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Champion Christopher Passes Away

Connecticut Driver Involved In Plane Crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR champion Ted Christopher passed away Saturday after being involved in a plane crash in Connecticut. He was 59.

Christopher is one of two drivers to win the NASCAR Whelen All-Amercian Series national title and a touring series championship. The Plainville, Connecticut, driver won the short-track national title in 2001 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crown in 2008. He was the winningest driver at a pair of Connecticut’s historic tracks: Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

He was one of two people on board a plane that went down in Guilford, Connecticut, Saturday afternoon. The crash claimed the life of both.
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Pennink Rolls to Stafford Victory

Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, September 1,2017

The annual Stafford VMRS 80 drew a full field of potent Valenti Modified Racing Series competitors and when three heats and a consi was completed the field was set for a highly competitive event.

Dave Ethridge (Portland, CT) led from the pole for the first 58 laps until Rowan Pennink (Huntingdon Valley, PA) took over after a restart and went on to a highly contested victory. The 2013 VMRS champion took down his first MRS victory of the year and second series win at Stafford putting him 5th on the all time win list.

Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT) ran in the top five all race long and made a late race charge for the win but came up 0.608 seconds short behind Pennink on a green white checkered finish.

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Rowan Pennink Scores Valenti Modified Racing Series Victory in 8th Annual VMRS 80 At Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its second of two visits during the 2017 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 8th Annual VMRS 80.  Taking the checkered flag was XXX

Dave Etheridge took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Rowan Pennink working his way around Dave Schneider to take second.  Dan Meservey, Jr. was third with Keith Rocco fourth.  Schneider slid back to fifth and he lost fifth on lap-4 to Carl Medeiros, Jr.  Blake Barney was on the charge early in the race, checking into the top-5 in the first 10 laps of the race after starting 12th.

Barney was now looking to the inside of Rocco for third and he took the spot on lap-14.  Medeiros spun on the frontstretch but was able to get his car going and the race stayed green.  Etheridge had pulled out to a slightly larger than a half second lead over Pennink, who now had Barney closing in on his back bumper as the field approached 20 laps complete in the race.  Andrew Molleur spun in turn 4 to bring the caution out with 25 laps complete.

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Anthony Nocella Looking for Repeat Stafford Victory in VMRS 80

Stafford Springs, CT — As the Valenti Modified Series prepares to return to Stafford Speedway for the second time in 2017 on Friday, September 1st for the VMRS 80, things could not be going any better for Anthony Nocella, driver of the #92 Nocella Paving Chevrolet.  Nocella won the first VMRS race at Stafford back in May and he just won the series’ most recent race at Beech Ridge to extend his lead in the VMRS championship standings.

“We started out going real good this season and then we had a few tough races and then we won again this past weekend so I think we’ll have a pretty good chance,” said Nocella.  “It’s always tough racing when you go to Stafford.  There’s a lot of good cars and guys who race there weekly are always tough to beat.  If we can come back with the car prepared just like it was and if it runs like it did back in May then I think we’ll have a decent shot at getting another win or at least a top-3 finish.”

If Nocella is to repeat his Stafford victory from May, he faces an uphill climb as VMRS rules state that the previous race winner can start no higher than 18th in the following race.  Despite the long odds he’ll be faced with starting the VMRS 80 from the back of the pack, Nocella feels confident that he can still get to the front.

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Lee USA Speedway 7/21/17 Race Report

Lee, NH — The Valenti Modified Racing Series rolled into the Lee USA Speedway for a pair of 50-lap events on Friday night, the second appearance of the year for the tour at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed“. It was a memorable night for the two VMRS feature winners as both Dan Meservey, Jr. of Brewster, MA and Troy Talman of Oxford, MA picked up their first-ever series victories in the doubleheader.

Polesitter Dylan Rock of Enfield led the opening 46 laps of the first 50-lap run, but a late-race restart gave Meservey the shot he needed, and he made the best of it. Meservey slipped past Rock to take the point on lap 47, and led the field to John Spence Jr.‘s checkered flag three laps later to collect the win.

