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Fan Guide: SK5K at Stafford

The SK5K has quickly become one of the premiere races of the New England Modified scene

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Teams and drivers are busy preparing for the 6th Annual NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K 100 lap SK Modified event, scheduled for Friday, June 28.

The race will air live and for free on FansChoice.TV.

In five years’ time, the $5,000 to win event has become the event every driver wants to add to their resume. The event, which has been won by five different drivers including last year’s SK Modified track champion Ronnie Williams, historically has been one of the best races of the season and with posted awards over $34,000, the 2019 event is no different.

We caught up with a few of the SK Modified drivers to get their thoughts on the event:

Glen Reen – #17 Avery Construction Chevrolet
NAPA SK 5K Stats
Starts: 3
Best Finish: 5th (2014)
Average Finish: 7.7

“I’m looking forward to the 5k. We’ve got Dan’s [Avery] car put back together so it’ll be fun to have us both back racing at the same time. I’ve missed that. There is no better place to race than Stafford and that’s why people show up to Stafford. I’ll put Stafford’s SK’s up against any single weekly division anywhere in the country and I’d bet it’s harder to win an SK race at Stafford than anywhere else. It’s awesome to have a track like Stafford with the Arute family putting their time and effort into the weekly show and having a huge event like the SK 5k with great sponsors like NAPA Auto Parts and Doug Dunleavy. I think it’s going to be a great time for the racers and the fans who come to watch the race.”

Ronnie Williams – #50 Les’s Auto Center Ford
Starts: 5
Best Finish: 1st (2018)
Average Finish: 7.4

“We’re looking forward the 5k. That’s the race that we always circle on the calendar and the #50 team has been pretty good at that race the last two years winning with Chase [Dowling] two years ago and myself last year. We’re looking forward to getting back to that race and I think we have a fast car, we’ve just had some crap luck this year. Hopefully we can get our season turned around at that race. Stafford always does an amazing job and having someone like Doug Dunleavy putting up the Gambler’s Challenge is great. Seeing the graphic that Stafford posted on Facebook about the SK 5k, it’s a lot of money over the years and we’re not really used to racing for that kind of money. It’s always a lot of fun racing for the extra money, the big trophies, and the big check at the end of the night.”

Todd Owen – #81 Cooker Construction Chevrolet
Starts: 5
Best Finish: 4th (2017)
Average Finish: 12.0

“The NAPA SK 5k is an awesome race that Stafford, NAPA, and Doug Dunleavy put on. It’s a nice long distance race where I can be patient, stay out of trouble and be smart. We hope to be in contention at the end of the race.”

Keith Rocco – #88 Wheelers Auto Chevrolet
Starts: 5
Best Finish: 2nd (2015 & 2018)
Average Finish: 4.0

“I’m looking forward to the 5k. We’ve been so consistent the last couple years but we’ve come up a little short. Hopefully this year we can wrap it up. We try hard to run good in this race every year and it would be great to get the monkey off our back and finally get a NAPA SK 5k win. It’s really cool for all the racers to have the opportunity to take advantage of the Gambler’s Challenge bonus that Doug Dunleavy puts up for us and we all look forward to the big payday. We’re really looking forward to the race.”

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