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(Stafford Springs, CT)—After a career best season at Stafford Speedway in 2022, Plainville, CT native Adrien Paradis, III is set to move from the Street Stock up to the Limited Late Model division in 2023 and challenge for Rookie of the Year honors behind the wheel of his #19 CSB Communications Chevrolet.

“I’m excited to make the move up,” said Paradis.  “We had talked about this as a team back in 2020 but things didn’t quite work out for us then.  Last year we hurt a motor and we wrecked a car so the plan was that this was a perfect time to make the move since I had to rebuild the motor.  It will be nice to get a little bit of extra money from the Limited Late Model purse versus the Street Stock purse and everything kind of fell into place for me to make the move now with my great sponsors CSB Communications, JSB Motorsports, Laser Crazy, D & F Wraps, Smedley Crane, and Paula’s $5 Paparazzi.”

The 2022 season, which marked Paradis’ fourth year in the Street Stocks, saw him set career highs with 2 wins, 15 top-5, and 16 top-10 finishes in 18 races, including 9 podium finishes.  Paradis’ on track efforts also resulted in a career best finish of third in the points standings and he is hoping that the last four seasons worth of experience will help to make his transition from Street Stock to Limited Late Model a smooth ride.

“With my experience I have the track down, I’ll just have to get used to a new style of car,” said Paradis.  “I hope I can get adjusted to it quicker than I did when I came from Waterford to the Street Stock division.  The car will be a little different and it will have a little harder tire than the Street Stock car.  It should be an easier transition for me to make and I’m hoping that it won’t take 2 years to get my first win like it did with the Street Stock.  That was a long waiting period for sure.”

Paradis will have Joe Brockett as his crew chief to help him get adapted to a brand new car.  Paradis looked into purchasing an existing car but when that didn’t pan out, he teamed with former 2-time Stafford Street Stock champion Zack Robinson to build a brand new car from the ground up.

“When it comes to fender cars, Joe Brockett knows a lot,” said Paradis.  “He won two championships with Zack in the Street Stocks and Zack was able to win a Late Model race as a rookie and we all know the Late Model division has some pretty stout competition.  We were actually talking with a team about possibly buying a car but they weren’t ready to sell the car.  Zack was building a car and I told him I needed a Limited Late Model and he said he would sell me the car he was building.  Building a new car was a better option than buying a car from someone because I’m not dealing with a car that might have been bent.  It also gives me the opportunity to learn every square inch of the car.  I have to give a big thank you to Joe and Zack because without their help, I wouldn’t be able to make this move up.”

Paradis came to Stafford for the first time in 2019 and he took down Rookie of the Year honors in the Street Stock division, a feat that he would like to repeat in 2023.  Paradis has finished in the top-5 of the points standings in three of his four Street Stock seasons and he would like to once again be a top-5 car in 2023.

“We’d like to win Rookie of the Year and put a win on the board this season,” said Paradis.  “There’s some really good competition at Stafford and we just have to try to stay with the frontrunners.  I would like to be in the top-5 again in the points at the end of the year.  If we can do like we did last year and keep our nose clean and avoid some wrecks, I think we can definitely be there.  I just have to get the week 4 or 5 monkey off of my back of wrecking a car.  It seems like the last couple years that’s where trouble starts for us and I think it was 2020 when I wrecked the car in the first race.  I’d like to keep that momentum of improving every year going.”

With Paradis looking to get as much track time as he can to be ready for the season opening NAPA Spring Sizzler® on Saturday, April 29, Paradis will take part in a track rental session in early April to get his first taste of a Limited Late Model car and shake down his new machine.

“We have a track rental already scheduled for early April and that will be good to try to get the car figured out with the harder tire than what I’ve been used to,” said Paradis.  “Hopefully we’ll have everything right on the car and it’ll handle well but you know how racing can go.”

Paradis is also anxious to get on track with other cars so he can start getting an idea of the competition that he will be facing throughout the 2023 season.

“I haven’t really paid much attention to the competition in the Limited Late Model division,” said Paradis.  “I’d rather start doing that once I get on the track with the Limited Late Model drivers because a lot of times what you see from the stands versus what you see on the track are two totally different things.”

Paradis will take to the track for the first time in Limited Late Model competition during the 51st Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler®, which kicks off on Saturday, April 29 and will consist of feature events for the Limited Late Model, Street Stock, and Vintage All-Star divisions along with two 40-lap NAPA Duel qualifying races for the Open Modified division that will set the field for Sunday’s NAPA Spring Sizzler®. The American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will also make their return to Stafford Speedway on April 29th with a 75-lap feature with over 40 cars expected for the race.

