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Over $65,000 in Contingency Awarded to Stafford Competitors In 2019

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The 2019 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford Motor Speedway awarded competitors an impressive $65,000 in bonus money through the track’s Contingency Program partners.

Stafford’s premier SK Modified® division led the way with over $35,000 in weekly contingency, Gamblers Challenge, and TC 13 Shootout payouts.  Providing weekly contingency bonuses throughout the season were Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, Pro-Tech 8 Gloves, New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand, and Kevin Harvick Inc. Management.  Through his company, KHI Management, Harvick presented two weekly $250 bonuses to the leader on lap-13 and the 13th place finisher in remembrance of Christopher’s number 13.  Special event contingency bonuses were presented during the 2019 season by Ryan Preece Racing, Del’s Vinyl Siding, and Bob’s Painting. 

The June 28 NAPA SK 5K, the biggest payday for the SK Modified® division, distributed over $7,400 in contingency.  Newtown Pools along with 26 SK Modified® drivers teamed up with Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair to present the Gambler’s Challenge of $5,450 with Wheelers Auto Service contributing heat race bonuses of $1,500 along with the weekly SK Modified® contingency partners.  After selecting the winner takes all option in the 2018 running of the NAPA SK 5k, Ronnie Williams selected the chip with the option to split the Dunleavy’s Gamblers Challenge amongst the 11th through 20th place finishers, paying an extra $605 to 9 eligible drivers who participated in the Gamblers Challenge.

The purse for the 2nd Annual TC 13 Shoot-Out on July 12 totaled $6,956 with contributions from the following partners, Big Haus USA, Gaston Racing Enterprises, Greg & Venetta of the Florida Connection, Hoosier Tire East, Jeff Ramsey Carpentry, John Rayner Real Estate, Justin & Tabitha Manafort, LifeCare Family Chiropractic, NASCAR, New England Racing Fuel, Sign Pro, SP Johnson and Wheelers Auto Services.  Keith Rocco was the winner of the race and took home the winner’s check of $1,313.

“It’s awesome that all the contingency sponsors go the extra mile to support the SK Modified® division at Stafford,” said 2019 SK Modified® champion Ronnie Williams.  “We wouldn’t be able to be here without the sponsors’ support so any time we can show them our appreciation and of course getting some extra money is awesome.  To have the sponsors keep coming back year after year is a great thing and I think Stafford does a great job with promoting the sponsors.  With the longer seasons we’ve had at Stafford the last couple years, any extra cash that comes our way is definitely helpful.  We love coming to the track every Friday night to go racing and all the contingency sponsors are a huge help in that respect.”

Stafford’s Late Model drivers took home over $7,600 in contingency awards.  iRacing.com and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand were the weekly contingency sponsors of Stafford’s premier full fendered division.  Special event contingency bonuses were presented during the 2019 season by Del’s Vinyl Siding and Bob’s Painting.  Similar to the Dunleavy’s Gambler’s Challenge for the NAPA SK 5k, Bill Gaston from Gaston Racing Enterprises presented the Gaston Racing Enterprises High Roller Challenge for the Late Model 50 that took place on August 16.  With $1,900 up for grabs, Ryan Fearn selected the winner takes all option by rolling a super sized inflatable die in NAPA Victory Lane, which brought his check for winning the Late Model 50 up to a season-high $3,450.

The SK Light division took home over $9,000 in contingency awards during the 2019 season.  Weekly contingency was provided by Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, Olson Apartments, and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand. 

Stafford’s Limited Late Model division took home over $5,000 in contingency bonuses from R.A.D. Auto Machine and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand. 

“Between R.A.D. Auto Machine and Sunoco, the support they give us every week, from R.A.D. with the winners and Sunoco with the top-3 finishers, it makes a huge difference for us,” said Matt Clement, who won a division high 7 races this season.  “The R.A.D. bonus helped us to keep putting new tires on the car throughout the season and gas in our truck to tow the car back and forth to the track and with Sunoco, having that $25 bonus is a big help with keeping the car fueled up to go racing every Friday night.”

The Street Stock division scored over $8,500 in contingency payouts.  Big Haus USA and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand provided weekly bonuses.  New for the 2019 season was the RSMPCO.com Street Stock Triple Crown, which used a special points system to award $4,500 in bonus money to the top-10 finishers.  Meghan Fuller was the winner of the RSMPCO.com Triple Crown and took home a $1,000 bonus while Dave Secore finished 10th and won $200.

The 2019 Rookie of the Year program totaled $3,500 with NAPA Auto Parts posting $1,000 each to SK Modified® rookie Andrew Molleur and Late Model rookie Ryan Fearn.  R.A.D. Auto Machine provided $500 each to SK Light rookie Steven Chapman, Limited Late Model rookie Kevin Crosby and Street Stock rookie Adrien Paradis, III.

