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Lee USA Speedway Event of Friday, July 14, 2017

After an early-evening rain delay and late night of racing forced postponement of a pair of feature events the week before, Lee USA Speedway racers were once again facing a more than full night of racing on Friday, with both the Rodfather Supermodifieds and the R & R “The Tool Store and More“ Late Model Sportsmen running double features.

In addition, the annual El Camino Night saw a strong contingent of all vintages and colors of beautiful street machinery tour the Lee oval, followed by the annual Autograph Night, where hundreds of fans flooded the speedway to visit their favorite drivers for an up close look at the men, women, and racecars that put on the weekly show for them.

In Supermodified action, the biggest field of the year was on hand to participate, but none of them came up bigger than defending champion Dave “Hollywood” Helliwell of Salem, who scored his second win of the season in the held-over feature event aboard the multi-time championship winning Witkum Brothers Racing entry.

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Top 5 Effort for Bock

Brendon Bock charged from 18th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday to recorded his first top five of the season. Bock was mad because qualifying was canceled. His car was first and third in the two scuff sessions run prior to the Eastern Propane and Oil 100.

Bock was battling a loose car in the center and off the corners. Changes at halfway made the car better and allowed the Franklin Square, NY driver to return to the top five.

Bock was following the battle for the lead in the closing laps. Contact between Doug Coby and Ryan Newman brought out the caution with two laps remaining.

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Wesley Prucker Looking For More Wins After First Career SK Light Victory

Stafford Springs, CT — For Stafford Springs native Wesley Prucker, getting to Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Victory Lane has been a long-time coming.  After 5 seasons behind the wheel of his #22 Accu-Rite Tools & Mgf. SK Light Modified, Prucker and the #22 team struck gold, winning their first race at Stafford.  Prucker, who has had a strong start to the 2017 season by leading the highly competitive SK Light Modified point standings for multiple weeks, was ecstatic to finally get to NAPA Victory Lane.

“This is my fifth season in the SK Lights and we finally got our car down thanks to Ed Bagot,” explained Prucker. “He knows more than I could ever imagine about modifieds.  Before, it was just me and my dad, we could win a heat race, but couldn’t come close to winning a feature.  Winning a race, it’s by far the happiest I’ve ever been.  My sister even said to me after she saw pictures of me online that I never smile that big, even when we went to DisneyWorld.  I’m finally on the winners list at Stafford.  I’ve been coming here basically since I was born, watching Eric Berndt from the stands.  I actually have a picture in victory lane with him when I was about 2 years old and now I have a picture of myself in victory lane.”

Prucker has been racing since the ripe age of 5 and he has had success in other forms of racing as a youngster, notching countless wins behind the wheel of a quarter midget.  After making the jump to SK Light modifieds for the 2013 season, the two-man operation of Wesley and his father Geoff were excited for the new challenge yet still expected the success they had found in the quarter midget ranks to continue.

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R.J. Surdell Completes Journey From Crew Member to Race Winner at Stafford

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Friday, July 7th will be a night that R.J. Surdell and his family run #87 Limited Late Model team will remember for the rest of their lives.  Surdell led wire to wire to grab his first career Limited Late Model win and first career win at Stafford after holding off late race charges from Bryan Narducci and defending Limited Late Model champion Duane Provost.

“Through all the hardships we’ve gone through the last couple of years at the track, to finally get a win at Stafford, it was a check off of the bucket list,” explained Surdell.  “Not everyone can say they’ve won a race at Stafford, it was incredible and awesome to get to victory lane.  We’ve had a rough start to this year with 3 DNF’s in the first 6 races, so it was rough and we were down a little, but this win gives the team and my family a whole lot of confidence.  Now my son can stop making fun of me because he’s won more trophies than I have.”

Though Surdell did not begin his Stafford Speedway racing career until the 2014 season, R.J. has been a regular in the Stafford Speedway paddock since the 2003 season as a crew member on multiple teams.  After crewing for over 10 years, Surdell caught the racing bug and decided it was time to go racing.

