Street Stock Purse to Increase in 2018

(Stafford Springs, CT)—The 2018 season at Stafford Speedway is quickly approaching and changes for the renamed Street Stock division are starting to take shape.  Historically named the DARE Stock division, the rebranded Street Stock division will have their weekly lap count increased from 15 laps to 20 with the total weekly purse increased 30%.  The division will also have two extra distance events on the 2018 schedule, a 25-lap event Friday, May 11th, and a 30-lap event Friday, September 7th. Both events will have increased payouts announced in the coming days.

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“The DARE Stock and now Street Stock division is a very important part of racing at Stafford, and we are very excited to add these two events,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute.  “We are extending the weekly racing distance, adding two extra distance special events, and also boosting the weekly payout.”

The Street Stock division morphed from Stafford’s “Left and Right” division in the early 90’s into the DARE Stocks and held that moniker until getting rebranded to Street Stock.  Historically the division has served as a division for affordable weekly racing and a place to get comfortable behind the wheel of a race car on the tricky half-mile.

“Street Stocks are the ideal place to get your feet wet in racing,” continued Stafford General Manager Mark Arute.  “Take a look at Woody [Pitkat]. He got his first win in a DARE Stock in 1996 and went on to win the NAPA Spring Sizzler® in 2015.  We want the division to be a place for drivers and teams to learn and have fun.  If the time comes when the team is comfortable and wants to move up, we have our ladder system into the Limited Late Models or SK Lights.”

Number registrations for the 2018 Street Stock season are underway. Two time defending champion Johnny Walker has registered his #01 for the new season but will have tough competition from some emerging young talent.  2017 rookies George Bessette in the #39 car and Travis Hydar in the #11 car both scored wins last season and are looking to compete for the championship in 2018.  Vince Gambacorta and Nicole Chambrello were also both feature winners in 2017 and are set to return for the 2018 season while Chris Bagnall, who finished a career high 4th in last season’s standings, is back searching for his first career win.

More details regarding the Street Stock 25 and 30 lap events will be released in the coming days.

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For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.