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    Keith Rocco Ready to Challenge for Victory in VMRS 80 at Stafford Speedway
                                                                                                                                                                
    (Stafford Springs, CT)---The Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to Stafford Speedway Friday, May 20th, and Keith
    Rocco and the #68 Wheelers Auto team have shown that they will be among the contenders for the win.  In 12 career
    VMRS starts at Stafford, Rocco has 2 wins, 6 top-5 and 8 top-10 finishes.  Rocco will be looking for his third Stafford
    checkered flag in this Friday night’s VMRS 80, which would tie him with Tommy Barrett, Jr.
    “We’re usually pretty good at Stafford,” said Rocco.  “Last year we had a valve spring break or something stupid, but
    we’re usually right there in the top-5 and in contention for a win.  I think the track will probably be pretty close to
    what it was at the Sizzler®.  We haven’t raced in three weeks so the track will probably be pretty green with a lot of
    grip.”
    One reason why Rocco has been so strong in the VMRS events is a combination of his experience and knowledge of
    the Stafford half-mile layout.  In the 14 races VMRS races that have been held at Stafford since 2010, 10 races have
    been won by drivers who have weekly modified experience at Stafford.  Rocco says that experience still gives
    drivers like himself, Ted Christopher, Woody Pitkat, and Rowan Pennink an advantage over the rest of the field when
    it comes to racing at Stafford.
    “I think it’s an advantage just because of the amount of laps we have around the place and we know how the track
    changes going into night,” said Rocco.
    While Rocco may hold an advantage over others with his track knowledge, he says that winning a VMRS race can be
    a tricky proposition because drivers have only one set of tires for qualifying and the 80-lap feature and you have to
    make the tires last to be in position to race for the win as the race begins to draw closer to the checkered flag.
    “You have to be there at the end of the race and hope everything stays together,” says Rocco.  “The biggest thing
    will be keeping the tires and the wheels on the car.  If we can do that, we should be among the contenders for the
    win.  It’s very important to have something left for the end of the race.  You don’t want to burn up the car or the
    tires early in the race or in the heat race.  It’s definitely a challenge and it’s a different style of racing.”
    In addition to his VMRS duties, Rocco will be looking to get things on track with his SK Modified® effort.  The
    opening NAPA Spring Sizzler Weekend proved to be a rough start for Rocco and the #88 Wheelers Auto team as they
    got caught up in a wreck in their qualifying race and also caught in a wreck during the feature.  Despite all the
    troubles they encountered, they still managed a 10th place finish. Rocco will be looking to build on that finish and
    pick up some momentum that will last throughout the 2016 season.
    “We’re putting the Sizzler behind us,” said Rocco.  “We’re going to start over and hopefully we can come out with a
    good finish.  I think our SK program is going to be very good this year.”
    The May 20th VMRS 80 will be the first of three Valenti Modified Racing Series events to be held at Stafford during
    the 2016 season.  The VMRS returns to Stafford June 24th and September 2nd.  Tickets for all three VMRS events
    are available and on sale now.  Tickets for the May 20 VMRS 80 are priced at $27.50 for adult general admission
    tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied
    by an adult.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Reserved seating is $30.00 for all ages.  For the 26th
    consecutive season the month of May is Youth Organization Month at Stafford Speedway. All children 14 and under
    are admitted FREE when wearing a youth organization team shirt or uniform and accompanied by a paying adult.  
    For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at

    Wood Leads Night of Repeat Winners With Limited Sportsman Long Distance Victory


    (THOMPSON, CT) - The Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman Series took center stage at Thompson Speedway Motorsports
    Park on Wednesday, May 18th for their marathon event, the Limited Sportsman Long Distance, presented by Circuit
    One Events, and the first Wednesday night of racing for the 2016 season at the Big-T. The forty-lap feature doubled
    the traditional distance of the Thompson division and has been a highlighted event on the calendar for many of the
    series regulars, but it was a familiar name that came out on top with Josh Wood taking the checkered flag on his
    22nd birthday.

    It was the second time Wood has won on his birthday, but the first time he has done it in the Xtra Mart Limited
    Sportsman Series. Wood took the lead fifteen laps into the forty-lap feature and never looked back but had to survive
    a series of cautions late in the race and a hard charging crew of experienced series veterans to claim his second
    straight win of the 2016 season.

