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Andrew Molleur Wins NAPA Auto Parts SK Modified® Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—In only his second full season of open wheel competition at Stafford Motor Speedway, Shelton, CT native Andrew Molleur made the transition from the SK Light division to the SK Modified® division a successful one by winning NAPA Auto Parts Rookie of the Year honors.  Molleur posted a feature victory to go along with 2 top-5 and 7 top-10 finishes to become the 11th SK Light graduate in the last 13 seasons to claim the SK Modified® rookie of the year award.

“Coming into the season our goal was to win NAPA Rookie of the Year and we knew that was going to be a tough battle against Marcello Rufrano after battling against him all last year in the SK Lights,” said Molleur.  “Winning rookie of the year was at the top of my list so I was very happy to win the award and would like to thank NAPA Auto Parts for their support of the rookie program.  I was very happy that we were able to get a win but I’ll also say we didn’t have very good finishes to back that up, unfortunately.  It was tough for us to be consistent but it was still a good year for us and I have to thank all my crew guys; my Dad, Joe, Tom, Kenny, Steve, Billy, Barry, Kris, and all my sponsors RaceChoice.com, Tick Mike, R. Stone, Bud’s Truck & Diesel Service, and RSMPCO.com.”

Molleur’s rookie campaign started strong with a 7th place finish in the season opener on May 4th and a win on May 31st in only his fifth SK Modified® start.  Molleur found it tough to replicate that success through the remainder of 2019.

“I remember getting asked before the season started if I thought I would be able to win a race and I just laughed because growing up watching the SK Modifieds, everyone is so good and I didn’t know if I would be in a position to win,” said Molleur.  “When we won that race it seemed like the stars aligned for us that night.  We were really good in practice, had a good heat race, and we started up front.  We had a couple of decent runs and I think we had a very good shot at winning the night we came back from New Hampshire but we got caught up in a wreck.  The one run we had this year that I was really proud of was the night of the NAPA SK 5k.  We finished fifth in that race and that was a good night for us.”

In the final 15 races of the season, Molleur recorded 1 top-5 and 5 top-10 finishes but he accomplished another of his goals by finishing the season in 9th place in the SK Modified® points standings.

“Not being able to back up our win took its toll on me throughout the season,” said Molleur.  “I remember going home the night we won and I thought wow, we won and we can actually do this and then we couldn’t quite do as well for the remainder of the season.  It was tough for us to get things figured out to where we could get what we could get each week to stay in the top-10 in the points standings and still win NAPA Rookie of the Year.”

With a season’s worth of experience and lessons learned under his belt, Molleur is ready to get back at it next season.  Molleur is looking to get a couple of wins and be in the hunt for the championship when 2020 rolls around.

“Having our win come so early in the season I think maybe I set the bar a little high for myself and it seemed like we underachieved the rest of the season,” said Molleur.  “I’m ready to get going and I wish we could race all year long.  But it’s good to be able to take a break for a couple of months and take a look at things and figure out what we need to do better for next season.  We’ll be looking at what we can change from this season in order for us to get another win or maybe a couple of wins next season and we’ll have our sights set on being consistent so that we can be in the hunt for the championship.”

Molleur will officially be crowned the 2019 SK Modified® NAPA Auto Parts Rookie of the Year at the 50th Annual Stafford Speedway Champion’s Awards Banquet, scheduled for Friday, November 15 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor.  Tickets to the awards banquet are $50 and are on sale now.  Tickets can be ordered by calling the track at 860-684-2783 or they can be ordered online at www.staffordspeedway.com

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

Ryan Fearn Wins Late Model NAPA Auto Parts Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Motor Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—After contending for the Limited Late Model championship with a career best 6 wins in 2018, Ryan Fearn and the #12 SAFCO Foam team made the move into Stafford Speedway’s Late Model division for the 2019 season.  The East Longmeadow, MA native made the most of his rookie campaign by scoring 1 win, 7 top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes to claim the NAPA Auto Parts Rookie of the Year award, the first time Fearn has ever won a rookie of the year award in his racing career.

“It feels pretty great to be the rookie of the year, but it’s not all my own effort,” said Fearn.  “I feel like I’ve been improving as a driver over my tenure at Stafford.  If it wasn’t for all the guys on the crew and the experience and knowledge they’ve built up since Tom [Fearn] started racing back at Riverside, I wouldn’t have been able to do this.  It’s pretty great to have a team effort come together and put up some results like we did this season.  I’ve never won a Rookie of the Year award in any other division I’ve raced in so it felt really good to win that award this season.”

The #12 SAFCO Foam Late Model has a strong contingent of support from sponsors and family.  Some of the sponsors have been a mainstay for this team dating back to Fearn’s Wild Thing Kart racing years.

“I really have to thank SAFCO Foam, Whips Sporting Goods, R.A.D. Auto Machine, Williams Race Gears, Grandma Hamm Chassis, special shout out to Joe Hamm because when we got destroyed in the middle of the year, he came home early from a vacation to help get the car back together.  Also I would like to thank Dave Ferris, Amedeo, Tom, Soper, John G. Powers, Bob, my sister Alexandra and her boyfriend Grant, N.E. Gear Polishing, N.E. Racing Fuel, Hoosier Tire East, the Arute family, Wizard Auto Body, Short Track Baker and my mom, Jennifer, for giving my father permission to allow me to start racing years ago in the Wild Thing Karts.”

