Half of Drivers Entered in the Call Before You Dig Modified Classic Have a Victory At Stafford Speedway
(Stafford Springs, CT)—The Call Before You Dig 81 Tri-Track Modified Series race scheduled for this Saturday, October 24 at Stafford Speedway, has seen the entry list grow to 50 cars. While only one car will be able to take home the $10,000 winning payday, the field is packed with driving talent from several different touring divisions as well as the weekly racing ranks. To further illustrate the wide variety of talent that will be part of the show, 15 of the 50 entries received as of Monday, Oct. 19 have raced an SK Light at Stafford and 26 of the drivers have won a feature at Stafford. Here we take a look at each of the 26 different drivers entered into the CBYD 81 who have won a race at Stafford in their careers.
VARIETY OF MOTOR PACKAGES COMING TO TRI TRACK DEBUT AT STAFFORD LOOKING FOR $10,000 CHECK
BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA
SEEKONK, Mass. — When the Tri Track Open Modified Series rolls into Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday for the Call Before You Dig Modified Classic 81, a variety of different motor packages will come with the top talent in Modified racing to chase a $10,000 winning prize.
As previously released by Tri Track ahead of the Monadnock date in August, there are multiple different motor packages possible for each event. At Stafford, it will be no different. With talent coming from multiple different divisions, there will be various engine packages, and all of them will have a shot to take a purse of over $57,000 with contingency and additional bonuses included.
There will be a 21-degree Dart Spec Head Tour-Type motor under the hood of the No. 00 for Jimmy Paige and driver Justin Bonsignore and others in the field, while various drivers will compete with an 18-degree Tour-Type engine, including names like series points leader Matt Hirschman, Woody Pitkat, Mike Christopher Jr., Ron Silk, Todd Owen and more.
R.A.D. Auto Machine and Gaston Racing Enterprises Boost SK Light Modified and Street Stock Payouts for Call Before You Dig Modified Classic
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Race fans and race teams are abuzz about the Call Before You Dig Modified Classic slated for Saturday, October 24th. The event, which serves as the first Stafford appearance for the Tri-Track Modified Series, boasts a purse of nearly $50,000, including $10,000 to win.
Accompanying the 81-lap Modified feature at the late October event will be Stafford Speedway’s SK Light Modified and Street Stock divisions. Both divisions will run 25-lap features, an additional 5 laps from their regular weekly distance of 20 laps. The purse for both events will also be increased courtesy of R.A.D. Auto Machine and Gaston Racing Enterprises.
TRI TRACK RACE PROCEDURES RELEASED FOR CALL BEFORE YOU DIG MODIFIED CLASSIC 81 AT STAFFORD
BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA
SEEKONK, Mass. — Tri Track Open Modified Series officials released a list of race procedures to teams this week ahead of the debut at Stafford Motor Speedway on October 24. The Call Before You Dig (CBYD) Modified Classic 81 will pay $10,000 to win, but there will be plenty of strategy that comes into play to decide the winner of the big prize.
Different than other Tri Track events in 2020, teams will be allowed to purchase 10 tires towards their inventory for the day — meaning teams can change up to two tires for any reason during the race, instead of just one. That will create a whole new element of strategy – with some electing to pit early, and others staying on track and waiting it out hoping for a late caution.
Like the other three Tri Track races this season, a controlled cold caution flag period will occur, with the caution flying somewhere between laps 30 and 35, at the discretion of race control. In addition to announcing the caution through race control radio, the flagman will display the yellow and checkered flags at the same time to indicate the caution period. Pitting during this caution is optional – meaning it is possible to gain track position by staying out. Cars will pit in the order of running during the last lap run under green, with cars coming out of the pits and lining up at the end of the field in the order they entered. Therefore, no one who pits will lose any spots, unless drivers elect to stay out. Pit cars will be placed at the back of those who stayed on the track.
JOEY CIPRIANO LOOKS FOR HOME TRACK PAYDAY IN TRI TRACK DEBUT AT STAFFORD
BY SOUZA MEDIA/KYLE SOUZA
SEEKONK, Mass. — When the Tri Track Open Modified Series rolls into Stafford Motor Speedway for the Call Before You Dig Modified Classic 81 on October 24, there will be multiple drivers in the field that have some home-track advantage. Stafford has a stout list of weekly competitors as part of their NASCAR weekly series, and most have built their foundation off the SK Light Modified and SK Modified divisions at the half-mile.
Some have made it to the highest level of Modified racing, with names like Doug Coby, Keith Rocco, Chase Dowling, Ronnie Williams and more already making their mark. The late Ted Christopher, who won 131 times at Stafford, is one of the greatest Modified drivers to ever compete behind the wheel and he cut his teeth at Stafford.
The Tri Track Open Modified Series debut at Stafford will include a $10,000 winning prize, with more than $49,500 in posted awards for a starting field that will pay $1,000 to take the green. The home-track invaders will be some of more than 45 cars expected to attend.
Lutz Takes Sunoco World Series Win as Bonsignore Secures Modified Title
Thompson, CT — Miller Place, NY’s Craig Lutz ended the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season on the highest of highs with his second win of the year at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, October 11. Lutz swiped the lead from Jon McKennedy with seven laps remaining and hung on to win the 150-lap event at the 58th Annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing as Holtsville, NY’s Justin Bonsignore secured his second series championship.
The 26-year-old Lutz earned his fourth career Whelen Modified Tour win and first at the historic Thompson Speedway. For the 32-year-old Bonsignore, the title was the capstone on a 2020 season where he finished no worse than fifth at any event.
Six-time champion Doug Coby, who was the only driver who could catch Bonsignore entering the Sunoco World Series, started on the pole and led the first 30 laps. Chelmsford, MA’s McKennedy then surged ahead of him entering turn three and paced the field unto the fourth caution flag at lap 73 for Dave Sapienza’s spin.