    After the race Wood said winning the first two races of the season, including the long distance event, was a great
    feeling. “This is the hard one. I drove my butt off. The rear end was going a little bit, I could smell it. The brakes
    were glowing. I tried saving the tires halfway through and I kept looking in the mirror and I saw (Ryan) Waterman
    coming closer and closer so when the caution came out I was a little upset, but I could cool my tires off a little bit
    and get a little more speed,” said Wood. “I could tell Waterman was learning my restarts a little bit. He was getting
    me a little bit better, but my car on the outside just hooks up so I knew going into turn one I could out drive him off –
    It’s easier when the car handles like it’s supposed to and it’s consistent every week. When you’re fighting the car it’s
    a lot more frustrating.”

    The event saw a series of comeback performances in the top five. Corey Hutchings managed to salvage a third place
    finish despite a spin twelve laps into the event after making contact with Ed Puleo, who would finish fifth. Ryan
    Waterman held on to finish second after making his own comeback from starting in the rear of the field when his
    heat race win was disqualified as a penalty for a rough driving incident coming to the finish. Scott Sundeen rounded
    out the top five with a fourth place finish.

    The concept of repeat winners at Thompson would become the theme of the night, starting with the Mini Stock
    division feature which provided an exciting battle throughout the entirety of the 15-lap event with the defending
    series champion, Dave Trudeau, coming out on top for his second consecutive win of the season. However, it was
    not an easy road to victory lane for Trudeau as he had to work his way to the front through a field of extremely
    competitive cars that included early leader Jordan Hadley and eventual runner up Wayne Burroughs, Jr. who
    narrowly missed a victory by half a car length in a neck-and-neck battle with Trudeau to the checkered flag.

    With back-to-back wins to start the season Trudeau said his second victory of the year has helped him gain some
    confidence that his team can repeat as champions. “It was a lot of fun,“ Trudeau said after the race. “(Wayne
    Burroughs, Jr.) had a fast car. We kept tweaking all day long with it. We got a little bit better. It’s still not perfect,
    but it never is. I just want to thank everyone who helped me out –We always have a good car. I don’t want to get too
    cocky and say ‘oh, we’ve got a real good piece here’. We’ll just try to be consistent and keep my cool and move
    forward. Hopefully we finish top five every week.”

    The Sunoco Modified feature saw a dominating performance by Keith Rocco who turned a win in the first qualifying
    heat of the event into an impressive charge to the lead for the first ten laps of the 30-lap race, including cutting into
    a half-straightaway lead to take the top spot a third of the way through the feature. Rocco would go on to win the
    event despite a late race charge by Ryan Preece who came home second after a rocky start and several apparent
    mechanical issues caused him to lose positions early in the event. Preece closed in to within a few car lengths of
    Rocco on the final lap, but it was not enough to relinquish the lead from Rocco who claimed his own repeat win at
    Thompson to start the 2016 Sunoco Modified season.

    Rocco said he was very aware of Preece’s charge to the front, but he had a plan to hold him off and stuck to it to the
    end. “I was just trying to save something for the end. We had such a lead I figured I’d bank a little bit in case we had
    to restart. My spotter was telling me how far back (Preece) was,” Rocco said in Victory Lane. “This thing in
    incredible – This new Hoosier Tire they gave us makes the racing good. It gives us two grooves of racing again.”

    The Late Model Series closed out the night and while he didn’t have much for the leaders in the early parts of the
    race, William Wall managed to complete the sweep of repeat winners for the night by winning his second
    consecutive race to start off the season. This made every winner of the night a repeat winner in their respective
    divisions, following their victories in the season-opening Icebreaker weekend. Wall said seeing three repeat winners
    before him certainly helped him approach his own event with a heightened confidence level, but it took a few
    properly timed cautions to help him get the job done.

    “My whole team had real good momentum after the little break that we had between races. I just can’t say enough
    about this whole team. I wouldn’t be here without them. Like I say to everybody that comes to these races, it’s not
    just having a good car or good crew. The cautions need to fall in your favor and tonight they did,” Wall said. Wall
    took the lead after the final restart, which saw issues for the second and third place drivers and allowed Wall to
    move into position to make a late race charge for the win.

