Track Championship Scenarios For NAPA Fall Final Weekend At Stafford Speedway

(Press release from Stafford Speedway)

Ronnie Williams goes looking for his second consecutive SK Modified championship at Stafford Speedway on Sept. 29 at the NAPA Fall Final (Photo: Jim DuPont)

Stafford Speedway has crowned Tom Fearn as the 2019 Late Model track champion but four more track championships are up for grabs.  The SK Modified®, SK Light Modified, Limited Late Model, and Street Stock division titles will all be decided in the season ending NAPA Fall Final Weekend, set for September 28 & 29.

Stafford’s premier SK Modified® division sees defending track champion Ronnie Williams and the #50 Les’s Auto Center team leading the standings by 6 points over Todd Owen and the #81 Cooker Construction team.  Keith Rocco and the #88 Wheelers Auto team are third in the standings, 16 points behind, with Michael Gervais, Jr. and the #33 Gervais Brothers Roofing team 4th, 38 points behind.  

If Williams finishes in the top-4, he will clinch the championship no matter where the other three contenders finish.  If Williams doesn’t finish in the top-4, he cannot finish any more than 3 positions behind Owen, 7 positions behind Rocco, or 19 positions behind Gervais.  For Owen to claim the championship, he will have to finish at least 4 positions in front of Williams while finishing no more than 4 positions behind Rocco or 16 positions behind Gervais.  For Rocco to win the championship, he will need to finish at least 8 positions in front of Williams and at least 5 positions in front of Owen and no more than 11 positions behind Gervais.  Gervais is the long shot in the title race but he can still claim the title by finishing at least 20 positions in front of Williams, 17 positions in front of Owen, and 12 positions in front of Rocco.

Teddy Hodgdon and the #55 Montanari Fuel team lead the SK Light standings by 10 points over Steven Chapman and the #14 Chapman Apartment Homes team with Alexander Pearl and the #7 Darling Auto Parts team third in the points, 24 behind.

If Hodgdon records a top-6 finish, he will clinch the championship no matter where Chapman and Pearl finish.  If Hodgdon is outside the top-6, he must finish no more than 5 positions behind Chapman and no more than 12 positions behind Pearl.  For Chapman to win the title, he will have to finish at least 6 positions in front of Hodgdon and no more than 5 positions behind Pearl.  For Pearl to claim the title, he will have to finish at least 13 positions in front of Hodgdon and at least 7 positions in front of Chapman.

Stafford’s Limited Late Model division has seen a see-saw title fight between defending Limited Late Model champion Jeremy Lavoie and the #6 L & S Equipment team and Matt Clement and the #59 Aquatic Wildlife team.  The two drivers are separated by 8 points in the standings heading into the NAPA Fall Final.  If Lavoie records a top-4 finish, he will win a second consecutive title no matter where Clement finishes.  Otherwise, Lavoie must not finish any more than 3 positions behind Clement to win the title.  Clement has to finish at least 4 positions in front of Lavoie to claim the championship.

Stafford’s Street Stock division has Zack Robinson and the #89 First Class Automotive, LLC. team leading the standings by 30 points over Meghan Fuller and the #2 Propane Plus team with defending Street Stock champion George Bessette, Jr. and the #39 Lasco Roofing & Sheet Metal team third in the standings, 42 points behind.  If Robinson records a top-15 finish at the Fall Final, he will clinch the championship.  If Fuller wins the race, she will have to be at least 15 positions in front of Robinson to claim the title.  If Fuller doesn’t win, she must be at least 14 positions in front of Robinson and no more than 5 positions behind Bessette if he wins the race and no more than 6 spots behind Bessette if he doesn’t win the race.  For Bessette to win the title, he will have to finish at least 21 spots in front of Robinson if he wins or finishes second and at least 6 positions in front of Fuller to win the title.  If Bessette doesn’t win or finish second, he will have to finish at least 22 spots in front of Robinson and 7 positions in front of Fuller to win a second consecutive title.