Coming into the 2019 season, Fearn had notched at least one victory in each of his five seasons racing at Stafford.  Fearn scored 5 Street Stock wins between the 2013, 2014 and 2016 seasons and he won 7 races from 2017-2018 in the Limited Late Model division.  Fearn continued his streak of winning at least one race a season by winning the biggest Late Model race of the season, the 50-lapper on August 16.  That win was worth a payday of over $3,100 thanks to a $1,200 purse and selecting the winner takes all option from the $1,900 Gaston Racing Enterprises High Roller Challenge.  The victory was extra special to Fearn as he was able to share the winner’s circle with his sister Alexandra, who won the Limited Late Model feature the same night.

“We had 20 opportunities to win a race this year and I knew we had a car that was capable of winning almost every week once we got things figured out and I was surprised our win came in the 50-lapper,” said Fearn.  “It was something else to roll into victory lane that night.  It was really cool to win on the same night as my sister because it’s been impossible to do that since we’ve been racing in the same division for the last 6 or 7 years.  I think the last time we both won on the same night was back in the Wild Thing Karts.  It was really cool to be able to relive something like that especially on a Friday night in front of all the race fans who show up every week and I hope they all enjoyed the show that night.”

With his rookie season now in the books, Fearn is anxious to return to Stafford’s Late Model division even stronger than he was in 2019.  Fearn has a knack for improving his final points standing finish from year to year.  He finished 11th in his first 2 Street Stock seasons then finished 5th before heading into the Limited Late Model division.  He finished 9th as a Limited Late Model rookie and improved to 2nd in the standings in his second season.  After winning the Late Model extra distance 50-lap race this season, Fearn has his eyes set on winning some regular distance 30-lap events in 2020.

“If I can do what I did this season in 2020, I think we can be pretty strong,” said Fearn.  “Maybe next year we can get a regular 30-lap feature win because Tom Fearn has won a million of those races and I’m still looking for my first one.  There’s still so much for me to learn and the more I learn next year the better we should be.  I’ve got a little more confidence and knowledge of the car and how to race with my competitors.  It’s all going to come down to me being smarter and continuing to learn.”

Fearn will officially be crowned the 2019 Late Model NAPA Auto Parts Rookie of the Year at the 50th Annual Stafford Speedway Champion’s Awards Banquet, scheduled for Friday, November 15 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor.  Tickets to the awards banquet are $50 and are on sale now.  Tickets can be ordered by calling the track at 860-684-2783 or they can be ordered online at www.staffordspeedway.com

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

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2020 Schedule Announced

NASCAR PRESS RELEASE  NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

New Venues, Traditional Dates For 2020

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The debut of a new showcase track, the highly-anticipated return to an Virginia venue, and a strong slate of premier northeast short tracks make the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule one of the most anticipated in recent years. 

Three new tracks will be on the schedule: 

The tour will make its furthest trip west with the debut of Iowa Speedway. The “Fastest Short Track on the Planet” will host NASCAR’s only open-wheel division on Friday, July 31. The Whelen Modified Tour slate will also add returns to Martinsville Speedway and Jennerstown Speedway. 

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is coming off an exciting year in which we saw Doug Coby continue his historic championship run and we saw the level of competition and number of competitors increase,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director, touring series. “We are excited about the mix of high-profile national series tracks that will showcase the great racing on the Modified tour, and the strong short tracks that have been the backbone of Modified racing.” 

Martinsville, Virginia’s famous half-mile, is steeped in NASCAR Modified history. The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and was part of the original tour schedule in 1985. The Maxpro Window Films 200 will run on Friday, May 8 as part of the spring Cup Series weekend. 

Jennerstown, a .522-mile oval in western Pennsylvania, will feature the tour on Saturday May 23. The track has held 14 tour races over the years, with the late Ted Christopher being the last to visit Victory Lane in 2006.  

The Whelen Modified Tour will open the season with a return trip to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on Saturday, March 21. Connecticut will serve as the traditional opening of racing in New England with the 46th Annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 5, followed by the NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 26. 

The season will conclude with the 48th annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 27, and the 58th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson on Sunday, Oct. 11. 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will again feature a 100-lap showcase on Saturday, July 18. The Whelen Modified Tour will also return with the 200-lap main event for the track’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 12. 

Other schedule highlights include:  

  • In addition to Jennerstown, the tour will make the trip to western New York to be part of Oswego Speedway’s 64th Annual Budweiser International Classic on Saturday, Sept. 5. 
  • Riverhead Raceway, a staple of the Whelen Modified Tour, will host two events. The first will be on Saturday, June 20, with a return trip to Long Island on Saturday, Sept. 19. 
  • A pair of bullrings will factor into the championship picture: Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will bring the tour to town on Saturday, June 6, while New Jersey’s Wall Stadium Speedway will run on Saturday, July 11. 

The complete NBCSN schedule, including broadcast times, will be released at a later date. 

2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule  

DATE TRACK CITY 
Saturday, March 21 South Boston Speedway South Boston, Va. 
Sunday, April 5 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson, Conn. 
Sunday, April 26 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Friday, May 8 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va. 
Saturday, May 23 Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown, Pa. 
Saturday, June 6 Seekonk Speedway Seekonk, Mass. 
Saturday, June 20 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 
Saturday, July 11 Wall Stadium Speedway Wall, N.J. 
Saturday, July 18 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 
Friday, July 31 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 
Friday, Aug. 7 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Wednesday, Aug. 19 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson. Conn. 
Saturday, Sept. 5 Oswego Speedway Oswego, N.Y. 
Saturday, Sept. 12 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. 
Saturday, Sept. 19 Riverhead Raceway Riverhead, N.Y. 
Sunday, Sept. 27 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford, Conn. 
Sunday, Oct. 11 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thompson. Conn.