    Next up for Thompson Speedway is Whelen Military Night on June 1st, following Memorial Day weekend. The night
    will feature the 3rd Annual Late Model 20/20 Sprint as well as features for the Sunoco Modified, Limited Sportsman
    and Mini Stocks where we will see if any of the winners from May 18th and the Icebreaker can continue their
    domination and claim a third straight win to open their seasons at Thompson.



    MINI STOCK FINISH (TOP-10): 1. Dave Trudeau (Mansfield, CT); 2. Wayne Burroughs, Jr. (Oakdale, CT); 3. Scott
    Michalski (South Killingly, CT); 4. Jordan Hadley Quaker Hill, CT); 5. Ed Field (Deep River, CT);  6. Glynn Roy
    (Sterling, CT); 7. Brad Caddick Wyoming, RI); 8. Nick Anderson (Oxford, MA); 9. Ian Brew (Woodriver Jct, RI); 10.
    Nick Matera (Warwick, RI)

    SUNOCO MODIFIEDS (TOP-10): 1. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 2. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT); 3. Woody Pitkat (Stafford,
    CT); 4. Rowan Pennink (New Egypt, NJ); 5. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 6. Adam Norton (Palmer, MA) 7. Jason
    Sundeen (Douglas, MA); 8. Stephen Kopcik (Newtown, CT); 9. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 10. Joey Parker
    (Weymouth, MA)

    XTRA MART LIMITED SPORTSMAN FINISH (TOP-10): 1. Josh Wood (Palmer, MA); 2. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT);
    3. Corey Hitchings (Salem, CT);  4. Scott Sundeen (Sutton, ME); 5. Ed Pulio (Branford, CT); 6. Brent Gleason
    (Griswold, CT); 7. Larry Barnett (Moosup, CT) 8. Frank L’Etoile, Jr. (Wethersfield, CT); 9. Dennis Blaise (Norwich, CT);
    10. James Bendiak (Hopkinton, MA)


    LATE MODEL FINISH (TOP-10): 1. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 2. Tom Carey, III (Orance, MA); 3. Rock Gentes
    (Harrisville, RI); 4. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 5. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 6. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 7.
    Ernie LaRose (Moosup, CT); 8. Brandon Warren (Chicopee, MA); 9. Corey Fanning (Mapleville, RI); 10. Ryan Lineham
    (Hope Valley, RI)


    Rowan Pennink Wants Another NWMT Podium Finish in June 3rd TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Speedway
                                                                                                                                                                
