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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 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

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 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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Kevin Gambacorta On Par for Late Model Title at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — The first green flag of the season is less than 52 days away at Stafford Speedway and one driver who is eager for the season to get started is Late Model driver and Ellington resident Kevin Gambacorta.  After 4 seasons in the Late Model division, Gambacorta finally was able to break through and win his first two Late Model races last season and he finished fourth in the points standings.  The winter months have seen Gambacorta and his #23 LifeCare Family Chiropractic team updating his car and he feels like he is the best prepared he’s ever been to start a season at Stafford.

“I have a lot of confidence coming into this season,” said Gambacorta.  “Last year I wasn’t really sure of my schedule so we didn’t really do much to the car in the off-season.  It wasn’t junk but it was pretty wore out and my plan was to run the first couple of races and see what happened.  The race before we won for the first time we tried something on the car that Jay Stuart had taught me years before and it was unbelievable how good the car was that night.  From that point on, we had like 6 or 7 podiums in a row and we were the best car out there.  I don’t think anyone accumulated more points than we did.  Over the winter I dug into my pockets and we put a new Ford rear end in the car and we updated things like the brakes and the clutch.  The biggest thing for us is Dave Miller from Auto Machine in East Windsor put together a new motor for us.  The motor we had been running was good but I don’t think people would believe just how much time we had on it.  I really think we can go out and be one of the cars that everyone has to worry about to win the championship this year.  We put a lot more effort into the car this offseason than in the past and I think this is the best equipment I’ve ever had to start off a season.”

But that’s not all Gambacorta has to look forward to as he looks to contend for the 2017 Late Model championship.  Gambacorta is vying to become the first driver in Stafford’s long and storied history to win a championship in three different divisions.  Gambacorta is the 2004 DARE Stock champion along with winning the Limited Late Model championship in 2006 and 2011.  Gambacorta is one of ten drivers along with Mike Stefanik, Tom Rosati, Chuck Docherty, Doug Coby, Jerry Marquis, Woody Pitkat, Michael Bennett, Tom Fearn, and Tony Membrino, Jr. to have won championships in two different divisions.

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Jeff Ramsey Carpentry Renews DARE Stock Contingency at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway has announced that hometown company Jeff Ramsey Carpentry will once again be a part of the track’s contingency program for the 2017 season. Jeff Ramsey Carpentry will provide a $50 bonus to each second-place finisher in the DARE Stock division throughout the 2017 season for a total contribution of $1,100.

“We’ve always liked racing at Stafford, my family has been coming to Stafford since the ‘50s when the track was dirt,” said Jeff Ramsey, Owner of Jeff Ramsey Carpentry. “My uncle worked on Roy Messick’s car back in the day and I’ve been coming to the track since the ‘80s. We’re going to be coming to the track again this season and rather than helping out one driver with sponsorship, we want to help out a division. Last year, and I know $50 doesn’t sound like a lot, but all the DARE Stock drivers were so appreciative of our bonus and they took the time to write us thank you notes, which was pretty cool. We got to know a bunch of the drivers and it helps them with buying fuel or tires. With the drivers having to finish second in order to get the bonus, they have to go out and earn it rather than us just handing it out and the DARE Stock drivers always put on a great show for the race fans.”

Jeff Ramsey Carpentry is a locally owned business with expertise in a wide variety of carpentry needs. They do kitchens and bathrooms, windows, roofing and additions, barn building and restoration, decks, siding, doors, concrete work and repairs, property maintenance, and snow plowing.

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Tom Fearn Going for Back to Back Late Model Championships at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — East Longmeadow, MA native, Tom Fearn completed a remarkable 2016 Late Model season that saw him claim the track championship and complete every lap during the Late Model season. Fearn finished all 17 races in the top-10 with 7 wins and was seen on the podium in 13 feature events. As the 2017 season draws nearer to taking the green flag, Fearn and the crew of the #92 King Ward Coach Lines Chevrolet are ready to defend their crown.

“Last year we had a pretty good season with a lot of podium finishes,” said Fearn. “Something we’re all really proud of was the fact that we finished every lap of the season. That means a lot for our reliability and not having any mechanical issues. We have a few ideas that we’re going try during the Sizzler practice and see if we can get the car even faster. It was great to win the championship and it’s going to be even harder to win it again. We’re going to give it our best shot and we have some great sponsors with King Ward Coach Lines, SAFCO Foam, and Sarat Ford that allow us to get whatever we need for the car.”

