Story By: SCOTT RUNNING / STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT – Registration for the 2019 Open Modified events at Stafford Speedway has officially opened.
Stafford Speedway officials have announced 2019 rules and registration fees for the slate of 2019 Open Modified 80 events including the return of both the Twisted Tea Open 80 on Friday, June 14th and the Bud Light Open 80 on Friday, July 12th. New for the 2019 season is the addition of the May 10th Open Modified 80 event for a total of 3 open style races on the calendar.
Both 2018 events were thrillers. In the Inaugural Twisted Tea 80 former SK Light Modified star Tommy Barrett, Jr. made his return to Stafford in dramatic fashion by pitting early and holding off a hard charging Rowan Pennink for his first Stafford win in over 3 years. The Bud Light 80 went to Long Island’s Eric Goodale as he dominated the race and grabbed his second career Stafford Speedway win. Each of the winners received a special bonus in victory lane, 80 Twisted Teas for Barrett and 80 Bud Light’s for Goodale. Both drivers are expected to return to the Open 80 events in 2019.
“We were happy with both of the open modified events in 2018,” explained Stafford Speedway GM Mark Arute. “We had two world class brands support those events which helped make them a success and both Twisted Tea and Bud Light have signed on to present the June and July events again in 2019. The winners will once again enjoy ice cold Twisted Teas and Bud Lights in NAPA Victory Lane.”
Registration for the 2019 Open 80 events is discounted to $50 per event and $125 for all 3 events for any team registering before March 1st. Registration fees will increase to $75 per event through the week of the scheduled event at which time the entry-fee will increase to $125. All teams our encouraged to register early to receive a reduced registration fee, contact the speedway office (860) 684-2783 or register online here.
“We’ll have a posted entry-list of all the teams that have registered for the Open Modified events at staffordspeedway.com, today through race day” continued Arute. “Fans never have to question who will be attending our events. We publish all our entry lists and highlight those teams and their sponsors on staffordspeedway.com and all our social media platforms in the weeks leading up to the event. Be sure to follow our social platforms and stay tuned to staffordspeedway.com throughout the off season.”
Early entries for the Open 80’s have already begun to roll in with Stafford SK veteran Todd Owen filing the first entry. Owen, in the process of building a brand new Chassis Pro Modified for these events, is looking forward to the 2019 season.
“It’s pretty exciting for us to be building our own Chassis Pro car for the Open Modified shows,” explained Owen. “We’ve run at Stafford, Thompson, and Waterford with the SKs and the Tour car is a different animal with the horsepower and bigger engines so we’re looking forward to the challenge. It’s going to be a different element than the weekly races with the longer distance and pit strategy, any time you can do something new it’s always exciting.”
The Open Modifieds are set to make 3 stops at Stafford Speedway kicking off May 10th with the Open Modified 80, continuing with the Twisted Tea Open 80 Friday, June 14th, and concluding Friday, July 10th with the Bud Light Open 80.