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NBCSN to Broadcast Championship Stretch Runs

Showcase for NASCAR K&N Pro East and West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

Analyzing NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will continue the 2017 season at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford, Connecticut, on Sunday afternoon, headlining the historic NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend. Below is a statistical look at the 46th annual NAPA Spring Sizzler 200.

NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 Setup:
• This marks the first of three appearances this season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford in 2017. Other stops will come on Friday, August 4 and Sunday, October 1. 
• Ted Christopher — who returns to the NWMT this weekend — will look to capture his first series win since 2011. He leads all active drivers with 12 career wins at Stafford. 
• Doug Coby will look to capture his sixth straight and ninth career Stafford Coors Light pole award Saturday. Coby has won both the pole and the race four times at Stafford and also was at the point for 193 of 200 laps of the Spring Sizzler last season in route to a victory. 
• Timmy Solomito started the season with two consecutive top-two finishes, including a win at Myrtle Beach on March 18. He holds a four-point advantage in the championship standings over Icebreaker winner Rowan Pennink.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

Pennink Heads To NAPA Spring Sizzler Hoping To Keep Hot Streak Going

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – Rowan Pennink captured the victory in the Icebreaker 150 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 9, helping return the iconic team to Victory Lane for the first time since Ryan Preece won in the car in 2009. Pennink led 109 of the 150 laps at Thompson in route to his win and also led 38 laps in the season-opening race at Myrtle Beach Speedway back on March 18.

His two consecutive top 10 finishes have him sitting second in the championship standings heading into Sunday’s NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

Interestingly enough, Preece’s 2009 win came at Stafford and was the second of back-to-back wins in the No. 3. He had also won at New York’s Riverhead Raceway the week before.

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Dan Wesson Aims for SK Light Title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Justin Bonsignore Seeking First Stafford Win in NAPA Spring Sizzler®

Stafford Springs, CT — When it comes to NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing at Stafford Motor Speedway, Long Island native Justin Bonsignore will be the first to admit that Stafford hasn’t been one of his better tracks.  Bonsignore has racked up 9 top-5 and 16 top-10 finishes in 28 career NWMT starts at Stafford in addition to one career pole position coming at the 2011 NAPA Fall Final but is still in search of that elusive first career Stafford win.

“I’m really excited to get back to Stafford,” said Bonsignore.  “On one hand it hasn’t been my best or easiest tracks for results, but we had a lot of speed at Stafford last time out for the Fall Final and we had a freak issue with the kill switch take us out of contention.  We’re hoping we can carry over our speed from the Fall Final to the Sizzler.  We sure hope we can get our first win in the Sizzler.  If I were to ever get that first win at Stafford, what better race to get it at than the Sizzler?  It’s the biggest race of the year at Stafford so to get our first win at the Sizzler would mean a little more and it would be nice to drink the milk in victory lane.”

If Bonsignore needs inspiration, he needs to look no further back than the NAPA Fall Final last season.  Bonsignore and the #51 Phoenix Communications team won at New Hampshire last September and he followed that win up with a 4th place finish in the Fall Final.

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

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

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

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

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Doug Coby Looking to Get Back in the Groove in NAPA Spring Sizzler®

Stafford Springs, CT — Coming off three consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships, Doug Coby and the #2 Mayhew Tools / Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair team enter the 2017 season as favorites to once again be among the championship contenders.  After the first two races of the season, Coby and the #2 team find themselves sitting 16th in the points standings, 46 points out of the lead.  Fortunately for Coby and the #2 team, the NAPA Spring Sizzler® at Stafford Speedway is next on the schedule and will serve as the perfect opportunity for them to get their season back on track. 

Coby and the #2 team led by crew chief Phil Moran, won 3 of the 4 Stafford races during the 2016 NWMT season and might have gone 4 for 4 at Stafford if not for running out of fuel late in the Stafford 150 last August.  After finishing 13th at Myrtle Beach and last at Thompson after a first lap crash, Coby is ready to get back to his winning ways, if not at least running up front once again.

