“Digging Deep With Denise” is a semi-regular question and answer feature with local racers and racing personalities produced by RaceDayCT’s Denise DuPont. Ryan Stone was going to be a Ford mechanic until work friends introduced him to racing and his life changed from that day on. At one point he made the move down south to build a new career but a phone call brought him back to his roots. Stone returned to New England and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2018 to be the crew chief of the Ken Massa owned No. 51 Modified with driver Justin Bonsignore. That first year that the team went out racing togethery they won eight out of the 15 Whelen Modified Tour races. The team’s 2018 season ended with their first Whelen Modified Tour championship after scoring eight wins, five poles, 12 Top-five’s, 15 top-10’s with 695 laps led, leading each category for the series.