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Thompson Test & Tune Update

Currently, there is still snow on the track and around the venue, but we are going to wait to make a decision until Friday at 12 PM. It is hard to give a definitive answer as to whether the track will be clear given the forecasted weather conditions. We sure hope to see it happen but aren’t certain at this time. 

If any changes to the schedule occur or if the weather does not cooperate and we have to cancel, we will let everyone know ASAP on our Facebook page as well as our website. If you have any questions, please call us at 860-923-2280

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LFR Northeast Becomes Part of LFR Enterprises

Rob Fuller Acquires Business from Bob Charland

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (March 22, 2017) – LFR Enterprises, owned by Rob Fuller, has acquired LFR Northeast which was previously operated by Bob Charland.

Fuller will take over the Northeast region for modified distribution and sales for LFR Enterprises.  Charland will no longer be selling parts to the racing industry.

“Rob and I had an agreement that if I ever wanted to change direction that he would step up and take over,” said Charland. “Rob has a very unique product line that really requires a vast knowledge of this industry which he has, so this really makes sense not only for me, but the customers as well.”

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It’s All in the Family for Brian Tagg

THOMPSON, CT – For nearly four decades the Tagg name has appeared on entry lists at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. John Tagg piloted one of the earliest versions of his Modified. His son, Tom, competed in the Sunoco Modifieds, a division he earned a championship in 1990. Currently, third generation driver, Brian, keeps the family tradition alive, piloting the No. 9 entry in the Thompson Speedway Motorsport Park Late Model Division.

The 2015 Late Model Champion, Brian, started his career behind the wheel of a Thompson Modified. There he achieved reasonable success, missing a 2009 championship due to a self-admitted driver error. After the division was disbanded in 2012, Tagg decided along with his team – AKA his family – that they would take a year off.

In 2014, when Tagg got back behind the wheel, he traveled with the American Canadian Tour, competing with some of the toughest Late Model competitors in the northeast. 

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Jeff Baral Gets Boost with New Sponsors at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford SK Modified® driver and Southington native Jeff Baral will welcome two new sponsors to his #18 team for the 2017 season.  Baral is hopeful that the new sponsorship will yield a return to the top-5 of the SK Modified® points standings this season.

“We’ve always had good equipment and good help but we’ve never had the financial backing to show what we can do,” said Baral.  “With the help of 2 new sponsors, Island Coffee Company and TR Landworks along with returning sponsors, The Wheel Shop, Morrison and Johnson, and Arbitell Convenience Stores, I definitely think we’re going to have a good boost.  I have some really great crew guys with Jamie, Barry, Jeff, Scott, Glen, Lou and with Jimmy Fuller helping us out on the chassis and Mike Pettit on the motor, I think we can have a great year.”

Island Coffee is based out of Long Island with many distribution outlets throughout the northeast and they have been in business since 1977.  Island Coffee is sold to the majority of your local convenience stores so be sure to grab an Island Coffee every Friday night on your way to and from Stafford Motor Speedway.  TR Landworks is based in East Hartland and they specialize in clearing multiple acres of land for wildlife habitat; creation, maintenance, and reclamation.  They are also well suited for farm land restoration and all forms of land maintenance and clearing.

Baral made a full-time return to the SK Modified® division last year after not racing a full season since 2010.  Baral has 7 SK Modified® feature wins in his Stafford career between 2003 and 2006. Those were also the best seasons of Baral’s career as he finished 6th and 7th in the points in 2004, 2005, and 2006.  Despite having never cracked the top-5 in the final points standings in a season, Baral says that is his goal for the 2017 season along with getting his #18 back into NAPA Victory Lane for the first time since June 9, 2006.

“Honestly I’d like to win a couple of races this year and compete for a top-5 spot in the points standings,” said Baral.  “We’d also like to be more consistent with our race finishes.  With consistency comes points and race wins.  Going back in my career, we had a stretch where we weren’t worse than 7th in points and with Jimmy Fuller helping us out this season, I think the car is better now than it ever was then.  A championship would obviously be great.”

Last season saw Baral and the #18 team miss three races but they still finished well enough in their starts to end the season in 14th place in the standings.  While the season was full of ups and downs for Baral, he recorded three top-10 finishes in his final 5 starts, including a season-best second place finish in the final Friday night race of the year.  This stretch of races gives Baral confidence that he can match his pre-season goals of finishing in the top-5 in the points as well as getting back to NAPA Victory Lane.

