NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

Analyzing The TIS Harley-Davidson 125 At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2016) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to headline Stafford Motor Speedway’s 26th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125 weekend. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the famed Connecticut oval in advance of Friday’s TSI Harley Davidson 125:

TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Setup:

  • Doug Coby will look to become the first driver to record three wins in a row at Stafford on two different occasions. He’s already joined Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher as the only driver to record at least three wins in a row at the track.
  • Christopher, the active NWMT wins leader at Stafford with 12, with Bobby Santos second with nine and Coby third with eight wins at the track.
  • Coby won the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 in April at Stafford from the pole for his fourth win at the famed half-mile oval.

At Stafford Motor Speedway:

History

  • The Stafford Springs Agricultural Park opened in 1870. The track was originally used for horse racing, which gave way to automobiles after World War II.
  • Stafford Motor Speedway became a NASCAR-sanctioned track in 1959 and was paved in 1967.
  • Stafford is one of nine tracks that have been a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program in each of its 35 years of competition.
  • The track welcomed the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 29 times from 1987-2008. NASCAR’s top developmental series will return to Stafford this June 17.
  • The inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford was held on April 14, 1985. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans won the 80-lap race as part of the 14th Annual Spring Sizzler weekend.

Notebook

  • The NWMT has held 119 races at Stafford since 1985, a total second only to the 131 events at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
  • Stafford has held multiple races in 31 of the tour’s 32 seasons. The lone exception was 1988.
  • There have been 32 different race winners at Stafford, led by Mike Stefanik’s 20 victories.
  • There have been 43 different pole winners at Stafford, led by Stefanik’s 17. Ryan Preece set the track qualifying record in the 2012 Spring Sizzler.
  • No driver has started all previous 119 races at Stafford. Jamie Tomaino has missed only one – the track’s inaugural race.
  • There have been eight races won in wire-to-wire fashion at Stafford, the last by Doug Coby in April.
  • Ryan Preece was the youngest Stafford race winner at 18 years, 9 months and 14 days in 2009.
  • Ted Christopher was the oldest Stafford victor at 53 years, 3 months and 28 days in 2011.
  • The TSI Harley-Davidson 125 entry list features eight drivers that have previously won at the track: Christopher (12), Doug Coby (7), Bobby Santos (6), Donny Lia, Jimmy Blewett and Woody Pitkat (2), Silk and Tomaino (1).

 

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Stafford Motor Speedway Data

Race #:  4 of 17 overall, 2 of 4 at Stafford

Track Layout:  .5-mile asphalt oval

Race Length:  125 laps (62.5 miles)

Banking/Turns 1 & 2:  9 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4:  7.5 degrees

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2015 Race Winner:  Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 61.830 mph, 1 hr. 00 mins. 39 secs.

2015 Pole Winner:  Doug Coby, Chevrolet, 98.517 mph, 18.271 secs.

Qualifying Record:  Ryan Preece, Ford, 100.424 mph, 17.924 secs., 4/29/12

 

Active Category Leaders at Stafford:

Wins

  1. Ted Christopher … 12
  2. Doug Coby … 8
  3. Bobby Santos … 6

Poles

  1. Bobby Santos … 9
  2. Donny Lia … 8
  3. Doug Coby … 5

Top Fives

  1. Ted Christopher … 30
  2. Todd Szegedy … 24
  3. Doug Coby … 16

Top 10s

  1. Jamie Tomaino … 55
  2. Ted Christopher … 52
  3. Todd Szegedy … 32

Laps Led

  1. Ted Christopher … 2,090
  2. Doug Coby … 1,024
  3. Todd Szegedy … 844

Laps Completed

  1. Jamie Tomaino … 17,062
  2. Ted Christopher … 13,287
  3. Todd Szegedy … 8,367

Starts

  1. Jamie Tomaino … 118
  2. Ted Christopher … 93
  3. Wade Cole … 58

Select Driver Highlights:

Jimmy Blewett (No. 4 Starrett Dodge)

  • Has five wins, three poles and 37 top 10s in 109 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
  • Finished eighth in the season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in his first appearance with Mystic Missile Racing.
  • Has two wins (Aug. 2008, May 2009), a pole (Sept. 2012), 15 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 31 career NWMT starts at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)

  • Has eight wins, five poles and 53 top 10s in 91 career starts.
  • Finished fifth at Stafford in this year’s Spring Sizzler.
  • Has two poles (Oct. 2010, `11), 13 top 10s, an average finish of 13th and a best result of second (April 2013, June 2014) in 25 career NWMT starts at Stafford.

