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Stafford Speedway 2020 Schedule Sneak Preview

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The full 2020 Stafford Speedway schedule is slated to be released Wednesday, November 13th but the Stafford Speedway management has released a sneak preview highlighting the first month of events on the 2020 schedule.

The 2020 season kicks off April 24th, 25th, and 26th with the 49th running of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®. The weekend will kick-off Friday, April 24th with practice and will continue Saturday, April 25th with qualifying for all divisions as well as feature racing for the Street Stocks, Limited Late Models, and Vintage All-Star series. The 49th running of the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring”, the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®, is set to be held Sunday, April 26th with 200 laps for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Stafford’s star studded SK Modified® division, Late Models, and SK Light Modifieds will also be on hand Sunday for feature racing.

Super Late Model racing will return to the half-mile Friday, May 29th as an exciting new addition to the 2020 schedule. The event will feature a similar format to the Open Modified 80 events Stafford has hosted for the last 2 seasons.  Ted Christopher won the last Super Late Model race held at Stafford Speedway in August of 2012.

“Fans and drivers have been asking us to do a Super Late Model show for a few years now,” explained Stafford General Manager David Arute. “We spoke to some race teams and are working on putting together a program that will showcase the Super Late Model talent in the region.”

Open Modified racing returns to Stafford with their first event of the season on Friday, May 15th. The May 2019 edition of the Open Modified 80 saw Keith Rocco win a thriller over Todd Owen, Matt Galko, Eric Goodale, and Chase Dowling. All 5 drivers are expected to return to the event in 2020.

“We’re opening the 2020 season with a busy month of May,” explained Stafford V.P. Lisa Arute. “We come out of the gate with 2 weekly shows including one of my favorite events, Kids Night and go into the second half of the month with an Open Modified and Open Super Late Model event. The schedule diversity provides race fans a taste of what’s to come in the summer months.”

The action packed month of May kicks off Friday, May 1st under the lights with opening night for Stafford’s 5 NASCAR Weekly Racing divisions. Stafford’s 5 divisions will headline 2 additional events in the month of May including May 8th and May 22nd. Friday, May 8th will also mark the return of Kids Night with plenty of action for the kids on the midway and big-wheel racing on track. Same as in 2019 all kids 14 & under will be admitted free of charge to all 2020 kids night events. Kids will also be admitted free of charge throughout the month of May for the 28th season of Youth Organization Month.

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

Stafford Speedway 2020 Season Passes Now Available; Schedule to be Released November 13th

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The best deal in short track racing is once again available at Stafford Speedway with 2020 season passes now on sale. Now until December 14th is the best time to buy with deep discounts for race teams and fans who purchase their season passes early. Teams and fans who take advantage of Stafford’s season pass program enjoy big discounts compared to purchasing tickets weekly. In 2019 season pass holders who purchased during the early bird discount period had their passes paid for by early July. The 2020 offer is no different with big savings across the board.

Early bird season pass discount compared to purchasing a full price weekly ticket in 2020:

–       Paddock Season Pass: 54% savings

–       General Admission Season Pass: 43% savings

–       Reserved Ticket Season Pass: 42%

2020 paddock season passes are just $440 until December 14th when they will increase to $500 before again increasing March 16th to $525. General Admission season passes are priced starting at $320 through December 14th when they will increase to $350 and again increasing in price to $375 on March 16th. Stadium chair-back and top row reserved seats are priced at $360 through December 14th before increasing to $390 and again increasing to $420 on March 16th.

“We’re excited to once again offer our weekly fans and competitors big discounts on season tickets for 2020,” explained Stafford Speedway COO Paul Arute. “Stafford Speedway and short track racing is built on weekly competition and top notch racing every Friday. We hope that teams and race fans that plan to attend weekly in 2020 take advantage of the big savings.”

The 2020 season at Stafford Speedway is set to be another thriller with 22 events scheduled highlighted by 9 special events, 7 tour type events, and 6 weekly series extra distance races. The full 2020 Stafford Speedway schedule is slated to be released Wednesday, November 13th at 12pm.

Race teams and fans can order their 2020 season passes online in the all new Stafford Speedway Online Store or by calling the Stafford Speedway box office at 860-684-2783.

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

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.