Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Marcello Rufrano

Marcello Rufrano – We can be superstars for the night … 22-year old Marcello Rufrano was introduced to racing by his father John – owner of Wheelers Auto Service in Hampden – who has always had a passion for racing. In 2008, Keith Rocco knocked on the Wheelers Auto door looking for sponsorship and help. John […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Ronnie Williams

Ronnie Williams – Those are the good memories Ronnie Williams of Ellington got his interest in racing from his grandfather. From a very young age Williams sat in the grandstands of Stafford Speedway cheering for his favorite Modified driver, his grandfather, Fred Peckham. Living within ear shot of Stafford Speedway, the roar of modifieds drew the Williams […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Anthony Bello

Anthony Bello – I would race every single day of the week! Anthony Bello’s interest in racing began with his father’s passion for racing. Bello, of Newtown, started his career in Go-Karts and is currently living his dream competing weekly at Stafford Speedway in an SK Modified.  With 16 starts in 2022, Bello has scored four top-five’s […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Curt Brainard

Curt Brainard – I cannot image racing at anywhere other than Stafford! The racing roots for Curt Brainard of Canton began with his father and a passion for the sport. Brainard started his involvement in the Modifieds as a crew member on Ray Miller’s #01 NASCAR Modified team. From there he jumped behind the driver’s seat in his […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Daniel Wesson

Editor’s Note: Denise DuPont interviewed Dan Wesson Friday before he was involved in an incident on track and ended up suspended for the remainder of the 2022 season at Stafford Speedway. Daniel Wesson – I like going fast! The racing roots for Daniel Wesson from Monson, Mass. began with a family hooked on racing from Street […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Walter Sutcliffe Jr.

Walter Sutcliffe, Jr. – I like the Modified. Walter Sutcliffe Jr. from East Haven began his racing career to fulfill his father’s dream to race. Participating in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with a low budget team, Sutcliffe made his series debut in 2016. Prior to competing with the Whelen Modified Tour, Sutcliffe competed in […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Gary McDonald

Gary McDonald – Racing is what I enjoy most in life! Gary McDonald has been around racing all his life. Growing up on Long Island in New York he was a part of the racing community that competed in the many racing events on the island.  With the strong presence of racing starting in the early […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Michael Gervais Jr.

Michael Gervais – And it took off from there! The racing roots for Michael Gervais Jr. began at a small track in a Go-Kart. Just like many other stories, his father brought him to a local track to watch Go-Karts and got him hooked on the sport after he sat behind the wheel. Gervais, of Wolcott, graduated […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With James Civali

James Civali– Thinking out of the box … Meriden native James Civali now calls Davidson, N.C. his home. Civali joined the No. 53 Mike Curb owned modified crew to support Ryan Newman in the GAF Roofing Open Modified 80 event at Stafford Speedway on July 1. During the racing events, Chris Kopec approached Civali and asked […]

Digging Deep With Denise: Visiting With Troy Talman

Troy Tallman –  The race is won at the shop! Troy Talman of Oxford, Mass. comes from a long line of racers. His grandfather, John Tagg, raced at local tracks including Westboro Speedway from 1952 to 1962.  His uncle, Tom Tagg, began racing in 1980 in a Late Model at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. […]

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