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Schedule Announced for 58th World Series at Thompson Speedway

Advance Ticket Sales to Begin Tuesday, September 15

Thompson, CT — Track and series officials have announced the schedule of events for the 58th World Series of Speedway Racing at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The annual auto racing festival once again has three days of racing from Friday, October 9 to Sunday, October 11 with 18 divisions on the program.

The action kicks off Friday, October 9 with rotating practice beginning 11:00am. All World Series divisions except the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour are allowed to participate. A five-division Friday night card goes green at 5:00pm that includes the Thompson Mini Stocks, an 8-cylinder Street Stock Open, the Senior Tour Auto Racers Modifeds and Late Models, and an Open Vintage Modified feature.

Saturday, October 10 will be the busiest day of racing at the World Series. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has practice and qualifying for their annual World Series 150. Twelve other divisions have heat races that afternoon beginning at approximately 2:00pm. Following NASCAR Modified time trials are main events for the Tour-type Modified Open, ACT-type Late Model Open, 350 Supermodifieds, EXIT Realty Pro Truck Series, North East Mini Stock Tour, NEMA Midgets, and Pro 4 Modifieds.

The festival wraps up Sunday, October 11. The first green flag flies at 12:30pm when the Sunoco Modified feature rolls onto the track. Main events for the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models, Limited Sportsmen, NEMA Lites, and SK Light Modifieds are also on Sunday. The World Series concludes with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150-lap event.

Advance tickets for the 58th World Series of Speedway Racing go on sale Tuesday, September 15 at https://happsnow.com/event/Thompson-Speedway-Motorsports-Park-YHPQ. A three-day general admission pass is $55 for adults and $15 for kids ages 12 and under. Grandstand attendance is limited to 25% of capacity per state requirements. Pit admission is $75 per person for a three-day pass.

Division rules, purses, and entry forms that have not yet been released will be announced soon. Visit www.thompsonspeedway.com or www.acttour.com/thompson-speedway for regular updates and to review the track’s health and safety guidelines.

For more information about the World Series of Speedway Racing schedule, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com/thompson-speedway or www.thompsonspeedway.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

For camping information and general Thompson Speedway inquires, call (860) 923-2280 or email oval@thompsonspeedway.com. You can follow Thompson Speedway on Facebook and Instagram at @ThompsonSpeedway or on Twitter at @ThompsonSpdwy.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

Stafford Speedway Hosting 3rd Annual TC 13 Shootout in Memory of Ted Christopher This Friday

(Stafford Springs, CT)—For the 3rd consecutive season, Stafford Motor Speedway will pay tribute to one of its greatest champions with the TC 13 Shootout in memory of Ted Christopher this Friday night, September 11.  Christopher made the number 13 famous at Stafford, taking that car number to 109 SK Modified® wins and 9 track championships.  This Friday night will see the number 13 back in the spotlight with the top-13 finishers from the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event transferring into the TC 13 Shootout, a 13-lap race that will pay the winner $1,313 thanks to contributions from event partners Justin & Tabitha Manafort, Greg and Venetta Narducci of the Florida Connection, Big Haus USA Racing Products, Gaston Racing Enterprises, LifeCare Family Chiropractic with Dr. Sean Noel, the Tri-Track Modified Series, John and Maina Rufrano with Wheelers Auto, and anonymous donors.  Glen Reen won the Inaugural TC 13 Shootout in 2018 and Keith Rocco won last year’s TC 13 Shootout.

“We’re excited to host the 3rd Annual TC 13 Shootout,” explained Stafford Speedway CEO Mark Arute.  “We can’t thank those who have supported the purse enough, without their support the event is not possible. Between this event and the amazing work Quinn Christopher did this season with the Ted Christopher Safety initiative Teddy’s legacy lives on.”

Christopher ranks as one of, if not the greatest, champions in the long and storied history of Stafford Motor Speedway.  Christopher made his Stafford debut in 1983 driving in the SK Modified® division and although it took him several seasons before he scored his first win in 1986, once he got his first win he continued winning at an amazing rate through the 2017 season.  Christopher scored at least 1 SK Modified® feature victory every year from 1986 through 2014, which was a 29 year winning streak.  Christopher’s 131 career Stafford wins are a track record with his 131 wins spread out over 6 different divisions.  Christopher won races in the SK Modified®, ProStock, Whelen Modified Tour, Valenti Modified Racing Series, Busch North Series, and Pro All-Stars Series.  