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Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Track Walk & Girls Night Out At Stafford Speedway Friday, July 14th

Stafford Springs, CT — This Friday, July 14th, NAPA Auto Parts and Stafford Motor Speedway will present the 4th Annual Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Track Walk.  This is an opportunity for all fans in attendance to get on track and check out the famous half-mile layout at Stafford Speedway by participating in the Track Walk.  In addition to the track walk, fireworks will light up the sky at the conclusion of the feature events.

Each person donating $10 for the Track Walk will also receive a NAPA tee-shirt or hat and NAPA goodie bag. Participants can access the track through the gate which is located behind Section A of the main grandstand.  The track walk will begin at the conclusion of qualifying heats and prior to the start of feature racing this Friday night.  Lace up your walking shoes for some foot power before horsepower takes over this Friday.

NAPA will also have several raffle prizes as part of the Track Walk festivities.  All proceeds will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in support of military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation.  Last year’s Track Walk raised over $8,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

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Two TP Trailers NASCAR Modified Features Part Of A.D.moyer Lumber Night at Grandview this Saturday, Sportsman and BRC Late Models Join the Action

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 12, 2017 . . . After nine Saturday nights of T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified stock car racing at Grandview Speedway there have been no repeat winners. In fact two of the top three in the Modified point standings have yet to win a feature. Jeff Strunk, a ten time champion, goes into the Saturday racing program leading Craig VonDohren by just four points and VonDohren is without a feature win. Duane Howard is a close third in the points but also without a Saturday night feature win. Only Strunk has a win. To say competition has been tough for the Modified racers at Grandview would be putting it mildly.

Saturday night the A.D.Moyer Lumber sponsored night of racing will include two NASCAR 358 Modified feature races. The first feature having been left from a partially rained out show a few weeks back and then there will be the regular Saturday feature. Two great opportunities for new names to be added to the list of nine different winners or perhaps the opportunity for a repeat winner or two.

For those keeping tab of these figures, there have been nine Modified features run along with nine features for the Late Models and ten for the Sportsman.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Announces Asphalt Super Stock Penalties

Dirt Super Stocks given extra week off on July 23

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has announced three penalties in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock division, following the 20-lap feature race held on its 1/2-mile Asphalt Track on Saturday, July 8.  In addition, a change in the racing schedule for the Super Stock division on the 3/10-mile Dirt Track has also been made.

Technical inspectors examined the suspension systems on the cars of the top five drivers in the Asphalt Track point standings – Dylan Rabtoy, Eric Messier, Jim McKiernan, Scott FitzGerald, and Brett Wood – following the race.  McKiernan was the race winner with Rabtoy second, Messier third, FitzGerald fourth, and Wood seventh.

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Preece Joins Joe Gibbs Racing for 2 Races

XFINITY Series Return Leads Busy Weekend

Ryan Preece has been on a  roll since getting married on May 13. He has 3 wins at Riverhead (Modified Touring Series), Riverhead (NASCAR Whelen All-American Series), and Thompson (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) with a 3.4 average finish in 13 starts.

“We’ve been pretty good,” Preece said. “I think consistency is really just the key to running well. Everything’s just kind of been going my way. I’ve definitely been lucky at the same time but I feel like every time we show up to the racetrack I’m really happy with the car and not really changing too much so that’s always a good sign.”

The former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion has 2 wins and 4 top fives in 5 starts. His bid for a second title will include making up points from missing the Langley race. A discussion with team owners Eddie and Connie Partridge about his future set the foundation for Preece working on racecars.

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Strunk, Schutz and B. Hirthler Tops NASCR Standings at Grandview Speedway

Strunk Has 4 Point Edge Over Vondohren in Modified Championship Chase, Schutz On Top in Late Models and Brian Hirthler Leads Sportsman Standings at Grandview

22 Different Feature Winners Amongst 116 Different Racers in 2017

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 9, 2017 . . . Shooting for an 11th NASCAR TP Trailers 358 Modified championship at Grandview Speedway, Boyertown, PA’s Jeff Strunk sits on top of the point standings with just a 4 point edge over Craig VonDohren. Strunk has 2464 tallies and one feature win while VonDohren, a nine-time champion, has 2460 counters and no win. Duane Howard, a multi-time champion, is third with 2325 points and no wins while Mike Gular now sits fourth with 2232 points and earned his first feature win this past Saturday.