Rock settled for a hard-earned runner-up finish, with his teammate Donnie Lashua of Canaan third, points leader Anthony Nocella of Woburn, MA fourth, and Jeff Gallup of Feeding Hills, MA fifth. Sixth went to Josh Cantara, followed by Russ Hersey of Swanzey, Tony Ricci of Westbrook, ME, Sammy Rameau of Westminster, MA, and Matt Mead of Richmond.
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Hersey Scores Claremont Win

Claremont Speedway, Claremont NH 7.7.2017

Sometimes they say it’s better to be lucky than good. In Russ Hersey’s  case sometimes its good to be both. The Swanzey NH pilot started with an ill running race car early in the day and after the crew did their magic, Hersey turned it into a Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at the 1/3 mile speedway.

An electrical problem that plagued the team relegated Hersey to a last place starting position after missing his qualifying round. Even after repairs were made and Hersey was granted hot laps, more adjustments were needed and Hersey was on his way to his first VMRS win of 2017. Racing his way into third place by lap 36 Hersey trailed race leader young Dylan Rock of Enfield NH and younger Sammy Rameau of Westminster MA. Rock and Rameau waged war for the lead for thirty laps until Rameau dove hard into the third turn and tapped Rock’s rear bumper. That’s all it took for Rock to spin from the lead. Under yellow Rock had to restart in the rear and Rameau was put back for causing the altercation. Now Hersey became the new race leader and had nothing but clean air in front of him.

“I can’t thank the guys enough, it’s been a hell of a week, they put in a lot of hours and we really weren’t that good early. We chased a wiring issue that kept us out of the heat race and didn’t get much practice. Just to get the twelve laps in to get the tires on equal footing with everyone else I could tell the car was not to my liking. When we came in and made a few adjustments it really started to rock and roll and I tried to be easy on the gas and made big circles. It seemed like the easier I went the bigger lead I got. The car was great.” Hersey added, “I have a ton of laps here and some wins so it was like the home track advantage, plus everybody gave me plenty of room. I couldn’t be any happier for the.first time out of the box, so now I hope we can carry some momentum forward.”

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Hersey Scores First Valenti Modified Racing Series Win at Claremont

Claremont, NH. – Long-time New Hampshire racer Russ Hersey, of Swanzey, accomplished what he set out to do 14-years ago – to win a Valenti Modified Racing Series race and it finally happened Friday night, July 7, at historic Claremont Speedway, Claremont, NH.

The win is also the first VMRS victory for car owner Warren Mordenti, who with his late father “Billy” has fielded modified race cars since the series inception in 2003.

Hersey started 15th in a 15-car field and didn’t make a run to the front in the early going. Pole sitter Mike Willis Jr. of Grantham, NH, led the first seven laps until Dylan Rock, of Enfield, NH, snuck by and led the field for the next 30-laps.

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Pitkat New England Short Track Showdown Champion

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
A R Bodies, Valenti Modified Racing Series 50

The Valenti Modified Racing Series highlighted the weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and when the checkers waved Woody Pitkat of Sturbridge MA driving the Mayhew Tools sponsored #52 stood number one on the podium.

Pole sitter Steve Masse of Bellingham MA and Ted Christopher of Plainville CT charged off turn four at the drop of John Spence Jr’s’ green flag but by the end of lap one Pitkat raced by both to lead for the first of nine visits to the head of the pack.

“It was just a great day. It started out frustrating because of the tire stagger we wanted, but it turned out to be an awesome show. We put on a good show for the fans that were here. I want to thank Steve from Gunsmoke, he owns the car and if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here. And this crew won me the race, we chased an electrical problem all day yesterday, it’s all them. All I had to do was hold the wheel. It’s always awesome to run with Ted (Christopher) because he’s always good up here, and its nice to see Steve (Masse) run up front because he does whatever he can do to get to the race track. It was good to see Steve up there contending for the win” Pitkat also added “There’s a lot of stuff going on in your head on what you can do and can’t do and racing with some of these people you don’t know what they’re going to do, so it was good to be up front in clean air.” Continue reading ‘Pitkat New England Short Track Showdown Champion’

Pitkat Wins Valenti Modified Racing Series Debut at Loudon

Pitkat Tops VMRS Field At New Hampshire Motor Speedway Debut

Loudon, NH. – 17-lead changes, and a hard fought battle right down to the finish, highlighted Saturday afternoon’s 50-lap race for open-wheel Modifieds when the Valenti Modified Racing Series made it’s first ever start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon New Hampshire.

Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, led the race 9-times before taking down his first VMRS win for 2017 and his fourth series victory. Pitkats’s last series win was October 15, 2016, at Thompson, Connecticut.

The race was part of The New England Short Track Showdown produced by race organizer Bob Guptill.

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New Hampshire’s Speedway 51 Next Stop for VMRS Saturday

Canaan, NH. – Winners of the first two races travel to northern New Hampshire this weekend when the Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH. Saturday, June 17.

Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, the series early point leader, headlines the list of expected drivers. Nocella won the season opener last month at Stafford, CT and finished third on Memorial Day weekend at Lee, NH.

Mike Douglas Jr, of Auburn, NH, winner of the Lee race, heads to the Groveton race facility for the first time. The second-generation driver was pleased to see Saturdays race on the schedule when announced. “We missed last years race. When we saw it listed on the schedule for this season we made it a point to make plans.”  Drivers who competed last year were impressed with the tight, high-banked quarter-mile speedway that has seen major upgrades by new owner Joey Laquerre,

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Mike Douglas Jr. Cruises to VMRS Victory

Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH

The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its second appearance of the season when they roared into the Lee USA Speedway for the Hoosier Tire East / New England Race Fuels 50 lap feature on Sat. May 27th.

The event was unique by running heat races of 25 laps in length and topping it off with a 50 lap feature.

From the drop of Tim Bennetts green flag, Douglas Jr. of Auburn, N.H. took the lead from his pole position start and never gave it up, while back in the pack Richard Savary, Anthony Nocella and Les Hinckley III started working their way to the front.

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Mike Douglas Jr Goes Home To Win His First VMRS Race

Lee, NH. — It took over 15 years to win his second race at what he calls his ‘home’ race track, but Auburn New Hampshire’s Mike Douglas Jr. finally put it all together Saturday afternoon May 27 and won his first Valenti Modified Racing Series event at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH.

Douglas first trip to victory lane was in the tracks Hobby Stock division in 2003.

Saturday’s race was a special holiday weekend presentation by the Lee track with qualifying heat race winners receiving $500 to win and $3,000 was awarded to the winner.
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Nocella Drives to Victory in New Car at Stafford

Stafford Springs CT– Woburn, MA, driver Anthony Nocella, like the ten other drivers that finished on the lead lap, weathered the storm of 11-caution flags and a long run to score the season opening win Friday night, May 19, in Valenti Modified Racing Series action at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT.

The victory was Nocella’s first at Stafford and his 7th VMRS career win.

Nocella started in the 8th position in a 25-car field. Early race leader Dave Etheridge led the first 11-laps before Keith Rocco, the fastest car in pre-race practice, took the lead. Rowan Pennink and Woody Pitkat would also be front-runners in the 80-lap main event.

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Anthony Nocella Scores Valenti Modified Racing Series Victory in 4th Annual VMRS 80 at Stafford Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its first of two visits during the 2017 season to Stafford Motor Speedway for the 4th Annual VMRS 80.  Taking the checkered flag was Anthony Nocella, his first career Stafford VMRS victory.

Dave Etheridge took the early lead at the drop of the green flag with Rowan Pennink, Keith Rocco, Woody Pitkat, and Donnie Lashua lined up behind him.  Rocco took to the outside groove on lap-6 and he took second from Pennink and slotted himself in second right behind Etheridge.

Rocco made a move around Etheridge on lap-12 to move to the lead with Pennink and Pitkat lined up right behind them in a 4-car train that was starting to pull away from the rest of the field.  Lashua was fifth with Dylan Kopec in sixth, Anthony Nocella in seventh, Richard Savary eighth, Mike Willis ninth, and Les Hinckley tenth.

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Richard Savary Ready to Challenge Stafford Regulars in VMRS 80

Stafford Springs, CT — History has shown that when the Valenti Modified Racing Series rolls into Stafford Speedway, the odds of winning are not in your favor if you’re coming in as an outsider.  In the 17 VMRS races that have been run at Stafford since 2010, 70% have been won by Stafford weekly competitors.  Richard Savary, driver of the #99 Alloy Wheel Repair Chevrolet, will be looking to score a victory for the outsiders this Friday night in the VMRS 80.

