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Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Motor Speedway
SMS, Stafford, Jack's Track
Location Stafford Springs, Connecticut
Time zone Eastern
Coordinates
Capacity 10,000
Owner Mark Arute
Operator Mark Arute
Broke ground 1868
Opened 1870
Former names Stafford Speedway, Stafford Springs Agricultural Park
Major events Whelen All-American Series
Oval
Surface pavement
Length 0.804672 km (.5 mi)
Turns 4
Banking semi-banked

Stafford Motor Speedway is a semi-banked 1/2 mile paved oval located in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. It is part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. It hosts multiple events on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour each year as well as other events.

History

Originally known as the Stafford Springs Agricultural Park, the facility was used as a half-mile horse racing facility up to the end of World War II when it switched to automobile racing. The facility became a NASCAR track in 1959 as a dirt track, under the ownership of Rockville auto dealer Mal Barlow. It was purchased by the Arute brothers, Chuck and Jack Jr. in 1967, and later paved. Jack's son Mark Arute continues to own and manage the track.[1]

Notable Drivers

References

  1. ^ http://localracing.nascar.com/nwmt_advance_092512_Analyzing%20The_CARQUEST_Fall_Final_At_Stafford
  2. ^ http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist3.php?trackid=370
  3. ^ http://www.flickriver.com/photos/blue65pv544/2994342631/
  4. ^ a b http://www.near1.com/HALL-OF-FAME/index.htm
  5. ^ http://www.staffordspeedway.com/Pages/News/40-YEAR-1974.htm
  6. ^ http://articles.courant.com/2003-04-25/sports/0304252128_1_stafford-motor-speedway-racing-feature-events
  7. ^ Bourcier, Bones. RICHIE!: The Fast Life and Times of NASCAR's Greatest Modified Driver (1st ed., 2004). Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA: Coastal 181. ISBN 0-9709854-6-0.
  8. ^ http://www.thatsracin.com/2009/12/03/23344/nascar-pioneer-ernie-gahan-did.html
  9. ^ http://www.racing-reference.info/rquery?id=spencji01&trk=332&series=N

External links

  • Stafford Motor Speedway website
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