Fearn and the #92 team have been the ones to beat for the last 2 years in the Late Model division, racking up 17 feature victories in that span. Although Fearn won 10 times during the 2015 season, he had several DNF’s during the year that left him second behind Michael Bennett in the final standings. After taking the 2016 season off, Bennett will return to the Late Model ranks in 2017 along with a fine mix of veteran and up and coming drivers, making the task of repeating a tall one for Fearn.

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CBYD Digs $1,811 to Win Late Model 50 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway and 811 Call Before You Dig will partner to present the Late Model 50 on Friday, May 12th behind one of the strongest Late Model purses in recent memory.  The 50-lap special event will guarantee $1,811 for the winner and $10,341 in total purse. 

“Stafford Speedway’s focus has always been and will continue to be the weekly racers,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute.  “Each year we have increased the total purse on the Late Model 50 and this year, through our partnership with Derek Brown and Call Before You Dig, we are able to get the total purse over $10,000.”

CBYD is entering its 10th year of partnership with Stafford Speedway.  For the last 5 years CBYD has sponsored the 811 Challenge, an annual bonus of $811 for 5 drivers who are closest to 811 points on August 11th.  That tradition will continue in 2017, culminating on 8/11.  Additionally, the Call 811 team sponsored the August Whelen Modified Tour event in 2014 and 2015.

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Johnny Walker Ready to Defend DARE Stock Championship at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — For Ludlow, MA native Johnny Walker, the 2016 season at Stafford Speedway was the realization of a dream come true as he won the DARE Stock track championship.  Walker had been agonizingly close to winning the championship in 2013 and 2014, finishing second in the standings each season before taking the 2015 season off.  Now that he has a championship under his belt, Walker is ready to go for two in a row in 2017 with his #01 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair / Garrett’s Carpentry & Drywall Chevrolet.

“It’s been a couple of months, but it’s actually just now setting in that we won the championship,” said Walker.  “We love Stafford and the track has always treated us good.  Racing for the championship and points was really stressful last year and now that we got that monkey off our back with the championship, the goal is to have fun and try to win as many races as we can.  We don’t want to worry about points like we did last year.  If we can go back to back and add our name to the Stafford record books, that’s a pretty small list of drivers who have done that and it would be pretty special to add our name to that list.”

The 2016 season was a class in both domination and consistency for Walker and his #01 team.  Outside of a 12th place finish on July 8th, Walker finished each of the other 16 races on the schedule in the top-5 with 13 podium finishes.  While Walker says the pressure of the championship chase started to wear on him during the season, his results on the track didn’t show that as he finished the final 8 races of the season on the podium.  Walker and his team have been hard at work replacing the body on his #01 Chevrolet during the winter and he will debut a new paint scheme for the 2017 season in the Stafford booth at the Frank Maratta Auto Show on March 10-12.

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Mike Wray Ready to Pick Up Where He Left Off in 2016 in Stafford’s Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT —  In only his second season of Late Model competition at Stafford Speedway, Northford native Mike Wray strung together an impressive season.  Wray and the #42 DMW Graphics team posted 2 wins with 14 top-5 finishes in 17 races.  Wray’s worst finish of the entire season was a 7th place finish and his consistency helped move from a 7th place points standings during his rookie season to a 2nd place finish behind Tom Fearn in 2016.  Wray is looking to continue his high level of performance once the 2017 season kicks off.

“We’re feeling good about the 2017 season,” said Wray.  “We won the Fall Final last year so we have some good momentum coming into the new season.  We have a good piece and we learned a lot last year as a team so I don’t see any reason why we can’t be just as good as we were.  We’re definitely excited to get started.”

Wray’s performance during the 2016 season was quite a turnaround from his rookie campaign in 2015.  During that season, Wray notched a win but he was only able to record 2 top-5 finishes.  Wray credits his improvement to a Jay Stuart chassis that his team purchased prior to the start of last year.

