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Ryan Preece Wins Second Straight Stafford Spring Sizzler

(Mike Ivins/NASCAR photo)

Collects Eighth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win At Historic Half-Mile

STAFFORD, Conn. — There has been nobody better than Ryan Preece lately when it comes to NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing at Stafford Motor Speedway.

For the second straight year, Preece drove the No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet to Victory Lane at the track’s NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200. It continues a hot streak for the Berlin, Connecticut, driver at the historic half-mile. He’s the first driver to win the Sizzler in back-to-back years since Bobby Santos III in 2013-14.

“Winning the Sizzler, it’s a big deal,” Preece said. “Guys 30 years from now, they are going to think of me how I think of Bugsy (Stevens), Richie (Evans) and Ted (Christopher) right now. I want to move up, but at the same time, I want to create a name for myself.”

Preece, who won his second career NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 14, has finished inside the top two in seven of his last eight Stafford starts, and has now been victorious in six of his last 16 Whelen Modified Tour races driving for Ed Partridge.

Preece won two of three events at Stafford last year, finishing runner-up in the other.

The victory was the 21st career in Whelen Modified Tour competition for Preece, and his eighth at Stafford.

To get the latest win, Preece had to gamble a little. He stayed out on the track for the entire first half of the race, while other competitors pitted. After leading for a long stretch, he began to fall back after losing the point on Lap 115. He got caution he needed on Lap 152, and pitted for three new Hoosier tires. The 27-year-old began his drive to the front and took the lead from rising star Chase Dowling on lap 171, never looking back en route to the win.

Preece led a race-high 91 laps, including the final 29.

Dowling, who led 69 laps, finished second. It was the third straight top 10 finish for the Roxbury, Connecticut, driver to open the season and his best career finish at Stafford, where he is also a full-time SK Modified competitor as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

“Overall, it was a pit strategy race, and we had a fast car all day,” Dowling said. “I’m just trying to soak in everything we have and I appreciate all of these good runs that we have been having.”

Rowan Pennink scored his second straight podium finish back from injury with a third. Patrick Emerling, who led 40 laps, and Craig Lutz rounded out the top five.

Jon McKennedy was sixth, followed by Matt Swanson, Justin Bonsignore, Timmy Solomito and Rob Summers.

Bonsignore holds a one-point lead over Dowling, and a five-point advantage over Lutz.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track in Massachusetts at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, June 2..

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 Results


At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford, Conn.

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (6) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 200 laps, 60.698 mph.
  2. (1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.
  3. (2) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 200.
  4. (7) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 200.
  5. (13) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.
  6. (3) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 200.
  7. (17) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 200.
  8. (4) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 200.
  9. (12) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 200.
  10. (15) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 199.
  11. (8) Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Chevrolet, 199.
  12. (11) Bobby Santos, III, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 198.
  13. (24) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 198.
  14. (16) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 198.
  15. (25) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.
  16. (23) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.
  17. (28) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 195.
  18. (22) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 184.
  19. (27) Joe Degracia, Nutley, N.J., Chevrolet, 182.
  20. (29) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 180, handling.
  21. (5) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 154, handling.
  22. (30) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 151, suspension.
  23. (31) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 123, electrical.
  24. (21) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 107, accident.
  25. (14) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 105, accident.
  26. (9) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 60, accident.
  27. (26) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 51, engine.
  28. (32) Dave Salzarulo, Monson, Mass., Chevrolet, 50, accident.
  29. (19) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 50, accident.
  30. (20) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 28, ignition.
  31. (10) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Chevrolet, 19, rear end.
  32. (18) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 15, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 38 minutes 51 seconds

Margin of Victory: 3.468 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: C.Dowling (101.574 mph, 17.721 seconds)

Caution Flags: 10 for 58 laps.

Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: C. Dowling 1-54; R. Preece 55-115; P. Emerling 116-155; C. Dowling 156-170; R. Preece 171-200.

Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 123; 2. C. Dowling, 122; 3. C. Lutz, 118; 4. J. McKennedy, 110; 5. R. Summers, 104; 6. T. Solomito, 102; 7. D. Coby, 93; 8. R. Preece, 88; 9. C. Pasteryak, 85; 10. R. Pennink, 83.



Stafford Motor Speedway Next Stop for Triple Crown Championship Series this Friday

OSWEGO, NY (June 19, 2017) – The Shea Concrete Triple Crown Championship Series of Supermodified racing presented by ASI Racewear will next head to Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, CT for round number four of the overall championship and the second ISMA event on the tour.

