Competitors Weather Through Open Practice Saturday At Stafford Speedway

The Stafford Speedway paddock Saturday afternoon during open practice (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

STAFFORD – A year ago right now many around the local short track scene were wondering if there would even be a 2020 racing scene. 

At Stafford Speedway the 2020 schedule went dark for April and May and most of June, with the track getting to start their 2020 season the last weekend of June and get 14 events in. 

Saturday life felt very much back to normal at Stafford Speedway. Albeit the new normal, with masks and precautions. But it was the normal of a Saturday Open Practice in April to get ready for opening weekend April 24 and 25. 

‘It’s definitely nice to be back,” Stafford SK Modified division championship contender Todd Owen said. “And it feels like a normal start of the year. They can’t break the rain and cold weather here for practice, but you’re starting to get the feeling that the world is starting to turn kind of normal in a way. Obviously everybody is still being timid with the COVID thing, which you should be. But I think with people getting their [vaccines] it’s starting to come around. It’s great for Stafford. It seems like the competition is going to be great. There’s a lot of cars.” 

The “normal” of a practice day meant dealing with the weirdness of spring weather in New England. Stafford had accumulated snow on Friday, but the track grounds were ready for the competition to shake the cobwebs on Saturday. 

Over one hundred teams took part in the open practice over Stafford’s five divisions. 

And fittingly, weird spring weather wreaked havoc for much of the day and ultimately brought practice to a close with a cold rain late in the afternoon. 

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