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Keith Rocco, Glen Reen, Cory DiMatteo, Duane Provost, & Johnny Walker Honored as 2017 Stafford Speedway Track Champions

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway welcomed a guest list of nearly 450 people consisting of teams, drivers, sponsors, and employees this past Friday night, November 17 at Maneely’s in South Windsor to officially honor Keith Rocco, Glen Reen, Cory DiMatteo, Duane Provost, and Johnny Walker as the 2017 Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champions.

With Stafford Motor Speedway broadcaster Matt Buckler serving as the Masters of Ceremony, the 48th annual Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Champions Awards Ceremony not only honored the five track champions, they also recognized the top-10 points finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions.  Special awards that were presented during the evening’s festivities were Most Popular Driver Awards, NAPA Auto Parts Parts Rookie of the Year, R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year, and the UNOH Youth Achievement Award.

Keith Rocco and the #88 Wheelers Auto team used a combination of consistency and clutch performances to take the title.  Rocco began strong with 10 top-9 finishes but began to struggle in August and the beginning of September.  Entering the final 2 races of the season, Rocco trailed Chase Dowling by 34 points.  Rocco and the #88 team then rised to the occasion by winning the final 2 races to claim the championship by a 6 point margin over Dowling.  For the season, the #88 team posted 2 wins, 9 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes for an average finish of 5.8.

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Paul Arute Wins NAPA Auto Parts Late Model Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After a dominating 2016 season that saw him win 5 races and contend for the Limited Late Model championship, Tolland native Paul Arute made the step up the full fender ladder at Stafford Speedway into the Late Model division for 2017.  The driver of the #82 Supreme Industries Chevrolet took down his first Late Model win on August 25 and with 4 top-5 and 13 top-10 finishes for the season, he easily outpointed Matt Vassar to claim the NAPA Auto Parts Rookie of the Year honors and the $1,000 bonus that goes with it.

“The whole team knew how big the jump from Limited Late Models to Late Models would be,” explained Arute. “Our goal at the start of the year was to learn as much as we could and win 1 race before the year was out.  We grabbed that win and also grabbed the rookie of the year bonus from NAPA, so we’re happy with the season.”

The beginning of the season saw Arute struggling to find the handling on his #82 machine as he had to adjust to the power difference between the Limited Late Model and Late Model cars in addition to having to set the car up to last 30 laps instead of the customary 20 laps from the Limited Late Model days.  Arute managed two top-10 finishes over his first four starts but as the year wore on he began to pick up the consistency with his finishes as he managed top-10 efforts in all but two of the remaining 13 races, including the Aug. 25 victory.

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Cassie Rocco and Maina Rufrano Raise Nearly $6,000 for Cancer Research With Racing for the Cure Campaign at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — As part of their Racing for the Cure campaign leading up to the NAPA Fall Final on Sept. 30, Cassie Rocco and Maina Rufrano took to the wheel of DARE Stock cars supplied by Rent A Racecar for the NAPA Fall Final feature event and in the process raised $5,903 for cancer research in the process. Rocco is the wife of 3-time Stafford SK Modified® champion Keith Rocco and Rufrano is the wife of Rocco’s car owner John Rufrano and mother to SK Light driver Marcello Rufrano.

Rocco and Rufrano set up an online donation page through the American Cancer Society where donations could be made to support Rocco or Rufrano in their fundraising efforts leading up to the race. Rocco’s race was cut short due to a fuel leak and she finished 21st in the feature event while Rufrano came home with a 16th place finish. While Rocco might have lost the battle on the track, she raised $2,985 to Rufrano’s $2,918 to win the duel of raising the most money.

“Together we raised just shy of $6,000,” said Rocco. “Our goal was to raise $5,000 so we exceeded our goal and expectation but I feel like we could do better for sure. Maina won the race on the track but I won the race of raising money, so I’m all right with her beating me on the track. She’s a little braver than I am so I think she would always beat me on the track. Once I got over my fear and anxiety of being out on the track, I was having a blast. I was literally just starting to really have fun and the car stopped. I only got like 5 laps and I was hoping for more. Now I know what to expect and I think it’ll be much better.”
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Alexandra Fearn Wins R.A.D. Automachine Ltd. Late Model Rookie of the Year at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After racing in the DARE Stock division for 4 seasons, Alexandra Fearn made the move into the Limited Late Model division for the 2017 season. Her rookie campaign was a season filled with ups and downs and her main rival for the R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year title was her brother Ryan. Alexandra’s season didn’t get off to the most promising of starts, but by the time the season had ended, the driver of the #12 SAFCO Foam Chevrolet had posted a win to go along with 7 top-5 and 14 top-10 finishes to clinch the R.A.D Automachine Rookie of the Year award and the $500 bonus that goes along with it.

“It’s really, really amazing to be the rookie of the year this season, especially with the season we had,” said Fearn. “At the NAPA Spring Sizzler, I lost the brakes in practice and drove the car straight into the turn 1 wall, so that was a great start to our season. Then a couple weeks later we backed into the wall in an on track incident, so the cards didn’t seem to be in our favor. As the season went on, we turned things around and it’s a huge accomplishment and an honor that showcased what we were able to do this year. I think we exceeded our expectations for the year. The season was definitely a roller coaster for us. One week we’d be wrecked and then we’d have a couple of good consistent finishes and then another wreck. But by the end of the season we had a couple of podium finishes, including a win, and we were in the top-5 in the division for laps lead during the season. In my first season of DARE Stocks, we didn’t win a race so this year we definitely learned a lot and we had some success. Everyone worked really hard and this award is a reminder of what we accomplished and what’s to come for 2018.”

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George Bessette, Jr. Wins R.A.D. Automachine DARE Stock Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For the 2017 season at Stafford Motor Speedway, 14-year old Danbury native George Bessette, Jr. made the transition from Wild Thing Karts on Monday nights into the DARE Stock division. After finishing second in the Junior Outlaw division points standings, in 2016, Bessette was confident he could make a successful transition to the DARE Stocks. After racking up a win to go along with 9 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes to take second in the final points standings, Bessette took home R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year honors, which carries with it a $500 bonus.

