NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford
Analyzing The TIS Harley-Davidson 125 At Stafford Motor Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2016) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to headline Stafford Motor Speedway’s 26th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125 weekend. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the famed Connecticut oval in advance of Friday’s TSI Harley Davidson 125:
TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Setup:
- Doug Coby will look to become the first driver to record three wins in a row at Stafford on two different occasions. He’s already joined Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher as the only driver to record at least three wins in a row at the track.
- Christopher, the active NWMT wins leader at Stafford with 12, with Bobby Santos second with nine and Coby third with eight wins at the track.
- Coby won the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 in April at Stafford from the pole for his fourth win at the famed half-mile oval.
At Stafford Motor Speedway:
- The Stafford Springs Agricultural Park opened in 1870. The track was originally used for horse racing, which gave way to automobiles after World War II.
- Stafford Motor Speedway became a NASCAR-sanctioned track in 1959 and was paved in 1967.
- Stafford is one of nine tracks that have been a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program in each of its 35 years of competition.
- The track welcomed the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 29 times from 1987-2008. NASCAR’s top developmental series will return to Stafford this June 17.
- The inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford was held on April 14, 1985. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans won the 80-lap race as part of the 14th Annual Spring Sizzler weekend.
- The NWMT has held 119 races at Stafford since 1985, a total second only to the 131 events at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
- Stafford has held multiple races in 31 of the tour’s 32 seasons. The lone exception was 1988.
- There have been 32 different race winners at Stafford, led by Mike Stefanik’s 20 victories.
- There have been 43 different pole winners at Stafford, led by Stefanik’s 17. Ryan Preece set the track qualifying record in the 2012 Spring Sizzler.
- No driver has started all previous 119 races at Stafford. Jamie Tomaino has missed only one – the track’s inaugural race.
- There have been eight races won in wire-to-wire fashion at Stafford, the last by Doug Coby in April.
- Ryan Preece was the youngest Stafford race winner at 18 years, 9 months and 14 days in 2009.
- Ted Christopher was the oldest Stafford victor at 53 years, 3 months and 28 days in 2011.
- The TSI Harley-Davidson 125 entry list features eight drivers that have previously won at the track: Christopher (12), Doug Coby (7), Bobby Santos (6), Donny Lia, Jimmy Blewett and Woody Pitkat (2), Silk and Tomaino (1).
Stafford Motor Speedway Data
Race #: 4 of 17 overall, 2 of 4 at Stafford
Track Layout: .5-mile asphalt oval
Race Length: 125 laps (62.5 miles)
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 9 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 7.5 degrees
2015 Race Winner: Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 61.830 mph, 1 hr. 00 mins. 39 secs.
2015 Pole Winner: Doug Coby, Chevrolet, 98.517 mph, 18.271 secs.
Qualifying Record: Ryan Preece, Ford, 100.424 mph, 17.924 secs., 4/29/12
Active Category Leaders at Stafford:
- Ted Christopher … 12
- Doug Coby … 8
- Bobby Santos … 6
- Bobby Santos … 9
- Donny Lia … 8
- Doug Coby … 5
- Ted Christopher … 30
- Todd Szegedy … 24
- Doug Coby … 16
- Jamie Tomaino … 55
- Ted Christopher … 52
- Todd Szegedy … 32
- Ted Christopher … 2,090
- Doug Coby … 1,024
- Todd Szegedy … 844
- Jamie Tomaino … 17,062
- Ted Christopher … 13,287
- Todd Szegedy … 8,367
- Jamie Tomaino … 118
- Ted Christopher … 93
- Wade Cole … 58
Select Driver Highlights:
Jimmy Blewett (No. 4 Starrett Dodge)
- Has five wins, three poles and 37 top 10s in 109 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
- Finished eighth in the season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in his first appearance with Mystic Missile Racing.
- Has two wins (Aug. 2008, May 2009), a pole (Sept. 2012), 15 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 31 career NWMT starts at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)
- Has eight wins, five poles and 53 top 10s in 91 career starts.
- Finished fifth at Stafford in this year’s Spring Sizzler.
