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SEEKONK, Mass. — When the Tri Track Open Modified Series rolls into Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday for the Call Before You Dig Modified Classic 81, a variety of different motor packages will come with the top talent in Modified racing to chase a $10,000 winning prize.

As previously released by Tri Track ahead of the Monadnock date in August, there are multiple different motor packages possible for each event. At Stafford, it will be no different. With talent coming from multiple different divisions, there will be various engine packages, and all of them will have a shot to take a purse of over $57,000 with contingency and additional bonuses included. 

There will be a 21-degree Dart Spec Head Tour-Type motor under the hood of the No. 00 for Jimmy Paige and driver Justin Bonsignore and others in the field, while various drivers will compete with an 18-degree Tour-Type engine, including names like series points leader Matt Hirschman, Woody Pitkat, Mike Christopher Jr., Ron Silk, Todd Owen and more. 

There will also be a collection of drivers using the approved NASCAR spec motor that runs on the Whelen Modified Tour – with names like Matt Swanson, Blake Barney, Calvin Carroll, Dave Sapienza, Andy Jankowiak, Chris Pasteryak and more taking that route. Additional motor packages in the field will include the 23-degree Tour-Type motor with drivers like Craig Lutz, the Dart Steel Head Engine and a FORD motor.

“A variety of different packages like this with top talent is what makes open modified racing so fun to watch for our fans,” Ed Bennett, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. 

As with every other event, different motor packages require different weights to keep a level playing field. Per the Tri Track rulebook, cars come to the track with a package that they wish to run and most conform to the current rules. There are Tour Type Modified engines, SK Modified and Sportsman Modified motors, DART Steel Head engines, NASCAR spec engines and more in the field. Depending on the motor combination a team runs, their overall car weight might be different. For example, Tour Type Modified motors that are between 355ci-364ci are 2,610 pounds on the scales. Those between 365ci-372ci are 2,600 pounds, while a NASCAR Modified Tour spec engine must be 2,660 pounds. The DART Steel Head engine must be 2,650 pounds. 

The talent lining up to compete is going to put this race on a field in its own as the top Modified event in 2020. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champions Justin Bonsignore (2020, 2018), six-time champ Doug Coby and Ron Silk are joined by top Tri Track names like Woody Pitkat, Chase Dowling, Ronnie Williams, Les Hinckley, Richard Savary and more. A full, updated entry list as of Tuesday morning is available on the Stafford Motor Speedway website. 

With different motors, there are also different engine builders in the field, with names like Hutter, Performance Technology, Bob Bruneau Engines, Mike Pettit Engines, Billy the Kid Race Engines and more building for competition. Although there is a bit of a weight difference between some of the motors, it doesn’t show on the track, with different packages winning and running at the front.  

See below the story for a full list of which teams are planning to bring which motor to the race. 

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00 – Justin Bonsignore – 21-Degree Dart Spec Head Tour-Type Built Motor 

00 – Tommy Membrino Jr. — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

06 – Les Hinckley – 23-Degree Aluminum Tour-Type engine 

1 – Joey Cipriano — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

2X – Paul Kubesha — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

3 – Matt Galko — 23-Degree Aluminum Tour-Type engine 

3 – Matt Swanson – NASCAR Spec Engine 

6 – Woody Pitkat — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

7NY – Mike Christopher Jr. — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

8 – Nick Salva — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

8 – Cam McDermott — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

9 – Tommy Barrett Jr. — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

9 – Chase Dowling – NASCAR Spec Engine 

11NC – Burt Myers – FORD Motor 

11 – Matt Vassar – 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

13 – Dylan Izzo — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

14 – Blake Barney – NASCAR Spec Engine 

20 – Max Zachem — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

21 – DRIVER TBA (Art Barry’s car) — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