Many time BRC Late Model champion and current point leader Chuck Schutz of Pottstown, Pa. sits atop of the standings with 2365 points. He has been to victory lane twice this season including winning the prestigious Firecracker 40 this past Saturday, Just 41 tallies behind is Ron Kline who has been to victory lane 4 times so far this season.

And in the NASCAR Sportsman division of competition Green Lane, PA’s Brian Hirthler, winner on opening night of the season, has 2048 points and is ahead of two-time feature winner Ryan Lilick who has 1857 points. Brad Grim, a first-time career winner on Saturday, is third with 1821 points.
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Schutz Wins Firecracker 40 During Jam Packed Night of Racing at Grandview

Chuck Schutz Takes Home More Than $2000 as Winner of Firecracker 40 Late Model Race at Grandview, Whitmoyer Gets Second Win of the Season with NASCAR Sportsman, Mike Gular Gets First 2017 TP Trailers 358 Modified Win and Brad Grim Comes Home First in Second Sportsman Feature. Brett Peters Wins Vintage Feature

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. July 9, 2017, Fans that attended the racing action on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway certainly got their money’s worth. All feature events had side-by-side, three to four wide action throughout their respective shows that produced two repeat winners, two season first winners that included a first career win.

The highlight of the night was the Firecracker 40-lap BRC NASCAR Late Model feature that was won by defending point champion and current point leader Chuck Schutz for a payday worth in excess $2,000. Schutz, who last won the event in 2010, dedicated the win to long-time supporter Carl Knauer who passed away. It was a long race commented Schutz in victory lane and he’s glad he could conserve his tires and that they held up in the battles with runner-up Ron Kline, who last won the race in 2011.

The 30-lap T.P. Trailers 358 NASCAR Modified feature wasn’t decided until the drop of the checkered. Brett Kressley appeared to be on his way to another win, but coming in for the checkered he had to go high to get around lapped traffic. It was all Mike Gular, who has been knocking on the door of victory lane for several weeks, needed. Gular took advantage of the situation and dove underneath Kressley and it was a drag race to the finish line, but Gular parked the Rich Stankewicz-owned No. 2 in victory lane for the first time this year ending a six-year winless drought.
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Burton Takes the Checkered Flag in Inaugural Busch North Throwback 100 at Thompson

Despite a few rain delays over the course of the day, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division’s return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park could not be dampened by Mother Nature as the division made it’s first appearance at the Big-T since 2009 in style. The brightest future stars of NASCAR took to the historic track for the first annual Busch North Throwback 100 on Saturday, July 8 with several drivers sporting paint schemes honoring the best of the best of the series’ past as they honoring the history of motorsports in New England.

The field consisted of numerous series regulars and a few drivers familiar with Thompson Speedway looking to make their own mark by using their experience on the historic oval to their advantage. The day started with a new track record as Chase Purdy topped Martin Truex, Jr’s previous record of 20.200 with a lap time of 20.197 in group qualifying, nabbing Purdy his third consecutive pole. Purdy would lead the first few laps of the night’s main event, but eventually found himself under attack by Todd Gilliland, son of NASCAR driver David Gilliland, who started on the outside pole and had a dominant car for much of the event.

Despite Gilliland’s dominance however, the last 25 laps saw another generational driver rise to the top and find his way to victory lane. Harrison Burton, son of NASCAR staple Jeff Burton, was able to wrestle the lead away in the final quarter of the event after racing side-by-side with Gilliland for nearly five laps before finally completing a pass and never looking back. The win was Burton’s fourth of the season, and fourth in the last six races, building on his points lead as he continues to make his mark on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Division.

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Chase Dowling Wins 4th Annual NAPA Auto Parts SK 5k at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the 3rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts SK 5k, which paid the winner $5,000 out of a purse of over $27,000. With the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Sales Gambler’s Challenge bonus of $5,300 and a total heat race bonus of $2,000 from Wheelers Auto of Hamden, the total posted awards were over $34,000. The Gambler’s Challenge was voted on by the fans on how it would be paid out and the top-3 choices were put into a hat in victory lane with Doug Dunleavy pulling a chip with the winning formula on it. Dunleavy pulled the split among the 6th through 10th place finishers chip, giving Dowling a total payday of $5,325 in purse and contingencies. In other feature action, Michael Bennett won the Late Model feature, Wesley Prucker was a first-time winner in the SK Light feature, R.J. Surdell was a first-time winner in the Limited Late Model division, and Vince Gambacorta won the DARE Stock feature for his first Stafford victory since the 2006 NAPA Fall Final.

