North East, Pa. – In an effort to properly honor the lives of Don Toal of Rochester, N.Y., and Mike Stefanik of Coventry, R.I., there will be no inductions into the Race of Champions Hall of Fame at the 69th Annual Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions weekend.   Stefanik won the classic […]

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Mike Stefanik's impact on the world of motorsports cannot be denied.  That was apparent Sunday evening when the tragic news was delivered that the nine-time NASCAR champion had been killed in a plane crash in Sterling, Connecticut.  As the news spread, the reflections and comments from those he impacted began spreading on social media.   […]

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Mike Stefanik, a short track racing legend, was killed in a plane crash in Connecticut on Sunday afternoon, according to RaceDayCT.com.  NASCAR confirmed the report Sunday evening.  Stefanik, a seven-time champion in NASCAR's premier Modified series, was 61 years old.   According to multiple media reports, a plane crash occurred at approximately 2:02 p.m. in […]

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Each era of Modified racing has had its legends. The 70s and 80s belonged to Jerry Cook and Richie Evans.  The 90s and 2000s belonged to Mike Stefanik and Tony Hirschman. And now the current era belongs to Doug Coby.   Coby continued to build on his Modified legacy on Sunday afternoon by winning his […]

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Rockford Speedway recently held a match race at their tight, quarter-mile race track located in Loves Park, Illinois.  The best-of-three match, which consisted of three three-lap races between Super Late Model touring star Ty Majeski and local favorite “Driver X” Jon Reynolds, Jr., thrilled the crowd.   That race garnered attention throughout the country and […]

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Like the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Short Track Bracket Challenge on Speed51.com powered by JEGS saw a handful of surprising upsets this past weekend.  Some of those upset victories came down to the wire, while a few underdogs shocked the Short Track Racing world by beating the higher-seeded driver by large margins. […]

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Mike Stefanik will go down as one of the best Modified drivers of all-time. Stefanik has always been a threat to win every time he shows up to a race track. Even this year in a part-time campaign that saw him run just four races, he still scored a top-10 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway […]

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---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 […]

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