Samantha Dell Joins 2021 Street Stock Rookie Class at Stafford
(Stafford Springs, CT)—When the green flag flies over the 2021 Street Stock season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Samantha Dell will be part of a robust rookie class with 10 rookie drivers currently signed up for competition. The 15-year old driver from Harrisville, RI began her racing career at the age of 6 in the quarter midget ranks at Little T Speedway where she set a Sr. Honda track record in 2016 before moving up to the Bandolero division at Seekonk Speedway where she won the 2019 Rhode Island Outlaw Bandolero State Championship. The 2021 season will mark Dell’s first time behind the wheel of a full-size race car and she can’t wait to hit the the track behind the wheel of her #28 SRD Motorsports Chevrolet.
Chris Meyer Has Eyes Set on Championship Run in Stafford’s Street Stocks
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Chris Meyer came to Stafford Speedway last year with 10+ years of experience driving a Street Stock but the 2020 season was his first campaign at the Connecticut half-mile facility. Meyer’s lack of Stafford experience never showed though as he finished second in his first start and went on to win 2 races and finished 2nd in the final points standings. With a season’s worth of experience under his belt, Meyer and the #87 D & L Services team have a wave of confidence heading into the 2021 season.
“Our goal is to win the championship this year,” said Meyer. “I don’t want to say that was our goal last season because we had no experience at Stafford. Our goal was to win a race and get a top-5 finish in the points standings. We won 2 races and finished 2nd in points in a shortened season so this season with 22 races on the schedule our goal is to get 4 wins and we’d like to win the championship but if we’re in the top-3 at the end of the season that’s all you can ask for. Anything less than a top-3 in the points and 4 wins would feel like we didn’t do our jobs.”
2-Time Street Stock Champion Zack Robinson Moving to Late Model Division in 2021 at Stafford Speedway
(Stafford Springs, CT)—After racing for 7 seasons in Stafford’s Street Stock division, including back to back track championships in 2019 and 2020, Putnam, CT native Zack Robinson will move up to the Late Model division and challenge for Rookie of the Year honors behind the wheel of the #89 JET Electric Chevrolet. Since Robinson began his racing career in the quarter midget ranks before moving into Street Stocks, his dream has been to be part of the Late Model division and the realization of that dream has him looking forward to his rookie season.
“I’m definitely excited,” said Robinson. “It’s been my dream to one day be racing in the Late Model division and I had no idea how soon I would be able to make that move. I know it’s going to take a while with new cars, new drivers, and a new division to learn. Mainly my goal is going to be to finish every race in one piece. I’m not really setting a goal for myself this season. I need to figure out the car, figure out what I like, and figure out what we need as a team to make sure we can be successful down the road and take things from there. If we get a chance to run up front I’d love to do that but I’m not going to set high expectations because I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Clement Motorsports Expands to 3-Car Operation for 2021 Limited Late Model Season at Stafford Speedway
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Following a two-car operation for the 2020 Limited Late Model season at Stafford Speedway, Clement Motorsports will continue to grow in 2021, adding a third car to its stable. It will be a family affair in 2021 with Scott Clement joining his brothers Matt and Jay on the driver roster while their father Brian, a former Limited Late Model driver, will serve as crew chief and car owner. Scott will drive the #18 while Matt will be behind the wheel of the #59 and Jay will once again be driving the #95. All 3 cars are sponsored by Aquatic Wildlife, Elmo’s Dockside, Wayne’s Auto Body, and DMW Graphics.
(Stafford Springs, CT)—During a person’s lifetime, family connections are often one of the strongest bonds that one can form. Strong bonds can also be formed by working together on a race team not only while at the race track, but during the week in a garage or race shop. When family is combined with racing it can form an unbreakable bond. Currently Stafford Speedway has 10 sibling combinations signed up to hit the track during the 2021 season.
The 10 sibling combinations who are currently registered to go racing in 2021 at Stafford include Trace and Tess Beyer, Noah and Glenn Korner, Ryan and Alexandra Fearn, Michael and Dave Wray, Jake and Tyler Hines, David and Paul Arute, Jay, Matt, and Scott Clement, Bobby and Cindy Stirk, and there are two twin combinations at Stafford. Al and Cliff Saunders are twins racing in the Late Model division while Steven Chapman is the older brother to his twin brothers Jason and Tyler Chapman. Cory and Dana DiMatteo are expected entrants into the SK Modified® and Open Modified divisions for the 2021 season while other sibling combinations to hit the track at Stafford include Charlie and Matt McDougall in the SK light division.