(Stafford Springs, CT)—When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour takes the green flag on Friday, Aug. 8 for the Call Before You Dig 811 150, there will be a familiar face among the drivers on the starting grid. Coventry, RI native and 7-time NWMT champion Mike Stefanik will be part of the starting field. After parting ways with the #22 Christopher Our owned team after the 2013 season, Stefanik has been driving part time for Ed Marcau’s #1 Cady’s Tavern team and there couldn’t be a better track for Stefanik to add to his part-time schedule.
Stefanik began his racing career at Stafford in the LM-Sportsman class in the late ‘70’s and he later moved into the weekly modified division while also competing on the Whelen Modified Tour. The list of accomplishments that Stefanik has amassed over his career at Stafford are truly astronomical. Stefanik has made 451 career NWMT starts with 95 of them coming at Stafford for a percentage of 21%.
In a little less than one-fourth of his career starts, consider what Stefanik has accomplished at Stafford in an Whelen Modified Tour car: he has recorded 20 of his 74 career wins, which is 27%; he has won 17 of his 48 career pole positions, which is 35%; he has recorded 50 of his 223 career top-5 and 74 of his 300 career top-10 finishes at Stafford, which equates to 22% and 25%. In his 95 career Stafford starts, Stefanik has led 165 of the 13,697 laps that he has completed which is 16%. In addition to his NWMT exploits at Stafford, Stefanik is a 2-time Stafford track champion; winning a LM-Sportsman title in 1979 and a Modified track title in 1986 when Stafford ran both Tour Type Modifieds as well as SK Modifieds® as weekly divisions. Stefanik’s last Stafford victory came in the 2008 Fall Final but he is feeling good about his chances of being in contention for career victory number 21 at the Connecticut half-mile facility.
“Another trip to Stafford,” said Stefanik. “I’ve always called Stafford my home track since that’s where I started my career all the way back in 1976 in the Limited Sportsman division. Not running the full Tour schedule makes things a little tougher, but I have so much time at Stafford that hopefully we can unload and we’re close and make the right adjustments for the night. I would hope we can be contenders for the race. We showed some good speed at Loudon and we were running well in the Icebreaker before we had an issue and the car has a good Billy the Kid engine.
“We’ll do the best that we can and I’d like to win the race but I’d like to have a good showing for everyone involved with the car. There’s plenty of good cars and good teams so if you miss it just a little bit you’re going to be running around in the middle of the pack. Ed Marceau’s cars always run good and I’m happy to wheel the car for him. I’m as serious as any racer out there, I don’t take any race lightly. You hope you make all the right adjustments and the racing gods are shining on you. Racing can give you the highest of highs and the lowest of lows so we’ll put our best efforts forward and see where the cards fall at the end of the night. That’s the same way I’ve raced for the last 38 years and this race will be no different.”
Tickets for the Call Before You Dig 811 150 are available and on sale now at the Speedway Box Office, or online atwww.staffordspeedway.com. Tickets are priced at $33.00 for adult general admission, $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 $35.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking in self-contained Recreational Vehicles.
-Stafford Motor Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: Speed51.com