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Eric Berndt Ready to Challenge for SK Modified® Championship at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2017 season on the horizon at Stafford Motor Speedway, Cromwell native Eric Berndt is preparing to embark on his 23rd consecutive season of SK Modified® competition at the half-mile facility.  Berndt began his modified career in 1995 at the age of 16 and has been part of the SK Modified® landscape at Stafford ever since. 

Berndt has finished in the top-5 of the points standings 6 times in his career and the top-10 13 times.  He has recorded 6 consecutive top-8 finishes in the points standings and he is looking to build some consistency in order to capture his first career Stafford championship with his #66 Cos Williams owned Cos’ Central Auto / North End Auto Parts machine.

“We had a pretty good 2016 season so we’re hoping we can take some of what we had towards the end of the season with a couple of wins and build on that for a stronger 2017,” said Berndt.  “We’re looking to get out of the gate good because the first race of the season can be a make or break race. Last year we were in the top-4 and we lost an engine about a month and a half before the season ended and that kind of set us back.  We’re close, we just need to have a little more consistency.  You definitely don’t want to have to dig yourself out of a hole at the beginning of the year.  If we can have a good Sizzler and roll into some top-5’s from there, hopefully we can be a contender for the championship.”

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Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Returns as First Place Stafford Speedway Contingency Sponsor in SK Modified® and SK Light Divisions

Stafford Springs, CT — Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair of Brookfield will once again contribute a bonus to the winner of each SK Modified® and SK Light Modified feature at Stafford Speedway during the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season.  Dunleavy’s will provide a bonus of $150 for each SK Modified® feature winner as well as a $125 bonus for each SK Light feature winner.  With 17 races during the 2016 season, Dunleavy’s contributed $2,550 to SK Modified® feature winners and $2,125 to SK Light feature winners for a total of $4,675.

“I’ve always been a fan of the modifieds and Stafford has two exceptional modified divisions,” said Dunleavy.  “Both the SK Modifieds® and SK Lights are always exciting to watch.  It looks like the SK Lights will have a lot of new drivers moving up and the SK Modifieds® have a great field of cars so it should be another great season of excitement on the track in both divisions.”

The premier SK Modified® division provided a wide variety of recipients of the Dunleavy’s bonus last season with 8 different winners in 17 races.  SK Modified® champion Rowan Pennink led all drivers with 6 wins with Ted Christopher, Woody Pitkat, Eric Berndt, and Todd Owen all recording 2 wins.  Single feature winners were Keith Rocco, Dan Avery, and Glen Reen.  In the SK Light ranks, there were 6 different feature winners with SK Light champion Tony Membrino, Jr., leading the way with 7 wins.  Dan Wesson had 5 wins and Joey Ferrigno won twice with Joe Graf, Jr., David Arute, and Marcello Rufrano all winning a single feature.  Graf, Arute, and Rufrano were each rookie winners.

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George Nocera, Jr. Returning to Stafford Speedway’s SK Light Division

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag drops on the 2017 SK Light season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Plainville native George Nocera, Jr. will be back in the starting field for the first time since the 2008 season with a fairytale story and a well-known car owner.

Being a lifelong Plainville resident, Nocera grew up a fan of Ted Christopher, who tops the career championships and feature win list at Stafford notching the most of any driver in the history of the half-mile.  Nocera is familiar with open-wheeled racing competing in the SK Light division in 2007 and 2008 for car owner Gary Bienkowski.  George will now pilot a car that owned by his racing idol Christopher and sponsored by Allstate Fire Equipment and M&T Enterprises.

“It was a couple of months back I was joking around with some of my friends about trying to get back out there and we started looking at some cars,” said Nocera.  “We ended up talking with Teddy and we’re going to rent a car from him for the season. Just being able to race one of Teddy’s cars is the biggest thing ever for me.  Being from Plainville, my father would take me to the track and I was always a Teddy fan growing up.  This whole situation is so surreal to me, I almost feel like one day I’m going to wake up from this dream and it’ll all be over.”

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Duane Provost Ready to Defend Limited Late Model Championship at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — As he prepares to begin his 13th season of racing at Stafford Speedway, Palmer, MA native Duane Provost is busy going through his #88 Facchini Law Firm Chevrolet, replacing parts and pieces to get the car ready for the upcoming 2017 season at Stafford.  It’s been the same routine that Provost has followed for many years with one exception; he enters the 2017 season as the defending track champion in the Limited Late Model division.  Regardless of that fact, Provost says he is busy preparing his car just like he would any other year.

