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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 www.cbyd.com 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 cbyd.com 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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Jonathan McKennedy Awarded “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” at Northeast Motorsports Expo

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

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

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

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

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Ronnie Williams Ready to Get Back to Victory Lane in Busy 2017 Season at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — When the 2017 season kicks off at Stafford Speedway on April 28-30for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, SK Modified® driver Ronnie Williams will begin what promises to be the busiest season of his racing career.  The Ellington native has plans to pilot his family owned #59 Advice One Chevrolet in the SK Modified® division along with the John Jensen owned #79 modified in the two Valenti Modified Series events at Stafford on May 19 and Sept. 1 and the two Modified Touring Series events at Stafford on June 2 and July 21.

“We’re coming back to my favorite track which is Stafford, we have a Thompson deal with the Jensen family and and we’re going to see how we do at Waterford,” said Williams.  “No matter what happens, Stafford is my favorite track and the track that I want to be racing at.  The Jensens are going to give me a good car for the MRS and MTS races at Stafford and my SK Modified® crew chief Stash Butova will be doing the setup.  For those races I’d be happy with a top-10 or top-5 finish and if we have a chance, we’ll go for the win.  I’d love to be able to get the Jensen family a win in their car.  That would be great for them and us.”

In addition to his Stafford duties, Williams will also pilot the Jensen owned #79 at Thompson for their 7-race schedule as well as driving his family owned car at Waterford.  With three tracks on his agenda for the 2017 season, Williams has his eyes set on getting into contention for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship.

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Josh Wood Ready for Double Duty at Stafford Speedway in 2017

Stafford Springs, CT — In a big move for the 2017 season, 2013 Limited Late Model Track Champion and multi-time winner in the Late Model division, Josh Wood, will be adding an SK Modified® ride to his racing stable.  Wood will remain behind the wheel of the #17 Bob Peterson owned Late Model but will pull double-duty throughout the 2017 season also piloting the #24 SK Modified®.

“It was just a case of me wanting to keep moving up and challenging myself,” explained Wood.  “Going up to the SK Modifieds® is a big jump and those drivers are the best in the business and some of the best on the east coast.  It’s going to be a challenge but it’ll be fun.”

During the 2016 season, Wood tested the waters running 2 SK Modified® features with 2 different teams and mixed results.  Wood ran one race with the #11 LFR Northeast team and a 2nd race in a Todd Owen prepared car, notching a 24th and 21st place finish respectively.  Though both results ended in mid-race incidents Wood is confident that his new team will be ready to compete with the best of the best when they unload at the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 28-30.

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George Bessette, Jr. Moving to DARE Stock Division at Stafford Speedway to Challenge for Rookie of the Year Honors

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag falls on the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford Speedway, Danbury native and second generation racer George Bessette, Jr. will begin his chase to win Rookie of the Year honors.  14-year old Bessette will make the move into the DARE Stock division after spending the last 4 seasons in the Monday night Wild Thing Kart Series at Stafford.

Bessette began his career in 2013 in the Tiger B division and made a steady progression, moving up to the Tiger A division the following season and then the Junior Outlaw division in 2015.  Bessette finished third in the Jr. Outlaws in 2015 and he followed that up by winning two races this past season and finishing runner-up to Steven Chapman in the race for the championship.  With 4 seasons of karting experience under his belt, Bessette is feeling primed to make the move into the DARE Stock division behind the wheel of the #39 Lasco Roofing Chevrolet.

“I’m pretty excited, I’ve been counting down the days one by one when I’m at school,” said Bessette.  “I’m excited and I feel confident.  You have to have confidence to be a good race car driver.  I’m really glad that Wade [Gagner] puts on a good show on Monday nights.  I’ve learned a lot racing in the karts and that’s what gives me a lot of confidence that we can finish up with all the top running guys.  Racing karts gave me some good experience at keeping my head together because there’s a lot going on in a very short period of time.  Being a rookie the goal is to finish in the top-5 or top-10 in the first race and keep my head on straight.  We’d like to be in the top-10 or top-5 every week and be up there in the points at the end of the season.”

