Track to race independently.
After a 60-year partnership working with NASCAR as a sanctioned short track, Stafford Speedway will not operate under the NASCAR Weekly Series banner for the 2021 season due to a conflict regarding ownership of streaming and broadcast rights of weekly racing events.
“Unfortunately we were unable to come to an agreement regarding the media rights of our weekly racing program,” explained Stafford Speedway CEO Mark Arute. “In the existing format NASCAR owns the rights to any NASCAR sanctioned race produced by Stafford Speedway Productions. With the success of Stafford Speedway TV we no longer see this as a partnership we want to continue.”
Launched for the 2020 season, Stafford Speedway TV is the live broadcast home for weekly racing at Stafford Speedway. Teams competing at Stafford Speedway shared in the success of Stafford Speedway TV in the 2020 season with 25% of each pay-per-view sale going to the teams.
“StaffordSpeedway.tv has become a great asset to Stafford Speedway and all the race teams that compete at Stafford weekly,” Arute said. “We see opportunities to grow this platform and currently are handcuffed on what we are able to accomplish for our race teams. Through the weekly racing sanction, NASCAR continues to own all rights to our weekly production, which is something we are no longer comfortable with.”
Stafford Speedway officials have also announced they will, at a minimum, match the NASCAR Track and State point fund that was paid to four of Stafford’s five weekly divisions. Additionally this does not affect NASCAR Modified Tour events for the 2021 season with three on the schedule.
“It’s really too bad. We hoped it would not come to this but we’ve really been given no option. We now look to the future and the opportunities in front of us,” Arute said.
For details, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, check Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or call 860-684-2783.