“Obviously things haven’t gone how we’re accustomed to in the beginning of the year, but that’s racing,” said Coby.  “Sometimes you start off firing on all cylinders and sometimes things just don’t go your way.  The two races have nothing to do with each other but it really stinks when it happens back to back.  Myrtle Beach was my mistakes over the course of the day starting with qualifying and then Thompson was something that was out of our control.  We’re not too worried, it is what it is.  A lot of other teams have had to deal with this year in and year out and it’s our turn now.  We’re excited to be going to Stafford.  We won 3 of 4 last year and probably would have won all 4 if we didn’t run out of gas so it’s a good place for us to hopefully get our season started.  I feel like we haven’t even gotten our season started yet.  Our season begins at Stafford.”

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New England Racing Fuel Powers Stafford Contingency Program

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

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

New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand will provide the top-3 finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock feature events with a $25 gas certificate.  They will also support Stafford’s rookie drivers with the top finishing rookie driver from each Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock feature event also taking home a $25 gas certificate.   With 22 races on the schedule, New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand will offer competitors over $10,000 in gas certificates.

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Timmy Solomito Looking to Continue Dream Start to 2017 Season

Stafford Springs, CT — Timmy Solomito is looking to continue his good fortunes when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visits Stafford Motor Speedway on April 29-30 for the 46th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler®.  Solomito and the #16 Starrett Tools team won the season opening race at Myrtle Beach and followed that up by sitting on the pole and finishing runner-up in the second event of 2017 at Thompson. 

“It’s been a pretty good start to the season so far,” said Solomito.  “We’re taking things race by race and trying to do the same things we did last year and get better each time we come to the racetrack.  We’ve been strong at Stafford and have been close to winning in the past but haven’t been able to seal the deal.  The start to the season has given us an extra boost of confidence and momentum is picking up for us.  We have Myrtle Beach and Thompson behind us and now the focus is on putting together a good car for Stafford.  Hopefully with what we’ve learned and my experience behind the wheel we can take that to Stafford and be even better.”

One area that Solomito will have to improve on if he is to carry his early season momentum to Stafford will be a good qualifying lap to get a starting spot towards the front of the field.  In 14 previous NWMT starts, Solomito has qualified in the top-5 only twice but feels that a recent rule change might play to his benefit for qualifying this season.

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5-Time SK Modified® Champion Bob Potter Still Going Strong at 75 in Stafford Speedway’s 2-Seater Modified

Stafford Springs, CT — No matter what the sport may be, there has been an adage as old as time itself that states Father Time is undefeated.  All athletes reach a point in time during their respective careers that sees them retire, most often due to old age.  One driver who has continued to defy the odds is 75-year old Norwich native and 5-time Stafford SK Modified® track champion Bob Potter. 

Potter began his long and storied racing career in 1963 at Waterford Speedbowl, where he would go on to win 6 championships and a total of 93 feature events spread out over the Bomber, Modified, SK Modified®, and Late Model ranks.  Potter ran his last full time season in 1999 in the SK Modified® division at Stafford, but that wasn’t quite a curtain call on his career.  Potter made a handful of starts over the next seven seasons and although he is no longer racing in the SK Modified® ranks, he began his 2-seater modified duties in 2012 and he is still behind the wheel today.  Every Friday night at Stafford, Potter takes race fans for the ride of their life as passengers in the 2-seat SK Light machine.  Although he is no longer racing competitively, Potter gets just as jazzed up from meeting new people and giving them a ride they have only dreamed about in one of four ride along packages.  There are practice session rides, in between heat race rides, SK Light heat race rides, and then the most popular option, the SK Light feature ride.

“I love being able to take people around the track and really give them the experience of what it’s like to race in a modified at a good speed,” said Potter.  “I love the fans, they make racing worthwhile and they really appreciate what you do out there.  Most of the people I take out now always tell me something like they can’t believe how we race so close to each other like we do.  It gives them a whole different perspective once they ride around the track with me and that really makes me feel good inside.  I still have a great time and there’s no pressure on me.  I get to meet so many new people now and I’ve been to football, basketball, and baseball games, and those fans don’t compare to racing fans.  The racing community hangs together and sticks together and there’s nothing like it.”

