QUALIFYING: Coby On Point At Sizzler

QUALIFYING: Coby On Point At Sizzler

Sets New Track Record With Ninth Career Stafford Pole

STAFFORD, Conn. — Doug Coby captured the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday for the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway. With a fast lap of 17.896 seconds (100.581 mph), Coby broke the track record at the half-mile oval, one that was previously held by Ryan Preece. The pole was the 20th career for the Milford, Conn. native and also his ninth at Stafford. Coby will lead the field to green behind the wheel of his Mayhew Tools No. 2. 

Todd Szegedy qualified second and will join Coby on the front row for Sunday’s 200 lap main event. Szegedy put up a fast lap of 18.040 seconds behind the wheel of his Montanari Fuel No. 85. The 2003 champion has four career Stafford victories to his credit heading into tomorrow.

Eric Goodale posted the third fastest time of 18.066 seconds, while Ryan Preece (18.066 seconds) and Justin Bonsignore (18.089 seconds) rounded out the top five in the qualifying session. Chase Dowling was sixth, with Ron Silk, Icebreaker winner Rowan Pennink, Ted Christopher and Shawn Solomito rounding out the top 10. 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Sunday, with the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 set to take the green flag just after 3:15 p.m. 


PRACTICE: Coby Back On Top

PRACTICE: Coby Back On Top

Four-Time Champion Tops Chart For Whelen Modified’s Sizzler

STAFFORD, Conn — After starting the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season with two finishes outside the top-10, four-time and defending series champion Doug Coby is looking to get back on track. Saturday, Coby got off to a good start — posting the fastest overall time in practice for Sunday’s NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway. 

Behind the wheel of his Mayhew Tools No. 2, Coby posted a fast time of 17.976 seconds, which put him at the top of the charts in the first session. He completed the second and final practice in ninth spot.

Ryan Preece posted the second fastest time on Saturday, touring the half-mile in 19.979 seconds. Eric Goodale was third with a lap of 18.014 seconds, while Todd Szegedy posted the fourth fastest overall time of 18.028 seconds. Szegedy’s lap was fast enough to be the quickest time in the final practice session. Timmy Solomito, who has started the season with two straight top two finishes, posted a time good enough for fifth in the practice runs.

Chase Dowling, Shawn Solomito, Donny Lia, Ted Christopher and Max Zachem completed the top-10 fastest overall times on Saturday. Coming up at 2:30 p.m., teams will run for the pole in Coors Light Pole Qualifying. 



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Tech Talk: Unique Partnership For Tefft

Tech Talk: Unique Partnership For Tefft

Stafford Driver & Area Students Prepared For 2017

STAFFORD, Conn. — After getting his feet wet with a five-race foray into the Limited Late Model division in 2015, Southampton, Massachusetts, native David Tefft ran his first full season at Stafford Motor Speedway in 2016 with a truly unique crew.

Tefft and his students from Westfield Technical Academy, and now, William J. Dean Technical High School help serve as his crew for his No. 3 machine both in the shop during the week and at the track on Friday nights.


The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season gets underway at Stafford this weekend with the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. The 20-lap Limited Late Model feature will be part of Saturday’s racing. The Division I SK Modifieds and the third race of the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will highlight Sunday’s action.

With a full season under their belts, Tefft is expanding the student program to include students from Dean Technical High School to join his students from Westfield.

“The car is at school 100% of the time and I’d say over the last year we’ve had on and off around 35 different kids as part of the program,” said Tefft.  “During the season whatever work on the car that is curriculum relevant we do during the day and if it isn’t then we usually take one day a week after school to come in and work on the car and we keep the same schedule during the offseason.

“Currently we’re at a point of doing some paint and touchup work on the car. On average I’d say I have two or three students at the track with me each Friday night and we have our sponsors Belco Construction, Alburg Golf Links, and Westfield Sign Shop to thank for getting them into the track each Friday night.  I’d say this program has been a success so far.  I don’t think any other schools offer a program like this.

“Whereas playing basketball or football doesn’t really apply to a student’s trade area, we’re doing things that will directly apply to student’s fields once they graduate. We’re looking at adding students from Dean Technical High School to join our students from Westfield to make this program even bigger and better.”

