distributed over $125,000 in gas certificates to drivers from each of Stafford’s NASCAR Weekly All-American Series racing divisions.

“Wow, it’s hard to believe that 2018 will be our 20th consecutive season in the contingency program,” said John Holland of New England Racing Fuel.  “I think the fact that we’ve been in the program for 20 years in row now speaks volumes about how we feel about being a part of the contingency program at Stafford.  We’ve always received great feedback from the drivers over the years and we enjoy being part of the Friday night program.  We think Stafford has the best weekly short track racing that you’ll find anywhere and we’re all looking forward to watching another exciting season of NASCAR racing.”

When New England Racing Fuel first joined the Stafford Contingency Program in 1999, they supported the SK Modified® ProStock, and Late Model divisions.  Since the 1999 season, Stafford’s weekly division lineup has evolved to now include SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and the rebranded Street Stocks along with the SK Modifieds® and Late Models.  For the 2018 season, New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand will provide the top-3 finishers from all five divisions along with the top finishing rookie driver in each feature event with a $25 gas certificate.  With 22 races on the schedule, New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand will offer competitors over $10,000 in gas certificates during the 2018 season.

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Kevin Harvick Posts Weekly Bonus in Honor of Ted Christopher at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Following his March 11th victory at ISM Raceway, Kevin Harvick expressed his frustration with the disconnect between the short tracks of America and the highest levels of NASCAR.  ‘When I look at our hardcore fans, they’re all sitting at those short tracks and they’re mad,’ Harvick said in his post-race press conference following his 2nd consecutive win.  Since that remark, the NASCAR community has been buzzing with talk of returning to the roots and supporting local short track racing.  Harvick, the 2014 Cup Series Champion, is backing up his comments with contingency support at Stafford Speedway in 2018.

Through his company, KHI Management, Harvick will present two weekly bonuses to the SK Modified® division in 2018, both in honor of Stafford Speedway legend Ted Christopher.  Weekly, both the leader on lap-13 and the 13th place finisher will receive a $125 bonus provided by Kevin Harvick and KHI Management in remembrance of Ted Christopher’s number 13.

“I’m glad we’ve been able to start the conversations about local short tracks and local racers,” said Kevin Harvick.  “Most all of us came from local short tracks, and it’s important not to forget where we came from.  These tracks, racers, and fans are an integral part of the motorsports community.  It doesn’t take millions to make a difference.  My hope is to continue the conversation with this contingency program, because a little can go a long way at the local levels.”

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Dunleavy’s Gamblers Challenge Rolls On for the NAPA SK 5K

Stafford Springs, CT — For the 4th consecutive season, Doug Dunleavy of Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer repair will present the Dunleavy’s Gamblers Challenge at the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K.  What has become one of the marquee events on the Stafford Speedway schedule, the 2018 running of the 100-lap SK Modified® event will be the 5th annual.  The Dunleavy’s Gamblers Challenge bonus has been posted for 3 of the 4 NAPA SK 5K events and has increased the base purse by over $15,000 in 3 years.

“I love the modifieds, but there’s something about that race that gets everyone excited,” explained Doug Dunleavy.  “The SK Modified® racing at Stafford is the best weekly racing in the country and the NAPA SK 5K is the event everyone wants to win.  The Gamblers Challenge is fun because you won’t know who wins the bonus until the end of the race when the winner pulls the lucky chip.  Chase [Dowling] dominated last year and won nearly $6,000, a few years ago Ryan Preece won over $12,000.  This is a heck of a race, I hope all the fans and drivers are pumped up.”

The Gamblers Challenge bonus is unique in many aspects.  Drivers enter the challenge prior to the race by posting $100 which is then matched by Dunleavy.  The more drivers that enter, the higher the bonus.  Last season’s NAPA SK 5K saw all 27 starters entered in the challenge for a bonus of $5,400.  At the conclusion of the race, the winning driver draws one of four chips designating the bonus payout.  Based on last year’s $5,400 pot, the draw included:

$5,400 Bonus to the Winner
$1,080 to each of the top 5 finishers
$1,080 to each of the 6th through 10th finishers
$540 to each of the 11th through 20th finishers

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A-Verdi Returns for KOD Race to Open Devil’s Bowl “358” Modified Series

King of Dirt Racing Series shows to count toward mini-series track championship

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The ground-pounding Small Block “358” Modifieds are coming back to Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The Vermont facility returns to full-time dirt track stock car racing on a lightning-fast half-mile surface in 2018, and the new era of racing includes a four-event mini-series championship for the famed 358 Modifieds.

