STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. — Recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and vintage racing enthusiast Ray Evernham will serve as the grand marshal for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 28-29 at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Known as one of the all-time greatest crew chiefs in NASCAR history, Evernham will be in attendance the entire race weekend, and three of his vintage modifieds will participate in Saturday’s Vintage All-Star event.
“When we heard Stafford was hosting a vintage event during Spring Sizzler weekend, we circled the date on our calendar,” said Evernham. “My passion for modifieds runs back to my racing days at Wall Stadium competing against some of the all-time greats. The Spring Sizzler has always been a marquee event for modified racing and it just made sense to bring out some of our classic mods to turn some laps at Stafford. I’m looking forward to meeting some fans and having a fun weekend at Stafford.”
Before transitioning to the crew chief’s position, Evernham began his racing career running modifieds at New Jersey’s Wall Stadium during a golden age of short track racing. The transition out of the cockpit and into the pit box began when Evernham was hired by the International Race of Champions as a chassis specialist. His success at IROC landed him a job with Alan Kulwicki in the NASCAR Cup Series, and eventually with future Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon.
Together Evernham and Gordon would revolutionize the sport, winning 47 Cup races and three Cup championships together.
“Through the years Ray has always been a great supporter of modified racing,” said Stafford Speedway General Manager Mark Arute. “It’s an honor to have a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee serve as grand marshal for our biggest race weekend of the year, the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. Ray is also a great historian for the sport through his vintage collection and all of us here are excited to see the vintage cars he brings up for Sizzler weekend.”
Evernham intends to bring three fully restored vintage modifieds to compete in Sizzler Saturday’s Vintage All-Star event.
“We’re bringing the (No.) 99 car that Geoff Bodine won the Spring Sizzler with in 1980, along with Richie Evans and Charlie Jarzombek cars,” said Evernham. “I hope the New England race fans enjoy seeing those legendary cars on track. We will run all three cars in Saturday’s feature and have them on display at Sunday’s pit party.”
New for 2018, the Vintage All-Star Series will run a 20-lap feature on Saturday, April 28, made up from late 70’s and early 80’s modifieds. All three of Evernham’s cars will compete in the event.
Race fans will have the opportunity to meet Evernham and check out his vintage modifieds at the NAPA Auto Parts Pit Party prior to the Sunday portion of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 29.
CREDIT: Stafford Motor Speedway