“We’re looking at the 2017 season just like we do any other season,” said Provost.  “It was cool we won the championship last year but we’re trying to not bring too much of last year with us to this year because it’s a new year and a new set of challenges awaits to see what we can pull off.  Other than maybe there’s a little more pressure on us than in the past, it’s pretty much the same preparation.  There’s some new drivers coming into the division, which should be a lot of fun, and I’m working on rebuilding the car.  Last year I didn’t really go through the car as much as I am right now and we’re taking everything apart and replacing what needs to be replaced.  I’d certainly like to be better than we were last year and if we are, that would be great and if not, it’s not a big deal because I love racing.”

While Provost won the championship for the first time in his 12 year career, one area where he is looking to improve is the number of wins.  Provost has 9 career wins since moving into the Limited Late Model division in 2010 but during his championship winning season, he only tallied one trip to NAPA Victory Lane.

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Maybury Material Handling Renews Participation in Stafford Speedway Contingency Program

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway is proud to welcome Maybury Material Handling back to its family of contingency partners for the 2017 season.  For the second consecutive year, Maybury will once again present a contingency bonus of $150 to each SK Modified® feature winner as well as a $125 bonus for each SK Light feature winner.  Maybury’s contingency bonus will bring the weekly SK Modified® winner’s check up to $1,700 and the SK Light winner’s to $550. 

“We’re happy to once again be part of the race program at Stafford,” said John Maybury, President of Maybury Material Handling.  “Last year was a great year for us and we’re looking forward to seeing some more of the most exciting short track racing around.”

Maybury Material Handling will also return as the primary sponsor of Cam McDermott’s #5 SK Modified car with a brand new look for the 2017 season.  In addition, Maybury is also working on plans to bring children to the races during throughout 2017 season.

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Former Mini-Stock Driver, Chris Viens Joins Stafford’s 2017 SK Light Rookie Class

Stafford Springs, CT — After competing in the Mini Stock division the past four seasons at the Waterford Speedbowl and Thompson Speedway, Putnam native and second generation driver Chris Viens will transition to Stafford Speedway and join the 2017 SK Light rookie class.

“My grandfather worked on modifieds and my father Mike drove Mini Stocks, so I’ve been around racing my entire life,” said Viens.  “I started racing in the Mini Stock division at Thompson in 2013 and ran those for the last four years.  I tested a modified at Waterford last year and while I was driving the car I had an epiphany that modifieds is what I wanted to be racing.  We have a new Spafco chassis and we’re planning on running the full season at Stafford.  We’re also fortunate to have a lot of our sponsors from last year coming back with us, Portraits By Nan, Gerry G’s Lawn Care, Coastline Fire Protection, Mainely Seafood, Shippee Solar, Gilman Villaud Funeral And Cremation Services, and Floors By Jimmy Buffit. I also have to give a special thanks to Ray Phillips, Joe Brockett, Nathan Broader, Cam and Zack Robinson, Eric Bourgeois, and my Mom and Dad.”

Viens becomes the 10th rookie driver to register for the 2017 season, joining Alexander Pearl, Rob Dow, Glenn Bartkowski, Jacob Taylor, Glenn Korner, Chris Bagnall, Ed Chicoski, Dan Giustina, and Geoff Nooney. Viens has set modest goals for the 2017 season but despite his lack of experience both driving an open wheel car and competing at Stafford, he is excited to get his rookie season started.

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Over $55,000 in Contingency Awarded to Stafford Competitors in 2016

Stafford Springs, CT — When the final checkered flag of the 2016 season was unfurled at the NAPA Fall Final, it brought an end to a season that awarded Stafford drivers over $55,000 through the track’s Contingency Program Partners.

Stafford’s premier SK Modified® division led the way in payments to drivers with over $23,000 in contingency payouts.  The July 8 NAPA SK 5k was the biggest race of the season with over over $8,000 in contingency thanks to special contributions from Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair and Wheelers Auto along with the regular weekly SK Modified® contingency sponsors.  Providing weekly contingency bonuses were Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, Call Before You Dig, Casagrande Builders, and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand.  Special contingencies were provided by NAPA Auto Parts, Magnus Transmissions, Stafford Speedway in Memory of Mario Fiore, T/A Engines, Xtra Mart Convenience Stores, and Speedway Services.

