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Rowan Pennink Ready to Go for 2 in a Row at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — While Rowan Pennink is certainly no stranger to NAPA Victory Lane at Stafford Speedway with 12 feature wins and 2 championships over the last 2 years in the SK Modified® division, he was still looking for a breakthrough win in a touring modified car. That breakthrough finally came last May in the Valenti Modified Racing Series 80 with Pennink behind the wheel of Gary Cretty’s red #25 machine. Pennink is looking forward to returning to Stafford next Friday night and defending his win in the 4th Annual VRMS 80.

“Last year we had good cars in all the Stafford races,” said Pennink. “I ran the MTS race at Monadnock with the 25 team and we’re excited to come back to Stafford. We had a couple of good runs there last season with the 25 car and it’s always good to get 2 races in one night with the 25 team and the 99 team in the SK Modified® division. We won the first race in 2016 and we had a good run going but we broke an axle in the second race and then we finished second in the third race. If the car is as good as it was last year hopefully we can be in contention for the win.”

One area of expertise that will come in handy for Pennink is his home track knowledge of Stafford. Of the 17 VMRS races held to date at Stafford, 12 of them have been won by drivers who are either currently or formerly weekly racers. Pennink and Ted Christopher were both winners in VMRS events last season at Stafford while Jon McKennedy was the winner of the third race.
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Wayne Coury, Jr. Hoping to Collect First Stafford Victory in CBYD 811 LM 50

Stafford Springs — For the past 11 seasons, Shelton native Wayne Coury, Jr. has been racing in the Late Model division at Stafford Speedway without reaching NAPA Victory Lane. He has been close several times before with podium finishes but he is still in search of his first trip to the top step of the podium. Coming off a 6th place effort in the season-opening NAPA Spring Sizzler® feature, Coury is hoping that he can put his #10 Wayne’s Auto Body Chevrolet into victory lane for a big payday in this Friday night’s Call Before You Dig 811 50-lap feature.

“I felt like we had a good enough car to win at the Sizzler and I think we’re really close to our first win,” said Coury.  “We’ve been close in the past and I think we’re right there knocking on the door. A win this Friday night would be huge for us. We’ve won at Waterford and Thompson and been competitive elsewhere but Stafford has been elusive for us. To win an extra distance race and a big purse would be a huge boost for the whole team, especially for my Dad. He’s been the main person behind the team since he stopped racing himself and it’s been pretty awesome to have him focusing on the car. I’d really like to be able to win this race for him. I don’t think our finishing record at Stafford is representative of how competitive we’ve been and we’re hoping we can change that this Friday night.”

Coury recorded a 4th place finish in the 50-lap Late Model feature last season and he says his car is well suited to the extra distance, which is 20 laps longer than a normal Late Model feature at Stafford. Coury also says that his car is most likely the oldest car that will be in the starting field for the CBYD 811 Late Model 50.

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Former Late Model Champion Mike Quintiliano Looking Forward to Call Before You Dig 811 Late Model 50 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — After taking a year off from the Late Model division in 2016, former track champion Mike Quintiliano returned to competition with a flourish at the season-opening NAPA Spring Sizzler®. He ran among the leaders for much of the 30-lap feature behind the wheel of his #44 The Hideout / Rick’s Auto Body Chevrolet finishing a strong fourth place. With 2 career 100-lap Late Model feature wins at Stafford to his credit, including his first career Stafford victory in 1999, Quintiliano is looking forward to this Friday’s Call Before You Dig 811 Late Model 50.

“The car was a different car so we had to get used to it and we didn’t have a lot of practice with it so our goal is to improve the car week to week,” said Quintiliano. “Depending on where you start, you have extra time to get to the front with the extra distance race. If the car isn’t going good, you have the extra time to make a pit stop and do whatever you have to do with the car. I really like the extra distance races and I have to thank Nap Chenard, Chuck Flynn, Scott and Tracy Ritter, and my wife for letting me get back behind the wheel. Also, I have to thank all the fans, we had a lot of fans that came back to watch us.”

Call Before You Dig is partnering with Stafford Speedway to present the 50-lap Late Model extravaganza with the winner guaranteed to win at least $1,811. The total posted awards for the Late Model 50 is over $10,000. Such a big payday would be a huge boost to an operation like Quintiliano’s for the remainder of the 2017 season.

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Holland Cancels May 13 Practice, Focusing On May 20th Opening Day

Holland Cancels Pre-Season Practice; Focus’s on May 20th Opener

HOLLAND, NY… (May 9, 2017) With the heavy rains that showered the Western New York region throughout the end of April and the beginning of May, Holland International Speedway management has decided to cancel the Pre-Season practice session that was scheduled for Saturday, May 13.

