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Jon McKennedy Looking to go Back 2 Back at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — When the Exit Realty Modified Touring Series comes to Stafford Speedway this Friday, July 21st for the Lincoln Tech 100, Jon McKennedy will be looking to make it back to back victories at the Connecticut half-mile.  McKennedy won the first ever appearance for the new series at Stafford back in June with a drive that saw him have to come from the back to the front several different times.  McKennedy only led 4 laps in the race, but they were the most important laps, the final 4 laps of the race.  A victory for McKennedy would be two in a row in the MTS and it would be his third consecutive touring series victory at Stafford as he won the VMRS 80 at Stafford last September.

“I feel good,” said McKennedy.  “Stafford has been a pretty good track for me the past couple of years and we’ve won the last 2 times we’ve been to Stafford with the MRS and the MTS against a strong group of competitors.  I think we have a real good chance on Friday.  It’s a long race at 100 laps so we just have to stay out of trouble and put ourselves into position for the end of the race and see how things play out.  We were pretty strong the whole race.  We had a lower control arm break in our qualifying heat race so we basically started last and we drove up to third before the competition caution.  We made some adjustments under that caution to try to make the car better and we restarted in the back and came back to the front.  Then we pitted later and changed a tire and came from the back again, so the car was really good and we’ll be bringing the same car back for this race.  We’ll make some small changes to it for the weather and the track conditions and we’ll hope for the best.”

The Lincoln Tech 100 will serve as the opening round of the Modified Touring Series Sunoco Quest for the Cup in which 12 drivers will accumulate points over the next 4 races to set up a top-5 in the standings for the final race of the 2017 season at Monadnock in September.  McKennedy, as well as the other 11 championship hopefuls, will be looking for a good finish to kick off their championship quest on a high note.

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Rowan Pennink Leading NWMT Points Heading into Stafford 150

Stafford Springs, CT — When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls into Stafford Speedway on August 4th for the Stafford 150, Stafford SK Modified® regular Rowan Pennink finds himself at the top of the NWMT points standings.  Pennink’s ninth place finish this past weekend at New Hampshire was good enough to move him to the top of the standings as Timmy Solomito got caught up in a wreck and finished 29th.  Pennink has occupied the top spot of the NWMT standings once before at the midway point of the 2011 season and his points position has both himself and the #3 Cape Cod Copper / Boehler Racing Enterprises team excited.

“It’s definitely good to have the points lead halfway through the season and we want to end up with the points lead after the last races at Stafford and Thompson,” said Pennink.  “Hopefully we’ll be bringing another solid car to Stafford and we’ll be trying to win and if we can’t win then get a solid top-5 finish.  You’ve always got your eyes on the points but we just want to worry about putting together solid finishes and keep on chugging along here midway through the season.  It’s definitely awesome to be part of the 3 team and to be leading the points with them.  They’ve been leading the points and won plenty of championships before but I don’t think they’ve been in this position in a long time so everyone on the team is excited and I’m excited as well.  Hopefully, we can keep on having a strong season like we’ve had in the first half.”

During Pennink’s short time as the driver of the #3 Cape Cod Copper machine, in 5 starts at Stafford, he has recorded 4 top-6 finishes, with the only blemish a 25th place finish last August when an engine issue forced an early retirement.  With his past success in both the Whelen Modified Tour and the SK Modified® division at Stafford, Pennink is looking forward to another top-6 finish and a victory would not only be a career first at Stafford for Pennink, but would serve as a launching point for their pursuit of the championship in the second half of the NWMT season.

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Top 5 Effort for Bock

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ryan Preece Entered for Modified Touring Series Lincoln Tech 100 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — When the Exit Realty Modified Touring Series returns to Stafford Speedway on July 21st for the Lincoln Tech 100, one driver who will be looking forward to the race is Ryan Preece.  The Berlin native has won at Stafford in Whelen Modified Tour competition and Valenti Modified Racing Series competition as well as in the SK Modified® division and he will be looking to add another victory to his Stafford resume after finishing second in the June MTS 125 at Stafford.

“I think we have a really good car, we’ve won 2 races and we’ve finished second in the other race,” said Preece.  “I like the way the tire reacts and we have our car working really well right now.  It’s always fun to keep on racing.”

