Stafford Springs, CT — Ronnie Williams, Stafford Speedway’s winningest SK Modified® driver of 2015, will team up with Ted Christopher, Stafford’s all-time winningest SK Modified® driver, to make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at Stafford Motor Speedway during the track’s NAPA Fall Final Weekend on Oct. 3-4. Williams has made a name for himself during the 2015 season with 6 SK Modified® feature wins, tying him with Rowan Pennink for the most wins in the division this season. Williams made his MRS debut earlier this month at Stafford and he is excited about the opportunity that lies ahead of him.
“I can’t put into words just how excited I am,” said Williams. “Racing on the Whelen Modified Tour has always been a dream for me and this is a great opportunity for me. I can’t thank my Dad enough for everything he’s done for me to get this opportunity and all of our sponsors, NAPA of Tolland, Tick Free Organic Tick Control, Critical Signs, Advice One, and most of all Ted Christopher.”
Christopher will be driving for Our Motorsports at the NAPA Fall Final, which opened up the availability of his Tour car for Williams to use.
“Ronnie and his father had been looking for a car for the Fall Final, and since I’m going to be driving for Chris, I told them that I had a car available for them to use,” said Christopher. “Ronnie has proven himself to be pretty competitive at Stafford and he’s won a lot of races this season, so he definitely knows his way around Stafford. This car is a car that I led a lot of laps at Loudon with last race, it runs well at a lot of the races that I’ve run with it, and I think Ronnie is going to do real good with it. I’ve never raced against a car that I own before, so that will be a new experience for me.”
While Williams will have track knowledge on his side, when he goes out on the track for Modified Tour practice on Saturday, Oct. 3rd, it will be the first time Williams has been behind the wheel of a Tour car. Williams has also never time trialed before, so he will have to strike a balance during the hour and fifteen minute practice session of getting a feel for the car under racing conditions and what the car will need to cut a fast qualifying lap.
“I would say that practice session is going to be pretty important for me,” said Williams. “I’ve never been in the car or driven the car, so everything is going to be new to me,” said Williams. “It’s a home track for me, so I know the track pretty well and hopefully it won’t be too much of a nail biter challenge. I had the little bit of experience with the MRS car and I got a feeling for the difference in speed between the SK and Tour type cars. I didn’t think there would be that much difference between the two cars, but it was a big difference in speed. I’ve never done a time trial run in the SK car and it’s going to be learning little things like where to get off and back on the gas and then how hard can I get back on the gas. I’m hoping it won’t be too much for me to take in.”
Being that the NAPA Fall Final will be Williams’ first Whelen Modified Tour start, he has set mild expectations for his debut effort.
“I think a top-10 would be the ultimate but my main goal will be to just finish the race,” said Williams. “I haven’t really had a lot of time to think about it. I want to have some fun and see what I can do. I wasn’t really able to show much in my MRS debut so I’m hoping for a little better than that. Teddy is the best modified driver around and his car can win and is capable of winning and I can’t thank him enough for the opportunity to drive his car.”
The Whelen Modified Tour cars will qualify for the NAPA Fall Final 150 on Saturday, Oct. 3rd before hitting the track for 150 laps on Sunday, Oct. 4th. Saturday’s racing card will also feature heat and consolation races for Stafford’s weekly divisions along with feature events for the SK Light, Limited Late Model, DARE Stock, and Legend Cars divisions. Sunday’s action kicks off with the NAPA Pit Party from 11am-12noon with the SK Modifieds® taking the green flag at 1pm followed by the Late Model and Whelen Modified Tour feature events. Tickets for the 43rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend are priced at $38.50 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. All NAPA Fall Final tickets are good for admission on both Saturday and Sunday and ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Visit your local participating NAPA Auto Parts Store for discount ticket offers.
For more information on the 43rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend, 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.
-Stafford Motor Speedway Press Release. Photo credit: Rick Ibsen/Speed51.com