News & Notes For The SRX Racing Series Event Saturday At Stafford Motor Speedway

Story By: ALICIA DEAL / SRX RACING SERIES – STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT – This weekend the SRX Series makes its way to Stafford Motor Speedway for the third stop of the season on Saturday, July 2.

The 12-driver field includes 2021 series champion Tony Stewart, Paul Tracy, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman, Marco Andretti, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Bill Elliott, Hailie Deegan, Justin Marks and local racer Matt Hirschman.

The race will be broadcast on live CBS from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET and streamed on Paramount+.


Justin Marks Joins SRX for Stafford Motor Speedway: NASCAR Driver and Co-Owner of Trackhouse Racing, Justin Marks will join the field this weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway. No stranger to the driver’s seat, Marks has competed in NASCAR’s top three divisions as well as multiple Sports Car Series. As a team owner, in just its second year of competition, Trackhouse Racing has secured three wins with drivers Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez, placing both drivers in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.


Local Ringer Matt Hirschman: This week’s local ringer is Matt Hirschman who won the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway to earn his spot in this week’s SRX race. Born into a racing family, Hirschman is a multi-time champion on the modified scene. With his win earlier this year in the Spring Sizzler, he joins his father Tony Hirschman as the only father/son duo to win the marque modified event.


Hailie Deegan – CBS Mornings: To kick off the race weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway, Hailie Deegan visited with CBS Mornings on Friday. If you missed the interview, you can view it here.


Points Leader, Ryan Newman: With two races in the 2022 season complete, Ryan Newman is the points leader following a third-place finish in the season opener at Five Flags Speedway and a fourth-place finish at South Boston Speedway. Bobby Labonte trails by four points in second place and Tony Stewart moved up to third in the point standings following his win at South Boston Speedway.


Starting Lineup for Heat 1 at Stafford Motor Speedway:

Starting Position Driver  Car Number
1 Hailie Deegan 38
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
3 Bill Elliott 9
4 Matt Hirschman 60
5 Justin Marks 99
6 Greg Biffle 69
7 Marco Andretti 98
8 Bobby Labonte 18
9 Tony Stewart 14
10 Michael Waltrip 15
11 Paul Tracy 3
12 Ryan Newman 39

Race Format: This week’s format will consist of two heat races and the main event is scheduled for 75 laps. Hailie Deegan will lead the field to green for Heat 1 with local ringer Matt Hirschman starting Heat 1 from fourth.


Driver Q&A Sessions: Prior to Saturday’s race at Stafford Motor Speedway, the full field will participate in a Q&A session from 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET. The field will be split in to four groups:

  • Group 1: Paul Tracy, Ryan Newman, Michael Waltrip
  • Group 2: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Greg Biffle, Bobby Labonte
  • Group 3: Justin Marks, Bill Elliott, Matt Hirschman
  • Group 4: Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip, Marco Andretti


Tune-In Information: The third race of the 2022 SRX season will take place on Saturday, July 2, live on CBS Primetime 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET. The race will also be streamed live on Paramount+.


Schedule Update: Following the third race of the season, SRX will head to Tennessee to compete at the Nashville Fairgrounds (Nashville, Tenn.) on July 9 followed by I-55 Raceway (Pevely, Mo.) on July 16 and conclude the season at Sharon Speedway (Hartford, Ohio) on July 23. All races will air on CBS Primetime from 8 – 10 p.m. ET.

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