DiMatteo, Gray, Pearl, Patnode, & Fuller Score July 31 Weekly Racing Feature Wins at Stafford Motor Speedway
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway returned to Weekly Racing action on Friday, July 31. Cory DiMatteo was a first-time winner in the SK Modified® feature, Adam Gray won his first Late Model feature of the 2020 season, Alexander Pearl scored his first SK Light win, Gary Patnode notched his first 2020 Limited Late Model win, and Meghan Fuller took down her first 2020 win in the Street Stock feature.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Teddy Hodgdon took the early lead at the drop of the green flag with Matt Vassar holding off Andrew Molleur for second. Cory DiMatteo made a move to get by Molleur for third on lap-3 and as the field came to the line contact was made that sent Molleur around and collected the cars of Michael Christopher, Jr., Troy Talman, David Arute, Bryan Narducci, Todd Owen, Keith Rocco, and several other cars to bring the caution out with 3 laps complete.
Twisted Tea Open 80 Postponed/Additional Updates to August Schedule
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway officials have announced that the Twisted Tea Open Modified 80 event scheduled for Saturday, August 1st has been postponed to a future date due to scheduling conflicts in the region. Additionally the events scheduled for August 21 and 22nd have been updated to eliminate scheduling conflicts for Modified teams.
“Due to the NASCAR Modified Tour event scheduled on the same day we have decided to postpone the Twisted Tea Open 80 to a later date,” explained Stafford Speedway president Mark Arute. “It’s very important to us to provide an excellent on track product for our fans and we felt that due to the scheduling conflict we would not be able to deliver that on Saturday. The Open Modifieds return next Friday, August 7th for a 100-lap event which should have a great field of cars.”
Derek Debbis Wins Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night at Stafford; Williams, Fearn, Lavoie, & Lafayette Also Score Wins
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action on Friday, July 24 with Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night. Stafford’s SK Lights took center stage with a 40-lap feature that paid over $10,000 in total posted awards. SK Light rookie driver Derek Debbis, who failed to qualify for the season opening event at Stafford back on June 26 was the big winner of the night, taking his first career victory in the biggest race of the season that was worth $2,358 in purse and contingency awards. Ronnie Williams scored his first win of 2020 in the SK Modified® feature, Ryan Fearn took down the Late Model feature, Jeremy Lavoie won the Limited Late Model feature, and Jason Lafayette scored the Street Stock checkered flag.
Quinn Christopher to Distribute TC Safety Initiative Items July 24 at Stafford Speedway
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Prior to the beginning of the 2020 racing season, Quinn Christopher, wife of wife of the late Stafford Speedway legend Ted Christopher, established the Ted Christopher Drive for Safety Initiative. The program’s aim was to increase safety awareness among Stafford drivers with any driver who had registered a number to race in 2020 at Stafford eligible to sign up and receive a free nomex undershirt, helmet skirt, or carbonx head sock. Now that the 2020 season has gotten underway, Christopher will distribute the safety items to the 96 drivers who signed up to take part in the program this Friday night, July 24, in Teddy’s usual parking spot in the paddock area right next to the Sunoco fuel truck.
Marcello Rufrano Wins Bud Light Open Modified 80 At Stafford Speedway; Puleo & Robinson Score Weekly Feature Wins
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway hosted the 3rd Annual Bud Light Open Modified 80 with tour style modifieds taking center stage for an 80-lap race around the Connecticut half-mile. Stafford’s SK Lights and Street Stocks were also in feature action with Marcello Rufrano coming from 24th starting position out of 26 cars after having to qualify through the consi to win the Bud Light Open Mod 80 with a thrilling pass on Chase Dowling after a late restart. In weekly racing action, Jon Puleo won the SK Light Modified feature and Zack Robinson won the Street Stock feature.
Zack Robinson Wins Midstate Site Development Street Stock 30 at Stafford; Rocco, Saunders, Sullivan, & Durand Also Score Feature Wins
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway hosted its second event of the 2020 season with the Street Stock division taking center stage with the extra distance Midstate Site Development Street Stock 30. The Street Stocks raced for total posted awards of over $5,000 with defending Street Stock champion Zack Robinson taking home the winner’s share of $700 with contingency bonuses from Big Haus USA, New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand, and Del’s Vinyl Siding and Bob’s Painting that pushing that winning total up to $900. Keith Rocco and Andrew Durand both made it 2 for 2 in 2020 as they won the SK Modified® and Limited Late Model features respectively while Al Saunders won the Late Model feature and Brian Sullivan won the SK Light feature.