Expanding Horizons: Andrew Molleur Adding Late Model To Weekly Duties At Stafford Speedway

Andrew Molleur (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

Stafford Speedway SK Modified division regular Andrew Molleur has earned the nickname The High Roller over the past three seasons running at the historic half-mile. 

In 2021 the Shelton driver will be rolling quite a few more laps every week than he’s gotten used to on Friday nights at Stafford. 

In addition to his duties running a Keith Rocco Racing SK Modified weekly at Stafford, Molleur will also make his first foray into full-bodied racing in 2021, jumping into the season with a championship operation at the track. 

Molleur will replace Michael Bennett in the Rob Russell owned No. 31 Late Model at Stafford in 2021. 

“There have been times at Stafford when I’ve raced the [Tour Type Modified] Open car and the SK Modified or the [Tour Type Modified] Open car and an SK Light on the same night,” Molleur said. “I feel like I’m mentally prepared to run two cars in one night every week. I’m definitely going to have to do some working out and preparing for it. I’m going to be running 30 more laps every week.

“Forty laps every Friday is going to be 70 now. And there’s going to be some weekends when we’re running the [Tour Type] Open car, the SK [Modified] and the Late Model in one day. That’s going to be obviously some pretty long days for me. But I’m just trying to be a diverse driver and show that I can go out there and run different kinds of cars and be competitive. That’s my main goal.” 

Molleur joins a team that had seven wins at Stafford from 2016-2018 with driver Glen Reen and won the 2017 Late Model championship at the track. Bennett ran the car the last two seasons. 

“They’ve won races, they’ve finished well, they’ve won a championship and they’ve had some really good guys behind the wheel, Molleur said. “It’s really awesome to know that these guys have won races and done well. But it also puts some pressure on my shoulders because I know the car can do it, so now it’s up to me to do it. … It’s on me now to do well and go out there and do my thing.” 

The 17-year old Molleur had four victories in 21 starts in the SK Light Modified division in 2018 at Stafford. He became the youngest winner in SK Modified division history at Stafford when he won his first race in the track’s premier division in 2019. 

He said driving a Late Model has been on his “bucket list” after testing one at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Molleur said he got connected to Russell through engine builder Tony Alteri. 

“[Bennett] was getting out of the car and they wanted a full-time driver,” Molleur said. “I guess they had asked Tony for some ideas. We run Tony’s stuff at [the New London-Waterford Speedbowl] and Thompson [Speedway]. I’ve thrown it out to people at times that I’d love to run a Late Model some time and I guess Tony threw that out to them. We ended up getting a phone call from them and two weeks later we were at their shop putting a seat in. It happened really quickly.” 

Molleur said he understands he’s stepping into a division where competition will be as fierce as what he faces weekly in the SK Modified. 

“You go to Stafford and it says home of the SK Modifieds and it’s a 25-car field every week,” Molleur said. “ A lot of cars and a lot of very competitive guys. A couple years ago the Late Model division just wasn’t what it was 10 or 15 years ago. There wasn’t a lot of guys and only a couple guys were winning. All of the sudden it has just picked back up and the last couple years and it’s just been a lot more cars and a lot more competitive guys. … I’m going out there in a field with a bunch of really good cars just like in the SK Modified. The workload for me is going to be just as tough, if not tougher, in the Late Model.

“We’re going to run for Rookie of the Year and it definitely would be cool to have some good finishes. And that will come with experience. Obviously it’s a whole new step for me.”

Comments

  1. This is great news. He will definitely add to the quality of drivers in the Late Model division. Always fast. I think he has learned well from Rocco. Kid holds his own.

  2. “He said driving a Late Model has been on his “bucket list” after testing one at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Molleur said he got connected to Russell through engine builder Tony Alteri. ”

    A 17 year old with a bucket list. That’s just wrong.

  3. I thought Stafford had a rule that you could not run an SK light and SK on the same night. Did they change the rule?

  4. SK and Late Model.

  5. Sorry I read that wrong. He didnt say he ran the SK and SK light the same night.

    The late models were great when they had Keith Rocco and Woody Pitkat running them and the SK’s the same night. I am not sure why more drivers dont run both. I believe Reen was the last one to pull double duty. I think he might have given up the seat or stopped running both because an on track incident in the late models suspended him from competition at the track for a week including SK competition. Maybe that is why more dont run both divisions besides the obvious time and money commitment. Best of luck to him.

  6. Best of luck to the high roller, good to see Shawn covering this story don’t think it would have happened a few years ago , it’s a late model not a SK lite

  7. Seat Time… The more you get….. The better you get…

  8. 🌈🦄2020 says

    So they let him run a tour car and a lite on the same nights?

  9. Stafford says no Limited LM and LM the same night. Also no SK Light and SK same night. It is great to see drivers with a great fan base in one division bring their fans to another. I am very happy for both Driver and Team. Best of Luck High Roller.

  10. Good news for Andrew. He’s hooking up with a top caliber, championship winning team. The hardest part for him will be trying to drive a car with almost as much power, but a lot less tire. BTW Tyler Leary has run both LM and SK for a few years now.

  11. Keith Rocco ran both SK and LM back in the day at Waterford. After finishing 2nd one week in the LM the team owner got disappointed in the drop off in performance and sold the car and all the racing equipment. Don’t mean to hijack the story but just a funny anecdote

  12. It’s a great sign to see Andrew and others running double duty now. That’s a sign of respect for the LM division I feel and it is very difficult to win just as in the SK or any division at stafford for that matter

  13. 🌈🦄2020 says

    Wasn’t it that other crazy Fearn guy that owned Rocco’s LM?

  14. Scott Fearn
    RaceDayCt 9/18/15
    ” If you win 10 or 12 races a year you should be the happiest [person] in New England and I don’t even like going to the track anymore. I couldn’t care less if we win a race, but I can tell you I get awful pissed if we finish second or third. Pretty much I’ve had enough.”

    https://racedayct.com/2015/09/scott-fearn-shutting-down-late-model-operation-with-keith-rocco-effective-immediately/

    Sounds like it was way more then disappointment from the results of one race.

  15. This is great news. Andrew will definitely be an asset to the division. Good Luck Kid.

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