“The car was always really good last year, we just didn’t always have the results to show,” said Baral.  “We’ve gone through the car and rebuilt everything and freshened up the motor so I think we can have a fast car every week this season.  We just need to have a little luck on our side.  We’ve been at Stafford long enough to know all the ups and downs.  Racing is such that there’s usually a lot more downs than ups but we’re hoping that we can have a season with more highs than lows this year.

Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring,” the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 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.  Tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday admission.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Discount Tickets will be available at all 71 participating NAPA Auto Parts stores beginning on Monday April 3rd.  For a full list of the 71 locations throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and Rhode Island, call the speedway office or visit us on the web at www.staffordmotorspeedway.com/ participating-napa-auto-parts- stores.

For more information on the contingency program or to order tickets for the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, 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

Cash Flows with On Time Accounting SK Light Contingency Program at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — On Time Accounting (OTA) of Feeding Hills, MA, will return to the Stafford Speedway contingency program and present a $100 bonus for each 2nd place SK Light feature finisher.  With 22 races on the schedule, On Time Accounting will contribute a bonus of $2,200 to SK Light drivers during the 2017 season.  When combined with contingency awards from Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, Olson Apartments, and New England Racing Fuel, SK Light drivers will be racing for over $9,000 in bonus and $2,200 in fuel certificates during the 2017 season.

“We’re excited to be back at Stafford for another season,” said Mike Margiotta, president of On Time Accounting.  “This season we’re also doing some sponsorship with David Arute on his #75 SK Light car, so we’re looking forward to another exciting season of racing and having a fun year of helping the teams out.  We love being able to help teams out, being at the track, and being among the teams and the drivers.  I don’t think there’s any other sport that can match the excitement, commitment, and comradery of motorsports.”

In addition to their contingency program bonus, On Time Accounting is continuing their “Racing Bucks” program which is available to all Stafford Motor Speedway teams.  All a team has to do is refer a client to On-Time Accounting, and as long as that client remains with OTA, OTA will send the team a check for 10% of the monthly billing for the referred client once OTA has been paid with no cost to the race team.

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Paul Arute Moving up to Stafford Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT — After 3 years of full-time Limited Late Model competition, Tolland native Paul Arute will move to the Late Model Division for the 2017 season at Stafford Motor Speedway.  Arute notched a division high 5 wins and 12 top 5’s during his 2016 campaign in the Limited Late Model division.

“We’ve come a long way since my first season in the Limited Late Models,” explained Arute.  “I can’t thank my crew and all my supporters enough, a lot of people were instrumental to our success in 2016.  My crew chief Steve Johnson has stuck with me over the last 3 years and last year we hit our stride and parked it in victory lane 5 times.”

Arute is making the jump to a revitalized Late Model division in 2017.  Historically the Late Model division has been highly competitive and the 2017 season will be no different with a strong group of returning drivers and a few new drivers that will surely make an impact.

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$1,000 K&N Engineering Giveaway Set for September 2nd

HOLLAND, NY (March 17, 2017) — K&N Engineering and has long set the standard for air filters and performance automotive parts. This year, the Holland Speedway is bringing K&N closer to both drivers and fans alike. As the Official Air Filter of NASCAR, $1,000 total in K&N gift certificates will be given away on Saturday, September 2nd as part of Season Championship night.

The Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency Pro Modified 75 feature winner will receive a $400 gift card, while the Bank of Holland Pro Charger 50 feature winner will receive a $200 gift card. Rest assured, the track’s diehard fans won’t miss out on the action either. Two lucky fans will win $100 gift cards, and four will win $50 gift cards.

But there’s a catch! Fans are encouraged to purchase the track’s $2 souvenir program that evening, because the two $100 gift cards will be given out via specially marked programs, with a lucky star printed on the Driver Autograph pages. The last four winners will be selected from the grandstand by holding their mobile phones up in the air to show our MC that they’ve Liked and Shared the official Holland International Speedway Facebook page. The first four to hold up their phones when prompted by the Public Address system, will win!