“We expected that we were going to do pretty decent because we had a good car, good people working on it, and my father had track knowledge from racing at Stafford and he won a few races,” said Bessette. “We felt like we had a good chance at winning rookie of the year. I think we had a pretty good season but we never expected to finish second in points. To be able to finish that well was pretty cool for us. It’s great that R.A.D. does that for the rookies and I can’t thank them enough for putting up the rookie bonus and also for helping us out throughout the season with small stuff, like spark plugs.”

If Bessette had any reservations about making the step up from the Jr. Outlaw Kart ranks, he could always turn to his father for advice for his #39 Lasco Roofing and Sheet Metal machine. George Bessette, Sr. was a veteran of Stafford’s Late Model division in the late 80’s and early 90’s and he has 2 wins at Stafford to his credit.
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Cory DiMatteo Wins R.A.D. Automachine SK Light Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For Farmington native Cory DiMatteo, the 2017 SK Light season at Stafford Speedway exceeded his expectations. DiMatteo came to Stafford after racing Legend Cars and SK Lights at Waterford for an abbreviated schedule in 2016 and he not only came away with the R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year award, but he won the championship as well, joining Michael Gervais, Jr., Matt Galko, and Jeremy Sorel as rookie SK Light drivers who also won the championship.

“It was a really good year for us,” said DiMatteo. “We didn’t think we were going to win the championship but we felt like we would at least be in contention to win rookie of the year and win a race or two. We ran 10 races last season at Waterford, so we were pretty new at modified racing. The Legend Cars were pretty hard to drive and the SK Lights are much easier to drive plus having the great help that I had this season was a big help as well.”

Despite his relative lack of experience behind the wheel of a modified car, DiMatteo and the #6 Island Cove Yacht Sales team showed immediately that they were going to be not only contenders for the R.A.D. Automachine rookie award, but championship contenders with victories in each of the first two races of the season.
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Johnny Walker Claims 2nd Consecutive DARE Stock Track Championship at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After twice finishing as the DARE Stock runner-up and then winning a championship last season, Johnny Walker came into the 2017 season at Stafford Speedway with plans to run a limited DARE Stock schedule and then try his hand in the modified ranks. But after those plans fell through, Walker and the #01 Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair team put together one of the most dominating seasons that has ever been seen at Stafford in any division.

“Unbelievable is an understatement, it’s funny how the ball bounced for us,” said Walker. “We weren’t planning on running a full season this year. The plan was to start the year and then after the Dunleavy’s race in May we were going to switch over to a modified and get my feet wet and get some experience with Carlos Gray. Things changed up and he ended up having to sell his car so I decided to stay in the DARE Stocks and finish out the year and try to make it two in a row.”

The season began with a less than favorable outcome for Walker and the #01 team with a mechanical issue limiting them to 12th place finish in the season-opening NAPA Spring Sizzler feature. But from that point forward, things could not have been much better for Walker and the #01 team than they turned out to be. Walker finished each of the next 16 races on the podium with 8 wins, 5 second place finishes, and 3 third place efforts. Walker’s average finish for the 17 race season was a miniscule 2.3 and such was his dominance and consistency throughout the season that he actually clinched the championship a night early on Sept. 22. With the championship having been wrapped up a race early, Walker and his crew had the freedom to head into the NAPA Fall Final feature with zero pressure to perform and they won their 8th and final race of the year to put an exclamation point on their championship campaign.

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Cory DiMatteo Scores SK Light Championship at Stafford in Rookie Season

Stafford Springs, CT — After racing in the Legend Cars division at Stafford and scoring 7 wins from 2014-2015, Farmington native Cory DiMatteo moved into SK Light competition for the 2017 season. DiMatteo’s rookie campaign was filled with a combination of the highest of highs and lowest of lows but in the end DiMatteo and the #6 Island Cove Marina team were strong and consistent enough to win the track championship.

Winning a championship as a rookie driver usually isn’t commonplace, but DiMatteo becomes the fourth rookie driver to win the SK Light championship at Stafford, joining Michael Gervais, Jr. in 2009, Matt Galko in 2010, and Jeremy Sorel in 2015. DiMatteo tied for the division lead with 4 wins this season and he also tied for the division lead with 14 top-10 finishes.

“I knew we would be good but I never thought we’d be this good,” said DiMatteo. “I figured we might get some top-5’s and maybe a win. We definitely exceeded my expectations.”

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Duane Provost Captures 2nd Consecutive Limited Late Model Championship at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning his first career track championship last season, Palmer, MA native Duane Provost was determined to come back to Stafford Motor Speedway and at least challenge for another title this season. Provost and the #88 Facchini Law Firm team were more than just contenders during the 2017 season as he scored three wins and he finished in the top-5 in 16 out of 17 races this season. But as strong as Provost was this season, a crash in the second race of the year left Provost with a hole to climb out of and doubts about being able to win a second championship.

“I was hoping we were going to be contenders again this season but after the second week we got into the backstretch wall and destroyed the car so I was starting to doubt if we could do this again,” said Provost. “I don’t think I got into the point lead until just the last couple of races. Coming back from that bad finish took a while so it was a long year but we did it. It’s pretty cool. Our circumstances were a lot better this year than last year and the hard driving all year paid off in the end and it’s a great feeling to be champion again. Last year wasn’t the best but this year we had good finishes and we kept the car up there every week and having the most points at the end of the year was pretty solid. I was always hoping that we were going to win it again but it wasn’t until my last win that I really began to think we had a good chance at winning again.”

