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SEPT. 23 - NWMT @ NHMS
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   PASSION by Rev. Don Rivers
Like a slow rolling steam train the news made its way around the garage area at Riverhead. As we were piecing things together questions came in from other tracks asking if it was true. People wanted confirmation of news they didn’t want to be true. In the end the state of shock was overwhelming. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To say Ted Christopher raced with passion is an understatement. He had a singular focus and that was the checkered flag. If you were going to do something do it with everything you have; TC wasn’t there to ride around and make friends. There was a race to run, he was there to run it and the position that mattered was only one; first place. There was another side of TC’s passion that many times went unnoticed....Full Story
   LOOKING BACK A BIT: 09/22/17 with Phil Smith
Fifty years ago, in 1967, rain washed out all racing in New England. The only action was at the Utica-Rome Speedway where a 150-lap season finale was held. Don MacTavish took the win over Jerry Cook, Bill Wimble, Sonney Seamon and Kenny Shoemaker. Wimble was crowned the Modified Track Champion and Bernie Miller was the Sportsman champion. In Winston Cup action at Martinsville, Richard Petty won the 500-lap event by four laps over Dick Hutcherson.
Forty five years ago, in 1972, the modifieds headed to Martinsville for a 100 lapper. Local favorite Paul Radford took the win over Denis Giroux, Jerry Cook, Billy Hensley and Bugsy Stevens. Stevens’ hopes of a fourth national title were going away.....Full Story
   GARY BARNES OF NAPA CANTON TO SERVE AS NAPA FALL FINAL GRAND MARSHAL
Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that NAPA Canton store owner Gary Barnes will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend. Barnes will send the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the green flag for their 150-lap race with the most famous words in motorsports. “I’m really thrilled to be the Grand Marshal,” said Barnes. “It’s something that I never expected and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity. It’s a huge honor. We’ve been in business for 27 years and we’ve been with NAPA for almost the entire 27 years. It’s been a great relationship with NAPA and we’re proud to be NAPA Store owners and also to be part of Stafford Speedway along with NAPA. Partnering with the track is something that we could never do...”...Full Story
   STAFFORD TO RETIRE TED CHRISTOPHER'S #13 ON OCTOBER 1ST
Ted Christopher, a hero, a rival, a legend, and a once in a generation driver. His first start at Stafford Speedway in May of 1983 marked the beginning of a journey, a journey that no one could have predicted. 35 years later the journey comes to an end with statistics that make you ask, was Ted the greatest modified driver of all-time; 131 career wins, 109 SK Modified® wins, and 9 SK Modified® Track Championships. At the request of both fans and race teams that have a prior commitment at New Hampshire this weekend, Stafford Speedway management has moved the ceremony to retire Ted Christopher’s number 13 to Sunday, October 1st as part of the pre-race for the NAPA Fall Final. This will allow all teams and fans to share in this tribute. This Friday, September 22 we will honor....Full Story
   CHAMP TRAIL: 09/19/17 by Phil Smith
In what was supposed to be another great weekend of racing, news of the passing of Ted Christopher, 59, in a plane crash while enroute to Riverhead Raceway on Long Island caused just about everyone in the racing world in the Northeast to go into a state of shock. Connecticut TV station FOX 61 reported a small plane carrying two men crashed into a field in Guilford, CT around 3 P.M. on Saturday afternoon. Known to many as “TC” the veteran racer excelled at just about every racing division in which he ran. Christopher, with 374 career wins is the Stafford Motor Speedway all-time winningest driver with 131 feature wins, 109 of them in the SK Modifieds. He is also the winningest driver in NAPA Spring Sizzler® history with 6 wins. He also accumulated nine SK Modified....Full Story
   NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR NEWS & NOTES: NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
There are 13 races complete and three left to go in the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship points chase. Heading for the 'Magic Mile' of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the top three drivers in the standings are separated by just nine points. And there promises to be a new championship leader when the weekend is done. Points leader Ryan Preece, who has five victories this season, holds a six point lead over Doug Coby and it's nine points back to Timmy Solomito. However, Preece will not be competing in Saturday's F.W. Webb 100 because he will run his third NASCAR XFINITY Series race of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing instead. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," Preece said. "I told JGR, I am willing to give up..."....Full Story    Entry List
   WILL HAUNTED HUNDRED BE A TRICK OR TREAT FOR TTOMS COMPETITORS AT SEEKONK SPEEDWAY?
It could be said that Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, puts the fear into the competition when he arrives for a NorthEast Racecars Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) event. Hirschman has yet to be defeated in TTOMS competition this year; winning the opener at Seekonk Speedway in June and sweeping the two Star Speedway races. The drivers of TTOMS will have one final chance to break Hirschman’s spell at the Haunted Hundred at Seekonk on Saturday, October 28. Hirschman hopes to take the witches broom and sweep not only the Seekonk events but the entire Tri-Track Open Modified Season. Slated to be the final event in the northeast for the 2017 racing season, the roster of drivers looking to play spoiler should be extensive and impressive....Full Story
   THERE WAS NEVER A LOSS OF EXCITEMENT WHEN TED CHRISTOPHER WAS AROUND by Denise DuPont
All eyes were focused on the modified tour race and its last race of the season at Riverhead Speedway. Teams and fans alike made the trip by ferry, highway or air with the anticipation of a competitive race. Crews prepared and were ready for practice and qualifying. After practice and preparation for time trials began, some started to worry. There was one of them missing and he was always there. When he did not answer calls or reach back, everyone started to wonder how Ted Christopher would arrive at the track.
There were rumors on Facebook and twitter, but our hearts remain focused on racing and knowing TC would be there. He never would miss a race, broken wrist or not. Then those words that you never want to hear were officially spoken. We had loss one....Full Story
   TIMMY SOLOMITO STAYS IN THE GAME AFTER WINNING THE NWMT MILLER LITE 200 by Denise DuPont
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) came to the quarter mile oval of Riverhead Raceway for 200 laps of short track racing. There was a somber mood in the pits as race teams and fans mourned the loss of fellow racer Ted Christopher. Christopher lost his life earlier in the day in a plane crash on his way to the track. As Reverend Don Rivers said, “Christopher was a colorful person and everyone has a story they can tell or a memory that they can share.” That is what made TC a legend. Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY was at his home track and knew that the race could be his if he wanted it. With the competition for the championship heating up and the 2017 season winding down, Solomito needed to step up....Full Story    LIVE Replay with Denise DuPont    Photo Gallery by Jim DuPont
 