23 – Troy Talman — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

25 – Doug Coby — 23-Degree Aluminum Tour-Type engine 

25 – Calvin Carroll – NASCAR Spec Engine 

25 – Brian Robbie — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

25CT – Anthony Flannery — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

33 – Michael Gervais Jr. — DART Steel Head Engine 

34 – Dave Ethridge — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

35 – Andrew Molleur — DART Steel Head Engine 

36 – Dave Sapienza — NASCAR Spec Engine 

44 – Trevor Bleau — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

44 – Anthony Sesely — 21-Degree Dart Spec Head Tour-Type Built Motor 

46 – Craig Lutz — 23-Degree Aluminum Tour-Type engine 

48 – Marcello Rufrano — DART Steel Head Engine 

50 – Ronnie Williams —  23-Degree Aluminum Tour-Type engine 

50 — Ron Silk — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

50 – Noah Korner — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

55 – Ryan Doucette — 21-Degree Dart Spec Head Tour-Type Built Motor 

57 – Keith Rocco — DART Steel Head Engine 

58 – Eric Goodale — 21-Degree Dart Spec Head Tour-Type Built Motor 

59 – Andy Jankowiak – NASCAR Spec Engine 

60 – Matt Hirschman — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

66 – Austin Kochenash — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

74 – Manny Dias — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

74 – Shawn Thibeault — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

75 – Chris Pasteryak – NASCAR Spec Engine 

76 – Kirk Alexander — 21-Degree Dart Spec Head Tour-Type Built Motor 

176 – Cory DiMatteo — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

78 – Walter Sutcliffe Jr. — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

81 – Todd Owen — 18-Degree Tour-Type engine 

92 – Anthony Nocella — 23-Degree Aluminum Tour-Type engine 

99 – Richard Savary — 21-Degree Dart Spec Head Tour-Type Built Motor 

Half of Drivers Entered in the Call Before You Dig Modified Classic Have a Victory At Stafford Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The Call Before You Dig 81 Tri-Track Modified Series race scheduled for this Saturday, October 24 at Stafford Speedway, has seen the entry list grow to 50 cars.  While only one car will be able to take home the $10,000 winning payday, the field is packed with driving talent from several different touring divisions as well as the weekly racing ranks.  To further illustrate the wide variety of talent that will be part of the show, 15 of the 50 entries received as of Monday, Oct. 19 have raced an SK Light at Stafford and 26 of the drivers have won a feature at Stafford.  Here we take a look at each of the 26 different drivers entered into the CBYD 81 who have won a race at Stafford in their careers.

Tommy Membrino, Jr. – #00 Membrino Racing – Membrino has 3 career SK Light feature wins to his credit at Stafford.  He won twice in 2009 with his most recent win coming in 2011.

Joey Cipriano – #1 Superior Refinishing Chevrolet – Cipriano has 8 career Stafford wins.  Cipriano won his first race in the SK Light division in 2010 and followed that up with 6 more SK Light wins in 2011 before winning his first and thus far only SK Modified® feature in 2018.

Matt Galko – #3 AAA Consulting, LLC. Chevrolet – Galko is a former 2-time SK Light champion at Stafford (’10, ’11) with 8 SK Light wins in 2010 and 2011 and 2 more SK Modified® wins in 2017 for a total of 10 wins at Stafford.

Matt Swanson – #3 USNE / Propane Plus Chevrolet – Swanson only made 10 starts during a partial schedule as a 15-year old rookie driver in Stafford’s SK Light division in 2015, but he captured his one and only Stafford victory in his 6th start.

Woody Pitkat – #6 Mertz Racing Chevrolet – With 78 career feature wins at Stafford, Pitkat ranks behind only Ted Christopher on the track’s all-time feature winners list.  Pitkat is the 2013 SK Modified® track champion at Stafford to go along with 2 Late Model titles (’06, ’12).  Pitkat’s 78 career wins have come in 6 different divisions at Stafford with 40 Late Model wins, 30 SK Modified® wins, 3 DARE Stock wins, 2 MRS wins, 2 Whelen Modified Tour wins, and 1 Open Modified win.

Michael Christopher, Jr. – #7ny Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet – Christopher has 5 career SK Modified® wins and counting at Stafford.  Christopher won his first 4 races in 2018 and his most recent win was Oct. 2 of this season.

Nick Salva – #8 Seekonk Grand Prix Chevrolet – Salva has 5 career feature wins at Stafford.  Salva’s first Stafford win came in the DARE Stock division in 2010 before he won 2 SK Light features in 2014 and another 2 in 2015.

Tommy Barrett, Jr. – #9 James Monroe Wire and Cable Chevrolet – Barrett has recorded 18 career feature wins at Stafford.  Barrett burst onto the Stafford scene with 10 SK Light wins in 2010 and he followed that up with 4 more SK Light wins in 2011.  Barrett won an MRS event at Stafford in 2011, 2012, and 2013 with his most recent Stafford victory coming in the 2018 Twisted Tea Open 80.