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Sunday, April 30th will play host to the $20,000 to win 51st NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®.  Filling out Sunday’s racing card will be qualifying and feature racing for the SK Modified®, SK Light Modified, and Late Model divisions along with last chance qualifiers for the Spring Sizzler®.

For more information, visit staffordspeedway.com, follow Stafford Speedway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

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Jeff Heath – Street Stock #12

Driver & Team Info

Hometown: Chicopee, MA

Car Owner: Lori Heath

Crew Chief: Jeff Heath

Crew Members:

Primary Sponsor: Freedom Cycles

Associate Sponsors: North American Texturing, Lead Foot Brewery, CRH Custom Hoses, Just Smile Racing, Matco Tools, Louis’s Leashes and Treats, Rocket Roy’s Racing

Car Make & Model: Chevy Monte Carlo

Occupation: Motorcycle Mechanic

Date of Birth: 5/18/68

Martial Status: Married – Lori

Non-Racing Hobbies: Motorcycles, Boating, Family Time

Favorite Racing Personality: Mark Martin, John Blewett, Richie Evans

Favorite Sports Team: All Boston Teams

Favorite TV Show: 2 and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory

Favorite Musical Artist: Neil Young, Beach Boys

Year and Divisions Raced at Stafford: 2023 will be first season at Stafford

 

Career Achievements

• Raced at Riverside Park

• Last 3 years raced Pro-4 Modifieds and Mini Stocks all across the Northeast

Michael Ramos – SK Modified® #09

Driver & Team Info

Hometown: Glenfield, NY

Car Owner: Keith Rocco

Crew Chief: Keith Rocco

Crew Members: Stacie Ramos, Chuck Ramos

Primary Sponsor: Keith Rocco Racing

Associate Sponsors: –  

Car Make & Model: Chevrolet Corvette

Chassis: Troyer

Engine Builder: Pettit Racing Engines

Date of Birth: 9-17-84

Profession: Project Manager

Marital Status: Married – Stacie

Non-Racing Hobbies: Working on cars, riding motorcycles

Favorite Sports Team: Buffalo Bills

Favorite Musical Group or Artist: Classic rock

Career Achievements:

• 2023 is first season racing at Stafford

• Started racing 2004 in Light Trucks at Adirondack Speedway, won championship in 2015

• Raced Super Stock in 2007, multiple feature wins

• 2013 New York State Big 10 Champion

• 2015 moved to SK Modifieds® and R.O.C. Modifieds at Evans-Mills Speedway


CAR #

DRIVER & TEAM INFO


5ma

Driver: Tom Carey, III
Hometown: New Salem, MA


21ma

Driver: Pete Yetman
Hometown: Peru, MA


21qc

Driver: Alexandre Tardif
Hometown: Notre Dame des Pins, QC


25me

Driver: Jason Gammon
Hometown: Hollis, ME


27nh

Driver: Cam Huntress
Hometown: Rochester, NH


36nh

Driver: Erick Sands
Hometown: Derry, NH


66vt

Driver: Jason Corliss
Hometown: Barre, VT


77ma

Driver: Jimmy Linardy
Hometown: Somerville, MA


77nh

Driver: Bryan Wall, Jr.
Hometown: E. Kingston, NH

(Stafford Springs, CT)—For the third consecutive season, Call Before You Dig will present the CBYD Open 81 at Stafford Speedway.  The May 19th race will be the second of five open modified races scheduled at the Connecticut half-mile facility during the 2023 season and will follow the 51st Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler® on April 29-30.

“Call Before You Dig is happy to continue working with Stafford Speedway,” said Derek Brown, President of Call Before You Dig in Connecticut.  “Again this year we’ll be sponsoring the Open 81 race and CBYD recognizes that the race fans at Stafford are a great fit for our target audience of users of CBYD.  Teaming up with Stafford is a great opportunity for us to promote CBYD and to remind everyone about the importance of using the CBYD service before putting a shovel into the ground.”

In addition to presenting the 5th Annual CBYD Open Modified 81, CBYD will provide the open modified field with some extra motivation to win the race in the form of a $1,000 bonus.  Last year’s CBYD 81 saw a pair of Stafford SK Modified® veterans fighting for the win with Ronnie Williams outlasting Woody Pitkat to claim the checkered flag.