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Glen Reen Wins Stafford Late Model Track Championship

Stafford Springs, CT — Rewind to the 2016 season when Glen Reen teamed up with car owner Rob Russell to drive his #31 LifeCare Family Chiropractic Late Model at Stafford.  They had one goal, to win a championship.  That goal was quickly snuffed out when a blown engine in only the third race of the season sidelined them for much of the year.  The #31 team was able to come back for the final 6 races of the season and scored a late 2016 season win to lay a foundation for the 2017 season.

Fast forward to 2017 where Reen and the #31 team quickly established themselves as championship contenders with podium finishes in three of the first four races of the 2017 season.  Reen grabbed his first win of the season on June 23rdand after a second place finish on July 7th, he found himself at the top of the points standings.  Once Reen was the Late Model points leader, he remained the points leader for the remainder of the 2017 season but the title race was tight throughout the season.  Reen’s biggest lead of the season was 24 points following his third and final victory of the season on Sept. 8th, but that was followed by his only finish outside the top-10, an 11thplace finish on Sept. 15th that trimmed his point lead down to 10 points.  With the margin still at 10 points heading into the season ending NAPA Fall Final, Reen came home with a 5th place finish to take the title by 8 points over Tom Fearn, who was the 2016 Late Model champion.

“It’s extremely special to win a championship, especially after we’ve been second so many times,” said Reen.  “It’s an honor but it really hasn’t sunk in yet that we won the championship.  I was folding up the championship flag that they gave me in victory lane and I kind of looked at it and thought holy crap, this thing is really mine.  There was a lot of people out there that didn’t think I would be able to go from a modified to a full fendered car.  I think I adapt to new things pretty quickly and I think we proved that this season.  I still have a lot to learn but with Rob Russell and all his guys working on the car and all the terrific sponsors we have on board that allows us to come here every week, we won this championship.  I don’t come here to make friends like Teddy Christopher always said, I come here to win.  A lot of people think I’m too aggressive and we were aggressive this season and a couple of times we were too aggressive and we got black flagged but when everything stopped, we won the championship and I’m extremely happy and proud to be the champion this season.”

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Keith Rocco Captures Third Career SK Modified® Championship at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — With the dust settled on the 2017 season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Keith Rocco and the #88 Wheelers Auto team are the SK Modified® track champions.  For Rocco, the championship is his third SK Modified® crown at Stafford, putting him alongside Geoff Bodine, Mike Christopher, Bo Gunning, Bugsy Stevens, Bob Potter, and Ted Christopher as the only drivers in Stafford’s history with three or more modified championships.

Rocco’s 2017 season was a season of consistency paired with clutch performances when he needed them the most.  Rocco scored top-9 finishes in each of the first 10 races of the 2017 season and he was the SK Modified® points leader from late June through mid-AugustDespite his run of consistent finishes, Rocco was struggling to find NAPA Victory Lane.

“We just struggled with the car we had,” said Rocco.  “We never found a sweet spot for it and it didn’t have a real good size window for being off a little on the setup.”

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Rufrano, Saunders, Walker, & Giordano Score Fall Final Saturday Feature Victories at Stafford Speedway; DiMatteo & Provost Clinch Track Championships

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway kicked off its final race event of the 2017 season with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions, as well as a feature event for the Mr. Rooter Truck Series as part of the Saturday NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend festivities. Taking feature wins were Marcello Rufrano in the SK Light feature, Cliff Saunders in the Limited Late Model feature, Johnny Walker in the DARE Stock feature, and Gerald Giordano, Jr. in the Mr. Rooter Truck Series feature. There were two track championships also decided with Cory DiMatteo becoming the SK Light champion and Duane Provost won his second consecutive Limited Late Model championship. Johnny Walker is the DARE Stock track champion for the second consecutive season after clinching the title last Friday night.

In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Todd Douillard took the lead the green with a flurry of 2 and 3 wide action behind him. Cory DiMatteo quickly took second with Brett Gonyaw third, Marcello Rufrano fourth, and Glenn Korner in fifth. Amanda West and Ed Chicoski spun in turn 2 to bring the caution out with 4 laps complete.

Back under green DiMatteo took the lead but he would lose the lead to Rufrano on lap-9. Gonyaw took second as DiMatteo fell back to third with Dan Wesson up to fourth and Korner was fifth. Wesson took fourth from DiMatteo on lap-12 as Gonyaw was homing in on the back bumper of Rufrano for the lead.
With 2 laps to go, Rufrano had pulled away slightly from Gonyaw, who now had Wesson all over his back bumper for third. Rufrano took the checkered flag to pick up his fourth win of the 2017 season with Gonyaw, Wesson, DiMatteo, and David Arute rounding out the top-5. DiMatteo’s fourth place finish was good enough to make him the 2017 SK Light champion.

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Doug Coby Hopeful for Another Stafford Victory in NAPA Fall Final

Stafford Springs, CT — With 8 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories at Stafford Speedway since 2012, Doug Coby and the #2 Mayhew Tools team have become synonymous with success at the Connecticut half-mile facility.  Coby has continued his good fortunes at Stafford with second place finishes in both the NAPA Spring Sizzler® in April and the Stafford 150 in August.  While the 2017 season didn’t get off to the best of starts for Coby and the #2 team they find themselves leading the points standings coming to Stafford for the first time this season and what better track for Coby to try to extend his point lead than Stafford.

“This year has been a weird season,” said Coby.  “We haven’t won as much as we have in the past couple years but we’ve had some really consistent finishes.  We’re coming off a 14th place finish at Loudon, which was pretty disappointing.  We led most of the race and then kind of got knocked around at the end.  We’re coming to Stafford hoping to win and at the very least hoping to extend the point lead heading into Thompson in a couple of weeks.  We’re excited it’s Stafford and we’ve been so good there the last 4 years or so.  It’s a great spot for us to come back to having just got the point lead.  I’d like to say I like our chances but I liked our chances last week at Loudon and everywhere else we’ve gone this year.  It really hasn’t been our year to go out and dominate with wins like we have in the past.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we went out and had a good run, led a lot of laps and won, or if Ryan or someone else wins the race. Anything can happen and I’m just hoping to get out of Stafford with the point lead and go to Thompson with another shot at winning the championship.”