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Seekonk Speedway Announces Bonus Filled Late Model Schedule

Triple Crown and Power 5 Races Highlight Schedule

SEEKONK — March 17, 2017 — This year’s Late Model schedule is full of extra money races that is sure to pack the field in the growing division all season long. Dylan Estrella looks for a third straight championship but will be challenged by the like of Austin Blais, Gerry Degasparre, Nick Johnson and the returning Brandon Dion well as a host of up an coming talented drivers like Dan Johnson, Jake Johnson, Ryan Kuhn, Mike Toner Jr and Joey Parker.

“The Late Model division is going to be a great battle all year long,” said David Alburn, Competition Director “The competition for rookie of the year is going to be a lot of fun to watch.”

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Free-to-the-Public Practice Session Set for Grandview Speedway March 25

Point Championship Battle Kicks Off On April 1st with NASCAR Tripleheader

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 17, 2017 . . . A large turnout of racers is expected for the Saturday, March 25th free-to-the-public practice session at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA.

 Activity is expected to get the green flag at noon with many different classes of competition expected to join the Grandview regulars of T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars along with Enduro and Vintage racers. Pits will open at 9 a.m.

The Saturday afternoon practice session will give racers the opportunity to test and tune their racing equipment for the new season, work out the kinks and just get a feel for the track before “official” racing action gets underway on April 1st.

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NWMT: Rob Fuller Motorsports Adds Chase Dowling

Rob Fuller Motorsports of Shrewsbury, MA brings a new driver for next season. Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT joins the team with 4 top fives and 15 top 10s in 32 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts. He was the youngest Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner when he ran in 2015. Fuller and Dowling spoke at the World Series last year regarding 2017.

“Rob was one of the first people that approached me about driving a racecar for him,” Dowling said. “…I just want to win races and Rob Fuller’s going to give me the opportunity to provide me a car where I can be up front.”

Rob Fuller of Boylston, MA sees positives in his new driver. The No. 15 car is the house car for LFR Chassis, which won the last two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships with Doug Coby. The adjustments on the car are different and Fuller wants a driver to provide the best feedback.

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“Geezer” Fanelli Moving into NASCAR 358 Modified Stock Car Racing at Grandview Speedway

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 10, 2017 . . . When the 2017 NASCAR stock car racing season kicks off at Grandview Speedway Joe “Geezer” Fanelli will be moving from the BRC Late Models to the primary class of competition, the NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds.

The veteran racer will be fielding his own race car as he challenges some of the best in the business when the battle for the track and NASCAR titles gets underway on Saturday, April 1st at 7 p.m. Again this year the Saturday night action on the one-third-mile, banked clay over will feature the 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models, and Sportsman stock cars.

Fanelli, a veteran racer who has performed in many divisions of racing competition, will be making his first start in the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds. During his colorful auto racing career, he has performed with Late Models, Sportsman, Legends, 600 Modifieds and more. He has three feature wins to his credit in the 600 Modifieds and was the winner of the 2010 Northeast Small Car Nationals.
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Olson Apartments Renews SK Light Contingency at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Olson Apartments of Feeding Hills, MA has renewed their commitment in Stafford Speedway’s SK Light contingency program for the 2017 season.  Olson Apartments will furnish a weekly $75 bonus to the third place finisher in each SK Light feature event this season.  With 22 races on the schedule, SK Light drivers will have an extra $1,650 to race for thanks to Olson Apartments’ contribution to the contingency program.

“I love the modifieds and we really enjoyed being part of the race program last season,” said Mark Olson, Owner of Olson Apartments.  “The SK Lights put on an exciting show every week and we can’t wait to see them in action again this year.  Stafford puts on a great show every Friday night and we’re looking forward to coming to the track and watching the excitement.”

Olson Apartments serves the Agawam and West Springfield areas with efficiency 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and they have been offering professional service with a personal touch since 1977.  For apartment availabilities and more information, please visit them online at www.olsonapartments.net or call Mark Olson at 413-786-6462.

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Joey Ferrigno Focused On NAPA Victory Lane in Stafford’s SK Lights

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford SK Light driver Joey Ferrigno is coming off a 2016 season that some would call the best season of his 5-year career in the SK Light division at Stafford.  Ferrigno finished a career high, second place in the championship points standings on the strength of a career best 12 top-5 finishes.  The 2016 season saw his win total drop from 5 wins in both 2014 and 2015 down to 2.  Ferrigno has notched a championship at Stafford winning back in 2005 in the DARE Stock division and while he thinks he can be a contender once again this year, he is more focused on parking his #87 RH2 Way Radio Communications machine in NAPA Victory Lane than trying to win a championship.

