Story By: SCOTT RUNNING / STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT – Stafford Speedway has announced that Olson Apartments of Feeding Hills, MA will return to the track’s contingency program for the 2021 season.
For the sixth consecutive season, Olson Apartments will provide a weekly $75 bonus to the third place finisher of each SK Light feature event. Olson Apartments’ contingency bonus brings the weekly payday for 3rd place SK Light finishers up to $325.
“I’ve always loved the modifieds and the SK Light division is a great way for me to be able to help up and coming drivers and teams to keep on moving their way up,” said Mark Olson, Owner of Olson Apartments. “I really enjoy the show that Stafford puts on and I know last year was tough but the track and all the drivers and teams did a heck of a job getting in all the races that were run. When the SK Lights are on the track, I like to keep an eye on who is in third place during the races. I like to walk through the pit area and talk with the drivers and teams from all divisions, not just the SK Light division. With how things were last season we really didn’t do much of that so hopefully things will be back to normal and we can enjoy having conversations again with all the teams and drivers. I’m looking forward to watching more exciting racing at Stafford in all 5 weekly divisions, not just the SK Light division and I can’t wait for the season to get started.”
In 17 SK Light races last season, defending track champion Brian Sullivan led all drivers with 4 third place finishes. George Bessette, Jr. and Derek Debbis each claimed 3 third place finishes with Norm Sears finishing third twice. Drivers who each finished third once include Bob Charland, Steven and Tyler Chapman, Nick Anglace, and Chris Matthews. All 9 of those drivers will be back in SK Light competition this season and 9 of the top-10 finishers from the 2020 SK Light points standings will also return. With Jon Puleo the only 2020 SK Light feature winner not returning to the division, the 2021 season offers plenty of promise for another ultra competitive season of open wheel modified racing.
The SK Light division will also continue to provide the modified driving talent of the future with 11 rookie drivers currently signed up for competition. Meg Fuller makes the jump from Stafford’s Street Stocks into the SK Light division for the 2021 season along with Cole Kugler, Tyler Barry, Steve Kenneway, Jason Chapman, Anthony Bello, Casey Vogt, Evan Bourgeois, Tyler Alkas, Jake Hines, and Jason Paquette making up the rookie class of 2021.