    (Stafford Springs, CT)---Prior to the start of the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season Rowan Pennink and the
    #3 Boehler Racing Enterprises team joined forces and the new team combination has been strong during the first 3
    races.  The team notched a 3rd place finish in the NAPA Spring Sizzler® in April and both Pennink and the #3 team
    are looking forward to come back to Stafford for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 on June 3.
    “Things have been going pretty well so far,” said Pennink.  “We’ve had some really strong runs with the 3 car and we
    had a great finish last time out at Stafford.  I think we can build off of that and have another good run for the TSI
    125 coming up.”
    The Pennink/Boehler combination finished 9th in the season opener at Thompson and then followed that up with a
    third place effort in the Sizzler®.  Despite a strong qualifying effort at Waterford, a radiator leak after qualifying saw
    the #3 car start at the rear of the field which resulted in getting caught in an early wreck that relegated the team to
    an 18th place finish.  Pennink currently sits sixth in the NWMT points standings, only 22 points behind leader Doug
    Coby.  Pennink is confident that the team has more strong runs in their future.
    “I always expect to do well whenever I get behind the wheel,” said Pennink.  “We had some bad luck at Waterford
    but we had a strong car and I feel like we could have been in contention for the win if we hadn’t got caught up in a
    wreck at the beginning of the race.  I think we’ve done about how we expected to do so far and I’m expecting that
    we can get a couple of wins before the season ends.  We had a great car for the Sizzler and I’m excited about coming
    back to Stafford because I think we can make the car even better than it was.  I know all the guys on the 3 team are
    working on that and I think we’ll be pretty strong.”
    Not only will the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 be 75 laps shorter in length than the NAPA Spring Sizzler®, but it is also an
    impound race which means that teams will have to have their race setups in the car when they go out to qualify.
    “I think the only real change from the Sizzler® is going to be pit strategy,” said Pennink.  “In the Sizzler we had to
    make one stop for fuel and one stop for tires so we’ll see what we have to change up for our strategy and do what it
    takes to put the car in good position to go for the win at the end of the race.  I’m sure the setup will be a little
    different from the Sizzler because this is an impound race where the Sizzler was a 2-day show and we could make
    changes to the car after qualifying.”
    As much as Pennink is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Boehler #3, he is also itching to get
    back in the seat of his #99 NAPA Van Wickle Auto Supply / Independent Wheel SK Modified® machine.  Pennink and
    the #99 team changed crew chiefs over the winter but that didn’t slow them down as they won the NAPA Spring
    Sizzler® feature event for the second season in a row.  Pennink is also looking forward to his first start of the season
    driving Gary Casella’s #25 Modified Racing Series machine this Friday night for the VMRS 80 at Stafford.
    “I’ve been dying to get back behind the wheel of the 99 car after we won the Sizzler and then got rained out the next
    2 weeks,” said Pennink.  “The Sizzler win was huge.  With a new crew chief it was a huge confidence booster for me
    and the whole team to come out and win that race for the second year in a row.  Hopefully that win can propel us to
    have another great season like we did last year.  We tested the 25 car at Stafford at the beginning of the year and
    we were really happy with the car and I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of that car as well.”
    The June 3rd TSI Harley-Davidson 125 will be the second of four Whelen Modified Tour events to be held at Stafford
    during the 2016 season.  The NWMT returns to Stafford August 5th for the Stafford 150 and then October 1-2 for the
    NAPA Fall Final.  Tickets for all three NWMT events are available and on sale now.  Tickets for the June 3 TSI Harley-
    Davidson 125 are priced at $33.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children
    ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.  Reserved seating is $35.00 for all
    ages.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.
    The May 20th VMRS 80 will be the first of three Valenti Modified Racing Series events to be held at Stafford during
    the 2016 season.  The VMRS returns to Stafford June 24th and September 2nd.  Tickets for all three VMRS events
    are available and on sale now.  Tickets for the May 20 VMRS 80 are priced at $27.50 for adult general admission
    tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied
    by an adult.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Reserved seating is $30.00 for all ages.  For the 26th
    consecutive season the month of May is Youth Organization Month at Stafford Speedway. All children 14 and under
    are admitted FREE when wearing a youth organization team shirt or uniform and accompanied by a paying adult.  
    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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    Spencer Davis Looking Forward to Stafford Speedway return for NASCAR 150 K&N Pro Series Event and WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience
                                                                                                                                                                