“We feel like we’re in good shape for this season,” said Ferrigno.  “We do our homework, we take our time working on the car, and we try to not beat ourselves on the little things that can get missed.  We weren’t as high in the win category as we have been the last couple seasons but I don’t particularly race for championships.  Tony and I had a good battle going on at the end of the year and we would have been right there if we didn’t get caught up in some wrecks towards the end of the year but it all comes down to luck.  I’d take a bunch of wins over the championship.  We haven’t won the championship the last couple years but I’m still having fun winning races.  It’s always about winning races and then if you can win the championship, that’s a bonus for the end of the year.  We have some great support from RH2Way Radios, D’Addario’s Auto Service, Pinto Manufacturing, M+S Products, and Stevens Ductwork and we definitely think we can be a contender this year.”

As well as going through and updating some things on his #87 machine, his Horsepower Hill team have expanded their operations to include a car for Legend Cars graduate Glenn Korner, who will be piloting the #27.  Korner will join Joe Graf, Jr. and Paul French as teammates to Ferrigno for the upcoming season.  Ferrigno says that while the new combination might have some positives and negatives, he feels like that in the long run it will benefit the team.

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Kevin Gambacorta On Par for Late Model Title at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — The first green flag of the season is less than 52 days away at Stafford Speedway and one driver who is eager for the season to get started is Late Model driver and Ellington resident Kevin Gambacorta.  After 4 seasons in the Late Model division, Gambacorta finally was able to break through and win his first two Late Model races last season and he finished fourth in the points standings.  The winter months have seen Gambacorta and his #23 LifeCare Family Chiropractic team updating his car and he feels like he is the best prepared he’s ever been to start a season at Stafford.

“I have a lot of confidence coming into this season,” said Gambacorta.  “Last year I wasn’t really sure of my schedule so we didn’t really do much to the car in the off-season.  It wasn’t junk but it was pretty wore out and my plan was to run the first couple of races and see what happened.  The race before we won for the first time we tried something on the car that Jay Stuart had taught me years before and it was unbelievable how good the car was that night.  From that point on, we had like 6 or 7 podiums in a row and we were the best car out there.  I don’t think anyone accumulated more points than we did.  Over the winter I dug into my pockets and we put a new Ford rear end in the car and we updated things like the brakes and the clutch.  The biggest thing for us is Dave Miller from Auto Machine in East Windsor put together a new motor for us.  The motor we had been running was good but I don’t think people would believe just how much time we had on it.  I really think we can go out and be one of the cars that everyone has to worry about to win the championship this year.  We put a lot more effort into the car this offseason than in the past and I think this is the best equipment I’ve ever had to start off a season.”

But that’s not all Gambacorta has to look forward to as he looks to contend for the 2017 Late Model championship.  Gambacorta is vying to become the first driver in Stafford’s long and storied history to win a championship in three different divisions.  Gambacorta is the 2004 DARE Stock champion along with winning the Limited Late Model championship in 2006 and 2011.  Gambacorta is one of ten drivers along with Mike Stefanik, Tom Rosati, Chuck Docherty, Doug Coby, Jerry Marquis, Woody Pitkat, Michael Bennett, Tom Fearn, and Tony Membrino, Jr. to have won championships in two different divisions.

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NASCAR Announces Nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018, Landmark Award

Allison, Farmer, Gibbs, Labonte, Penske New to Ballot; France, Hawkins Join Landmark List

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 8, 2017) — NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Each name made an indelible mark on the sport, whether from behind the wheel or atop a pit box … or even from inside a broadcast booth. After long careers that have helped shape NASCAR, all are now one step closer to its highest honor – enshrinement into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Included among the list are five first-time nominees, all racing heroes who earned race wins, championships … and millions of fans.

Among them are two owners who have each eclipsed the 100-win mark (Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske), a driver who combined for four championships in NASCAR’s Modified and Late Model Sportsman division (Red Farmer), an extreme talent who collected 19 wins before his too-soon passing (Davey Allison) and the 2000 premier series champion (Bobby Labonte). For a full list of nominees, please see below.