Doug Coby (No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet)

  • The 2012, `14 and `15 NWMT champion has 18 wins, 12 poles and 93 top 10s in 174 career starts.
  • Has eight wins, five poles, 26 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 45 career NWMT starts at Stafford.
  • Won the Spring Sizzler in 2006, `12 and most recently in April.
  • Has 18 career NWAAS victories at Stafford, including five in SK Modifieds.

Chase Dowling (No. 9 S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet)

  • The 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has nine top 10s in 18 career starts with a best finish of third (Riverhead 2015).
  • Recorded an average finish of 15th across his first four races at Stafford last year, including a sixth-place effort in the Fall Final.
  • Has eight career NWAAS victories at Stafford, including one in SK Modifieds.

Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet)

  • Has a win (Riverhead 2014), a pole (Monadnock Speedway 2013) and 45 top 10s in 104 career starts.
  • Maintains the NWMT’s active starts streak lead, now at 102 races.
  • Has eight top 10s, an average finish of 15th and a best result of fourth (April 2015) in 30 career Stafford races.

Donny Lia (No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet)

  • The 2007 and `09 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 21 poles and 89 top 10s in 172 career starts.
  • Has averaged a top-10 finish in his last nine races.
  • Has four wins, eight poles, 27 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 45 career Stafford appearances.

Rowan Pennink (No. 3 Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet)

  • Has two wins and 60 top 10s in 127 career races.
  • Finished ninth in the Thompson opener in his first race with Boehler Racing Enterprises.
  • Has 21 top 10s, an average finish of ninth and a best result of second (April, May 2011) in 34 career NWMT starts at Stafford.
  • Earned six wins in Stafford’s SK Modifieds last year to capture his first NWAAS track championship. Has 12 career triumphs in the division.

Woody Pitkat (No. 85 Stuart’s Automotive/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet)

  • Has three wins, four poles and 56 top 10s in 109 career starts.
  • Finished 10th in the opener at Thompson in his first NWMT start with Kevin Stuart Motorsports.
  • Has two wins (Aug. 2015, April 2015), 18 top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 31 Stafford NWMT races.
  • Has 27 career wins in Stafford’s SK Modified division, where he won the track championship in 2013. His 74 overall career feature wins at the track rank second all-time behind Ted Christopher.

Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet)

  • The 2010 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 16 poles and 59 top 10s in 110 career events.
  • Finished 13th in the opener at Thompson.
  • The active leader with nine poles at Stafford, where he has six wins, 18 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 28 races.
  • Finished seventh in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford in April.

Ron Silk (No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet)

  • The 2011 NWMT champion has 10 wins, nine poles and 88 top 10s in 148 career starts.
  • Finished fifth in the opener at Thompson in his NWMT debut for Danny Watts. The pair won their first NWAAS feature together at New Smyrna Speedway in February.
  • Has a win (May 2011), two poles (May 2010, `11), 19 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 38 career NWMT races at Stafford.

Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford)

  • The 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a win (Thompson 2016), a pole (Riverhead 2013) and 19 top 10s in 38 career starts.
  • Breakthrough first NWMT victory came in the opener at Thompson in April.
  • Has five top 10s, an average finish of 12th with a best run of third (June, Oct. 2015) in 11 career Stafford races.

Other Driver Notes

  • This will be Jamie Tomaino’s 601st career start. He is the tour’s all-time record holder in the category.
  • Max Zachem is coming off a career-best runner-up finish at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
  • Leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Matt Swanson (ninth overall in points) made Whelen Modified Tour history when he debuted at Stafford Motor Speedway in 2015 at age 15.