Christopher’s 9 SK Modified® track championships are also a Stafford record and those 9 championships were spread out over 4 decades of racing (1987, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014). Christopher was the 2001 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion and he won the 2008 Whelen Modified Tour championship driving the #36 car for Eddie Whelan.  Christopher recorded 12 of his 42 career Whelen Modified Tour wins at Stafford, including the final WMT win of his career at the 2011 NAPA Fall Final.  

“Teddy is missed everyday,” continued Arute. “When we came up with this event we were looking to develop a race that we could hold each year in his honor. The race has really taken a life of its own and serves as a great memorial for TC. He’s an important part of Stafford’s history and will never be forgotten.” 

This Friday night, September 11, the TC 13 SK Modified® Shootout and regularly scheduled 40-lap SK Modified® feature will be paired with Stafford’s Late Models, SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks for a full night of NASCAR Weekly Racing.  Tickets are priced at $20.00 for adult general admission, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Paddock passes are $40 and all tickets for this event are available for purchase now at www.staffordspeedway.com.  Don’t wait, most events have sold out.  If tickets are sold the day of the event the price increases $5 at the gates.

Any fans who can’t make the race in person can watch a live stream of the entire evening starting at 6pm with qualifying heats all the way through the final feature event of the night on www.staffordspeedway.tv for only $20.

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

TC 13 Shoot Out Set for Sept. 11 at Stafford Speedway With $4,400+ Purse

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Speedway will host the 3rd Annual TC 13 Shootout on Friday, September 11 with the support of multiple partners as part of the NASCAR Weekly Racing program that night.  The 13-lap race is a tribute to Ted Christopher, Stafford’s all-time winningest driver with 109 career SK Modified® wins, 131 overall feature wins, and 9 SK Modified® track championships, who tragically lost his life in a plane crash in 2017.  This year’s TC 13 Shootout already boasts a purse of over $4,400 thanks to contributions from Justin & Tabitha Manafort, Greg and Venetta Narducci of the Florida Connection, Big Haus USA Racing Products, Gaston Racing Enterprises, LifeCare Family Chiropractic with Dr. Sean Noel, the Tri-Track Modified Series, and anonymous donors.  Stafford Speedway is still accepting contributions for the TC 13 Shootout so the purse could be even higher when the cars take to the track on Sept. 11.

“When Teddy passed away we wanted to incorporate a race into our schedule that would pay tribute to him and how dominant he was here at Stafford,” said Stafford Speedway VP/CFO Lisa Arute.  “A race with short laps for big money is exactly the type of race that Teddy would be hyped up for and thanks to all of our amazing partners, we’re able to once again pay tribute to Teddy, who was the king of Stafford.  It should be another exciting night of open wheel racing and we can’t wait to see who will win the race this year.”

The TC 13 Shootout debuted in 2018 with Glen Reen winning the race in a Dan Avery owned car that carried the same black and gold paint scheme that Christopher made famous on his #13 car.  Last year’s race was won by Keith Rocco, who broke into racing as a crew member for Christopher’s #13 team before setting out on his own career.  Rocco just recorded his 60th career SK Modified® victory, which was his 71st overall win at Stafford.  Rocco leads all SK Modified® drivers in 2020 with 3 wins to his credit thus far and he sits atop the 2020 SK Modified® points standings.

“It was pretty prestigious to win that race since it has Ted’s name on it,” said Rocco.  “With only 13 laps there’s not a lot of time to make things happen and that is definitely Ted’s kind of race.  It was very enjoyable to win that race and it was a lot of fun because you run your 40-lap race and then put everything aside and go racing for fun.  It would be great to win it again.  We definitely wanted to win that race at least once and we’ve done that so we’ll see how the cards fall this year.”

The 2020 TC 13 Shootout starting field will once again be set by the top-13 finishers in the regularly scheduled 40-lap SK Modified® feature on Sept. 11.  The race winner will draw a number from 1 to 13 to determine how many drivers will be inverted from the feature finish for the TC 13 starting lineup.  If 13 is drawn, the 13th place finisher will start on the pole of the shootout. 

“If we’re not in the top-13 then something probably drastically went wrong but we’ll just do what we do,” said Rocco.

Any individual or business interested in supporting the TC 13 Shootout event may contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

The TC 13 SK Modified® Shootout and 40-lap SK Modified® feature will be paired with Stafford’s Late Models, SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks for a full night of NASCAR Weekly Racing.  Tickets for the NASCAR Weekly Racing / TC 13 SK Shootout are priced at $20.00 for adult general admission, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Paddock passes will be available for $40 and all tickets for this event will go on sale starting Saturday, September 5th at 8am on www.staffordspeedway.com.

For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.