Coby began the 2017 season with 3 finishes of 13th or worse in the first 4 events and he was 51 points out of the lead after the Langley race.  From there, Coby and the #2 team have slowly but steadily climbed their way back into championship contention with a 6-race string that saw them post a win, 4 second place finishes, and a fourth.  Coby says that this streak has him and the team hungry for a win at Stafford in the NAPA Fall Final.

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Rocco, Bennett, Wesson, Narducci, & Bessette Score Final Friday Night Shoot-Out Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with its Final Friday Night Shoot-Out program.  The night began with a tribute to Ted Christopher, Stafford Speedway’s all-time winningest driver with 131 career feature wins, who passed away last Saturday in a plane crash while heading to Riverhead Raceway.  Taking feature wins on the night were Keith Rocco in the SK Modified® feature, Michael Bennett in the Late Model feature, Dan Wesson in the SK Light feature, Bryan Narducci in the Limited Late Model feature, and George Bessette, Jr. scored his very first win in the DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, the race started with the P1 position left vacant for Ted Christopher.  Tony Membrino, Jr. took the lead at the green with Josh Wood immediately applying heavy pressure.  As the field hit turn 3, several cars came together and set off a chain reaction that collected Rowan Pennink, Todd Owen, Dan Avery, and Chase Dowling that brought the caution out with 0 laps complete.

The field took the green with Joey Mucciacciaro, Jr. sliding into the turn 1 wall to bring the caution right back out.  Membrino took the lead back under green but he was under heavy pressure as Tyler Hines went to his outside and Wood was looking to his inside.  Hines went to the lead on lap-3 with Membrino and Ronnie Williams side by side for second.  Membrino took second with Williams now side by side with Matt Galko for third and behind then Glen Reen and Eric Berndt were side by side for fifth place.   Tom Bolles spun coming out of turn 4 to bring the caution out with 9 laps complete.

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Gary Barnes of NAPA Canton to Serve as NAPA Fall Final Grand Marshal

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that NAPA Canton store owner Gary Barnes will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend.  Barnes will send the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the green flag for their 150-lap race with the most famous words in motorsports.

“I’m really thrilled to be the Grand Marshal,” said Barnes.  “It’s something that I never expected and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.  It’s a huge honor.  We’ve been in business for 27 years and we’ve been with NAPA for almost the entire 27 years.  It’s been a great relationship with NAPA and we’re proud to be NAPA Store owners and also to be part of Stafford Speedway along with NAPA.  Partnering with the track is something that we could never do on our own but to be part of the NAPA group and to be able to have such a presence at Stafford, it’s been great and Stafford does a really great job of promoting NAPA.  From the announcers with Ben Dodge and Matt Bucker to all the drivers who go to victory lane, they all thank NAPA for participating at Stafford and that is a big thing for us as store owners.”

Barnes has owned and operated the NAPA Canton location for the past 27 years and he has sponsored the SK Modified® teams of Curt Brainard and Ryan Preece and more recently he has been helping the SK Light teams of Cory DiMatteo and Glenn Korner.

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Stafford to Retire Ted Christopher’s #13 on October 1st

Stafford Springs, CT — Ted Christopher, a hero, a rival, a legend, and a once in a generation driver.  His first start at Stafford Speedway in May of 1983 marked the beginning of a journey, a journey that no one could have predicted.  35 years later the journey comes to an end with statistics that make you ask, was Ted the greatest modified driver of all-time; 131 career wins, 109 SK Modified® wins, and 9 SK Modified® Track Championships.

At the request of both fans and race teams that have a prior commitment at New Hampshire this weekend, Stafford Speedway management has moved the ceremony to retire Ted Christopher’s number 13 to Sunday, October 1st as part of the pre-race for the NAPA Fall Final. This will allow all teams and fans to share in this tribute.

This Friday, September 22 we will honor Ted Christopher and his racing career with all those in attendance.

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Stafford to Retire Ted Christopher’s #13

Stafford Springs, CT — Ted Christopher, a hero, a rival, a legend and a once in a generation driver. His first start at Stafford Speedway in May of 1983 marked the beginning of a journey, a journey that no one could have predicted. 35 years later the journey comes to an end with statistics that make you ask, was Ted the greatest modified driver of all-time; 131 career wins, 109 SK Modified® wins, and 9 SK Modified® Track Championships.

Friday, September 22nd we will honor the man we all loved, our hero Ted Christopher, and retire his number 13 from weekly modified competition at Stafford Speedway.

“Since Ted’s first win in 1986 to his last win on September 8, just 2 weeks ago, he has been a fixture at Stafford,” explained Stafford GM Mark Arute. “We will miss TC but we will never forget him, we will retire his number from weekly Modified racing at Stafford Speedway this Friday. The number 13 is and always will be Ted’s number.”

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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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Galko, Bennett, Gonyaw, Provost, & Chambrello Score 5-Star Series Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with a 5-Star Series program. Taking feature wins on the night were Matt Galko, who outlasted Chase Dowling, Ryan Preece, and Ted Christopher in thrilling side by side duel that went on for 20 laps to win the SK Modified® feature, Michael Bennett took down his fourth win of the season in the Late Model feature, Brett Gonyaw scored his second win in the SK Light feature, Duane Provost won his third race of the season in the Ltd. Late Model feature, and Nicole Chambrello scored her first DARE Stock feature win in nearly two years to the day.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Cam McDermott and Tyler Hines were side by side for the first lap dueling for the lead and on lap-2 Glen Reen nearly went 3-wide for the lead but backed out of the move. With 4 laps complete it was still Hines and McDermott side by side for the lead with Reen in third. Matt Galko and Keith Rocco were side by side for fourth behind them.

