Ron Midford Jr. Wins Stafford Speedway Champions For Charities All-Star Karting Event

Ron Midford Jr MugSTAFFORD – A huge notch in the belt of any competitor who has ever raced at Stafford Motor Speedway is to be able to say they made a pass on Ted Christopher for a win in an event on the renowned half-mile oval.

It’s a notch Ron Midford Jr. of Ellington can now say he has as part of his racing resume.

Midford passed Ted Christopher for the lead on lap 13 and went on to win the 15-lap Champions For Charities All-Star exhibition karting event Friday at Stafford.

Ten drivers competed in the event, with each raising funds for designated charities as part of their participation. Friday marked the fourth year the event has been run at the track.

Christopher, of Plainville, who finished second, is the all-time winningest driver at Stafford Motor Speedway. Ryan Preece of Berlin was third.

“That was pretty cool to be able to pass Teddy Christopher on one of the last laps,” Midford said. “That was pretty neat.”

Midford raised $8,400 for the Troy Russell Benefit Fund.

“My cousin Troy [Russell], two years ago had a spinal cord injury,” Midford said. “He’s been trying to recover ever since. We raised $8,400 for him this year. To help with his recovery went to a program called Project Walk in California, where it really helps rehabilitate people with spinal cord injuries. It’s great to raise money and it’s great to raise money for him.”

The drivers involved raised about $30,000 for various charities.

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