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Stafford Speedway Ladies Challenge Raises Over $18,000 for Charity

(Stafford Springs, CT)—After a successful debut at the 2018 NAPA Fall Final, the Ladies Challenge race returned to Stafford Speedway as part of 2019 NAPA Fall Final Weekend.  Eleven women associated with Stafford teams competed in Street Stocks and raised over $18,000 for various charities.  Combined with over $35,000 raised in 2018, the Ladies Challenge has raised over $53,000.  11 different charities were represented in the special event, thanks to the hard work of these amazing ladies and car owners in the Street Stock division.

The starting lineup for the Ladies Challenge was determined by the total donations raised for their selected foundation or charity.  Debbie DeSanctis, the winner of the 2018 Ladies Challenge race, once again teamed with Johnny Walker’s #01 car and raised funds for the Massachusetts chapter of Honor and Remember.  DeSanctis led all fundraisers with $3,805 to put her on the pole for the 8-lap race.  DeSanctis rebounded from a mid-race spin to charge back through the field and finish second.

Stafford Speedway Pit Reporter Nicole LaRose was the second leading fundraiser donating $3,368 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in honor of her Stafford TV Production colleague Heather Chaponis. Heather beat breast cancer after being diagnosed shortly after the 2018 NAPA Fall Final.  LaRose piloted the #11 Travis Hydar ride to victory by holding off the hard charging DeSanctis in the closing laps of the Ladies Challenge.

Ashley Bubna, girlfriend of Stafford SK Modified® regular Matt Galko, started third after raising $3,156 for the Catherine V. Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, located in Sandy Hook, CT.  Bubna teamed with Adrien Paradis, III and the #19 Street Stock machine and she finished 6th.  

Dana Jannetty, girlfriend of Stafford SK Modified® regular Joey Cipriano, took the fourth starting position by raising $2,285 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Jannetty drove Marvin Minkler’s #71 car and finished right where she started in fourth place. 

Allison Boyle, daughter of Stafford Limited Late Model driver Jim Boyle, started the race from 5th after raising $1,501 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp.  Boyle drove the #53 car that is normally driven by Paul Bourdon, Jr. and she finished 9th.

Racing for America’s Vet Dogs, Mary Ann Gambacorta, wife and car owner of Street Stock driver Vince Gambacorta, and mother to Late Model driver Kevin Gambacorta, started in the 6th position by raising $1,139.  Gambacorta improved her starting position by one spot as she took the checkered flag in 5th place.

Elizabeth Vassar, wife of SK Modified® regular Matt Vassar, raced for the Connecticut Humane Society.  Vassar raised $645 to start the race from 7th and she finished the race in 10th place.

Heather Varricchio, wife of Late Model regular Paul Varricchio, Jr., started in the 8th position after raising $635 for the Kessler Foundation.  Varricchio drove the #94 Rent A Racecar machine that Chris Danielczuk piloted during the 2019 season to an 8th place finish.

Brianna Macha, daughter of Street Stock regular David Macha, Sr., started in the 9th position after raising $607 for the Connecticut chapter of Make A Wish.  Macha drove her father’s #37 car and came home with a 7th place finish in her very first outing in a competitive race.

Tiffany Spinnato, wife of Rent A Racecar co-owner Gary Spinnato, was racing to raise money for Disabled American Veterans.  Spinnato raised $605 to claim the 10th starting position and she drove the #22 Rent A Racecar machine to an 11th place finish. 

Filling out the field was Laura Secore, wife of Stafford Street Stock driver Dave Secore.  Secore raised $560 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and despite starting last, she drove through the field behind the wheel of her husband’s #38 car to finish on the podium in third place. 

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

Zack Robinson Wins 2019 Stafford Street Stock Championship

Tom Morris/Myracenews photos

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Zack Robinson came into the 2019 Street Stock season at Stafford Speedway behind the wheel of a new car with a new team.  Robinson was undeterred by the fact that he was driving a new car for a new team.  He and the #89 RSMPCO.com / First Class Automotive team owned by Bill Anderson quickly showed that they had championship potential by winning their third race together and three of the first 7 races of the 2019 season.  Robinson gained the points lead midway through the 2019 season and remained on top until the end of the year to claim his first track championship.

“It definitely feels good to win the championship,” said Robinson.  “We were this close in 2017 and we had some mishaps, which was my own fault.  We moved on from that and we came into this year with our heads held high for a new season.  The Anderson family came to us over the winter and asked us if we could help fix their car.  We went through a couple of things and we decided we would build a brand new car from scratch.  We started with a bare frame from the side of my garage, we went to Joe Hamm for a roll cage, and then we did the rest of the car ourselves.  We finished fourth in the first race of the season and we thought that was pretty good for a new car.  The plan was to win as many races as we could and when we started clicking them off four or five weeks into the season we decided we were going to stick it out and see where we could go with it.”

