Welcome Back: Tri-Track Open Modified Series Returning To Stafford Speedway In 2022

The 2020 short track racing season will be remembered for a lot of things, much of those remembrances being negative thanks to the grip of a global pandemic.

But one of the big positives that came of 2020 was the exclamation point put on the racing season by the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and Stafford Speedway.

The CBYD 811 Modified Classic on Oct 24, 2020 – which was the first visit to Stafford for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series – proved to be one of the most electric short track events in years in Connecticut.

In 2022, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series will make its return to Stafford looking to carry on with another marquee event at the historic half-mile.

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series will replace the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as the anchor event for the NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford in 2022.

“It’s an honor to be invited back, and for such a prestigious event as the Fall Final,” Tri-Track Open Modified Series managing partner Ed Bennett told RaceDayCT. “We love racing at Stafford. I’m sure we can make as good or a better event as what the Modified Classic was.”

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series will run on Sept. 24, 2020 at Stafford.

“We’re excited to have the Tri-Track Modified series back at Stafford after the incredible CBYD Modified Classic in 2020,” Stafford CEO Mark Arute said in a release. “The dates didn’t line-up to have them on the calendar in 2021, but they will be back in a big way in 2022 headlining the 49th NAPA Fall Final.”

Since the Whelen Modified Tour’s inception in 1985 the division has been part of the Fall Final card at Stafford every year besides 1988.

The race at Stafford is the sixth event announced for the 2022 season by the Tri-Track Open Modified Series.

The series will make its first visit to Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt. on May 29. Series management has also announced 2022 events at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway (June 29, Oct. 22), Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. (July 23) and Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. (April 30).

Bennett isn’t closing the door on the 2022 series schedule with the announcement of the Stafford event.

“It’s another piece of the 2022 schedule, which is still a work in progress,” Bennett said.


  1. Should be quite the event like the last time they were there.

  2. No more Nascar tour. Looking at Staffords schedule 6 tour type races. 7 if you count the qualifiers for the Spring sizzler. I guess maybe you should considering it has a purse and separate admissions. 6 opens and 1 tri track. PASS replaces Granite state. Then its pretty much ta copy and paste, the same as last year. Overall a good schedule. Love to see some bigger SK races. They have the SK5k and Senator Cup 50 laps. I think Waterford which isnt ” the home of the SK modified” has 2 or 3 races that pay more to win then Stafford biggest SK race. Maybe bring back the SK 100 or 113 race for TC. The division has been so good I would like to see them get some bigger events. Just nitpicking, overall it was succesful last season and aside from Nascars full departure this is very similar. I have no doubt it will be a great season at Stafford. Did season ticket prices go down now that we dont have those expensive Whelen Tour shows now?

  3. What a roller coaster. In just a couple hours getting a big one on the wish list with a TTOMS race at Stafford. Two of the best working together again. Now in the dumps over the likelihood they’ll be returning to the Speedbowl. Very disappointing seeing that group with such a sterling reputation working hand in hand with such a thoroughly disreputable character.

  4. Great News

  5. This is absolutely fantastic,goodbye Nascar

  6. Doug, how does that Rolling Stones song go; you can’t always get what you want.

  7. “but you might find, you get what you need”

    Paul Arute said in an Unmuffled the track believed there was a market for weekly racing and they were committed to it in so many words. The Stafford schedule regardless of how it evolved does in fact highlight the weekly divisions. Even the opens highlight many of the teams that are Stafford regulars. The bookend Sizzler and Fall Final have some razzle-dazzle but for the most part everything in between is meat and potatoes weekly racing. The NWMT will be back in the future at Stafford for a race but for this year it will be meat and potatoes. We like meat and potatoes don’t we?
    I know it’s too early and too far in the weeks but I can’t help but wonder about the Hirschman relationship with Stafford next year. In 2021 he committed to the Tri Track series. If he does in 2022 he’ll be coming to Stafford and that’s always a good thing. I know he has a history of success at Langley and it is closer for their team but that’s a lot of money Stafford is putting on the table for the Sizzler. Might he consider going for the money knowing he’ll be racing there later in the year?
    We’re such a zero sum game society now. I’m reading the comments here and on Facebook as people pick up sides for and agin the NWMT. Yet when racing starts most will go to or tune in the races since they’re good races and most don’t want to punish the teams that are doing the heavy lifting entertaining us with their racing exploits.
    Are you hoping that the SRX series returns to Stafford? We may have to be satisfied with the spectacle we got to enjoy for the one. The series management has stated they are committed to going to other tracks and other tracks are clamoring for a date.
    You know what might be interesting? A master list of all the tour modified teams racing in and around New England. I think it’s a lot and growing. How could that be with the pandemic, the cost of racing so many complain about and the economic headwinds both real and politically manipulated? Sounds like a good winter project this tour modified team master list.
    No indeed you can’t always get what you want. I didn’t get a conflict free 2022 tour modified schedule. Nor did I get a NWMT race at Stafford. And the idea of a series like Tri Track working with the cringe worthy owner of the Speedbowl with his vintage Iron Curtin ideas on media access knocks them clean off the pedestal I had them on but oh well.
    I did get what I need that being an aggregate tour modified schedule with flaws but the whole being far greater then the sum of it’s parts. Plus the TTOMS race at Stafford. As for Waterford it was going to happen sooner or later anyway and perhaps Tri Track will allow media access with no ridiculous pre conditions on how they report. There’s that and the Speedbowl fan base deserves a Tri Track race and the track is perfect for the series..
    The NWMT at Lee still in the works? A cherry on top for sure.

  8. Sounds great, look forward to going.

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