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Chase Dowling Announced as Driver of #15 NWMT Car in 2017

15-40 Connection to Continue Partnership with Rob Fuller for Fourth Year

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (January 11, 2017) – Rob Fuller has announced that 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) Rookie of the Year Chase Dowling has signed on to pilot the No. 15 Chevrolet in select races in 2017 for the team.

“I have been watching Chase out of the corner of my eye for the past couple seasons and I’ve been extremely impressed with what I’ve seen,” said Rob Fuller. “Having worked with the young drivers at the LFR driver development group I believe this would be a great match for us both. This is a high-profile ride and will be a great opportunity for him as well. I think he will also be a great advocate for 15-40 Connection, which is a huge part of this race team. I am highly confident we will continue to be a threat at every race we attend with Chase behind the wheel.”

“LFR will continue to develop and evolve in the NASCAR Modified division,” continued Fuller. “We will shift our focus to customer support and service while staying on top of the cars and accessories we design and distribute.”

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Ted Christopher to Drive for Keith Rocco Racing at Thompson

Two of the Connecticut’s most successful drivers will be joining forces for the upcoming season at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park. Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT will drive for Keith Rocco Racing in the Sunoco Modifieds. Both drivers hold 5 track titles at the 77-year-old facility operated by the Hoenig family.

“I worked with Ted (Christopher) for a long time back before I started my racing career and he made a joke towards me at Waterford one week,” Rocco said. “He said ‘Before I retire, I’m gonna drive for you,’ so (Ronnie) Williams had other plans this year and I called Ted up and I said here’s your opportunity and we sat down and came up with a plan and that’s what it is.”

Rocco was a crew member on Christopher’s team from 2001 to c.2004-05. Christopher recorded 14 wins at Thompson in 2001 and claimed the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

“To jump on a team and be involved and to learn a little bit and win as much as we did, it was awesome. What else would anybody ask for that just joined a team other than winning races and contend for a national championship?”

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Pallai Returns to Modified Competition

Richie Pallai, Jr. of Yorktown Heights, NY will compete in Tour-Type Modifieds this season for New Jersey native Phil Stefanelli. Pallai will drive Stefanelli’s home-built car at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway’s IceBreaker February 12 and the World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway. The home-built car will also compete in the Southern Modified Racing Series.

Stefanelli will also field a new Fury racecar for Pallai in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Myrtle Beach March 18 and possibly the May 13 event. Pallai may enter additional races up north. Pallai expects to run 10-12 races, including 3 nights of Speedweeks at New Smyrna.

“Me personally selfishly I’d like to run Loudon again,” Pallai said. “I love Loudon and deep down inside if I can run one more race anywhere I’d like to race Stafford just ’cause that’s my home and I do miss running Stafford.”

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Williams Expanding Schedule in 2017

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

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

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

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

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Stafford Speedway and Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair to Host Biggest SK Light Modified Race of All-Time

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway has once again teamed up with passionate modified racing supporter Doug Dunleavy of Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair to bring fans and drivers the biggest SK Light Modified race in the history of the division.  Boasting a guaranteed purse of $10,000, the SK Light Modified teams and drivers will be the showpiece of the Friday, May 26th event which will also see an increased purse for the SK Modified® division.

“The SK Light drivers are the future of the sport and I have always wanted to give them their own night,” explained Doug Dunleavy. “This event will be 40 laps, double the distance of a regular SK Light feature and will pay a guaranteed $1,750 to the winner.”

The SK Light division has been a breeding ground for talent since its inception in 2006.  Drivers such as Stephen Kopcik, Chase Dowling, Matt Galko, Michael Gervais, Jr., D.J. Burnham, Mike Christopher, Jr., Tyler Hines, and Ronnie Williams have all graduated from the SK Light Modifieds to run in the Stafford Speedway’s premier SK Modified® division on a weekly basis.