Where Robinson and the #89 team went with their early season success was an almost permanent place in the top-5 every Friday night during the Street Stock feature events.  After opening the year with a fourth place finish, Robinson finished the second race in 18th place,  That 18th place finish on May 11 would turn out to be the only race of the 2019 season that saw Robinson finish lower than 7th.  Robinson closed out the year with 5 wins, 16 top-5, and 19 top-10 finishes.

“Coming into the season our goal was to win the most races and I think we got that done,” said Robinson.  “First of all I have to thank the Anderson family for giving me the opportunity to drive this car.  Joe Brockett, he’s the one behind this car and he made it happen every week and got the car to the front for us.  Ryan Churchill, his father, his whole family, my stepdad, my mom, my father, my grandparents, everyone that’s involved with this car, thanks to Jeff, Tick Mike, and all the sponsors.  First Class Automotive, Jason with Royal Screw Manufacturing, Jet Electric, JSB, Hopkins Construction, Swanson Buick-GMC, Defenders of Charity, and everybody who’s involved with this car.”

Robinson’s victory on July 12 moved him into the Street Stock point lead for the first time.  From there, Robinson slowly built his lead up to where he came into the NAPA Fall Final with a comfortable 30-point margin over Meghan Fuller.  Robinson recorded a third place finish at the NAPA Fall Final, which was his 12th podium finish of the season in 20 starts and he claimed the championship by a final margin of 26 points over Fuller.

“My plan from the start of the last race was to do what we had been doing all year and that was to go for the win,” said Robinson.  “The car started to fall off a little bit and I was kind of happy that we didn’t get a late caution flag.  This is a great accomplishment and I’m proud of the whole team.”

Now that Robinson has claimed his first championship at Stafford, his plans for 2020 season are yet to be determined..

“Right now our plans are up in the air at the moment,” said Robinson.  “We were thinking about possibly going to the Late Model division next season but now that we’ve won the championship, we might have to come back to try to defend it.”

Robinson will officially be crowned the 2019 Street Stock Champion 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.

Todd Owen, Wayne Coury, Jr., & Teddy Hodgdon Score NAPA Fall Final Wins At Stafford; Ronnie Williams & Hodgdon Clinch Track Championships

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway concluded its 2019 NASCAR racing season with feature events for the SK Modified®, Late Model, and SK Light Modified divisions as part of its NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend.  Taking down feature wins were Todd Owen in the SK Modified® feature, Wayne Coury, Jr. in the Late Model feature, and Teddy Hodgdon in the SK Ligh feature.  Owen’s win meant he ended the season tied with Ronnie Williams in the points standings, but Williams had 5 wins this season to Owen’s 4 to make him the champion for the second consecutive season.  Hodgdon came into the NAPA Fall Final as the SK Light points leader and he won his first Stafford championship in grand style by winning the race.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Marcello Rufrano took the lead at the green with Joey Cipriano second and Tyler Hines in third.  Andrew Molleur took fourth with Michael Gervais, Jr. in fifth.  Behind Gervais was a side by side duel between Keith Rocco and Todd Owen for sixth.  The caution came out with 10 laps complete for a spin by Shawn Thibeault in the middle of turns 1+2. 

Rufrano took the lead on the restart with Owen all over his back bumper in second.  Rocco came up to third with Michael Christopher, Jr. and Cipriano side by side for fourth.  Stephen Kopcik was up to fifth with Gervais behind him in sixth.  Owen took the lead from Rufrano on lap-12 and Rocco followed him through to take second and drop Rufrano back to third in line.  Kopcik was now fourth with Gervais fifth and Cipriano sixth.  The caution came back out with 20 laps complete for Curt Brainard, who came to a stop in the middle of turns 3+4 with smoke pouring from his car.

Owen took the lead back under green with Rocco in second.  Rufrano and Kopcik were side by side for third with Gervais and Christopher side by side for fifth.  Rufrano got clear to third on lap-25 with Gervais and Kopcik now side by side for fourth with Owen still leading Rocco out front.  The caution came back out with 25 laps complete for spins in turn 1 by Matt Vassar and Thibeault. 

The caution came right back out on the restart as Chase Dowling nearly spun and came to a stop at the pit road exit in turn 2.  Owen took the lead on the next restart with Rocco still in second.  Rufrano was third with Gervais and Kopcik side by side for fourth.  Cipriano spun and collected the car of Andrew Molleur to bring the caution back out with 26 laps complete.