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Woody Pitkat Primed for Sizzler Glory with New Team

Stafford Springs, CT — As Stafford Motor Speedway gets set to host the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® on April 29-30, hometown driver Woody Pitkat is preparing to make his 9th start in “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” for what will be his 6th different car owner.  Pitkat has made starts driving for owners Don King, John Lukosavage, David Hill, Buzz Chew, Kevin Stuart, and now for the 2017 season, he will be driving the #46 Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet owned by Russell Goodale. 

“We went down to Myrtle Beach in February to try to get acclimated with the team and they could see what I was looking for with the car and what they were looking for from me,” said Pitkat.  “The Goodale team has been hard at work during the winter getting the cars ready and hopefully we can be competitive and run well right out of the gate so we can have a strong season.  I’d like to be able to compete for a couple of wins and hopefully, we can get in the top-5 or the top-3 to contend for the championship.  I won the Sizzler a couple years ago and it would be nice if we could be contenders again for the Sizzler.”

Despite the hodgepodge of owners Pitkat has driven for, he enjoyed success in the Sizzler with a win, 2 top-5 and 7 top-10 finishes in his 8 starts.  Pitkat traveled with the #46 team to Myrtle Beach back in February and finished 9th to help kick start his acclimation to the new team.  In the first NWMT of the season in March, also held at Myrtle Beach, he scored an 8th place finish after a subpar qualifying effort that saw them start 25th.

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Gaston Racing Enterprises Adds Heat Race Bonus

Stafford Springs, CT — Friday May 26th, Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Modifiedz Night has has already been tabbed as the biggest payday in SK Light Modified racing history.  Stafford Speedway has teamed up with their official track parts supplier, Gaston Racing Enterprises, to add a $375 bonus to each of the SK Light Modified qualifying races on May 26th.

“I’ve always enjoyed modified racing and the SK Light division is a great starting point for future modified drivers,” said Gaston.  “I know almost all of the competitors and I thought this would be something nice to do for them.”

Each qualifying race will have a payout for the top 4 finishers, $150, $100, $75, and $50.  Stafford Speedway has successfully implemented qualifying race purse money for other events such as the NAPA SK 5k.  Both drivers and fans have enjoyed the added excitement to the qualifying.

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Todd Szegedy Ready to Battle for his 20th Career Win

Stafford Springs, CT — The NAPA Spring Sizzler® at Stafford Motor Speedway is the longest continuous run event on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour calendar.  While the Sizzler record books are filled with names like Christopher, Stefanik, Evans, and Troyer, one driver who quietly has amassed a sterling record in the Spring classic is 2003 NWMT Champion Todd Szegedy.  The Ridgefield native has 8 top-5 and 9 top-10 finishes in 15 career Sizzler® starts with a best finish of second, which he has achieved five different times (2003, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016).  Szegedy is primed to go one spot better than his career best and take home his very first NAPA Spring Sizzler® trophy behind the wheel of the #85 Montanari Fuel / Stuart’s Auto Chevrolet co-owned by Bob Katon and Kevin Stuart.

“I always feel good about coming to Stafford,” said Szegedy.  “I have a lot of experience there and my crew chief Don [Barker] has a lot of knowledge for Stafford.  We know what we need to make the car go fast, the challenge will be being able to make that happen and making the right calls during the race.  Obviously, we want to win but we’ve got to start somewhere with good finishes.  It’s always a little disappointing when you don’t win and finish second.  I have 19 career wins and I’d really like to get to the milestone of 20 wins and what better place to do that than at Stafford?  The Sizzler is definitely on my bucket list for races that I’d like to win.  A Sizzler win would mean a lot to me but even more would be how happy it would make the team.  When you win, there’s no better feeling than seeing how happy the whole team is, it’s a very rewarding feeling.”