    (Stafford Springs, CT)---When the teams of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series descend upon Stafford Speedway for the NASCAR 150 on June 16-17, the majority
    of teams and drivers will be seeing the half-mile layout for the very first time.  But that won’t be the case for 17-year old Dawsonville, GA native Spencer
    Davis.  Davis made two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts last year at Stafford in the #79 Hillbilly Racing machine and feels like his Stafford
    experience, however limited it may be, will give him a leg up on the competition behind the wheel of the #41 Davis Poultry Chevrolet.
    “I’m real excited to get back to Stafford,” said Davis.  “I’ve run 2 Whelen Modified Tour races there and I had a little bad luck in those races, but Stafford
    is a real fun track and I’m looking forward to getting back up north.  The line at Stafford is a little bit different than your usual standard racing line and I’ll
    know what to expect for tire fall off, so I think I’ll have a little advantage over most of the other drivers.”
    All of the NASCAR K&N teams will have a chance to get caught up to Davis’ track knowledge with a test and tune session followed by the WEEI 105.5FM
    Fan Experience on June 16.  The K&N teams will practice from 3:00pm-6:30pm which will be followed by Stafford opening its paddock area from 6:45pm-8:
    00pm for the WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience where fans will be able to walk through the paddock and get a preview of the cars and team haulers, as well
    as meet the drivers.  The June 16 WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience will be open to the public FREE of charge.
    “That practice is going to be the most important part of the weekend,” said Davis.  “Being a new team, we have no notes to work off.  I think the last
    K&N race at Stafford was 2008 so it’s going to help a lot to get the knowledge we’ll need for the race.  I’m also really excited to meet with the fans again
    at Stafford.  They’re a great group of people up there who come out to watch the races and I’m looking forward to meeting them again.”
    Although he is only 17 years old, Davis has compiled an impressive racing resume.  Davis began his career at age 6 in the go kart ranks and racked up
    over 30 victories and multiple championships.  Davis then moved into the Late Model ranks where he won his first track championship in 2012 at Georgia’
    s Gresham Motorsports Park and finished second in the PASS South Super Late Model standings in 2013.  2014 was a big year for Davis as he made his
    NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut, won the Whelen Southern Modified Tour Rookie of the Year, and made his K&N Series debut.  The 2016 season has
    been a bit of a roller coaster ride for Davis and the #41 team.  They led the points standings after the first two races and Davis scored his first K&N Pro
    Series pole at Mobile earlier this season, but some bad luck in the last two races have seen them slip back to fourth in the points.
    “The season has been good for us so far,” said Davis.  “We had the points lead after the first two races but the last two races have bit us a little bit.  We’
    ve had a little bad luck with a wreck and a parts failure but it’s inevitable that you’re going to have a bad race or two.  I’m just glad it happened to us
    early in the season and hopefully we’ve got our bad races out of the way and we can get them behind us.”
    With his track knowledge and experience at Stafford, Davis feels like the NASCAR 150 could be a prime opportunity to collect his first career K&N Pro
    Series victory, which would come on the heels of freshly being named one of the members of the NASCAR Next Class of 2016.  Davis already has in mind a
    strategy that he wants to follow to put the #41 in NAPA Victory Lane.
    “It’s a real big deal and it’s a big, big honor to be part of the NASCAR Next program,” said Davis.  “Everyone in the program are drivers who the judges
    feel like are the next up and coming drivers so it’s a huge honor for me to be a part of it.  I think the biggest thing will be to race your own race.  There’s
    probably going to be some people going hard at the start and making some dive bomb moves like you see in the modified races at Stafford, we just have
    to keep the tires on the car and keep the fenders straight.  I feel like Stafford is going to be just like New Smyrna was for us in being a track that I’ve
    raced on before.  Being able to come to Stafford with some knowledge of previous races is only going to help.”
    The WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience will be open FREE of charge to race fans on Thursday, June 16.  There will be a test and tune session from 3pm-6:30pm
    and at the conclusion of the practice, Stafford Speedway will open its paddock area to allow race fans and media to meet the drivers as well as getting a
    preview of the cars and team haulers from 6:30pm-8:00pm, much like the atmosphere at the track’s season beginning and season ending NAPA Pit Parties.
    Tickets for the June 17 NASCAR 150 are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office.  Tickets are priced at $27.50 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00
    for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.  Reserved seating is priced at $30.00 for
    all ages and all ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.   
    For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

