Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway and 811 Call Before You Dig will partner to present the Late Model 50 on Friday, May 12th behind one of the strongest Late Model purses in recent memory. The 50-lap special event will guarantee $1,811 for the winner and $10,341 in total purse.
“Stafford Speedway’s focus has always been and will continue to be the weekly racers,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute. “Each year we have increased the total purse on the Late Model 50 and this year, through our partnership with Derek Brown and Call Before You Dig, we are able to get the total purse over $10,000.”
CBYD is entering its 10th year of partnership with Stafford Speedway. For the last 5 years CBYD has sponsored the 811 Challenge, an annual bonus of $811 for 5 drivers who are closest to 811 points on August 11th. That tradition will continue in 2017, culminating on 8/11. Additionally, the Call 811 team sponsored the August Whelen Modified Tour event in 2014 and 2015.
“As we’ve continued our relationship with Stafford Motor Speedway, we’ve always looked for new and innovative ways to be able to promote 811 as well offering new prizes for a wide variety of drivers,” explained Derek Brown, Vice President of Damage Prevention and Education at Call Before You Dig. “We’ve been associated with the SK Modified® division for the past 7 seasons and we told Lisa and Mark that we were on board once again to do the contingency program but that we were also open to any new ideas they might have on how to distribute the bonus money. They came up with the idea to sponsor the 50-lap Late Model race and we thought that would be an excellent way to continue to promote CBYD’s 811 number. This race is early in the year and it’s great for us to be a part of the Late Model Revival!”
The Stafford Speedway Late Model division is seeing a resurgence to top form with new drivers and a strong group of veterans preparing to mix it up for the 2017 title. Tom Fearn, Tom Butler, and Michael Bennett highlight the list of veterans returning for the 2017 season while Michael Wray, Josh Wood, and Joey Cipriano along with newcomers Paul Arute, Darrell Keane, and Matt Vassar represent a few of the young faces in the field. With a weekly field of nearly 20 Late Models are expected, 2017 will be an exciting season in the Late Model ranks.
The $1,811 to win Call Before You Dig Late Model 50 on Friday May 12th adds to a growing list of special events for Stafford Speedway’s weekly divisions.
“Bigger events and more prize money for the weekly competitors, that is what we are striving for,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute. “We introduced the NAPA SK 5k a few years back and announced the new Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night earlier this year. Drivers have responded well to both events and we are working to make sure every weekly division at Stafford is put in the spotlight.”
Last year CBYD launched a new ticket management system for contractors and home owners alike. The new system utilizes the latest technology to improve the efficiency and user friendliness. CBYD still maintains a call center to take 811 phone calls, but the preferred contact method is through the www.cbyd.com website. Features of the site include a re-engineered ticket format, ability for mobile ticket entry for iPhone, tablets, or other mobile devices, the ability for the user to draw on a map showing the proposed work area, and a confirmation method that will be emailed to the user for documentation of their mark out request. Once a user has become registered, that unique user will have a username and password and the system will retain your data to pre-populate information and expedite any subsequent ticket requests in the future. Anyone who has registered for E-Tickets will have the ability to search for previous tickets. There are also many help tools to make the process as easy as possible. For more information, please visit www.cbyd.com.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
-Stafford Motor Speedway Press Release
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