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Nick Bendiak Ready to Live His Dream at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag falls on the 2017 DARE Stock season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Hopkinton, MA native Nick Bendiak will be living out his dream.  Bendiak has been part of racing for the past 8 seasons helping his father Jim and brother Patrick and he has even made several starts himself behind the wheel.  But the 2017 season will mark his first full-time season behind the wheel of a race car and he is itching to get started.

“I’ve done three World Series races and two races at Stafford,” said Bendiak.  “We’ve been racing at Thompson for 8 years, my brother and father both drove 4 years each and now it’s my turn to be the driver.  We were never really competitive, we just raced for fun.  It was more of a thing being able to work with my Dad in the garage.  We finally have a real motor in the car from Don Wood at R.A.D. and he’s been a big help with us getting the right gearing and drivetrain.  We ran at Stafford a couple years ago when they were doing a test program and I love the track.  It’s a much more of a driver’s track instead of the car needing raw horsepower like at Thompson.”

Despite his lack of racing experience behind the wheel, Bendiak is itching to get his season started.  Bendiak is not focused on winning races or a championship, but rather he is looking to have fun working with his father and brother as well as seeing if he has what it takes to be successful behind the wheel.  With a BFR chassis and a R.A.D. Automachine engine, Bendiak has the equipment he feels he needs to be successful and his driving aptitude will determine how much success he enjoys this season.

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T/A Engines Adds Bonus for Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night

Stafford Springs, CT — T/A Engines is set to join R.A.D. Auto Machine to offer an engine builder bonus for the Friday, May 26thDunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Modifiedz Night SK Light 40 Lap Special.  With the addition of the T/A Engine bonus, all drivers in the field will be eligible for an engine builder bonus.

“Dunleavy’s night is a great purse for the SK Lights to be racing for,” explained Tony Alteri, owner of T/A Engines.  “I know this bonus money will definitely help the teams out.  We have a lot of good and loyal customers who have been with us and this is a great way for us to be able to pay something back.  We’ve also had some good success in the SK Lights.  Since Joe Allegro, Jr. won the championship in 2008, there’s only been one year where one of our engines didn’t win the SK Light championship.  We had a great season last year at Stafford with guys like Tony Membrino, Jr. and Dan Wesson and we picked up a new customer, Keith Caruso for this year.  It’s been a good run for us with the SK Light division and it’s a great way for us to be able to give something back to what has become a great division.”

The bonus totaling $1,500 will be distributed to the top-3 finishers with an engine prepared by T/A Engines, $750, $500, and $250 respectively.  With all bonuses taken into account, total posted awards for the inaugural Dunleavy Modifiedz Night SK Light 40 lap race is approaching $15,000.

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Ellwood Hopes to Sustain Momentum

Kyle Ellwood rallied from a cut tire on the first lap of the Performance Plus 150 to finish 15th. The inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway was his third top 15 finish.

“It was a fun place to drive on and you really had to be able to figure out your limits there rather quick because if you didn’t you burned your car up,” Ellwood said. “So, it took a lot of thought. It wasn’t just to go out there and hammer down. So, my thoughts on the whole race was it was pretty good.”

The Riverhead, NY driver felt confident in his car even though he was off the lead lap. Seven cars were eliminated in a pair of late restarts.

“In the middle of the race, I picked off as many cars as I could. I damn near felt like we passed probably 20 cars out there. I seen a lot of cars but at the end, I just let ’em all have at it. I didn’t want to tear our car up since we want to have a good opportunity going into this Thompson show.”

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Thompson

Analyzing The Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway 

http://hometracks.nascar.com/files/ib-2017-logo_0.jpgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 29, 2017) — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will continue the 2017 season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut, on Sunday afternoon. Below is a statistical look at the Icebreaker 150, including selected driver notes:

Icebreaker 150 Setup:

  • This marks the first of four appearances for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson this season.
    • The track has held 134 Whelen Modified Tour races, the most of any track in series history.
    • Timmy Solomito returns to Thompson as the defending winner of the Icebreaker 150 and the current points leader following his win in the season-opening event at Myrtle Beach Speedway. 