Owen took the lead with Rocco and Kopcik behind him on the restart.  Rufrano slid back to fourth while Gervais and Dan Avery were side by side for fifth with Ronnie Williams up to seventh.  Mike Christopher spun coming out of turn 2 to bring the caution back out with 28 laps complete.

Troy Talman, Tyler Leary, and Tyler Hines all spun on the backstretch to bring the yellow right back out on the restart.  Owen again took the lead on the restart while Kopcik was able to take second from Rocco.  Rocco was third in line with Gervais and Rufrano side by side for fourth and Williams in sixth.  Williams took fifth on lap-31 as Rufrano slid back to sixth.  With 8 laps to go, the order was Owen, Kopcik, Rocco, Gervais, and Williams.  With Owen in the lead, Williams needed to be at least fourth to win the SK Modified® championship.

Williams was able to get to the inside of Gervais on lap-37 to take fourth and put himself in a championship clinching position.  Owen led Kopcik to the checkered flag to pick up his fourth win of the 2019 season.  Rocco finished third with Williams fourth and Gervais fifth.  Williams fourth place finish saw him tied with Owen in points but Williams had 5 wins to Owen’s 4 this season, which made him the 2019 SK Modified® track champion.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature, Michael Bennett took the lead from polesitter Paul Varricchio, Jr. and Al Saunders moved into second with Varricchio falling back to third, just ahead of Paul Arute in fourth.  Ed Ricard spun in turn 4 to bring the caution out with 1 lap complete.

Bennett took the lead with Saunders in second on the restart. Ryan Fearn moved around Varricchio to take third with Varricchio slotting into fourth and Arute in fifth.  Ryan Fearn went by Saunders on lap-5 to move into second and began to try to close down the gap to Bennett, who had pulled away from the field in the opening laps.  Andy Marchese spun in the middle of turns 1+2 to bring the caution back out with 7 laps complete.

Ryan Fearn ran Bennett down and made a pass for the lead but just as he made his move the caution came out with 12 laps complete for spins in turn 1 by Rob Dow and R.J. Surdell. 

Bennett took the lead back under green with Wayne Coury, Jr. coming up to second.  Al Saunders was third in line with Ryan Fearn back to fourth and Rom Fearn was fifth.  Ryan Fearn got back by Saunders for third on lap-18 and Tom Fearn followed him through to drop Saunders back to fifth and the caution came back out with 18 laps complete for a spin in turn 4 by Scott Bouley.

The field completed one lap with Bennett still holding the race lead before the caution came back out for a spin in turn 2 by Ryan Fearn. 

On the restart, Scott Bouley came to a stop with fluid leading from his car and Tom Fearn got collected and had damage to his front bumper to bring the caution right back out.  The next restart saw Bennett again take the lead with Coury second.  Darrell Keane and Al Saunders were side by side for third with Michael Wray in fifth.  Saunders got loose on lap-20, which allowed Keane to take third and dropped Saunders back into a side by side fight with Wray for fourth place.

Coury was working Bennett over for the race lead and the two cars touched coming out of turn 4 on lap-24.  The two cars touched again on lap-25 in turn 2 with Bennett maintaining the lead.  Coury came back to Bennett’s inside on lap-27 to take the lead.  Coury was heading towards the checkered flag when R.J. Surdell brought the caution out with a spin in the middle of turns 3+4 to set up a green white checkered finish.

Coury took the lead on the restart with Bennett giving chase in second.  Bennett couldn’t get close enough to Coury as Coury took down his first career win at Stafford.  Kevin Gambacorta finished third with Al Saunders and Wray rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, a multicar incident in turn 3 involving Fred Nees, Jr., Alina Bryden, Brett Gonyaw, and Chris Viens brought the caution out before a lap could be completed. 

Norm Sears took the early lead but Joey Ferrigno took the lead from Sears on lap-2.  Noah Korner was third with Mark Bakaj and Sami Anderson side by side for fourth.  Bakaj was starting to charge in the outside lane and he took second from Sears on lap-8 with Ferrigno still out front.  Sears was still third in line with Anderson fourth.  Teddy Hodgdon, who came into the race as the SK Light points leader, narrowly avoided disaster on lap-8 as Bob Charland spun and nearly collected Hodgdon to bring the caution out. 

Ferrigno took the lead back under green with Bakaj on his outside in second.  Anderson was third in line with Sears and Korner side by side for fourth.  Hodgdon powered his way around Korner to move up to fourth on lap-11 and Bryan Narducci took fifth on lap-13 as Ferrigno continued to lead Bakaj.  Hodgdon got by Anderson to move into third place on lap-14 and he pulled alongside Bakaj for second place on lap-15.  The caution came out with 15 laps complete for a spin in turn 2 by Steven Chapman and Noah Korner with Alina Bryden’s car also coming to a stop at the entrance to turn 1.