While the main focus of the No. 3 team is automotive, the world of auto racing has drawn students from all different departments at the school. In addition to racing the car on Friday nights, Tefft has brought his race car to local fairs and car shows to show off and promote his student program, which reaches into the marketing world and draws students from some of the other vocational programs that Westfield Technical Academy has to offer.

“We did a lot of work at the end of the year doing local fairs like the Taste of Westfield in the hopes of picking up another sponsor or two,” said Tefft. “I had several students helping me out with the shows so they’re getting the marketing side of things as well as the automotive.

“Our business technology group created some pamphlets that we handed out at shows that explained the program for the shows we did. This project encompasses many trade areas such as marketing, graphics, business, collision, and auto technology. We actually have a lot of parts on the car that were made by our machine technology department. They did our alternator brackets and if you could have looked under the hood of the car, you would have seen the school logo engraved into the brackets.”

After struggling a bit with the car during the first half of the 2016 season, Tefft and his team of students got things turned around in the second half by recording top-10 finishes in seven of the remaining nine races.

Tefft ended the 2016 season on a high note with a second-place finish in the NAPA Fall Final feature event. Tefft started up front and he led for the majority of the 20-lap distance before losing the lead with two laps to go. This highlight performance has Tefft and his crew of students looking forward to what they can accomplish together in 2017.

“We made some good leaps and bounds towards the end of last year,” said Tefft. “We went through some rough patches to start off with and we got a lot of different opinions on what we needed to do with the car and I tried them all. Some ideas worked and others didn’t quite work out so well. Towards the end of year we put together the things that did work for us. With some help from Bob Fill we got the car dialed in and we were 2nd fastest in the Fall Final practice and we led for most of the race until my mind got running and I overdrove a couple corners and blew it. We got a second-place finish and we’re excited to come back with a similar setup for the Spring Sizzler. That race was huge for us. I had a pretty good idea I could wheel the car and it was really special to give the students who have put their hard work into the car some reward for their efforts.

“They all keep up on how well we do at the track and a funny thing last year was early in the year I had spun out and hit the wall. I was in a similar situation later on in the year and I kept my foot to the floor and I drifted through the corner so the kids kind of made me famous on social media throughout the school for my drifting ability. While all the kids enjoyed that, I had to explain that drifting normally isn’t the quickest way to get around the track.”

With a second-place finish to their credit, Tefft says the goal is to now get the car into NAPA Victory Lane and stand on the top step of the podium.

“A win would be a huge thing for this program,” said Tefft. “I’ve thought back to how long it took to get this program up and running and to be able to stand on the top step of the podium would be something way ahead of what I could have ever expected. The competition at Stafford is some of the toughest in the Northeast and a win at Stafford would be very gratifying for us. We’re looking good and I’m pretty excited about 2017. We definitely want to pull off a win this year and a few top-3 finishes would be nice. I don’t think I can say we’ll contend for the championship but a top-5 or top-6 finish in the points would be outstanding for us.”

Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $40.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $42.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available. All tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday admission. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.

For more information on the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, or to order tickets, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

NBCSN To Broadcast Title Stretch Runs

NBCSN To Broadcast Title Stretch Runs

Showcase For K&N Pro And Whelen Modified Championships

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

The broadcasts will continue with the unique two 100-lap features from Virginia’s historic South Boston Speedway, which will take place on Saturday, May 6 and air in two one-hour shows on Thursday, May 11.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to the track at Washington’s Spokane County Raceway on Saturday, May 13, and NBCSN will air the race on Thursday, May 18.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour broadcast schedule starts with the New Hampshire Motor Speedway race weekend: the Whelen All-Star Shootout on Friday, July 14, and the Nor’easter 100 on Saturday, July 15. The races will air on Thursday, July 20 at 4:30 and 7 p.m. ET respectively.

NBCSN will air the final eight races of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship season, culminating in the World Series of Asphalt Racing at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, Oct. 15. That season finale will air on Thursday, Oct. 19.

