(June 12, 2013) This Friday night the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will once attempt to run the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Speedway in CT. The race has been rained-out twice, so hopefully Mother Nature will help out this time.
Here are some things to watch on Friday night:
The Race: The 23rd Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 125 presented by G-Oil will be the third race on the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule and the second of four events this season at Stafford Motor Speedway.
The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 31 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 125 laps (62.5 miles) and the race tire change rule is two tires, any position.
The Track: A half-mile, slightly-banked oval, Stafford originated as a horse racing track in the 1870s. After seven decades as a horse track, the dirt oval started holding automobile races following World War II. Stafford became a NASCAR track in 1959 and was paved for the first time in 1967.
Race Winners: There have been 31 different race winners at Stafford all-time, led by Mike Stefanik’s 20 victories. Doug Coby is the defending winner of the TSI Harley-Davidson 125, the second of his three victories at the track in 2012. Bobby Santos won this season’s first race at Stafford.
Pole Winners: There have been 40 different pole winners at Stafford, led by Stefanik’s 17. Ryan Preece holds the tour’s track qualifying record at 17.924 seconds (100.424 mph). Bobby Santos set fast time for this event a year ago, as well as the first trip to Stafford this year.
Returning to Action: The layoff between the last Whelen Modified Tour race on April 28 – also at Stafford – and this week’s rescheduled TSI Harley-Davidson 125 will be 49 days. That’s the longest in-season stretch between races for the tour since a 51-day span in 2006.
The current weather forecast calls for clear skies, with a low of 61 degrees. All the action kicks-off with time trails at 6, and the race just after 9 P.M. ET.
PHOTO CREDIT: Stafford Motor Speedway PR