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Stafford Motor Speedway 2017 Season Kicks off with 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 29-30

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway will kick off its 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season on April 28-30 with the 46thAnnual running of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring.”  The 2017 season will mark the 59th consecutive season of NASCAR racing at the half-mile and the 4th season of NAPA Auto Parts serving as the Elite Corporate Sponsor of Stafford Motor Speedway.  NAPA Auto Parts will also serve as the title sponsor of Stafford’s NAPA SK 5k on July 7 as well as the season-ending NAPA Fall Final Weekend on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

“We’re proud to once again be partnered with NAPA Auto Parts and we are looking forward to another exciting season together,” said Mark Arute, Stafford Speedway President/COO.  “NAPA has been an outstanding group to have associated with the three premier events on our 2017 schedule.  NAPA has cultivated a unique connection with our race fans during the first three seasons of our partnership.  Together NAPA and team Stafford have raised over $15,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund through the annual Track Walk and sale of NAPA swag throughout the past two seasons. We’re looking forward to another big contribution to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund with NAPA at the conclusion of the 2017 season.”

Last year’s NAPA Spring Sizzler saw former Stafford Speedway track champion Doug Coby join Richie Evans, Maynard Troyer, Rick Fuller, and Bobby Santos, III as three-time Sizzler winners.  Coby will make a bid for the history books at the 46th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler as he attempts to join Mike Stefanik as a 4-time Sizzler winner.  A 4th NAPA Spring Sizzler win would put Coby just 2 wins behind Ted Christopher as the winningest driver in Sizzler history.  Coby dominated Stafford this past season notching a win at the NAPA Fall Final on his pursuit to his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.  In similar style, Rowan Pennink driver of the #99 SK Modified® and Tony Membrino, Jr. driver of the #44 SK Light were both victorious at the NAPA Spring Sizzler and they went on to win championships in their respective divisions.  Last year’s NAPA SK 5k saw Ted Christopher extend his record number of feature wins at Stafford to 125 with a victory that was worth an $11,175 payday for the Plainville driver.

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Stafford Speedway’s 2017 Early Buy Season Tickets Offer Big Savings

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

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

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

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NASCAR Announces 2017 Schedule for Unified Whelen Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2016) – From South Carolina to Connecticut, the 2017 schedule announced today for the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will test the best Modified drivers over 17 points races and two special events at some of East Coast’s most historic venues.

The new era will kick off on Saturday, March 18, with the season opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway. South Carolina’s semi-banked half-mile oval held its first NASCAR event in 1958. The champion will be crowned at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 55th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The schedule includes 17 championship points races across seven states, including companion events with NASCAR’s national series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and September, and Bristol Motor Speedway in August. The summer weekend at New Hampshire will also be highlighted by the invitational, non-points All-Star Shootout, and the fall will feature a non-points special event on the quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Bryan Narducci Wins Magnus Racing Products Limited Late Model Rookie of the Year Runner Up Bonus at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For the second season in a row, Magnus Racing Products presented a Rookie of the Year Runner up bonus for the Limited Late Model NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division.  Taking home a $300 bonus from Magnus in the Limited Late Model division for the 2016 season is Colchester native Bryan Narducci, driver of the #28 DP Motorsports Chevrolet.

Narducci made the move into Stafford’s Limited Late Model division after spending 6 seasons moving through the ranks of the Wild Thing Kart Series on Monday nights.  With over 40 wins to his credit in the karts, Narducci took over the #28 DP Motorsports machine that David Arute had piloted to 11 wins in 4 seasons of competition.  While Narducci struggled in the early going, he found his groove midway through the 2016 season and drove to 2 wins during his rookie season.

“At the beginning of the year it was a little difficult but after the first couple races we started to figure out the track and the car,” said Narducci.  “Then we figured out what adjustments to make to the car.  I had a lot of help from Paul and David Arute that helped make the transition much easier.  Once we got everything figured out, we had the car set up decent by the middle of the year.  The rookie bonus is awesome, I can’t thank Magnus enough for putting that money up for us.  I was really hoping to win Rookie of the Year but to finish as runner up to Frank L’Etoile is still good.”