The championship for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will run at Dover International Speedway on Friday, Sept. 29 and air on Friday, Oct. 6. The West champion will be crowned at California’s Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday, Nov. 4 and air on Friday, Nov. 10.

To date, NBCSN has aired the first four races of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races, as well as both NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events.

2017 NBCSN Broadcast Schedule

Race Date Series Track Telecast Date Time (ET)
Sat., April 22 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bristol Thur., April 27 11 p.m.
Sat., May 6 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East South Boston Thur., May 11 7 p.m.
Sat., May 6 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East South Boston Thur., May 11 8 p.m.
Sat., May 13 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Spokane Thur., May 18 1 a.m.
Wed., May 10 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Orange Show Fri., May 26 8 p.m.
Sat., June 3 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Memphis Thur., June 8 8 p.m.
Sat., June 10 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Colorado Thur., June 15 7 p.m.
Sat., June 24 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sonoma Thur., June 29 11 p.m.
Sat., July 1 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Berlin Fri., July 7 12:30 p.m.
Sat., July 8 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Thompson Thur., July 13 7 p.m.
Fri., July 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire Thur., July 20 4:30 p.m.
Sat., July 15 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire Thur., July 20 7 p.m.
Sat., July 15 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire Fri., July 2 7 p.m.
Fri., July 28 NASCAR K&N Pro Series Iowa Thur., Aug. 3 7 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 4 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Watkins Glen Wed., Aug. 9 7 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 12 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Evergreen Thur., Aug. 17 1 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 9 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Thompson Thur., Aug. 17 7 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 16 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Bristol Sat., Aug. 26 3 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 26 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Douglas Sat., Sept. 2 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 26 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Seekonk Sat., Sept. 2 9:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 2 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Oswego Thur., Sept. 7 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 16 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Riverhead Wed., Sept. 20 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 16 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East New Jersey Thur., Sept. 21 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 23 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire Thur., Sept. 28 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 29 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Dover Fri., Oct. 6 10:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 30 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Meridian Sun., Oct. 8 11 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 1 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stafford Sat., Oct. 7 10 a.m.
Thu., Oct. 5 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Charlotte Thur., Oct. 12 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 14 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West All American Thur., Oct. 19 4 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 15 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Thompson Thur., Oct. 19 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 4 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Kern County Fri., Nov. 10 3:30 p.m.


Burton Victorious in Bristol

Burton Victorious in Bristol

Survives Rain-Shortened K&N Pro East Race

BRISTOL, Tenn. – It may have been a short day at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it was a sweet one for Harrison Burton.

After qualifying for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East was cancelled due to rain on Friday, Burton and his No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota started from the pole for the Zombie Auto 125 and led all but two of the first 70 laps before the rain began.

Unable to dry the half-mile surface, NASCAR called the event short, handing the victory to the 16-year-old NASCAR Next driver. In his 17th career start, the win is his first on any NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

“I feel like every team circles this race on their calender,” Burton said. “We kind of wanted to run the whole race and win it that way. We were confident our car was good enough that we could win it that way. I feel like it would’ve been cool to cross the line in dry conditions. But, I’ll take it. I never wanted it to rain so bad in my life.”

Finishing second, NASCAR Drive 4 Diversity and NASCAR Next veteran Ruben Garcia Jr. showed potential all weekend after leading the way in Friday’s lone practice session. The Mexico City, Mexico, native drove back into the runner-up spot before coming up short of a win.

“Really, really happy,” Garcia said. “Probably one of the best [cars I’ve ever had]. Between this car and the one we had last race, certainly two of the best cars I’ve ever had in the K&N East.”

Spencer Davis completed the top three while the Martin-McClure Racing duo of Hunter Baize and Chad Finchum rounded out the top five.

With off-and-on precipitation and a hectic NASCAR XFINITY Series race, the start of the race was delayed for nearly two hours. This led to more urgent racing in the opening laps, which saw lead changes and accidents.

“I was pretty agressive to start,” Burton said. “After seeing a few guys blow tires, we wanted to conserve tires. One we heard rain was in the area, we started running a little bit harder.”

For the one and only lead change of the race, Collin Cabre took the top spot before losing it after only two laps. Burton led the rest of the way en route to the win.

