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.
Rocco, Fearn, Puleo, Fearn & L’Etoile Score October 9 NAPA Auto Parts Championship Night Wins at Stafford; Gray, Sullivan, Durand, & Robinson Clinch Track Titles
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway hosted its final Friday night race program of the 2020 season with NAPA Auto Parts Championship Night on October 9. Taking down feature wins on the night were Keith Rocco in the SK Modified® feature, Ryan Fearn in the Late Model feature, Jonathan Puleo in the SK Light feature, Alexandra Fearn in the Limited Late Model feature, and Frank L’Etoile, Jr. in the Street Stock feature. With NAPA Championship Night serving as the final night to earn track championship points in 2020, Adam Gray clinched his third career Late Model crown at Stafford, Brian Sullivan clinched the SK Light championship, Andrew Durand scored his second career Limited Late Model title at Stafford, and Zack Robinson went back to back by securing the Street Stock championship. Keith Rocco had already clinched his fourth career Stafford SK Modified® title last week.
(Stafford Springs, CT)—This Friday night, October 9, will see Stafford Speedway crown its 2020 track champions with NAPA Auto Parts Championship Night. Although Keith Rocco and the #88 Wheelers Auto team have already clinched the SK Modified® title for 2020, there are still four track champions to be determined this Friday night.
Starting in the Late Model division, 2-time Late Model champion Adam Gray and the #97 Meadows Motor Cars team currently leads former Late Model champion Michael Bennett and the #31 Aubuchon Hardware team by 36 points and Al Saunders and the #40 American Sleeve Bearing team by 38 points. All Gray needs to do in order to wrap up his third career track championship is to finish somewhere in the top-19 this Friday night. The task is much taller for Bennett and Saunders to claim the title. Bennett will have to finish at least 19 positions in front of Gray as well as finishing anywhere in front of Saunders in order to win the championship. Saunders needs to finish at least 20 positions in front of Gray and at least 18 positions in front of Bennett to win.
3-Way Battle for Stafford’s Limited Late Model Crown Offers Tightest Championship Race of 2020 Season
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Heading into the final race of the 2020 season at Stafford Speedway, Andrew Durand, Alexandra Fearn, and Jeremy Lavoie are locked in the tightest championship race out of Stafford’s five weekly divisions. After 13 races, Durand, who has won more than half of the races this season with 7 victories, leads Fearn by 2 points, or 1 position on the track, and Lavoie by 10 points, or 5 positions on the track.
Christopher, Gray, Debbis, Durand, & Fuller Score October 2 Weekly Racing Feature Wins at Stafford Motor Speedway
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway hosted Weekly Racing action on Friday, October 2 with all 5 of its divisions in feature action. Michael Christopher, Jr. scored his first win of the 2020 season in a thrilling SK Modified® feature event that saw Keith Rocco set a NASCAR record by clinching his 18th career Division 1 track championship. Adam Gray moved closer to locking down his third career Late Model track championship at Stafford by scoring his sixth win of 2020 in the Late Model feature, Derek Debbis continued his red hot rookie season with his 5th win of the season in the SK Light feature, Andrew Durand scored his seventh win of 2020 in the Limited Late Model division, and Meghan Fuller took over the Street Stock points lead with 1 race left by winning her third consecutive feature event of the 2020 season and her fourth overall.