On Tap Presented By Ric’s Place: Rocking Into Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day weekend traditionally means the return of the Whelen Modified Tour to Stafford Motor Speedway.

This year that tradition changes. The Valenti Modified Racing Series takes over Friday night at Stafford, the first of three visits to the track this year for the division.

At the New London-Waterford Speebdowl is back in action Saturday with their third Town Night special.

Also, in the western hills of the state, Lime Rock Park comes to life this weekend with the Trans Am Series and more taking over the winding road course Friday and Saturday

SMS Logo 2015Where: Stafford Motor Speedway

What: Valenti Modified Racing Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Racing Card

When: Friday

Schedule: 80-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series, 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified, 30-lap Late Model, 20-lap SK Light Modified, 20-lap Limited Late Model, 20-lap DARE Stock and 20-lap Legends. Grandstands open: 4:15 p.m. Qualifying: 6:15 p.m. Features: Immediately following qualifying.

More: The fifth event of the season at Stafford Motor Speedway. … The second Valenti Modified Racing Series event of 2014 and the first of three Valenti Modified Racing Series events scheduled for this season at Stafford Motor Speedway. … Todd Szegedy won the first Valenti Modified Racing Series event of the season on May 2 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. … Last week, second year SK Modified driver Ronnie Williams scored his second victory in four events this year at Stafford and his third career victory in the divison overall. … Rowan Pennink and Keith Rocco are the other winners in the division this year. … Rocco leads the SK Modified division standings by 18 points over Pennink. Ryan Preece sits third in the standings, 20 points off the lead. Williams is fourth, 24 points behind Rocco. … Rocco, Preece and Joey Cipriano are the only drivers with top-10 finishes in all four events this year. … Josh Wood was declared the winner of last week’s Late Model feature after Adam Gray was stripped of the victory for failing postrace tech inspection. It was the second victory of the season for Wood. Michael Bennett has won the other two events. … Bennet leads the division standings by six points over Kevin Gambacorta. Tom Butler is third in the standings, eight points behind Bennett. … For more information visit the Stafford Motor Speedway website.

New London Waterford Speedbowl LogoWhere: New London-Waterford Speedbowl

What: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Racing Card

When: Saturday

Schedule: 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified, 30-lap Late Model, 25-lap Limited Sportsman, 25-lap Mini Stock and 25-lap SK Light Modified. Grandstands open: 3 p.m.; Qualifying: 5:30 p.m.; Features: 7 p.m.

More: The fourth event of the season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. … Last week, Ted Christopher held off Keith Rocco to win his first SK Modified feature at the track since July 3, 2004. … Rocco and Timmy Jordan are the other winners in the division this year. … Rocco leads the SK Modified division standings by 15 points over Craig Lutz. Diego Monahan is third, 19 points off the lead. Jordan is fourth, 21 points behind Rocco. … Jason Palmer held off Rocco last week to win the Late Model feature. Rocco has won the other two Late Model features at the track this year. … Rocco leads Palmer by seven points in the Late Model standings. Jeff Rocco is third in the standings, 14 points behind. … Keith Rocco is currently tied with Phil Rondeau on top of the track’s all-time win list with 106 victories. He will compete in both the SK Modified and Late Model features Saturday. … For more information check the New London-Waterford Speedbowl website.

Lime Rock Park LogoWhat: Trans Am Road Racing Series Weekend
Where: Lime Rock Park, Salisbury
When: Friday – Saturday
Schedule
Friday: Pracitce and qualifying for Trans Am, Spec Miata and VSCCA; Features for Spec Miata and Vintage Sports Car Club of America, 10 a.m.
Saturday: Features for Trans Am, Spec Miata and Vintage Sports Car Club of America, 9 a.m.
More: Lime Rock will also host the Royals Garage Car Show beginning at 10 a.m. … For more information check the Lime Rock Park website.

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