The winged warriors of the International Supermodified Association will be making their first trip to Stafford since June of 2013, when Mike Lichty drove to victory lane.

The return to Stafford will offer TCCS drivers and teams an opportunity to score more points in their overall run for the Triple Crown title, which will pay nearly $30,000 in prize money following the Star Speedway Classic in September.  The Friday night special will be the last opportunity for drivers to score wing points in the series before the tour heads to Sandusky Speedway in Ohio for Hy-Miler weekend July 28-29.

Dave Shullick Jr., the two-time and defending ISMA Supermodified champion, currently leads the Bentley Warren Driver of the Year standings for the TCCS, with two wins on the year coming in non-wing action at Oswego Speedway driving for John Nicotra Racing.

Shullick will be back aboard his usual ISMA mount this Friday, wheeling the Bodnar Motorsports No. 95.

Oswego Speedway non-wing regular Tim Snyder currently sits second in the TCCS driver points following a very consistent start to the season, and is expected to make the trip to Stafford to try and better his 15th place effort at Lancaster earlier this month.

Otto Sitterly is third in points and will continue as a Bodnar Motorsports teammate with Shullick, with Joe Gosek and Dave Danzer finishing the top five in the standings after three TCCS races this season.

Snyder continues his stellar season to this point as the leader of the current TCCS Jim Shampine Supermodified of the Year championship, with the Snyder Racing No. 0 currently standing as the top cross over Supermodified, running both wing and non-wing this year.

The standings at the top of the Supermodified of the Year championship are tight with the Gosek Racing No. 00 only 12-points behind in second and the Danzer Racing No. 52 in third, just 17-points shy of the top spot.

The Morton Racing No. 70 and Gruel Racing No. 50 Supermodifieds round out the top five in points heading to Stafford.

Following Stafford on Friday the TCCS tour will return to Oswego Speedway on Saturday, July 1 for the 75-lap non-wing Novelis Supermodified Independence Weekend Grand Prix.  The Grand Prix will be the third stop of the season for the TCCS at Oswego, and the final single point event of the non-wing portion of the tour.

The final two non-wing shows will be double point specials with the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified taking place on Saturday, July 22 and of course the $15,000 to win Budweiser International Classic 200 on Sunday, September 3.

For more information on the event visit ISMA at www.ismasupers.com or Stafford Speedway at www.staffordmotorspeedway.com.

Bentley Warren Driver of the Year Standings: (as of June 10)

1. Dave Shullick Jr. – 278**
2. Tim Snyder – 227
3. Otto Sitterly – 221
4. Joe Gosek – 215
5. Dave Danzer – 206
6. Dave McKnight – 194
7. Dave Gruel – 187
8. Michael Muldoon – 185
9. Jeff Abold – 156
10. Keith Shampine – 151
11. Joey Payne – 149
12. Tim Jedrzejek – 147
13. Howard Page – 129
14. Chris Perley – 74

Jim Shampine Supermodified of the Year Standings: (as of June 10)

1. 0 Snyder Racing – 227
2. 00 Gosek Racing – 215
3. 52 Danzer Racing – 210
4. 70 Morton Racing – 194
5. 50 Gruel Racing – 187
6. 15 Muldoon Racing – 185
7. 05 Team Abold Racing – 156
8. 55 Osetek Racing – 151
9. 14 Penix Racing – 149
10. 18 Page Racing – 129
11. 11 Miller Racing – 74

Bentley Warren Driver of the Year Roster: (As of June 3)
Otto Sitterly (Nicotra No. 7, Bodnar No. 96)
Dave Shullick Jr. (Nicotra No. 2, Bodnar No. 95)
Jeff Abold (Abold No. 05)
Dave McKnight (Morton No. 70)
Dave Danzer (Danzer No. 72, Danzer No. 52)
Tim Jedrzejek (Danzer No. 52, Lane No. 97)
Joe Gosek (Gosek Racing No. 00)
Dave Gruel (Gruel Racing No. 50)
Howard Page (Page Racing No. 18)
Keith Shampine (Osetek Racing Technologies No. 55)
Tim Snyder (Snyder Racing No. 0)
Mike Muldoon (Muldoon Racing No. 15)
Joey Payne (Penix Racing No. 14)
Chris Perley (Miller Racing No. 11)

