Story By: PAUL ARUTE / STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT – Call Before You Dig has partnered with Stafford Speedway to bring the Tri-Track Modified Series to the half-mile for the first time in the series history. The Inaugural 81-lap event will pay a whopping $10,000 to the winner with total posted awards of nearly $50,000.
“2020 has been challenge for everyone but the chaos of scheduling this season has provided the opportunity to partner with Wayne [Darling], Ed [Bennett], and the Tri-Track Series for a big season ending event,” explained Stafford Speedway CEO Mark Arute. “$10,000 to win and a very strong purse should attract a great field of modifieds. We appreciate Derek Brown and Call Before You Dig’s continued support of Stafford and partnership for this event. We’re all looking forward to this one.”
The regulars versus the outsiders will be in full effect as the top modified drivers in the Northeast descend on Stafford Speedway for the season ending event. Stafford regulars Keith Rocco, Marcello Rufrano, and Ronnie Williams, who all have Open Modified victories at Stafford this season, will battle with Tri-Track Series drivers Matt Hirschman, Sam Rameau, Andy Jankowiak and more. With a large field of cars expected for the $10,000 to win show, one of the biggest challenges of the day will be qualifying for the 81-lapper.
“The anticipation around this race is growing each day,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of Tri Track said. “There is going to be some of the top modified talent in the whole region running with us at the end of October, and we think the small rules changes, along with the timing of the race, is going to produce a stout field.”
Stafford Speedway’s SK Light Modified and Street Stock divisions will also be on hand both competing in non-points 20 lap events. Additional prize money will be added to both of those purses.
Long-time Stafford Speedway partner Call Before You Dig, who has previously supported the CBYD 811 Challenge, NASCAR Modified Tour events, and Late Model extra-distance races, is set to sponsor the Inaugural $10,000 to win Modified Classic.
“2020 has been a very unusual year for everyone yet Call Before You Dig has provided continuous service for contractors and homeowners that are planning to dig in the roadways or their yards. Excavation safety and damage prevention remains our goal,” explained Call Before You Dig Connecticut representative Derek Brown. “Call Before You Dig is very excited to spread the word for damage prevention by sponsoring the Inaugural Call Before You Dig Modified Classic. The fact that people can attend and sit in the grandstands or watch live at home on Stafford TV will help everyone enjoy this epic event. Driver safety is paramount in every race and excavator safety is paramount every time someone puts a shovel in the ground!”
Tickets for the Saturday, October 24th event will go on sale Monday, September 28th at 8:00am on StaffordSpeedway.com. Stafford Speedway is still required to maintain a 25% capacity limit as mandated by the state of Connecticut. Race teams and fans are encouraged to order their tickets as soon as possible as a sellout is expected. The Modified Classic will also be available live on StaffordSpeedway.tv for $30 for those who are unable to attend the event in person.