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Joey Cipriano Returning to Weekly Competition at Stafford Speedway in Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT — The 2016 season was a year of absence for 22-year old Waterbury native Joey Cipriano from his home track of Stafford Speedway.  Cipriano, who was a regular in the SK Modified® and SK Light divisions since the 2010 season, will make his return to the half-mile for the 2017 season behind the wheel of a Late Model.

“I’m really excited to get back to racing every Friday at Stafford no matter if it’s a modified or a late model,” explained Cipriano.  “I only have one race in a fendered car so it’s going to be something new for me and something different.”

Cipriano will be behind the wheel of the Chris DuPont owned #33 Late Model campaigned on a part-time basis by Peter Thickett and P.J. Zarella during the last few season.

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Chase Dowling Returning to Weekly Competition in Stafford’s SK ModifiedR Division for 2017 Season

Stafford Springs, CT — After two years away from weekly competition, 2014 SK Modified® Rookie of the Year Chase Dowling will return to Stafford’s premier division in 2017 behind the wheel of the #50 Les & Tina Skowyra owned modified.  Dowling has spent the last two years running on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour after an impressive 2014 season in the SK Modified® division which etched his name in the record books as the youngest SK Modified® winner in track history.

“Adam Skowyra and I have talked over the past couple of years and it was just trying to find a sponsor,” explained Dowling.  “As everyone knows S+S Asphalt Paving has been a huge part of my racing, they’ve been my backbone and I definitely wouldn’t be racing today if it weren’t for them.  Adam and I talked and I took care of everything on my end and I’m really excited about coming back to my home track and to be racing weekly on Friday nights.  Adam is working on building a new Troyer car and it’s going to be a blast again to be racing against guys like Ted Christopher, Keith Rocco, and Rowan Pennink.”

Dowling will have some big to shoes as he fills the #50 seat that has been driven by one of the best Stafford drivers of all-time, Woody Pitkat.  The #50 team scored two wins and was a contender each week throughout the 2016 season with Pitkat behind the wheel.

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Rowan Pennink, Tom Fearn, Tony Membrino, Jr., Duane Provost, Johnny Walker, And Noah Korner Honored As 2016 Stafford Motor Speedway Track Champions

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway welcomed a guest list of nearly 500 people consisting of teams, drivers, sponsors, and employees this past Friday night, November 18 at Maneely’s in South Windsor to officially honor Rowan Pennink, Tom Fearn, Tony Membrino, Jr., Duane Provost, Johnny Walker, and Noah Korner as the 2016 Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champions.

With Stafford Motor Speedway broadcasters Matt Buckler and John Gates serving as the Masters of Ceremony, the 47th annual Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Champions Awards Ceremony not only honored the six track champions, they also recognized the top-15 points finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, DARE Stock, and U.S. Legend Cars divisions.  Special awards that were presented during the evening’s festivities were Most Popular Driver Awards, NAPA Auto Parts Parts Rookie of the Year, R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year, and the UNOH Youth Achievement Award.

Rowan Pennink and the #99 Independent Wheel team entered the 2016 season as the defending SK Modified® champions and the question looming over them was could they repeat with Kevin Crowley taking over as the crew chief from Jimmy Fuller?  The #99 team put to doubt any questions about their prowess with wins in 3 of the first 4 SK Modified® events of the season and they exhibited a high level of consistency with top-10 runs in all but one of the first 16 races of the season.  They wrapped up the championship with one race to go and next season will see them attempt to become the first team to win 3 consecutive SK Modified® championships at Stafford.  Pennink is the fifth driver, joining Jerry Pearl ’84-’85, Mike Christopher ’89-’90, Bob Potter ’91-’92 and ’94-95, and Ted Christopher ’00-’01 to have won back to back championships but a three-peat has yet to be accomplished.  For the season, the #99 team posted a division leading 6 wins, 11 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes for an average finish of 4.9.

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Stafford Speedway Releases 2017 Event Schedule

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

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

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

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David Arute Wins Magnus Racing Products SK Light Rookie of the Year Runner Up Bonus at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For the second season in a row, Magnus Racing Products is presenting a Rookie of the Year Runner-up bonus to Stafford’s SK Light Modified NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division.  Taking home a $300 bonus from Magnus in the SK Light division is Tolland native David Arute, driver of the #75 Big Haus USA Racing Products Chevrolet.

