When Stafford Speedway begins the 2023 season with the 51St The NAPA Spring Sizzler®, Ron Silk is bound to be counted amongst your pre-race favorites. Silk and the #16 Blue Mountain Machine/Future Houses positioned third in final yr’s Sizzler® and received the season ending NAPA Fall Closing in September. With a median end of 4.3 in Stafford’s three begins final season, Silk and his group are wanting to get again to the Connecticut half-mile facility.
“The group and I are undoubtedly wanting ahead to returning to Stafford,” stated Silk. “We thought the Sizzler® was an excellent occasion final yr with lots of automobiles, lots of people within the stands and a extremely good payday. We ran rather well within the Sizzler® and received third however we would have liked a bit extra to have the ability to sustain with Matt [Hirschman] and Ryan [Preece]. We have made some enhancements to the 2 remaining races we have run at Stafford and it was actually good to get a win within the fall closing final yr. It is a new yr and a brand new race, nevertheless it’s all the time good to get again on the observe after your final win there. We’ll attempt to take all of the positives we are able to from the autumn closing to Sizzler® however you continue to must have a quick automobile and make the suitable choices, so we nonetheless have somewhat bit of labor to do. “
“We have been all pumped for Sizzler®,” stated Silk co-owner Joe Iannon. “Ronnie is comfy at Stafford and the group all the time has a good time after we race there. We really feel our automobile has every little thing it takes to make it occur at Stafford so we’re all wanting ahead to Sizzler®. Sizzler® will likely be considered one of our highlights of the 2023 season for positive and we’re very assured and stay up for April.”
50 final yry Operating “The Best Race in Spring Historical past” resulted in a number of format modifications. As a substitute of time trials, groups needed to qualify for the race by ending in a qualifying place in considered one of two 40-lap NAPA Duel races. Drivers who didn’t qualify by the NAPA Duel went right into a 15-lap Final Probability Qualifier to earn the ultimate beginning positions within the 100-lap NAPA Spring Sizzler®. The brand new format noticed 41 automobiles try to qualify for 33 automobiles, and created an environment across the race that was appreciated by all opponents.
“I used to be actually taken by the environment,” Silk stated. “I felt like I used to be on the observe 15 or 20 years in the past once I was youthful with a buzz concerning the observe and the racing. Actually as a racer, I am a giant fan of time trials, however for the followers it is way more thrilling to have freestyles, particularly when the race lasts over two days. Like Sizzler® I actually like the thought of a 40 lap warmth race as a substitute of 10 laps as a result of in the event you get a nasty begin draw you no less than have a while to do one thing about it Final yr we have been fortunate sufficient to win the duel race, which was a day Good in itself for a 40-lap race, and I feel that is one of many fundamental causes there was a lot pleasure across the race final season. With every little thing that occurred final season, the race solely must be greater and higher this season.”
Final yr, the NAPA Spring Sizzler® paid out a assured $15,000 to win plus any contingent cash earned and paid $1,250 to begin the race out of a complete printed prize pool of over $130,000. For the 2023 NAPA Spring Sizzler®, the purse has been elevated to pay the winner a assured $20,000 with $1,500 to begin the race out of a complete printed prize pool of over $140,000.
“Stafford has accomplished an excellent job with the portfolio,” Silk stated. “I used to be wanting on the bag the opposite day, and though it will be a really tough feat, if a driver may win a duel race and lead all 100 laps to win the race, the payout can be about $38,500, which might actually be an incredible factor.”
“Sizzler is all the time thrilling with the variety of opponents that come to Stafford and the observe is all the time stuffed with followers,” stated Yannone. “Stafford does an excellent job with the bag and that actually helps carry consideration to the mods.”
Silk made his NAPA Spring Sizzler® debut in 2004 and has since made 15 begins with a finest end of third, which he did 3 times, together with final season. Silk want to add Sizzler® to his profession win checklist whereas his proprietor says a Sizzler win can be an merchandise on his and the group’s bucket checklist.
“The Sizzler is certainly a prestigious race and it is one of many largest races I’ve but to win, so it undoubtedly would imply so much to me to win a race like that in opposition to such an space of competitors with an excellent environment surrounding the race,” Silk stated. “It might be actually good if the group may get some momentum going Early within the season and it will be a superb day on high of that. Because of my house owners Tyler Heidt and Joe Iannon, Future Houses, Blue Mountain Machine, and all of the crew who surrender their free time to go racing with us. All of us take pleasure in doing it nevertheless it’s nonetheless an enormous dedication and we could not do it with out their assist.”
“If we are able to win a Sizzler® award, it is going to undoubtedly be one thing for our bucket checklist and we are going to all be thrilled,” stated Yannon. “Ronnie is the man who did it and our crew chief Phil Moran together with Tyler Haidt and myself and everybody on the crew, all of us have the utmost confidence that we are able to make it and it will be completely incredible to win a Sizzler® race.”
51St The annual NAPA Spring Sizzler® takes place on Saturday, April 29, and can encompass two 40-lap qualifying races of the NAPA Duel for the Open Modified Division. Every of the 40-lap races can pay $3,500 to win and set the sphere for the NAPA Spring Sizzler® on Sunday. The late-runners from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will even return to Stafford Speedway on April 29 with a 75-lap benefit with over 40 automobiles anticipated to race. The Restricted Late Mannequin, Avenue Inventory and Classic All-Star divisions will spherical out the racing program on Saturday.
Sunday, April thirtieth will likely be internet hosting the $20,000 to win 51st NAPA Auto Components Spring Sizzler®. Filling out the race move for Sunday will likely be eligible and race benefit for the SK Modified®, SK Mild Modified and Late Mannequin divisions together with a Final Probability Qualifier for the Spring Sizzler®.
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