In the 100-lap NAPA SK 5k feature event, Michael Gervais, Jr. took the lead at the green with Cam McDermott, Glen Reen, Dylan Izzo, and Keith Rocco making up the top-5. Mike Christopher, Jr, was sixth followed by Todd Owen, Dan Avery, Tom Abele, Jr., and Rowan Pennink.

Rocco went around Reen to move into third on lap-11 as Gervais was comfortably a half second ahead of McDermott in the battle for the race lead. Josh Wood dropped off the pace and he brought his car behind the wall on lap-17 and looked to be finished for the night. Chase Dowling cracked into the top-10 as he was slowly working his way towards the front.
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Thompson Late Model Point Leader Ray Parent Expected to Enter Thompson Throwback

THOMPSON, CT – Current Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Late Model Division Championship Leader, Ray Parent, has announced his intentions to enter Saturday’s Busch North Throwback 100, in the No. 32 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car. Parent has already driven the No. 98 Course Legend Late Model to two wins during the 2017 season, and is looking forward to making his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series start in the No. 32 Anytime Realty Chevrolet.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” the Tiverton driver exclaimed. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed about doing, and now it’s turning into a reality. I was so excited to be able to run Thompson full time in the Late Model, and now to have this opportunity is awesome. I can’t begin to thank Don Parsons, DPR Racing, and Anytime Realty enough for bringing me on board this season.”

Parent teamed up with Parsons midway through last season at Seekonk Speedway, and decided to make a run at a Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Championship over the winter. This, though, is only the beginning of the plans that the two parties have made for each other. 

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NAPA SK 5k by the Numbers

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s premier SK Modified® division will take part in the biggest race of the 2017 season, the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5k, this Friday night, July 7th.  Below is a look at the 4th annual NAPA Auto Parts SK 5k by the numbers as well as a statistical look at the top-10 in the SK Modified® points standings and how they have fared in the extra distance classic.

  • 1 – Ted Christopher is the only driver to record a top-5 finish in each of the first three editions of the NAPA SK 5k.
  • 2 – Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco are the only drivers to have recorded a top-10 finish in each of the first three editions of the NAPA SK 5k.
  • 2.7 – NAPA SK 5k Average finish of Ted Christopher, best in the three year history of the NAPA SK 5k
  • 3 – Number of different NAPA SK 5k feature winners (Rowan Pennink, Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher)
  • 11 – Number of different drivers who have led laps in the NAPA SK 5k
    Lap Leaders – Frank Ruocco 73, Ted Christopher 70, Rowan Pennink 49, Keith Rocco 35, Eric Berndt 29, Matt Galko 25, Ryan Preece 16, Brian Sullivan 5, Justin Bonsignore 3, Ronnie Williams 1, Jeff Baral 1

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Chase Dowling Looking for NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K Win

Stafford Springs, CT — After taking two-years off from full-time SK Modified® competition to compete on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Chase Dowling, SK Light graduate and 2015 NWMT Rookie of the Year, has returned to Stafford with vengeance.  Dowling has joined forces with Adam Skowyra and the #50 SK Modified® team and has scored 2 wins, 4 top 5’s, and 5 top 10’s in 6 races.

“Coming into the #50 car for the Skowyra family, I knew I had big boots to fill with Woody [Pitkat] being in the car the last few years,” explained Dowling.  “I knew we could win, when we tested for the first time, we all got along and bonded really well.  Everything we’ve been doing so far is what we expected when this deal came together.  We just have to keep on doing what we’ve been doing.  It’s the effort at the shop that makes the racing at Stafford on Friday night the fun part.”

Dowling and the S&S Asphalt Paving #50 team came out of the gate strong winning the 40-lap SK Modified® feature at the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler and backing that up with another win 3 weeks later.  The Roxbury, CT native is no stranger to victory lane with 10 Stafford Speedway victories to his name including 7 in the SK Light division.