The order continued to shuffle as Hines got clear to the lead with Reen behind him in second. Galko was by himself in third with Chase Dowling and McDermott side by side for fourth with Tom Bolles in sixth. Reen moved to the front on lap-9 with a move in turns 1+2 and Galko came with him into second. Dowling also followed the two leaders by Hines as he moved into third with Hines slotting into line in fourth with Bolles fifth and Eric Berndt in sixth.

Dowling got by Galko on lap-12 to move into second and Ryan Preece moved into sixth after starting in the back of the pack. With 15 laps complete the order was Dowling out front with Reen, Galko, and Hines behind him. Preece got by Bolles for fifth just as the caution came out for a multi-car spin behind him that involved Joey Mucciacciaro, Jr., Payton Henry, Dan Avery, and D.J. Burnham.
Dowling took the lead back under green with Galko in second. The field stacked up a bit in turn 4 but everyone was able to gather their cars up and it was Preece emerging in third with Bolles in fourth and Berndt fifth before the caution came out with 17 laps complete for a spin on the backstretch involving Tony Membrino, Jr. and Rocco.

Stephen Kopcik got loose on the restart and came to a stop in turn 2 to bring the caution right back out. Dowling took the lead on the restart but only one lap could be completed before a melee broke out coming out of turn 4 with Nick Salva, Josh Wood, Mike Christopher, Jr., Todd Owen, and Tommy Membrino, Jr., all involved to bring the caution back out.

Galko got a good run in the outside lane and took the lead from Dowling on the restart. Dowling and Reen were side by side for second with Preece and Berndt side by side for fourth. With 20 laps complete, Berndt’s car got turned into the frontstretch wall to bring the caution out.
Galko and Dowling were side by side for the lead back under green with Reen and Preece side by side for third with Ted Christopher up to fifth. The two lead duos were still side by side until lap-25 when Preece got clear of Reen and took third. Christopher was now on the outside of Reen in a fight for fourth as Galko and Dowling were still side by side for the lead.

With 28 laps complete, Galko and Dowling were still side by side for the lead but it was now single file behind the two leaders with Preece, Christopher, and Reen making up the top-5 with Bolles still hanging strong in sixth.

With 5 laps to go, Galko and Dowling were still side by side for the race lead with Preece, Christopher, and Reen lined up behind them. As they completed lap-36 it was now two by two as Galko and Dowling were out front with Preece and Christopher and lined up behind them.
As they took the white flag, it was a 5-car train for the lead. Galko was able to get a good run coming out of turn 4 to beat Dowling and Preece to the line by a car length. Dowling took second by inches over Preece with Christopher beating Reen to the line by inches for fourth place.
In the 30-lap Late Model feature event, Matt Vassar took the lead at the green and he led the first three laps before Michael Bennett moved to the front with a pass in turn 2. Kevin Gambacorta and Josh Wood were sice by side for third with Gambacorta finally getting the spot on lap-4. Tyler Leary was now side by side with Wood for fourth with Tom Fearn behind them in sixth. Leary got clear of Wood and Fearn got around Wood to move into fifth on lap-6 with Bennett, Vassar, and Gambacorta still making up the top-3.

Wood’s car dropped off the pace on lap-9 and he slowly made his way to pit road. After a quick pit stop, he came back out on track a lap down. Bennett was still leading Vassar but the battle for third was heating up with Gambacorta, Leary, and Fearn all nose to tail.

Leary got around Gambacorta and then Fearn was able to get by Gambacorta to move into fourth on lap-18 and Glen Reen muscled his way by Gambacorta right behind Fearn to take fifth and drop Gambacorta back to sixth. With 9 laps to go, Reen was all over the back bumper of Fearn in a fight four fourth as Bennett continued to hold the lead with Vassar in second and Leary in third.

Reen’s car dropped off the pace on lap-28 while at the front Vassar was closing down the gap to Bennett. Vassar ran out of laps as Bennett took down his fourth win of the 2017 season. Leary finished third with Fearn and Gambacorta rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, the feature got started with a bang as several cars touched wheels at the start and Cassandra Cole, Kyle Jette, and Joe Graf, Jr. all took damage to their cars which brought the yellow and red flags out before the first lap could be completed.
The restart saw a pileup in turn1 involving Marcello Rufrano, Ed Chicoski, Rit Dulac, Norm Sears, Tony Santangelo and Amanda West to bring the yellow flag back out before a lap could be completed.
Todd Douillard took the lead on the third restart with Glenn Korner moving into second. Wesley Prucker took third with Joey Ferrigno and Bob Charland side by side for fourth.

Prucker made a move around Douillard to take the lead on lap-7 while behind the two leaders, Joey Ferrigno pulled alongside Brett Gonyaw in a bid for third. Gonyaw was able to hold Ferrigno off and he went outside of Douillard to take second on lap-10. Douillard slotted into third with Ferrigno in fourth and David Arute was side by side with Dan Wesson for fifth. Arute made the pass on Wesson on lap-13 to take fourth as Gonyaw was looking to take the lead from Prucker. The action heated up behind the leaders as Arute went to the outside groove to move into third with Wesson moving into fourth. Douillard spun coming out of turn 4 to bring the caution out with 15 laps complete.

The field went back to green with Gonyaw and Prucker side by side for the lead with Arute and Wesson side by side for third behind them. With 18 laps complete, Gonyaw had the lead with Prucker and Wesson side by side for second with Arute in fourth and Cory DiMatteo in fifth. Prucker made one last ditch effort in turn 3 on the final lap but wasn’t able to muster up enough momentum to complete the pass as the top-4 came across the line in what looked like a race speed pace lap. Gonyaw beat Prucker to the line by inches with Wesson taking third from Arute by inches with DiMatteo rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, Gary Patnode took the lead at the green and he led the first lap before giving way to Robert Bloxsom, III on lap-2. Duane Provost followed Bloxsom past Patnode to take second and drop Patnode back to third. Al Saunders was fourth with his twin brother Cliff right behind him in fifth place.