                                                                                                                                                            
(Stafford Springs, CT)---When the Valenti Modified Racing Series last visited Stafford Speedway in September 2015, there was a shakeup in the podium
finishers compared to previous events.  In the first two 2015 Stafford races, the podium positions were occupied by either Woody Pitkat, Keith Rocco, Todd
Szegedy, or Chris Pasteryak.  In the September race, Pitakt and Pasteyrak were once again among the podium finishers but finishing third was Grantham, NH
native Mike Willis.  Willis is hoping for a repeat performance in the VMRS 80 on May 22 after a wreck cut his season opening race short at Monadnock and saw
him finish 13th in the #38 Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventures machine.
“We’re hoping we can repeat our finish from last year,” said Willis.  “We have a little more motor than we had last year so hopefully that will help us out.  We’
ve also been working on some new setup stuff that will hopefully give us a little bit extra.  Our car was good last year but we weren’t good enough to win so
we’ve been working on getting a little more competitive.  The car fought us a little at Monadnock and we missed the setup a little and then we got caught up
in a wreck that ended our race about 7 laps early.”
Stafford hasn’t been the best of tracks for Willis and the #38 team as they had finishes of 26th, 14th, and 21st during the 2014 season.  The 2015 season saw
Willis and crew turn things around as they not only scored top-10 finishes in each of the three Stafford races, their finishes improved with each race as they
placed 10th in May, 7th in June, and then 3rd in September.
“We struggled at Stafford during my first season and then last year we got better and better each run we came back,” said Willis.  “I think with the experience
we have, a little more knowledge on the car setup, and the extra power from the motor we definitely have some extra confidence coming back to Stafford.  
Our first goal is to always finish the race and if we can get a top-8 finish, we’d be pretty happy.  We don’t have as much motor as some of the top guys do and
I don’t have as much experience at Stafford as guys like Woody [Pitkat], Rowan [Pennink], Teddy [Christopher], and Keith [Rocco].  If we can compete with
those guys and keep up with them in the race, I’d consider that to be like a win for our little team.”
For Willis, the key to a good run in the VMRS 80 will be to draw a good number for starting position and a good finish in his qualifying heat race.
“It’s always good to get a good draw for starting position,” said Willis.  “My first year we never drew a good number and then last year we started drawing
better numbers and if we can finish higher up in our heat race and start towards the front of the field, that’s a huge help for the race.  I think we started in the
top-8 last year at Stafford and that was a big help to us going on to finish third, so I’m hoping we can do that again.”
After finishing 13th in the season opening race, Willis is also looking for a good run to give his 2016 effort a momentum boost that he can carry throughout the
season.
“Monadnock was rough so another podium finish would be a great start for our season,” said Willis.  “We had back to back third place finishes at Stafford and
Lee at the end of last year so if we could do that again at Stafford, that might give us the confidence we need early in the year to have some more good runs
throughout the season.  The team was really starting to click at the end of last year, we’re getting some great support from Kenny and everyone at SPAFCO
and Billy the Kid with the motor, and we’re finally starting to get a notebook built up at some of the tracks we haven’t raced at before.”
The May 20th VMRS 80 will be the first of three Valenti Modified Racing Series events to be held at Stafford during the 2016 season.  The VMRS returns to
Stafford June 24th and September 2nd.  Tickets for all three VMRS events are available and on sale now.  Tickets for the May 20 VMRS 80 are priced at $27.50
for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.  
All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Reserved seating is $30.00 for all ages.  For the 26th consecutive season the month of May is Youth
Organization Month at Stafford Speedway. All children 14 and under are admitted FREE when wearing a youth organization team shirt or uniform and
accompanied by a paying adult.  
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
         


    Ronnie Bassett, Jr. Looking Forward to NASCAR 150 K&N Pro Series East Race at Stafford Speedway
                                                                                                                                                            