Up To Speed:

  • This is the 32nd season of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing. The inaugural race was contested March 31, 1985 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
  • The 2016 schedule features 17 points races at nine different tracks across four states.
  • Timmy Solomito earned his first career victory in the 2016 season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
  • Doug Coby won his second straight race at Stafford Motor Speedway winning the Spring Sizzler in April.
  • Ron Silk led a race 111 laps en route to winning the New England Cycle Center 161 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in May..

Oswego Speedway’s Spring Championship to ‘6-Pack the Back’ on June 11

OSWEGO, NY (June 2, 2016) – After a week off from competition, Oswego Speedway will be back at it on Saturday, June 11 for the Spring Championship presented by C’s Beverage Center and Century 21 Galloway Realty featuring the first ever ‘6-Pack the Back’ promotion.
For the first time in several years, Oswego Speedway will allow six pack size coolers to be brought into the Speedway’s rear grandstand only on June 11.  Food and beverage will be permitted inside coolers, including beer.
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One cooler per individual allowed, with no glass containers.

Anyone who leaves the confines of the Speedway’s rear grandstand will not be allowed re-entry with a cooler.
All seating in the rear grandstand will be general admission seating on June 11, set at $20.  There will be concession stands open in the rear grandstand also.
Fans with 2016 season passes will be able to use those passes for the rear grandstand.
Anyone purchasing a Price Chopper Ticket to Go for June 11 that wishes to sit in the rear grandstand will have to pay $5 to enter.
Coolers and outside food & beverage will not be permitted in the front grandstand.  General admission seating in the front grandstand will be set at $15.

After three weeks of competition in Oswego Speedway’s Novelis Supermodified division there have been three different winners.
Michael Barnes, Kody Graham, and Dave Danzer have all raced to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane this season, but after three full weeks they all still chase seven time champion Otto Sitterly.
With three top five finishes to start the season Sitterly holds a nine point edge on the Syrell Racing No. 68 of Barnes, as the schedule moves toward the month of June.

The only other driver besides Sitterly to have finished in the top five in each event this season is the TK2 Motorsports No. 5 of Tim Devendorf, who has jumped to the best start of his career.  Devendorf rides third in the standings just five points out of the runner-up position and 14-points behind championship leader, Sitterly.
Brandon Bellinger and Dave Gruel currently round out the top five in the championship with Michael Muldoon, Danzer, Graham, Jeff Abold, and Aric Iosue the top ten.
The Pathfinder Bank SBS side of the standings is extremely tight with the first seven competitors all within 21-points of each other.
After scoring the opening night win of the season Mike Bond still holds the lead with Dave Cliff trailing by only one point.  Kreig Heroth sits third just four points behind with Anthony Losurdo in fourth only five markers back.
Mike Bruce rounds out the top five with Camden Proud, Jack Patrick, Dalton Doyle, Barry Kingsley, and Scott Shafer the top ten runners.
Pit gates will open on Saturday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 4:30 p.m. with the start of hot laps.

The night’s first heat race will go green at 6:30 p.m.
Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway events in 2016, including the rear grandstand this weekend, with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.
For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

2016 ‘6-Pack the Back’ Night Regulations:

– Six pack size coolers permitted in the rear grandstand ONLY
– Food & beverage permitted inside coolers, including beer
– No glass containers allowed
– One cooler per individual allowed
– Minors not permitted to carry in a cooler containing beer
– No re-entry with a cooler
– $20 general admission to sit in rear grandstand
– 2016 season passes can be used for rear grandstand seating
– Price Chopper Tickets to Go participants must pay $5 to sit in rear grandstand
– Any six pack size cooler permitted.  Does not have to be an Oswego Speedway cooler

Wall Continues Strong Start to 2016 with Late Model 20/20 Victory

 Photo : Clarus Studios

(THOMPSON, CT) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Parked celebrated a night dedicated to veterans and members of the U.S. Military on Wednesday, June 1st with the track’s Whelen Military Night featuring the 3rd Annual Late Model 20/20 Sprint. Going into the night four drivers were seeking the hat trick as they sought to win the first three races of the season at Thompson in their respective series. A few found success, while others surrendered their undefeated record as new faces found their way to victory lane.