When the Exit Realty Modified Touring Series was last at Stafford in June, Preece was the dominant car, leading the race twice for a total of 112 of the race’s 125 laps.  Preece held the lead until lap-121 when Jon McKennedy was able to make a pass and he led the final 5 laps to take the victory with Preece finishing in the runner-up position.  With the race being shortened from 125 laps down to 100 laps, Preece thinks that will be to his benefit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rocco went around Reen to move into third on lap-11 as Gervais was comfortably a half second ahead of McDermott in the battle for the race lead. Josh Wood dropped off the pace and he brought his car behind the wall on lap-17 and looked to be finished for the night. Chase Dowling cracked into the top-10 as he was slowly working his way towards the front.
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NAPA SK 5k by the Numbers

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

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

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Chase Dowling Looking for NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K Win

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

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

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

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Cassandra Cole Joins Stafford SK Light Division

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ronnie Williams Geared Up for NAPA SK 5k at Stafford

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

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

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

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Stafford Speedway June 16 NASCAR Racing Program Canceled

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

Racing at Stafford Speedway is back next Friday night with the return of the ISMA SuperModifieds.  The ISMA Supers will join Stafford’s five NASCAR five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions next Friday night with qualifying beginning at 6:30 pm.  Tickets for this event are on sale now and are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seat tickets are $32.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking available for self-contained Recreational Vehicles.

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

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Rob Summers Up to Speed in ISMA SuperModified at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — When the ISMA SuperModified cars return to Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, June 23rd for the first time since the 2013 season, one driver who will be looking forward to the race is Rob Summers.  The Ellington native has made starts in 7 of the 10 ISMA races that were held at Stafford between 2004 and 2013 and he has notched 1 win, 2 top-5, and 5 top-10 finishes.  Summers average finish in his 7 ISMA starts at Stafford is 10.1.  Summers win at Stafford came back in 2007 and is one of his 4 career ISMA Supermodified victories.  Summers brought his ISMA Supermodified machine to Stafford recently, for a test session, in preparation for the 60-lap feature scheduled for Friday, June 23.

“I have a lot of confidence coming back to Stafford,” said Summers.  “We have a really good car and I’m working with some really good people so hopefully we can figure out some things today so we can be really good for the race next Friday.  My experience here will definitely help but it’s a tough group out there with good drivers and good equipment.  It’ll be a tough race but it’s going to be a good race.”

The car that Summers brought to the test session and will race in next Friday night’s 60-lap ISMA Supermodified feature is a car that Summers and his crew have had sitting in their garage since 2012.  Although the car last saw action on a track 5 years ago, Summers is confident that he can be among the contenders for victory.

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

Stafford Springs, CT — The inaugural Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night is in the record books.  The SK Lights raced 40-laps for the biggest purse in the history of the division thanks to Doug Dunleavy.  Vernon native Brett Gonyaw was the big winner taking home $2775, driving his #81 Johnny’s Mud Run sponsored machine into NAPA Victory Lane.  The total posted awards in the race exceeded $14,000. Bill Gaston of Gaston Racing Enterprises (gre6.com), put up a total bonus of $1,500 that was split among the top-4 finishers in each heat race.  Don Wood from R.A.D Automachine and Tony Alteri from T/A Engines both put up $1,500 that was split among the top-3 finishing cars with a R.A.D. or T/A engine.  Gonyaw won the $750 bonus from R.A.D. Automachine for being the top finishing car with a R.A.D. engine and the weekly contingency bonuses from Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand.  Gonyaw says he and his team will put that money right back into their car, which reached victory lane with a bent clip.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joey Ferrigno Riding Winning Momentum Into Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night

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

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

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

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Matt Galko Scores Emotional First SK Modified® Victory

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

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

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

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Jon McKennedy Scores Exit Realty Modified Touring Series 125 Victory at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The Exit Realty Modified Touring Series made its first ever visit to Stafford for the MTS 125. Taking the checkered flag was Jon McKennedy, who passed Ryan Preece with 4 laps to go to take the win.

Ted Christopher streaked into the lead on the outside of Keith Rocco to take the early lead. Kirk Alexander looked like he was shot out of a cannon as he quickly bolted from fourth up to second at the start with Dylan Kopec taking third with Rocco falling back to fourth and Eric Goodale in fifth. The caution came out with 2 laps complete for a wreck in turn 3 that involving Les Hinckley.