Click for bios of the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class nominees

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2017 Garage Pass – Dylan Estrella

Mar 7, 2017 — This week for garage pass I drove out to meet up with Dylan Estrella and his dad, Barry, at their garage in Berkley, MA. Dylan has been going to the shop where his Everett’s Auto Parts Late Model is now garaged since a very young age and surprisingly he wasn’t always into racing. Being one of the most well-known names of the new generation at Seekonk Speedway you would think that racing has always been his number one goal. After a while it grew on him and he has become a force to be reckoned with; numerous wins in numerous divisions and championships to match, Dylan and his entire crew (and family!) are looking forward to showing everyone in 2017 that they are not backing down and are hungrier than ever for another championship.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway “Facebook Live” Talk Show Keeping Off-Season Fun

“Let’s Talk Racing!” show has made over 330,000 Facebook impressions since December

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The winter months are usually not much fun for stock car racing fans in the Northeast, but Devil’s Bowl Speedway in snowy Vermont is changing that.  A weekly live talk show called “Let’s Talk Racing!” – airing every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook’s “Live” video platform – has kept fans and racers engaged in an upbeat, interactive program through positive use of social media.

Track promoter Mike Bruno and media director Justin St. Louis host the one-hour show on Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s official Facebook page.  Since debuting on December 15, “Let’s Talk Racing!” has become a place to discuss news and information at the Rutland County facility, but the show has not been limited in its focus.  The hosts have a list of topics, but viewers are encouraged to have an active part in the show by posting questions and comments during the broadcast.  Several drivers have been guests, and a few episodes have been broadcast live on location from drivers’ race shops and garages.  The planned guest for Thursday, March 9, is Lyle DeVore, promoter of Howard Commander’s famed Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley Speedways in New York State.

The show is free to watch and participate in.  Production is extremely low-budget – no money has been spent to date, in fact – and the show is simply streamed via cell phone camera.  Through its first 12 weeks, “Let’s Talk Racing!” has gathered an average weekly audience of nearly 3,000 unique viewers and well over 330,000 impressions on Facebook via shares, likes, and comments.

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Holland Speedway Hosts Registration Party

2017 Schedule of Events Released

HOLLAND, NY… (March 5, 2017)  The 58th season of racing at the historic Holland International Speedway officially kicked off with the annual Registration Party at the Holland Willows. A great turnout was on hand as drivers, crew members, and officials were all together to kick off the 2017 campaign.

During the Registration Party, Holland management gave away over $2,000 worth of giveaways and promotions to the drivers. Pro Charger driver Jim Mallaber won a three (3) hour track rental. Charger campaigner Nik Welshans won a free VIP Suite rental for Opening Night. Hornet rookie campaigner Josh Schosek won a Pit Pad Rental. Hornet driver Bob Palmer received 100 free tickets for his sponsors and family for Opening Night. Returning Hornet driver Joe Mastrocicco received a trophy presentation for his sponsors for three nights throughout the season.

A major headline heading into this season was the announcement of the return of the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency Pro Modifieds to weekly competition and be the track’s headlining division. It was announced earlier this off-season that Graff Trucking will be adding an additional $150 to the winner and $100 to the second place finishers on all regularSaturday night feature events. In addition to the increased purse, that is now $1,150 to win for the open-wheeled division, Graff Trucking will be giving away one (1) Pro Modified tire to a lucky driver on each regular Saturday night event. Drivers Dean Kroll and George Skora III were among the Pro Modified drivers to sign up for the season. An official announcement regarding what brand of tire will be run weekly at Holland will be announced in the coming days.

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Jeff Ramsey Carpentry Renews DARE Stock Contingency at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway has announced that hometown company Jeff Ramsey Carpentry will once again be a part of the track’s contingency program for the 2017 season. Jeff Ramsey Carpentry will provide a $50 bonus to each second-place finisher in the DARE Stock division throughout the 2017 season for a total contribution of $1,100.

