Limited Late Model And SK Light Weekly Payouts Increasing In 2018 At Stafford

(Press Release from Stafford Motor Speedway)

The theme leading up to the 2018 weekly racing season at Stafford Speedway is progress. The Limited Late Model and SK Light Modified divisions will both see an increase to their weekly payouts by 13%, pushing the total weekly purse for both divisions over $3,000.  The Limited Late Model and SK Light Modified divisions are both key in Stafford’s division ladder program. With a goal to provide teams and drivers a path to gain experience and move up if they choose, the Stafford’s ladder program has prepared countless drivers for their chance on the big stage.

“Any time we can raise weekly payouts for any of our divisions is a positive step,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute.  “The Limited Late Models and SK Lights are both instrumental divisions to the Speedway.  Both divisions will see a nice weekly purse increase and also each will have a special event night, where we have extended the race distance and have posted a sizable payout.  We want drivers and teams in both the Limited Late Models and SK Lights to see our commitment to their division.”

Weekly Limited Late Model and SK Light features will now pay $350 to win, $250 for 2nd, and $225 for 3rd.  See the full updated purse breakdown here.

Both divisions have become a mix of veterans and rookies, which has created an environment to produce some great racing.  Countless drivers have successfully transitioned from the Limited Late Model and SK Light division to the the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions.  The 2017 SK Modified® Rookie of the year Josh Wood, along with current SK Modified® competitors D.J. Burnham and Sean Foster, are all graduates of the Limited Late Model division.  The list of SK Light graduates moving into the SK Modified® division is even longer with 13 SK Light graduates already registered for the 2018 SK Modified® season.

“I’ve enjoyed watching these teams and drivers learn their way around Stafford in our Limited Late Model and SK Light Modified programs. Our goal with this ladder system has always been to provide safe and affordable divisions for teams to learn and move up if they choose,” continued Mark Arute.  “One great example of that is Albert and Cliff Saunders, both are moving to the Late Model division in 2018.  They started in the Street Stocks, moved to the Limited Late Models and are now making the jump to Late Models.  If you’ve been watching them, they are a perfect example of what we are trying to accomplish at Stafford Speedway.”

Along with the weekly payout increase both the Limited Late Model and SK Light Modified divisions are also slated for one extra distance event in 2018.  The SK Lights will run 40 laps in the annual Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Modifiedz night scheduled for Friday, May 25th, while the Limited Late Models will run a 30 lap feature on Friday, July 20th.  Both events will have bolstered purse structure to be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2018 SK Light and Limited Late Model seasons kick off at Stafford Motor Speedway with the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® on April 27-29. Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the 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 Sundayadmission. 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 more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at


  1. nice that they are increasing the purses.
    Makes more sense to drop the limited division and double the sk lite purse. then bring back the 21 lap last chance race because now you will have a nice field of cars racing for some cash instead of their pit fee

  2. A good thing for the competitors but still doesn’t cover expenses hopefully more contingency money shows up

  3. In the last four shows last year at Stafford the LLM had an average of 10 cars. That’s a total purse of $1615 in 2017 and would be $1825 with the increase. An additional $210 based on the cars that show up. Conclusion: if you have to fill so many minutes of showtime the LLM are a bargain per minute.

  4. the late model divisions are a joke at stafford as far as car counts. Having 3 divisions is like giving everyone a trophy for trying. there are only 6 cars in each division that race all the shows….
    Please drop one of the divisions…..
    another option is to drop the qualifying heats (no one cares to watch heats with 4 or 5 cars) for the late model divisions unless they have more than 26 cars then the show wouldn’t have to start so early and the event would be over at a decent time.

  5. I think they heard you steve. At the end of the season the LLM were running just one 10 car heat. The Late Models had 14 cars and up so two heats made sense.
    I my cut off annoyance wise is that if you can’t get to 7 cars in at least one heat just run the one heat.

  6. Weren’t there over 20 LM at the fall final? Maybe a sign of better things next year

  7. Great job to raise the purse period. good job.

  8. Last 4 races starting from the Fall Final 18, 13, 13, 14 for the Late Models.
    I full admit I don’t have the slightest idea why Stafford does what it does. But I see some great car counts at Thompson in the LM at times and just want to know why they don’t adapt the ACT rules.

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