Stafford’s Late Model drivers took home over $6,000 from contingency payouts.  Mr. Rooter Plumbing, 32 Signs, and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand were the contingency sponsors of Stafford’s top full fendered division with special contingencies provided by NAPA Auto Parts, Magnus Transmissions, Xtra Mart Convenience Stores, and Speedway Services.

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MTS 125 Getting Schooled at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Class is in session at Stafford Speedway as Lincoln Technical Institute of East Windsor has signed on to present the Modified Touring Series 125 on July 21.  The 2017 season will be the eighth consecutive year that Lincoln Tech has sponsored an event at the Stafford half-mile.  Lincoln Tech joined the Stafford family of sponsors in 2010 as the title sponsor of the Late Model 100.  The partnership continues in 2017 with the Inaugural Lincoln Tech 125 featuring the newly formed Modified Touring Series on Friday, July 21.

“Every year this partnership keeps getting better,” said said Rob Wargo, Eastern Connecticut High School Admissions Reps for Lincoln Tech.  “We’ve had nothing but success with the Stafford program which is geared towards finding the prospects that we’re looking for at Lincoln tech.  It’s been a shared partnership where we both feed off of the other’s strengths and it’s been nothing but good things.  We’ve done Modifieds, Late Models, and the Back 2 Skool night in the past and looking at the 2017 schedule we saw the Modified Touring Series coming to Stafford for the very first time so we thought, let’s be part of that race.  It’s something different than we’ve done in the past and we’re excited. Every year we get enrollments from our events and we’ve also made a lot of liaisons with employers we’re able to work those leads through our career services department.  When people see me now, they don’t refer to me as the Lincoln Tech guy, they call me the Stafford guy, so that’s a pretty good thing and it shows just how much this partnership has been working for us.”

The origins of the Stafford-Lincoln Tech partnership dates back prior to the 2010 season when Kris Fluckiger, who was a DARE Stock driver and also a Lincoln Tech student at the time, brought the two parties together and resulted in Lincoln Tech sponsoring the Late Model 100 that season.  Fluckiger will serve as the grand marshal of the Lincoln Tech 125 and he will send the modified field on its way with the most famous words in motorsports.

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New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer Leo Cleary Passes

Word arrived from Florida today that 1999 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee Leo Cleary has passed away at age-88.

Upon hearing of the news, award-winning Hall of Fame auto racing journalist Pete Zanardi stated the following; “Leo, from Massachusetts, was truly one of New England’s short track pioneers with a career stretching all the way back to the days of early tracks such as Dracut, Groveland, Topsfield, West Peabody, Medford Bowl, Norwood Arena, and Westboro. He raced and won all over the region, and was always in high-demand with the best teams. His era included some of the greatest names in the history of modified racing.”

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. The entire NEAR family extends its sincere condolences to Leo’s family & many friends.

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Seekonk Mourns the Loss of Legendary Driver Leo Cleary

SEEKONK, Mass. — The entire New England racing community lost another icon on Tuesday morning. Leo “The Lion” Cleary, who is a New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member and a Seekonk Speedway Wall of Fame member, passed away at the age of 88.

In his over 40 years time in racing, Cleary won multiple races and championships at various different tracks in New England. He started his career at Seekonk in 1955 and it continued all the way through the late 1980s, when he won his final championships at the third-mile oval.

Cleary scored the Pro Stock championship in 1986, then was able to capture the title in the Mini Modifieds division a year later in 1987. Not only was Cleary was a four-time champion (also won a title in 1972 & 1979) at Seekonk, but he won a total of 14 championships in his racing career in New England, according to the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame website.

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Krause Making Gains Indoors

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Andrew Krause of Holmdel, NJ won his B-Main to earn a starting spot into the Gambler’s Classic.

Krause admittedly had “quite a bit of work” since finishing 17th in Allentown, PA last month.

The asphalt Modified driver is adjusting to the tight confines of historic Boardwalk Hall.

