As leaves peak, racer’s thoughts circle to Stafford Speedway and the $15,000-to-win 50th NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final. This year marks the third (second consecutive) running of the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series (MMTTS) as part of this historic event. And, to put an exclamation point to the end of their special 10th anniversary season, at the Fall Final, the MMTTS will also crown their 2023 champion.
Reigning champion, Matt Hirschman, is looking for not only a NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final win, but a quest for his record eighth series title. “I would like to improve on our performance from last year’s Fall Final and this year’s Spring Sizzler,” stated Hirschman. “We weren’t really in contention to win either of those races. I would like to get to where we are in contention for the win.”
Sitting second in points, Matt Swanson, who won at Seekonk Speedway back on June 28, in the Gary Casella-owned Casella Snow Plows, Mully’s Auto Repair ride offered the following: “I am very excited as I am going to every [Monaco Modified] race and all the races that we have run with the No. 25. I am just looking to carry forward the momentum that we have had throughout the summer months. Hopefully, we can have a really good weekend with the Monaco Modified Series and obviously chase down another win.”
Ronnie Williams, who won the 2023 MMTTS season opener at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, is currently third in the series point standings and is looking to take the Empower Financial, Les’s Auto Center, NAPA of Tolland No. 50 modified to Sign Pro Victory Lane at the Fall Final.
Woody Pitkat, who won Stafford’s GAF Roofing Open 80 on June 7 and the Lincoln Tech Open 80 on August 18, is optimistic going into the Fall Final looking to bring home a third 2023 victory. “Obviously, I am pretty confident,” confessed Pitkat. “We won the last two open modified races down there (Stafford Speedway). And we have some momentum on our side because of that.” Pitkat continued: “Matt Hirschman, anywhere that he goes, he is always fast. But, at the end of the day, we have to just worry about ourselves and do the best that we can and just control what we can.”
Ron Silk, in the No. 16 Blue Mountain Machine/Future Homes car, has filed an entry to defend last year’s Fall Final win in hopes of collecting the $15,000 purse. No stranger to taking home large purses, the HYR team won Stafford’s 51st Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler – taking home a hefty $35,650 paycheck for their efforts.
Pit pass and general admission tickets for the NAPA Fall Final are available online at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets. Tickets for the NAPA Fall Final are also available to purchase at the admission gates.
On Saturday October 28th, Main Gates open at 10 AM with Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series Heat Races at approximately 12:45 PM.
The Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series 50th NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final 80 Lap feature is scheduled to start at 5 PM.
If you are unable to attend the event, tune into the live stream on FloRacing, the official streaming partner of Stafford Speedway.
And don’t forget to join the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series Fantasy Racing League for a chance to win cash-value gift cards and exciting merchandise prize packs.