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Cassandra Cole Joins Stafford SK Light Division

Stafford Springs, CT — After a two and a half year stint behind the wheel of a Legends Car, Westbrook, CT native Cassandra Cole is making the jump to full-size competition in Stafford’s SK Light Modified Division.  Cole was set to make her Stafford Speedway debut last Friday before rain brought the event to a halt.  Cassandra and the #09 SK Light team will run their first feature event this Friday as the SK Lights run their weekly 20-lap feature as part of the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K event program.

“Over the winter we were kind of on the fence if we should stay with the Legend Car or move up to SK Lights,” explained Cole.  “We ended up picking the Legend Car and we decided to try and be really competitive for one more year.  With Waterford not opening, we really had nowhere to run so at the last minute we decided to sell the Legend Car and get an SK Light.”

The 19-year old Cole joins a long list of graduates from the Legends car ranks to make the move to the SK Light Modified division including SK Modified® drivers Chase Dowling & Stephen Kopcik along with 2016 SK Light Rookie of the year Joe Graf Jr.  Additionally, the most dominant driver and car of the season thus far with 3 wins, Cory DiMatteo, was also a Legend car veteran before making the jump to the SK Lights.  Cole’s experience behind the wheel has her excited for the new opportunity in the SK Light division.

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Thompson Point Battles Taking Shape Heading into Busch North Throwback

THOMPSON, CT – With four races remaining at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, point battles across each of the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Divisions are starting to take shape. Tensions will surely start to rise and strategies will start to be formed, heading into the next event, the Inaugural Busch North Throwback 100, on Saturday, July 8.

The Sunoco Modified Division point battle is currently closest. 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champion, Keith Rocco, trails former NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver, Ryan Preece, by only two points. With only four races remaining, and over 20 entrants expected at each of those events, the margin for error is small. Rocco knows this, but has more than ample faith in his team. It’s halfway through the season and his confidence refuses to falter. “Don’t worry about the points,” he said calmly, “You got to race to win, and the rest comes with it.“

Scott Sundeen finds himself in a familiar position in the Limited Sportsman Division – atop the leaderboard. The four-time Champion has never been worried about the points, only the results. “Right now, I’m not worried about the points” he said, “Anything can happen and I’m there to win”. With no previous intentions of racing for a full season, driver of the No.55, Shawn Monahan, now finds himself in second place, only four l[‘=;p[]\markers behind Sundeen. Monahan has a lot of trophies on his mantle, but none for a Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Championship. “I’ve given away a lot of championships in my past” he explained, “but that was due to immaturity.” The Waterford, CT-native is focused on earning his first title, a story which he hopes to be able to tell his son one day. “The best thing thing is to talk to your children about it later” he said, envisioning an older version of himself in the grandstands with his family.
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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Moves Sunday Fireworks Event to Monday Night

Fireworks and dirt racing postponed to Monday, July 3; SCoNE cancels appearance

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has pushed its “Coca-Cola Firecracker” Dirt Track racing program and Vermont’s biggest fireworks display back by one day due to saturated grounds.  The event has been moved from Sunday, July 2, to Monday, July 3, with a new starting time of 7:00 p.m.

Heavy rains on Saturday caused major flooding in the region and left parts of the Devil’s Bowl facility – including Turn 2 of the Dirt Track – under as much as four feet of water.  The water has drained sufficiently, but the track was left in no condition for racing.  Speedway crews began work just before 12:00 noon on Sunday to aerate the entire clay surface and are confident that the track will be in good shape for racing on Monday night.

Monday night’s event will include the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks, along with the wild-and-crazy Enduro Series and a massive fireworks display.  The annual Thomas Dairy Kids Bicycle Giveaway will also be on the card at intermission.

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Qualifying Race Bonus Returns to the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K

Stafford Springs, CT — The biggest paying SK Modified® race in the country, the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K, continues to grow.  John Rufrano of Wheelers Automotive has signed on to add bonus money to the top-4 finishers in each of the qualifying races for the Friday, July 7th event.  A total of $2,000 will be up for grabs as a qualifying race bonus.  Spread across four heat races the top-4 finishers will receive a bonus, 1st – $200, 2nd – $125, 3rd – $100, and 4th $75.