Two of the four race dates will be co-sanctioned by the King of Dirt Racing Series (KOD), while the other two dates will be independently run by Devil’s Bowl Speedway management.

A-Verdi Storage Containers returns to present the KOD Small Blocks with a special mid-week show on Wednesday, June 6.  Serving Vermont and Upstate New York, A-Verdi is family-owned-and-operated and has been a major motorsports supporter throughout its 37 years, including Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

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Call Before You Dig 811 Challenge Returns to Stafford; Paying $4,055

Stafford Springs, CT — For the past five seasons, Call Before You Dig has partnered with Stafford Motor Speedway to bring drivers one of the most unique contingency programs in all of racing with the CBYD 811 Challenge.  The CBYD 811 Challenge is a contingency that is available to all drivers at Stafford, regardless of division and will reward 5 lucky drivers with an $811 bonus for a total contribution of $4,055.  The CBYD 811 challenge will return to Stafford for the sixth consecutive season, beginning with the 47th  Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler® on April 28-29 and culminating with the August 10th Five-Star Series program.

The CBYD 811 Challenge utilizes a special points system to determine the five drivers who will each receive the $811 bonus.  During the 2018 season, drivers earn 100 points for a victory, and each subsequent position is worth 5 points less.  The five drivers who come the closest to accumulating 811 points without going over through the August 10th 5-Star Series program will each take home an $811 bonus.  The CBYD 811 Challenge bonuses will be awarded to the winning drivers on Friday, August 17th as part of the CBYD Late Model 50 program on CBYD 811 Night.  CBYD has distributed $20,275 to Stafford drivers over the past 5 years and this year’s CBYD 811 Challenge will bring the total contribution to Stafford drivers up to nearly $25,000. 

“Call Before You Dig is happy to continue our partnership with Stafford with the CBYD 811 Challenge program,” said Derek Brown, Vice President of Damage Prevention and Education at CBYD.  “Stafford Speedway has been a great partner to have in helping us to get the word out about calling CBYD before you undertake any project that requires digging into the ground.  With the way the points are awarded for the CBYD 811 Challenge, everyone here has fun keeping track of the CBYD 811 standings throughout the season and we’re happy that we can put together a program that benefits all of the drivers rather than focusing strictly on one division.  It’s appropriate that the program begins in April (Safe Digging Month) and ends in early August to help promote 811 Day (August 11th).”

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Joey Ferrigno Looking to Rebound in 2018

Stafford Springs, CT — For most drivers, a season that yields a win and a top-10 finish in the points standings would be considered a good year, but not for East Hartford native Joey Ferrigno. Since joining the SK Light division in 2012 where he won Rookie of the Year honors, Ferrigno has had only one season where he finished outside the top-5 in the points standings prior to last year.

“We had some problems last year that we didn’t catch 100%,” said Ferrigno. “We got a win and were up front a couple of weeks and for the average person that would probably be a good year, but coming off our last couple seasons, it was a disappointment for us. We thought maybe it was the different tire compound so we changed a bunch of stuff and the car just wouldn’t respond and get better. We took the car down to zero over the winter and found a couple of issues that we had overlooked. The car wasn’t as straight as it could have been and we had some front end parts that weren’t the same as they used to be so the adjustments we made to the car weren’t working. All those little things snowballed into a big problem and we were looking for a big problem to fix instead of looking for smaller issues. It was a tough year but I’d like to thank Gino with RH2 Radios, D’Addario’s Auto Service, Stevens Duct Work, Pinto Manufacturing, MTS Products, The Wheel Shop, and George for sticking with us.”

Having won 12 SK Light races from 2014-2016 and with 15 SK Light wins overall to his credit, Ferrigno is no stranger to winning SK Light feature events at Stafford. Despite his winning pedigree, the lack of results last season caused not only Ferrigno, but his crew chief Paul French as well to wonder if they just didn’t have what it took to win any more.

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Holland Speedway to Host Registration Party March 25

HOLLAND, NY… (March 18, 2018) The 59th season of consecutive racing at the high banks of Holland International Speedway will officially begin with the Registration Party on Sunday, March 25 at the Columns Banquet facility in Elma, NY.

Registration will take place from 4-7 pm inside the Dorian Room at the Columns, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. The agenda will include an honorable announcement, on-site interviews, the release of the highly anticipated 2018 schedule, season passes, pit pad registrations and all NASCAR and Holland Speedway registration forms. All forms of payment will be accepted.  

Hors-d’oeuvres and beverages will be served as well a racing-themed Chinese auction will take place. A chance to win sponsorships will also take place during the registration party.

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Keith Rocco Looking to Carry Momentum into 2018

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2018 season at Stafford Speedway less than 6 weeks away, defending SK Modified® champion Keith Rocco is looking forward to getting back to his winning ways on the track.  The driver of the #88 Wheelers Auto Chevrolet scored his third career SK Modified® track title last year and his 2 wins moved his career SK Modified® win total to 45 races, only 2 wins behind Bo Gunning for second place on Stafford’s all-time SK Modified® wins list.

“We’re really excited for the season,” said Rocco.  “We’ve been working hard over the winter and it was really great to finish last season off with 2 wins and end on a high note.  It’s always a morale booster for everyone to end the season like that.  It definitely sends you into the next season full steam ahead and ready to pick up where we left off.  I have to thank Wheelers Auto with John and Maina Rufrano, Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, FK Rod Ends, and Pettit Racing Engines for their support.”

While his championship effort last year was the third of his career at Stafford, it might have been the most impressive title that Rocco has won.  Rocco entered the final 2 races of last season with no wins to his credit and he trailed Chase Dowling by 34 points, or 17 positions on the track.  With only 2 races left to determine the champion, Rocco and the #88 team were able to deliver their 2 best performances of the season and they won both races, which was good enough to give the championship to Rocco by a 6 point margin over Dowling. 

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Lee USA Speedway Announces Changes to 2018 NASCAR Sanction

Lee, NH. – Lee USA Speedway Announced today that effective the 2018 Season the R&R “the tool Store and More” Late Model Sportsmen will be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Premier Division. Along with a bump in the progressive pay off to car count will bump to $500/$700/$1,000.

The Rodfather Super Modifieds who have been the Premier Division since 2011 will move to the Division 2 slot along with the Rodfather, NASCAR and the track providing a $10,000 Points fund. The Supers Schedule and payoffs will stay the same as posted.

Track Promoter Norm Wrenn III said “We feel this move is in the best interest of the track continue the track’s commitment to the NASCAR sanction and the weekly Whelen All-American Series. The Sportsmen have the best car counts week in and week out to bring the NASCAR State of New Hampshire awards back to Lee USA Speedway. We also will be looking at the Schedule to try and add some races to the Sportsmen to make it happen.”

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Brett Gonyaw Has The Spark of a Champion

Stafford Springs, CT — For the 2018 season, SK Light driver Brett Gonyaw will be looking to pick up right where he left off after a breakout 2017 season at Stafford Speedway.  Prior to last year, Gonyaw had made only 3 starts at Stafford, but made the most of his first full season by posting 2 wins, 9 top-5, and 12 top-10 finishes.  Gonyaw’s breakout season also saw him emerge as a championship contender, not only at Stafford but through the Champions Spark Plugs Search for A Champion contest.  With a stellar campaign under his belt, Gonyaw is looking forward to returning and once again running up front at the Connecticut half-mile facility.

“The whole team is pretty pumped as far as getting back to racing,” said Gonyaw.  “Last year was our first full season at Stafford and we came with high hopes after some good runs at some other tracks and we wanted to race a full year at what we feel is the best track around.”

Gonyaw’s 2017 season didn’t get off to the best of starts, with finishes of 26th, 27th, and 14th sandwiched around a 3rd place finish in the first four races.  But Gonyaw’s season turned around for the better with the big money, extra distance Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night race on June 9th.  Gonyaw and the #81 Johnny’s Mud Runs team took the checkered flag to pick up his first career Stafford win and take home an SK Light record payday of $2,025 between purse and contingencies.

“That race was kind of funny because we had some bad luck in the races before that and had to race our way into the field through the consi,” said Gonyaw.  “We started deep in the field but with the extra laps, we had plenty of time to get to the front.  With 19 laps to go, we started picking guys off one by one and when the two leaders got together in front of us and we were in the right place at the right time to take over the lead.  We started out as a learning team and after that race, we were pumped up looking for wins.  It took us a while to get another win but that race really set the bar for the rest of our season.  I think I have a target on my back this year for the Dunleavy’s Modifiedz event.  Everyone is going to be hunting for us for that race.  That was 100% a turning point for us last year and it was great to put some money in the bank that we were able to use for parts and pieces on the car that we needed to finish the season out.”

Gonyaw will be looking forward to Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night on May 25th this season but also has high hopes for his entry in the 2018 Champion Spark Plugs Search for a Champion contest, which will award the grand prize winner $50,000.  Gonyaw entered the contest in 2017 and was one of the 10 runners-up.  Stafford fans can help Gonyaw become the 2018 winner by visiting his www.gonyawmotorsports.com website and clicking the link to vote.

“We found out about the contest 2 years ago right after the season ended,” said Gonyaw.  “We submitted some photos and a video to the Champion website.  We had to promote it and get likes and shares through the Champion website to make it to the next round.  There is one grand prize winner for $50,000 and they have 10 runners-up.  We were one of the 11 finalists last season and received about $6,000 from Champion.  That money really helped complete the puzzle for us since we started off the year with a very small budget.  They determine a winner through a combination of depiction of a champion, inspirational quality, and the number of votes you get.  Winning the $50,000 prize this year, would be a huge weight off our shoulders with funding the car for the entire season.  We could worry about what we need to do instead of what we have to do.  I always say if we can start the season as a Champion then we should be able to end the season as a Champion.  To vote for me, just go to www.gonyawmotorsports.com and there is a link that will bring you to the voting section on the Champion website.  Fans have to register with Champion and then they can vote for us once a day.  The last day to vote is March 23.”

The 2018 SK Light season kicks off with the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® on April 27-29. Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $40.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $42.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available. All tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday admission. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Discount Spring Sizzler® tickets will be available beginning the week of Monday, March 19 at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores.  For a list of the participating NAPA stores for the 2018 season, please go to http://staffordmotorspeedway. com/participating-napa-auto- parts-stores/.

For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR

Stafford’s SK Modified® & Late Model Weekly Purses Increasing in 2018

Stafford Springs, CT — Capping off a pre-season of improved purse structures, Stafford Speedway management is proud to announce the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions will be receiving an enhanced purse in 2018.  These increases for the SK and Late Model divisions follow the previously announced purse increases for the SK Lights, Limited Late Model, and Street Stocks.

“Our commitment is 100% behind our weekly competitors and we will continue to focus our efforts in supporting their programs,” explained Stafford Speedway General Manager Mark Arute.  “We are looking at a strong contingent of drivers and teams for the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions and the increased weekly payouts will ensure an exciting season.”

Both the Late Model and SK Modified® weekly purses will increase by just under 10% for the new season.  The SK Modified® division will have a base purse of $1,500 to win with a total purse of $8,560 while the Late Model base purse will be moved to $800 to win with a total purse of $5,375.  Last place payout will move to $150 and $120 for the SK Modified® and Late Models respectively. 

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Todd Douillard Eyes First Win in Stafford’s SK Lights

Stafford Springs, CT — With the dawn of a new season just over the horizon, Stafford Speedway SK Light driver Todd Douillard has been busy preparing his #16 Marcotte Ford machine in hopes of recording his first feature win.  Douillard got started in the SK Light division in 2013 and in five seasons his best career finish has been a pair of second place efforts during the 2016 season.  Douillard feels like he has everything he needs in place in order to score his first victory at Stafford.