Saturday, May 20th will mark the historic NASCAR sanctioned facility’s 58th consecutive season of racing under the same management, the Bennett Family. Opening Day 2017 presented by McKinley Mall will feature a full racing program featuring the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds, Bank of Holland Chargers, Advance Auto Parts Hornets, NYPA TQ Midgets, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s, INEX Legends, Rookie 4’s and the speedway’s newest division, the Talking Phone Book Super Sixes.  On Opening Day, gates will open at 4:15 pm in the pits, 5:45 for the grandstands with qualifying heats starting at 6:00 pm sharp with NASCAR feature racing getting underway at7:05 pm. 

Holland drivers are encouraged to contact the speedway office regarding purchasing tires for the Pro Modifieds and Chargers, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series decal kits for all divisions plus the hot off the press printed pocket schedules plus NASCAR licenses and more. The 2017 schedule of events is available for download on the speedway’s website, as well as on Holland’s social media pages.

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Wear Yellow at Grandview on Saturday, Late Models to See Changes

Fans and Racers Asked to Wear Yellow on Saturday to Help Racer Jordan Henn on His Road to Recovery
Changes Being Planned for BRC NASCAR Late Models
Tripleheader Action Set for Saturday, May 13

BECHTELSVILLE, PA MAY 8, 2017 — Everyone coming out to Grandview Speedway this Saturday night to see the exciting NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing action is being asked to wear something yellow. And the reason for that request is to help support Jordan Henn’s recovery from injuries sustained during a wild multi-car accident a couple Saturdays back.

Henn, the defending Sportsman champion, faces a lengthy recovery and the show of support from fans and racers would go a long way to help him as he recovers and gets back to racing.

The Saturday, May 13th tripleheader, will feature the TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman racing in at least 12 events. Fans have the opportunity to see many of the top talents in dirt track racing taking part. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. Fans are invited to participate in the weekly Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet which takes place at the main gate as the ticket booth opens. Featured this week will be Modified talent Kyle Borror, Sportsman racer Jack Butler and Late Model standout Brian Shuey.
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A View from Above …with Race Voice

Opening Day 2017
Week one is in the books. If you looked at the weather earlier in the week, you would have had your doubts. It certainly did put a damper on the first day of the weekend. With a total washout on Saturday, teams did not get a chance to practice and get their cars ready. And it sure showed in some instances.

The day started off under sunny skies and we introduced our 2017 Wall of Fame Inductees. Fred Astle Sr, Rollie Lindblad and Nat Chiaventone. These three deserving men will be officially inducted on Saturday, May 27th. Be sure to be on hand to congratulate these fine men.

Let’s take an overall look at the show from opening day. Car counts were up in the Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment Sportsman and in the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models. 27 cars in each of the divisions had the teams prepared for a battle. They just didn’t anticipate the difficulties that lie ahead.

In qualifying for the Late Models, we saw Fred Bonolowicz hit the turn 2 wall A TON! While the car is most likely a total, his safety gear kept him from any injury. While I am sure he is sore today, he owes a huge thank you to the head and neck restraint company. On an inline post from his son Miles, he said the safety equipment did exactly what it was supposed to do in that instance, and he is glad they made the investment.
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Darling Outduels Vanasse for Opening Day Pro Stock Win

Dave Darling and Ryan Vanasse engaged in a bitter duel over supremacy in the Pro Stock division with the outcome undecided until the closing yards of the 40-lap challenge for Seekonk’s top division. Right on their tails came polesitter Bobby Pelland III, who had initially engaged reigning champion Tom Scully, Jr. until the latter suddenly slowed in turn three of lap six and was caught by Darling, who had been running on his bumper. Scully came loose in turn four and spun to the infield. He pitted for repairs and returned for the restart.

Vanasse, who had been running third, now started on his teammate’s outside shoulder and they debated the lead over the next 27 laps, with Vanasse running the outside and Pelland in command of the low groove. Darling pursued them, constantly on their bumpers as they hacksawed the lead with Radical Rick Martin constantly in his mirror.

But moving up from the middle of the pack were Fast Freddy Astle and Ryan Lineham. Lineham was at Martin’s back on lap seven, moving in from a seventh place start. Astle, who came from ninth, edged past Kenny Spencer and Kevin Casper into sixth place, behind Lineham. They debated the position for three laps, before Astle nosed under Lineham, who got squirrelly, which allowed Astle to charge ahead. At the same time, Vanasse vaulted past Pelland and Darling drove underneath to remain on Vanasse’s bumper.
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Lineham Victorious in Late Model Opener

Ryan Lineham’s season opener met with success after a long duel with Ray Parent that stretched from lap 7 to the finish line and saw Lineham finally take the lead coming out of turn four on lap 28. Parent had held the lead since the outset and Lineham had used every asset he possessed to take the lead.

Lineham had tapped Parent’s bumper in turn two of Lap 28 but Parent made the save. The circled through turn three and Lineham again rubbed his bumper in turn four, heading under the white flag. Parent’s rear moved to the centrifugal force and began to fishtail back and forth, allowing Lineham to go by on the outside. Parent recovered and was able to finish second while Austin Blais deprived Nick Uhrig of third and Uhrig took fourth with 2016 Champ Dylan Estrella on his coattails. Parent later suffered a disqualification after tech inspection, elevating Blais to second, Uhrig to third, Estrella to fourth and Charlie Rose to fifth.

A large field of 25 Late Models took to the oval for the opener and Parent held the pole. Jeramee Lillie was on the outside pole. The race was laced with numerous cautions from an opening lap yellow flag through a total of eight restarts. In the sporadic racing in between, competitors waged a spritely war for superiority.
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Serydynski Picks Up Sportsman Win After Lallier DQ

A pair of past Street Stock champions made the renamed division, now known as Sportsman, an intense duel for 25 laps, ably assisted by several competitors hungry for a win on opening day. Paul Lallier and Scott Serydynski battled it out lap after lap from sitting side-by-side on the front row at the start to finishing 1-2 at the end. The victory went to Lallier, but Serydynski flashed across the stripe on his tail, perhaps setting up a recurring scenario for the 2017 season. Rob Murphy battled up from sixth into third and 2016 title holder Scott Bruneau, despite suffering body damage to the car, pulled in at fourth place. Kid Chaos (Corey Fanning) brawled in for fifth.

Owing to the green track, practically unused since September, and the fact that test and tune sessions were rained out two out of the three scheduled events, the race was fraught with cautions, eight in all. The longest sustained runs were eight laps, two of them between laps 4 and 12 and from lap 17 to the finish. Through it all, Lallier and Serydynski were in their own, private dogfight, with occasional intrusions from Murphy and Tom “The Bomb” Adams.

As polesitter Lallier nosed ahead of outside pole Serydynski, Ed Flanagan got crossed up in turn two and swerved up into the middle of the pack, catching Danny Cabral and Sparky Arsenault. On the lap zero restart, Dick Benoit got sideways and Ryan Flood wound up driving across Cabral’s nose, retiring both cars at the outset with Cabral stopping just inches short of the turn four wall.

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Belcher Takes Sport Trucks Opener

Chase Belcher came away from opening day with a big win on his hands making the victory even sweeter with the knowledge that he’d won over 2016 champ Mike Cavallaro, who had edged him for the championship. Belcher started on the pole, but had to contend with some hard-chargers at the outset, including Josh Hedges, who had opened the season by winning his heat. Barry Shaw also took a hard run, and led the first five circuits before Belcher could reassert himself. Chase took the lead on lap six and was never headed after that.

Cavallaro, who had started seventh, passed Shaw into second on lap seven and spent the rest of the race making Belcher’s life miserable, along with Mike Duarte, who forged into second on laps 13 and 14. If misery it was, Belcher seemed to be romping home in the face of adversity. Cavallaro came home second, a second off the pace, followed by Duarte. David Lougee fought back from an early-race spin which sent him to the rear to finish fourth, just ahead of Ed Perry, who had suffered the same fate.

Shaw surged past Belcher into the lead at the outset and Hedges came around him. Belcher held him off and it was Shaw-Belcher-Hedges. Belcher began looking under Shaw, but it too until lap 5 for him to push his nose in. Shaw and Belcher went wheel-to-wheel and then Belcher grabbed the lead crossing the stripe. Hedges began nosing under Shaw but spun going into turn three.
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Grandview Rained Out on Saturday, Next NASCAR Races Set for May 13

Wet Weather Claims the Saturday Night Stock Car Racing Scheduled at Grandview

BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 6, 2017 — Every effort was made to race but once again wet and chilly weather conditions forced management of the NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway to cancel their scheduled Saturday night tripleheader stock car racing show.

Action will return to the popular one-third-mile, banked clay oval on Saturday, May 13th with another tripleheader show that will feature the NASCAR TP Trailers 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models, and Sportsman stock cars in at least 12 events of racing. The Modifieds top off their part of the night’s action with a 30-lap feature that starts 28 of the top performers from the qualifying events. The BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars will run in a full series of qualifying events topped by 25-lap features.

Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. with actual racing starting at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted FREE. And there is free parking available on the speedway grounds. Fans are invited to the competition pit area after the races are complete to visit with the competitors.

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Penalties Announced from April 29-30, 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Program at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Following the 2017 NAPA Spring Sizzler® feature events, Stafford Motor Speedway officials have announced the following penalties:

#19 SK Light Modified, Driver Tony Santangelo-
Infraction– Post race technical inspection failure, car weight. 
Penalties– Disqualification from event, removed from finishing order.
Removed from the handicap process for the next 3 events attended/completed. 
Placed on probation for the next 3 events attended/completed. 

#75 SK Light Modified, Driver David Arute-
Infraction– Failure to follow safety directives, on-track
Penalty– $100 fine payable to either the Benjamin Buckley Memorial Foundation or the Catherine V. Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, through Stafford Motor Speedway.

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Another Tight Point Battle in the Making at Grandview Speedway this Season

BECHTELSVILLE, PA May 1, 2017 . . . With nine different feature winners in nine races run in the three divisions of racing presented at Grandview Speedway there is the makings of some very tough battles for the lucrative NASCAR and track championships.

At present winners in the TP Trailers 358 Modifieds have included Kevin Hirthler, Kyle Weiss, and Doug Manmiller. In the BRC Late Models division wins have been earned by Ron Kline, Brian Shuey, and Blane Emory. And in Sportsman action, Brian Hirthler, Ryan Lilick, and Dylan Swinehart have visited victory lane. Will there be three new winners this Saturday or some repeat winners?

Current point standings show defending champion Craig VonDohren on top in the TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds. In the Sportsman Brian Hirthler, feature winner on opening night, leads the standings. And in the BRC Late Models defending champion Chuck Schutz has 685 counters which is just two points better than second place Kyle Merkel.
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Dowling & Wood Score Napa Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Sunday Feature Victories at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Weekend continued on Sunday, April 30 with feature events for the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions. Scoring wins were Chase Dowling in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature and Josh Wood in the 30-lap Late Model feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Ryan Preece used the outside lane to get by polesitter Tyler Hines on the first lap to take the early lead. Ted Christopher quickly moved to the inside of Hines to take over second on lap-2 and Keith Rocco followed in Christopher’s tracks to pull alongside Hines in a fight for third and he took the spot on lap-3. Hines settled into fourth Ronnie Williams fifth before the caution came out with 4 laps complete for Austin Pickens, who came to a stop in turn 2.
Christopher got a great restart and powered his way in front of Preece to take the lead. Rocco and Hines were side by side for third behind Preece with Williams and Chase Dowling side by side for fifth place. Rocco took third with Williams fourth and Pennink moved up to fifth with Hines falling back to sixth on lap-8. Pickens spun in turn 4 to bring the caution back out with 9 laps complete.

Christopher resumed his place at the front of the field on the restart with Rocco moving alongside Preece for second with Williams and Pennink side by side for fourth. Rocco took second on lap-12 and Williams was able to take third as Preece fell back into a duel with Todd Owen for fourth. Bo Gunning spun through the frontstretch infield to bring the caution flag out with 13 laps complete.

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Manmiller, Dylan Swinehart, and Blaine Emery Continue New Winners Streak at Grandview Speedway

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 30, 2017. .The new winner’s streak continued at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Back after a week hiatus courtesy of Mother Nature, 35 Modified, 18 Late Model and 34 Sportsman drivers were ready to mix it up in qualifying events to participate in their respective features on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway and three new feature winners put their names in the record book.

After three Saturday nights of NASCAR stock car racing, there have been nine different feature winners.

Doug “The Handler” Manmiller dove underneath leader Ryan Grim to take the lead away on the 24th lap of the 30-lap NASCAR T.P. Trailers 358 Modified feature and proceeded to win his first feature of the current campaign behind the wheel of the Jason Miller-owned No. 44M. Manmiller ran high and low until the bottom line came in and he could make his move. With five laps to go Manmiller dealt with lap traffic and as long as they held their line, he knew what maneuver to make to keep the others in tow.

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DiMatteo, Narducci, Beyer, & Lindeman Score NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Saturday Feature Victories at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway opened its doors for racing in 2017 with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions as well as the Mr. Rooter Truck Series as part of the Saturday NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Weekend festivities. Cory DiMatteo took the checkered flag in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Bryan Narducci was the winner of the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Trace Beyer won the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, and Andy Lindeman won the 35-lap Mr. Rooter Truck Series feature.

The 20-lap SK Light Modified feature took the green flag with Joey Ferrigno taking the lead on the outside of Andrew Les. The field completed 2 laps before the caution came out for Brett Gonyaw, who got into the wall coming out of turn 2 and came to a stop on the backstretch.

Ferrigno took the lead back under green with Tony Santangelo hot on his bumper. David Arute was up to third with Glenn Griswold in fourth and Jay Goff fifth. Marcello Rufrano and Chris Matthews were side by side for sixth as Ferrigno began to stretch out his advantage over Arute in second.

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Glen Reen Teams With Dan Avery for 2017 SK Modified® Season at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Flashback to the 2016 season at Stafford Motor Speedway and you’d be hard pressed to find a driver who had worse luck than Wilbraham, MA native Glen Reen. Reen began the year with plans to drive double duty in the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions but his season came to a premature halt on May 27th when Reen lost the engines in both of his cars. With the 2017 season ready to take the green flag at Stafford, Reen is back with much brighter prospects. Reen has teamed up with Dan Avery to form 2-car Horsepower Hill Farm team for the 2017 SK Modified® season.

“We had chatted about it the night before Thanksgiving and the next thing you know we worked on this deal over the winter and now we’re teammates for the 2017 season,” said Reen. “We sat down and planned everything out, we probably had, no exaggeration, 20 meetings before we finalized everything. I’ve been a fan of Dan since I was a kid going to Riverside every Saturday night and I actually have a photo of me sitting in his car at a Porter and Chester event. I kept on bugging him asking to sit in the car and finally he said yes. Fast forward to today and I’m so excited. How many people get to team up with their racing heroes? We’re going to run both cars out of the same shop and I can’t thank Dan enough for everything, he has no idea how much this really means to me.”

“I’ve had teammates before with mixed reviews but Glen and I have known each other since he was a kid and he sat in my car at a Porter and Chester event and now here we are some years later,” said Avery. “I’ve always liked Glen, he’s an aggressive driver and I don’t think he’s ever had the right opportunities before. My plan was to eventually have a 2-car team if I’m driving or not and Glen was one of my first choices as a driver. I haven’t made up my mind just yet how much longer I want to keep on racing. It could be 2 more years or 10 more years. We have a lot of experience and knowledge between Glen’s team and my team and I think the mixing of our two teams together can be a good mix for us. With 2 cars now, it’s one thing to share experiences and what you’re doing at the track while you’re at the track but when you’re at a meeting on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, they always say 2 heads are better than 1 and hopefully we can finish some races up front and be a championship contender.”

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Michael Bennett and Family Collecting Donations for Connecticut Children’s Hospital

Stafford Springs, CT — With the dawn of a new NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season, Stafford Late Model driver Michael Bennett and his wife Lindsay have announced that they will be taking donations to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Hospital throughout the year.

The Bennetts had their world turned upside down back in August of 2015 when their son Chace was diagnosed with leukemia. With Chace now on the road to recovery, the Bennett’s wanted to give something back to the CT Children’s Hospital that has helped Chace and so many other young children with life-threatening illnesses. Enter the Race for Chace Donation Box.

The Bennett’s will be collecting newly packaged Matchbox cars for the CT Children’s Hospital Prize Closet, which rewards young children with a gift after their treatment has been completed that day. Donations can be dropped off at the Speedway Novelty Booth at Stafford during racing season on Friday nights and this weekend’s NAPA Spring Sizzler. Anyone making a Matchbox car donation will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win either a family four pack of tickets to the Monster Jam event in July at Stafford or the season-ending NAPA Fall Final Weekend. The first raffle drawing will take place on July 7th and the second drawing will take place on September 15th. Raffle winners will be contacted by phone if not present the day of the drawings.

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Tech Talk: Unique Partnership for Tefft

Stafford Driver & Area Students Prepared for 2017

STAFFORD, Conn. — After getting his feet wet with a five-race foray into the Limited Late Model division in 2015, Southampton, Massachusetts, native David Tefft ran his first full season at Stafford Motor Speedway in 2016 with a truly unique crew.

Tefft and his students from Westfield Technical Academy, and now, William J. Dean Technical High School help serve as his crew for his No. 3 machine both in the shop during the week and at the track on Friday nights.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season gets underway at Stafford this weekend with the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. The 20-lap Limited Late Model feature will be part of Saturday’s racing. The Division I SK Modifieds and the third race of the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will highlight Sunday’s action.

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Dan Wesson Aims for SK Light Title

Stafford Springs, CT — In just two seasons, Monson, MA native Dan Wesson has quickly established himself as one of the drivers to watch in Stafford Speedway’s SK Light division.  Wesson graduated from the Wild Thing Karts in 2015 where he scored over 40 total feature wins and a championship in the Junior Outlaw division. He quickly showed that he could carry his winning ways over to the SK Light division with 3 feature wins during his rookie season.  The 2016 season saw him score 5 SK Light feature wins behind the wheel of his #92 Competitive Edge Coatings machine, second only to Tony Membrino, Jr.’s 7 wins.  Despite missing 4 races last season, Wesson finished 7th in the points standings and is ready to be a championship contender in his third season of SK Light competition.

“We have a great car again and a great team,” said Wesson.  “I have great support from my sponsors Monaco Ford, Ceric Fabrication, Patriot Coatings, Trackside Motors, Smith Auto Body, Jericho Transmissions, and Competitive Edge Coatings and if everything goes our way I think we have a good chance of repeating our performance from last year and being contenders for the championship.  The championship is what everyone is shooting for but if we can get a lot of wins this year and win the championship, that would be our ultimate goal.”

Wesson isn’t just an up and coming ace behind the wheel of a modified race car, he is also an accomplished air rifle shooter at his high school, Wilbraham & Monson Academy.  Wesson’s air rifle duties took him away from the track for several races last season but Wesson says he has no regrets about missing the races, which cost him a chance to be among the championship contenders.

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Ed Flemke, Jr. and Paula Bouchard Named NAPA Spring Sizzler® Grand Marshals

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that Ed Flemke, Jr. and his sister Paula Bouchard will serve as Grand Marshals of the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®, April 29-30.  Flemke and his sister will give the command to send the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field of cars on their way to the green flag in “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring.”

“This will be the first time for me being a grand marshal and it will be quite an honor,” said Flemke.  “I remember going back to the very first Sizzler, my father was really excited about the race because he thought it was a good combination of being a great spectator race as well as being a great drivers race.  That race has always had momentum behind it and it’s always cool to have a big race at the start of the season.  The Spring Sizzler is just like the Daytona 500.”

The 2017 season marks the 50th season since Stafford Speedway was first paved, ushering in the era of asphalt racing.  The winner of the very first feature to be run at Stafford on the new coat of asphalt was Ed Flemke, Sr. on June 1, 1967.  The win was also the first of 23 career modified wins at Stafford for Flemke.  Flemke also nearly won the very first Spring Sizzler® in 1972 driving the #34 Pinto for owner Fred Vigliarolo but after leading the race from lap 7 to lap 70, a water pump failed on Flemke’s car and he ended up finishing 17th while Fred DeSarro ended up taking the checkered flag in the Len Boehler “Ole Blue” #3 machine.  Flemke was one of 7 Pintos in the starting lineup of 33 cars that marked the beginning of the Pinto Revolution at Stafford.  Flemke then came back the very next year in 1973 and won the Spring Sizzler® driving Bob Judkins’ #2x.

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Ryan Preece Looking to Complete Career Quartet in NAPA Spring Sizzler®

Stafford Springs, CT — After spending the 2016 season behind the wheel of Johnny Davis Motorsports’ #01 car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ryan Preece has returned to full-time competition on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the 2017 season.  The Berlin native will pilot Ed Partridge’s #6 T.S. Haulers machine and is looking to capture the NAPA Spring Sizzler® to complete what would be a career Stafford quartet of checkered flags.  Preece has already won the late May/Early June, August, and NAPA Fall Final events during his NWMT career, all that remains is to win the grand-daddy of them all, “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®.

“A Sizzler win would definitely be nice,” said Preece.  “I’ve had moments where I’ve led the most of the race but we’ve been unable to win it.  I’ve won the Fall Final, the late May/early June race, as well as the August race at Stafford, so the Sizzler is the only Stafford tour race left that I haven’t won.  To finally get a win and add a Sizzler trophy to the others would be pretty special.”

With 5 career NWMT wins and 25 career SK Modified® wins at Stafford to his credit, Preece knows how to get to NAPA Victory Lane behind the wheel of a modified.  With the NAPA Spring Sizzler® being 200-laps in length, the strategy game could determine who ends up winning the 46thedition of the NAPA Spring Sizzler®.  A new tire rule for the 2017 season, which will allow NWMT teams to change 4 tires rather than the customary 3 during a pit stop combined with the fact that most teams will also have to pit for fuel at some point during the race already has Preece and other NWMT teams already plotting out a strategy for the race.