Ferrigno took the lead on the restart with Hodgdon and Bakaj side by side for second.  Narducci was fourth with Anderson and Alexander Pearl lined up behind him.  The caution cmae back out with 16 laps complete for Bobby Jones, who came to a stop on the backstretch infield.

Ferrigno again took the lead with Bakaj and Hodgdon side by side for second.  Hodgdon cleared Bakaj and pulled to the outside of Ferrigno for the lead on lap-18.  Amanda West came to a stop against the turn 4 wall to bring the caution back out with 18 laps complete to set up a green white checkered finish.

Ferrigno took the lead at the green but going into turn 3 Hodgdon dove to the inside of Ferrigno to take the lead.  Ferrigno and several other cars spun in turn 4 coming to the checkered flag, allowing Hodgdon to cruise to the checkered flag.  The win was Hodgdon’s second consecutive win and fifth win of the 2019 season and clinched the 2019 SK Light championship.  Pearl came home in second with Nick Anglace, Brian Sullivan, and Chapman rounding out the top-5.  Bryan Narducci was penalized by NASCAR Officials to the rear of the field for causing the last lap contact and since he was on probation from earlier this season, he was disqualified from the finishing order.

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

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SK MODIFIED® (40)

1) Todd Owen, Somers

2) Stephen Kopcik, Newtown

3) Keith Rocco, Berlin

4) Ronnie Williams, Tolland

5) Michael Gervais, Jr., Wolcott

6) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, MA

7) Dan Avery, Somers

8) Marcello Rufrano, North Haven

9) Timmy Jordan, Brooklyn

10) Michael Christopher, Jr., Wolcott

11) Cory DiMatteo, Farmington

12) Anthony Flannery, East Hampton

13) Tony Membrino, Jr., Berlin

14) David Arute, Stafford Springs

15) Chase Dowling, Midland, NC

16) Ed Spiers, Beacon Falls

17) Mike Christopher, Plainville

18) Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA

19) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA

20) Tyler Hines, North Haven

21) Troy Talman, Oxford, MA

22) Shawn Thibeault, Plainville

23) Joey Ternullo, Jr., Middletown

24) Joey Cipriano, III, Waterbury

25) Andrew Molleur, Shelton

26) Matt Vassar, Plantsville

27) Curt Brainard, Canton

LATE MODEL (30)

1) Wayne Coury, Jr., Fairfield

2) Michael Bennett, Willington

3) Kevin Gambacorta, Ellington

4) Al Saunders, Stafford

5) Michael Wray, Northford

6) Darrell Keane, Enfield

7) Tyler Leary, Hatfield, MA

8) Ed Ricard, Stafford Springs

9) Cliff Saunders, Stafford

10) Dave Wray, Durham

11) Tom Butler, Stafford Springs

12) John Blake, North Haven

13) Ryan Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

14) Tom Fearn, East Longmeadow, MA

15) Robert Surdell, Willington

16) Richard Ciriello, Reading, MA

17) Greg DeMone, Ludlow, MA

18) Gary Theriault, Enfield

19) Rob Dow, Stafford Springs

20) Jacob Perry, Stonington

21) Andy Marchese, Tolland

22) Mike Mordino, Southington

23) Paul Arute, Northridge, MA

24) Eric Finkbein, Jr., Vernon

25) Scott Bouley, Thomaston

26) Paul Varricchio, Jr., Berlin

SK LIGHT (20)

1) Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury

2) Alexander Pearl, Salem

3) Nick Anglace, Oxford

4) Brian Sullivan, South Windsor

5) Steven Chapman, Ellington

6) Chris Bagnall, Winsted

7) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon

8) Norm Sears, Andover

9) Ethan Durocher, Canterbury

10) Robert Bloxsom, III, Stratford

11) George Bessette, Jr., Danbury

12) Alina Bryden, West Springfield, MA

13) Joey Ferrigno, East Hartford

14) Sami Anderson, Wolcott

15) Amanda West, Colchester

16) Bobby Jones, Palmerton, PA

17) Noah Korner, Canton

18) David Webb, Nashville, TN

19) Wesley Prucker, Stafford

20) Glenn Griswold, Vernon

21) Bob Charland, Stafford

22) Chris Matthews, Stafford

23) Jonathan Puleo, Branford

24) Brett Gonyaw, Vernon

25) Chris Viens, Putnam

26) Fred Nees, Jr., New Milford