a weekly racing card that attracted national short track stars on a regular basis. Drivers like Ron Bouchard and Richie Evans raced there regularly in the 1970’s and well known touring competitors like Ted Christopher and Zach Sylvester compete there on Friday nights to this day.
Speed51.com offers their condolences to the entire Arute family as well as the employees and friends of Stafford Motor Speedway.
STAFFORD'S JACK ARUTE, SR. PASSES AWAY by Mike Twist
Promoter Changed the Face of Modified Racing in New England
One of the best known and most progressive track operators in the country has passed away. Jack Arute, Sr. of Stafford Motor Speedway fame died Monday morning in Connecticut.
Arute was in the construction business and co-owned Eddie Flemke’s racecars in 1969 when he was approached about buying the track from former driver Bill Slater. At that time, the track was almost ready to shut down. Arute came in and made several improvements to the facility, including building new grandstands. Through the years, he aligned the track closely with NASCAR, started the SK Modified division and created
The SK Modifieds at Stafford were a creation of Jack Arute, Sr. (Howie Hodge Photo)