51 Years of Tradition: 2020 Season

2020 was a unique season in the history of Stafford Speedway.  The Covid-19 pandemic delayed the start of the 2020 season and cast doubt if there would be a racing season at all.  Thanks to the dedication and resiliency of Stafford Speedway management, everyone who was part of Team Stafford,  drivers and crew members, and race fans, the 2020 season kicked off on June 26.  Stafford hosted a total of 17 race events during the 2020 season.  New for the 2020 season, Stafford live streamed its each of its race events on StaffordSpeedway.tv, giving race fans another option to view the excitement of weekly short track racing at Stafford.

Another new program for the 2020 season was the Ted Christopher Drive for Safety Initiative, formed by Teddy’s widow Quinn.  The TC Safety Initiative allowed for any driver who had registered a number to race in 2020 at Stafford to sign up and receive either a free nomex undershirt, helmet skirt, or carbonx head sock.  96 drivers signed up and Quinn Christopher distributed the safety items to drivers on July 24.  All 96 drivers were entered into a drawing  for a brand new Leaf Racewear double layer firesuit, which was won by Meghan Fuller.

The 2020 season was year 7 of the partnership between NAPA Auto Parts and Stafford.  While the NAPA Spring Sizzler wasn’t held in 2020, NAPA did sponsor the NAPA 100 Open Modified show on August 7, the NAPA SK 5k on August 8, and the NAPA Fall Final on Sept. 26.  Keith Rocco won the NAPA 100 Open Modified feature while Chase Dowling was the winner of NAPA SK 5k driving Dan Avery’s #22 car.

SK Modified® drivers (current or former) took home a clean sweep of the 4 Open Modified races at Stafford in 2020 with Marcello Rufrano winning the Bud Light 80 on July 18, Ronnie Williams taking the Lincoln Tech 80 on August 21, and Woody Pitkat claiming the Twisted Tea 80 on Sept. 18 to go along with Rocco’s win in the NAPA 100 on August 7.

In addition to the Open Modified races, Stafford hosted the Whelen Modified Tour for the NAPA Fall Final on Sept. 26 with Ronnie Silk taking the victory.  Stafford also hosted the Tri-Track Open Modified Series for the first time on Oct. 24 with Chase Dowling taking Ben Dodge’s #9 car to NAPA Victory Lane.

2020 track champions were Keith Rocco in the SK Modified® division, Adam Gray in the Late Model division, Brian Sullivan in the SK Light Modified division, Andrew Durand in the Limited Late Model division, and Zack Robinson was a repeat champion in the the Street Stock division.

Rocco, Coury, Puleo, Durand, & Hydar Score NAPA Auto Parts Opening Night Victories


Zack Robinson Wins Midstate Site Development Street Stock 30 at Stafford; Rocco, Saunders, Sullivan, & Durand Also Score Feature Wins


Marcello Rufrano Wins Bud Light Open Modified 80 At Stafford Speedway; Puleo & Robinson Score Weekly Feature Wins


Derek Debbis Wins Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night at Stafford; Williams, Fearn, Lavoie, & Lafayette Also Score Wins


DiMatteo, Gray, Pearl, Patnode, & Fuller Score July 31 Weekly Racing Feature Wins


Keith Rocco Wins NAPA Auto Parts Open Modified 100 At Stafford; Lavoie & Robinson Score Weekly Feature Wins


Chase Dowling Wins 7th Annual NAPA Auto Parts SK 5k at Stafford Speedway


Dowling, Arute, Debbis, Durand, & Robinson Score August 14 Weekly Racing Feature Wins


Ronnie Williams Wins Lincoln Tech Open Modified 80
Owen, Keane, Pearl, Fearn, & Lafayette Score Lincoln Tech Open Mod 80 Feature Wins


Rocco, Gray, Debbis, Durand, & Meyer Score August 28 Weekly Racing Feature Wins


Tyler Leary Wins Late Model 50; Rocco, Debbis, Durand, & Meyer Also Score Feature Wins


Todd Owen Wins SK Modified® Feature and TC 13 Shootout;
Gray, Puleo, Fearn, & Robinson Score Sept. 11 Feature Wins


Woody Pitkat Wins Twisted Tea Open Modified 80
Rocco, Gray, Pearl, Durand, & Fuller Score Twisted Tea Open Mod 80 Feature Wins


Kopcik, Coury, Pearl, Clement, & Fuller Score September 25 Weekly Racing Feature Wins
Ronnie Silk Wins NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Stafford
Puleo, Durand, & Anderson Score NAPA Auto Parts 150 Feature Wins


Christopher, Gray, Debbis, Durand, & Fuller Score October 2 Weekly Racing Feature Wins


Rocco, Fearn, Puleo, Fearn & L’Etoile Score October 9 NAPA Auto Parts Championship Night Wins at Stafford; Gray, Sullivan, Durand, & Robinson Clinch Track Titles


Chase Dowling Wins Call Before You Dig 81 Tri-Track Open Modified Series Feature
Chapman & L’Etoile Score Call Before You Dig 81 Feature Wins