After racing in the DARE Stock division in 2011 and then the Limited Late Model division from 2012-2015 at Stafford Motor Speedway, Arute made the move into the SK Light Modified division for the 2016 season.  To help himself get acclimated to the open-wheeled car after five seasons in a full fendered car he made 7 starts in 2015 at Waterford and one start at Stafford in the season ending Fall Final where he finished ninth.  That preparation was key to helping Arute to 1 win, 8 top-5, and 12 top-10 finishes this season in 17 starts, but Arute says there is always plenty to learn.

“Waterford and the Stafford start definitely helped prepare me for the 2016 season,” said Arute.  “The one race at the Fall Final wasn’t enough to learn Stafford in a modified.  It still took me a little time to get used to the modified as it is so different compared to the Limited Late Model.  Waterford helped me figure out what I could do with a modified but it took until about mid-season to figure out the setup and what worked best for me with the SK Light.  It usually takes me a couple of weeks for things to start clicking.  We always seem to do better at the end of the year and that was what happened this year.  We got a win with 4 races left and it was a good season for us and it was a fun battle with Joe Graf for the rookie of the year.  We were looking to win rookie of the year as one of our goals but there was a lot of tough competition in the whole SK Light rookie class this year and you have to beat everyone like Joe did.”

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Tyler Leary Wins Magnus Racing Products Late Model Rookie of the Year Runner Up Bonus at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — For the second season in a row, Magnus Racing Products is presenting a Rookie of the Year Runner-up bonus for the Late Model NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division.  Taking home a $400 bonus from Magnus in the Late Model division is Hatfield, MA native Tyler Leary, driver of the #11 Amherst Trucking Chevrolet.

Leary came to Stafford in 2016 from Monadnock Speedway along with fellow competitor Joel Monahan.  The two drivers were neck and neck for much of the 2016 season but in the end, it was Monahan taking the top rookie honors while Leary had to settle for runner-up honors.

“It was pretty cool to be racing with Joel,” said Leary.  “We definitely both got our names out there and we’re both pretty competitive and it’ll be fun to see what we can both do next season.  This award from Magnus is pretty awesome.  We fought hard and we spent a lot of money this season so this award is really great for us.”

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Goodie Motorsports Hires Pitkat

Woody Pitkat will return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time in 2017 driving for Goodie Motorsports. The team runs a Robert Yates spec engine and SPAFCO Chassis.

“Jeffrey (Goodale) called me asked what my plans for next year,” Pitkat said. “(He) said he couldn’t commit 100 percent next year so was wondering if I was interested in driving the car full season for him.”

The Stafford Springs, CT native ran a partial schedule fo Kevin Stuart this year with 1 top five and 7 top 10s in 13 starts.

“(It) means a lot, tough to find full-time tour team these days so to get a great opportunity like this to give a great team an opportunity to win races and hopefully contend for a championship one year. It’s just an honor and I’m so grateful to Jeff and the Goodies team picked me to drive for them.”

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Michael Hopkins Wins R.A.D. Automachine DARE Stock Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After racing Legend Cars at Stafford Speedway in 2015, Springfield, MA native Michael Hopkins sold his car and decided to make the move into Stafford’s DARE Stock division for the 2016 season.  Hopkins showed that moving from a small lightweight car into a heavy and full-bodied stock car wasn’t too much of a challenge to overcome as he finished each of his 12 starts in the top-8 to go along with his first ever victory at Stafford on Aug. 26.

“Overall I’d give us an A+ for the season, it would be really hard to give ourselves a grade other than that,” said Hopkins.  “We learned a ton and we got a win and you can’t really ask for much more than that.  The car was in one piece every week, we raced pretty clean and I think we gained a lot of respect from our fellow competitors while raising some eyebrows also, which was pretty neat for us.  We were in the top-10 in all of our starts.  At the beginning of the year winning Rookie of the Year wasn’t our main focus and then once we got going I’m glad we had the opportunity to become Rookie of the Year.  I’m really proud of everyone on the team on this accomplishment.”

