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When it comes to modified racing at Stafford Speedway, you’ll see Ted Christopher’s name plastered throughout the record book. Christopher is the track’s all-time winningest driver with 122 feature wins and is also the winningest driver in NAPA Spring Sizzler® history with 6 wins. Christopher missed the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Thompson Speedway, but he will be at Stafford with the #00 Jerry & Jerry sponsored machine that is owned by the Brady family on April 23-24.

Christopher ran the Southern Whelen Modified Tour race at Concord earlier this season in the #00 Brady owned car and they finished second to George Brunnhoelzl, III after leading 47 of the race’s 150 laps. Christopher has also raced the #00 Brady machine at Stafford in several Modified Racing Series events with a win in the inaugural MRS race back in September 2010. With a long working history and a second place effort at Concord, Christopher is looking forward to making his first Northern Whelen Modified Tour start of the 2016 season.

“I feel pretty good,” said Christopher. “I have my motor in the car and that motor always seems to run well. We had a pretty good run together down at Concord and every time we’ve run the car at Stafford, we’ve run pretty well. Even though it’s been mostly the Modified Racing Series, it’s still the same racetrack and car so I’m looking forward to it.”

With 6 career victories in “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” Christopher knows what it takes to put his car into NAPA Victory Lane at the end of 200-laps. Christopher has already started to think about the various strategy options that can be opened up with the race length of 200-laps.

“The Sizzler® has always treated me well and hopefully it will treat me well again next Sunday,” said Christopher. “We have to qualify good, have a good stop, and see how things play out in the last 50 laps. It’s a long race and you have to be there at the end. With the spec engine in the car, we’ll have to stop for fuel like a bunch of other guys and there have been Sizzlers in the past that we’ve pitted early just to make adjustments on the car for later in the race, so there’s a bunch of different strategies you can use for the race. I’ve already got all of them in my head, we’ll just have to see how the race unfolds.”

Christopher will also be competing in the SK Modified division at NAPA Spring Sizzler® weekend behind the wheel of his #13 M&T Enterprises, JVIII Construction SK Modified®. The 2015 season marked the first time in 29 seasons that Christopher went through a full season without winning an SK Modified® feature. Christopher finished second behind Eric Berndt at the 2015 season ending NAPA Fall Final feature and he is ready to once again be challenging for feature wins with a brand new car.

“We have a new car for the SK season,” said Christopher. “It’s the exact same style of car as the DiPisa’s car that I run at Waterford. The car ran so good at the Fall Final last year that we copied the setup over to this new car and hopefully we’ll be good. We can’t be any worse than we were last year.”

NAPA Spring Sizzler® action gets underway Friday, April 22 with a practice session for Stafford’s weekly divisions and the Mr. Rooter Trucks. The practice session will be open to the public at no charge. Action continues on Saturday, April 23 with Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Whelen Modified Tour cars, along with heat and consolation races for Stafford’s weekly divisions, the U.S. Legend Cars, and the Mr. Rooter Trucks. Saturday will wrap up with feature events for the SK Light, Limited Late Model, DARE Stock, Legend Cars, and Mr. Rooter Trucks. Spring Sizzler® action continues on Sunday, April 24 with the NAPA Auto Parts Pit Party from 11am-noon followed by Stafford’s SK Modifieds® in a special 45-lap feature and Late Models joining the Whelen Modified Tour in feature action.

Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $38.50 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 is priced at $42.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available. All tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday admission. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Discount Tickets will be available at all 57 participating NAPA Auto Parts stores beginning on Monday April 4th. For a full list of the 57 locations throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island, call the speedway office or visit us on the web at www.staffordmotorspeedway.com/participating-napa-auto-parts-stores.

For more information on the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts 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.
Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway
: April 15, 2016

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