Jim Shampine Supermodified of the Year Roster: (As of June 3)
Team Abold Racing No. 05 (Driver- Jeff Abold)
Gary Morton Racing No. 70 (Driver- Dave McKnight)
Danzer Racing No. 52 (Drivers- Dave Danzer, Tim Jedrzejek)
Gosek Racing No. 00 (Driver- Joe Gosek)
Gruel Racing No. 50 (Driver- Dave Gruel)
Page Racing No. 18 (Driver- Howard Page)
Osetek Racing Technologies No. 55 (Driver- Keith Shampine)
Snyder Racing No. 0 (Driver- Tim Snyder)
Muldoon Racing No. 15 (Driver- Mike Muldoon)
Penix Racing No. 14 (Driver- Joey Payne)
Miller Racing No. 11 (Driver – Chris Perley)

Shea Concrete Triple Crown Championship Series presented by ASI Racewear

May 13 – Oswego Speedway 67th Season Opener (Non-Wing) – Dave Shullick Jr.
June 3 – ISMA Lancaster Speedway (Wing) – Trent Stephens
June 10 – Oswego Speedway Twin 35’s (Non-Wing) – Dave Shullick Jr.
June 23 – ISMA Stafford Speedway (Wing)
July 1– Oswego Speedway Independence Grand Prix (Non-Wing)
July 22 – Oswego Speedway Mr. Suprermodified (Non-Wing)**
July 28 – ISMA Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler Fast 40 (Wing)
July 29 – ISMA Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler Nationals (Wing)**
September 3 – Oswego Speedway International Classic (Non-Wing)**
September 9 – ISMA Star Speedway Classic (Wing)**

 ** – Indicates Double Point Shows

Feature Points Only, Oswego 100-point format

Best (3) Non-Wing finishes, combined with best (3) wing finishes count toward (6) race point total

Nocella Drives To VMRS Victory In New Car At Stafford

Stafford Springs CT– Woburn, MA, driver Anthony Nocella, like the ten other drivers that finished on the lead lap, weathered the storm of 11-caution flags and a long run to score the season opening win Friday night, May 19, in Valenti Modified Racing Series action at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT.

The victory was Nocella’s first at Stafford and his 7th VMRS career win.

Nocella started in the 8th position in a 25-car field. Early race leader Dave Etheridge led the first 11-laps before Keith Rocco, the fastest car in pre-race practice, took the lead. Rowan Pennink and Woody Pitkat would also be front-runners in the 80-lap main event.

It took 1-hour 18 minutes to complete the first race of the year. Three front running drivers were victims of fuel shortage. Rocco, Pennink, and Richard Savary were all sidelined for engines that quit while running at or near the front.

The Nocella Paving race team purchased a brand new Race Works Chassis for the new season and the end result had Nocella pleased post race.

“Can’t thank Eddie Flemke (car builder) enough. Completely different than the other one. First race out with it so we really didn’t have a clue. We were horrible in practice and then it was awesome the whole race,” said Nocella.

Woody Pitkat, of Sturbridge, MA, ran a strong race and finished runner-up.

Mike Willis. Jr of Grantham, NH, had a solid run and was credited with third.

Charlie Pasteryak and Ronnie Williams finished fourth and fifth.

Also finishing on the lead lap were, Les Hinckley III, Colbey Fournier, Rob Richardi Jr, Matthew Mead, Jonny Kay, and Jeffrey Gallup.

Heat race winners were Dave Etheridge, Pennink, and Keith Rocco.

Next Event:

Saturday May 27,2017

2:00 PM

Lee USA Speedway

Lee, NH

Heat Races $500 to win

50-Lap Feature  $3,000 to win

Race Summary:

Stafford Motor Speedway  Stafford Springs, CT

Race # 1

May 19,2017

Entrants: 27

Richardi (Motor-Practice)

Talman, (Crash – Heat 3

Distance: 80-Laps

Time: 1:18:29.

Margin of Victory: 0.445

Best Speed: 95.648  (K Rocco)

Best Lap Time: 18.819 (K.Rocco)

Lead Changes: 5

Lap Leaders: Etheridge (1-11) K.Rocco (12-39) Pennink (40-50) K Rocco (51) Pitkat (52-74) Nocella (75-80)

Cautions: Laps- 21,30,34,47,50,52,63,71,71,74,74

Unofficial Order of Finish: (1) Nocella (2) Pitkat (3) Willis Jr (4) Pasteryak (5) Williams (6) Hinckley III (7) Fournier (8) Richardi (9) Mead (10) Kay (11) Gallup (12) Seidell (13) Pennink (14) Savary (15) Lashua, (16) Flannery (17) Gernhard (18) K Rocco (19) J Rocco  (20) James (21) Medeiros Jr (22) Rameau (23) Etheridge (24) Kopec (25) Sherman)