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Michael Scorzelli Excited to Return to Stafford for Call Before You Dig Pro Late Model 81

(Stafford Springs, CT)—With his last race at Stafford Speedway coming in the Fall Final of 2015, Pro Late Model driver Michael Scorzelli is looking forward to the Inaugural Call before You Dig Pro Late Model Open 81 on May 29.  Scorzelli was a Stafford Late Model regular from 2013-2015 and his prior track experience was a major factor in Scorzelli adding the race to his 2020 schedule for his #18 Syracuse Utilities Chevrolet team.

“We’re really looking forward to the race,” said Scorzelli.  “I had nothing but good experiences at Stafford, I have a few wins there, and Bob Fill has things pretty well figured out with our chassis so we’re all pretty excited.  This was one of the first races that we put on our 2020 schedule as soon as the Stafford schedule came out and we saw they were going to be hosting this race.  One of the biggest reasons why we’re looking forward to Stafford is I run better on the larger tracks like Stafford, Thompson, and Loudon.  With the runs we’ve had at Stafford and the competition we faced in the past, I think we can do pretty well.  I’m hoping we can race at Stafford once or twice a year every year.  I have to thank my sponsors Syracuse Utilities and BNC Motorsports, Bob Fill for setting the car up, and we just hooked up with Larry’s Auto Machine so we’re looking forward to what we can do with their engines.”

After changing engine builders to Larry’s Auto Machine in the off-season, Scorzelli is anxious to see how his new engine combination will work in his #18 car and he is hoping to carry the momentum he gained at the end of the 2019 Granite State ProStock Series into the CBYD Pro Late Model 81.

“We needed to have a sealed motor for this race so we have a new engine and new transmission to put into the car and pretty much everything except for the frame is new on our car,” said Scorzelli.  “We ran 6 or 7 Granite State races last year and I think we figured some things out towards the end of the season.  We have good equipment and we’re heading in the right direction with our car so we’re hoping that can carry all of that over to the 2020 season.”

Scorzelli raced three full seasons in Stafford’s Late Model division from 2013-2015, scoring two wins and a best finish of fourth in the points standings in 2014.  While Scorzelli will be leaning on his previous experience to help get a leg up on the competition, he isn’t the only driver on the entry list with a Stafford background to lean on.

“I think it’s going to be a tremendous mix of drivers between modified drivers who have raced a lot at Stafford versus Late Model guys like Cory Casagrande who has a lot of Stafford experience, Ray Christian, who is good whatever track he goes to, Devin O’Connell is always fast in the Super Late Models, and Mike O’Sullivan is going to be tough,” said Scorzelli.  “I don’t think Ray or Devin have any laps around the big track at Stafford but that doesn’t seem to slow them down at all.  I’ve seen them both go to tracks they’ve never been to before and they qualify and race up front.  I’m sure more of the Granite State drivers will be joining the field along with some modified regulars so it should be an interesting race.”

With 2 Stafford Late Model wins to his credit, Scorzelli knows what it takes to win a race at Stafford and he would like nothing more than to add a third Stafford win to his racing resume.

“I think we have a shot at winning the race if we can stay out of trouble and take care of the car,” said Scorzelli.  “We have some laps at Stafford so we’re comfortable there but a lot of the other guys have the same experience level.  To win the first race in a Super Late Model since the PASS cars were at Stafford, it would be one of the biggest wins I’ve ever been a part of.”

With a tire compound for the Inaugural CBYD Pro Late Model 81 still to be determined, Scorzelli feels like handling characteristics will play a major factor in who is able to come away with the checkered flag.

“Stafford is a super fast track and in order to win you’ll have to play it smart for 81 laps,” said Scorzelli.  “I’m not quite sure what tires we’re going to be using for the race but you’ll have to have patience and conserve the tires to be there at the end.  If we can be there at the end of the race, that’s where things happen.  The motors we have are probably slightly less than what the Late Model cars at Stafford run but it’s all about handling with our cars.  The shock package and setup in your car is what’s going to carry you through the race.”

Scorzelli and the Pro Late Model field will take to the track for the CBYD 811 Pro LM Open on Friday, May 29.  For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

Flack Racing Aims for Continued Improvement at Oswego; Dan Kapuscinski Tabbed as Part-Time Driver

Dan Kapuscinski Motorsports Promotions – OSWEGO, NY (February 21, 2020) – The Flack Racing team, with driver Stephen Flack, is eyeing continued improvement in Oswego Speedway’s SBS division in 2020.

Longtime supporters of Oswego Speedway and its race teams, the Flack family made the jump to car owners in 2018 with Stephen, a pure rookie to auto racing, at the controls.

Since then, the team has enjoyed steady improvement, culminating with a top ten finish for the No. 32 machine at Evans Mills Speedway at the conclusion of 2019.

This year the same team returns, consisting of Mike O’Connor, Steve Flack, AJ Larkin and Nick Whalen, as Stephen looks to further improve his growing program.