“We’re always looking forward to exciting racing at Stafford,” continued Brown.  “Whenever you’re able to offer additional money for winning a race, it’s always fun to watch the drivers and teams compete for the trophy and the win.”

CBYD’s title sponsorship of the CBYD Open 81 continues a relationship with Stafford Speedway that dates back to the 2007 season.  Over the past 16 seasons, CBYD has partnered with Stafford in a wide variety of ways, including options such as advertising partner, contingency sponsor, and race sponsor.  CBYD has also offered several special contingency programs such as the CBYD 811 Challenge from 2013-2018 and the CBYD Modified Challenge for the 2021 season.

“Because Stafford is a premier racing venue in New England, there’s always big crowds at the races and it gives us a great outreach for public education about CBYD,” said Brown.  “Our sponsorship allows us to be visible all season long at Stafford on the backstretch billboards, the technical inspection area, social media advertising and other marketing avenues such as the Stafford website.  With the audience expanding thanks to the FloRacing coverage, partnering with Stafford is even more desirable and helps our reach extend far beyond the New England region.”

More About Call Before You Dig

Call Before You Dig is a free service to anyone excavating within the state of Connecticut. It is the law. Call Before You Dig service enables excavators to obtain information on the location of underground utility pipes and cables in the area of the proposed work site. This knowledge will help protect the excavators from harm and the facilities from damage.

CBYD’s mission is to “Provide communication and education to improve safety when excavating”.  Examples of projects requiring an e-ticket or a call to 811 would be digging for a new pool, a mailbox, landscaping and planting trees, or a deck.  Digging only a few inches can pose risks.  CBYD provides guidelines in separate manuals for professional excavators and homeowners on its website, www.cbyd.com.  Homeowners or excavators can simply log on for an e-ticket or call 811 at no cost and the CBYD staff will guide people through the process to protect against a range of problems, from the inconvenience of disrupted utility service to the potential of explosions or electrocutions.

For more information, visit staffordspeedway.com, follow Stafford Speedway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

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Kyle Theriault – #24 Limited Late Model

Driver & Team Info

Hometown: Three Rivers, MA

Car Owner: Kyle Theriault

Crew Chief: Tyler Wood

Crew Members: Justin Bren, Hayley Derwin, Rob Russell

Primary Sponsor: Theriault Racing

Associate Sponsors: –

Car Make & Model: Chevrolet Impala

Date of Birth: 12/23/87

Profession: Garage Door Installer / Technician

Marital Status: Single

Non-Racing Hobbies: Working on cars, iRacing

Favorite Racing Personality: Ross Chastain

Favorite Sports Team: N.E. Patriots

Favorite Music: Guns ‘N Roses

Career Achievements:

• 2023 will be 1st season racing at Stafford Speedway

• Crew member for Justin Bren and Rich Hammann

• Participated in NASCAR Racing Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

(Stafford Springs, CT)—When Stafford Speedway kicks off its 2023 season with the 51st Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler®, Ron Silk is sure to be counted among the pre-race favorites.  Silk and the #16 Blue Mountain Machine / Future Homes team finished third in last year’s Sizzler® and won the season ending NAPA Fall Final in September.  With an average finish of 4.3 in three Stafford starts last season, Silk and his team are eager to return to the Connecticut half-mile facility.

“The team and I are certainly looking forward to coming back to Stafford,” said Silk.  “We thought the Sizzler® was an awesome event last year with a lot of cars, a lot of people in the stands, and a really good payday.  We ran well in the Sizzler® and finished third but we needed just a little more to be able to keep up with Matt [Hirschman] and Ryan [Preece].  We made some improvements over the two remaining races we ran at Stafford and it was really good to get a win at the Fall Final last year.  It’s a new year and a new race, but it’s always nice to come back to a track after your last visit there was a victory.  We’ll try to take all the positives we can from the Fall Final to the Sizzler® but you’re still going to have to have a fast car and make the right decisions, so we still have a little bit of work ahead of us.”

“We’re all pumped for the Sizzler®,” said Silk’s co-car owner Joe Yannone.  “Ronnie is comfortable at Stafford and the team always has a great time when we race there.  We feel like our car has everything it takes to make it happen at Stafford so we’re all looking forward to the Sizzler®.  The Sizzler® will be one of our highlight races for the 2023 season for sure and we’re definitely confident and looking forward to April.”

