Story By: PAUL ARUTE / STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT – For the 5th consecutive season, Wheelers Auto Service of Hamden, CT will post $500 in bonus money for each of the qualifying events held for Friday’s NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K event. SK Modified® drivers will see payouts of $250 to all qualifying race winners, $150 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd. The addition of qualifying race bonus money pushes the total posted awards for Friday’s 100 lap NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K to over $35,000.
Wheelers Auto Service, owned and operated by SK Modified® car owner John Rufrano, has been a long time supporter of the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K event, first posting the award back in 2015. Rufrano competes with two SK Modifieds® on a weekly basis including his son Marcello Rufrano, the 2018 SK Light Modified track champion and current SK Modified® rookie, along with Keith Rocco. Often referred to as “Kid Rock”, Rocco is 5th on Stafford’s all-time win list with 62 career wins, many of them coming behind the wheel of the Rufrano owned #88.
“The NAPA SK 5K is the highlight of the season for us and all of the SK Modified® teams in the paddock,” explained Rufrano. “We love being able to post some extra money to keep the qualifying races interesting and to boost the purse for the teams. Keith has come close to winning the NAPA SK 5K a few times now, hopefully we can get to victory lane Friday.”
The Wheeler’s Auto Service Qualifying bonus adds to the already hefty prize money posted for the 100 lap SK Modified® event. In its 6th season, the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K event has become the marquee event of the summer for the SK Modified® division with a guaranteed $5,000 payday to the winner.
Discount tickets for the June 28th NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K are now available at your local NAPA Auto Parts Store. NAPA Tickets include a pre-race barbeque on the Stafford midway. A full list of participating NAPA stores is available by clicking the PARTICIPATING NAPA STORES link found at the top of the www.staffordspeedway.com homepage.
The 6th Annual NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K is set for Friday, June 28. Tickets for the NAPA SK 5K are available and on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for kids ages 6-14, and kids 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $32.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Stafford Speedway offers free parking with free overnight parking for self-contained RV’s available. Fans who do not have a discount NAPA ticket can also partake in the barbeque on the midway with some great food available for only $10.