The order remained the same until lap-8 when the Saunders twins both got by Patnode to move into third and fourth. Alexandra Fearn followed the Saunders twins by Patnode to take fifth as Patnode slid back to sixth. Provost was applying heavy pressure to Bloxsom for the lead and he made a move to Bloxsom’s inside coming out of turn 2 and was able to complete the pass in turn 3 on lap-11 to move to the lead.

Provost led Bloxsom to the checkered flag to pick up his third win of the 2017 season. Al Saunders finished third with Cliff Saunders and Alexandra Fearn rounding out the top-5.

In the 15-lap DARE Stock feature event, Nicole Chambrello took the lead at the drop of the green with Chuck Harrison in second and Brandon Michael moved into third. Michael quickly got around Harrison to move into second on lap-2 while George Bessette, Jr. was fourth behind Harrison and Chris Bagnall was fifth.

Bagnall took fourth from Harrison on lap-7 and his pass brought Johnny Walker into fifth as Harrison slid back to sixth with Chambrello and Michael still out front. Vince Gambacorta and Travis Hydar came together and spun in turn 1 to bring the caution out with 8 laps complete.

Chambrello took took the lead back under green with Michael slotting into second. Bessette was third with Walker fourth and Bagnall in fifth. Chambrello led Michael to the checkered flag to pick up her first win of the 2017 season. Walker finished third with Bessette and Bagnall rounding out the top-5.

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

SK MODIFIED® (40)
1) Matt Galko, Meriden
2) Chase Dowling, Roxbury
3) Ryan Preece, Broad Book
4) Ted Christopher, Plainville
5) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Ma
6) Tom Bolles, Ellington
7) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa
8) Michael Gervais, Jr., Southbury
9) Keith Rocco, Berlin
10) Mike Christopher, Jr., Wolcott
11) Joey Cipriano, III, Waterbury
12) Josh Wood, Palmer, Ma
13) Ronnie Williams, Tolland
14) Cam McDermott, Canterbury
15) Dan Avery, Somers
16) Tyler Hines, North Haven
17) Tommy Membrino, Jr., Prospect
18) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown
19) Eric Berndt, Cromwell
20) Nick Salva, Cheshire
21) Todd Owen, Somers
22) Tony Membrino, Jr., Berlin
23) D.J. Burnham, East Hartford
24) Joey Mucciacciaro, Jr., Wolcott
25) Payton Henry, Willington
26) John Catania, Agawam, Ma

LATE MODEL (30)
1) Michael Bennett, Willington
2) Matt Vassar, Plantsville
3) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, Ma
4) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
5) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington
6) Darrell Keane, Enfield
7) Paul Arute, Tolland
8) Mike Mordino, Southington
9) Wayne Coury, Jr., Shelton
10) Eric Finkbein Jr., Manchester
11) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Ma
12) Josh Wood, Palmer, Ma
13) Tom Butler, Stafford Springs

SK LIGHT (20)
1) Brett Gonyaw, Vernon
2) Wesley Prucker, Stafford
3) Dan Wesson, Monson, Ma
4) David Arute, Tolland
5) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington
6) Glenn Griswold, Vernon
7) Glenn Korner, Canton
8) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford
9) Bob Charland, Stafford
10) Alexander Pearl, Salem
11) Todd Douillard, Palmer, Ma
12) Ed Chicoski, New Hartford
13) Rit Dulac, Plantsville
14) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven
15) Norm Sears, Andover
16) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon
17) Amanda West, Colchester
18) Tony Santangelo, Middlefield
19) Cassandra Cole, Westbrook
20) Kyle Jette, New Milford
21) Joe Graf, Jr., Mahwah, Nj

LIMITED LATE MODEL (20)
1) Duane Provost, Palmer, Ma
2) Robert Bloxsom, III, Stratford
3) Al Saunders, Stafford
4) Cliff Saunders, Stafford
5) Alexandra Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma
6) Jeremy Lavoie, Windsor Locks
7) Gary Patnode, Barkhamsted
8) Bryan Narducci, Colchester
9) Matt Clement, Wethersfield
10) Ryan Fearn, East Longmeadow, Ma

DARE STOCK (15)
1) Nicole Chambrello, Kensington
2) Brandon Michael, Granville, Ma
3) Johnny Walker, Ludlow, Ma
4) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury
5) Chris Bagnall, Norfolk
6) Phil Jacques, Dudley, Ma
7) Dave Secore, Jr., Union
8) Chuck Harrison, Woodstock Valley
9) Greg Demone, Ludlow, Ma
10) Vince Gambacorta, Ellington
11) Nick Bendiak, Hopkinton, Ma
12) Richard Ciriello, Reading, Ma
13) Rob Sears, Stafford Springs
14) Paul Bourdon, Jr., Jewett City
15) Armand Cote, Jr., Rocky Hill
16) Travis Hydar, Woodbury

Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Speedway PR

Cassie Rocco & Maina Rufrano Racing For The Cure in Stafford DARE Stock Division at NAPA Fall Final

Stafford Springs, CT — When Stafford Speedway’s DARE Stocks take the green flag for the NAPA Fall Final on September 30th, there will be 2 guest drivers racing for a special cause.  Maina Rufrano, the wife of SK Modified® and SK Light car owner John Rufrano and mother to SK Light driver Marcello Rufrano along with Cassie Rocco, wife of 2-time SK Modified® track champion and 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Keith Rocco, will both take to the track to raise money for cancer research.

Both Rocco and Rufrano will be behind the wheel of Rent A Racecar machines for their DARE Stock debuts.  Rocco and Rufrano have set a goal of raising $5,000 and all proceeds they raise go directly to the American Cancer Society as part of their Racing for the Cure efforts.

