Craig Gabriele




The WMT season just got a little more interesting thanks to CARQUEST.  CARQUEST Auto Parts will be sponsoring 3 of the 4 WMT events at Stafford in 2013. If any driver can win the 3 events sponsored by CARQUEST Auto Parts they would receive a $25,000 bonus. That’s pretty big chunk of change in today’s world of short track racing.

To win the $25,000 bonus a Whelen Modified Tour Competitor must win all three of the CARQUEST Auto Parts sponsored events. The 42nd Annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, dubbed “The Greatest Race In The History Of Spring”, kicks off the 2013 racing season on April 28th at Stafford and is also the first race of the CARQUEST Triple Crown chase for $25,000. The next segment of the CARQUEST Triple Crown is the August 2nd CARQUEST 150, and the final event that makes up the chase is the CARQUEST Fall Final on September 29th. Big money will be up for grabs to the driver that wins all three CARQUEST events.

CARQUEST Auto Parts has been a great sponsor for the WMT @ Stafford Motor Speedway. Since 1989 CARQUEST Auto Parts has sponsored 42 WMT races @Stafford.

A Big THANK YOU goes out to Rich Pallai, VP of Marketing @ CARQUEST.

Accomplishing this feat will not be easy.

The WMT offers the most competitive racing in the world. I could not pick a favorite to win these 3 races.

You might have a better chance at winning the Lottery.

 This group of drivers listed below is as good as anybody or any series racing today.

Who Might Win Money :

52 Doug Coby the Defending WMT Champion with 5 wins in 2012 is back in the Wayne Darlings machine. Coby won 3 WMT events at Stafford in 2012. Not the 3 events that pay the bonus in 2013. Coby will also be running weekly in Stafford’s Premiere SK Modified Division in 2013.

16 Ryan “The Kid with the Big Smile” Preece - 2nd in points in 2012 with 2 wins. Preece is back in the Eric Sanderson Modified for 2013. Preece will also be running in the SK Modified Division weekly @ Stafford. Won the SK Modified track Championship @ Stafford in 2011.

6 Ron Silk - 3rd place in points in with 2 wins in 2012. Silk is the 2011 WMT Champion. Silk will be back in the Ed & Connie Patridge TS Haulers 6 for 2013. This team is one of the most potent teams on the Tour from top to bottom. The crew lead by the Grasso Brothers is excellent.  Won The 28th Richie Evans Memorial event @ New Smyrna Speedway in February.

4 Donnie Lia - 4th in points in 2012. Lia had 1 win in 2012. Lia is a 2 time WMT Champion 2007 & 2009 and has 3 career wins in the WMT @ Stafford. Lia is back with HOF car owner Bob Garbarino and the framed “Mystic Missile” v4. Lia won both of his Championships driving for Garbarino.

2  Todd Szegedy - 5th in points in 2012. He has 4 WMT career wins @ Stafford. No wins in 2012.  Szegedy was the WMT ROTY in 2002 and WMT Champion in 2003. Szegedy will be back behind the wheel of the Mike Smeriglio III Modified for 2013, also back is veteran Crew Chief Phil Moran.

3 Ted Christopher -9th in points in 2012. Will be behind the wheel of the Mighty Boehler machine in 2013.TC will be Replacing Keith Rocco. TC won over $20,000 in the Non-Points North-South Showdown open race at Thompson in 2012 driving the Boehler 3. TC has 12 WMT career wins at Stafford. Multi-time SK Modified Champion @ Stafford with over 100 wins. John Lukosavage owner of the 11 comes onboard and this will help the 3 team.

22 Mike Stefanik – 11th in points in 2012 driving for 2 teams and missing 1 WMT event. 7 –time WMT Champion.  1 WMT event win in 2012 @ Loudon. 20 time WMT winner @ Stafford.  Stefanik will have a new number 22 and new car owner Robert B. Our.  Our was the car owner for the Loudon win.

51 Justin “The Real Deal” Bonsignore – 7th in points in 2012. 1 WMT win in 2012. Former Riverhead Modified Champion. Back with car owner Kenny Massa and his M3 Technology team in 2013. This is still a fairly new team to Tour racing, but has done very well and will get only better. Always a threat to win. Watch out for a breakout year in 2013. Still holds the track qualifying record 14.835 @ Bristol and Still faster that the Cup Cars.

44 Bobby “Mister Smooth” Santos III – 20th in points in 2012. Santos ran only 9 out of the 14 races in 2012. This will be the teams first year on the WMT. Santos won the last 2 races in 2012 Stafford & Thompson. 2010 WMT Champion driving for Bob Garbarino. Santos has 4 career wins @ Stafford.  Santos will be driving for Sully Tinio in 2013. This will be Tinios first full year of running the WMT. The 44 will be tough to deal with. They were really strong at the end of 2012. Veteran Steve LaMay will be the Crew Chief.

79 Woody Pitkat – 21st in points in 2012. Pitkat ran 9 out of the 14 races for 2 different teams in 2012. Pitkat will drive the Sandra Hill, Hillbilly Racing 79 in 2013. The Hill Racing Team and Pitkat started off the 2013 on a very successful note. Winning the World Series of Auto Racing Modified Championship @ New Smyrna Speedway.  The team won 3 out of the 6 Modified races including the 76 lap John Blewitt III Memorial race.  Former SK Modified Champion @ Stafford.  Pitkat will also run full time in the SK Modified Division @ Stafford.  


76 Jimmy Blewitt, 58 Eric Goodale,  93 Rowan Pennink , 46 Eric Berndt,  64 Ron Yuhas Jr., 07 Patrick Emerling.

Missing in 2013 will be the 45 of owner Dave DeLange and driver Eric Beers after a 6th place points finish in 2012. They have cut back on travel for 2013. Sorry to see them leave the Tour. Good people to have at any race track.                                                                                     














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