“We have a good car and we’ve had a good car at Stafford in the past,” said Savary.  “Of all the tracks that we run at, I think that Stafford is one of the toughest tracks to compete against the regulars like Rowan Pennink, Ted Christopher, Keith Rocco, and Woody Pitkat.  They’ve all raced there weekly for many years and it seems like one of them always wins the race.  We’ve been able to get close to them and race with them, but we just haven’t been able to win a race yet.  We’re hoping to change that Friday night.  It’s a huge advantage for those guys racing at Stafford.  The car has been good enough to win in the past, it just needed a driver that understands the track a little better than I do behind the wheel.  We have the same amount of speed in the car as those guys do, it’s just being able to set up passes in the best spots and those guys also race each other a little differently.  One of the biggest things for us success-wise was having Joey Kourafas coming on board as the crew chief.  He’s helped us out tremendously with his knowledge.”

Perhaps one of the main reasons why Stafford regulars have found so much success in the VMRS races is they have a better idea of how to save their tires over the 80-lap feature distance.  VMRS competitors must qualify and race on the same set of tires and tire management is always a key factor in the outcome of the races.

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Strong Field Expected for 4th Annual VMRS 80 at Stafford

Canaan, NH. –  When the Valenti Modified Racing Series rolls into Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway Friday night, May 19, 30-race teams have indicated they are preparing to compete in the 2017 season opener for New England’s premier modified touring division at the famed half-mile speedway.

The fourth annual ‘VMRS 80’ is the first of two races scheduled at Stafford this season.

Last year’s winner, Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, will be shooting for his second consecutive win in the spring race.  He will wheel the Gary Casella # 25 Roscoe Racing Chevrolet.  The Pennink/Casella combo scored the 2013 VMRS championship. They have 10-series victories to their credit.

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Keith Rocco Chasing Checkered in Modified Racing Series 80 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — For SK Modified® regular Keith Rocco, Friday’s (May 19th) Valenti Modified Racing Series 80-lapper will be a throwback. Rocco will chase the checkered flag behind the wheel of Mark Payne’s #57 machine rather than his usual #68 John & Maina Rufrano owned car. Rocco has been campaigning the Rufrano owned car for the past several seasons in Valenti Modified Racing Series competition. Rocco won his very first VMRS race at Stafford behind the wheel of the #57 machine and would like to make a repeat trip to NAPA Auto Parts Victory Lane.

“The 68 car isn’t quite ready yet, so we’ll be in the 57,” said Rocco. “We should have a pretty good shot at the race. We just have to hope everything goes accordingly since we haven’t run that car at Stafford in a while. If we can nail down the setup we should be good for the race. The first MRS win I ever got was at Stafford with that car, so hopefully, we can pull it off again.”

The 4th Annual VMRS 80 is the season opening race for the Valenti Modifieds and the door is wide open for a new face to sit in NAPA Victory Lane at the end of the night. Stafford has been a track that is notorious for drivers with weekly experience to have the upper hand. Rocco noted that the advantage might be a bit overhyped and that the race should be smooth and most likely will see familiar faces dueling for the win during the 80-lap race.
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Familiar Names – Added to VMRS Officials Roster for 2017

 

Canaan, NH. – For some, it will be a reunion of sorts, others a new experience, and they’ll be some helping out — because it’s what they do.

A new look officials roster is in place for the 2017 season and it will be’all in’ when the Valenti Modified Racing Series kicks off the season on Friday night, May 19, at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford CT.

New to the series will be Race Director Cory Boudreau, a long-time racer with ties to Seekonk Speedway as a competitive Late Model driver, a former Technical Inspector at Seekonk and Thompson for over 10 years, and Seekonk Race Director for their Friday and Saturday programs last season.

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Familiar Names – Added to VMRS Officials Roster for 2017

Canaan, NH. – For some, it will be a reunion of sorts, others a new experience, and they’ll be some helping out — because it’s what they do.

A new look officials roster is in place for the 2017 season and it will be ’all in’ when the Valenti Modified Racing Series kicks off the season on Friday night, May 19, at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford CT.

