Story By: SCOTT RUNNING / STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT – The 2019 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford Motor Speedway awarded competitors an impressive $65,000 in bonus money through the track’s Contingency Program partners.
Stafford’s premier SK Modified® division led the way with over $35,000 in weekly contingency, Gamblers Challenge, and TC 13 Shootout payouts. Providing weekly contingency bonuses throughout the season were Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, Pro-Tech 8 Gloves, New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand, and Kevin Harvick Inc. Management. Through his company, KHI Management, Harvick presented two weekly $250 bonuses to the leader on lap-13 and the 13th place finisher in remembrance of Christopher’s number 13. Special event contingency bonuses were presented during the 2019 season by Ryan Preece Racing, Del’s Vinyl Siding, and Bob’s Painting.
The June 28 NAPA SK 5K, the biggest payday for the SK Modified® division, distributed over $7,400 in contingency. Newtown Pools along with 26 SK Modified® drivers teamed up with Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair to present the Gambler’s Challenge of $5,450 with Wheelers Auto Service contributing heat race bonuses of $1,500 along with the weekly SK Modified® contingency partners. After selecting the winner takes all option in the 2018 running of the NAPA SK 5k, Ronnie Williams selected the chip with the option to split the Dunleavy’s Gamblers Challenge amongst the 11th through 20th place finishers, paying an extra $605 to 9 eligible drivers who participated in the Gamblers Challenge.
The purse for the 2nd Annual TC 13 Shoot-Out on July 12 totaled $6,956 with contributions from the following partners, Big Haus USA, Gaston Racing Enterprises, Greg & Venetta of the Florida Connection, Hoosier Tire East, Jeff Ramsey Carpentry, John Rayner Real Estate, Justin & Tabitha Manafort, LifeCare Family Chiropractic, NASCAR, New England Racing Fuel, Sign Pro, SP Johnson and Wheelers Auto Services. Keith Rocco was the winner of the race and took home the winner’s check of $1,313.
“It’s awesome that all the contingency sponsors go the extra mile to support the SK Modified® division at Stafford,” said 2019 SK Modified® champion Ronnie Williams. “We wouldn’t be able to be here without the sponsors’ support so any time we can show them our appreciation and of course getting some extra money is awesome. To have the sponsors keep coming back year after year is a great thing and I think Stafford does a great job with promoting the sponsors. With the longer seasons we’ve had at Stafford the last couple years, any extra cash that comes our way is definitely helpful. We love coming to the track every Friday night to go racing and all the contingency sponsors are a huge help in that respect.”
Stafford’s Late Model drivers took home over $7,600 in contingency awards. iRacing.com and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand were the weekly contingency sponsors of Stafford’s premier full fendered division. Special event contingency bonuses were presented during the 2019 season by Del’s Vinyl Siding and Bob’s Painting. Similar to the Dunleavy’s Gambler’s Challenge for the NAPA SK 5k, Bill Gaston from Gaston Racing Enterprises presented the Gaston Racing Enterprises High Roller Challenge for the Late Model 50 that took place on August 16. With $1,900 up for grabs, Ryan Fearn selected the winner takes all option by rolling a super sized inflatable die in NAPA Victory Lane, which brought his check for winning the Late Model 50 up to a season-high $3,450.
The SK Light division took home over $9,000 in contingency awards during the 2019 season. Weekly contingency was provided by Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, Olson Apartments, and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand.
Stafford’s Limited Late Model division took home over $5,000 in contingency bonuses from R.A.D. Auto Machine and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand.
“Between R.A.D. Auto Machine and Sunoco, the support they give us every week, from R.A.D. with the winners and Sunoco with the top-3 finishers, it makes a huge difference for us,” said Matt Clement, who won a division high 7 races this season. “The R.A.D. bonus helped us to keep putting new tires on the car throughout the season and gas in our truck to tow the car back and forth to the track and with Sunoco, having that $25 bonus is a big help with keeping the car fueled up to go racing every Friday night.”
The Street Stock division scored over $8,500 in contingency payouts. Big Haus USA and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand provided weekly bonuses. New for the 2019 season was the RSMPCO.com Street Stock Triple Crown, which used a special points system to award $4,500 in bonus money to the top-10 finishers. Meghan Fuller was the winner of the RSMPCO.com Triple Crown and took home a $1,000 bonus while Dave Secore finished 10th and won $200.
The 2019 Rookie of the Year program totaled $3,500 with NAPA Auto Parts posting $1,000 each to SK Modified® rookie Andrew Molleur and Late Model rookie Ryan Fearn. R.A.D. Auto Machine provided $500 each to SK Light rookie Steven Chapman, Limited Late Model rookie Kevin Crosby and Street Stock rookie Adrien Paradis, III.
Early Bird Discount On 2020 Season Tickets Ends December 14th
Stafford Motor Speedway’s 2020 season ticket early buy discount ends Saturday, December 14th. Time is running out to take advantage of early buy savings on Paddock Passes, General Admission, Reserved Seat, and Kids Fast Pass tickets. All season ticket packages offer big savings compared to purchasing a ticket for each of the 22 scheduled race events.
Planning ahead to take advantage of the over 50% savings on Season Paddock Passes pays off as race teams saved over $515 per season pass in 2019. Purchase on or before December 14th and pay $440. After December 14th the price increases to $500. The Season Paddock Pass allows access to the paddock area as well as the general admission seating grandstands. A Paddock Pass with reserved seat upgrade is available for an additional $60.
General Admission Season Tickets are priced at $320 if purchased on or before December 14th, a savings of over 40%. After December 14th, the General Admission ticket increases to $350. Reserved Seat Season Tickets purchased on or before December 14th are priced at $360, a savings of over 40%. After December 14th, the Reserved Seat Season Ticket increases to $390. The Kids Fast Pass option for kids age 6 to 14 is priced at $60 before December 14th, a 50% savings. After December 14th, the Kids Fast Pass increases to $70. All season ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. New for the 2020 season, General Admission, Reserved, and Kids Fast Pass season tickets can be upgraded to include a ticket to the NAPA lunch buffet at the season opening NAPA Spring Sizzler® on April 24-26 and the season ending NAPA Fall Final on Sept. 26-27 for an extra $17.50 per event, or $35 for both events.
Stafford Speedway will kick off its 2020 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with the 49th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® on April 25 & 26. The NAPA Spring Sizzler® will showcase the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as well as Stafford’s SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model and Street Stock divisions and the Vintage All-Stars. The 2020 season will offer a variety of touring events joining the weekly divisions. Stay tuned to Staffordspeedway.com and social media for continuously updated information.
2020 Schedule Highlights
- 3 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Events (4/26, 8/7, 9/27)
- 4 Open Modified 80-Lap Events (5/15, 6/12, 7/10, 8/21)
- TC 13 Lap SK Modified® Shootout
- NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K (6/26)
- The Senator’s Cup (8/14)
- Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Modifiedz Night (7/24)
- Late Model 50 (9/4)
- Pro Late Model Open (5/29)
- Limited Late Model 25 (6/19)
- Kids Nights (5/8, 6/5, 7/17, 8/28)
Season tickets can be purchased online by visiting the SHOP NOW section found on the www.staffordspeedway.com homepage. Season tickets can also be ordered by calling the Stafford Speedway office at 860-684-2783, Mon.-Fri. from 9am-5pm. Take advantage of the “Early Buy” discount and purchase your season tickets before December 14th.