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There will be $125,000 in purse money up for grabs at the 52nd running of the NAPA Spring Sizzler. (Stafford Speedway photo)

$125,000 Purse Awaits At Stafford’s Spring Sizzler

STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. — Stafford Speedway officials have announced $125,000 in prize money, including a $20,000 winner’s check, for the 52nd running of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler.

NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend will kick-off with the NAPA Auto Parts Duel, two 40-lap qualifying races each paying $3,500 to win and $400 to start, on April 27. The Duel will set the starting lineup for Sunday’s $20,000 to win NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler.

“A few seasons ago we set out to re-establish the Spring Sizzler as the biggest modified race of the season with a new format that included two 40-lap qualifying races,” explained Stafford CEO Mark Arute. “Drivers and fans have responded to the change in a big way and we’re excited to continue the tradition for many years to come.

“We put together this purse structure to not only reward the top finishing teams but also support the teams who finish further down the results. Including the payout in Saturday’s Duel, teams will receive nearly $2,000 to start the event.”

Two of the best modified drivers of the era have conquered the new Sizzler format. Matt Hirschman held off Ryan Preece to win the 50th running of the Sizzler, scoring a $24,000 payday, while Ron Silk won last year’s 51st running of the Spring Sizzler with an incredible $35,000 top prize.

“That might have been the biggest purse ever in modified racing, it was awesome,” noted defending Spring Sizzler winner Silk. “We don’t have the opportunity to race for that kind of money very often so to capitalize on the NAPA Duel money, the feature race money, and leading the most laps and getting most of that money, it was a great day for our team and I was glad that we were able to do it.

“We’re ready to do it again this year.”