The NAPA Fall Final Weekend will kick off on Saturday, September 28 with practice sessions for the Whelen Modified Tour, Stafford’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and the Vintage All Stars from 10:00am to 2:15pm.  The Whelen Modified Tour will take to the track for group qualifying at 2:30pm with Stafford’s NWAAS divisions and Vintage All Stars qualifying to follow.  Feature events for the Street Stocks, Limited Late Models, Vintage All Stars and Ladies Challenge will conclude Saturday’s festivities.  

The NAPA Fall Final Weekend continues on Sunday, September 29 with the popular NAPA Pit Party, a meet and greet with drivers and teams, taking place from 11:00am to noon.  Feature racing will begin at 1:00pm with the SK Modifieds® first on track followed by the Late Models, SK Lights, and the Whelen Modified Tour.

Discount tickets for the NAPA Fall Final Weekend are available at your local participating NAPA Auto Parts Store.  The NAPA tickets include general admission for both days along with a lunch buffet on Sunday, all for only $38 per person.  For a list of participating NAPA Stores, please click the PARTICIPATING NAPA STORES link found at the top of the homepage.

Tickets for the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend are priced at $40.00 for adult general admission tickets, $10.00 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 $45.00 for all ages. All NAPA Fall Final tickets are good for admission on both Saturday and Sunday and ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  

For more information on the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend, visit, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

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  1. All this math is making my head hurt. LOL. Hopefully Williams pulls it off. I personally know Les and Adam, they, along with the whole #50 team put their heart and soul into this effort and Ronnie has been outstanding all season. 1 more podium, that’s all they need. Good Luck to all the teams next weekend.

  2. The most popular divisions,the SK’s and Lights is where most eyes will be trained.
    Hodgdon has had simply an amazing year. He learned a lot last year, takes risks when there is sufficient upside and backs out when nothing is to be gained. Takes misfortune in stride, dusts himself off, avoids the drama, works hard then wins. Baring mechanical issues or getting caught up in a wreck he should end up the champ fairly handily. Chapman for a rookie has had a banner year. Ironic that the dust ups with the 01 have gotten so much attention yet he’s in the hunt for the title based mostly on finishing races near the top but not so much podium finishes. Pearl in my view is the guy we will see for a long time to come winning races. Not flashy like his cousin but improving steadily with a family tree with so much knowledge the tools are all right there for success including his Speedbowl stand out crew chief dad Jeff.
    Coming from the back without getting caught up in someone else’s mess is part art and part luck. For whatever reason Williams has done it better then anyone this year as well as last. He’s been so good at it mentally I’ve already given his the championship having seen him do it so often. On the other hand they will still have the race and Owen may be a wildcard. Last race he was faster then Williams. A special thanks to his engine builder last race got me thinking he has fresh power but more likely it’s reading too much into it. Maybe last race Owen had fresher rubber then Williams and Rocco. He’s the guy with the best chance to de-thrown the champ. It would be a shock and quite popular I would think fingers crossed.
    Gold stars go to Gervais who may never crack the ceiling to the highest level of success but once again is having another terrific season in a KRR car. Glen Reen avoiding trips to Reen acres and showing he’s got the stuff to contend. Kopcik who may have figured out the LFR, had two wins and should have had a third. Andrew Moeller got a win and how often does an SK rookie do that? Keith Rocco who may not win the championship but is a cornerstone of the divisions success in any event with his hands in so many cars supporting racing at Stafford and elsewhere. Disappointments for Galko and Christopher. Bendt maybe as well as the fastest car out of the top 5 with two wins but missing a couple races. Rufrano must be a little disappointed not giving Moeller a better fight for Rookie of the Year.
    SK’s always good but this season has been exceptional based on the number of contended finishes and 7 different feature winners. Maybe 8 if we’re lucky.

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