JULY 29th AT
STAFFORD FEATURES LINCOLN TECH MODIFIED RACING
SERIES 80, FULL CARD OF NASCAR WEEKLY RACING
Friday night, July 29th, Stafford Motor Speedway will welcome the Modified
Racing Series back to the track for the completion of the Inaugural Lincoln
Tech 80. The Lincoln Tech MRS 80 was originally scheduled for June 24th, but
a rain shower halted the race with 32 of the race’s 80 laps complete. The
Modified Racing Series will complete their 80-lap feature event and there
will be heat and feature races for all five of Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series divisions. All rain checks from the original June 24
date will be honored for this event.
Pit gates will open at 1pm, spectator gates will open at 4:15pm, qualifying
heats for Stafford’s SK Modifieds®, Late Models, SK Lights, Ltd. Late
Models, and DARE Stocks will begin at 6:15pm, and feature events will begin
racing at 7:15pm.
The Lincoln Tech MRS 80 will resume from lap-33 with Keith Rocco leading
Dave Etheridge, Matt Hirschman, Chris Pasteryak, and Doug Coby. Rocco
started the Lincoln Tech 80 on the pole and he led the first lap before
Pasteryak went by Rocco to take over the lead on lap-2. Rocco then lost
second position to Etheridge, but he moved back by Etheridge on lap-11 and
he went back by Pasteryak to retake the lead on lap-13. Rocco then held the
lead of the race until the rain started to fall with 32 laps complete.
After the race was red flagged for the rain shower, MRS officials impounded
everyone’s tires, which Rocco says will leave the teams with an unknown when
they resume the race.
“I think it’s going to be a crapshoot and a roll of the dice,” said Rocco.
“We ran the tires for a couple of laps in the rain and then the tires have
been sitting after they impounded them. It’s a good thing that they do with
impounding everyone’s tires, but we really don’t know what we’re going to
have when we start racing. It’s going to be a guessing game, but it’s the
same for everyone.”
The Lincoln Tech 80 is one of three races that Rocco will try to win as he
will also partake in the SK Modified® and Late Model feature events. The
East Windsor campus of Lincoln Technical Institute (formerly Baran Institute
of Technology) is a 40-acre, 315,000 square foot facility. It is located
conveniently off Interstate 91, (Exit 44) just north of Hartford and Bradley
International Airport. The campus contains 30 classrooms, two fully equipped
computer labs, a learning resource center, an auditorium, administrative
offices including financial aid, admissions, student services, career
services, a full service cafeteria and over 260,000 square feet of practical
shop space. The shop area contains fully equipped training sections that are
air-conditioned. Lincoln Tech offers hands-on training from ASE certified
instructors and there are morning, afternoon, and evening classes available
to fit any type of schedule. Lincoln Tech also has housing available at
their Hartford and Suffield campus locations.
For fans who do not have rain checks, there is still plenty of seating
available for the Lincoln Tech MRS 80. Tickets are priced at $25.00 for
Adult General Admission, Children 6-14 are $5.00, and Children 5 & under are
free. Reserved seating is priced at $28.00 for all ages. Tickets can be
ordered by calling the speedway office at 860-684-2783, or tickets can be
purchased at the gate the night of the event.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at
860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at
Running / Stafford Motor Speedway