Ryan Preece Looking to Complete Career Quartet in NAPA Spring Sizzler®
(Stafford Springs, CT)—After spending the 2016 season behind the wheel of Johnny Davis Motorsports’ #01 car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ryan Preece has returned to full time competition on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the 2017 season. The Berlin native will pilot Ed Partridge’s #6 T.S. Haulers machine and is looking to capture the NAPA Spring Sizzler® to complete what would be a career Stafford quartet of checkered flags. Preece has already won the late May/Early June, August, and NAPA Fall Final events during his NWMT career, all that remains is to win the grand-daddy of them all, “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®.
Ed Flemke, Jr. and Paula Bouchard Named NAPA Spring Sizzler® Grand Marshals
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that Ed Flemke, Jr. and his sister Paula Bouchard will serve as Grand Marshals of the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®, April 29-30. Flemke and his sister will give the command to send the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field of cars on their way to the green flag in “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring.”
“This will be the first time for me being a grand marshal and it will be quite an honor,” said Flemke. “I remember going back to the very first Sizzler, my father was really excited about the race because he thought it was a good combination of being a great spectator race as well as being a great drivers race. That race has always had momentum behind it and it’s always cool to have a big race at the start of the season. The Spring Sizzler is just like the Daytona 500.”
Dan Wesson Aims for SK Light Title
(Stafford Springs, CT)—In just two seasons, Monson, MA native Dan Wesson has quickly established himself as one of the drivers to watch in Stafford Speedway’s SK Light division. Wesson graduated from the Wild Thing Karts in 2015 where he scored over 40 total feature wins and a championship in the Junior Outlaw division. He quickly showed that he could carry his winning ways over to the SK Light division with 3 feature wins during his rookie season. The 2016 season saw him score 5 SK Light feature wins behind the wheel of his #92 Competitive Edge Coatings machine, second only to Tony Membrino, Jr.’s 7 wins. Despite missing 4 races last season, Wesson finished 7th in the points standings and is ready to be a championship contender in his third season of SK Light competition.
Tonelli, Tise, O’Brien, Reed, and Galuardi Nab Thompson Victories
Four First Time Winners and One Repeat Victorious at Icebreaker, Road Race Style
THOMPSON, CT – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park opened the competitive sports car racing season on Saturday, April 22, with the third running of the Icebreaker, Road Race Style. Over 65 drivers entered the event, across the five different classes in competition. The event produced four first time Icebreaker, Road Race Style Champions, while Nicholas Galuardi was able to defend his Open Wheel title.
Payson & Galuardi to Defend Icebreaker, Road Race Style Championships
2015 & 2016 Champions Returning to Season-Opening Sports Car Race
THOMPSON, CT – Going into its third season, the Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style (IBRRS) will be coming to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) tomorrow, April 22. As part of this event, two defending champions are entered, who will be putting their past success to the test against some familiar faces and some new competition.
Payson was the 2015 Icebreaker, Road Race Style STL Class Champion, picking up the win in his No. 95 Hoosier Racing Tire/MAZDA/Rigoli.com-sponsored Miata during the inaugural event in 2015. When asked about his vicotory, Payson said, “It was a good race – a lot of fun. I was surprised because I was out there having a good time and then all of a sudden I got a huge trophy. Nobody said anything, so it was unexpected but enjoyable.”
Teddy Hodgdon Ready for MSD Legends Series Opener
Semi-Pro Legend Drier Ready for Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style
THOMPSON, CT –Two years ago, the US Legends Cars made their debut on the 1.7-mile road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The wheel-to-wheel competition stunned onlookers, and soon the scaled 1930’s coupes and sedans had a new home. The Third Annual Icebreaker, Road Race Style, scheduled for Saturday, April 22, will serve as the season-opening event for the Midstate Site Development (MSD) Legends Series. INEX Semi-Pro driver, Teddy Hodgdon, looks forward to beginning his championship chase at the event.