Busy Calendar: Ronnie Williams Mapping Out Huge And Varied Schedule For 2021 Season

Ronnie Williams (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

Ronnie Williams may need to think about hiring an assistant to keep his calendar straight for the 2021 racing season. 

Jumping at any opportunity to race would be an understatement when describing the likely racing plans for the 24-year old from Tolland in 2021. 

It’s probably easier to list the local races Williams won’t be doing in 2021 than all that he plans on doing. 

Williams will be running full-time in an SK Modified at Stafford Speedway for team owner Adam Skowyra, with that team looking for its third championship in four seasons. He will also run the four Open Modified 80 events at Stafford for Skowyra. The Skowyra team will also run four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events with Williams, with the season opening event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and the three events at Stafford on that slate. 

Williams will also be running all six events on the Tri-Track Open Modified Series for team owner Gary Casella. Williams won the 2019 Tri-Track championship for Casella and the team was second in points in 2020. Williams will also run all six of the Thompson Outlaw Open Modified events in 2021 at Thompson Speedway for the Casella team. 

Also on the schedule is running selected events on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Southern Modified Auto Racing Tour (SMART) for team owner Jamie Tomaino. Williams confirmed he will run the July Whelen Modified Tour event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Tomaino. 

And there’s also plans in the works for some appearances with the Northeastern Midget Association, the International SuperModified Association and even some possible starts in the Late Model division at Stafford Speedway. 

“It seems like a busy year talking it all through,” Williams said. “It’s looking like that if COVID doesn’t affect it. It’s looking like probably about 70 races this year I could be doing. It’s great. I love it. It’s what you live for. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do is just race and I’ve got the best guys and the best opportunities. This could be a good year and a big year for us.” 

In addition to finishing second in the standings in the Tri-Track Open Modified Series in 2020, Williams was also second in the SK Modified standings at Stafford, a division where he celebrated championships in both 2018 and 2019. He had one win and 11 top-five’s in 14 SK Modified events in 2020 at Stafford, finishing runner-up in the standings to Keith Rocco.

“We weren’t as strong as we used to be at Stafford for some reason last year,” Williams said. “But we’re very motivated to get back and compete for those championships. I think when you get the wins the championship comes. I know we can do it with the [Skowra team] and I know we can do it with the [Casella team]. Both teams have been working really hard in the offseason to get back to that winning form.” 

The Thompson 300 at the Sunoco World Series is the highlight event of the Thompson Outlaw Open Modified schedule in 2021. And it’s an event Williams is looking forward to. 

“That’s going to be a crazy race,” Williams said, “When I saw 300 laps at Thompson I was just thinking I’ve got to be working out that week. That’s a feat even just for a car to stay together that long. … We’re always strong at Thompson with [the Casella team]. I’m always very confident whenever we go to Thompson with [the Casella team]. I know I’m going to have the best car there. I think it’s just coming down to parts staying together and being there at the end. That’s a whole different animal though. We’ll have the support of the [Skowyra team members] there too for pit stops and stuff like that. That’s an animal we’re going to conquer when we get to it.” 

The season gets started next week for Williams at New Smryna (Fla.) Speedway. He is one of 40 plus names on the Tour Type Modified roster for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smryna. The division will run five consecutive nights of features from Feb. 8 to Feb. 12. It marks the first trip to the event for the Skowyra owned team. 

“I’m looking forward to getting out of the snow,” Williams said. “The [Skowyra team] has never been down there. I’m not even sure if Adam has ever been down there. … We go there wanting to win. We don’t want to just finish in the top-five and say ‘We had a good week.’ We want to have good finishes, get some wins and hopefully come away with that championship. That would be a great way to start our season.” 

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  1. Go in the Strength of your Youth. Enjoy these Busy days of your youth… Enjoy the little things …. One day you may look back and Realize they were the Big things…… You don’t realize it when you’re in the midst of the busy life …. But when you look back on it you may wonder .. Where did I find the Energy to do it all……
    God Speed to you Ronnie……Good Luck …….

  2. We need to keep our radar up on the SMART tour. It’s gaining strength and may be available streaming. Yet another tasty tidbit on the racing menu this season.
    With regard to the poll question how many drivers will be in both the Martinsville race and the Icebreaker. Williams is now confirmed so that’s number one.
    A little perspective. He’s described all the races as what he’s always wanted to do which is expected for any racer one would think. But when not on the track he’s mild mannered Ronald Williams, financial advisor. Buttoned up and looking sharp. Maybe even in a trip to Foxborough to assist his dad in advising the powers that be on the Patriots regarding their financial strategies.
    I’d say that along with the racing schedule qualifies as a uniquely full and challenging life for anyone of any age.
    Good driver, smart clearly and an ability to network getting and keeping some of the best rides available. Networking being one of the single most important strengths of a fiduciary financial consultant.
    Uniquely competent in two high powered worlds in spite of being monochrome in a racing world that appreciates vibrant colors.

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