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As the Whelen Modified Tour returns to Stafford Motor Speedway for the Town Fair Tire 150, the third of four stops for the Tour in 2010, Bobby Santos, III sits ahead of three former series champions in the chase for the 2010 title. Giving chase to Santos are 2008 champion Ted Christopher, 2003 champion Todd Szegedy, and 7-time Tour champion Mike Stefanik.

“Right now our goal is to win races,” said Santos. “I’ve never raced for points before this year. At the start of this season, we were only focused on winning races and that was how we were able to build up our points lead. There’s no reason why we can’t continue to run up front and win races this year.”

Santos got the 2010 season off to a rocking start, winning three of the first four races, but he has lost points to Christopher in each of the races since. But if there was a track where Santos can get himself back to his winning ways, it is Stafford. Santos has been the fast car in time trials in each of the first two Stafford races this season, and he has finishes of first and second.

“I’m excited to get back to racing at Stafford,” said Santos. “We’ve had a rough few weeks, but it will be nice to get back to tracks like Stafford so we can get back to where we need to be. Stafford is one of my favorite tracks, it’s a place that I enjoy going to, and it always helps your confidence when you like the track that you’re racing at. With how well we’ve run at Stafford in the first two races this season, hopefully we can carry some momentum for the rest of the year with another good run at Stafford. We don’t need to change anything, we had a motor problem at Lime Rock and there’s nothing that you can do about that. The next four races over the next couple weeks are going to be the most important races of the season. The team is awesome, they’ve done a great job this year and we’re real confident heading into these next couple of races.”

Santos certainly knows what it takes to get to victory lane at Stafford, having won the May TSI Harley-Davidson 125 as well as having won 2 NEMA Midget races. Santos also won the Midget and PRA Big Car races as part of CARQUEST’s Big One in 2006, earning him a $50,000 bonus from Valvoline. “Stafford is a track where you can win by either taking tires or staying out and not taking tires,” said Santos. “Me personally, I like putting fresh tires on the car and be charging at the end of the race. We’ll just have to let the race play out and see what happens to see what strategy we go with. It definitely helps that the team has experience in running for a championship, the guys all know what to do and we’re going to keep approaching things like we have all year and try to win.”

Tickets for the 20th Annual Town Fair Tire 150 are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office and are price at $30.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $32.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.

For more information, or to order tickets, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

  Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway
Posted: August 1, 2010

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