Chase Dowling Wins 7th Annual NAPA Auto Parts SK 5k at Stafford Speedway
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action with the 6th Annual NAPA Auto Parts SK 5k, which paid the winner $5,000 out of a purse of over $27,000. Joining the SK Modifieds® in feature action were Stafford’s Late Models and SK Lights. Chase Dowling took the lead from Marcello Rufrano on lap-84 of the 100-lap NAPA SK 5k and pulled away from the competition to take the checkered flag and the $5,000 payday that goes with it. In other weekly feature action, Adam Gray came up a winner for the second consecutive week in the Late Model feature and Steven Chapman scored his first career victory in the SK Light feature.
Keith Rocco Wins NAPA Auto Parts Open Modified 100 At Stafford; Lavoie & Robinson Score Weekly Feature Wins
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway hosted the Inaugural NAPA Auto Parts Open Modified 100 on Friday, August 7 with tour style modifieds taking center stage for a 100-lap race around the Connecticut half-mile. Stafford’s Limited Late Models and Street Stocks were also in feature action. Keith Rocco took the checkered flag in the NAPA Auto Parts Open Modified 100 to become the first repeat winner of an open modified race at Stafford. Weekly wins were scored by Jeremy Lavoie in the Limited Late Model feature and Zack Robinson in the Street Stock feature.
ACT, PASS Reach Agreement to Promote Multiple Events at Thompson Speedway
Waterbury, VT and Naples, ME — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) have reached an agreement with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to promote multiple events at the Thompson, CT oval track this season. The events will be the first held on the historic 5/8-mile speedway in 2020 after multiple postponements and cancellations due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
The first event ACT and PASS are hosting at Thompson Speedway has been set for Wednesday, September 2 and features a visit from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. They will then promote the 58th annual World Series of Speedway Racing from Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11. The organizations are currently in talks with track ownership regarding the 2021 season and beyond.
Joey Cipriano Looking to Use Track Experience to His Advantage in NAPA Auto Parts Open Modified 100 at Stafford
(Stafford Springs, CT)—When the green flag drops on the NAPA Auto Parts Open Modified 100 this Friday, August 7th at Stafford Speedway, Joey Cipriano will be in only his fourth race together with the #1 Superior Refinishing LLC. team owned by Ted Anderson. Cipriano and the #1 team scored a third place finish in the Bud Light Open 80 back on July 18 at Stafford and Cipriano will be looking to put his 9 years worth of Stafford experience in the SK Modified® and SK Light divisions to good use.
Eric Goodale Making 2nd Home at Stafford Speedway; Likes His Odds in Friday’s NAPA Auto Parts Open Modified 100
(Stafford Springs, CT)—All drivers have a home track that they prefer racing at over all other tracks on their schedule. Such is the case with Modified driver Eric Goodale, who lists Riverhead Raceway, the track where he scored his first career Whelen Modified Tour victory, as his home track. Over the years, Goodale has come to find Stafford Speedway as a second home competing and finding success in Stafford’s Open 80 and Whelen Modified events. Goodale is looking forward to returning this Friday for the NAPA Auto Parts Open Modified 100.
Wheelers Auto Service Posts Bonus For NAPA SK 5K Qualifying Races
(Stafford Springs, CT)—For the 6th consecutive season, John Rufrano from Wheelers Auto Service of Hamden, CT will provide a heat race bonus for this Saturday’s NAPA SK 5k event. Rufrano will post a $500 bonus for each heat race with winners banking $250, second place $150, and third place $100. The $2,000 in heat race contingency, when combined with the race purse and other contingency awards, pushes the total posted awards for the 7th Annual NAPA SK 5k to nearly $30,000.
“Racing is expensive, so every little bit helps out because you pretty much give back whatever you win,” said Rufrano. “With the qualifying heats, sometimes the guys who finish up front aren’t the guys who finish up front every week in the races so the money has a better chance of going to guys who don’t win contingency every week. It also helps make the heat races a little more exciting by giving the drivers something to race for.”