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Blewett Refocuses on Home for 2017

Veteran to Compete Parttime on NASCAR WMT

Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ will make his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start of the season this weekend. He will drive the No. 76 John Blewett Inc./TS Haulers/Starrett Tools Chevrolet for the Icebreaker at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Blewett expects to run 4-6 events this season thatdo not conflict with his commitment at Wall (NJ) Stadium Speedway.

“I would love to support the Thompson, Stafford schedule,” Blewett said. “That’s always been my favorite because of the history of Thompson and Stafford and their dedication to the tour. Hopefully, we can maybe hit a Loudon race or two but it’s all kind of up in the air.”

Blewett’s focus is competing for the Wall Modified championship in his No. 19. There are benefits for Blewett’s return to Wall. The track five minutes from home is easier to find sponsors. Family and friends want to follow him at Wall when they cannot attend a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race.

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Hinckley Teams with Barry for MTS Races

Les Hinckley, III will be driving for Spearpoint Racing for the inaugural  Exit Realty Modified Touring Series (MTS) season. Hall of Famer car owner Art Barry called to ask about Hinckley’s plans. The opportunity came through a voicemail from Barry Thursday and the deal came together during the follow-up call.

“The guy’s absolutely a legend in racing,” Hinckley said. “The racing community and racing in general has been lucky to have a man like that to have him for as long as we have because he just lives and dies for racing.  … For him to call me and ask me to drive his racecar and to be excited about it the way he is is just its humbling. The list of names that have been in his car for me to be one of ’em it really puts me in check. This is bigger than me and I can’t thank Art enough for thinking highly enough about me to be worthy to drive his race car.”

Barry wants to win one more race before he retires. Barry competed last season on the Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) with Justin Bonsignore.

“I think he’s really good,” Barry said. “He’s a gentleman. He talks to you and he’s very, very good about reasoning things out, working together, and he’s really good on equipment that’s for sure. I’m kind of looking forward to it.”

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Max Zachem Looking to Drink the Milk at NAPA Spring Sizzler®

Stafford Springs, CT — The 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season kicked off in Myrtle Beach and Preston, CT native and driver of the #20 Lu-Mac’s Package Store Chevrolet Max Zachem, opened with a fifth-place finish.  Zachem is looking to continue his momentum at the 46th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler® on Sunday, April 30.  Stafford has not been one of Zachem’s best tracks in his short career, but with a top-10 finish in all four Stafford races last season, Zachem is confident that he can get a top-5 finish or even a win in the prestigious Sizzler®.

“Stafford is one of my hardest tracks,” said Zachem.  “I think we can improve on our finishes at Stafford this season and be in the top-5 in each race.  Steve Lemay, who was Bobby Santos’ crew chief, has come on board with us and he’s been a great help with my driving and the car setups.   Everything as a whole package has made the race team that much better.  I think we can get a top-5 finish or even drink some milk in victory lane.  We have a shot for it, I believe our team is the best it’s ever been, and we’ll have something to show to everyone this year.”

Zachem began last season with a pair of career-best second place finishes and he parlayed that early season momentum into a 5th place finish in the points standings in only his second full season on the Modified Tour.  Zachem is looking to replicate that early season momentum this season while being more consistent with his race finishes to make a run at the championship.

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Rowan Pennink in Search of History, 3rd Consecutive SK Modified® Championship at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag falls on the 2017 SK Modified® season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Huntingdon Valley, PA native, Rowan Pennink, will be looking to make history behind the wheel of the Bob Hitchcock and Kelly Iverson owned #99 Independent Wheel machine.  Pennink is the two-time defending SK Modified® track champion at Stafford, no modified driver has ever won three consecutive track titles.  Before Pennink, there have been 7 back to back champions: Bill Wimble (’64-’65), Geoff Bodine (’77-’78), Richie Evans (’80-’81), Jerry Pearl (’84-’85), Mike Christopher (’89-’90), Bob Potter (’91-92, ’94-95) and Ted Christopher (’00-’01).  Only three drivers in the history of Stafford have ever won three consecutive track titles; Late Model drivers Phil Rondeau (’87-’89) and Ryan Posocco (’03-’05) and DARE Stock driver Norm Sears (’06-’08).

