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Wed, July 27th
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Oct 23rd
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    Santos Snaps Winless Streak with Last Lap Pass at Thompson

    (THOMPSON, CT) - The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on June
    15th for the Thompson 125, the second race of four for the series at the venue in 2016. Points leader Doug Coby
    was looking for his eighth win out of the last nine races at the Big T. He started on the pole alongside Timmy
    Solomito who sought to repeat at the speedway after claiming his first series win during the Icebreaker in April.

    Coby and Solomito would exchange the lead with series veteran Ryan Preece also in the mix for much of the race’s
    first half. However, pit strategy and a little bit of luck would prove to make the difference in the race as Coby,
    Solomito, Preece and others found themselves on the outside looking in while another familiar face, Bobby Santos,
    rediscovered victory lane after a 25-race drought.

    Santos came back from a lap down after being penalized for pitting too soon early in the race and was there at the
    end to battle with two of the series’ brightest young stars, Max Zachem and rookie Matt Swanson, who took
    advantage of pit strategy to run up front for much of the second half of the event.  

    The trio survived a slew of cautions and restarts as well as a red flag with Zachem pulling off great restarts until
    he was faced with the most important one of the night with three laps to go. Despite his best efforts Zachem was
    unable to hold off a hard charging Santos who took the lead on the final lap before yet another caution ended the
    race.

    Santos was ecstatic in victory lane noting that it has been over a year since he had celebrated a win in the series
    and credited his team with fighting through some bad luck and some tough situations to outrace and outwit the
    competition.

    “This is huge. It’s not only the frustrations of this year, it’s the frustrations of last year too. It’s been a long year
    and a half to finally get back here, but nobody gave up and we continued to work hard as a team. It feels really
    good to finally win a race,” Santo said. “(On the last restart) I was excited that I was in fourth. I was glad that Max
    decided to take the outside – I knew we had a good shot at this thing, we just needed a good restart to get behind
    him, get up in second and have a good run at it. It wasn’t one of my prettier races, but I wanted to win really bad
    and we knew what it took to win.”

    After the race, runner-up Max Zachem took the loss in stride and saw the opportunity to be out front, lead some
    laps and contend for the win as a step in the right direction for his team as they continue to fight for their first
    victory.

    “I knew (Santos) was going to be the threat. He was the one I was worried about. We had a great car and I can’t
    thank my crew enough,” Zachem said. “We came in on that first caution and tried adjusting to make it a little bit
    better and it paid off in the end. We short pitted and knew we had to come up with a strategy because those guys
    are just so good. You have to figure out how to play your cards right and we did. We led some laps and we’re here
    to play.”

    At sixteen years old young rookie Matt Swanson held on to finish an impressive third and said he was excited just
    to be able to even compete with bigger teams and more experienced drivers at the front of the pack.

    “The first time I came over the radio with my dad and I was in third I said ‘wow this is really what it’s like to be on
    the front row’. I just had to get my restarts down. Me and Max had a really good battle and he just had a little bit of
    a stronger car and Bobby came on strong at the end,” Swanson said.

    Patrick Emerling and Jeff Goodale rounded out the top five while points leader Doug Coby would recover from a
    restart violation penalty late in the race to finish tenth.

    For the second race in a row at Thompson the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman series saw a first time winner with
    Brent Gleason making a strong statement after starting in the top three and surviving several cautions to take the
    checkered flag. Gleason had to fight off a hard charging Ryan Waterman to take the checkered flag in the 20-lap
    feature. After his win Gleason reflected on his first ever Limited Sportsman victory calling it a moment nine years
    in the making.

    “This means everything. It’s been nine years of hard work and a lot of struggle, heartache and money spent. To
    finally be here is overwhelming really,” said Gleason. “It’s amazing to be here right now. I had a feeling about
    tonight all year and we just kind of worked it out. I made a really good move, the two leaders got together and I
    just held on as long as I could.” Ryan Waterman held on for second with Scott Sundeen, points leader Josh Wood,
    and the winner of the June 1st event at Thompson, Phil Jacques, rounding out the top five.

    A couple of streaks were on the line at Thompson as well with Keith Rocco and Dave Trudeau each working on
    earning their fourth consecutive wins in the Sunoco Modified and Mini Stocks Series respectively. Rocco was the
    first to take a crack at defending his hold on victory lane in Thompson and continued his strong season with
    another statement victory. Rocco said his fourth consecutive win could be a personal record for him at the track.

    “We have all the right pieces. The car is in my shop, I’m the last one to touch it when it comes off the scale – With
    the new tire they went to if you have the right set up for the car it definitely sticks. It’s nice to have that tire under
    us and it makes for good racing,” Rocco said after his win. Ronnie Williams, Ryan Preece, Rowan Pennink and
    Woody Pitkat rounded out the top five for the 30-lap feature.

    While Rocco celebrated the extension of his winning streak Dave Trudeau was not as fortunate in the Mini Stocks,
    but not for a lack of effort. Trudeau slowly worked his way to the front of the pack throughout the 15-lap
    penultimate feature of the night and engaged in an intense battle with Brad Caddick throughout much of the later
    half of the race. However the two drivers would find themselves with some extra competition as Wayne Burroughs,
    Jr. made a dive-bomb move from third place on the final lap to take the battle for the lead three wide, resulting in
    contact between Caddick and Trudeau. The incident allowed Burroughs to drive off to his first ever victory in the
    series at Thompson.

    Trudeau and Caddick would roll across the line third and fourth respectively while Ed Field finished second. As his
    competition was left wondering what could have been Burroughs celebrated in victory lane with pride after one of
    the most exciting on-track moments of the night.

    “(Trudeau and Caddick) are both hard competitors. I knew they were going to rough each other up a little bit, so I
    just hung back a bit waiting for it to happen and it happened on the last lap,” Burroughs said of the wild finish.
    “With a couple to go they started to beat on each other and I knew towards the end what they were doing. We got
    three wide going to the backstretch and I don’t know what happened after that, but here we are.” Despite the last
    lap incident Dave Trudeau was able to keep a firm grip on his points lead in his effort to defend his 2015
    championship.

    The Late Model Series started off the night with a dominating performance by Paul “Buddy” Charette who started
    up front and finished there in the 25-lap feature. Charette has had a tough start to the season but said he felt
    confident coming into the event and felt that if the cards fell his way he knew he could seal the deal.

    “We haven’t had any luck all year and the guys have been thrashing on it and keeping it together for me. It’s been a
    really tough road to get here, but now that we’re here I just hope everybody knows that we did it. Nobody gave it to
    us, we earned it,” Charette said in victory lane. Points leader William Wall, who won three of the first four races of
    the season, finished sixth in the race after fighting his way through the field for the duration of the event.

    Finally, the NEMA Lites made their second showing at Thompson Speedway this season with Danny Cugini picking
    up right where he left off at the Big T. Cugini remains perfect at Thompson this season in the NEMA Lites after
    winning both the Icebreaker weekend event and the 20-lap June 15th feature in dominating fashion to protect his
    points lead in the series.

    Racing action returns to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 9th. “For The Fans Night” event
    will feature the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, the second of three triple crown events of the season for the Xtra
    Mart Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock series respectively, the Lite Modifieds, Northeast Mini Stocks and more,
    with general admission priced at just $12.

    NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR THOMPSON 125 UNOFFICIAL FINISH (TOP-10): 1. Bobby Santos (Franklin, MA);
    2. Max Zachem (Preston, CT); 3. Matt Swandon (Acton, MA); 4. Patrick Emerling (Orchard Park, NY); 5. Jeff
    Goodale (Riverhead, NY);  6. Ryan Preece (Berlin, CT) 7. Rowan Pennink (Huntingdon Valley, PA) 8. Brandon Buck
    (Franklin Square, NY) 9. Jimmy Blewett (Howell, NJ); 10. Doug Coby (Milford, CT)


    LATE MODEL FINISH: 1. Paul Charette (Woodstock, CT); 2. Larry Gelinas (Buxton, ME); 3. Lloyd Anderson, Jr
    (Wauregan, CT); 4. Rick Gentes (Harrisville, RI); 5. Brian Tagg (Oxford, MA); 6. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 7.
    John Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA) 8. Nick Johnson (Rehoboth, MA) 9. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 10. Brandon
    Warren (Chicopee, MA); 11. Marc Curtis (Brookfield, MA); 12. Jared Materas (Westfield, MA); 13. Jason Paquette
    (Canterbury, CT); 14. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 15. Walt Sutcliffe (East Haven, CT); 16. Corey Fanning
    (Mapleville, RI)


    NEMA LITES FINISH: 1. Dan Cugini (Marshfield, MA) ; 2. Ryan Bigelow (East Hampton, CT); 3. Jim Chambers
    (Atkinson, NH); 4. PJ Stergios (Candia, NH); 5. Chad Labastie (Uxbridge, MA); 6. Avery Stoher Lakeville, MA); 7.
    Anthony Payne (Fair Lawn, NJ); 8. Randy Cabrel (Plymouth, MA); 9. Paul Scally (Raynham, MA); 10. Jim Cataldo
    (Sterling, MA); 11. Dennis Potter (New Boston. NH); 12. Ben Mikitarian (Northborough, MA); 13. Jeff Locke
    (Raymond, NH); 14. Jeremy DeCourcy (Rodchester, NH); 15. Alan Chambers (Atkinson, NH); 16. Meg Cugini
    (Marshfield, MA)

    XTRA MART LIMITED SPORTSMAN FINISH: 1. Brent Gleason (Griswold, CT); 2. Ryan Waterman (Danielson, CT); 3.
    Scott Sundeen (Sutton, MA); 4. Joshua Wood (Palmer, MA); 5. Phil Jacques (Dudley, MA); 6. Larry Barnett (Moosup,
    CT); 7. Al Stone (Durham, CT); 8. Corey Hutchings (Salem, CT); 9. Jack Aquilina (Oakdale, CT); 10. Frank L’Etoile,
    Jr. (Wethersfield, CT); 11. Ed Puleo (Branford, CT); 12. Troy Waterman (Killingly, CT); 13. Jeff VanPelt (Pawtucket,
    RI); 14. Ed Correia, Jr. (Raynhyam, MA); 15. Hank Stott (Medway, MA); 16. Dan Coutu (Canterbury, CT); 17. Tommy
    Shea (New London, CT); 18. James Bendiak (Hopkinton, MA); DNS – Randy Waterman (Danielson, CT)

    SUNOCO MODIFIEDS FINISH: 1. Keith Rocco (Berlin, CT); 2. Ronnie Williams (Tolland, CT); 3. Ryan Preece (Berlin,
    CT); 4. Rowan Pennink (New Egypt, New Jersey); 5. Woody Pitkat (Stafford, CT); 6. Steven Kopcik (Newtown, CT);
    7. Bert Marvin (Colchester, CT); 8. Adam Norton (Palmer, MA); 9. Jason Sundeen (Douglas, MA); 10. Andrew Charron
    (East Greenwich, RI); 11. John Studley (Framingham, MA); 12. John Catania (Agawam, MA); 13. Kyle Trainor
    (Marlboro, MA); 14. Mike Benevides (Westerly, FI); 15. Paul LaPlante (North Attleboro, MA); 16. Kyle Kafro (North
    Windham, CT); 17. Joey Parker (Weymouth, MA        
    Mitchell, Glenn Martel Off To Strong Starts on Granite State Pro Stock Series

    Though the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) may have a field filled with veterans in 2016, two rookies have
    been tearing it up with some of the best Super Late Model talent so far.
    Rookie of the Year contenders Mike Mitchell and Glenn Martel have had solid runs and their finishes thus far show
    they will be a threat to sit in victory lane before the season comes to a close.
    Mitchell, who comes to the series as a former Street Stock champion and Pro Stock driver at Seekonk Speedway,
    has finished inside the top-10 in two of the three series events. He finished sixth at the opener at White Mt.
    Motorsports Park, then followed that up with a fourth place run at Monadnock Speedway.
    He struggled some to get the handling of his No. 40 Rhodes Tree Service Chevrolet at Lee USA Speedway, but was
    able to come away with a 12th place finish in his first visit to the track with a Pro Stock.
    “The biggest challenge for me right now is that 98 percent of these tracks we are going to I haven’t even seen
    yet," Mitchell said. "I have to be pretty good right off the trailer -- because if not -- it’s going to be a long day. At
    Lee, everyone worked together and by the time the race came around I was comfortable with the car, the
    circumstances during the race just didn't allow us to get the finish we wanted."
    He currently sits tied for third in the updated driver points standings, trailing leader Barry Gray by 18 points and
    tied with series veteran Mike Parks. One of the things Mitchell has learned about going from the 40 lap features he
    was used to at Seekonk up to the extra-distance, 100 lap races, is that he must wait on the car and let it come
    around.
    Once the tires start to wear, he must have the setup right for the long haul, not just the first part of the race.
    “You’ve gotta be patient, so if the cars not on the money right away, you can’t get frustrated," Mitchell said. "We
    work as a team to try and get the car to get the car to be competitive. It's just an honor to be a part of this series
    and run with these drivers. I'm able to be on the road with all of my family every race and we have an awesome
    time. I'm able to compete against some of the guys who have run PASS and other series up here and some even
    down in the South. It's some of the best talent from across the Northeast."
    Glenn Martel, who comes to the series hoping for success in 2016, has had a solid start. He had trouble early and
    was involved in a crash at Lee USA Speedway that ended up forcing him to a 21st place finish behind the wheel of
    his Glenn's Truck Service No. 23.
    However, before the struggles at the 3/8 mile Lee, Martel finished third to open the season at White Mt. then
    followed that up with a fifth place run at the high-banks of Monadnock.
    "I wanted to do a little touring this year and I'm really enjoying it a lot so far," Martel said. "I'm still working on
    getting the car back together after the Lee crash and getting it ready for Claremont."
    Martel is a former runner on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) in the past, but he says a lot of the tracks the
    series currently goes to he has never visited before, so it has been a learning curve thus far for him.
    "I'm also enjoying going to some of these places I've never been, it's a bit of a challenge," Martel said. "Ten or 15
    years ago when I ran ACT, we visited a lot of tracks in Maine and this series allows me to roll into some new
    places and see how I do."
    Mitchell, Martel and the rest of the Granite State Pro Stock Series drivers will return to racing action next at
    Claremont Speedway on Friday, June 17.


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    12th Annual Norwood Arena/New England Dragway South Reunions

    FOR RELEASE IMMEDIATELY

    Norwood , MA.  Overcast and showers failed to dampen the good times that Norwood Arena/New England Dragway South race fans have enjoyed every
    year since it's  inception back in 2004.  While the wet weather kept the turnout of classic cars, drivers, officials and fans down, there were a still a
    surprisingly number of race cars that came to the event which started at 10 a.m Sunday, June 5.  

    The biggest hit of the 12th Annual Norwood Arena/New England Dragway South Reunions, held at Bezema Motors in Norwood, MA,  was the display by Carl
    Silva of Gloucester, MA who converted the auto showroom into a gallery of racing pictures, posters, paintings, motor sports books and magazines of all
    kinds. Some of them dated back to the first Indy 500 and the board tracks of the early 1900's.

    All of that with a backdrop of a 1973 Pontiac Grand Am pace car in the North Wilksboro Speedway livery, a NASCAR Modified driven by Richie Evans' #61
    original and authentic race car.  The late Evans drove the car to several wins and championships on that NASCAR circuit before his tragic death at the
    Martinsville Speedway in VA.  There was also a mid-west type Sprint Car that raced the paved ovals in America's heartland.  That Pontiac pace car was
    one of about 19 that survived the sands of time.  Pontiac Motor Division built those pace cars for all of the tracks that hosted NASCAR Grand National
    races that year to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of NASCAR in 1973.   

    Also present was the New England Hall of Fame truck that had framed pictures of every member of the HOF since it's inception some 25 years ago.  Also
    inside the service area was a display by the well known Tom Dunn of Wrentham, MA who raced dragsters and later built and prepared Modified race cars
    for Leo Cleary of Hanover, MA who raced throughout the northeast during the 60's, 70's and 80's.