Last year’s 50th running of “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” brought about several changes to the format.  Rather than time trials, teams had to qualify for the race by finishing in a qualified position in one of two 40-lap NAPA Duel races.  Drivers who didn’t qualify through a NAPA Duel went into a 15-lap last chance qualifier to earn the final starting positions in the 100 lap NAPA Spring Sizzler®. The new format saw 41 cars attempt to qualify for the 33 car starting field and brought about an atmosphere around the race that was appreciated by all competitors.

“I was really impressed with the atmosphere,” said Silk.  “It felt like being at the track 15 or 20 years ago when I was younger with a buzz around the track and the race.  Honesty as a racer, I’m kind of a fan of time trials, but for the fans it’s more exciting to have heat races, especially when the race is spread out over two days like the Sizzler®.  I really like the idea of a 40-lap heat race rather than a 10-lap heat because if you get a poor starting draw, you at least have some time to do something about it.  Last year we were fortunate enough to win our duel race, which was a great payday in itself for a 40-lap race, and I think that’s one of the main reasons why there was so much excitement around the race last season.  With everything that happened last season, the race should only be bigger and better this season.”

Last year’s NAPA Spring Sizzler® paid a guaranteed $15,000 to win plus any contingency money earned and it paid $1,250 to start the race from total posted awards of over $130,000.  For the 2023 NAPA Spring Sizzler®, the purse has increased to pay the winner a guaranteed $20,000 with $1,500 to start the race from total posted awards of over $140,000.

“Stafford has done a fantastic job with the purse,” said Silk.  “I was looking at the purse the other day, and although it would be a very tough feat to pull off, if a driver could win their duel race and lead all 100 laps to win the race, the payout would be around $38,500, which would really be something remarkable.”

“The Sizzler is always exciting with the amount of competitors who come to Stafford and the track is always packed with fans,” said Yannone.  “Stafford does a great job with the purse and that really helps draw attention to the modifieds.”

Silk made his NAPA Spring Sizzler® debut in 2004 and he has since made 15 starts with a best finish of third, which he has done three times, including last season.  Silk would like to add the Sizzler® to his career win list while his owner says that a Sizzler victory would be a bucket list item for himself and the team.

“The Sizzler is certainly a prestigious race and it’s one of the bigger races that I haven’t won yet, so it would certainly mean a lot to me to win a race like that against that field of competition with a great atmosphere surrounding the race,” said Silk.  “It would be really good for the team to get some momentum early in the season and it would be a nice payday on top of that.  Thanks to my car owners Tyler Haydt and Joe Yannone, Future Homes, Blue Mountain Machine, and all the crew guys who give up their free time to go racing with us.  We all enjoy doing it but it’s still a big commitment and we couldn’t do this without their help.”

“If we were able to win the Sizzler®, it would definitely be something for our bucket list and we would all be ecstatic,” said Yannone.  “Ronnie is the guy to do it and our crew chief Phil Moran along with Tyler Haydt, myself, and everyone on the crew, we all have the utmost confidence that we can make it happen and it would be totally awesome to win the Sizzler®.”

The 51st Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler® kicks off on Saturday, April 29, and will consist of two 40-lap NAPA Duel qualifying races for the Open Modified division. The 40-lap races will each pay $3,500 to win and will set the field for Sunday’s NAPA Spring Sizzler®. The American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will also make their return to Stafford Speedway on April 29th with a 75-lap feature with over 40 cars expected for the race.  Limited Late Model, Street Stock, and Vintage All-Star divisions will complete Saturday’s racing program.

Order 51st NAPA Spring Sizzler® Tickets

Sunday, April 30th will play host to the $20,000 to win 51st NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®.  Filling out Sunday’s racing card will be qualifying and feature racing for the SK Modified®, SK Light Modified, and Late Model divisions along with last chance qualifiers for the Spring Sizzler®.

For more information, visit staffordspeedway.com, follow Stafford Speedway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

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(Stafford Springs, CT)—Tickets for the 51st NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® and NAPA Auto Parts duels are now on sale on staffordspeedway.com/tickets. Along with tickets for the April 29th and 30th events, Stafford Speedway has once again released a limited edition t-shirt commemorating the 51st running of the Spring Sizzler®. T-shirts are only available for purchase with a Spring Sizzler® or Duel ticket and will be limited to the first 500.

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Similar to last season, NAPA Spring Sizzler® Weekend will be broken up into two days beginning with the NAPA Auto Parts Duel, Saturday, April 29th and culminating April 30th with the 51st running of the Greatest Race in the History of Spring, the NAPA Spring Sizzler®.