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

Walt Hammond & SK Bean to chase Claremont NHSTRA Modified Championship!

Claremont NH – Walt Hammond from Enfield NH will find a new home on Friday nights in 2020, Walt along with Stuart bean will bring the #77 Modified to Claremont Motorsports Park for the 2020 season. Hammond has been racing a DIRT Modified over the last few seasons but is not a stranger to the pavement formally competing in an ACT style Late Model in the past. “I grew up at Claremont watching my Dad, Donnie Lashua, Dwight Jarvis & Punky Caron race at Claremont. It’s kind of cool to get a chance to race at the same track as they all did”   

Car owner SK Bean feels the timing is right, “After fielding Dirt Modifieds and Late Models for the past 48years we feel the time is right, the 604 motor package they have come up with fits our budget to race this type of car, I believe with Mike Parks and his newly assembled staff is leading Claremont speedway into a new era and were excited to be a part of it!! The SK Bean 77 team is also thinking of some events at the sister tracks of the NHSTRA as well during 2020. You can catch the 77 at Claremont Speedway for the Modified opener on Friday night May 1st.

TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES ANNOUNCES 2020 SCHEDULE

SIX-RACE SLATE INCLUDES FOUR DIFFERENT TRACKS

By Kyle Souza

SEEKONK, Mass. — Tri Track Open Modified Series officials announced a six-race schedule for the 2020 season on Tuesday, with races spreading across four different tracks, and two states in New England. 

The schedule includes a mix of staple events — like Seekonk Speedway’s Open Wheel Wednesday and Star Speedway’s SBM 125 — along two trips to Monadnock Speedway, a return visit to Claremont Speedway and a championship finale Haunted Hundred back at Seekonk, in what has quickly become a compelling day of racing. 

Tri Track Open Modified Series managing partners Wayne Darling and Ed Bennett worked together with series officials and tracks across the region to provide a schedule for some of the top modified race teams in the country to compete for sizeable purses. The two partners are looking forward to leading the series forward with a firm base already in place. 

“I appreciate the tremendous amount of time Wayne put in, working with the tracks juggling their schedules and other touring series schedules to come up with the Tri Track schedule for 2020,” Ed Bennett, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. 

The schedule opens in Winchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday, May 2, when the series visits Monadnock Speedway for a 100-lap event. In a September visit to the high-banks last year, Chase Dowling was victorious — his first of two straight wins to end the season. The track produces side-by-side racing throughout the field with its tight corners.

For the second straight year, Tri Track visits Claremont Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire, for a 100-lap special on Memorial Day weekend. The Sunday, May 24, main event will put drivers to the test at a track where home track experience has proven to win out before, when Mike Willis Jr. won his first Tri Track event in 2018. Last year, it was Matt Hirschman scoring his first of two wins in what was the season opener. 

Tradition continues at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, July 1, as Tri Track headlines the 16th annual Open Wheel Wednesday at the Massachusetts oval with $10,000 up for grabs. Past champions of the event include Hirschman and Ron Silk, two drivers that are well-recognized as some of the top modified drivers in the region. New for 2020, Tri Track will be joined by the NEMA Lites, for their Dave Steele Memorial Classic, and the 350 Supers, making their first appearance at Seekonk. It should create quite the night of open-wheel racing for race fans. 

Star Speedway, a quarter-mile oval in Epping, New Hampshire, is well-known for their SBM 125, and the series once again spearheads the event for 2020. In eight previous prestigious events, just four drivers have been to victory lane – with Hirschman leading the list as a four-time winner. Last year, it was Silk who held the checkered flag at ‘The Place To Race.’ 

The high-banks of Monadnock welcome the series for the second time on Saturday, August 15, before the champion is crowned at Seekonk for the third straight year.  

The popular Haunted Hundred is scheduled Saturday, October 24, putting a seal on the New England racing season. A chaotic 2019 finish saw Hirschman and Silk tangle racing for the lead in the final corner, with Chase Dowling driving by to win, and Ronnie Williams hoisting the title. The Haunted Hundred also includes the championship event for the Pro All Star Series, and a Late Model Showdown. 

Additional information regarding support divisions at each track will be available soon, along with pre-registration and further updates. Follow the series via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and our new Instagram page, to find out more. 

2020 TRI TRACK OPEN MODIFIED SERIES SCHEDULE:

Sat. May 2: Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, N.H. 

Sun. May 24: Claremont Speedway, Claremont, N.H. 

Wed. July 1: Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Mass. 

Sat. July 25: Star Speedway, Epping, N.H. 

Sat. August 15: Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, N.H. 

Sat. October 24: Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Mass.