New to the series will be Race Director Cory Boudreau, a long-time racer with ties to Seekonk Speedway as a competitive Late Model driver, a former Technical Inspector at Seekonk and Thompson for over 10 years, and Seekonk Race Director for their Friday and Saturday programs last season.
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Jonathan McKennedy Awarded “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” at Northeast Motorsports Expo

Augusta, Maine – At this past weekend’s 29th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, open wheel Modified standout Jonathan McKennedy was awarded the “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year”.

Sponsored by Mainely Motorsports Television, (MainelymotorsportsTV.com) and its popular Host Steve Perry, the honor is a tell-tale of top-Series driver results from the past season.

Host Steve Perry explained, “The Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” is a comparison of best season to best season of all our top New England drivers from ACT, MRS, NASCAR, and PASS competition.

“During the 2016 season,” continued Perry, “this driver stood out above all the rest.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Rules Meeting Report

Sunday, January 8 the VMRS held its annual meeting at the Stafford Motor Speedway clubhouse. The turnout of modified teams heard M.R.S. founder and president Jack Bateman discuss the 2017 racing schedule and ground rules for the upcoming season. There are no rule changes for the division and spec motors were unanimously voted out by the owners/drivers in attendance

Traction control was another topic being discussed and the decision was to not allow any form of traction control. Any team found running the device will be disqualified for the entire season.

Bobby Summers of Hoosier Tire was on hand to answer questions and announce prices will not increase from last year. Also in attendance was a member from the SK division that normally competes at the Stafford Motor Speedway and New London/Waterford Speedbowl. Some SK teams are interested in running selected events with the VMRS and would like to have a set of rules adopted so they can compete competitively with the MRS teams. Such rules may be fourth coming shortly.

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Williams Expanding Schedule in 2017

An impressive outing for Ronnie Williams in last year’s Sunoco World Series will bring a new opportunity. The reigning Sunoco Modified Rookie of the Year will be driving for John Jensen this season in the Sunoco Modifieds at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and Tour-Type Modifieds.

Williams will enter the 9 Connecticut races for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and the Modified Touring Series. The VMRS has 5 races at New London-Waterford, Stafford, and Thompson. The MTS visits New London-Waterford and Stafford 4 times.

“I think it’s easier on all of us and it will fit in our schedule easier,” Williams said.

Williams finished sixth in his first Valenti Modified Racing Series race driving for Jensen. Jensen’s No. 79 uses T/A Engines.

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Lee USA Schedule Announced

Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH released its schedule for this season. Division special races are to be announced.

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Major Short Track Racing Event is Announced for New Hampshire Motor Speedway New England Short Track Showdown will Feature VMRS, GSPSS, NEMST and Street Stock Open

2017 will bring a major racing weekend to the New England region as the inaugural New England Short Track Showdown has been scheduled to take place on the one-mile oval track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st.

The event is designed to showcase four popular classes of grassroots racing that can be found at dozens of tracks throughout the Northeast on any given summer weekend.  The race lineup will consist of 50-lap feature races for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and Granite State Pro Stock Series along with 30-lap events for the Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour and open competition Street Stocks.

Weekly racers from various tracks, and tours, are encouraged to enter the events with their Tour-type Modifieds, Super Late Models, Four Cylinder Mini Stocks or V-8 Street Stock/Strictly Stock race cars. The mini stock and street stock portions will feature a $1000 to win and $75 to start payout as well as lap leader bonus money available from sponsors. NEMST rules will dictate the mini stock division and a full open competition style rule book will be released before January 10 for the street stock portion of the event.

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2017 VMRS Schedule Announced

2017 Schedule
Events
Jan. 21st & 22nd, 2017 Auto Parts Swap N’ Sell W. Springfield, MA
Feb. 3rd & 4th, 2017 Racer’s Expo & Annual Series Mtg. Marlboro, MA
Mar. 10th – 12th, 2017 Frank Maratta’s Auto & Race-A-Rama W. Springfield, MA

Races
May 19, 2017 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford Springs, CT
May 27, 2017 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
June 17, 2017 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
June 24, 2017 New London – Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT
June 30 – July 1, 2017 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, NH New England Short Track Showdown Weekend
July 7, 2017 Claremont Speedway Claremont, NH
July 21, 2017 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
August 12, 2017 New London Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT
August 19, 2017 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Scarborough, ME
September 1, 2017 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford Springs, CT
October 7th & 8th, 2017 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
October 13th & 14th, 2017 Thompson Motorsports Park Thompson, CT
December 2, 2017 ** 2017 Championship Banquet ** Manchester, NH
Schedule Is Subject To Change
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Stafford Speedway’s 2017 Early Buy Season Tickets Offer Big Savings

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway 2017 season ticket packages are now available. Time is running out to take advantage of the early buy discount on Paddock, General Admission, Kids Fast Pass, and Reserved Seat passes.  All season ticket packages offer great overall savings compared to purchasing day of event tickets for each of the 22 scheduled race events.  Season pass savings are the biggest if purchased before the December 15thearly buy deadline.