“We’re looking forward to getting back on the track,” said Douillard.  “We had the entire car redone and now are building on it to make it even better.  We’re going to take things one week at a time and see how things go. We want to win some races this season.  Chris Kopec is helping us out and he gives me some good advice and I know I need to be a little more aggressive on the track.  We bought a backup car in case it’s needed.  We noticed a lot of other teams were going that route so we have to do the same to stay on top of the game.  With a backup car in place, I can afford to be a little more aggressive in trying to go for wins.  We have Marcotte Ford, Collision Plus Auto Body, and Kopec’s Auto as our sponsors this year and I also have to thank Grandpa and Grandma Lusty, and my car owner Fred Silliker.  Also, I’m excited that my cousin Hunter Duquette will be starting in the Cubs division in Wild Thing Karts on Monday nights with the same paint scheme as we have on the SK Light car.”

As Douillard prepares for the upcoming season, he has an extra confidence about himself thanks to his team’s off-season maintenance work on the #16 car.  Douillard’s team purchased their car from NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Eric Goodale.

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Purse over $3,000 for R.A.D. Auto Machine Street Stock 30

Stafford Springs, CT — Following last week’s announcement of the Casagrande Builders Street Stock 25, the excitement surrounding the 2018 season for the Street Stock division at Stafford Speedway has been high.  In addition to the increased weekly purse and lap count, as well as the new Casagrande Builders 25, the Street Stock division will take center stage for a 2nd time in 2018 with the R.A.D. Auto Machine Street Stock 30 on Friday, September 7th. The event will boast a $3,415 purse and will pay $500 to win and $100 to start.

“The Street Stock division is the heart and soul of weekly racing at Stafford and throughout the northeast,” explained Don Wood of R.A.D. Auto Machine.  “The division has served as a stepping stone for so many drivers while also acting as a great affordable division for all ages and levels of racing.  We are excited to offer a purse of over $3,000 as well as $500 to win, this should be another exciting event on the 2018 schedule.”

The longest race in the history of the Street Stocks, the 30-lap distance will be a test for teams and drivers.  Historically the Street Stocks, formerly the Dare Stock division, competed at a weekly distance of 15 laps, making the 30-lap feature on September 7th double the distance.  Drivers and teams will have a full season of preparation as the 30-lap special will be held in early September.

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Brandon Michael Going the Distance at Stafford in 2018

Stafford Springs, CT — After running a partial season in 2017, Granville, MA native Brandon Michael has his sights on running the full Street Stock schedule at Stafford Speedway and challenging for the track championship this season.

“The plan is to run for the championship this year,” said Michael. “We were one of the cars to beat the couple of times we showed up last year, we were just lacking a couple of things. We’re switching over to the manual transmission, which I think was the main thing we were lacking last season and we’re looking to have a lot of fun this year. The main thing for us is to be consistent every week, not necessarily winning every week, but being on the podium and keeping the points rolling.”

Michael is a 7-year veteran of what was formerly known as the DARE Stock division and although he has only run a full season in three of those seven years, he knows what it takes to be among the championship contenders. Michael and the #74 All Season Small Engine Repair team challenged Johnny Walker right down to the wire during the 2016 season and finished second in the standings. In his limited 2017 schedule he posted 6 top-5 and 8 top-10 finishes. With the level of experience he has built up through seven seasons of competition, Michael feels like 2018 will be his year to shine.

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Nashua Businessman Purchases Lee USA Speedway

Nashua, NH. — Longtime Nashua businessman Norman Wrenn Jr. has purchased Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH.  Wrenn bought the 3/8 mile speedway from John “Red” MacDonald and wife Judy, track owners for the last 33-years. Wrenn made the disclosure Tuesday, February 27.

Wrenn, in his 40th year in the propane gas business, is also a successful stock car racer, dating back to 1983. A many time feature winner and track champion, Wrenn has competed in Pro Stock, Pro-4 modified, and Modified Racing Series competition over a 35-year career. Wrenn ironically won his first Pro Stock race at Lee in 1993.

“No changes, no staff changes, no race division changes, the recently announced schedule for the 2018 season is in place and we are prepared to go with it,” said Norman Wrenn III when speaking about the takeover.