(Stafford Springs, CT)---When the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to Stafford Speedway on June 17 for the NASCAR 150, the vast majority of drivers will
be seeing the Connecticut half-mile for the very first time.  For 20-year old Winston-Salem, NC native Ronnie Bassett, Jr. and the #04 Bassett Gutters team,
the NASCAR 150 represents a prime opportunity to pick up their first K&N Pro Series victory.  The road to NAPA Victory Lane for Bassett will begin on
Thursday, June 16 as he and the rest of the K&N East Series drivers will partake in a test and tune session followed by a fan and media meet and greet during
the WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience.
“I’m looking forward to coming to Stafford,” said Bassett.  “From what I’ve seen, Stafford kind of reminds me of a smaller Loudon.  I really enjoy racing at
Loudon and with flat corners and some long straightaways to it, I think the race at Stafford is going to be a blast.  It’s going to be pretty neat to go back to a
style of track that I grew up racing on.  I’ve raced Late Models at Hickory, Tri-Country, Caraway, which are a bunch of flat short tracks.  The Thursday
practice will be good because it’ll give everyone an equal opportunity to be able to learn the track and learn what the car will need for the race the following
day.”
Bassett is also excited for the opportunity to interact with fans prior to race day, “The biggest thing in the sport is the fans because without them, we wouldn’
t be racing.  The fans are what makes the sport what it is and you’ve got to be able to interact with them and I’m looking forward to meeting all the fans.”
The 2016 season has gotten off to a good start for Bassett and the #04 team.  Through the first five races of the 2016 season Bassett has recorded 3 top-5 and
4 top-10 finishes and currently sits third in the points standings, 24 points behind co-leaders Justin Hayley and Kyle Benjamin.
“The season has been pretty good so far,” said Bassett.  “We’re sitting third in points right now and we’ve had some really good top-5 runs but have come up a
little short the last few times to get a victory but we’re knocking on the door and we’ll get one soon. We’ve been working really hard in the shop to get the
cars better and have been able to bring them home without tearing them up so we can make them better.  Coming to a place like Stafford is a good thing for
me because I’m used to racing on a different track every week and I’m able to adapt pretty quickly.”
Bassett looked to have scored his first win in the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway back in February, but due to a delay in displaying the correct flags
from the flag stand, the race went one lap longer than scheduled and Bassett had to settle for a third place finish.
“It was disappointing, but we were in contention to win that race and that’s what matters,” said Bassett.  “We’ve moved on and we just have to work on
making our race cars a little better so we can get up front, lead some laps, and come away with a win.  It’s always hardest to get that first win, once you’re
over that hump and get some momentum everyone at the shop gets excited because they know they can win now and everything seems to get rolling once you
get that first one.”
As well as being used to flat short tracks, another area that might give Bassett and advantage is having his brother Dillon as his teammate.  With two cars
and drivers to bounce information between, Bassett thinks he could have another advantage over most of the field.
“I always tell everybody that a two driver team is better than one just like 8 tires is better than 4,” said Bassett.  “We can always relate to each other and
help our program grow by bouncing ideas off one another to help make the cars better. You can try different setups and then come back and see what worked
best for you and what worked best for my brother and kind of meet in the middle to make both cars better.”
In breaking down the race strategy for the NASCAR 150, Bassett says the race can go one of two ways. “Some of our races they let you change tires, and
others you have to run the whole race on one set of tires,” said Bassett.  “I haven’t seen yet what the tire rule will be for Stafford so if we can’t change tires,
you’ll have to conserve your car and be there at the end.  If we can change tires at halfway, then you go as hard as you can in the first half of the race and
make some adjustments along with changing the tires to help make the car better for the second half of the race.”
The WEEI 105.5FM Fan Experience will be open FREE of charge to race fans on Thursday, June 16.  There will be a test and tune session from 3pm-6:30pm and
at the conclusion of the practice, Stafford Speedway will open its paddock area to allow race fans and media to meet the drivers as well as getting a preview
of the cars and team haulers from 6:30pm-8:00pm, much like the atmosphere at the track’s season beginning and season ending NAPA Pit Parties.
Tickets for the June 17 NASCAR 150 are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office.  Tickets are priced at $27.50 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for
children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.  Reserved seating is priced at $30.00 for all
ages and all ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.   
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.


    GSPSS Heads To White Mt. Motorsports Park On May 21


    The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) will kick-off their 2016 season on Saturday May 21, with a 100 lap feature at New Hampshire's White Mt.
    Motorsports Park. It will be the first of 11 events on the calendar in what should be a season with lots of returning veterans and some new rookie
    challengers battling it out for victories.
    It will be the third appearance by the New England based Pro Stock tour at White Mt., a track that opened for the first time in 1994, under operation from
    Donnie and Teri Avery. Brad Babb won the inaugural series race there in 2014 and defending series champion Derek Griffith scored the victory in the 100
    lap feature in August of 2015.The entry list for the event is already loading up with top-notch Super Late Model talent. Former Pro All Star Series North
    champion D.J. Shaw has entered, behind the wheel of his No. 60. The list also includes names like Barry Gray and Jeremy Davis, who are both former
    series winners -- as well as series veteran Mike Parks. Brothers Tommy and Mike O'Sullivan also join the list with Cory Casagrande, Jacob Dore and many
    more.
    There may be lots of returning veterans, but there are also some invading drivers chasing the Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. One of those is former
    Seekonk Speedway Street Stock champion and full-time SLM driver Mike Mitchell, who has sprinkled in races with the GSPSS before. He plans for a full-
    time campaign in his No. 40 Rhodes Tree Service Chevrolet and hopes to start well at the 1/4 mile White Mt.
    "I am extremely excited to be traveling to different race tracks and trying to make myself a better race car driver," Mitchell said. "I'm excited to have to
    adapt to the different tracks, all the way from the 3/8 flat mile to the 1/4 mile high-banks. I will be racing with some of the best Super Late Model drivers
    in the Northeast and I know competition will be fierce, but from the help of Dave Berghman and my crew I think we have a great shot week in and week
    out."  

    The GSPSS will hit the track for practice at 1 p.m., followed by qualifying action at 5 p.m. Feature action will immediately follow the qualifying.
    For information about the series rules, or just for information, fans can visit www.gspss.net or email series president Mike Parks at mparks@gspss.net.



     
 
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