Multiple sources have confirmed to RaceDayCT.com that longtime Stafford Motor Speedway racing official Frank Sgambato Jr. will not return to the track for the 2013 season.
Sgambato, the highest ranking competition official at the track, was named vice president of competition at Stafford in 2007.
Sgambato, like his father before him in the Stafford officiating ranks, spent much time at the track as the chief starter at Stafford. He started working as an official at the track in the early 1980’s. He left the track for a few years in the early 1990’s but returned by 1994.
He spent the last decade as the top ranking competition official at the track.
Attempts to reach Sgambato this week were unsuccessful. Stafford Motor Speedway chief operating officer and general manager Mark Arute was on vacation this week and attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.
Scott Running, senior director of media and information at the track could not comment on the situation.
A source close to speedway management said Tom Fox will assume the race day role previously held by Sgambato. Fox was named director of racing operations and competition prior to the start of the 2012 season at Stafford.
Fox, a longtime competitor at short tracks around the state, had served as racing director and general manager at the Waterford Speedbowl and also served as a race director for the Northeastnern Midget Association before moving to the official’s booth at Stafford. Reached Wednesday, Fox said he could not comment on the situation.
Sgambato’s son Chris has served on the flagstand as a starter at Stafford for the last few years. It’s unclear if he will remain in that capacity.
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