Story By: PAUL ARUTE / STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT – Stafford Motor Speedway has officially released the 2019 racing schedule consisting of 22 events including 11 special events.
For the 48th consecutive year, the season will kick-off with the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 27th and 28th and will finish with the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend, both highlighted by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
“2018 was another great season here at Stafford,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute. “We shaped the 2019 schedule to continue our focus on consistency and producing a quality show each and every week. Racing at Stafford has been nothing less then unbelievable the last few years, we think this schedule gives us the opportunities to promote all the talented drivers that race at Stafford each week. We’re excited for our 61st season of NASCAR racing.”
The Friday night weekly racing program is set to fire up Friday, May 3rd with the return of Best Friend Friday and will continue for 20 straight weeks ending Friday, September 13th with First Responder Friday. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make 3 stops at the Stafford, CT half-mile April 27th and 28th for the NAPA Spring Sizzler, August 2nd for the Stafford 150, and September 28th and 29th for the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final.
Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Modifiedz night returns for the 3rd consecutive season Friday, May 24th to kick-off Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start to summer. The biggest SK Modified® event of the year is set for Friday, June 28th when the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5k rolls off for the 6th consecutive year of the 100 lap event. 2018 winner Ronnie Williams pocketed a cool $10,625 for his SK 5k triumph. The TC 13 Shoot-Out for the SK Modifieds® will return on Friday, July 12th. The Modified Racing Series will make their one and only stop at Stafford August 30th for the 10th Annual Lincoln Tech 80. Kids and families events are also highlighted on the schedule with Kids Nights scheduled monthly throughout the season along with Fireworks displays on Friday, May 31st and Friday, July 5th.
Arute Continued, “Our goal is for race fans to know what to expect every time they walk into Stafford Speedway, excellent racing and a great experience. Whether it be a Modified Tour event or a weekly show headlined by the SK Modifieds®, we want race fans to be as excited as we are when Friday rolls around each week.”
Multiple new events dot the 2019 calendar including an additional Open Modified 80 event scheduled for Friday May 10th. The open modified division will compete a total of three times in 2019 with the Twisted Tea Open 80 and Bud Light Open 80 returning to the schedule on June 14th and July 12th respectively. Also new for 2019 is the Street Stock Triple Crown, a 3-event series with events to be held Saturday of NAPA Spring Sizzler and Fall Final weekends as well as Friday, June 21st. Points will be kept and a triple crown champion will be named.
“We have some new additions to the schedule that we are looking forward to,” continued Arute. “We added another Open Modified show to the schedule after receiving great feedback from fans and drivers after the 2018 events. We also added the Street Stock Triple Crown, which will end Saturday of the NAPA Fall Final and will see a significantly boosted purse across all 3 shows especially the final event. We will also name a triple crown champion with bonuses for the top finishers.”
Season tickets for the 2019 race season are now available online, over the phone (860-684-2783), or at the Stafford Speedway Box Office. Discount pricing for season tickets are available through December 14th. Tickets for the 48th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler and 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final are also now available online, over the phone (860-684-2783), or at the Stafford Speedway Box Office. For any questions please contact the track office or reach out on social media.