“We haven’t talked about it yet,” said Pennink.  “Obviously that’s what we’re coming back to do this year and it would be awesome if we could win the championship again this year.  It would mean a ton for us.  It would be a huge honor to have that happen and Stafford is my favorite place to go racing every Friday night.  I started off a long time ago racing modifieds at Stafford and not only myself as a driver but the 99 team also, we’ve both come a long way and the goal is another championship.  This will be my fifth year running for Bob and Kelly and it’s been four years and two championships together.”

Pennink began driving for the #99 team back in 2013 and the combination looked to be destined for great things as they won in only their third race together.  In racing, sometimes as quickly as you get to the top you can be relegated right back down and that’s what happened to Pennink and the #99 team as they went 22 races between the 2013 and 2014 seasons before finding themselves back in NAPA Victory Lane for a second time by taking the checkered flag in the inaugural NAPA SK 5k race.  Things have really taken off since that second win, with the Pennink/99 team combination recording an astounding 18 wins in 49 starts, which works out to a winning percentage of 37%, and back to back championships.

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Top-15 Locked in for Stafford Speedway’s May 26th Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night

Stafford Springs, CT — Excitement continues to build for the Inaugural Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Modifiedz Night at Stafford Speedway slated for Friday, May 26th.  The SK Light Modified division will headline the event with a 40-lap feature boasting a purse of over $10,000.  To be eligible for the event drivers will be required to compete in a minimum of 2 of the first 4 SK Light events of 2017 at Stafford. 

“One of our concerns with a big show is an outside team coming in for the one show, getting 6 tires in their inventory because they are new (per rule 20E-10.8 TIRES) and getting an advantage over the weekly guys,” explained Mark Arute, Stafford Speedway General Manager.  “The two race event requirement prevents this issue and protects the weekly teams.”

Additionally the top-15 in the Stafford SK Light point standings on May 21st will be locked in to the 40-lap feature.

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LFR Northeast Becomes Part of LFR Enterprises

Rob Fuller Acquires Business from Bob Charland

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (March 22, 2017) – LFR Enterprises, owned by Rob Fuller, has acquired LFR Northeast which was previously operated by Bob Charland.

Fuller will take over the Northeast region for modified distribution and sales for LFR Enterprises.  Charland will no longer be selling parts to the racing industry.

“Rob and I had an agreement that if I ever wanted to change direction that he would step up and take over,” said Charland. “Rob has a very unique product line that really requires a vast knowledge of this industry which he has, so this really makes sense not only for me, but the customers as well.”

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Jeff Baral Gets Boost with New Sponsors at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford SK Modified® driver and Southington native Jeff Baral will welcome two new sponsors to his #18 team for the 2017 season.  Baral is hopeful that the new sponsorship will yield a return to the top-5 of the SK Modified® points standings this season.

“We’ve always had good equipment and good help but we’ve never had the financial backing to show what we can do,” said Baral.  “With the help of 2 new sponsors, Island Coffee Company and TR Landworks along with returning sponsors, The Wheel Shop, Morrison and Johnson, and Arbitell Convenience Stores, I definitely think we’re going to have a good boost.  I have some really great crew guys with Jamie, Barry, Jeff, Scott, Glen, Lou and with Jimmy Fuller helping us out on the chassis and Mike Pettit on the motor, I think we can have a great year.”

Island Coffee is based out of Long Island with many distribution outlets throughout the northeast and they have been in business since 1977.  Island Coffee is sold to the majority of your local convenience stores so be sure to grab an Island Coffee every Friday night on your way to and from Stafford Motor Speedway.  TR Landworks is based in East Hartland and they specialize in clearing multiple acres of land for wildlife habitat; creation, maintenance, and reclamation.  They are also well suited for farm land restoration and all forms of land maintenance and clearing.