“We’ve always liked racing at Stafford, my family has been coming to Stafford since the ‘50s when the track was dirt,” said Jeff Ramsey, Owner of Jeff Ramsey Carpentry. “My uncle worked on Roy Messick’s car back in the day and I’ve been coming to the track since the ‘80s. We’re going to be coming to the track again this season and rather than helping out one driver with sponsorship, we want to help out a division. Last year, and I know $50 doesn’t sound like a lot, but all the DARE Stock drivers were so appreciative of our bonus and they took the time to write us thank you notes, which was pretty cool. We got to know a bunch of the drivers and it helps them with buying fuel or tires. With the drivers having to finish second in order to get the bonus, they have to go out and earn it rather than us just handing it out and the DARE Stock drivers always put on a great show for the race fans.”

Jeff Ramsey Carpentry is a locally owned business with expertise in a wide variety of carpentry needs. They do kitchens and bathrooms, windows, roofing and additions, barn building and restoration, decks, siding, doors, concrete work and repairs, property maintenance, and snow plowing.

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Tom Fearn Going for Back to Back Late Model Championships at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — East Longmeadow, MA native, Tom Fearn completed a remarkable 2016 Late Model season that saw him claim the track championship and complete every lap during the Late Model season. Fearn finished all 17 races in the top-10 with 7 wins and was seen on the podium in 13 feature events. As the 2017 season draws nearer to taking the green flag, Fearn and the crew of the #92 King Ward Coach Lines Chevrolet are ready to defend their crown.

“Last year we had a pretty good season with a lot of podium finishes,” said Fearn. “Something we’re all really proud of was the fact that we finished every lap of the season. That means a lot for our reliability and not having any mechanical issues. We have a few ideas that we’re going try during the Sizzler practice and see if we can get the car even faster. It was great to win the championship and it’s going to be even harder to win it again. We’re going to give it our best shot and we have some great sponsors with King Ward Coach Lines, SAFCO Foam, and Sarat Ford that allow us to get whatever we need for the car.”

Fearn and the #92 team have been the ones to beat for the last 2 years in the Late Model division, racking up 17 feature victories in that span. Although Fearn won 10 times during the 2015 season, he had several DNF’s during the year that left him second behind Michael Bennett in the final standings. After taking the 2016 season off, Bennett will return to the Late Model ranks in 2017 along with a fine mix of veteran and up and coming drivers, making the task of repeating a tall one for Fearn.

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Consistency the Key for Gerry

Takes Home First Championship at Beech Ridge

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For Curtis Gerry, consistency was the name of the game at Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2016.

The 46-year-old driver from Waterboro, Maine, finished in the top-five in 10 out of 11 starts at the third-mile asphalt oval. That was enough for him to capture his first NASCAR track championship at Beech Ridge as well as the Maine state championship.

He did all that without finding victory lane once last year at Beech Ridge.
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CBYD Digs $1,811 to Win Late Model 50 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway and 811 Call Before You Dig will partner to present the Late Model 50 on Friday, May 12th behind one of the strongest Late Model purses in recent memory.  The 50-lap special event will guarantee $1,811 for the winner and $10,341 in total purse. 

“Stafford Speedway’s focus has always been and will continue to be the weekly racers,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute.  “Each year we have increased the total purse on the Late Model 50 and this year, through our partnership with Derek Brown and Call Before You Dig, we are able to get the total purse over $10,000.”

CBYD is entering its 10th year of partnership with Stafford Speedway.  For the last 5 years CBYD has sponsored the 811 Challenge, an annual bonus of $811 for 5 drivers who are closest to 811 points on August 11th.  That tradition will continue in 2017, culminating on 8/11.  Additionally, the Call 811 team sponsored the August Whelen Modified Tour event in 2014 and 2015.

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Steve Kenneway and David Banta Reunite for 2017 Season at TSMP

Steve Kenneway and David Banta are no strangers when it comes to finding success in a Limited Sportsman at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP). Kenneway, who previously raced the No. 55 Limited Sportsman for Banta Racing, is switching gears to the No. 26 and is building a brand new car in conjunction with Banta Racing for the 2017 season. 

Kenneway has brought good fortune to the Banta team in years past. In 2012 he came in 4th in points after becoming the backup driver. In 2013 he celebrated his first large career milestone after winning the Limited Sportsman Division Championship at TSMP. In 2014 he finished 2nd in the division then shortly after parted ways with Banta Racing with Diego Monahan taking over the driving duties for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. 

Banta stated on the reconnection of Kenneway “After he (Kenneway) left, Diego took over. After the 2015 season, Diego was taking on the work load of the Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen All American Series which he didn’t have time for the team after that….We tried to get Steve back during the summer of 2016, but he was also running his own races in his car.”