“This is nothing like anything you could really get any experience from other than just coming here and turning some laps. The way the car handles, the way you have to drive the car, the racing attitude that other drivers have. It’s just a whole different world.”

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Nicole Chambrello Ready to Turn Her Luck Around in Stafford Speedway’s DARE Stock Division

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2017 season fast approaching, Kensington native Nicole Chambrello is looking to get things turned around after a difficult 2016 season.  Chambrello enjoyed her best season behind the wheel of her #16 Superior Refinishing Chevrolet during the 2015 season with 4 top-5 and 16 top-10 finishes, including her one and only win.  Last season was a bit of a rough patch for Chambrello as she recorded one top-5 finish and 10 top-10 finishes, but she is looking forward to getting back on the track and starting off with a clean slate.

“I’m really excited for this season,” said Chambrello.  “I think everything is going to come together for us this year.  Last year we had it a little rough but I think we’re going to have a great season.  After getting our first win in 2015 we had so much confidence going into last season.  I know we can get another win and we’re going to prove that we don’t get knocked down easily.  It seemed like we were in the right place at the wrong time a lot last year and that can wear on your confidence as a driver.  But I’m ready to put that all behind me and start off this season with a fresh new mindset.”

The 2016 season didn’t get off to the best of starts for Chambrello, as she recorded three finishes of 12th or worse in the first five races.  She is looking to have a better start to her 2017 season and acknowledges that the bad results took a toll on her confidence as a driver.

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David Tefft and Westfield Technical Academy Students Prepared for 2017 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — After getting his feet wet with a five-race foray into the Limited Late Model division in 2015, Southampton, MA native David Tefft ran his first full season at Stafford Speedway in 2016 with a truly unique crew.  Tefft is an automotive instructor at Westfield Technical Academy and his high school automotive program students help serve as his crew both in the shop during the week and at the track on Friday nights.  Tefft and his team of students are busy preparing his #3 machine for action in 2017.  With a full season under their belts, Tefft is looking to expand the student program to include students from Dean Technical High School to join his students from Westfield.

“The car is at school 100% of the time and I’d say over the last year we’ve had on and off around 35 different kids as part of the program,” said Tefft.  “During the season whatever work on the car that is curriculum relevant we do during the day and if it isn’t then we usually take one day a week after school to come in and work on the car and we keep the same schedule during the offseason.  Currently we’re at a point of doing some paint and touchup work on the car.  On average I’d say I have 2 or 3 students at the track with me each Friday night and we have our sponsors Belco Construction, Alburg Golf Links, and Westfield Sign Shop to thank for getting them into the track each Friday night.  I’d say this program has been a success so far.  I don’t think any other schools offer a program like this.  Whereas playing basketball or football doesn’t really apply to a student’s trade area, we’re doing things that will directly apply to student’s fields once they graduate.  We’re looking at adding students from Dean Technical High School to join our students from Westfield to make this program even bigger and better.”

While the main focus of the #3 team is automotive, the world of auto racing has drawn students from all different departments at the school.  In addition to racing the car on Friday nights, Tefft has brought his #3 machine to local fairs and car shows to show off and promote his student program, which reaches into the marketing world and draws students from some of the other vocational programs that Westfield Technical Academy has to offer.

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Alexandra and Ryan Fearn Making Move Into Limited Late Model Division at Stafford Speedway for 2017 Season

Stafford Springs, CT — After 4 full seasons in the Dare Stock division at Stafford Speedway, the brother/sister combination of Alexandra and Ryan Fearn are preparing for a move to the Limited Late Model division in 2017.  The two have combined for 12 wins since the 2013 season with Alexandra notching 7 and Ryan 5, including 2 for both during the 2016 season.

“I’m pretty excited, I’ve been thinking about this for a while now,” explained Alexandra. “Learning something new is always fun and racing against a different set of competitors will be a new challenge. We’ve both won some races in the DARE Stock division and we like new challenges, we’re excited to get started in the new division.”

Both Alexandra and Ryan began their racing careers in the Monday night Wild Thing Kart Series before moving to the Dare Stock division in 2013.  The Wild Thing Kart Series has become a training ground for young competitors before making the move to the half-mile.  Ryan and Alexandra are no exception and believe that their karting and Dare Stock experience will translate to success in the Limited Late Models.