Baral made a full-time return to the SK Modified® division last year after not racing a full season since 2010.  Baral has 7 SK Modified® feature wins in his Stafford career between 2003 and 2006. Those were also the best seasons of Baral’s career as he finished 6th and 7th in the points in 2004, 2005, and 2006.  Despite having never cracked the top-5 in the final points standings in a season, Baral says that is his goal for the 2017 season along with getting his #18 back into NAPA Victory Lane for the first time since June 9, 2006.

“Honestly I’d like to win a couple of races this year and compete for a top-5 spot in the points standings,” said Baral.  “We’d also like to be more consistent with our race finishes.  With consistency comes points and race wins.  Going back in my career, we had a stretch where we weren’t worse than 7th in points and with Jimmy Fuller helping us out this season, I think the car is better now than it ever was then.  A championship would obviously be great.”

Last season saw Baral and the #18 team miss three races but they still finished well enough in their starts to end the season in 14th place in the standings.  While the season was full of ups and downs for Baral, he recorded three top-10 finishes in his final 5 starts, including a season-best second place finish in the final Friday night race of the year.  This stretch of races gives Baral confidence that he can match his pre-season goals of finishing in the top-5 in the points as well as getting back to NAPA Victory Lane.

“The car was always really good last year, we just didn’t always have the results to show,” said Baral.  “We’ve gone through the car and rebuilt everything and freshened up the motor so I think we can have a fast car every week this season.  We just need to have a little luck on our side.  We’ve been at Stafford long enough to know all the ups and downs.  Racing is such that there’s usually a lot more downs than ups but we’re hoping that we can have a season with more highs than lows this year.

Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring,” the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office.  Tickets are priced at $40.00 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 seating is priced at $42.00 for all ages.  As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.  Tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday admission.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Discount Tickets will be available at all 71 participating NAPA Auto Parts stores beginning on Monday April 3rd.  For a full list of the 71 locations throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and Rhode Island, call the speedway office or visit us on the web at www.staffordmotorspeedway.com/ participating-napa-auto-parts- stores.

For more information on the contingency program or to order tickets for the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR

Cash Flows with On Time Accounting SK Light Contingency Program at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — On Time Accounting (OTA) of Feeding Hills, MA, will return to the Stafford Speedway contingency program and present a $100 bonus for each 2nd place SK Light feature finisher.  With 22 races on the schedule, On Time Accounting will contribute a bonus of $2,200 to SK Light drivers during the 2017 season.  When combined with contingency awards from Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, Olson Apartments, and New England Racing Fuel, SK Light drivers will be racing for over $9,000 in bonus and $2,200 in fuel certificates during the 2017 season.

“We’re excited to be back at Stafford for another season,” said Mike Margiotta, president of On Time Accounting.  “This season we’re also doing some sponsorship with David Arute on his #75 SK Light car, so we’re looking forward to another exciting season of racing and having a fun year of helping the teams out.  We love being able to help teams out, being at the track, and being among the teams and the drivers.  I don’t think there’s any other sport that can match the excitement, commitment, and comradery of motorsports.”

In addition to their contingency program bonus, On Time Accounting is continuing their “Racing Bucks” program which is available to all Stafford Motor Speedway teams.  All a team has to do is refer a client to On-Time Accounting, and as long as that client remains with OTA, OTA will send the team a check for 10% of the monthly billing for the referred client once OTA has been paid with no cost to the race team.

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Paul Arute Moving up to Stafford Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT — After 3 years of full-time Limited Late Model competition, Tolland native Paul Arute will move to the Late Model Division for the 2017 season at Stafford Motor Speedway.  Arute notched a division high 5 wins and 12 top 5’s during his 2016 campaign in the Limited Late Model division.