“We decided to make a night of fun into a purpose for a great cause,” said Rufrano.  “We’ve both had cancer in our families and right now Cassie’s father is fighting cancer.  When you look at the racing community as a whole, there’s a lot of people who have been affected by cancer.  We’re working hard to stir up interest online and I’m really looking forward to getting out on the track.  Our goal is to raise $5,000 but we’d obviously love to go way above and beyond that number.”

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Stafford Speedway NAPA Fall Final Weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway will host the 45th Annual NAPA Fall Final Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1 to close out the 2017 NASCAR season of racing.  The NAPA Fall Final will host the penultimate race of the 2017 season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as well as determining the 2017 Whelen All-American Series Track Champions.  The NAPA Fall Final will also play host to the Mr. Rooter Truck Series.

The NAPA Fall Final Weekend will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 30 with practice sessions for the Whelen Modified Tour, Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and the Mr. Rooter Truck Series from 10 am to 2:15 pm.  The Whelen Modified Tour cars will take the track for time trials to set the field for the NAPA Fall Final 150 at 2:30 pm.  Stafford’s NWAAS divisions and the Mr. Rooter Truck Series will qualify for their features at the conclusion of NWMT time trials.  Feature events for the SK Lights, Limited Late Models, DARE Stocks, and Mr. Rooter Truck Series will conclude Saturday’s festivities.

The NAPA Fall Final Weekend continues on Sunday with the famous NAPA Pit Party, a meet and greet with drivers and teams, taking place from 11:00 am to noon on Sunday, Oct. 1.  Feature racing will begin at 1 pm with the SK Modifieds® first on track followed by the Late Models and the Whelen Modified Tour.

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Stafford Speedway to Auction “Welcome to The Show” Banner for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at NAPA Fall Final

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway and NAPA Auto Parts will be auctioning off the “Welcome to the Show” banner at the NAPA Fall Final on Sunday, October 1.  The banner is currently displayed at the General Admission entrance.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a charity set up to support the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.

The “Welcome to the Show” banner would look great in your race shop, garage, or anywhere!  Bidding for the banner is currently at $200.  Bids will be taken through the NAPA Fall Final weekend and the announcers will keep the fans apprised as to the current bid amount.  Bids may be made by visiting the announcer’s tower on race day or by contacting the speedway office.  The highest bid and winner of the banner will be announced prior to the start of the NAPA Auto Parts 150 Whelen Modified Tour event on Sunday afternoon October 1.

In addition to the “Welcome to the Show” banner auction NAPA Auto Parts will also be selling NAPA T-Shirts as well as an assortment of raffle items during the course of Sunday’s events with all proceeds going to the fund.  T-shirts and raffle tickets will be available Sunday at the NAPA Auto Parts display on the midway.

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Stafford’s SK Lights Locked in Ultra Tight Championship Race

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford Speedway heading into its final 3 races of the 2017 season, the race for the SK Light championship is in full swing with an an ultra tight race.  David Arute currently leads the standings and he becomes the fifth driver to hold the SK Light point lead this season.  Arute leads Cory DiMatteo by only 4 points and Dan Wesson is third in the standings, 20 points behind.

Arute has spent much of the 2017 season climbing out of the hole a 22nd place finish in the season opening NAPA Spring Sizzler left him in.  Since his Sizzler finish, Arute has posted 12 top-8 finishes, including a win on July 21st, that has seen him slowly but steadily climb his way back to the head of the points table.

“At the beginning of the year I would say we hoped to be where we are right now with the experience we gained last season,” said Arute.  “We started off the year 22nd in points but we’ve had a good car all season long and it’s been a process of moving on up ever since.  Other than that, it’s been mostly top-5 finishes.  After that first week at the Sizzler, I thought we just had to go for wins all season long but the car was good and we kept on gaining points here and there.  With 3 races left to go we’re finally on top.  I’ve been waiting to get there while guys like Dan Wesson, Cory DiMatteo, George Nocera, and Wesley Prucker have all led the points.  The past few weeks have been nerve wracking just knowing I had to finish in front of those guys to gain points.  Now finally they’re all chasing me and I try not to think about points but you can’t help but think about it when you’re buckling in.”

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Matt Vassar Puts Season of Struggles Behind at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — The 2017 Late Model season at Stafford Speedway has seen its fair share of struggles for Matt Vassar and the #69 Don’s Home Improvements team.  The team got a late start to the season, missing the first three races of the season before making their debut on June 2nd.  Through their first 10 starts, they accumulated 1 top-5 and 5 top-10 finishes, but the team put their season of struggles behind them this past Friday night with a second place finish that saw Vassar take the lead at the green flag and lead the first 27 laps before Glen Reen took the lead on lap-28 and led the final 3 laps of the race.

“The race last Friday was thoroughly satisfying,” said Vassar.  “I go to the track every week to have fun.  It was great seeing the reaction of the crew guys, the car owners, my friends, and the sponsors that were on hand.   Their excitement was what made it really fulfilling for me.  It made me happy to see how much fun everyone had and I have to thank all our sponsors for their support this season.  Don Cote and Don’s Home Improvements, Ackert Electric, Hair Trendz, Your Personal Mechanic, and the Rent A Racecar guys, who have helped me a bunch.”

In addition to winning for all of his crew members and sponsors, Vassar has some special motivation that is driving him to pick up his first Late Model win at Stafford.

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Christopher, Reen, Rufrano, Fearn, & Walker Score First Responders Appreciation Night Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with a First Responders Appreciation Night that recognized Fire, Police, EMS, and all First Responder personnel.  Taking down weekly feature wins on the night were Ted Christopher in the SK Modified® feature, Glen Reen in the Late Model feature, Marcello Rufrano in the SK Light feature, Alexandra Fearn in the Ltd. Late Model feature, and Johnny Walker in the DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Glen Reen made a 3-wide move at the front of the field to take the lead but a crash on the backstretch involving Mike Christopher, Jr., Tyler Hines, and Todd Owen brought the caution out before a lap could be completed.