In Loving Memory Of Howie

   HOWARD "HOWIE" ARTHUR HODGE prepared by Polly Reid
Saturday afternoon on January 28, 2017, Howard ‘Howie’ Arthur Hodge passed away at the St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. Surrounded by family at the time of his passing, Howard was 77 years old.
Born on August 31, 1939 at the Hartford Hospital, Howard was the second of three children to Dorothy (Hoadley) and Leon Hodge.
His first few years were spent in Glastonbury, CT before the Hodge family moved to East Hartford where Howard went to school graduating from the East Hartford High School in 1957.
Growing up, Howard had a paper route for ‘quite a few years’. The pile of papers would be left on the front lawn and Howard would be responsible for folding them, putting them in the big cloth bag then ride around the neighborhood delivering the Hartford Times. His sister Lois fondly remembers his bicycle that ‘he fixed up until it was like a motorcycle’ complete with a windshield, skirts....Full Story
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

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Solomito Scores Crucial Win At Riverhead

Champion Christopher Passes Away

God Bless America
by Rev. Don Rivers

Looking Back A Bit: 09/15/17
with Phil Smith

Stafford To Auction "Welcome To The Show" Banner For Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund At NAPA Fall Final

Stafford Speedway NAPA Fall Final
Weekend Sept. 30 - Oct. 1

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
News & Notes: Riverhead

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