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Justin Bren Returns to Limited Late Model Division at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — After sitting out the 2017 season at Stafford Speedway, Palmer, MA native Justin Bren will return to the Limited Late Model ranks for the 2018 season with his eyes set on contending for the track championship.  With a new #66 Bertera Chevrolet machine at his disposal, Bren is excited for the season and he can’t wait to get back to driving after a season of helping out his fellow Rob Russell Chassis teammates.

“I sat out last year and helped a few guys who use Rob Russell Chassis and it was tough for me to not want to throw my firesuit on and get back in the car,” said Bren.  “I’m really looking forward to going fast again like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights.  My old car was an original Limited Late Model car and not that there was anything wrong with that but it was built for a guy who was 160 pounds and 5’5”.  I’m 6’2” and a lot heavier than that so it’s kind of nice to be working with a car that was built for me and I’m more comfortable in the driver’s seat then I ever have been.  Driver comfort is huge when it comes to going fast in these cars so I think that will play into my hands and I’ll be able to go faster.  I think the big difference will be the new car.  Basically, the only things I have from my old car is the motor, the transmission, and the seat.  There’s been a lot of rule changes since the Limited Late Model division began so having the right chassis for the job will be key.”

As Bren prepares to take on his 6th season of Limited Late Model competition, he is not feeling worried about when he hits the track for the first time in 2018.

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Kevin Gambacorta Ready to Challenge for Late Model Title at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Since his rookie season in 2012, Ellington native Kevin Gambacorta has become a mainstay in Stafford Speedway’s Late Model division in the yearly chase for the championship. Gambacorta finished 9th in the standings as a rookie in 2012 but he has finished either 3rd or 4th in each of the past 5 seasons in the standings. Gambacorta and the #23 Rafferty Fine Grading/LifeCare Family Chiropractic team finished the 2017 season tied for 2nd with Tom Fearn coming agonizingly close to making Stafford history as the first driver to win championships in three different divisions. With a new Dodge Charger body on his #23 car, Gambacorta is ready to once again challenge for a Late Model championship.

“We just put a new Dodge Charger body on the car,” said Gambacorta. “I used to run the Charger body back in the Limited Late Model days and we won a couple championships with it so maybe the new body will bring back some of our good luck. We were really good last year but there was one night halfway through the season where we got in an early wreck which knocked the toe out of the car and after that the car was terrible. We could never figure it out all season long. We tried so many different things and the car just wouldn’t turn. It would be good for a lap or two and then it wouldn’t turn after that. After the season was over we brought the car down to Jay Stuart and he’s gone through the entire car so hopefully we’ve gotten the chassis figured out.”

Looking at the numbers and Gambacorta’s 2017 season was indeed a tale of two halves. Gambacorta recorded 6 podium finishes, including his lone win, in the first 10 races while he was only able to record one podium finish over the final 7 races. With the championship margin being so small at only 8 points, Gambacorta feels like the championship might have been in their grasp and slipped away.

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Alexander Pearl Joins Robust SK Light Rookie Class at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — When the first green flag falls on the 2018 SK Light season at Stafford Speedway, it will begin an intense duel for R.A.D. Auto Machine Rookie of the Year honors.  Salem, CT native Alexander Pearl is one of currently 10 rookie drivers signed up for the 2018 season, including 5 graduates of the Monday night Wild Thing Karts program.  Pearl raced for 6 seasons in the Wild Thing Kart ranks, winning a total of 20 feature events and the 2014 Junior Outlaw championship.  Pearl continued his championship-winning ways by taking home the Mini Stock title at Monadnock Speedway last season and he is looking forward to his first full season of SK Light competition at Stafford.

“I’m pretty excited,” said Pearl.  “I ran twice last season and I got a good feel for the car.  I’ve been going to Stafford for a long time to watch the races so it’s going to be pretty cool to actually be out there racing.  The competition is going to be very tough.  The SK Lights had to run consi events last year, so there’s going to be a lot of cars and a lot of stiff competition on the track.”

Pearl will carry sponsorship from Darling Auto Parts on his #7 machine along with support from Cliff Nelson and Mike V.  Despite his plans to run for Rookie of the Year, Pearl says that he is still in search of sponsorship that will allow him to comfortably run the full season.

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