HARLEY-DAVIDSON RENEWS TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR EVENT AT
TSI Harley-Davidson has renewed their sponsorship of the prestigious
Memorial Day Weekend Whelen Modified Tour event at Stafford Motor Speedway.
The 19th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson Classic is scheduled for Friday, May 22
and will feature the Whelen Modified Tour along with Stafford’s five Whelen
All-American Series divisions. TSI Harley-Davidson has become an established
partner of premier events at Stafford, sponsoring a Camping World East
Series race from 2005-2007 and the TSI Harley-Davidson Classic last year.
The TSI Harley-Davidson Classic has developed into a must-see event for
fans, developing a reputation as one of the finest stops on the Whelen
Modified Tour calendar with sensational racing and dramatic finishes between
the some of the finest drivers the Whelen Modified Tour has to offer over
the past several seasons.
The 2003 TSI Harley-Davidson Classic came down to a battle of
Whelen Modified Tour champions Jerry Marquis and Todd Szegedy. Szegedy led
for much of the race and appeared poised to take the drive to victory lane,
but Marquis passed Szegedy on the final lap of the race for the win. 2004’s
event saw 5-time champion Tony Hirschman outduel Tour veteran Reggie
Ruggiero in the closing laps to secure a close victory, while the 2005 event
saw newly minted Tour champion Ted Christopher make an amazing charge
through the field over the final 50-laps of the race after making numerous
pit stops early in the race to correct his car’s handling. The 2006 edition
turned into a family duel for the win, with John Blewett, III using fresher
tires to take the lead from his brother Jimmy with 15 laps to go, while the
last two TSI Harley-Davidson Classic events have belonged to car owner Bob
Garbarino. Garbarino took the checkered flag in 2007 with Tour champion
Donny Lia behind the wheel and he won last year’s event with Chuck Hossfeld
holding off Szegedy and eventual 2008 Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted
Christopher over the closing laps.
“We’re happy to have TSI Harley-Davidson partnered with one of our premier
events for the fifth consecutive season,” said Mark Arute, SMS COO/GM. “TSI
Harley-Davidson has been a great partner to work with over the years, and we
always have a unique display of Harley-Davidsons pacing our feature fields.
TSI Harley-Davidson has been a committed partner to both the speedway and
our racers, and we hope to be able to continue our partnership for another
five years and beyond.”
TSI Harley-Davidson is a full service Harley-Davidson and Buell
dealership, with parts, service, and accessories. TSI Harley-Davidson has
been in operation since 1968, making it the oldest Harley-Davidson dealer in
Connecticut. TSI Harley-Davidson has two branches located in Ellington and
TSI Harley-Davidson’s Ellington store is located at 398 Somers
Road. TSI Harley-Davidson in Ellington can be contacted by phone at
860-875-6663 or you can visit
www.tsiharleydavidson.com for more information. TSI
Harley-Davidson’s Columbia store is located at 8 Commerce Drive and can be
contacted by calling 860-423-3116 or 860-228-2830, or you can visit
for more information.
Tickets for the 19th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson Classic are
available and on sale now at the Stafford Motor Speedway Box Office. Tickets
are priced at $30.00 for adult general admission, $5.00 for children 6-14,
and children 5 & under are free. Reserved seating is available for $32.00.
Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking with overnight parking
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track
office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at
Source: Scott Running
/ Stafford Motor Speedway