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On This Date in Stafford History: June 9

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1967

Ed Flemke won his 2nd consecutive feature event of 1967, which were the first 2 modified races held at Stafford on asphalt.  Flemke would win once more in 1967 for a total of 3 wins and this win was Flemke’s 2nd of 23 career modified wins at Stafford.​

Modified Winner Ed Flemke

1973

Bugsy Stevens won the modified feature, which was a qualifier for the Race of Champions later that year in Trenton, Tom Sylvester won the Late Model Sportsman feature, and Ron Ives won the mini midget feature.  Stevens’ win was his first of 3 wins in 1973 and it ended a victory drought for Stevens that dated back to Sept. 19, 1971 and it was the 31st of Stevens’ 72 career modified wins at Stafford.  Sylvester’s win was his first of 2 wins in 1973 and it was his 3rd of 8 career Late Model Sportsman wins at Stafford.  Ives’ win was his 3rd of 6 wins in 1973.

Modified Winner Bugsy Stevens

Late Model Sportsman Winner Tom Sylvester

1978

Geoff Bodine won the modified feature, Mike Stefanik won the Late Model Sportsman feature, and Dick Goulet won the Street Stock feature.  Bodine’s win continued his stellar 1978 season as his win was not only his 5th of 13 wins that season but it was his 5th consecutive win to open the year.  Bodine’s 5-race winning streak prompted track promoter Ed Yerrington to put up a $200 bounty for the first driver who could beat Bodine.  Bodine pushed the mark to 7 consecutive wins before Maynard Troyer ended his winning streak with victory in the Ferrara 100 on June 30.  Stefanik’s win was his first of 2 wins in 1978 and it was his first career win at Stafford.  Stefanik would go on to record 11 LM Sportsman wins, 1 weekly modified win, 2 Busch North wins, and 20 Whelen Modified Tour wins at Stafford along with track championships in the LM Sportsman division in 1979 and the weekly modified track championship in 1986.  Goulet’s win was his first of 3 wins in 1978 and it was his 3rd of 5 career Street Stock wins at Stafford.

1995

Steve Park won the SK Modified® feature, Eric Kearns won the ProStock feature, Tom Fox won a make-up Late Model feature while C.J. Frye won the regularly scheduled Late Model feature, and Chet Burdick won the DARE Stock feature.  Park’s win was his 2nd of 2 wins in 1995 and it was his 2nd of 3 career SK Modified® wins at Stafford.  Kearns’ win was his only win of 1995 and it was his only career win at Stafford.  Fox’s win was his first of 3 wins in 1995 and it was his 2nd of 4 career Late Model wins at Stafford.  Frye’s win was his second of 3 wins in 1995 that helped him become track champion.  Burdick’s win was his first of 2 wins in 1995 and it was his 2nd of 4 career DARE Stock wins at Stafford.​

2000

Ted Christopher won the SK Modified® 100, Doug Coby won the ProStock feature, Larry Vassar won the Late Model feature, and Gerry Durand won the DARE Stock feature.  Christopher’s win was his 3rd of 9 wins in 2000 that resulted in him winning the track championship and it was the 44th of his 109 career SK Modified® wins.  Coby’s win was his first of 2 wins in 2000 that saw him claim the track championship and it was Coby’s 7th of 8 career ProStock wins at Stafford.  Vassar’s win was his only win of 2000 and it was the 11th and final Late Model win of his Stafford career.  Durand’s win was his first of 2 wins in 2000 and it was his 1st of 4 career DARE Stock wins at Stafford.

SK Modified® 100 Winner Ted Christopher

ProStock Winner Doug Coby

Late Model Winner Larry Vassar

DARE Stock Winner Gerry Durand

2006

Jeff Baral won the SK Modified® feature, Woody Pitkat won the last chance qualifying Late Model 16 feature and the Late Model feature, Shelly Perry won the SK Light feature, George Nocera, Jr. won the Limited Late Model feature, and Steve Berardi won the DARE Stock feature.  Baral’s win was his 2nd of 2 wins in 2006 and it marked the 7th and final SK Modified® win of his Stafford career.  Pitkat’s win was his 3rd of 6 wins that helped him claim his first of 2 Late Model track championships and it was his 13th of 40 career Late Model wins at Stafford.  Perry’s win was her only win of the 2006 season that saw her become the first female track champion in Stafford history and it was her only career win at Stafford.  Nocera’s win was his first of 2 wins in 2006 and it was his first of 10 career Limited Late Model wins at Stafford.  Berardi’s win was his only win of 2006 and it was his first of 2 career DARE Stock wins at Stafford.

SK Modified® Winner Jeff Baral

Late Model Winner Woody Pitkat

SK Light Winner Shelly Perry

Limited Late Model Winner George Nocera, Jr.

DARE Stock Winner Steve Berardi

Late Model 16 Winner Woody Pitkat

2017

Ronnie Williams won the SK Modified® feature, Michael Wray won the Late Model feature, Brett Gonyaw won the 40-lap SK Light Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night feature, Duane Provost won the Limited Late Model feature, and Johnny Walker won the DARE Stock feature.  Williams’ win was his only win of 2017 and it was the 8th of his thus far 18 career SK Modified® wins at Stafford.  Wray’s win was his only win of 2017 and it was his 4th of his thus far 8 career Late Model feature wins.  Gonyaw’s win was his 1st of 2 wins in 2017 and it was the first of his 2 career SK Light wins at Stafford.  Provost’s win was his 2nd of 3 wins in 2017 and it marked the 11th of his 18 career Limited Late Model wins at Stafford.  Walker’s win was his 1st of 7 wins in 2017 that saw him win the track championship and it marked the 7th of his thus far 19 career DARE/Street Stock wins at Stafford.

SK Modified® Winner Ronnie Williams

Late Model Winner Michael Wray

Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night SK Light Winner Brett Gonyaw

Limited Late Model Winner Duane Provost

DARE Stock Winner Johnny Walker