“It’s an awesome event that a lot of people are looking forward to,” explained John Rufrano referring to the 4th annual NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K.  “With 100 laps and the extra money that’s on the line, it’s exciting for the fans and the drivers.  I like putting the money out for the heat races. There’s a lot of guys who don’t make it into the top-3 or top-4 in the feature and they don’t get into the big money, but if they can get a top-3 in the heat, they’ll have some extra money to go home with.”

Rufrano, car owner of current SK Modified point leader and 2010 NASCAR Division 1 National Champion, “The Kid” Keith Rocco, returns for his 3rd season posting qualifying race bonus money for the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K.  For the 2017 season, Rufrano has increased the bonus from $1,500 to $2,000 spread across 4 heat races.

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Ronnie Williams Geared Up for NAPA SK 5k at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — For Stafford Speedway SK Modified® driver Ronnie Williams, the 2017 season has been the best start to a season since he started his young career at the half-mile.  The Ellington native has scored top-5 finishes in each of the first 5 races of the 2017 season and recorded his first victory of the season last Friday night.  The positive momentum Williams and his #49 Advice One sponsored team have built up thus far has Williams excited about his prospects for the upcoming $5,000 to win NAPA SK 5k at Stafford on July 7.

“Our confidence is pretty high right now,” said Williams.  “I know we’re due to have some off tire weeks soon and that’s the only thing that we’re concerned about.  We know we probably won’t win races with old tires on the car, but at the same time we have to go out there and stay consistent and keep on getting top-5 finishes, which we’ve been doing.  Having confidence that we have a fast car is also huge and if we can stay out of trouble, we can be there at the end of races.  The NAPA SK 5k is always a fun race and it’s the biggest race of the season for us.  We’ve always seemed to do pretty well in that race.  We go to the track every week wanting to win and I think we have a good chance at putting our #49 back in victory lane in the 5k race.”

A win in the NAPA SK 5k would be something of a redemption for Williams.  In 2015, he was leading the race in the late stages but spun out after contact from another car.  Williams was able to recover to finish third in that race and he notched another top-5 finish with a 4th place effort in last season’s edition of the NAPA SK 5k.

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Stafford Speedway June 16 NASCAR Racing Program Canceled

Stafford Springs, CT — Due to the impending rain forecasted for this afternoon and evening, tonight’s scheduled NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Weekly Racing event has been canceled.  The exhibition race for the Junior Outlaw division scheduled for this evening has been rescheduled for July 14th.  

Racing at Stafford Speedway is back next Friday night with the return of the ISMA SuperModifieds.  The ISMA Supers will join Stafford’s five NASCAR five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions next Friday night with qualifying beginning at 6:30 pm.  Tickets for this event are on sale now and are priced at $30.00 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 seat tickets are $32.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking available for self-contained Recreational Vehicles.

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

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Lee USA Rained Out

June 16th event has been canceled due to weather conditions, please join us next Friday, June 23rd!

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Brett Gonyaw Wins $2,775 in Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night

Stafford Springs, CT — The inaugural Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night is in the record books.  The SK Lights raced 40-laps for the biggest purse in the history of the division thanks to Doug Dunleavy.  Vernon native Brett Gonyaw was the big winner taking home $2775, driving his #81 Johnny’s Mud Run sponsored machine into NAPA Victory Lane.  The total posted awards in the race exceeded $14,000. Bill Gaston of Gaston Racing Enterprises (, put up a total bonus of $1,500 that was split among the top-4 finishers in each heat race.  Don Wood from R.A.D Automachine and Tony Alteri from T/A Engines both put up $1,500 that was split among the top-3 finishing cars with a R.A.D. or T/A engine.  Gonyaw won the $750 bonus from R.A.D. Automachine for being the top finishing car with a R.A.D. engine and the weekly contingency bonuses from Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand.  Gonyaw says he and his team will put that money right back into their car, which reached victory lane with a bent clip.