Chase Dowling – #9 S & S Asphalt Paving Chevrolet – Dowling has recorded 16 Stafford victories to date.  Dowling opened his Stafford win account with 7 SK Light wins in 2013 and has followed that up with 8 SK Modified® wins, including 2 NAPA SK 5k wins in 2017 and 2020, as well as an MRS win in 2019.

Jon McKennedy – #21 Spearpoint Racing Chevrolet – McKennedy has recorded 4 career feature wins at Stafford.  McKennedy has 2 MRS wins coming in 2012 and 2016 and he swept a pair of MTS feature events in 2017.

Troy Talman – #23 American Military University Chevrolet – Talman scored his one and thus far only career Stafford feature win in the SK Light division back in 2013.

Doug Coby – #25 Roscoe Racing Chevrolet – Before Coby became a 6-time Whelen Modified Tour champion, he won 2 track titles at Stafford, winning the Late Model title in 1998 and ProStock championship in 2000.  Coby also has 29 career wins at Stafford with 12 Whelen Modified Tour wins, 8 ProStock wins, 5 SK Modified® wins, and 4 Late Model wins.

Michael Gervais, Jr. – #33 Stafford Pools Chevrolet – Gervais is the 2009 SK Light champion at Stafford and has 4 SK Modified® wins to his name.  Gervais won twice in 2012 and once each in 2014 and 2015.

Dave Etheridge – #34 Warner Turf Equipment Chevrolet – Etheridge has 5 career Stafford wins, but he hasn’t won a race at Stafford in over 20 years.  All 5 of Etheridge’s wins at Stafford came in the ProStock division with one win each season from 1993-1997.

Andrew Molleur – #35 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet – In his brief Stafford career to date, Molleur has 5 wins to his credit with 4 SK Light wins in 2018 and a win as an SK Modified® rookie driver in 2019.

Craig Lutz – #46 Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet – Lutz’s only Stafford victory to date was also his first career Whelen Modified Tour win, coming in the 2019 NAPA Fall Final.

Marcello Rufrano – #48 Wheelers Auto Chevrolet – Rufrano is the 2018 SK Light track champion at Stafford and he has 14 career wins to his name.  Rufrano has 11 SK Light wins from 2016-2018, 2 DARE Stock wins in 2015, and he won the Bud Light Open 80 in July of this season.

Ronnie Williams – #50 Empower Financial Advisory Ford – Williams is the 2018 & 2019 SK Modified® track champion at Stafford with 24 career wins.  Williams has 18 SK Modified® wins, 4 SK Light wins, and 2 Open Modified wins at Stafford.

Ronnie Silk – #50s LaJoie’s Scrap Metal Chevrolet – Silk has 7 career Stafford wins with 4 SK Modified® wins from 2002-2005 and he has 3 Whelen Modified Tour wins coming in 2011, 2019, and 2020.

Noah Korner – #50h Sales Auctions Chevrolet – Korner is a 2-time winner in Stafford’s SK Light division with both of his wins coming in the 2019 season. 

Keith Rocco – #57 M & M Stone Creations Chevrolet – Rocco is a 4-time SK Modified® champion at Stafford (’08, ’10, ’17, ’20) and his 74 career wins trails only Ted Christopher and Woody Pitkat for the most all-time.  Rocco has won 63 SK Modified® races, 6 Late Model races, 2 MRS and 2 Open Mod races, and he won the 2011 Champions for Charities feature event in a Wild Thing Sr. Outlaw kart.

Eric Goodale – #58 GAF Roofing Chevrolet – Goodale has 2 career wins at Stafford with a Whelen Modified Tour victory in the 2017 NAPA Fall Final and a win in the 2018 Bud Light Open 80.

Shawn Thibeault – #74 Enterprise Rental Car Chevrolet – Thibeault has 7 career Stafford wins with all of his victories coming in the Limited Late Model division from 2009-2011.

Chris Pasteryak – #75 Dawley’s Auto Chevrolet – Pasteryak has twice reached NAPA Victory Lane at Stafford winning an MRS race in 2011 and again in 2015.

Todd Owen – #81 Cooker Construction Chevrolet – Owen has recorded 21 feature wins at Stafford with 7 wins in the ProStock division from 1999-2000 and 14 wins in the SK Modified® division from 2005-2020.

Anthony Nocella – #92 Nocella Paving Chevrolet – Nocella has 1 career Stafford victory to his name with that win coming in an MRS race back in May of 2017.  

