Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Chase Dowling

Chase Dowling – I would not change a thing … Chase Dowling of Roxbury ran circles around the family home on a dirtbike which started his need for speed. He moved to Go-Karts, Legend cars andthen forward to the Modifieds. At 18 years old he competed in the K&N ProSeries, finishing in the top-10. Running in […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Matt Swanson

Matt Swanson – They are my family … Matt Swanson from Acton, Mass. is a third generation racer. His grandfather competed in drag racing and his father in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. At eight years old Matt’s own racing career started in a Quarter Midget at Thompson’s Little T. He scored a lot […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Stephen Kopcik

Stephen Kopcik – There is a lot more to look forward to … The racing career of Stephen Kopcik of Newtown was born in his dad’s service station. His race competition started with Motocross and moved to Go-Kart’s where after five championships he jumped in the seat of a Legend car. He was Stafford Speedway’s […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Ryan Stone

Ryan Stone – Racing is my life … Ryan Stone was going to be a Ford mechanic until work friends introduced him to racing and his life changed from that day on. At one point he made the move down south to build a new career but a phone call brought him back to his […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Art Barry

Art Barry – You cannot replace the members of the racing family … Art Barry of Preston took over his dad’s race car when he was 16 years old, which started his racing career. His skill at designing and building race cars led him to establish the SPAFCO race chassis fabrication business. Barry has owned, designed […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Dan Avery

Dan Avery – You can’t get that racing fuel out of your veins … Dan Avery of Somers was not born into a racing family, but his father and uncle sparked his interest in the sport that led to a life of chasing speed. Starting his career behind a snowmobile competing in winter sports, he […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Ken Barry

Ken Barry – Once you are hooked you are hooked … Ken Barry not only was born into a racing family, but he was set up to be involved in Modified racing in the SPAFCO Racing garage before he could walk. His father, Art Barry, is a NEAR Hall of Famer and has been building […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Tyler Barry

Tyler Barry – I wanted to drive my dad’s car Tyler Barry was born into a racing family. Not all young racers can say that their grandfather is in the NEAR Hall of Fame and has been building race cars for more than 60years. Even though Art Barry has said he has retired from racing […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Melissa Fifield

Melissa Fifield – I still get goosebumps NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Melissa Fifield from Wakefield, NH got her passion for racing from her dad. Her father started bringing her to the track when she was five years old and let her join him in the garage as he worked on cars. Starting her career […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Phil Moran

Phil Moran – It has been a fun ride … Like so many of the current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour family, crew chief Phil Moran’s father started him on the path of building his race dream. With encouragement and mentoring from Art Barry, Moran has built a reputation as a seasoned Modified crew chief. He has moved from sweeping the floor […]

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