Stafford Speedway SK 5K Gambler’s Challenge Continues to Grow

(Press Release from Stafford Motor Speedway)

SK 5K Logo StaffordWith the green flag just around the corner for Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Auto Parts SK 5k feature event this Friday night July 10, the anticipation and excitement continues to grow. This year’s edition has the added twist of the Dunleavy Gambler’s Challenge.

The Gambler’s Challenge requires SK Modified® drivers to put up $100 with the total driver amount being matched by Doug Dunleavy from Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair. The match grew last Friday night when three race fans from Rayner Real Estate came into the Speedway Office and offered to join Doug Dunleavy in matching the bonus pot, which now stands at $4,800 with 16 drivers entered.

The total Gamblers bonus amount is contingent on the number of drivers that participate in the challenge. Drivers that do not enter the challenge will not be eligible for the bonus. The Gambler’s Challenge will be determined by the NAPA SK 5k Fan Vote that is currently live on The winner of the NAPA SK 5k will determine how the bonus gets distributed by a random draw of the top 3 choices from the Fan Vote.

The current top choices from the Fan Vote are:

  • · Winner takes all
  • · Random Selection- $5,000 awarded to a randomly selected finishing position
  • · Half to the winner and half evenly distributed to the remaining top-5 finishers
  • · Evenly distributed through the 11th-20th place finishers.

In addition to the Gambler’s Challenge, the NAPA SK 5k will once again offer a payout to the top-3 finishers from each heat race. Stafford Speedway will pay out $250 per heat winner, $150 for each heat race 2nd place finisher, and $100 to each heat race 3rd place finisher for a total of $500 per heat race.

The $5,000 to win SK 5K won’t be the only entertainment at Stafford during the night of July 10th. Stafford Speedway will host the Savage Brothers Band for a prerace concert and the 4now Band for a postrace concert. In addition to the two bands playing before and after the NAPA SK 5k, Stafford Speedway will have a barbeque taking place on the midway behind the turn 4 grandstands with some great food available to race fans.

BBQ tickets will be available for $10 and fans can purchase those tickets either at the admission gates when they purchase their event tickets, or they can purchase their tickets at the concession window.

Tickets for the July 10th NAPA SK 5K are available and on sale now at the Speedway Box Office and discount tickets are available at participating NAPA Auto Part Stores.

Tickets are priced at $27.50 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for kids ages 6-14, and kids 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $30.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Stafford Speedway offers free parking with free overnight parking for self-contained RV’s available.

For more information on the July 10th NAPA SK 5K, or to order tickets, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at


  1. The most over-hyped racing event in New England!

  2. Chris, that’s probably the most correct statement ever written in the comments section of this website. A $10,000 to win, pre-race AND post-race concerts, BBQ, fan vote thing is wayyyyyy overkill for an SK race that will go until 11:30 at night and have 10+ cautions. Still, the race was great last year- definitely worth a once-a-year trip to Stafford. Waterford’s SK Nationals 150 has much more prestige, imo, even if it has died off in recent years with constant date changes. Hopefully Shawn and Bruce can bring it back to its former glory without forcing people to ride the hype train like Stafford has.
    Speaking of the past, what happened to Stafford’s plethora of extra-distance SK races. Used to be there were 100 or 150 lap features once a month. None of the hype was needed for those. The race promoted its self.

  3. Chris D. says

    Chris, tell me which race in New England was better than last years 5k sk race was so I can be sure not to miss it.

  4. wmass_01013 says

    I am no BIG SK fan but the 4 TOUR and VMRS races I have been at this year at Stafford, the SK’s were definitely the best races each event , and no freight train racing at all!!!

  5. The Oxford 250 to start, any ACT race at Thunder Road. This race is nothing more than a weekly race, with a better purse. Yes, last year’s race was good, but do you expect a repeat? How many cars from Thompson/Watetford/Modnadnock will this draw?

  6. Jason – my initial post was probably not entirely fair, and yours was probably a better description of what I was thinking. I guess for a race being promoted as highly would at least draw 5-10 additional cars from other tracks.

  7. Chris D. says

    Whose fault is it if other drivers/cars don’t show? It’s not Danbury, everyone is welcome. As for 10+ cautions, I’d rather have that with the side by side racing the sk’s at Stafford give you than the boring single file mod tour crap we saw at Thompson last month.

  8. Over hyped? Hahaha you people are sick! Don’t you want our tracks to promote their races? Put our drivers on the big stage? You people make no sense, this could be a $10k to win SK mod race, we should be talking how this is a step in the right direction for local racing not how it’s “overhyped”

  9. Chris D. says

    Looks like Woody is running Claremont instead of Stafford friday, Chase Dowling in the 50 sk.

  10. I wish more tracks would “over hype” more events. That way, more track rats like me might find out about them in time to actually attend.

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