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by Bob Finan

It has been a busy off season for John Baker and his Staria Automotive race team owned by his father Daryl as the duo have upgraded their NASCAR Modified equipment for John's sophomore season in the open wheel machines. The off season has also been a very active one outside the race shop with John announcing they have signed two new sponsors for 2017, Cavanaugh's of Blue Point and Moe's Southwest Grill of Riverhead.

"We are planning on a very ambitious slate of races for this season at Riverhead Raceway" Baker indicated when making the sponsorship announcement. "We are both very excited and thankful to announce we have signed Cavanaugh's of Blue Point and Moe's Southwest Grill in Riverhead as new marketing partners, which will definitely help us with the busy season we've planned" Baker added.

Cavanaugh's is a popular sports bar & restaurant which aside from it's outstanding food and service boasts a vast collection of sports memorabilia on the walls of the establishment. Baker and his team this past Sunday hosted a Daytona 500 party in conjunction with their new backer. Moe's Southwest Grill will be part of the Baker effort through the Route 58 location in Riverhead which is just a few miles east of Riverhead Raceway by the famed traffic circle of Riverhead Town.

Baker took the opportunity as well to welcome back another marketing partner in Clean Burn Energy Systems noting "They had to take a year off in 2016 but are back with us this season" Returning to the Baker team for the upcoming race season from 2016 are Staria Automotive, Elite Towing, Denny & Sons Auto Body, McBetts Racing Engines and Oval Speed Unlimited.

Speaking to the team's plans for 2017 Baker noted, "We'll run weekly in the NASCAR Modifieds at Riverhead as well the two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour shows plus the Modified Touring Series event in July". The team's Late Model/Pro Stock will see some action as well in '17 as Baker disclosed, "we are going to run the May 20th Granite State Pro Stock Series 100 at Riverhead May 20th and also test the GSPSS waters off Long Island when our Riverhead schedule allows".

As to his expectations for 2017 John was very optimistic, "The highlight of our season last year no doubt was our victory in the first Twin NASCAR Modified feature on July 9th, we are hopeful of doing some more of that and with our new marketing partners we think we can have a great season".

John Baker will bring his NASCAR Modified to post for the first race of 2017 at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night May 6th when the track hosts a seven division opening night for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series.

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