“I’m really looking forward to this racing season,” said Flack.  “I feel at the end of last season, I was really making improvements, and getting my times down to where they needed to be.  A big part of that was help from my Uncle Mike Bond and his crew.  Since then, I have made some improvements to the car for this season and hope to keep making little gains.  I am just excited to get things started.  I can’t thank my dad enough; he’s my biggest supporter, as well as my wife and mother.  They keep things going for us at the race track.”

Premiere Landscaping, Burger Masonry, Oscar Roofing and The Sting will return to the side of the Flack Racing machine this season, which will be re-numbered to No. 23.

While the No. 23 will be a weekly fixture at Oswego this season, there are a handful of events that Stephen will be unable to attend.  Driver Dan Kapuscinski will substitute for those events this summer which include the Grand Prix special on July 4, as well as back-to-back events on August 8 and August 15.

“I’m always eager for an opportunity to race at Oswego and I am happy Stephen called me to fill-in,” said Kapuscinski.  “Having a chance to work with Mike O’Connor and the rest of the team will be fun and I hope to be able to help them continue moving in the right direction.  As always my racing wouldn’t be possible without the support of my family as well as Mohawk Northeast and Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux.”

Kapuscinski, who won two heat races and scored four podium finishes in only nine starts in 2018, has 12 career Top 5 finishes without a win at Oswego, despite not running a full-time season at the ‘Steel Palace’ since 2003.

Oswego Speedway’s 2020 season begins with an open practice scheduled for Saturday, May 16 before returning on Saturday, May 23 for the Jim Shampine and Tony White Memorials.

Jon McKennedy Rejoins Art Barry Team for Stafford Open Modified 80’s

(Stafford Springs, CT)—When Stafford Speedway drops the green flag on its 4 Open Modified 80 races during the 2020 season, race fans will see a former partnership rekindled.  Jon McKennedy and Art Barry, who won the Modified Racing Series championship together in 2012, will reunite to make a run at the checkered flag in Stafford’s Open 80 events scheduled for May 8, June 12, July 10, and August 21 with the #21 SPAFCO Chassis Chevrolet.

“I ran for Art [Barry] back in 2012, we won a handful of races and the MRS championship together,” said McKennedy.  “The open shows at Stafford are something I’ve been looking at doing because I always enjoy coming to race at Stafford.  Art and I have stayed in contact over the years and we touched base over the holidays and thought it would be good to get back together and do some races together.  We had pretty good success back in the day and Art and all of his guys are great. He has good equipment so I’m hoping we can have some good runs.”

Having already worked alongside each other to win races and a championship, McKennedy is looking to pick up right where he left off with the Barry team and eliminate any new driver/team combination woes.

“Having worked together before, we should be able to get up to speed pretty quickly,” said McKennedy.  “Kenny Barry and I have always gotten along great and we’re usually on the same page with things and he always gives me a good car.  I don’t see why we can’t pick up right where we left off last time we were racing together.  We’d obviously like to win all 4 races but that’s unrealistic.  I certainly think we can contend for a win or two and we’ll see what happens.  Art’s car is definitely a good ride to be in.”

Stafford is known for being a track that is tough to conquer for any drivers who are new or lack experience at the Connecticut half-mile.  McKennedy struggled at Stafford early in his career, but teaming up with the Barry team turned McKennedy’s Stafford fortunes around and he enters the 2020 season with 2 MRS wins and 2 MTS wins at Stafford in limited experience.

“Going back 10 years ago or so, Stafford one was one of my worst tracks to go to,” said McKennedy.  “When I started racing for Art in 2012, Kenny Barry gave me some pointers on how to drive the track and ever since then it’s been a night and day difference.  Our first race together at Stafford we won and I remember it was a good race with Ted Christopher to get that win.  Ever since then Stafford has been a great track for me and I think I’ve won 4 or 5 races there.  It’s a neat, technical track and beautiful facility and the Arute’s and everyone involved with the speedway do a great job.”

In order for McKennedy to replicate his winning ways with the Barry team at Stafford, he knows he will face some stiff competition from all different forms of modified racing.

“If there’s 25 cars for these races, there’s probably about 10 or 12 of those cars that can win on any given night at Stafford,” said McKennedy.  “There’s certainly a lot of good drivers with a lot of experience and to win at Stafford you need to have the whole package with a good car, good strategy, and some luck.  It’s nice to come into Stafford with some experience and feeling confident that I know the track.  I’m looking forward to the open shows with a variety or drivers coming from all different series with different car and engine combinations, which should make for some exciting races.”

Registration for the four Stafford Open Mod 80 shows is open and teams can register online at www.staffordspeedway.com.  The registration fees are currently discounted to $85 per race or $250 for all four races.  The registration fee increases on March 1 to $100 per event and $350 for all four events.  Beginning Monday, May 11, the discount for registering a car for all four Open 80’s ends and the price goes up to $125 per event. 

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