On the restart, Reen’s car didn’t come up to speed, which bottlenecked the entire outside line as Stephen Kopcik took the lead with Chase Dowling, Keith Rocco, Eric Berndt, and Ted Christopher lined up behind him.  The caution came back out with 3 laps complete for a spin on the backstretch by Tommy Membrino, Jr. and Payton Henry.

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Glenn Griswold Goes from the Sidelines to NAPA Victory Lane at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Prior to the start of the 2017 season, Stafford SK Light driver Glenn Griswold had no plans to be racing.  Enter car owner Ed Chicoski, who originally contacted Griswold to ask how he could help Chicoski land behind the wheel of a car for the 2017 season.  After Chicoski bought a car that Griswold put together for him to drive, Chicoski went out and bought a second car.  Originally meant to be a backup to his #45 machine, that second car became the #60 car that Griswold has piloted all season long.

“Ed Chicoski owns [the #45 and #60 cars] and I’m the lucky guy that gets to drive his backup car,” said Griswold.  “Ed was looking to drive a car and he called me over the winter and asked me what I could do to help get him in a car.  I told him that I didn’t own a car and if he wanted to buy a car, I’d work on it for him.  Ed purchased Josh Galvin’s #13 car over the winter and I put it together.  Right before the season started, Ed said let’s get another car so he bought the #77 car that was run at Stafford by Anthony Massaro back in 2011 and 2012 and we put that together.  Originally I wasn’t going to be racing at all this season.  When Ed bought the #60 car, that gave me the opportunity to run some shows.”

After not having a ride lined up, Griswold has made the most of his opportunity behind the wheel of the #60 Precision Mechanical Chevrolet.  Griswold recorded back to back third place finishes in early June and he was as high as second in the points at the end of June.  A series of bad finishes in July plus a wreck that sidelined him for a race has dropped Griswold out of championship contention but he is still in the top-10 in the standings and any misfortunes during the season were washed away this past Friday night when Griswold drove the #60 into NAPA Victory Lane for his first SK Light win at Stafford since 2014.

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Tom Fearn Facing Uphill Climb to Win 2nd Consecutive Championship

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning 10 races and coming up short of a Late Model title in 2015, Tom Fearn came back and won 7 races last season and claimed the Late Model championship in 2016.  Fearn and the #92 King Ward Coach Lines team are once again in the thick of the Late Model championship chase, entering the final 4 races of the 2017 season sitting third in the points, 20 points behind Glen Reen.  With four races left, Fearn needs to make up a total of 10 positions over leader Glen Reen.

“The only thing we can do is go out and try to win every one of them,” said Fearn.  “If you break it down, 4 races, 5 points a race, you need to make up 6 points a race or three spots.  It can be done but the likelihood isn’t that great.  Not that we’re not going to try.  We have a game plan with things like tire strategy and what we have to do going into things and we’ll see how things go from there.  We’d just like to have a chance at it come the Fall Final.  I think we made up 8 points last Friday night and if we can keep on doing that, it would be good for us.  You don’t wish anything bad on anyone else, but it’s probably going to take a bad night for the guys ahead of us to get back into position.  It’s tough to try to finish ahead of someone every week but we’ll come out with guns loaded and try to win.  If we have a little luck we can get right back in the thick of it come the Fall Final and make things really exciting.”

If anything, Fearn certainly has experience on his side.  Fearn has 7 career track championships to his name and he has also been the winningest Late Model driver at Stafford over the past 3 seasons with a total of 20 feature wins.  If Fearn could change one thing about his current points situation, he would prefer to be leading the standings rather than chasing the drivers who are in front of him.

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Ronnie Williams Looking for Strong Finish to SK Modified® Campaign at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — With only 4 races left in the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford, drivers are angling to position themselves to make a run for the track championships.  One driver in such a situation is Ronnie Williams, driver of the #49 Advice One SK Modified®.  Williams enters the final 4-race stretch currently second in the points standings, 10 points behind Chase Dowling.

“I would say the season has been pretty consistent,” said Williams.  “We haven’t had the fastest car at times but we definitely haven’t had the slowest.  We’ve kept ourselves in contention.  Chase has been fast and of course, Teddy has been quick and we’re ahead of Teddy in the points and Chase is only a short distance away from us.  We could definitely be in a better position than we are now even though we’re not in a bad position, 10 points is almost nothing and there’s a lot of racing left to go.”

With 4 races left in the season, Williams can’t afford to be conservative in his race approach as there is only a 38 point spread, or 16 positions on the track, between the top-6 drivers in the SK Modified® standings.  Williams and Keith Rocco are tied for second, 10 points behind, Ted Christopher is 24 points behind in fourth, Rowan Pennink is 28 points behind in fifth, and Todd Owen is sixth, 38 points behind.  With such a close spread, one bad night could spell doom for one of the championship hopefuls.

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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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Pennink, Fearn, Griswold, Saunders, & Walker Score VRMS 80 Feature Wins at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action on Friday, September 1st with the Valenti Modified Racing Series in the house for the 8th Annual VMRS 80.  Taking down weekly feature wins on the night were Rowan Pennink in the SK Modified® feature, Tom Fearn in the Late Model feature, Glenn Griswold in the SK Light feature, Cliff Saunders in the Limited Late Model feature, and Johnny Walker in the DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Glen Reen took the early lead with Keith Rocco in second.  Tyler Hines was third with Josh Wood fourth and Matt Galko fifth in the early laps.  Rocco hounded Reen for the lead until lap-8 when he was able to make a move going into turn 3 to take over the race lead.  Rowan Pennink went around Galko to move into fifth on lap-10 with Hines and Wood still third and fourth.

Ted Christopher got around Wood to move into sixth on lap-13 and he was applying heavy pressure to Pennink for fifth when the caution came out with 17 laps complete for Tommy Membrino, Jr., who spun on the backstretch.

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