Richard Savary – #99 Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists Chevrolet – Savary has 1 career Stafford victory to his name with that win coming in an MRS race back in August of 2018.  

Joining the Tri-Track Modifieds in feature action this Saturday will be Stafford’s SK Lights and Street Stocks.  Tickets for CBYD 81 are on sale now with adult general admission priced at $35.00, $10.00 for kids ages 6-14, kids 5 and under are admitted free.  Paddock passes are priced at $50.00.  This event is expected to sell out so fans are encouraged to order tickets in advance online.  Fans who cannot attend the CBYD 81 in person but would still like to watch can order a live stream of the event from for $30.  

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

Contingency Awards Adding to Stacked Purse for Tri Track Debut at Stafford Motor Speedway


SEEKONK, Mass. — With a $10,000 winning prize on the line for the Tri Track Open Modified Series debut at Stafford Motor Speedway on October 24, drivers will be pressing the throttle to the floor in hopes of getting to the front in the final laps.  

But, that $10,000 check can only leave with one driver in the Call Before You Dig Modified Classic 81 – a race that is quickly shaping up to be one of the best Modified races of the season, if not one of the best in years. 

With more than 45 cars already entered for the debut at the half-mile, it’s clear that the big prize isn’t the only reason why drivers will flock to Connecticut. The total purse rises over $49,500 — and it continues to grow as the race gets closer. Second-place pays $4,000, while third pays $3,000, fourth $2,500 and fifth $2,100. Dropped down throughout the field, the driver that finishes last in the 81-lap feature will still collect a smooth $1,000 for their efforts. For those who don’t qualify into the feature, there will also be tow money provided if they have pre-registered for the race. 

And that’s just the regular posted purse. 

Contingency bonuses have been a hot topic with the Tri Track Open Modified Series in 2020, and the debut at Stafford will be no different. Through the Pepsi Challenge, $300 will be provided to each heat winner and the same $300 will go towards each driver who wins a consi race. Through the first three races of the season, more than $4,000 has already been distributed through the Pepsi Challenge.

Mark, Kate and the team at Green Construction have also provided a hard charger award for the Stafford event – and this one is going to dramatically increase someone’s payday. Green will donate $1,000 to the driver that advances the most positions during the race from start to finish. The award is determined by the driver that advances the most spots from their starting spot to where they finished. The team at Green Construction have been supporters of the Tri Track Series and have boosted the value on this award to give a bit of extra incentive for competitors.  

For once, it might be more beneficial to start towards the back of the field. 

Ted Anderson – and his company, Superior Refinishing — have provided $200 per race so far in 2020 – a total of $600 – and will add $200 more to the pot at Stafford. If the driver that starts on the pole wins the 81-lap feature, their total prize will move to $10,800. However, if the polesitter doesn’t win the race, the team at Superior will donate the $800 towards creating a strong B-Main feature payout. Per the Tri Track rulebook, officials will determine on race day whether a B-Main is necessary based on how many cars are in the pit area.  

Finally, a new contingency award added to the pot this week includes former JR Motorsports employee and current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winning crew chief Ryan Stone. Stone, and his business, Stone’s Parts and Performance, based out of Milford, Connecticut, will sponsor a $300 award for the driver that posts the fastest lap in the 81-lap race. Stone’s is a FURY parts dealer that also offers chassis consultation, shock services, setup help and more. 

The entry list for the race includes the top names in Modified racing – with Doug Coby, Keith Rocco Justin Bonsignore, Matt Hirschman, Ron Silk, Chase Dowling, Ronnie Williams, Mike Christopher Jr., Les Hinckley, Matt Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Burt Myers, Jon McKennedy and more expected. The entry list stands at 48 drivers on Friday, October 16, with still a week to go before the green flag. 

Stafford Motor Speedway will run at 50% capacity for this event due to restrictions by the state of Connecticut because of COVID-19. To purchase tickets, fans should visit the Stafford online store on the Stafford website. Tickets are $35 for adults in general admission, $10 for kids that are 6 to 14, and free for those under 5. Pit passes are also available for purchase at $50. Any remaining tickets would be available at the gate if they don’t sell out. 

The race day schedule includes practice for the Tri Track Series from 11-12:30 p.m., with qualifying heat races starting at 1:30 p.m. The Call Before You Dig Modified Classic 81 is scheduled to take the green flag around 4:30 p.m. The Stafford SK Light Modifieds and Street Stocks will also join the racing card. 

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