JOEY CIPRIANO HOPING FOR FIRST TOP-10 FINISH
IN SHARK CYCLE 80 AT STAFFORD SPEEDWAY
2 seasons in Stafford Speedway’s SK Light Modified division, Joey Cipriano
made the move into the Valenti Modified Racing Series for the 2012 season.
Cipriano has only made 2 starts thusfar this season, and he has had dreadful
luck as an oil leak and a crash have left him with finishes of 34th and
24th. But with the VMRS heading to Stafford, Cipriano is hopeful of turning
his luck around securing his first career VMRS top-10 finish in the 3rd
Annual Shark Cycle 80 on Friday, August 31st.
“We’ve ran 2 MRS shows so far and we ran one weekly show at Star,” said
Cipriano. “We’ve had a really good car, we just haven’t had a lot of luck.
At Thompson, we only made 15 laps before we started leaking oil and then at
Monadnock we were really good. We started 5th and we were up to 6th place by
halfway, and someone from behind drove over my left front and broke the
rack. A top-10 would be awesome for us. We want to run all 80 laps and be
able to load the car on the trailer at the end of the night. That series is
so tough, especially with the car count they have. It’s tough to qualify for
the race, we just want to get through the night and not have to worry about
doing too much to the car for the next race.”
With 7 feature wins and finishes of second and third in the points in his
two seasons of SK Light competition, Cipriano is hoping that his track
knowledge will give him an added boost for the Shark Cycle 80. Cipriano is
hoping for both his first top-10 finish as well as his first finish of the
2012 season with the #84 AVI Pumps machine.
“Having 3 years experience at Stafford will definitely help,” said Cipriano.
“I like going to tracks I’ve been to before, I know the people there and how
to get around the track, but I also like going to new tracks. You get to see
different things and you meet different people. We just want to qualify in
the heat race and then have a solid run and finish the race. A top-10 would
be awesome for us. We want to run all 80 laps and be able to load the car on
the trailer at the end of the night. This series is so tough, especially
with the car count they have. It’s tough to qualify for the race, we just
want to get through the night and not have to worry about doing too much to
the car for the next race.”
In addition to his VMRS ride, Cipriano will sit behind the wheel of a Late
Model at Stafford for the very first time this Friday night. Cipriano will
drive the #33 Siemon Company Chevrolet that is usually driven by Peter
“This will be the first time for me in a full fendered car,” said Cipriano.
“From the Legends to the SK Lights and now the MRS, everything has been an
open wheeled car. When I got out of Legends cars, I wanted to get into a
Late Model or an ACT or PASS car, but we ended up going the modified way.
But I’m looking forward to it. The first thing will be learning how to get
around. I came up last week to watch the Late Models to see if I could pick
anything up from guys like Woody [Pitakt]. I could see they were driving
them a lot differently than the SK’s or SK Lights but I think once I get out
there I’ll figure it out. I’ll try to get behind someone in practice to
Tickets for the August 31st Shark Cycle 80 are available and on sale now at
the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $27.50 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 will be priced at $30.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10%
CT Admission Tax. Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight
For more information on the Shark Cycle 80, or to order tickets, contact the
Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web
Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway