(Stafford Springs, CT)—The family of the late Frank Ferrara have been named by Stafford Motor Speedway as Grand Marshals for the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler set to open Stafford’s 2015 racing campaign April 25th and 26th. Ferrara spent a lifetime involved in New England motorsports. He was a car owner at Riverside Park in the early 1950’s, a flagman, a successful Mini Sprint driver and a track owner. His support of Modified racing and Stafford stretches across more than 30 years and is best known for his Ferrara 100 events at the Connecticut half-mile. In 2010, Frank was honored by being inducted in to the NEAR Hall of Fame. The Ferrara 100’s were also Stafford’s first involvement with NAPA. “Frank was the owner of Ferrara Spring Works which was also a NAPA dealer,” recalls Mark Arute, Stafford’s COO/GM. “When My father took over Stafford, Frank was one of the first area businessmen to offer sponsorship support. We had planned to have Frank serve as this year’s Grand Marshall as long ago as last season. Unfortunately, Frank passed away this January and the honor now falls upon his family and him, posthumously.”
Ferrara is survived by his children, son Mark Ferrara of Laguna Niguel, CA, daughters Diane Valentino of West Springfield, and Irene F. Camerota. He also has 6 grandchildren, Vanessa, Scott and his wife Kristina, Eric, Joseph, Audrey and Anthony. The list of Ferrara 100 Feature Winners at Stafford. The 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler will run on Sunday, April 26 at approximately 3:15pm following the NAPA Pit Party from 11am-12noon and the SK Modified® and Late Model feature events beginning at 1pm. Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $38.50 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $42.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available. All tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday admission. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. For more information on the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, or to order tickets, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.