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Baiz Eyes Championship in Sophomore Season

Martin-McClure Racing announced Hunter Baize as the driver of their No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota Camry earlier this month. The Bremen, KY driver has high hopes for his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. The deal came together after Eric McClure contacted Baize with a couple of races remaining last season.

“We hope to win a championship,” Baize said. “I think that we’ve built a team that can. I think taking what I learned the last year, taking their success, I believe we’ll be a contender at any race we enter and I think we’ll be around in the championship discussion.”

The team had 3 wins in 12 races. Chad Finchum scored their first victory at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway.  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Austin Cindric won at Virginia International Raceway ( VIR) and Watkins Glen (NY) International.

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Michael Bennett Ready to Return to Late Model Competition at Stafford Speedway and Race For the Championship

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning the Late Model championship at Stafford Speedway in 2015, hometown driver Michael Bennett decided to scale back his racing efforts to part-time status in 2016.  With the 2017 season on the horizon at the Connecticut half-mile track, Bennett is ready to resume his full-time status in the track’s premier full-fendered division and once again chase after a championship.

“Most of last year was a personal decision to not race the full season,” said Bennett.  “Everyone knows the story of my son Chace and he’s still receiving treatments and my daughter Tenley was born in the summer of 2015.  We won the championship and when the season was over, I felt like I needed a break.  My children are always my first concern and personally I didn’t want to dedicate all of my time to one car at one track.  I think it was more of a mental break that I needed and now my daughter is getting older and Chace is doing well so we decided to go for the championship again.  After we won the Sizzler last year, the thought did cross my mind of should we continue, but I just had to block that out.  I have to thank Start/Finish Productions with Ben Dodge and my car owner Bingo, who have both been outstanding helping us out.  We’re working on some other sponsors but we wouldn’t be where we are right now without the support from Bingo and Ben Dodge.”

Although Bennett only made five starts in his #16 Start/Finish Productions Chevrolet during the 2016 season, he scored a win in the season-opening NAPA Spring Sizzler feature and the #16 car won a second time with Woody Pitkat behind the wheel for the Late Model 50-lap extra distance feature.  Bennett scored 7 wins and never finished outside the top-10 during his 2015 championship season and he is feeling confident about his chances at running up front once again on a regular basis.

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Call Before You Dig 811 Challenge Returns to Stafford Speedway; Distributing $4,055 Contingency Bonus in 2017

Stafford Springs, CT — For the fifth consecutive season, Call Before You Dig will partner with Stafford Motor Speedway to offer one of the most unique contingency awards in all of short track racing.  The CBYD 811 Challenge will award a total of $4,055 that will be split evenly among 5 drivers this season.  CBYD has distributed $16,220 split up evenly among 20 drivers during the past four seasons and this year’s CBYD 811 Challenge will bring the total contribution up to $20,275.

“Everyone here at Call Before You Dig is proud to continue our long-term partnership with Stafford Speedway,” said Derek Brown, Vice President of Damage Prevention and Education for Call Before You Dig.  “The CBYD 811 Challenge has been a great way for us to raise awareness about our ticket management system in place at for both contractors and homeowners.  It’s also been a great way for us to be able to remind everyone to be safe and visit or call 811 whenever planning an excavation project.  Everyone here in the office has a great time keeping track of the standings from week to week during the season and we’re proud to offer a program that benefits all of the drivers rather than one specific division.  With this year’s CBYD 811 Challenge, we’ll surpass $20,000 in contingency awards over the past 5 seasons and that is a great milestone for drivers at Stafford to be a part of.  The 2017 season should once again be exciting and we’re looking forward to awarding five more drivers with the CBYD 811 Challenge $811 bonus on Friday, August 11th, which is national 811 day and a reminder to always call 811 before starting any project that involves digging into the ground.”

The CBYD 811 Challenge is open to drivers from each of Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and a special points system is used to determine the five drivers who will each receive an $811 bonus.  Drivers earn 100 points for a victory, and each subsequent position is worth 5 points less.  The CBYD 811 Challenge will begin with the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 28-30 and wrap up on August 4 with the Stafford 150 feature events.  The five drivers who come the closest to accumulating 811 points without going over during that time period will each take home an $811 bonus from CBYD awarded on Friday, 8/11.

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