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Phil Jacques Keeping Dream Alive at Thompson Speedway

The Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Limited Sportsman Division has a reputation for being one of the most competitive in New England. This makes the achievement of Phil Jacques, driver of the No. 77 entry, even more impressive.  Heading into Icebreaker 2016 he was focused on consistency; finishing every race and keeping the car in one piece.

It appeared at the beginning of the season this would be a tall task. Some minor set backs, including mechanical gremlins and a self-admitted rookie mistake relegated his No. 77 entry to a 17th place finish. Soon, though, through the determination of the driver and crew, success was had.

Jacques won his first race at TSMP on Wednesday June 1, following up with consistent finishes throughout the summer months. Describing this stretch, Jacques explained, “During summer months, we stayed in contention regularly, but a few mistakes on my part cost us better finishes than we probably could have had. Still we ended up with a 5th, 6th 6th and 5th in the next 4 races to follow.”

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Garage Pass 2017 – Bruneau Motorsports

I didn’t have to go very far for this week’s garage pass; a driver from Tiverton, RI and your 2016 Street Stock Champion, Scott Bruneau. I grew up pretty much right down the street from the Bruneau’s garage and as a kid I remember it not being a garage at all, but more of a “tent city”; they have come a long way from back then and I was excited to be able to interview a driver from my hometown. Though Scott is a man of very few words, between himself and his crew chief Kyle Bowers I got to know how they operate and stay competitive from week to week.

How did you get your start in racing?
Scott: I started coming to the track as a kid in the 80s when my dad was racing and I have been here ever since.

What division do you currently compete in and how would you describe your 2016 season?
Scott is currently in the Sportsman (formerly Street Stock) division and will be back behind the wheel of his #74 this season.
Scott: Last season was real good and real fun. It was very successful and we had a great time being so competitive.

Is there anything new to the car for 2017?
Scott paused for a bit and really couldn’t think of anything other than the body they are still waiting to get for this season.
Kyle: Really the only thing we did do to the car for this season was a new inspection plug on the oil pan because we had to replace it. Other than that the car was so good that we had no reason to change anything else.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway to Receive $10,000 Capital Improvement Grant from NASCAR

Projects to be completed with help from sanctioning body

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway already has its first “win” in the 2017 stock car racing season.  An announcement was made on Saturday, February 18, during a conference at The Plaza Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla., that the Rutland County facility has been awarded a $10,000 grant from NASCAR for capital improvements and facility upgrades.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway enters its 51st season of stock car racing in 2017 and its seventh consecutive year under NASCAR sanction.  Located on Route 22A in pastoral West Haven, Vt., the venue has the unique distinction as the only facility in North America with two weekly short tracks – a 1/2-mile Asphalt Track and a 3/10-mile Dirt Track – competing in the grassroots NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.

The $10,000 grant has been earmarked to help complete two projects at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  Once finished, a technical inspection building – the shell of which was erected in 2015 – will provide officials and race teams with a pit area garage to perform pre-race and post-race work.  In addition, a large section of pavement in the pit area that has been damaged by weather and erosion will be excavated and replaced.

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Johnny Walker Ready to Defend DARE Stock Championship at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — For Ludlow, MA native Johnny Walker, the 2016 season at Stafford Speedway was the realization of a dream come true as he won the DARE Stock track championship.  Walker had been agonizingly close to winning the championship in 2013 and 2014, finishing second in the standings each season before taking the 2015 season off.  Now that he has a championship under his belt, Walker is ready to go for two in a row in 2017 with his #01 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair / Garrett’s Carpentry & Drywall Chevrolet.

“It’s been a couple of months, but it’s actually just now setting in that we won the championship,” said Walker.  “We love Stafford and the track has always treated us good.  Racing for the championship and points was really stressful last year and now that we got that monkey off our back with the championship, the goal is to have fun and try to win as many races as we can.  We don’t want to worry about points like we did last year.  If we can go back to back and add our name to the Stafford record books, that’s a pretty small list of drivers who have done that and it would be pretty special to add our name to that list.”

