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Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but the forecast for Friday in Stafford actually really looks good. We just don’t want to jinx it.

Someday the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will get to run the TSI Harley-Davidson 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

They tried on May 23 and the rain came three features into the racing card and put a halt to the action.

Last Friday at Stafford the rain came in sheets before a single division could even head to the track for features.

And so this Friday they will try once again.

And the weather also looks good for Saturday night with the Waterford Speedbowl hosting a six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series card.

For more details on everything going on this weekend, check out the capsules below


What: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen All-American Series event

Where: Stafford Motor Speedway

When: Friday

Schedule: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour TSI Harley-Davidson 125, 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified (started on lap nine after getting stopped because of rain last week), 30-lap Late Model, 20-lap SK Light Modified, 20-lap Limited Late Model, 15-lap DARE Stock and 20-lap Legends. Grandstands open: 4:15 p.m.; Features: 6:30 p.m.

More: The fourth event of the season at Stafford Motor Speedway. Events at the track were rained out on May 9, May 16 and May 30 and the May 23 racing card was stopped by rain three features into the night. … The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is at the track for their second of four visits to Stafford Motor Speedway this season. The race was originally scheduled for May 23, but never took a green flag because of rain. It was then rained out once again on May 30. … Bobby Santos III was fastest in practice and won the pole in qualifying on May 23. He was also fastest during the abbreviated May 30 practice session for the division, before the rain stopped the show. . … Santos won the Whelen Modified Tour Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford on April 27. Six of his 11 series victories have come at Stafford, where he has made 21 Whelen Modified Tour starts. … Reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece is the defending champion of the TSI Harley Davidson 125. … It marks second of eight Whelen Modified Tour events that will be contested at Connecticut short tracks in 2014 and the third of 14 events overall for the division this season. … Justin Bonsignore won the division’s season opening Icebreaker 150 on April 6 at Thompson Speedway. … In addition to the four races at Stafford in 2014, the division visits Thompson three times and the Waterford Speedbowl once. … Bonsignore currently leads the Whelen Modified Tour standings with 86 points. Doug Coby, the 2012 series champion, and Woody Pitkat, are tied for second with 84 points. … Preece won for the second consecutive event in the SK Modified division at Stafford on May 2. Preece, the 2011 SK Modified champion at Stafford had a division-high eight victories at the track in 2013, but came up two points short of a championship. … After only two events, Preece is already pulling away from the field in the standings, with a 12-point lead over second place Ted Christopher. Coby is third in the standings, 16 points behind. Four drivers, Keith Rocco, Matt Galko, Todd Owen and Dan Avery, are tied for fourth, 24 points behind Preece. … On May 2, reigning Late Model division champion Adam Gray picked up his first victory of the season. He was second in the first race of the year. Last year Gray had a streak of 16 consecutive top-three finishes on the way to his championship, a streak that was ended in the final race of the 2013 season. … For more information check the Stafford Motor Speedway website.

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What: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event

Where: Waterford Speedbowl

When: Saturday

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

More: The ninth event of the season at the shoreline oval. … Last week, Craig Lutz held off Keith Rocco in a heated late race battle to win his first career SK Modified feature at Waterford. … With three victories, Rocco the reigning SK Modified division champion at Waterford, is the only multi-time winner in the division this year. … Other winners this year include, Ed Puleo, Tyler Chadwick, Joey Gada and Kyle James. … Rocco holds an 82-point lead over second place Lutz in the SK Modified division standings at Waterford. Tim Jordan is third, 89 points behind Rocco, and Puleo is fourth, 90 points off the lead. … Jason Palmer got his first victory of the season in the Late Model feature last week at Waterford, becoming the fourth different winner in the last four events for the division at the track. Rocco won the first five Late Model events at the track this year. Bruce Thomas Jr. snapped his winning streak on May 17 and Vin Esposito won the division’s feature on May 24. … Rocco holds a 42-point lead over second place Thomas in the standings. Esposito is third in the standings, 72 points behind Rocco. … Five-time Mini Stock division champion Ken Cassidy Jr. won the for the third time in the last five events in the division last week. During that span of five events, he had second place finishes in the two events he didn’t win. … Doug Curry leads the Mini Stock standings at Waterford by 17 points over Joe Liskiewicz. Cassidy is third in the standings, 24 points behind Curry. … The Street Stock division returns to action after an off week last week. Josh Galvin has won the last four events in the division. … Galvin holds a 30-point lead over Al Stone III at the top of the division’s standings. Ryan Waterman is third in the standings, 39 points behind Galvin. … For more information check the Waterford Speedbowl website.

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