    Trophies were awarded to the following:  Daryl Stampfl of Nowood who placed 2nd for his Pontiac classic car while Daryl Church of Brockton  took the 1st
    place race car trophy for his Sport Truck that he races at Seekonk Speedway.  Ralph Carerra got the second place classic car trophy for his Olds rag top
    Classic. The second place race car trophy went to Lenny Johnson.  Trophies were awarded to the three showroom cars  that are owned by Steve and
    Glenn Zimmerman of Shoe City Motors in Brockton, MA.  Paul Spender's Slingshot motorcycle got the top award in the class.  Bernie Dears of Brockton
    took one of the race car trophies for his BMW Modified Dragster while John Williams of Plymouth was also awarded a trophy for his racing car.


    Plans are on the drawing board to present the Annual Norwood Arena/New England Dragway South Reunions on the first Sunday in June 2017.  (end)

    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.

    Austin Theriault Ready for Stafford Speedway Debut in K&N Pro Series East Stafford 150
                                                                                                                                                                
    (Stafford Springs, CT)--- Fort Kent, Maine native and part time driver in the Camping World Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing, Austin Theriault, will
    make his Stafford Speedway debut this Friday in the K&N Pro Series East Stafford 150.  Austin will pilot the #1 Hattori Racing Enterprises car owned by
    Shigeaki Hattori with backing from Barry Equipment out of Webster Massachusetts.  Theriault is excited to be back racing in New England.
               “It’s good to have the K&N cars back and I’m excited the race is in New England.  It’s always good to support racing in my home region and it’s
    always nice to go back and visit the local short tracks,” explained Theriault. “It’s good to have a show at Stafford and I’ll have a chance to see a lot of
    family and friends.”
               After getting his start in racing at the young age of 13 driving at Spud Speedway in upstate Maine, Theriault’s career quickly took off by winning
    multiple big events in the New England Late Model ranks and joining the Brad Keselowski Racing Super Late Model development program.  A shining
    moment came after an impressive showing as a rookie in the Oxford Plains 250 including leading multiple laps.  From there Theriault joined JR
    Motorsports as a development driver and eventually landed a 15-race deal with the Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World truck series during 2015
    season.
               After a very successful 2015 season notching 2 top fives and 2 top tens, Theriault has joined Hattori Racing Enterprises for the 2016 K&N Pro
    Series East season.
               “It’s been an interesting year for us so far. For Ryan Truex and myself, being a part of HRE has been a positive experience for both of us, we’re
    both at a point where we’re thankful for every opportunity given to us,” said Theriault.  “The team has been around for a while but we’re digging our heels
    in and we’re getting stronger as we go race to race through the season. We’re making progress every race and we’re getting to a point where we can run
    with the teams that have a bit more resources.  Hopefully this weekend will be the weekend everything comes together and pays off for us.”
               Just as nearly all the other drivers in the K&N Pro Series East, Stafford will be a new track for Theriault.
               “From my standpoint I’m sure there will be crew chiefs that have been a part of teams at Stafford in the past,” said Theriault.  “I know there’s
    some drivers I’ve talked to who have driven K&N cars at Stafford, so there’s an abundance of information out there. I don’t think any of us will have had
    track time at Stafford so that will even things out for a while but the cream will rise to the top, it always does. The top teams will find a way to be fast at
    the end of the night.”
    Drivers will have the opportunity to get some track time on the half-mile the evening before the Stafford 150 in conjunction with the WEEI K&N Pro Series
    Fan Experience.  All K&N teams will hold an open practice followed by an opportunity to meet and greet fans.
    “The practice is going to be real important,” said Theriault.  “We can shoot big and try a lot of things that we would normally be afraid to try on a race
    day.  I’m sure we’ll come up with a lot of hits and I’m sure we’ll have some misses but days like this give us an opportunity to miss without any
    consequences.”
               At the end of the day Theriault is on a mission to get his first career K&N Pro Series win and where better to do it than in front of his family and
    friends at Stafford.
               “Stafford is one of the closest tracks we have to Maine and if we could win the 150 that would be huge for us. Where we’re at as a team I think
    everything is pointing to us running better and competing for wins and the sooner we can make that happen, the better off we’ll be.”
    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 6:45pm-8:30pm, 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.



     
 
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