The highlight event of the night was the Late Model 20/20 race, a three-segment race featuring two twenty-lap features, set by inverted points standing and inverted results from segment one respectively, and a final ten-lap segment. The first two races payed out championship points and track wins and the final race payed out a $1,000 prize and a guaranteed starting position in the American Canadian Tour (ACT) event later this season at the World Series.

Larry Gelinas was able to play spoiler to William Wall’s push for a third consecutive points win in the series after winning segment one, but Wall held on to finish second before the field was reset, which forced the two drivers to work their way back to the front in segment two to try and defend their strong starts in the feature. For the second segment both drivers would make their way through traffic to race for the lead, but it was Wall who came out on top for his third win in four races while Gelinas suffered a mechanical error sending him hard into the turn one wall. Gelinas walked away from the incident while Wall celebrated in victory lane before segment three.

“I got a real great start. Luckily I was able to wiggle my way through and I was able to get in front of some of these other guys. I was just really lucky off the start is all I can say. Everything fell right where I wanted it to,” said Wall. “All the late race restarts gave me a run for my money. I can’t thank this team enough.”

Wall’s quest to take the overall win and claim the $1,000 prize and guaranteed entry in the ACT event was not an easy one as he battled from green flag to checkered flag with Rick Gentes to take the victory in the final ten-lap sprint to the finish. Gentes stayed on Wall’s quarter panel the entire final segment and nearly spun out trying to finally complete the pass out of turn four on the final lap. In the end Gentes had to settle for second place while Wall found himself in victory lane celebrating another successful night at Thompson Speedway

“That was probably the hardest ten laps I’ve ever had to drive in a Late Model,” an exhausted William Wall said after the race. “(Gentes) is one of the best. He’s been around Late Models for so long so racing against him, that’s it right there. That’s the guy you have to beat. Going side by side with him and rubbing paint was fun.”

Wall said he has been pleasantly surprised by his strong start to his sophomore season in the Late Model series and added that he is looking forward to taking part in the ACT series event during the World Series in the fall.

The Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman Series started off the night and saw a first time winner roll into victory lane as Phil Jacques led every lap on route to not only his first Thompson victory, but his first ever completed event on the track after several past attempts ended in less-than-stellar outings. Jacques faced a hard fought battle from Ryan Waterman on his way to the checkered flag, but said he had a great car and a lot of confidence in his team to help him get to the end in front. “I knew if I hit my marks (Waterman) wouldn’t get to me. I’ve got more motor than him. He handles a little better than me and he was getting into the corner better. I knew if I hit my marks I’d be good,” Jacques said in Victory Lane. “It’s the first time I’ve finished a race (at Thompson). I had a heck of a time. We’ve been battling one thing after another, broken parts, rookie mistakes on my part, but we finally got the monkey off our back.”

Josh Wood, who won the first two races of the season at Thompson, was unable to make it three in a row but did manage to work his way up to third before the end of the night after starting outside the top ten, continuing a strong start to his season.

The Mini Stock feature saw the champion in victory lane once again with Dave Trudeau taking the checkered flag for the third consecutive race, becoming one of two drivers to complete the hat trick and remain undefeated after three races of the season at the Big-T. Trudeau was humbled in victory lane to be able to celebrate such a great start to his season as he works towards defending his 2015 title. “It’s great. It’s like a dream and I haven’t woken up. It’s fantasyland. I never start the season this good. I’m usually top five so this is my record,” Trudeau said. “We’re going to try (for four wins in a row) and see what happens.”