Christopher took the lead with Kopec and Alexander side by side for second. Alexander took second with Tommy Barrett, Jr. muscling his way by Rocco into third before he spun in turn 2 to bring the caution out with 4 laps complete. Sam Rameau also came to a stop against the backstretch wall just at the exit of turn 2.

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Galko, Fearn, Ferrigno, Provost, & Hydar Score Modified Touring Series 125 Feature Wins at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action on Friday, June 2nd with the Exit Realty Modified Touring Series making their Stafford debut along with Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions.  Taking down weekly feature wins on the night were Matt Galko, who scored his first SK Modified® feature victory after 6 seasons, Tom Fearn in the Late Model division, Joey Ferrigno in the SK Light feature, Duane Provost in the Limited Late Model feature, and Travis Hydar was a first time career winner in the DARE Stock feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Dan Avery took the lead at the green and he led the first lap before a melee broke out in turn 2 when Tony Membrino, Jr. spun in turn 2 in front of the entire field.  Nearly two-thirds of the field were involved in a pileup and brought the caution out.

Avery took the lead back under green with Matt Galko hounding him for the race lead while he was side by side with Cam McDermott for second.  Mike Christopher, Jr. was fourth and Glen Reen was fifth.  Galko finally got by McDermott and he took the lead from Avery on lap-5.  McDermott followed Galko by Avery and Christopher, Jr. took third from Avery on lap-8.  Reen was now side by side with Chase Dowling for fifth with Dowling taking the spot on the outside on lap-9.

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Jon McKennedy Lists His Entry for Stafford Exit Realty MTS 125

Stafford Springs, CT — When the Exit Realty Modified Touring Series comes to Stafford Motor Speedway this Friday, June 2nd for the Inaugural MTS 125, Chelmsford, MA native Jon McKennedy is sure to be among the prerace favorites to take the checkered flag.  McKennedy has two Modified Racing Series wins at Stafford, coming in Sept. 2012 and just last September.  McKennedy will be returning to Stafford with the very same #29 Exit Realty Chevrolet that he piloted to victory just 7 months ago at Stafford.

“We’re coming back to Stafford with the same car that we won with in September with minor updates,” said McKennedy.  “We have some good notes and that’s always a plus since the tires are a little different.  We’ll have a good baseline to start off with.  We’re coming to Stafford to win and I don’t see why we can’t win the race.  We’ll be racing against guys we’ve raced with in the past and have won some of those races so we’ll see what happens.  It’ll be interesting for sure being a new series and it’ll be a long race with a pit stop involved with a tire change allowed.  It’s been a pretty good track for me the past few years and we’ve won a couple races so I’m looking forward to the race.  There’s a lot of good cars and teams so it should be a good race.”

As confident as McKennedy is feeling about his chances in the MTS 125, he says that Stafford hasn’t always been a track that he looked forward to coming to and it was a stint in Art Barry’s #21 machine that helped pave the way for his Stafford victories last season and in 2012.

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Christopher and Preece Headline Exit Realty Modified Touring Series Entries at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — The Exit Realty Modified Touring Series will make its Stafford Speedway debut this Friday, June 2nd with a strong contingent of top modified talent lining the roster.  Headlining the current entry-list are two of the top modified drivers in the region, Ted Christopher, and 2017 NAPA Spring Sizzler® Champion Ryan Preece.

Ted Christopher, the all-time winningest driver at Stafford with 126 career victories including 104 SK Modified® wins, will pilot his familiar Brady #00 in Friday’s 125 lap feature. Christopher scored his most recent open modified victory behind the wheel of that same car in the June 2016 Stafford Valenti Modified Series 80.  During his last time out with the Brady team, Christopher scored a top 5 at the NAPA Spring Sizzler® and was a contender for another victory in the closing laps.

“It’s all different, different drivers you’re racing against and new tires,” explained Christopher. “We know the car goes good but it’s all a matter of how the tires are going to work.  We’re bringing the same car back that we won with last year with a spec engine in it and we’ll have pit stops that we can make if the car isn’t handling like we want, so I think we should be pretty good for the race.”

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Dunleavy Modifiedz Night Postponed to Friday June 9th

Stafford Springs, CT — Due to a change in weather patterns and forecast for the rest of the afternoon and early evening, Stafford Speedway officials have decided to postpone the Inaugural Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Modifiedz Night to Friday, June 9th.  All activities scheduled for tonight’s Dunleavy Modifiedz Night will be held on Friday, June 9th including the 40-lap SK Light Modified $2,500 to win special event, 50-lap SK Modified event, Fireworks, as well as special pricing for members of the Armed Services.