It was a troublesome day for Ryan Truex, who started in the rear of the field due to unapproved adjustments, taking his No. 11 Otics USA Chevrolet to the garage after only 10 laps. In what was his first series start since 2010, it ended in the 25th position.

Vinnie Miller spun in Turn 3 after contact from Chad Finchum to bring out the race’s second caution flag before Ronnie Bassett Jr. cut a tire while racing Todd Gilliland for eighth spot.

Collin Cabre came home sixth followed by Julia Landauer, Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith and Eddie MacDonald in the top 10.



QUALIFYING: Burton Will Start On Point

QUALIFYING: Burton Will Start On Point

Rain Lineup Set For K&N East at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Harrison Burton may not have had the 2016 season he was looking for, but his production earned him a small bonus Friday when weather washed out qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Burton, who finished seventh in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship points last year, will start on the pole for today’s Zombie Auto 125 after the lineup was set according to the rule book.

This is the third and final race of the 2017 season for the East in which the lineup is based on 2016 results. The Zombie AUto 125 is scheduled for 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Burton, a member of the NASCAR Next class, was third fastest in Friday’s only practice session in his No. 12 Dex Imaging Toyota.

Sheldon Creed, driving the No. 40 A.M. Ortega/United Rentals Toyota, will start second. Creed was the top Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in practice in fourth.

Vinnie Miller, Ryan Truex and Hunter Baize round up the top five starters. Collin Cabre will start sixth, followed by Tyler Dippel, Ruben Garcia Jr., Chase Cabre and Jay Beasley.

Because of the weather, there are a number of notable drivers who will take the green flag in the back half of the field.

Garcia, a NASCAR Next alum, was fastest in the practice session. Jesse Little, also a NASCAR Next alum, will start 26th while NASCAR K&N Pro Series West points leader and current NASCAR Next member Todd Gilliland, who is running both East and West full-time this season, will start 21st alongside rookie teammate Chase Purdy.

Former Bristol winner Eddie MacDonald starts 18th and NASCAR Next driver Julie Landauer starts 20th.


Garcia Tops Sole Practice Session

Garcia Tops Sole Practice Session

Quickest Of K&N Pro Series East Field At Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a day impacted by weather, Ruben Garcia Jr. still managed the make the most of the opportunity.

Ripping around Bristol Motor Speedway in 15.861 seconds (120.976 mph), the native of Mexico City, Mexico, topped the lone practice session for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The sophomore driver ran 55 totals laps in his No. 6 UTI/NTI Toyota.

Finishing second quick was Jesse Little, the 20-year-old who is making his first East start of 2017 in his No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota. He trailed Garcia by only 0.001 seconds.

Harrison Burton was third quickest followed by Sheldon Creed and Ronnie Bassett Jr. in the top five.

The track was a popular place in what was only a 55-minute session. All 26 drivers took laps, with Chase Cabre running the most with 74.

Zane Smith was sixth quickest with Hunter Baize, Spencer Davis, Collin Cabre and defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland completing the top 10.

Due to inclement weather, qualifying for Saturday’s Zombie Auto 125 was cancelled, putting Harrison Burton on pole for the 125-lap event.


Kennington Pulling Double Duty In 2017

Kennington Pulling Double Duty In 2017

Chasing 3rd Pinty’s Title; Adds Driver Coach Duties With Williams

DJ Kennington will once again pilot the the No. 17 Dodge entry as the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series opens competition next month at Canadian Tire Motorpsort Park.  In addition to seeking his third series championship Kennington and his DJK Racing team have formed an alliance with the Canada’s Best Racing Team (CBRT) group for the coming season. 

DJ Kennington will serve as a driver coach for rookie competitor Armani Williams. The 16-year-old from Detroit, Michigan, will drive the No. 28 for CBRT at six oval track events this season. DJK Racing will provide technical insight and assist with racecar preparations for each race weekend.  It’s a partnership that Kennington is excited about.

“Our team has had success providing good race cars for people to drive, we have the best guys in our group,” Kennington said. “And with Armani moving up to the Pinty’s Series they were interested in some one on one coaching to help him with the learning process and things fell into place” said Kennington.

