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Featured Driver of the Week (June 29)

Age: 27

Hometown: Akron

Division/Home Track: Hornets/Holland Motorsports Complex.

Lowdown: Szafraniec is driving in his 10th season, all in Holland’s Hornet division, where he has amassed 12 career feature-race victories and two season point championships. He is married to Holland 2009 Queen Bee class champion Samantha Szafraniec. Samantha also is a Holland track pit office official. Jeff drives for the popular Dice Racing Team along with teammates Ben Russo, Kenny Hejna and Butch and Robert Palmer. Dice also has a technical alliance with Hornet drivers Mandie Orr and Michele Maltby.

Career Accomplishments: Szafraniec, who emerged victorious in Holland’s 2016 season opener June 4, captured Holland Hornet point titles in 2012 and 2015. He has won the fan vote at Holland for the Most Popular Hornet Driver the last seven seasons. Szafraniec captured the checkered flag in a Holland Crash-A-Rama Enduro in 2009.

Favorite Food: Chicken fingers.

Favorite Music: Alternative rock with favorite group, 3 Doors Down. Also likes country.

Hobbies: Enjoys displaying his custom street car, a 1991 Oldsmobile 442, at area cruise nights and custom car shows.

To be considered for Buffalo News Thursday Speedweek Feature Driver Profile of The Week, submit head shot style photo, reason for consideration and contact information to Lawrence_o_14075@yahoo.com.