Eric Sanderson Named Grand Marshal of NAPA Fall Final at Stafford

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway is pleased to name Eric Sanderson, long time car owner and past competitor, as the Grand Marshal of the 47th Annual NAPA Fall Final.  The NAPA Fall Final is set for Saturday and Sunday, September 28 & 29 and Sanderson will close out the 2019 Stafford Speedway season with the command to fire engines for the 150 lap event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Sanderson’s racing roots date back to the days of the All-American Sportsman division at Stafford in the early 1970’s.  Sanderson got started as a car owner for Warren Bren’s #66 car before taking the wheel himself in the #89 car for the 1972 and 1973 seasons.  Sanderson then moved up to Stafford’s modified division behind the wheel of the #43 owned by Ken DePeau in 1974 before stepping down as a driver and becoming a crew member with Everett Manning. 

“I got started at Stafford as a car owner for Warren Bren in the All-American Sportsman 6-cylinder division before I drove for a couple of years,” said Sanderson.  “I drove a modified for one season in 1974 and I remember the first time I got behind the wheel of the modified I thought, ‘wow, this car is pretty fast’, and then Bugsy Stevens blew by me like I was standing still.  Everett Manning was my crew chief for the modified and after I stopped driving I started helping him.  We built a Sportsman car for him that became a modified and Everett went on to drive in the SK Modified® division.  I had a lot of fun working together with Everett.  It’s is a huge honor for me to be the Grand Marshal of the Fall Final and it caught me by surprise when Mark Arute asked me.  It’s the first time I’ve ever been asked to give the command and I’m really looking forward to it.”

In 1995 Sanderson debuted the #16 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car with Chris Kopec behind the wheel. The #16 has since been a staple of the NWMT for over 24 years.  Sanderson is a two-time championship winning car owner, taking the NWMT championship with Mike Stefanik in 2006 and Ryan Preece in 2013. 

“I was helping Chris Kopec out at Riverside with tires and that’s how we came up with the name Flamingo Motorsports,” said Sanderson.  “Chris asked me what I wanted to put on the side of the car and I told him let’s make it Flamingo Motorsports out of Orlando, FL.  We had a lot of fun with that, people actually thought we raced flamingos in Orlando.  We ran part time on the Tour in 1995 and we’ve been full-time on the Tour since 1996,” said Sanderson.  “We’ve had Chris, Rob Summers, Mike Stefanik, Ryan Preece, and now Timmy Solomito driving the car.  My best memory in racing was winning our first race with Chris at Holland Speedway in 1999 and then winning our first championship with Mike in 2006.  We also won the last Modified Tour race that was held at Martinsville in 2009 with Mike driving the car and I still have that grandfather clock in my office.  People have often asked me when I’m going to move up to another division but I love the modifieds and that’s where I want to race.”

In addition to serving as the Grand Marshal of the NAPA Fall Final, Sanderson will be looking to take home his fourth career NAPA Fall Final trophy as a car owner.  Sanderson won the Fall Final in 2007 and 2008 with Stefanik as well as the 2014 Fall Final with Ryan Preece.

“Having Timmy [Solomito] win the race would be the icing on the cake and make the day for me,” said Sanderson.  “We’ve won the Fall Final 3 times before with Mike and Ryan and we’d love to make it four wins with Timmy.”

Sanderson is the owner of Sanderson-MacLeod and Flamingo Motorsports, both located in Palmer, MA.  Sanderson-MacLeod designs, manufactures, and supplies twisted wire brushes while Flamingo Motorsports is your one-stop shop for Motorcycles, ATVs, Side x Sides, Snowmobiles, Dirt Bikes, and Jet Skis. 

“My father started Sanderson-MacLeod in 1957 and I bought the business after he passed away in 1985,” said Sanderson.  “We make all kinds of brushes.  Mascara applicators are number one for us but we also do a lot of brushes for medical device cleaners and internal medicine and we also make gun brushes.  We started Flamingo Motorsports as Flamingo Racing just to go racing with Chris Kopec and we sold speed parts.  We decided we wanted to start to do something for winter so we began to sell snowmobiles and now we’re a full-line dealer selling Kawasaki, Can-Am, Ski-Doo, and Sea-Doo.”

The NAPA Fall Final Weekend will kick off on Saturday, September 28 with practice sessions for the Whelen Modified Tour, Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and the Vintage All Stars from 10:00am to 2:15pm.  The Whelen Modified Tour will take to the track for group qualifying at 2:30pm with Stafford’s NWAAS divisions and Vintage All Stars qualifying to follow.  Feature events for the Street Stocks, Limited Late Models, Vintage All Stars and Ladies Challenge will conclude Saturday’s festivities. 

The NAPA Fall Final Weekend continues on Sunday, September 29 with the popular NAPA Pit Party, a meet and greet with drivers and teams, taking place from 11:00am to noon.  Feature racing will begin at 1:00pm with the SK Modifieds® first on track followed by the Late Models, SK Lights, and the Whelen Modified Tour.

Discount tickets for the NAPA Fall Final Weekend are available at your local participating NAPA Auto Parts Store.  The NAPA tickets include general admission for both days along with a lunch buffet on Sunday, all for only $38 per person.  For a list of participating NAPA Stores, please click the PARTICIPATING NAPA STORES link found at the top of the www.staffordspeedway.com homepage.