“We hate to postpone events especially new events that everyone is so excited about,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute.  “With such a full schedule for the Dunleavy Modifiedz special we need maximum track time and current weather conditions will not allow for that.  We’ll give it another go June 9th, we’re all looking forward to this big event for the weekly guys.”

Stafford Speedway returns to action next Friday, June 2nd for the inaugural Modified Touring Series 125.  The Modified Touring Series will take to the track with qualifying heats beginning at 6:15 pm.  Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will also be in action.  Tickets for this event are on sale now and are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.  Reserved seat tickets are $32.00 for all ages.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking available for self-contained Recreational Vehicles.

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Wesley Prucker Fueled Up For Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night

Stafford Springs, CT — As Stafford Speedway’s SK Lights gear up for the biggest race in the 12-year history of the division, Stafford native Wesley Prucker sits atop the points standings for the very first time in his career.  Coming off of a career tying best finish of second last Friday night, Prucker is excited about the prospects of picking up his first career victory in the Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night 40-lap SK Light feature event that will offer $14,790 in total posted awards with the race winner having the potential to take home a check for $2,925 with purse and contingency bonuses factored in.

“I think it’s going to be a great race and I’m looking forward to it,” said Prucker.  “I think the first 30 laps might be a little iffy, but those last 10 laps you’re really going to see guys going for the win.  Our next goal is to get a couple of wins.  I think we’re really close and if there had been another caution flag last Friday, I think we could have won the race on the outside.  I would have driven the car through the wall if I had to.  I’m more confident than ever.”

With 40-laps on tap, the SK Light cars will race twice as long as they’re accustomed to racing on a Friday night.  While Prucker says that this will be the longest race he’s ever taken part in, he and his #22 Prucker Motorsports team aren’t planning on making any adjustments to their car for the race.

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Dunleavy’s All-Out Modifiedz Night Ready for Green Flag at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — The Inaugural Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair set for this Friday, May 26th will play host to the largest purse in SK Light Modified history.  Total posted awards for the 40-Lap SK Light Modified feature is an unprecedented $14,790 with the winner taking home a potential pay day of $2,925 after bonuses.

SK Light teams will be racing to collect bonuses from Gaston Racing Enterprises, R.A.D. Automachine, and T/A Engines.  Bill Gaston from GRE will be providing a $375 bonus for each SK Light heat race with 1st place paying $150, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $75, and 4th place $50.  Don Wood from R.A.D. Automachine and Tony Alteri from T/A Engines will each pay out a total bonus of $1,500 for the top-3 finishing cars utilizing their engines with the highest placed finisher winning $750, the 2nd highest car winning $500, and the third highest finishing car winning $250.

Stafford’s SK Modified® division will be racing an extra 10-laps in distance with an additional $4,000 added to their purse payout.  The SK Modified® feature winner will take home $2,000 in purse money with the potential payout of $2,325 with 1st place contingency bonuses factored in.  In addition to the big-time purse for the two modified divisions, Dunleavy’s Pick of the Hat will add more prize money and giveaways for fans and Modified teams.

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Rick Williams Excited for Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2017 season underway at Stafford Speedway, one of the feel good stories of the season has to be the performance of East Hampton native and SK Light driver Rick Williams.  Williams began his racing career in the SK Light division back in 2009 and he ran every year before taking a break following the 2013 season.  While Williams recorded a total of 17 top-10 finishes with a best finish of third in those five seasons, his 2017 season has been a break-out performance.  Williams has recorded three consecutive top-7 finishes to start of the year and he is currently sitting in second place in the SK Light points standings.

“Yeah, I’m very surprised,” said Williams.  “My goal at the beginning of the year was to just make the shows with all the cars we have right now at Stafford.  We worked really hard on the car over the winter.  We haven’t been burning it up by any means, but we have some real good consistency going right now.  I’d like to think we can carry this over for the remainder of the season but we’re not 100% sure what our plans are going to be after the big Dunleavy’s race this Friday night.  We’re going race to race to see what we can do.”

One area that Williams can point to for the uptick in his on track performance is the assistance of Dave Etheridge on his crew.  Etheridge formerly was a weekly competitor in Stafford’s ProStock division and he ran the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour before chasing checkered flags with the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

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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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