The 2016 season was a class in both domination and consistency for Walker and his #01 team.  Outside of a 12th place finish on July 8th, Walker finished each of the other 16 races on the schedule in the top-5 with 13 podium finishes.  While Walker says the pressure of the championship chase started to wear on him during the season, his results on the track didn’t show that as he finished the final 8 races of the season on the podium.  Walker and his team have been hard at work replacing the body on his #01 Chevrolet during the winter and he will debut a new paint scheme for the 2017 season in the Stafford booth at the Frank Maratta Auto Show on March 10-12.

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Mike Wray Ready to Pick Up Where He Left Off in 2016 in Stafford’s Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT —  In only his second season of Late Model competition at Stafford Speedway, Northford native Mike Wray strung together an impressive season.  Wray and the #42 DMW Graphics team posted 2 wins with 14 top-5 finishes in 17 races.  Wray’s worst finish of the entire season was a 7th place finish and his consistency helped move from a 7th place points standings during his rookie season to a 2nd place finish behind Tom Fearn in 2016.  Wray is looking to continue his high level of performance once the 2017 season kicks off.

“We’re feeling good about the 2017 season,” said Wray.  “We won the Fall Final last year so we have some good momentum coming into the new season.  We have a good piece and we learned a lot last year as a team so I don’t see any reason why we can’t be just as good as we were.  We’re definitely excited to get started.”

Wray’s performance during the 2016 season was quite a turnaround from his rookie campaign in 2015.  During that season, Wray notched a win but he was only able to record 2 top-5 finishes.  Wray credits his improvement to a Jay Stuart chassis that his team purchased prior to the start of last year.

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Eric Berndt Ready to Challenge for SK Modified® Championship at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2017 season on the horizon at Stafford Motor Speedway, Cromwell native Eric Berndt is preparing to embark on his 23rd consecutive season of SK Modified® competition at the half-mile facility.  Berndt began his modified career in 1995 at the age of 16 and has been part of the SK Modified® landscape at Stafford ever since. 

Berndt has finished in the top-5 of the points standings 6 times in his career and the top-10 13 times.  He has recorded 6 consecutive top-8 finishes in the points standings and he is looking to build some consistency in order to capture his first career Stafford championship with his #66 Cos Williams owned Cos’ Central Auto / North End Auto Parts machine.

“We had a pretty good 2016 season so we’re hoping we can take some of what we had towards the end of the season with a couple of wins and build on that for a stronger 2017,” said Berndt.  “We’re looking to get out of the gate good because the first race of the season can be a make or break race. Last year we were in the top-4 and we lost an engine about a month and a half before the season ended and that kind of set us back.  We’re close, we just need to have a little more consistency.  You definitely don’t want to have to dig yourself out of a hole at the beginning of the year.  If we can have a good Sizzler and roll into some top-5’s from there, hopefully we can be a contender for the championship.”

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Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Returns as First Place Stafford Speedway Contingency Sponsor in SK Modified® and SK Light Divisions

Stafford Springs, CT — Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair of Brookfield will once again contribute a bonus to the winner of each SK Modified® and SK Light Modified feature at Stafford Speedway during the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season.  Dunleavy’s will provide a bonus of $150 for each SK Modified® feature winner as well as a $125 bonus for each SK Light feature winner.  With 17 races during the 2016 season, Dunleavy’s contributed $2,550 to SK Modified® feature winners and $2,125 to SK Light feature winners for a total of $4,675.

“I’ve always been a fan of the modifieds and Stafford has two exceptional modified divisions,” said Dunleavy.  “Both the SK Modifieds® and SK Lights are always exciting to watch.  It looks like the SK Lights will have a lot of new drivers moving up and the SK Modifieds® have a great field of cars so it should be another great season of excitement on the track in both divisions.”

The premier SK Modified® division provided a wide variety of recipients of the Dunleavy’s bonus last season with 8 different winners in 17 races.  SK Modified® champion Rowan Pennink led all drivers with 6 wins with Ted Christopher, Woody Pitkat, Eric Berndt, and Todd Owen all recording 2 wins.  Single feature winners were Keith Rocco, Dan Avery, and Glen Reen.  In the SK Light ranks, there were 6 different feature winners with SK Light champion Tony Membrino, Jr., leading the way with 7 wins.  Dan Wesson had 5 wins and Joey Ferrigno won twice with Joe Graf, Jr., David Arute, and Marcello Rufrano all winning a single feature.  Graf, Arute, and Rufrano were each rookie winners.

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