“We’ve come a long way since my first season in the Limited Late Models,” explained Arute.  “I can’t thank my crew and all my supporters enough, a lot of people were instrumental to our success in 2016.  My crew chief Steve Johnson has stuck with me over the last 3 years and last year we hit our stride and parked it in victory lane 5 times.”

Arute is making the jump to a revitalized Late Model division in 2017.  Historically the Late Model division has been highly competitive and the 2017 season will be no different with a strong group of returning drivers and a few new drivers that will surely make an impact.

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NWMT: Rob Fuller Motorsports Adds Chase Dowling

Rob Fuller Motorsports of Shrewsbury, MA brings a new driver for next season. Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT joins the team with 4 top fives and 15 top 10s in 32 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts. He was the youngest Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner when he ran in 2015. Fuller and Dowling spoke at the World Series last year regarding 2017.

“Rob was one of the first people that approached me about driving a racecar for him,” Dowling said. “…I just want to win races and Rob Fuller’s going to give me the opportunity to provide me a car where I can be up front.”

Rob Fuller of Boylston, MA sees positives in his new driver. The No. 15 car is the house car for LFR Chassis, which won the last two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships with Doug Coby. The adjustments on the car are different and Fuller wants a driver to provide the best feedback.

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Olson Apartments Renews SK Light Contingency at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Olson Apartments of Feeding Hills, MA has renewed their commitment in Stafford Speedway’s SK Light contingency program for the 2017 season.  Olson Apartments will furnish a weekly $75 bonus to the third place finisher in each SK Light feature event this season.  With 22 races on the schedule, SK Light drivers will have an extra $1,650 to race for thanks to Olson Apartments’ contribution to the contingency program.

“I love the modifieds and we really enjoyed being part of the race program last season,” said Mark Olson, Owner of Olson Apartments.  “The SK Lights put on an exciting show every week and we can’t wait to see them in action again this year.  Stafford puts on a great show every Friday night and we’re looking forward to coming to the track and watching the excitement.”

Olson Apartments serves the Agawam and West Springfield areas with efficiency 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and they have been offering professional service with a personal touch since 1977.  For apartment availabilities and more information, please visit them online at www.olsonapartments.net or call Mark Olson at 413-786-6462.

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Joey Ferrigno Focused On NAPA Victory Lane in Stafford’s SK Lights

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford SK Light driver Joey Ferrigno is coming off a 2016 season that some would call the best season of his 5-year career in the SK Light division at Stafford.  Ferrigno finished a career high, second place in the championship points standings on the strength of a career best 12 top-5 finishes.  The 2016 season saw his win total drop from 5 wins in both 2014 and 2015 down to 2.  Ferrigno has notched a championship at Stafford winning back in 2005 in the DARE Stock division and while he thinks he can be a contender once again this year, he is more focused on parking his #87 RH2 Way Radio Communications machine in NAPA Victory Lane than trying to win a championship.

“We feel like we’re in good shape for this season,” said Ferrigno.  “We do our homework, we take our time working on the car, and we try to not beat ourselves on the little things that can get missed.  We weren’t as high in the win category as we have been the last couple seasons but I don’t particularly race for championships.  Tony and I had a good battle going on at the end of the year and we would have been right there if we didn’t get caught up in some wrecks towards the end of the year but it all comes down to luck.  I’d take a bunch of wins over the championship.  We haven’t won the championship the last couple years but I’m still having fun winning races.  It’s always about winning races and then if you can win the championship, that’s a bonus for the end of the year.  We have some great support from RH2Way Radios, D’Addario’s Auto Service, Pinto Manufacturing, M+S Products, and Stevens Ductwork and we definitely think we can be a contender this year.”

As well as going through and updating some things on his #87 machine, his Horsepower Hill team have expanded their operations to include a car for Legend Cars graduate Glenn Korner, who will be piloting the #27.  Korner will join Joe Graf, Jr. and Paul French as teammates to Ferrigno for the upcoming season.  Ferrigno says that while the new combination might have some positives and negatives, he feels like that in the long run it will benefit the team.

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