STAFFORD CT: The NAPA Spring Sizzler is among us and will kick off this weekend. It will headline the 200 lap event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which is the 3rd event on the schedule for the Tour; more on that below.
The home of the SK Modifieds, with over forty numbers registered for this season, will live up to it's name. The hope would be for a full field and that hope should be fulfilled this weekend. Chase Dowling will enter the season with a new team, in an LFR chassis. After the off season stir up, Ronnie Williams will be entering in the very successful #50 Skowyra owned machine. Young Mike Christopher Jr is looking to get back at it after a confident end of 2017 season. Several rookies highlight the division including 2017 SK Light champion, Cory DiMatteo, Zach Leone, and Matt Vassar. Hot Shoe Dan Wesson will be looking to make his first start in the SK's this season as well. The strong field of veterans such as the 2017 champion Keith Rocco, multi time track champion Rowan Pennink will have there hands full with these young and up and coming drivers. 40 laps on Sunday will set the stage for this season
The SK Lights are shaping up to be the most competitive division this season. Bryan Narducci, the hot name in New England in lights, Teddy Hodgdon in his Montanari #55 coming off a podium run from Thompson in his first time up from the legends into a modified looks to have a competitive '18 season. Glenn Korner, Cassandra Cole, Wesley Prucker, Alexander Pearl look to be competitive this season as well. The "High Roller" Andrew Molleur will be running a full season looking for a SK light Championship at Stafford in his #35 SK light on Fridays and Saturdays hes running A SK at the Bowl In between he has some tour mod races scheduled as well. Brett "The Jet" Gonyaw who won the biggest SK Light race in history last year at Stafford in Dunleavy's big race is set on a championship in 2018. The Korner brothers and George Nocera always are contenders when running. These are just some of the names highlighting the division this year. Stafford has seen growth and potential with a history of great racing in this division and they have moved their feature to Sunday, the main event day of the Spring Sizzler.
The Late Models will return crafty veterans who have proved their worth. This season, Tyler Leary, Kevin Gambacorta, Tom Fearn, Ryan Fearn, and Paul Arute and Michal Bennett all look to hit the victory circle. Highlighting the new names to the series are the Saunders brothers, Al and Cliff. Glenn Reen will look to defend his 2017 championship this year as well. Last season Josh Wood came out victorious in the first event of the year. Who will it be this year?
The Limited Late Models graduate two hot names, but return the Fearn family once again. Alexandra and Ryan Fearn highlight the young, and talented list of drivers on the list, but it could be anyone’s night on any given day. The limited late models will run on saturday of the Sizzler, and look to put on a good show.
The formally named Dare Stock division, now the “Street Stocks” will return the veterans, young guns, and add in a few drivers as well. One thing is for sure, Johnny Walker will be tough, and will not let any of these young guns get the best of him. That will not stop Chuck Harrison, Travis Hydar, and Mad Pup George Bessette Jr, and others on opening day.
Sunday will start with a pit party for the fans and will be a day full of modifieds as the SK Lights, SK Modifieds and Whelen Tour Modifieds will be all running with the Late Models thrown in. Jon McKennedy who has ran extremely strong since he has teamed up with Tommy Baldwin Racing in the 7NY from a win in New Smynra, a win in the Myrtle beach WMT race and looked to possible win the Icebreaker until he ran out of fuel with five laps to go. Justin Bonsignore came up victorious at the Ice Breaker. The hometown hero, Woody Pitkat is one who looks to get to victory lane. After the late Ted Christopher tragically passed away, Woody Pitkat would fill the seat in the Dan Watts owned 82, and are they hungry to win one.
The 46 team of Craig Lutz is digging hard and its showing with a P2 at The Icebreaker and strong runs at Speedweeks in FL. Timmy Solomito and Doug Coby are looking for their first wins of the season. Ryan Preece is looking for the "W" after winning the Xfinity race at Bristol and the $100K bonus. You never know who it could be after a long 200 laps. Fall Final winner, Eric Goodale, Ron Silk and Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett could be sleeper picks. Bobby Santos is always a contender as well as Rowan Pennink especially at his home track. Young Shoes Matt Swanson, Ronnie Williams and Chase Dowling all had excellent runs and ran up front at the Ice breaker. We would not be surprised to see Chase park his #15 LFR in victory lane as his first "W" on the WMT is coming very soon and he looked to be the car to beat at Icebreaker before a restart penalty. With a 35 car field expected to show up, you never
know what will happen and we can not wait! #ModOn RG &BW