Travis Hydar Setting Sights on Championship Run in Stafford’s Street Stocks
(Stafford Springs, CT)— With the 2021 season about to shift into high gear at Stafford Speedway, drivers are busy getting themselves and their cars ready. Street Stock driver Travis Hydar and his crew have been hard at work preparing their #11 Hydar Construction Chevrolet with Hydar having the 2021 championship firmly set in his sights.
“We have a lot of fun racing in the Street Stock division at Stafford and it’s a very competitive division,” said Hydar. “Certainly our focus this season will be to race for the championship because that’s something that all drivers want to accomplish and we’d like to be able to say we won a championship at Stafford.”
Silk Pounces Late to Win Thompson Icebreaker 125
Carey, Barnett, and Bello Take Victories in Icebreaker Nightcap
Thompson, CT — Norwalk, CT’s Ron Silk took advantage of a late caution flag to snag the $10,000 top prize in the Icebreaker 125 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday, April 10. Silk took the lead from Berlin, CT’s Keith Rocco with 12 laps remaining and was the inaugural winner of the new Outlaw Open Modified Series at the Icebreaker nightcap.
It was the first-ever Tour-type Modified victory for Haydt Yannone Racing and came at the end of a night where Silk went up and down the running order like a yo-yo. The former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion kept fighting, though, and triumphed at the Icebreaker for the first time since 2012.
Modified Roar Returns to Thompson at Icebreaker
Sunoco Modifieds, SK Light Modifieds, Open Modifieds Back for Another Year
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Waterbury, VT — When Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park comes alive for the Icebreaker April 10-11, the roar of Modified engines will once again hit the high-banks. The Sunoco Modifieds and SK Light Modifieds, Thompson’s two local open-wheel divisions, are back for another year and will compete at all six events during the 2021 season.
Each division provides a mix of veterans, rising stars and newcomers, but the Sunoco Modifieds have long been dominated by those with the most experience. If anyone is going to visit Victory Lane, they will have to knock-off eight-time Thompson champion Keith Rocco first. The Connecticut native and former NASCAR National Champion (2010) has the most titles in track history and sits inside the top-five in the track’s all-time wins list.
New Car Has Rich Hammann Prepared for Championship Run at Stafford
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway veteran Rich Hammann has raced at the Connecticut half-mile facility for 13 years with the 2021 season set to be his 14th. After racing from 2007-2018 in the SK Modified®, Late Model, and SK Light divisions, Hammann will return to the Limited Late Model division in 2021 for the first time since a 3-race stretch in 2007. As he prepares for the 2021 season, the driver of the #28 NAPA of Tolland Chevrolet will experience something for the very first time in his racing career, a new car.
“I’ve been racing since 1994 and I’ve never had a new car,” said Hammann. “I’ve always had second hand cars. Over the winter, the guys from RRC (Rob Russell Chassis) put a new car together for me and I’m very excited because I’ve never had a brand new car to start off a season before. The car is immaculate, it looks like a Cup car, and I can’t wait to get started this season.”
Pro Stock Racing Returns to Stafford Speedway April 24th for the Casagrande Builders 75
(Stafford Springs, CT)—After a hiatus of nearly 10 years, Pro Stock racing will once again hit the Stafford Speedway half-mile. The Granite State Pro Stock Series will make their Stafford Speedway debut Saturday, April 24th as part of NAPA Auto Parts Opening Day. The stars of the Series will hit the track for 75 laps presented by Casagrande Builders.
“We are looking forward to the Pro Stocks returning to our home track,” explained Rick Casagrande of Casagrande Builders. “We have been competing with the Granite State Pro Stock Series for a few years now and have been pushing to get the series back on the half-mile. Looking at all the teams that have already registered, it’s sure to be a great event and we are glad to be a part of it.”
Thompson Icebreaker 125 Entry List Continues to Grow
Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME — Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is just over three weeks away from opening the 2021 Northeast Auto Racing season with the annual Icebreaker. The headlining $10,000-to-win Icebreaker 125 on Sunday, April 11 continues to draw buzz and big names as the entry list grows leading up to the event.
Nearly 30 Tour-type Modified teams have registered for the debut of the Outlaw Open Modified Series. Even more are expected by the time the first green flag falls for qualifying. The list includes former track and series champions, many multi-time winners, and rising stars looking to start the season with a bang.