Tickets for the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend are priced at $40.00 for adult general admission tickets, $10.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $45.00 for all ages. All NAPA Fall Final tickets are good for admission on both Saturday and Sunday and ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. 

For more information on the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend, visit StaffordSpeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

Strong Field Assembled for 3rd Annual Small Block Super ‘Fall Brawl’ at Evans Mills Raceway Park this Saturday, September

OSWEGO, NY (September 19, 2019) – A strong field of Oswego Speedway Small Block Supers are set to converge on the ⅜ mile bullring that is Evans Mills Raceway Park for the third annual ‘Fall Brawl’ special this Saturday, September 21. 

This weekend’s program will mark the twenty sixth Evans Mills appearance for the Small Blocks, but neither Dave Cliff or Anthony Losurdo; both former Fall Brawl winners, will attend the season ending race, leaving the door open for a new winner. 

Among the field will be five Oswego feature winners including Mike Bruce, Stan Gates, Cameron Rowe, Bryan Haynes, and Greg O’Connor. Bruce, who is coordinating the event, has also won two independently sanctioned Evans Mills Raceway Park features.

Bartlett Racing will field three cars for the 35-lapper with one driven by team owner and 2019 Pathfinder Bank SBS Rookie of the Year, Travis Bartlett. Travis’ uncle Russ Bartlett will pilot a second car, while Super Stock regular Griffin Miller will make his SBS debut in the third ride. 

At least six additional teams which frequent Oswego plan to tow to the North Country including rookie Ken Moody Jr, veteran Jim Babcock, sophomore Steve Flack, third year driver Tony Pisa, and another veteran; Steve Wood. Haynes Racing will also enter a second car.

Pit gates open at 3pm for Saturday’s big event, which also features the first annual 75-lap John Burr Classic for the Sportsman Modifieds, plus a 35-lap feature for the Sunoco New York Super Stock Series. Stands will open for hot laps at 4pm while heat racing takes the green at 5:30.

Admission prices will be $15 for adults, $12 for active military, and $10 for children ages 10 to 17. For more information, please visit EvansMillsRacewayPark.com or contact an Evans Mills Raceway Park representative via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 

For more information on the SBS Traveling Series, visit online at SBSTravelingSeries.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSBSSeries or LIKE the series Facebook page at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedwaySBSTravelingSeries.

About the SBS Traveling Series: The Oswego Speedway SBS Traveling Series is a northeast Small Block Supermodified touring club showcasing the stars and cars of Oswego Speedway’s Pathfinder Bank SBS class. Formed in Spring 2017 by drivers Mike Bruce and Camden Proud, the series will hold its fourth event at Evans Mills Raceway Park in 2019. The series is made possible with the support of Cam’s NY Pizzeria, Lighthouse Lanes, Route 37 Building Supply and the dedicated team owners, drivers, and fans of Small Block Supermodified racing.

Projected Roster – Third Annual Evans Mills Raceway Park ‘Fall Brawl’ – Saturday, Sept. 21: 

01 – Ken Moody Jr. 

02 – Russell Bartlett 

03 – Travis Bartlett 

04 – Mike Bruce 

15 – James Babcock 

28 – Stan Gates

32 – Stephen Flack 

39 – Bartlett Racing 

77 – Cameron Rowe 

86 – Bryan Haynes 

88 – Haynes Racing 

89 – Tony Pisa 

90 – Greg O’Connor 

93 – Steve Wood 

Former Evans Mills Raceway Park Small Block Super ‘Fall Brawl’ Champions: 

2017 – Dave Cliff

2018 – Anthony Losurdo

A Legend Will Be Made In The 3rd Annual Legends Of The Fall 75 Saturday October 5th At New Egypt Speedway

New Egypt, NJ – A legend will be made on Saturday night October 5th at New Egypt Speedway during the 3rd Annual Legends of the Fall 75. The 75-lap Big Block vs. Small Block Modified event will pay $7,500 to win, $1,000 to finish 10th and $500 just to qualify for the feature. The race will be run with Short Track Super Series South motor rules and weights and sail panels will be permitted on any Modified regardless of motor size.

The very best modified drivers from across the region will be in the house on Saturday October 5th. Come out on see NES regulars such as 2019 Vahlco Wheels Modified champion Billy Pauch Jr., 2018 Track Champion David VanHorn, Danny Bouc, Brandon Grosso, Mike Butler, Ryan Krachun, Rich Rutski, Cale Ross, Davey Sammons, Pat Wall and more as they take on expected invaders that include Massachusetts’ very own Andy Bachetti, New York’s Danny Creeden, Pennsylvania’s Frank Cozze, Duane Howard, Jeff Strunk, and Alex Yankowski, along with Garden State invaders such as Dominick Buffalino, Wade Hendrickson and Jimmy Horton. Many many other drivers have expressed interest and you just many never know who will show up at New Egypt Speedway on October 5th.

The Crate vs. Sportsman will complete the racing card on the 5th with a 25-lap main event that will pay $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start.

Pits and Grandstands will open at 3PM, Hot Laps are scheduled for 5PM with the first green flag of the evening flying at 6PM! Adult admission (16+) is $28, Seniors (65+) are $25, Teens (12-15) & Military w/ID are $18 with Kids 11 & Under being FREE! Pit admission will be $40. Event entry blanks and race information will be on the New Egypt Speedway website in the coming days.

New Egypt Speedway, which is New Jersey’s premier dirt racing facility, is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.
For more information, visit online: www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway.

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