Story By: PAUL ARUTE / STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT – Paradiso Insurance is the latest sponsor to partner with Stafford Speedway for the 2021 race season.
Paradiso Insurance, located in Stafford Springs, will serve as the official race sponsor for the Paradiso Insurance Late Model 50 and will also provide a $75 weekly contingency to the 3rd place finisher in the Late Model feature.
“We’re very excited to have an organization like Paradiso Insurance involved at Stafford Speedway,” explained Stafford Speedway CEO Mark Arute. “Chris and his team at Paradiso Insurance are a cornerstone here in Stafford Springs and are very involved in the local community. We are looking forward to the multi-year partnership with our Late Model division.”
Over the last few seasons Stafford’s Late Model division has continued its resurgence becoming one of the most competitive weekly divisions in the region. In just 14 events in 2020, 7 different drivers made it to Stafford victory lane with eventual champion Adam Gray leading the way with an impressive 6 win season. Shockingly absent from victory lane were two of the best in Stafford Late Model racing, Tom Fearn and Michael Bennett who have 56 and 20 career Late Model wins respectively.
“Our Late Model division continues to grow and the support of Paradiso Insurance further strengthens the division,” continued Arute. “Time and time again we’ve shown our commitment to Late Model racing at Stafford and it shows with a great field of race teams taking shape for the new season.”
The Paradiso Insurance Late Model 50 is the highlight of the calendar for the Late Models division marking the longest race of the year. Tyler Leary, Ryan Fearn, and Paul Arute are the last 3 winners of the extra distance event continuing a surprising trend of younger, less experienced drivers winning the only extra distance event of the season. Ryan Fearn and Arute both return to the Late Model division in 2021 and will look to grab their 2nd career 50 lap victory in the Paradiso Insurance Late Model 50 scheduled for Friday, September 3rd.
Located on Main Street in Stafford Springs, CT just a mile from Stafford Speedway, Paradiso Insurance is a local independent insurance agency that specializes in personal insurance, business insurance and parcel delivery insurance. Owner Chris Paradiso leads the team in organizing the yearly community events that they put together, one being their annual flag day event. The Paradiso team prides themselves on giving back to the local community and believe that is the backbone of the agency.
“The race track is my favorite place to be on Friday nights and I can’t wait to spend it with my Paradiso Insurance Family,” explained Paradiso Insurance Professional Alyssa Casagrande.
“We are beyond excited to be able to be a part of this sponsorship. I love supporting local businesses and the community involvement all around,” noted Paradiso Licensed Insurance Professional Jessica Balanceau. “Chris and all of us on the team are super excited for our sponsorship with Stafford Motor Speedway as they are a huge staple in our community.”
For more information on Paradiso Insurance and their offerings visit www.paradisoinsurance.com or contact them at 860-684-5270.
The first $75 Paradiso Insurance contingency bonus will be awarded April 24th as the Late Model division kicks off their 2021 season at NAPA Auto Parts Opening day with a 30 lap feature. General Admission tickets for NAPA Auto Parts Opening Day and the April 25th, NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler are scheduled to go on-sale March 1st. Limited tickets will be available due to Covid-19 restriction.