The final race of the season saw another driver accomplish the hat trick as Keith Rocco defended his unbeaten streak in 2016 with a strong performance and dominant win during the 30-lap Sunoco Modified Series event. Rocco had to fight off a strong run by series regular Ryan Preece, but in the end Rocco would not be denied another victory. “I’m finding what it’s like to have fun again I guess. We didn’t cut any corners when we put this car together,” Rocco said after his win. “We’ve got all the pieces of the puzzle in line right now and everything’s going smooth.”

Thompson Speedway returns to action on June 15th as the venue welcomes the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the Thompson Modified 125. The night will also feature the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks and the return of the NEMA Lites in addition to the second of four Whelen Modified Tour events at the track in 2016.

XTRA MART LIMITED SPORTSMAN FINISH: 1. Phil Jacques (Dudley, MA); 2. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 3. Joshua Wood (Palmer, MA); 4. Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 5.Tommy Shea (New London, CT); 6. Frank L’Etoile, Jr. (Wethersfield, CT); 7. Ed Puleo (Branford, CT); 8. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 9. Al Stone (Durham, CT); 10. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT); 11. Dennis Blais (Norwich, CT); 12. Troy Waterman (Killingly ,CT); 13. James Bendiak Hopkinton, MA); 14. Hank Stott (Medway, MA); 15. John Carpenter North Grosvenordale, CT); 16. Ed Correia, Jr. (Raynhyam, MA); 17. Dan Coutu (Canterbury, CT); 18. Corey Hutchings (Salem, CT)

LATE MODEL 20/20 SEGMENT 1 FINISH: 1. Larry Gelinas (Buxton, ME); 2. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 3. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 4. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 5. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 6. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 7. Lloyd Anderson, Jr (Wauregan, CT); 8. Paul Charette (Woodstock, CT); 9. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA); 10. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 11. Michael Bennett (Willington, CT); 12. Jason Paquette (Canterbury, CT); 13. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 14. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 15. Ernie LaRose (Moosup, CT)

LATE MODEL 20/20 SEGMENT 2 FINISH: 1. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 2. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 3. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA);  4. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 5. Lloyd Anderson, Jr (Wauregan, CT); 6. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 7. Michael Bennett (Willington, CT); 8. Jason Paquette (Canterbury, CT); 9. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 10. Larry Gelinas (Buxton, ME) 11. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 12. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 13. Paul Charette (Woodstock, CT); 14. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA)

LATE MODEL 20/20 SEGMENT 3 FINISH: 1. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 2. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 3. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 4. Lloyd Anderson, Jr (Wauregan, CT); 5. Michael Bennett (Willington, CT); 6. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA); 7. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 8. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 9. Jason Paquette (Canterbury, CT); 10. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA)

MINI STOCK FINISH: 1. Dave Trudeau (Mansfield, CT); 2. Eric Bourgeois (East Haaddam, CT); 3. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 4. Brad Caddick (Wyoming, RI); 5. Scott Michalski South Killing,y CT); 6. Steve Michalski (Brooklyn, CT); 7. Doug Curry Groton, CT); 8. William Schoeler Warwick, RI); 9. Nick Matera Warwick, RI); 10. Roger Ducharme (Foster, RI); 11. Ed Field (Deep River, CT); 12. Jordan Hadley Quaker, Hill, CT); 13. Christopher Viens (Putnam, CT); 14. Keith Ballou Pascoag, RI); 15. Nick Anderson (Oxford, MA)

SUNOCO MODIFIEDS FINISH: 1. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 2. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 3. Steven Kopcik (Newtown, CT); 4. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 5. Adam Norton (Palmer, MA); 6. Woody Pitkat (Stafford, CT); 7. Jason Sundeen (Douglas, MA); 8. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 9. Kyle Trainor (Marlboro, MA); 10. Andrew Charron (East Greenwich, RI); 11. Paul LaPlante (North Attleboro, MA); 12. Jeff Gallup (Agawam, MA); 13. Kyle Kafro (North Windham, CT); 14. Joey Parker (Weymouth, MA); 15. Mike Benevides (Westerly, FI); 16. Rowan Pennink (New Egypt, New Jersey)

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