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Stafford Motor Speedway
Stafford
Whelen Modifieds at Stafford.jpg
Whelen Modifieds lined up before a race
Location Stafford Springs, Connecticut
Time zoneEastern
Coordinates 41°57′19″N 72°19′13″W / 41.9553°N 72.3204°W / 41.9553; -72.3204
STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY Latitude and Longitude:

41°57′19″N 72°19′13″W / 41.9553°N 72.3204°W / 41.9553; -72.3204
Capacity8,000
Operator Mark Arute
Broke ground1868
Opened1870
Former namesStafford Springs Agricultural Park (1870 - 1945), Stafford Speedway (1946 - 1986)
Major events Whelen All-American Series
International Supermodified Association
Oval
SurfacePaved
Length0.805 km (.5 mi)
Turns4
Bankingsemi-banked

Stafford Motor Speedway is a semi-banked 1/2 mile paved oval located in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Stafford Speedway is a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioned track with NASCAR weekly racing every Friday night May through September. This track is known as the home of the SK Modifieds and drivers such as Ryan Preece and Ted Christopher. The track hosts weekly events throughout the season including 3 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events. Notable events include the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler (April 29th & 30th), NAPA SK 5K (June 29th), and NAPA Fall Final (September 29th & 30th).

History

Originally known as the Stafford Springs Agricultural Park, the facility was used as a half-mile horse racing facility up to the end of World War II when it switched to automobile racing. The facility became a NASCAR track in 1959 as a dirt track, under the ownership of Rockville auto dealer Mal Barlow. It was purchased by the Arute brothers, Chuck and Jack Arute in 1967, and later paved. Jack's son Mark Arute continues to own and manage the track. [1]

Notable drivers

References

  1. ^ "Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford - NASCAR Home Tracks".
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  3. ^ "Geoff Bodine – a photo on Flickriver".
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  6. ^ "Stafford Motor Speedway".
  7. ^ Bourcier, Bones. RICHIE!: The Fast Life and Times of NASCAR's Greatest Modified Driver (1st ed., 2004). Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA: Coastal 181. ISBN  0-9709854-6-0.
  8. ^ "Driver Jimmy Spencer's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Results at Stafford Motor Speedway – Racing-Reference.info".

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