“The Spring Sizzler® tradition continues,” explained Stafford Speedway CFO Lisa Arute. “NAPA Spring Sizzler® Weekend has become one of the best racing weekends of the year and we’ll look to continue that in 2023. We’ve added the American Canadian Tour to accompany the NAPA Auto Parts Duel on Saturday and have boosted the payout for Sunday’s NAPA Spring Sizzler® winner to $20,000. It will be another incredible weekend of short track racing.”

Saturday’s NAPA Auto Part Duel will be made up of two 40-lap qualifying races for the Open Modified division. The 40-lap races will each pay $3,500 to win and will set the field for Sunday’s Spring Sizzler®. The American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will also make their return to Stafford Speedway April 29th with a 75-lap feature, over 40 cars are expected for the Late Model event. Limited Late Model, Street Stock, and Vintage All-Star divisions will complete Saturday’s racing program.

Order 51st NAPA Spring Sizzler® Tickets

Sunday, April 30th will play host to the $20,000 to win 51st NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®. Filling out Sunday’s racing card will be qualifying and feature racing for the SK Modified®, SK Light Modified, and Late Model divisions along with last chance qualifiers for the Spring Sizzler®.

Early entries for the 51st Spring Sizzler® include defending race winner Matt Hirschman, previous Spring Sizzler® winner Woody Pitkat, and 2022 NAPA Fall Final winner Ron Silk.

Early Entries for the 51st NAPA Spring Sizzler

Registered Open Modified teams will have the option to purchase a limited number of discounted two-day paddock passes. Teams can contact the track office for more information.

Stafford Speedway season ticket and license holders will also have a chance to purchase the limited edition Spring Sizzler® t-shirts. Keep an eye out for a special offer in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit staffordspeedway.com/sizzler, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

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(Stafford Springs, CT)—The tradition continues at Stafford Speedway in 2023 with the 51st running of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®, April 29th and 30th, the Greatest Race in the History of Spring. The biggest Modified race of the year will also see the biggest race purse of the season for the Modifieds with over $140,000 on the line, including a potential payday over $35,000 for the winner of the Spring Sizzler.

“The NAPA Spring Sizzler® is the biggest Modified race of the year,” explained Stafford Speedway CEO Mark Arute. “In 2022 we re-established that with the Open Modified and Duel format with a $15,000 to win 100-lapper. The fans and race teams responded really well to that event and we’ll keep that format in 2023 but boost the prize money to $20,000 to win and over $140,000 in total prizes across the NAPA Duel and NAPA Spring Sizzler®.”

Matt Hirschman won the 2022 50th running of the NAPA Spring Sizzler® in dramatic fashion, outlasting a hard charging Ryan Preece. For his win, Hirschman won $24,100 after all prizes, a payout he could easily eclipse in 2023. Preece and Ron Silk rounded out the podium with winnings of $12,550 and $8,550 respectively.

2023 NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® weekend will kick off Saturday, April 29th with the 2nd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Duel. Two 40-lap qualifying races will set the field for Sunday’s 100-lap 51st NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®. Both NAPA Duel events will pay $3,500 to win and $500 to start. The weekend will be headlined by the 51st running of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®, a 100-lap $20,000 to win and $1,500 to start Open Modified race. $15,000 in lap money will also be on the line with $150 going to the leader of each lap.

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Another strong field of Modified teams are expected to compete in the richest Modified event of the season. Early entries include defending winner Matt Hirschman, NAPA Fall Final winner Ron Silk, 81-time Stafford feature winner Woody Pitkat, and more. View the up to date entry-list.

“We’re looking forward to adding another name to the Spring Sizzler® history books,” continued Arute. “There’s no better way to start your season than taking home a huge payday and hoisting the Spring Sizzler® trophy.”

Tickets for the 51st NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® will go on sale Friday, January 13th. Previous reserved ticket holders will have the opportunity to renew their tickets beginning Tuesday, January 10th, renewal ticket access will be sent via email. Limited edition 51st Spring Sizzler® t-shirts will also be available for purchase to ticket holders.

For more information, visit staffordspeedway.com, follow Stafford Speedway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

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2023 Stafford Speedway Open Modified Rules

2023 Open Modified Rules Available in PDF Format

2023 Open Modified Rule Changes

Body Requirements

The rules herein shall refer to “Stafford Motor Speedway” as SMS. These rules shall refer to “participant” as any owner, driver, crew member, vendor or fan. Upon entry into SMS, all participants agree to be knowledgeable and bound by the contents found in these 2023 Divisional rules and the SMS 2023 General Rules. These rules supersede and replace any contrary rules as posted by any other sanctioning bodies.

