Connect with us

Modifieds

NASCAR Modified Tour Resumes at Stafford

The Spring Sizzler is the second race of the 2021 season

Adam Glanzman | NASCAR

It’s an entirely different half-mile format for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this weekend.

After opening the season at Martinsville Speedway, and being subjected to the long straightaways and tight turns of the Virginia track, the tour returns to one of its most hallowed venues Sunday for the 49th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler (5 p.m. ET, TrackPass) at Stafford Motor Speedway.

It will be one of three stops the tour makes at the Connecticut track.

The Stars and Cars of the 2021 NASCAR Modified Tour

WHO TO WATCH FOR

You may have heard this before: Justin Bonsignore hasn’t won a tour race at Stafford.

Since 2011, he’s 0-for-34 with 12 top fives and 23 top 10s.

Bonsignore is certainly tired of hearing about it.

The 33-year-old from Holtsville, New York, is a two-time tour champion thanks to his success at Thompson Speedway (12 wins in 36 starts since 2011, 33% winning percentage) but also EVERY other track not named Stafford (17 wins in 77 starts, 22% winning percentage).

He hasn’t been bad at Stafford- three top 10s with two Mayhew Tools Pole Awards in four starts in his 2018 championship season and a third-place finish in the lone event there last year. and he’ll get a chance to add a 10th track to his win resume with Sunday’s 150-lap event.

The flip side of that, the drivers looking to challenge Bonsignore for the 2021 title have been very good at Stafford.

Six-time champion Doug Coby has a dozen wins at his home track, while Ron Silk has three wins — including two of the last three races — and Eric Goodale and Craig Lutz each have one.

Max McLaughlin, who was fourth at Martinsville in the opener, returns in the No. 77 and was fourth at Stafford in last year’s Fall Final. And 2018 Fall Final winner, Kyle Bonsignore, is coming off a fifth-place run at Martinsville. Tyler Rypkema, the 2020 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, closed out the season with four straight 10th-place finishes (including Stafford) before starting 2021 with a runner-up finish in Virginia.

Eric Goodale Returns to Form and Earns a Grandfather Clock at Martinsville

RACE FACTS

RACE NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler
PLACE Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford, Connecticut
DATE Sunday, April 25, 2021
TIME 5 p.m. ET
TV/LIVE STREAM TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold (live) / NBCSN – Thursday, April 29, 5:30 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT Half-mile paved oval
LAPS 150
MILES 75
EVENT SCHEDULE Sunday, April 25: Garage opens: 8:45 a.m. ET; Practice: 11:35 a.m.-12:35 p.m.; Qualifying: 3 p.m.; NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler: 5 p.m.
TWITTER @NASCARRoots, @StaffordSpeedwy, @_TrackPass

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT

The starting field for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler is limited to limited to 32 starters including provisionals. The field will be set by qualifying (1-26) and provisional process per the entry blank (27-32) for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. In the event that qualifying as stated on the entry blank does not take place for any unforeseen circumstance, the field will be set in accordance with the 2021 NASCAR Touring Series Rule Book.

QUALIFYING: Two consecutive qualifying laps. Faster lap determines qualifying position. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line. NASCAR reserves the right to have more than one vehicle engage in qualifying runs at the same time.

RACE PIT STOP: Live pit stop procedure – Teams may not take tires and fuel in the same stop. Maximum five crew members over the wall.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eleven (11) tires per team. All tires used for qualifying and the race must be purchased at the track and scanned by Hoosier, unless otherwise approved in advance by the Series Director. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. All qualifying tires must remain in impound until released by NASCAR Officials. The remaining tire allotment may be used for practice and/or change tires during the event.

The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.

QUALIFYING AND SPECIAL AWARDS

$400 Phil Kurze Halfway Leader Award presented by Josten’s per event award to the race leader at the halfway point of the event, regardless if the race is running under green or yellow.

$600 Hoosier Tire “Lap Leader” per event award to the eligible car owner whose driver leads the most laps in each event. In the event of a tie, the award will go to the highest finishing car in the event.

$500 Hoosier Tire “Hard Charger” per event award to the highest finishing eligible driver who advances the most positions during the course of the race. In the case of a tie, the highest finishing driver will receive the award.

$500 Hoosier Tire “Most Improved” per event award to the eligible new team/organization whose driver improves the most positions during the course of the race. In the event of a tie, the award will go to the highest finishing car in the event. If money is not awarded during this event, funds will rollover to the next event and will continue to rollover until an eligible new team/organization claims the money.

$1,000 Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole per event award to the driver with the fastest qualifying time eligible to participate under the Manufacturers’ Prize Money Conditions.

$550 Sunoco Spec Fuel award divided: 1st-$300 5th-$150 10th-$100.

$3,500 Whelen Engineering “Winner of the Race” award to the winning driver.

Whelen Non-Starter award will be paid to the first 15 competitors throughout the season who pass inspection, practice, attempt to qualify, but fail to make the feature event.

ENTRY LIST

Nbr Driver Owner Car Crew Chief
1   Woody Pitkat   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Cam McDermott
01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Jesse Prince
2   Chuck Hossfeld   Mike Boloina Chevrolet   Joseph Bertuccio
3   Matt Swanson   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier
04   Jeff Gallup   Richie Gallup Chevrolet   Michael Curtis
07   Patrick Emerling   Jennifer Emerling Chevrolet   Jan Leaty
7   Jon McKennedy   Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet   Tommy Baldwin
10   Doug Coby   Phil Moran Chevrolet   Phil Moran
18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Chevrolet   TBA
22   Kyle Bonsignore   Kyle Bonsignore Chevrolet   Bobby Foley
24   Andrew Krause   Diane Krause Chevrolet   Robert Hyer
30   Gary Byington   Gary Byington Chevrolet   Dan Reed
32   Tyler Rypkema   Dean Rypkema Chevrolet   Zach Truesdall
34   J.B. Fortin   Nicole Fortin Chevrolet   Jason Blatz
36   Dave Sapienza   Judy Thilberg Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso
46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Doug Ogiejko
50   Ronnie Williams   Paul Les Ford   Adam Skowyra
51   Justin Bonsignore   Ken Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone
54   Tommy Catalano   David Catalano Chevrolet   David Catalano
58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard
64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Toyota   TBA
66   Timmy Solomito   Jerry Solomito Chevrolet   Shawn Solomito
77   Max McLaughlin   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Teddy Musgrave Jr.
78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson
82   Anthony Nocella   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann
85   Ron Silk   Kevin Stuart Chevrolet   Kenny Stuart

If you like what you read here, become a Short Track Scene Patreon and support short track journalism!

Read more Short Track Scene:

Got a new release you want to send? Are you a touring series or track and want your weekly releases added to Short Track Scene? Send them to [email protected]

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Facebook

Archive

Advertisement

More in Modifieds