The 2017 Season Paddock Pass is available for $420 if purchased on or before December 15th and offers a 50% savings compared to purchasing a day of show ticket for each event.  After December 15th, the Paddock Pass prices increase to $470.  During the 2016 race teams that utilized the Season Paddock Pass saved over $335.  Season Paddock Passes allow access to the paddock area as well as the general admission seating grandstands and are available with reserved seat upgrade for an additional $50.

General Admission Season Tickets are priced at $300 for the 2017 season if purchased on or before December 15th, a savings of 45%.  After the Early Buy discount ends December 15th, General Admission Season ticket prices increase to $320.  An alternative to General Admission seating is Reserved Seat Season Ticket.  If purchased on or before December 15thReserved Season tickets are priced at $350, a savings of 40%.  After December 15th, the Reserved Seat Season Ticket increases to $380.  The Kids Fast Pass option for kids age 6 to 14 is priced at $60 before December 15th, a 46% savings.  After December 15th, the Kids Fast Pass increases to $65.  All season ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces 2017 Schedule

Thompson, CT (December 5, 2016) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park today announced dates for the 2017 racing schedule, celebrating its 77th season on the high-banked oval.  The 2017 seven event NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) schedule is highlighted by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

“This year’s schedule balances our commitment to tradition and innovation,” states Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.  “The 2017 schedule preserves fan favorites while introducing unique and creative events and promotions.”

The speedway will continue to showcase Sunoco Modifieds, which will compete in eight points-counting races supported by the Late Models, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stocks, who will all have seven points-counting races. The Lite Modified Division will race in five of the seven events, but will not race under the NWAAS sanction.

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East Coast Travels and Race Shop Dedication Gain Jonathan McKennedy Record Season

New Britain, Connecticut – Competing from the Carolinas to Maine and against much of the east’s asphalt Modified stars, Jonathan McKennedy drove to a record 11 wins in 2016.

Driving his family’s #29 Modified, sponsored by EXIT Realty and Christopher’s Towing, McKennedy grabbed 9 wins in Valenti Modified Race Series action; allowing him to cruise to a dominant point’s title; his 4th in eight seasons.

McKennedy also won 2 races in PASS Southern Modified competition with one each coming at Ace Speedway and the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.
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VMRS Champion McKennedy to be Feted Saturay Night

Canaan, NH. — Jon McKennedy, of East Chelmsford, MA, will be crowned champion Saturday night, November 19, when the Valenti Modified Racing Series holds it’s 13th annual banquet at the Yard Restaurant, in Manchester, NH.

Driving his family’s #29 Modified EXIT Realty / Christopher’s Towing Chevrolet, McKennedy grabbed 9 wins in VMRS action; allowing him to cruise to a dominant point’s title; his fourth in eight seasons.

Though the season was great for the Bay State racer, he’s come close to equaling its success before. In 2009 he put together a season that captured plenty of attention.
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Stafford Speedway Releases 2017 Event Schedule

Stafford Springs, CT — With just over 5 months until the 2017 season kicks off at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, Stafford Speedway is proud to announce the 22 event 2017 schedule.

“We are excited about the 2017 season, we have our marquee events and have added 4 new shows to the schedule,” explained Stafford COO/GM Mark Arute.  “Stafford’s key focus remains to have a strong weekly program for the fans and race teams, we believe that is the backbone of short track racing.”

The 2017 race season will begin at the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Weekend, April 29th & 30th.  Doug Coby, the 2016 Whelen Modified Tour Champion, will look to defend his crown in the Whelen Modified Tour NAPA Spring Sizzler 200.  The two-day event is highlighted by the NAPA Auto Parts Pit Party where fans have the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers prior to racing on Sunday.

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