- Has two poles (Oct. 2010, `11), 13 top 10s, an average finish of 13th and a best result of second (April 2013, June 2014) in 25 career NWMT starts at Stafford.
Doug Coby (No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet)
- The 2012, `14 and `15 NWMT champion has 18 wins, 12 poles and 93 top 10s in 174 career starts.
- Has eight wins, five poles, 26 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 45 career NWMT starts at Stafford.
- Won the Spring Sizzler in 2006, `12 and most recently in April.
- Has 18 career NWAAS victories at Stafford, including five in SK Modifieds.
Chase Dowling (No. 9 S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet)
- The 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has nine top 10s in 18 career starts with a best finish of third (Riverhead 2015).
- Recorded an average finish of 15th across his first four races at Stafford last year, including a sixth-place effort in the Fall Final.
- Has eight career NWAAS victories at Stafford, including one in SK Modifieds.
Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet)
- Has a win (Riverhead 2014), a pole (Monadnock Speedway 2013) and 45 top 10s in 104 career starts.
- Maintains the NWMT’s active starts streak lead, now at 102 races.
- Has eight top 10s, an average finish of 15th and a best result of fourth (April 2015) in 30 career Stafford races.
Donny Lia (No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet)
- The 2007 and `09 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 21 poles and 89 top 10s in 172 career starts.
- Has averaged a top-10 finish in his last nine races.
- Has four wins, eight poles, 27 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 45 career Stafford appearances.
Rowan Pennink (No. 3 Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet)
- Has two wins and 60 top 10s in 127 career races.
- Finished ninth in the Thompson opener in his first race with Boehler Racing Enterprises.
- Has 21 top 10s, an average finish of ninth and a best result of second (April, May 2011) in 34 career NWMT starts at Stafford.
- Earned six wins in Stafford’s SK Modifieds last year to capture his first NWAAS track championship. Has 12 career triumphs in the division.
Woody Pitkat (No. 85 Stuart’s Automotive/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet)
- Has three wins, four poles and 56 top 10s in 109 career starts.
- Finished 10th in the opener at Thompson in his first NWMT start with Kevin Stuart Motorsports.
- Has two wins (Aug. 2015, April 2015), 18 top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 31 Stafford NWMT races.
- Has 27 career wins in Stafford’s SK Modified division, where he won the track championship in 2013. His 74 overall career feature wins at the track rank second all-time behind Ted Christopher.
Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet)
- The 2010 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 16 poles and 59 top 10s in 110 career events.
- Finished 13th in the opener at Thompson.
- The active leader with nine poles at Stafford, where he has six wins, 18 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 28 races.
- Finished seventh in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford in April.
Ron Silk (No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet)
- The 2011 NWMT champion has 10 wins, nine poles and 88 top 10s in 148 career starts.
- Finished fifth in the opener at Thompson in his NWMT debut for Danny Watts. The pair won their first NWAAS feature together at New Smyrna Speedway in February.
- Has a win (May 2011), two poles (May 2010, `11), 19 top 10s and an average finish of 14th in 38 career NWMT races at Stafford.
Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford)
- The 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a win (Thompson 2016), a pole (Riverhead 2013) and 19 top 10s in 38 career starts.
- Breakthrough first NWMT victory came in the opener at Thompson in April.
- Has five top 10s, an average finish of 12th with a best run of third (June, Oct. 2015) in 11 career Stafford races.
Other Driver Notes
- This will be Jamie Tomaino’s 601st career start. He is the tour’s all-time record holder in the category.
- Max Zachem is coming off a career-best runner-up finish at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
- Leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Matt Swanson (ninth overall in points) made Whelen Modified Tour history when he debuted at Stafford Motor Speedway in 2015 at age 15.
Up To Speed:
- This is the 32nd season of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing. The inaugural race was contested March 31, 1985 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
- The 2016 schedule features 17 points races at nine different tracks across four states.
- Timmy Solomito earned his first career victory in the 2016 season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
- Doug Coby won his second straight race at Stafford Motor Speedway winning the Spring Sizzler in April.
- Ron Silk led a race 111 laps en route to winning the New England Cycle Center 161 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in May.