Ray Evernham To Serve As NAPA Spring Sizzler Grand Marshal At Stafford

(Press Release from Stafford Motor Speedway)

2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and vintage racing enthusiast Ray Evernham will serve as Grand Marshal for the 2018 NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®, scheduled for April 28th and 29th.  Known as one of the all-time greatest crew chiefs in NASCAR history, Evernham will be in attendance the entire race weekend and three of his vintage Modifieds will participate in Saturday’s Vintage All-Star event.

“When we heard Stafford was hosting a vintage event Spring Sizzler® weekend, we circled the date on our calendar,” explained Evernham.  “My passion for modifieds runs back to my racing days at Wall Stadium competing against some of the all-time greats.  The Spring Sizzler has always been a marquee event for Modified racing and it just made sense to bring out some of our classic mods to turn some laps at Stafford.  I’m looking forward to meeting some fans and having a fun weekend at Stafford.”

Before transitioning to a crew chief role, Evernham, a New Jersey native, began his racing career running Modifieds at Wall Stadium during a golden age of short track racing.  The transition out of the cockpit and into the pit box began when Evernham was hired by International Race of Champions (IROC) as a chassis specialist.  His success at IROC landed him a job with Alan Kulwicki in the NASCAR Cup series and eventually with future hall of fame driver Jeff Gordon.  Together Ray and Jeff would revolutionize the sport and go on to win 47 cup races and 3 Cup championships together.

“Through the years Ray has always been a great supporter of Modified racing,” explained Stafford Speedway General Manager Mark Arute.  “It’s an honor to have a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee serve as Grand Marshal for our biggest race weekend of the year, the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®.  Ray is also a great historian for the sport through his vintage collection and all of us here are excited to see the vintage cars he brings up for Sizzler weekend.”

Evernham intends to bring three fully restored vintage Modifieds to compete in NAPA Spring Sizzler® Saturday’s Vintage All-star event.

“We’re bringing the #99 car that Geoff Bodine won the Spring Sizzler® with in 1980 along with Richie Evans and Charlie Jarzombek cars,” continued Evernham.  “I hope the New England race fans enjoy seeing those legendary cars on track.  We will run all three cars in Saturday’s feature and have them on display at Sunday’s Pit Party.”

New for 2018, the Vintage All-Star Series will run a 20-lap feature on Saturday, April 28th and will be made up from late 70’s and early 80’s Modifieds.  All three of Evernham’s cars will compete in the event.  Race fans will have the opportunity to meet Ray and check out his vintage Modifieds at the NAPA Auto Parts Pit Party prior to the Sunday portion of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® on Sunday April 29th.

The 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® is scheduled for April 27-29.  Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Stafford Speedway Box Office.  Tickets are priced at $40.00 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 Spring Sizzler® tickets will be available beginning in March at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores.  For a list of the participating NAPA stores for the 2018 season, please go to http://staffordmotorspeedway.com/participating-napa-auto-parts-stores/.

For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

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  1. Clearly a huge get for Stafford. One of the most interesting and varied careers in racing and. That included super star status as a crew chief who constantly pushed the rules to the breaking point and perfected pit stop efficiencies. And included controversy in getting tagged with a record setting fine at the time for using non approved parts in one of Jeff Gordon’s cars. No doubt pushing the envelope just that little bit that put him over the edge.

  2. Ray a (hard core mod fan) should be a un day….

  3. Don’t forget an accomplished modified driver as well.

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