37th Annual Stafford Motor Speedway Spring Sizzler Notes Stafford Motor Speedway PR
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The 37th annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler will represent race 2 of 16 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on their 2008 schedule of events.

Total posted awards for the 36th annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler are $94,676.

Donny Lia is the defending champion of the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.  The Sizzler victory was the first of 6 wins for Lia last season as he went on to win the championship.
As of April 23, 2007, Stafford Motor Speedway has received 37 entries for the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.

Mike Stefanik leads all Whelen Modified Tour drivers with 19 career victories at Stafford Motor Speedway.  Other WMT drivers who have filed entries for the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler that have won at SMS include Reggie Ruggiero (9 career wins), Ted Christopher (8 career wins), Rick Fuller (5 career wins), Ed Flemke, Jr. (3 career wins), Todd Szegedy (3 career wins), Jamie Tomaino (1 career win), and James Civali (1 career win).

Mike Stefanik also leads all Whelen Modified Tour drivers with 14 career Coors Light Pole Positions at Stafford.  Other drivers entered into the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler who have won multiple Coors Light Pole Positions at Stafford include Reggie Ruggiero (7 poles), Rick Fuller (3 poles), Ted Christopher (2 poles), Chuck Hossfeld (2 poles), Todd Szegedy (2 poles).

Drivers with a single Stafford Coors Light Pole include Eric Beers, Ed Flemke, Jr., Matt Hirschman, Carl Pasteryak, and Jamie Tomaino.

4 former Spring Sizzler winners have submitted entries for the 37th annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.  They are Mike Stefanik (4 wins), Rick Fuller (3 wins), Ted Christopher (3 wins), and Reggie Ruggiero (2 wins).

Matt Hirschman holds the Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour track qualifying record of 18.009 seconds - 99.950mph.  Hirschman set this mark during Coors Light Pole Qualifying for last year’s Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.

Rick Fuller holds the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler 200-lap race record of 1 hour, 15 minutes, and 35 seconds at an average speed of 79.382mph.  Fuller set this record during the 1992 running of the race.

Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Qualifying will commence at 1:30pm on Saturday, April 26.  Qualifying will consist of two consecutive green flag laps.  The faster lap will determine qualifying time and starting position.  The fastest 28 cars from time trials, will earn starting positions in Sunday ’s Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.  The fastest qualifier will draw to determine a redraw of the top 6, 8, or 10 cars.  Four provisional starting positions based on 2007 WMT owner and driver point standings.  A past champion’s provisional is also available to make up the 33-car starting field.

The CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler will mark the first of four appearances by the Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford Motor Speedway in 2008.  The WMT returns on May 23rd for the TSI Harley-Davidson 150, August 8th for the N.E. Dodge Dealers 150, and September 28th for the CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend.

Last year’s Whelen Modified Tour winners at Stafford Motor Speedway were Donny Lia (Spring Sizzler, TSI Harley-Davidson 150), Ted Christopher (N.E. Dodge Dealers 150), and Mike Stefanik (CARQUEST Fall Final 150).
There is always plenty of action at the Spring Sizzler.  (Rick Ibsen Photo)
Mike Stefanik (L), Rick Fuller (C) and Jeff Fuller (R) are all part of the Spring Sizzler's history.  (SMS Photo)
The CARQUEST Spring Sizzler will mark the 87th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event to be held at Stafford Motor Speedway and 491st event overall since the series’ inception in 1985.

Richie Evans won the first Whelen Modified Tour event held at Stafford Motor Speedway - the April 14, 1985 Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.


Matt Hirschman was the Bud Pole winner for last year’s Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.  Hirschman’s pole time was 18.009 seconds - 99.950mph, which set a new Stafford Motor Speedway track record.

Donny Lia is the defending champion of this event.  Lia’s margin of victory last year was .13 seconds over Todd Szegedy.  Lia started the race in the 8th position, and led the race twice for a total of 27-laps.