“This is the biggest win we’ve ever had,” said Gonyaw.  “We’re still riding the high.  We didn’t have the best car out there, but I think we were a little more patient.  Now we have to work on getting the car to be good for 20 laps.  We’ve been struggling at Stafford a little bit so the win helps to have the right mindset of going to the track to win races.  The extra cash we won will also be a big help.  We’ve been going race to race with whatever we have in the bank and if we can line up a tire sponsor for the week then that’s a plus.  We’ve been really lucky this year with people coming on board and helping us out.  Our car actually needs to be clipped because it’s been bent since we raced it at Thompson and we’ve just been trying to work with it.  Hopefully we’ll be able to find even more speed in the car once we put the new clip on it.  Our main thing will be to get everything prepped so we can have a successful middle and end of the season.”

Patience was definitely a virtue for Gonyaw and the #81 team during the 40-lap race.  Gonyaw started the race from 7th and he raced in the bottom half of the top-10 for the first half of the race.  He didn’t crack into the top-5 until a restart with 7 laps to go and he took over the race lead when race leaders George Nocera, Jr. and Cory DiMatteo made contact and brought the caution out with 7 laps to go.  Once Gonyaw was in the lead, he never relinquished it over the final 7 laps and he took down his first career victory at Stafford Speedway.

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Vondohren, Schutz and B. Hirthler Lead NASCAR Point Standings at Grandview Speedway

18 Different Feature Winners in 21 Feature Races so far this Season

BECHTELSVILLE, PA June 14, 2017 . . . Racers at Grandview Speedway, the NASCAR sanctioned one-third-mile, banked clay track in Bechtelsville, PA, could very well be on their way to the most competitive season in the track’s 55-year history. After seven weeks of Saturday night racing events, 21 features presented, there have been 18 different winners. Only Late Model racer Ron Kline, with three wins, and Sportsman talent Ryan Lilick, with two wins, have been able to win more than once.

TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified point leader Craig VonDohren, going for his 10th track title, has not won a feature race nor have standouts such as Duane Howard, Jared Umbenhauer, Ray Swinehart, Mike Gular and many others.

VonDohren continues to set the pace in points with 1985 counters followed by Jeff Strunk with 1959 and Duane Howard with 1738. Only Strunk has made it to victory lane.

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Nick Salva Eager to Put Experience to Practice at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, fourth placeCT – The NASCAR All-American Series Sunoco Modified Division is ready for their third race of the 2017 season at Thomspon Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 14. Former Champions Keith Rocco and Ryan Preece each have one win to their credit on the young season.  Nick Salva, who is competing in his first full season in the Division, has been studying the moves of these veteran drivers, as he seeks to find the fastest way around the 5/8-mile oval.

Known for it’s high straightaway speeds and unique corners, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has a steep learning curve that Salva is confident he can master over time.  He made strides to that end during the last event: the Second Annual Limited Sportsman Long Distance, presented by Pepsi. Salva had an opportunity to follow the division’s last three champions around the high-banked oval.

Salva described the experience: “It was a great race behind Woody, Ryan, and Keith. I learned a lot about those drivers just being behind them and can strategize better for the next race. I have a great car that is fast and lately have been running good, so I am looking forward to this next race.”

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Lee USA Speedway 6/9/17 Race Report

It’s now three weeks, three winners in Rodfather-sponsored NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Supermodifieds at Lee USA Speedway, as Kingston veteran Moe Lattime scored his first win of the season in the 30-lap main event on Friday night.

A single caution flag slowed the pace when the previous week’s winner, John Burke of Auburn had a tire go down and spun on the backstretch on the first lap, but it was all Lattime from there.

After starting the race inside the front row, Moe moved out to the lead when racing resumed, and he led every lap on the way to the winner‘s circle, with a comfortable half-second margin of victory over eventual runner-up Mike Keddy of Raymond.

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Gonyaw & Williams Score Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night Feature Wins at Stafford; Wray, Provost, & Walker Also Win

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action on Friday, June 9th with the Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night.  Stafford’s SK Lights took center stage with a 40-lap feature that paid over $14,000 in total posted awards while the SK Modifieds® ran an extra 10-laps in feature distance for an extra $4,000 in their purse.  Taking down the biggest win of the night was Brett Gonyaw, who took the checkered flag and a paycheck of over $2,700 in the 40-lap SK Light feature.  Ronnie Williams took the checkered flag in the extra distance SK Modified® feature, Michael Wray won the Late Model feature, Duane Provost took down his second consecutive Limited Late Model feature win, and Johnny Walker won the DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Light feature event, Keith Caruso took the lead at the green on the outside of Noah Korner.  Korner was side by side with Todd Douillard for second with Glenn Korner side by side with Jay Goff for fourth behind them.  Goff got clear into fourth on lap-4 as Noah Korner and Douillard were still side by side for second.  The caution came out with 5 laps complete for a multi-car wreck coming out of turn 2 involving Tony Santangelo, Marcello Rufrano, Wesley Prucker, and several others.

Caruso powered into the lead on the restart with Noah Korner all over his back bumper.  Goff slotted into third with Glenn Korner fourth and Douillard in fifth.  Dan Wesson got around Douillard to move into fifth on lap-7 and up front, Noah Korner made a move to the inside of Caruso to take the lead by a nose at the line.  Another multicar accident in turn 3 involving Rufrano, Glenn Griswold, Joe Graf, Jr., and Chris Matthews brought the caution back out with 10 laps complete.

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Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night Offers Prizes for Fans and Modified Drivers

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag flies for the June 9th Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night at Stafford Speedway, the SK Light division will be racing 40-laps for over $14,000 in total posted awards, and the SK Modified® division will race 50-laps for an extra $4,000 in purse.  But those aren’t the only bonuses that will be up for grabs.  Following the completion of each feature event during the night, the top-3 finishing drivers will each pick a winner out of the Dunleavy’s Pick of the Hat.  All modified drivers who attempt to qualify as well as three lucky fans will be eligible to win one of many great prizes that Doug Dunleavy from Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair has lined up for the evening’s race program.

“Any of the modified teams who attempt to qualify and any fan who purchases a Pitstopper Program has a shot to walk away with a great prize,” explained Doug Dunleavy of Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair. “We wanted to get the fans involved in the fun as well, so make sure you’re here for the big show and grab a program!”

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Joey Ferrigno Riding Winning Momentum Into Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night

Stafford Springs, CT — For Joey Ferrigno and the #87 RH2 Way Radio Communications team, the 2017 SK Light Modified season at Stafford Speedway hadn’t quite gone as planned over the first three races of the 2017 season.  Coming off a 2016 season where Ferrigno collected 2 wins and challenged for the championship right up to the final checkered flag, he had yet to collect a top-10 finish in 2017.  But Ferrigno’s luck turned around last Friday night at Stafford as he piloted his #87 machine to NAPA Victory Lane to give his team and himself some positive momentum heading into this Friday night’s Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night feature, the biggest race in the history of the SK Light division with over $14,000 in total posted awards up for grabs.

“It definitely helps getting the monkey off our back,” said Ferrigno.  “I knew I had a fast car all season.  The first couple of races we ran up front but we had some unfortunate circumstances.  This week the car was there, we didn’t have any trouble, and we showed them what we have.  We always go to the track with the best car we can and I always like to think we have a chance of winning.  Pulling off that win last Friday night shows we can still get the job done and it definitely puts the team’s spirits high.”

In addition to picking up the his team’s morale and giving them some positive momentum to work with, the win also gives Ferrigno and his Horsepower Hill crew time during the week to work on the #87 car and make any necessary changes for the 40-lap feature this Friday night that will be twice as long as a normal SK Light feature event.

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Matt Galko Scores Emotional First SK Modified® Victory

Stafford Springs, CT — During the cool down lap of last Friday’s SK Modified® 40-lap feature the race winner’s car came to a stop in turn 4.  Matt Galko had just scored his first career SK Modified® victory and had stopped in turn 4, not to celebrate but instead to gather his emotions and reflect on a journey that has brought him to victory lane of an SK Modified® feature at Stafford Speedway.

The two-time SK Light Modified Champion (2011 & 2012) joined the SK Modified® ranks for the 2013 season and has progressed as a driver throughout the last 4 seasons.  Galko had been close to victory in 2016 but had not been to NAPA Victory Lane since August 12, 2011, when he scored his last SK Light Modified win

“It’s been since 2011 since I’ve been in victory lane, 5 full years in the SK Modified® division and 6 years since we last won in the SK Lights,” explained Galko. “I have to thank all the crew for giving me a good car, the stars finally aligned for us.”

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