Not only did Hopkins have the challenge of moving from a Legend Car to a DARE Stock but with his intermittent schedule, he spent a lot of his starts having to race from the back of the pack, which he says was great for his learning experience this season.

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Joe Graf, Jr. Wins R.A.D. SK Light Automachine Rookie of the Year at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT– For SK Light driver Joe Graf, Jr., the 2016 season at Stafford Speedway was a totally new experience for the Mahwah, NJ native.  Prior to the 2016 season, Graf raced Legend Cars and had never sat behind the wheel of an open wheeled modified.  Despite being a newcomer to the world of open wheeled modified racing, Graf proved to be a quick study behind the wheel of the #2 RH2Way Radio Communications Chevrolet and he took home R.A.D. Automachine Rookie of the Year honors.

“We had some challenges here and there during the year but Paul French always had the car perfect,” said Graf.  “The whole Horsepower Hill team always brought a great car to the track and we had a shot at winning the championship going into the last race.  Things had to go a little differently than they did for us to be able to win the championship but I’m still pretty happy with how things were this year for us.  We got a win and a couple second place finishes so it was a great season.  I really need to give a big thanks to the whole Horsepower Hill team, Alliance Shippers, RH2, Racecayct.com, Bakaj Construction, my parents, and Paul for putting me in his car.”

The 2016 season for Graf can be broken down into 2 distinct segments.  In the first 6 races of the season, Graf’s average finish was 9.0.  Graf won his first and only feature of the year in the seventh race and from that point until the end of the season, he never finished outside the top-10 and his average finish for the final 11 races was 4.8.

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Frank L’Etoile, Jr. Wins 2016 R.A.D. Automachine Limited Late Model Rookie of the Year Award at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning two consecutive track championships in Stafford’s DARE Stock division, Frank L’Etoile, Jr. made the move up to the Limited Late Model division for 2016 with Jason Trott’s JET Motorsports team.  Driving the #11 car, L’Etoile exhibited the same level of consistency that he displayed during his championship efforts in the DARE Stock ranks.  L’Etoile finished all 17 races in the top-10 and he picked up his first Limited Late Model feature win on Aug. 26.

“Our goal for the season was to win Rookie of the Year and we accomplished that,” said L’Etoile.  “I’d have to give us a B+ this season.  We didn’t win a championship so I can’t give an A, but we had plenty of fun this season working with Jason’s guys at JET Motorsports.  You can’t really expect to win the championship and rookie of the year, that’s being a little greedy.  But we got rookie of the year and we finished fourth in the points so maybe we could go with an A- grade.  Rookie of the Year will have to be our version of a championship this year.”

Despite having won championships in the last 2 seasons, L’Etoile says that he struggled with the handling on his #11 machine while learning the nuances between a DARE Stock car and a Limited Late Model car.

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Joel Monahan Wins NAPA Auto Parts Late Model Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning Rookie of the Year honors in the Super Stock division at Monadnock Speedway in 2015, Whately, MA native Joel Monahan came to Stafford Speedway’s Late Model division for the 2016 season with his sights set on winning another rookie of the year title.

Monahan actually started his Stafford career with four starts at the end of the 2015 season to prepare himself for a full season of Late Model competition in 2016.  After 2 top-10 finishes in his 4 2015 starts, Monahan and the #03 Monahan Trucking team posted 4 top-5 and 16 top-10 finishes in 17 races to take home NAPA Auto Parts Rookie of the Year honors.

“I think things went better than we expected,” said Monahan.  “We didn’t’ win a race but we got some podium finishes and we learned a lot about the car.  Stafford was a fun track to race and I think we had a pretty decent season finishing 5th in the points.  We had some bad days and some good days, but that’s racing and I don’t think any of us can be disappointed in how we did.  One of our main goals was to win Rookie of the Year.  We won rookie of the year at Monadnock last season and it would was pretty cool to do it back to back.”

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