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Four Divisions of Racing at Grandview Saturday

Point Battle is Close As NASCAR Racing Moves into Third Week

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 18, 2017 . . . With NASCAR stock car racing action at Grandview Speedway moving into its third Saturday the same drivers that won the championships in 2016 are leading the current point standings.

Multi-time TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified champion Craig VonDohren sits on top of the standings holding a slim lead over 10-time champion Jeff Strunk and past champion Duane Howard. VonDohren has 577 counters while Strunk has 568 and Howard sits with 563. Interesting to note that none of the top three have visited victory lane so far.

In the BRC Late Model division Chuck Schutz, another multi-time and defending champion, is in front of the stadnings with 468 points while second place Wayne Pfeil has 457. Third place is held by Bryan Sipe with 447 points. Again none of the top three in points have cracked victory lane.
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Seekonk Set for 72nd Season Opening Day May 7

SEEKONK, Mass. — After a long offseason filled with preparation, Seekonk Speedway is set to open their 72nd season of racing on Sunday, May 7. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman and Sports Trucks classes will compete in qualifying and feature racing to start the action-packed 2017 schedule. Although the season is a long one, many drivers will be hoping to start the season with a solid run to collect crucial points.

In the Pro Stocks, Tom Scully Jr. will look to begin his quest at a second straight division championship, but it won’t be an easy task. Last year, Scully captured multiple victories in route to the title and likely will need to do the same thing to capture another. Some of his top challengers include former champions David Darling and Fred Astle, who both look to return to the top of the division this year. Names like Rick Martin, Ryan Lineham, Mike Brightman, Angelo Belsito, Kyle and Kevin Casper and many others are also prepared to challenge for wins.

In the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models, two-time division champion Dylan Estrella leads the list of favorites coming into the season. Estrella has dominated the division that last few years, winning a handful of times and being a master of consistency in route to the two straight titles. He will return behind the wheel of his Everett’s Auto Parts No. 46, but he has some young talent hoping to hunt him down. Former Nick’s Pit Stop Legends competitor Ryan Kuhn will make a Rookie of the Year run this season and is expected to challenge Estrella for the title come October. Ray Parent, who is a former Late Model winner at Seekonk, is also planning a full-time schedule in the Anytime Realty No. 98. Other names ready to contend include Jake Johnson, Vinny Arrenegado, and former champion Gerry DeGasparre Jr.
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Seekonk Speedway Practice Schedule

Saturday, April 22 – Open Practice for all divisions except for SYRA & Bandoleros. Pits Open at 9 am and pit admission is $20. Rookie practice begins at 11 am and all divisions run 12-5.

Saturday, May 6th – Open Practice for all divisions except for SYRA & Bandoleros. Pits Open at 9 am and pit admission is $20. Rookie practice begins at 11 am and all divisions run 12-5.

Friday, May 12th – Minicups & Bandoleros ONLY. Pits open at 3 pm, Practice from 4 till 7 pm. $20 pit admission.

Wednesday, May 24 – Fast Friday Practice – Pits open at 3 pm, practice runs from 4-7 pm. $20 pit admission.

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Kyle Weiss Wins 35-lap TP Trailers NASCAR Modified Feature Worth More Than $3500 at Grandview on Saturday Night; Brian Shuey Tops in BRC Late Models and Ryan Lilick Tops in Sportsman

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 16, 2017 . . . Kyle Weiss, Brian Shuey and Ryan Lilick didn’t fare well in their outings during opening night racing at Grandview Speedway last Saturday night.

In their second showing of the season all three more than made up for it as they all ended their night in victory lane in their respective division on Checkered Flag Fan Club Night.

NASCAR T.P. Trailers 358 Modified action saw Kyle Weiss inherit the lead from race leader Danny Erb on the 25th lap of the 35-lap main event when mechanical problems forced Erb to the sidelines. Weiss, who dedicated the win to promoter Bruce Rogers, who recently passed away, commented that Erb, “had the right line and the field covered,” before he broke.

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New England Racing Fuel Powers Stafford Contingency Program

Stafford Springs, CT — New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand has been part of the Stafford Speedway contingency program every year since the founding of the program prior to the 1999 season.  The 2017 season will mark the 19th consecutive season that New England Racing Fuel owned by John Holland and Mike Joy have helped power drivers through the Contingency Program.  Last season New England Racing Fuel distributed over $10,000 in gas certificates to Stafford Speedway drivers, the fuel company is slated to distribute that same amount in 2017.