Kennington has more than two decades of driving experience and knowledge he’ll be able to share and has competed in every level of NASCAR competition including the Monster Energy Cup Series. He fulfilled a lifelong dream to compete in the prestigious DAYTONA 500 this past February.

“Whenever I was moving into a new series I always tried to talk to veteran drivers to get up to speed as quick as I can,” said Kennington. “Now I’m able to share the knowledge that was passed along to me with others”.

Armani Williams brings some solid credentials to this new undertaking. He began competitive Karting at age eight, progressed quickly up the ranks in the Midwest becoming the 2014 New Paris Indiana Champion and the 2015 Diamond Products Champion in the Supercup Series. In 2016 Armani competed in the ARCA Truck Series and participated in the NASCAR Drive For Diversity combine at Daytona.

Adding to Williams story is that he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at age two. While initially it appeared his dream to become a racer would go unfulfilled, Williams has continued his progress up the competitive ladder. Following his dreams he looks to continue to climb along with inspiring and mentoring others to do the same and educating others about autism.

CBRT General Manager Joey McColm is excited about the opportunities of bringing all parties together.  

“In addition to Armani driving for us we’ll be working with him on a number of off track marketing partnerships,” said McColm. “That’s a real strength for our team and I think it’s going to be a very busy and productive year for all of us” said McColm.

Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest DJK Racing team news in several ways:

Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and Instagram. Fans should also “like” the DJK Racing Fan Page on Facebook. Follow Armani Williams on twitter @TeamArmaniRacin Follow CBRT on twitter @CBRTinc


Rookie Armani Williams will drive six oval track events for Canada’s Best Racing Team in the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season. Brian Cleary/NASCAR via Getty Images

First Throwbacks Unveiled For Thompson

First Throwbacks Unveiled For Thompson

Rev Racing To Spotlight Two Historic Moments: Larson & Pardo

THOMPSON, Conn. – With the unveiling of their 2017 short track schedule in December, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Officials announced the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The event will be a celebration of the series’ New England roots and the rich history of the division with the Busch North Throwback 100 on Saturday, July 8.

To mark the occasion, NASCAR K&N Pro Series teams are encouraged to wrap their cars in former series paint schemes of pioneering drivers like Joey Kourafas, Jamie Aube, Andy Santerre and others. 

buschnorthlogoRev Racing announced today two of the paint schemes that will be featured.  

The first will be the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship winning car of Kyle Larson, current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader. 

The No. 6 Toyota will be piloted by Mexico City’s Ruben Garcia Jr. Larson is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver to win a touring series championship as well as the first of the program’s graduates to win a race at NASCAR’s highest level.

The second paint scheme will remember the first Mexico-born driver to win a race in the series: Ruben Pardo.

Pardo drove to a road course win at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park in 2006. Collin Cabre will proudly display Pardo’s colors, with a slightly different number – the 2 as opposed to Pardo’s No. 12. 

Each throwback paint scheme will feature the current driver’s name over the driver-side door, and the name of the driver the car is celebrating over the opposite side door.

Garcia Jr., Cabre, and the entire Rev Racing team will join other stars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 8 for the Busch North Throwback 100. 

Thompson has held 27 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races, dating back to the series’ second season in 1988 when Bobby Dragon drove the No. 71 D.G. Roberston Buick to Victory Lane. Over the years, drivers such as Ricky Craven, Ken Bouchard, Mike McLaughlin, Santerre, Mike Stefanik, Martin Truex Jr., Eddie MacDonald, Matt Kobyluck, Trevor Bayne and Ryan Truex have won at the historic Connecticut oval.

For keep up to date with all of the latest throwback paint schemes for the Busch North Throwback 100, featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East please visit thompsonspeedway.com or follow them on social media.


Rev Racing will pay tribute to 2006 Lime Rock Park race winner Ruben Pardo (left) and 2012 series champion Kyle Larson at the Busch North Throwback 100 on Saturday, July 8. Howie Hodge (Pardo) and Kevin Liles/NASCAR via Getty Images (Larson)

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