Participants are required to register their car number and engine package/cylinder head manufacturer for the Open Modified feature events. Participants can contact the Stafford Motor Speedway Office (860-684-2783) or register online at www.staffordspeedway.com.

  • A non-refundable registration fee must be submitted.
  • The minimum age for competition is 16 years of age (15 years of age upon prior approval of SMS officials).
  • A car may not compete in two different divisions during the same race event.
  • The feature event will have a draw for qualifying heat starting position, and will use the USAC plus/minus system of handicapping from the qualifying results for the 26 car feature starting line-up (EIRI).
  • Teams are required to use helmets for each of their five team members (maximum) that are allowed to go over the pit wall for any car service.
  • There is no fueling or refueling permitted on Pit road / infield.
  • Drivers must have a suitable HANS, NexGen, Hutchens, or Simpson Hybrid type head and neck restraint device.
  • All drivers personal safety equipment and restraints must be SFI certified and in-date.
  • The drivers seat must be a commercially manufactured aluminum containment-type seat. Carbon fiber, or any non-aluminum seat is not permitted.
  • All SFI certifications must be clearly visible for inspection.
  • All cars must have a fire suppression system installed.
  • The interpretation and application of SMS Officials decisions concerning any rules or references to NWMT or MRS rules during and after each event is final and non-appealable.
  • Please see the SMS 2023 General Rules for additional safety rules and procedures.

 TRACK COMMUNICATION FROM RACE CONTROL:

  • Each cars spotter must be in the designated spotter’s area and monitoring 464.5000 during their qualifying and feature event. Failure to follow the directives from Race Control may result in a penalty for the Driver and the Spotter.

SMS reserves the right to modify engine rules and weight requirements, as deemed necessary for competition. All components and their installation must be acceptable to SMS Officials.

ALL Tour-Type Modifieds must follow the 2023 Monaco Tri Track, ROC, MRS, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rule books – rules may NOT be combined between series – with the following exceptions/additions

Basic Car Rules

  • The chassis, interior tin and body must be safe, neat appearing, and acceptable to SMS Officials.
  • A maximum track width of 84” is permitted, when measured at outer wheel beads.
  • The wheelbase must be between 104-110 inches.
  • All cars must have a working transponder installed 12” rearward of the centerline of the rear axle
  • Front wheel / spindle tethers must be used, and be acceptable to SMS Officials.
  • The windshield must be driver’s side only, typical flat style, minimum 1/8” polycarbonate material
  • The standard Modified type front bumper must be installed at spindle height, and may not extend beyond 31” from the upper ball joint.
  • The standard Modified type rear bumper must be installed at spindle height, and can be no wider than 48”.
  • Standard Modified type side nerf bars must be installed in accordance with NWMT or VMRS rules.
  • Belly pans are not permitted.
  • All Cars must have mufflers
  • Carbon fiber or titanium chassis, suspension, or body components are not permitted.

Body Requirements

  • Rear Spoiler 48.0” maximum width; 8.0” maximum blade height; maximum of 36.0” from ground to mounting point of spoiler – with driver in car.
  • The rear spoiler must be centered between the rear window B/C pillar mounting points. The B/C pillars must not extend (upward) above the line drawn from their roof mounting point to their aft mounting point. The left and right B/C pillars must match in size and style.
  • Right side door and quarter must be a strait plane
  • 8” Maximum – 6” Minimum height measured from Bottom of quarter to ground with driver in car.
  • The roof must be a minimum of 40” measured from the ground to the center line of the roof, measured 6” behind the top windshield bed. The roof may have a maximum height of 43”.
  • No Concave Panels allowed

POST-RACE MINIMUM WEIGHT

  • Cubic inch displacement must be labeled on the hood.
  • All total and left side weights will be measured with the driver in the seat post qualifying and/or feature

18° Engine, 23° Engines, Steelhead Engines

  • 350-364 ci must weigh a minimum of 2,515 pounds / maximum 56% left post-race.
  • 365-372 ci must weigh a minimum of 2,565 pounds / maximum 56% left post-race.

MEP Sealed Equalizer,  Dart Spec Engine, NWMT Spec engines

  • Must weigh a minimum of 2,515 pounds / maximum 56% left post-race.

