(Stafford Springs, CT)—The 2019 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford Motor Speedway awarded competitors an impressive $65,000 in bonus money through the track’s Contingency Program partners.
Stafford’s premier SK Modified® division led the way with over $35,000 in weekly contingency, Gamblers Challenge, and TC 13 Shootout payouts. Providing weekly contingency bonuses throughout the season were Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, Pro-Tech 8 Gloves, New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand, and Kevin Harvick Inc. Management. Through his company, KHI Management, Harvick presented two weekly $250 bonuses to the leader on lap-13 and the 13th place finisher in remembrance of Christopher’s number 13. Special event contingency bonuses were presented during the 2019 season by Ryan Preece Racing, Del’s Vinyl Siding, and Bob’s Painting.
The June 28 NAPA SK 5K, the biggest payday for the SK Modified® division, distributed over $7,400 in contingency. Newtown Pools along with 26 SK Modified® drivers teamed up with Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair to present the Gambler’s Challenge of $5,450 with Wheelers Auto Service contributing heat race bonuses of $1,500 along with the weekly SK Modified® contingency partners. After selecting the winner takes all option in the 2018 running of the NAPA SK 5k, Ronnie Williams selected the chip with the option to split the Dunleavy’s Gamblers Challenge amongst the 11th through 20th place finishers, paying an extra $605 to 9 eligible drivers who participated in the Gamblers Challenge.
The purse for the 2nd Annual TC 13 Shoot-Out on July 12 totaled $6,956 with contributions from the following partners, Big Haus USA, Gaston Racing Enterprises, Greg & Venetta of the Florida Connection, Hoosier Tire East, Jeff Ramsey Carpentry, John Rayner Real Estate, Justin & Tabitha Manafort, LifeCare Family Chiropractic, NASCAR, New England Racing Fuel, Sign Pro, SP Johnson and Wheelers Auto Services. Keith Rocco was the winner of the race and took home the winner’s check of $1,313.
“It’s awesome that all the contingency sponsors go the extra mile to support the SK Modified® division at Stafford,” said 2019 SK Modified® champion Ronnie Williams. “We wouldn’t be able to be here without the sponsors’ support so any time we can show them our appreciation and of course getting some extra money is awesome. To have the sponsors keep coming back year after year is a great thing and I think Stafford does a great job with promoting the sponsors. With the longer seasons we’ve had at Stafford the last couple years, any extra cash that comes our way is definitely helpful. We love coming to the track every Friday night to go racing and all the contingency sponsors are a huge help in that respect.”
Stafford’s Late Model drivers took home over $7,600 in contingency awards. iRacing.com and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand were the weekly contingency sponsors of Stafford’s premier full fendered division. Special event contingency bonuses were presented during the 2019 season by Del’s Vinyl Siding and Bob’s Painting. Similar to the Dunleavy’s Gambler’s Challenge for the NAPA SK 5k, Bill Gaston from Gaston Racing Enterprises presented the Gaston Racing Enterprises High Roller Challenge for the Late Model 50 that took place on August 16. With $1,900 up for grabs, Ryan Fearn selected the winner takes all option by rolling a super sized inflatable die in NAPA Victory Lane, which brought his check for winning the Late Model 50 up to a season-high $3,450.
The SK Light division took home over $9,000 in contingency awards during the 2019 season. Weekly contingency was provided by Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, Olson Apartments, and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand.
Stafford’s Limited Late Model division took home over $5,000 in contingency bonuses from R.A.D. Auto Machine and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand.
“Between R.A.D. Auto Machine and Sunoco, the support they give us every week, from R.A.D. with the winners and Sunoco with the top-3 finishers, it makes a huge difference for us,” said Matt Clement, who won a division high 7 races this season. “The R.A.D. bonus helped us to keep putting new tires on the car throughout the season and gas in our truck to tow the car back and forth to the track and with Sunoco, having that $25 bonus is a big help with keeping the car fueled up to go racing every Friday night.”
The Street Stock division scored over $8,500 in contingency payouts. Big Haus USA and New England Racing Fuel, Sunoco Brand provided weekly bonuses. New for the 2019 season was the RSMPCO.com Street Stock Triple Crown, which used a special points system to award $4,500 in bonus money to the top-10 finishers. Meghan Fuller was the winner of the RSMPCO.com Triple Crown and took home a $1,000 bonus while Dave Secore finished 10th and won $200.
The 2019 Rookie of the Year program totaled $3,500 with NAPA Auto Parts posting $1,000 each to SK Modified® rookie Andrew Molleur and Late Model rookie Ryan Fearn. R.A.D. Auto Machine provided $500 each to SK Light rookie Steven Chapman, Limited Late Model rookie Kevin Crosby and Street Stock rookie Adrien Paradis, III.
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