“I really like how the SK Lights are growing,” said John Holland of New England Racing Fuel.  “It seems like I see more news about new drivers joining that division and moving up from that division.  The quality of that division gets better every season and that’s only going to eventually become a stronger SK Modified® division.  I think the SK Modified® division is already the best racing at any track that I’ve gone to and I go to about 100 races a season.  I always try to get to Stafford on a Friday night.  The Late Model division also looks like it’s adding a few extra cars so we’re all looking forward to another exciting season of weekly racing at Stafford.”

New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand will provide the top-3 finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock feature events with a $25 gas certificate.  They will also support Stafford’s rookie drivers with the top finishing rookie driver from each Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock feature event also taking home 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.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Car Show Heading to Downtown Rutland on May 21

See the cars and meet the stars in two locations

RUTLAND, Vt. – The City of Rutland, Vt., will once again host the cars and stars of Devil’s Bowl Speedway and the annual “Devil’s Bowl Downtown” car show on Sunday, May 21.  Stock car racing machines and local drivers will be on hand for the fun, free, and family-friendly event in the heart of Vermont’s third-largest city, which coincides with the City’s annual “Blessing of the Bikes” charity event.

The Devil’s Bowl Downtown event is a favorite among fans of all ages.  Speedway officials, the Downtown Rutland Partnership, and the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club bring together motorcycle riders and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competitors from Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 1/2-mile Asphalt Track and 3/10-mile Dirt Track for an exciting day of interaction with racing fans, gearheads, and newcomers.

The day begins at Rutland’s newest restaurant, Ground Round Grill & Bar, coming soon to the site of the former Ponderosa Steakhouse on U.S. Route 7.  Racecars are on display from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and then the show moves to Center Street and Merchants Row in Downtown Rutland at 11:00 a.m.  Fans can see the cars up close, meet the drivers, and greet the Red Knights as they arrive around 12:30 p.m. for the annual Blessing of the Bikes.  The Downtown portion of the show also offers dining, shopping, and entertainment options for everyone.

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NASCAR Modifieds Race for $3,500 to Win Saturday Night at Grandview Speedway

35 Lap Feature Tops the Action for the TP Trailers 358 Modifieds at Grandview Saturday; BRC Late Models and Sportsman Also Part of Show

BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 12, 2017 . . . Extra money in the purse is always a great incentive for racers to give it their all and extra money is waiting for the winner of the 35-lap NASCAR TP Trailers 358 Modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

In addition to the increased laps for the Modifieds, fans will also get to see the exciting Sportsman and BRC Late Models.

Veteran competitor Kevin Hirthler is coming off an opening night victory and will be considered a strong favorite to make it two in row. However, Jeff Strunk, a 10-time track champion, finished second on Saturday and will be looking to make a strong run for the win. Past champions Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard and Ray Swinehart along with Doug Manmiller, Frank Cozze, Brett Kressley, and Jared Umbenhauer are all considered threats to take the $3500 first place money plus the TP Trailers and Truck Equipment bonus bucks along with VP Racing Fuels product award.
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ACT Spring Green Returns to Open Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 51st Season

Regional Late Model Stars Headed to Rutland County for May 7 Opener

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is ready to roar for its 51st season of stock car racing, and the schedule opens with the return of one of the year’s biggest and most important traditional events: The “Spring Green.”  The sleek Late Model cars and the regional stars of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) join the local favorites of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for a pavement-pounding show on Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m.

The Spring Green race has a storied and somewhat quirky history.  The event began at the former Catamount Stadium in Milton, Vt., in 1974, running 74 laps in distance.  After Catamount closed in 1987, the event bounced between three facilities including the 1/2-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, which previously hosted the race four times.  The Spring Green returns to West Haven, Vt., in 2017 with a 117-lap distance.

The list of past Spring Green winners reads like an all-star lineup.  Brothers Beaver and Bobby Dragon, Dave Dion, Jean-Paul Cabana, Stub Fadden, and Robbie Crouch are former winners, along with Vermont NASCAR star Kevin Lepage and Canadian icon Junior Hanley.  Modern-era winners include Governor Phil Scott, second-generation star Brent Dragon, and former Devil’s Bowl champs Todd Stone and Jean-Paul Cyr.  ACT greats Brian Hoar and Wayne Helliwell Jr. each won the Spring Green twice during its previous Devil’s Bowl run in 2011-2014.

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