Steelhead Engines compression ratio over 12:1 (maximum of 13:1)

  • Must weigh a minimum of 2,565 pounds / 56% left post-race.

Any other engine package must receive approval prior to competition.

You will be penalized one finishing position per pound that you are under on the total minimum post-race weight. The maximum left side weight percentage is detailed below. There is no tolerance on the maximum left side total, you will be DQ’d for being over on the left side total.
SMS reserves the right to modify car weight requirements as deemed necessary for competition.

FUEL:

  • Sunoco Standard Purple 110 or Sunoco Supreme Blue 112 leaded fuel must be used.
  • SMS will sample your fuel as part of our technical inspection process.
  • Blending or mixing of any fuel type or additives is not permitted.

FUEL CELL:

  • A rubber bladder fuel cell must be used.
  • The fuel cell must be a maximum of 24 gallon capacity.
  • The fuel cell may be a maximum of 5 years old.
  • The top plate must have a fully functioning roll-over check valve.
  • A minimum ground clearance of 5” must be maintained.

SUSPENSION:

  • Standard / Typical Modified type suspension components must be used.
  • Bump stops, coil bind and/ or travel limiters of any kind are not permitted.
  • Cockpit remote chassis adjusters are not permitted.

Front Suspension:

  • The suspension and coil springs at all four (4) wheels must be active and permit suspension movement in compression and rebound.
  • All downward chassis movement while the race vehicle is in competition must be limited only by the normal increasing stiffness of the springs or the bottoming of the chassis against the race track, whichever occurs first.
  • Any device or procedure that in the judgment of SMS Officials attempts to detract from or compromise the above will not be permitted, including coil-bind or travel limiting.
  • With your car on our 1″ tall suspension inspection pads, your car must travel down and have the front nose panel touch the ground when the front suspension is compressed, without creating coil bind or travel limiting of any kind. Again: If it looks like you’re compressing the spring completely, or achieving any type of travel limit, you can’t run it.
  • A maximum of ONE full (360 degree) non-adjustable spring rubber in the right front and each rear coil over spring is permitted.
  • The spring rubber must be made of rubber, urethane or silicone, with no solid material inside it. A left front spring rubber is not permitted.

Coil Over Springs:

  • Coil over springs must be manufactured from one solid piece of heavy-duty magnetic round steel and must be constructed with both coil ends closed and ground.
  • One inactive coil on each end of the coil spring is permitted.
  • Only one (1) spring per wheel will be permitted.
  • All active coils of the spring must have the same coil spacing.
  • Progressive or digressive rate springs will not be permitted.
  • Front coil must be a minimum of 6” in free height and be a minimum of 250 lb. per inch in rate.

SHOCKS:

  • Non Adjustable or Single Adjustable Shocks must be used.
  • One shock per wheel permitted.
  • Remote or External Reservoir Shocks are not permitted.
  • Remote adjustable shocks are not permitted.
  • Shock bump stops (internal or external) are not permitted.
  • Shock/Coil over boots or bags are not permitted.

SPINDLES / HUBS:

  • Spindles / Hubs and related components must be acceptable to SMS Officials. Steel spindles only.
  • Aluminum or magnesium hubs may be used.
  • Hubs that require oil as lubricant are not permitted.
  • Wheel bearings must be magnetic steel.

BRAKES:

  • The brake pedal must operate all 4 wheels.
  • Titanium, ceramic or carbon fiber components are not permitted.
  • One brake bias control valve is permitted.
  • Brake enhancing devices of any kind are not permitted.

REAR END ASSEMBLY

  • The rear end, its associated components, and its installation must be acceptable to SMS Officials.
  • An 8” or 10” diameter ring gear quick change rear must be used.
  • A standard type spool must be used. Any type of ratchet, open, or slipping chuck is not permitted.
  • 86 maximum ratio final drive gear must be used.
  • A “straight” or non-quick change rear is not permitted.

DRIVE TRAIN:

  • All drivetrain components and their installation must be acceptable to SMS Officials.
  • Any traction altering or enhancing device of any kind is not permitted.

DRIVESHAFT

  • The 2“ minimum diameter driveshaft, u-joints and yoke must be magnetic steel.

TRANSMISSION

  • The transmission, its related components and its installation must be acceptable to SMS Officials. The transmission must weigh a minimum of 50 lbs (dry weight).
  • The gearing must be 1:1 on final drive, and nothing lower than a 1:15 on any other gear.
  • The transmission must have two forward gears and a reverse gear.