2007’s top-ten finishers were: (1) Donny Lia, (2) Todd Szegedy, (3) Jerry
Marquis, (4) Mike Stefanik, (5) Zach Sylvester, (6) Tony Hirschman, (7)
James Civali, (8) Matt Hirschman, (9) Jimmy Blewett, and (10) Jamie Tomaino.
Ted Christopher led the most laps in last year’s race.  He led 85 of the race’s 200 laps.  Other lap leaders included Jerry Marquis, who led 43 laps, Donny Lia, who led for 27 laps, Tony Hirschman, who led for 26 laps, Mike Stefanik, who led for 11 laps, and Todd Szegedy, who led for 8 laps.

Time of the race was 1 hour, 48 minutes and 48 seconds, at an average speed of 55.147 mph.  There were 14 caution periods for 76 laps.  6 drivers exchanged the lead on 11 occasions.  16 of 33 cars finished on the lead lap.


The Tech-Net Spring Sizzler is the longest continuously run NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event in the country.

This will be the 37th annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST. 

The first Spring Sizzler was held in 1972 and was won by Fred DeSarro.

22 different drivers have won the CARQUEST Spring Sizzler. Multiple CARQUEST Spring Sizzler winners include Mike Stefanik (1989, 1990, 1997, 1998), Richie Evans (1975, 1976, 1985), Maynard Troyer (1977, 1978, 1979), Rick Fuller (1992, 1999, 2000), Ted Christopher (1988, 2002, 2003), Mike Ewanitsko (1994, 1995), Reggie Ruggiero (1987, 1993), and Greg Sacks (1982, 1983), and Single race winners include Fred DeSarro (1972), Ed Flemke (1973), Bugsy Stevens (1974), Geoff Bodine (1980), Bob Polverari (1981), Jimmy Spencer (1984), Brian Ross (1986), Jeff Fuller (1991), Jan Leaty (1996), John Blewett, III (2001), Jerry Marquis (2004), Tony Hirschman (2005), Doug Coby (2006), and Donny Lia (2007).


Stafford Motor Speedway will welcome the reigning Miss Connecticut, Dana Daunis to the track to perform the National Anthem for the track's 37th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. Daunis will join Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell to give the track a distinct Connecticut flavor.

"We are looking forward to having Miss Connecticut perform our National Anthem at the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler," said Lisa Arute, SMS Executive Vice President. "This will mark the first time we have ever had a Miss Connecticut performing the National Anthem at Stafford Motor Speedway."

Active and accomplished are just two words to describe Miss Connecticut 2007, Dana Elaine Daunis. The 22 year-old Watertown native received her degree in Psychology, with a minor in Theater Performance at Central Connecticut State University. Dana recently spent time in Ghana, Africa studying the country's mental health and healing to finalize her Bachelor of Arts. One of her scholastic ambitions is to earn a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and Certification in Play Therapy. She intends to open a practice as a Registered Play Therapist in the future.

As Miss Connecticut, Dana is dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse through prevention and recovery efforts. The future of abused and neglected children is truly at stake as they are 10 times more likely to suffer from depression, alcoholism, drug abuse and obesity. In addition, they are also more likely to require special education in school and have a greater propensity to become juvenile delinquents or adult criminals. Dana believes that by working to prevent abuse and to help others recover, we are not only curbing future mistreatment, but are also working diligently toward breaking a chain of events stemming from the epidemic of child abuse. For additional information on Miss Connecitcut Dana Daunis, please visit www.miss-ct.org.

The 37th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler gets underway Friday, April 25 with a practice session for Stafford's weekly divisions. The practice session will be open to the public at no charge. Action continues on Saturday, April 26 with Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Whelen Modified Tour cars, along with heat and consolation races for Stafford's weekly divisions. Saturday will conclude with feature events for the SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions. The Sizzler concludes on Sunday, April 27 with the CARQUEST Belts and Hose Pit Party from 11am to noon, followed by feature events for Stafford's SK Modified® and Late Model divisions along with the 200-lap Tech-Net Spring Sizzler for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars.

Tickets for the 37th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, "The Greatest Race in the History of Spring," are now on sale at the Stafford Motor Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $35.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, $38.00 for reserved seats, and free for children ages 5 & under. Tickets are good for admission to the Saturday April 26, and Sunday, April 27 portions of the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, with the Friday, April 25 practice session open the public free of charge. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking with overnight weekend parking available. For more information on the 37th Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, 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.