(Stafford Springs, CT)—With the first green flag of the 2016 season, NAPA Auto Parts is entering their third season as the Elite Corporate Sponsor of the Stafford Motor Speedway. Over 57 NAPA Auto Parts stores, located throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont, are participating in the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford. This gives race fans many options to pick up discounted tickets for the NAPA Spring Sizzler® and additional NAPA Auto Parts sponsored events (NAPA SK 5k on July 8, NAPA Fall Final Weekend Oct. 1-2). For a full list of the 57 NAPA Auto Parts store locations visit us on the web at staffordmotorspeedway.com/participating-napa-auto-parts-stores or give us a call at the speedway office (860-684-2783).
“NAPA is once again excited to be supporting Stafford Motor Speedway in our 3rd year of sponsorship at the track,” said Geoff Watson, General Manager of NAPA Connecticut. “We are looking forward to kicking off the 2016 season with the Spring Sizzler® and we hope to see everyone at the track this year. Our locally owned NAPA Auto Parts Stores are ready to make the 2016 season our best year yet.”
NAPA Auto Parts serves as the title sponsor of Stafford’s two biggest events, the NAPA Spring Sizzler® (April 23-24) and the NAPA SK 5K (July 8th), as well as the NAPA Fall Final the weekend of Oct. 1-2. NAPA Auto Parts was instrumental in bringing the SK 5k to Stafford in 2014 as a unique event in which race fans helped determine the race format through an online vote. The race boasted a record SK Modified® purse and was a huge hit with fans. The race returned bigger and better last season with nearly $7,500 in additional contingency bonuses added to the record purse of over $30,000 giving drivers nearly $40,000 in total posted awards.
“We’re looking forward to another great season partnered with NAPA Auto Parts,” said said Mark Arute, COO/GM Stafford Speedway. “NAPA brought us a great event in the NAPA SK 5k and then partnered with us to bring about the track walk. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner than the dedicated team at NAPA Auto Parts.”
In 2015 NAPA Auto Parts and Stafford Speedway united forces and presented the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Track Walk with 100% of the proceeds going to support military personnel wounded or injured in service and their families. Fans participated by making a $10 donation to walk the track last July 17th, and also bid on some great NAPA items throughout the season to raise over $7,500 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The track walk will return to Stafford on Friday, July 15th.
“The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Track Walk was a big success,” said Watson. “The walk raised a lot of money for a great cause and we’re looking forward to participating in another walk this season. Our hope is that we can go above and beyond the $7,500 we raised last season.”
One thing for sure is with all the parts and pieces in place, the 2016 season at Stafford Motor Speedway is shaping up to be the biggest and best thanks to NAPA Auto Parts and their over 57 participating locations throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont.