1996 was the 12th season of the Stafford Motor Speedway / CARQUEST Auto Parts relationship. The 1996 season was a monumental season for Stafford Motor Speedway. ESPN2 came on board to offer nationwide television coverage of the Whelen Modified Tour CARQUEST 300 as part of Stafford’s CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend. But the coverage was not exclusive to the Whelen Modified Tour. ESPN2 also televised the SK Modifieds®, ProStocks, Late Models, DARE Stocks, and Legends cars from the CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, the first time a New England short track was able to offer such exposure to its competitors. CARQUEST Auto Parts continued their support of the Busch North Series with the CARQUEST 150 and continued the CARQUEST Quest For Success Award for the fourth consecutive season.
The Whelen Modified Tour made four stops to Stafford during the 1996 season with Jan Leaty winning the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, Ed Flemke won the May TSI Harley-Davidson 150, Mike Stefanik was the winner of the August Stafford 150, and Tom Baldwin was the winner of the CARQUEST 300 that aired on ESPN2.
Andy Santerre was the winner of the CARQUEST 150 Busch North Series event.