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For Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified® regular Todd Owen, when it comes to his limited forays into the Modified Racing Series this season, he hasn’t had the best of luck on his side. In his two Modified Racing Series starts this season, Owen has recorded finishes of 21st at Waterford and 25th at Thompson after losing a transmission and getting caught up in a wreck. Owen will be behind the wheel of the #29 Luther Hosmer owned car at Stafford and he hopes that his experience will help him to his second career Modified Racing Series victory.

“The car always runs good at Thompson, so we’re hoping that we can have another good run at Stafford,” said Owen. “It’s going to be a tough race for sure. There will be a variety of guys who are coming to Stafford for the first time versus guys with a lot of experience at Stafford. I think the guys with the experience will have a big advantage over the guys with no experience. Stafford is a tough track and you have to know the line and how to run that line to be fast. But there’s several guys who run well no matter what track the Modified Racing Series is at, so it’s going to be an interesting race to see.”

Before one can win the race, they must first get qualified for the race. There will be 40 cars racing for 28 spots in the Shark Cycle 100. The Modified Racing Series teams draw for their heat race starting positions and they must start the race on the tires that they qualify on, which can lead to some exciting racing.

“It all really comes down to the luck of the draw,” said Owen. “You have to start the race on the tires that you qualify with and you’d like to be able to save the car and the tires a little for the race. But if you happen to draw a number that puts you at the rear of the heat race, you can’t save anything on the car if you want to get into a qualified position in the heat so you have to go all out. You might see some guys take some chances in the heat race in order to get a spot on the track, its definitely going to make for an exciting round of heat races.”

Owen will certainly have experience on his side as he takes to the track for the Shark Cycle 100. Owen has 7 career ProStock and 4 career SK Modified® feature victories at Stafford, and he has won a 100-lap feature in both the ProStock and SK Modified® divisions at Stafford.

“We’re hoping to have a good run,” said Owen. “There’s going to be a lot of local fans in the stands and hopefully we can have a good run for them and be among the cars going for the win at the end of the race.”

Tickets for the Inaugural Shark Cycle Modified Racing Series 100 event at Stafford Motor Speedway are on sale now and are priced at $20.00 for Adult General Admission, $5.00 for Children Ages 6-14 General Admission, $23.00 for Reserved Seating, and $35.00 for Pit Passes. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or by logging onto the Online Ticket Sales section of www.staffordspeedway.com.

Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway
Posted: September 2, 2010

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