Stephen Kopcik Focused on Wins in 2020 SK Modifieds® at Stafford
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stephen Kopcik enters the 2020 season at Stafford Speedway coming off of the best season of his 4-year SK Modified® career. The 2019 season saw the Newtown, CT native and driver of the #21 Hocon Industrial Gas Chevrolet post career highs across the board with 2 wins, 8 top-5, and 12 top-10 finishes en route to a career best 6th place finish in the points standings. Kopcik is looking to pick up in 2020 right where he left off in 2019 and go for as many wins as he can accumulate.
“My goal is to go for wins this season and we’ll see what we can do from there,” said Kopcik. “We had a good car last year and I think we should be good again this year. Any time you can win at Stafford Speedway, it means something special. Stafford has the best drivers beating the heck out of each other every week and we’re going to try to win everything that we can but if we can win 2 or 3 races again this season, I’d be pretty happy with that. The last half of last season when we stopped messing around with things we were really good.”(more…)
Tom Fearn Files Entry For Call Before You Dig Pro Late Model 81 at Stafford
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Tom Fearn has been a dominant force in Stafford Speedway’s Late Model division. In the last five years dating to the start of the 2015 season, the East Longmeadow, MA native has won 3 track championships and notched 40 wins out of a possible 97 races, a winning percentage of 41.2%. With Fearn filing an entry for the Call Before You Dig Pro Late Model Open 81, scheduled for May 29, it would be safe to assume that he and his #92 King Gray Coach Lines team would automatically be the favorite to take the checkered flag, but Fearn says not so fast to the favorite status.
“We’re not necessarily the favorites,” said Fearn. “Maybe we have an edge over everyone else in track experience but the car I have is an older car that hasn’t been run in a while and I’ve never driven it before. We’ll be racing against guys who race at other speedways around New England so they might have the upper hand on us but we’ll give it our all and see what happens from there. Most of the those guys have plenty of experience and they’re all very good drivers but we’ll be up for the challenge.”(more…)
Reen’s Hero to Zero Driving Style Tamed For 2020
(Stafford Springs, CT)—After posting a win and a career high 8 top-10 finishes last season, Stafford Speedway SK Modified® driver Glen Reen heads into the 2020 season looking for more. Reen finished a career best fifth in the points standings and that finish could have been even higher if not for circumstances and some misfortunes last year.
“I think last year was our best season so far,” said Reen. “We started off the season with flat tires in the first two races and then we won the third race. If we didn’t have those 2 bad races to start, I feel like we could have been right there to make a run at the end of the season. Keith [Rocco] and Ronnie [Williams] both had bad starts to the season but each won 5 races to help make up for that and we only had 1 win. I was frustrated only winning one race and I know that sounds cocky, but I think we were much better than what we were able to show. If we could have turned some close calls into wins, it might have been a three or four way fight at the end of the year for the championship.”(more…)
Marvin Minkler Ready for Sophomore Street Stock Season at Stafford
(Stafford Springs, CT)—Marvin Minkler came to Stafford Speedway’s Street Stock division last season as a rookie driver with virtually zero racing experience. After posting three top-10 finishes in 15 starts last season, Minkler is ready to take his #71 CT Oil Kings Chevrolet to the next step and start posting some top-5 finishes.
“Last year was my first season without having any prior experience so I knew it was going to be a huge learning curve and there was tons of learning both on the track and in the shop,” said Minkler. “Last year our goal was to get track time, finish races, and get some top-10 finishes, which wasn’t very often but we hovered around 10th all year. This year we’d like to start getting some top-5 finishes and maybe then we can start to be in the conversation about getting a win, but I’m a realist and I know I have to crawl before I can walk.”(more…)