CLUTCH

  • A conventional 1, 2, or 3 disc clutch must be used.
  • The flywheel and pressure plate must be bolted to the crank flange of the engine.
  • A Ram coupler or direct drive type assemblies are not permitted.
  • Components must be steel or aluminum (titanium, carbon fiber or composite are not permitted).

WHEELS

  • Wheels must be magnetic steel.
  • Wheels may be a maximum of 15” wide.
  • Lugs and lug nuts must be magnetic steel.

CARBURETOR:

  • All carburetors must have the booster’s safety wired.
  • All carburetors must pass applicable gauges and inspection.

Aluminum 18-degree head

  • Must use the Holley 390 CFM carburetor with .500 length bridged boosters.

Aluminum 23-degree head

  • Must use the Holley 390 CFM carburetor with bridges removed that meet MRS rules.

The Dart aluminum Spec head

  • Must use a Holley Model 4150 HP series type carburetor.

MEP Equalizer

  • Must use The Holley 750cfm 4150 series HP 4 barrel carb as supplied.

The NWMT Spec

  • Must run the NWMT legal encrypted carburetor.

Stock Steel head

  • May run any Holley 4 barrel carb.

Ported Steel head

  • Must use a gauge legal Holley Model 4777 – 650 CFM carburetor with stock Holley OEM components.

 Engine Rules

  • LS Tour Type Engines must have a current year tour seal in place.
  • All Aluminum, 18-Degree head built engines will use only 390 CFM carburetors with .500 length bridged boosters.
  • All aluminum 23-degree head built engines can use the same carburetor with bridges removed that meet MRS rules.
  • The only exception is the DART aluminum budget/ spec head package which can use any size Holley model 4150 HP series type carburetor.
  • All aluminum head engines are allowed one single maximum 2” carburetor spacer.
  • 650 CFM carburetors must pass go/no-go gauges.
  • Maximum cubic inch limit 372cu in for all built engines.
  • All ported steel head engines must use Holley 4777-650 CFM carburetor with stock Holley OEM components for this model carburetor.
  • Standard straight, stepped or Tri-Y headers are permitted. NWMT, Kooks, Flowrite Beyea, or similar unaltered mufflers must be used.
  • Engine compression and displacement equipment will be present at Stafford Speedway

IGNITION:

  • One MSD 6ALN ignition box is permitted, mounted on right side of drivers compartment. A 6 pin male/female connector is mandatory.
  • Crank trigger ignition is permitted, without an ignition module installed in the distributor.

TIRES
Note- Teams that have pre-registered may call Hoosier and pre-order their race tires.

  • The tire rule will be a Hoosier 1320 compound for left side tires and a Hoosier 1330 compound for right side tires with a quantity of six (6) registered to each team.
  • These six tires must be purchased at SMS on race night, and will be scanned into our tire inventory
  • You must complete a Tire registration sheet and submit it to the Tech Center after practice has concluded (prior to the start of qualifying, or a penalty may be applied).
  • You must have four of those six registered tires on your car at all times during all qualifying and feature events.
  • Competition tire changes are permitted, but you must use only your six registered / inventoried tires.
  • You are required to notify SMS Officials of your “change tires” positions on the car (right sides, rears, etc…) on your tire registration sheet.
  • Flat tires/damaged rims must be approved for changing by your SMS pit road official. Flat tires must be replaced with inventory change tires when those tire positions are flat. Flat tires must be replaced with “scuffs” when a non-change position tire is flat.
  • Flat tires may not be replaced with a ‘sticker” tire at any time.

You may not compete without the roof, windshield, hood, air filter or mufflers in place. Additionally, the bumpers and all nerf bars must be adequately secured to the chassis at all times. SMS Officials will pass judgment on any body / bumper / nerf bar damage prior to continuing an event. Their decisions are final and non-appealable.

Rules Disclaimer:

The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events.
These rules shall govern the condition of all events, and, by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules.
No expressed or implied warranty of safety shall result from the publication of or compliance with these rules and/or regulations.
They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator, or official.
Stafford Motor Speedway Management / officials shall be empowered to permit reasonable and appropriate deviation from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that in their opinion do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements.
No expressed or implied warranty of safety shall result from such alterations of specifications.
On occasions when situations arise that are not covered by written rules, Stafford Motor Speedway Officials may put special rulings into effect.
Once such rulings are acted upon, they may become an act of policy and may be added to the existing rules and procedures.
Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of Stafford Motor Speedway officials. Their decision is final and unappealable.