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Speedbowl Season is at a close

October 31st, 2016

WATERFORD – The New London-Waterford Speedbowl closed out its 2016 racing season with 14-feature racing card Sunday as part of the Bemers Big Show that began last weekend. Saturday’s events were leftover from a rained out session on Oct. 22 at the track. The day was highlighest with championships being awarded in four of the track’s regular weekly divisions.

Champions crowned in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly divisions were Keith Rocco (Late Model), Tony Membrino Jr. (SK Light Modified), Al Stone III (Limited Sportsman) and Wayne Burroughs Jr. (Mini Stock).
Rocco, of Wallingford, got his seventh win of the season. Jason Palmer of Berlin was second and Ray Christian III of Uncasville third. Christian went to the lead on the first lap just before the first caution flew after one lap was completed.

On the ensuing restart Rocco moved to second place behind Christian. The caution flew with 28 laps remaining and on the next restart it was Rocco using the outside lane to go by Christian and take over the lead. The caution flew with 13 laps remaining with Rocco leading Christian in second and Palmer in third. On the next restart it was Palmer getting by Christian for second. With three laps left the caution flew once again. On the restart it was Palmer staying to Rocco’s outside. Palmer led by inches as the two took the white flag, but the caution came back out for the spinning car of Glen Thomas.

On the first attempt at a green-white-checkered it was Rocco moving back to the lead, but once again after the white flag the caution flew again for a spinning car. On the final attempt to finish it was Rocco holding off the charges of Palmer to score the victory. Stone, of Durham, finished seventh in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature to capture his second consecutive title in the division and fourth overall.

Chris Meyer of Norwich won the event and finished second in the standings. Monte Gibbs of Killingworth was second and Charles Beal of Ledyard was third. Meyer went by Gibbs for the lead with five laps remaining. Membrino, of Berlin, went out in style for the season clinching his first track championship with a victory in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature.

It was the seventh victory in 14 starts at the Speedbowl this year for Membrino. Brett Gonyaw of Vernon was second in the feature and Paul French of Andover third. French took the field to green and pulled away quickly.

Membrino moved to second place on lap 18 and began chipping away at French’s big lead. With 13 laps remaining Membrino was all over French. Caution flew with laps remaining to bunch up the field. On the ensuing restart Membrino used the outside lane to go by French for the lead off of turn four. Gonyaw followed to second place but couldn’t find a line to unseat Membrino from the top spot over the closing laps.

Burroughs, of Oakdale, clinched his second consecutive Mini Stock championship at the track with a fifth place finish in the division’s 25-lap feature. Marc Panaroni of Ivoryton won the event. Charles Canfield of East Haven was second and Jordan Hadley of Waterford third.

Panoroni went to the lead early and never let it go. With five laps remaining Canfield got to within a car length of Panaroni, but there wasn’t enough time left to challenge for the top spot.

Gerard Giordano Jr. took the lead on a restart with five laps remaining and won the 35-lap Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series feature.

Andy Lindeman finished second and won the series title. Dave Koening was third.

Todd Taylor won the 25-lap Speedbowl Truck feature. Teddy Hodgon won the 25-lap Legends feature. Charles Prinze swept both 20-lap Bandalero features. Ray Reed won the first 20-lap Super X-Car feature. Keith Scalia won the second 20-lap Super X-Car feature. Dave Gargaro won the first X-Car feature.

Speedbowl Heading for Season Overtime

October 30th, 2016

WATERFORD — The 2016 season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl is heading into overtime. Because of the rainy weather that short-circuited last weekend’s action at the season-ending Bemer’s Big Show, one more day is needed to crown the season champions in eight regular-season divisions.

Decision day will take place Saturday starting at 2 p.m. Ten divisions, including the touring New England Truck Series, will be squaring off in the final season showdown. Three weekly divisions — the X-cars, the Coastline Fire Protection Super X and the Micro Blue Bandoleros, will be running two features. Running their final features of the season will be the Sunoco Late Models, the Limited Sportsman, the Mini Stocks, the Joie of Seating Legends, the Magnus Racing Products SK Lights and the Waterford Speedbowl Trucks.

Much of the drama at the Bemer’s Big Show surrounds the Saturday U.S. Legends division. Dana Dimatteo of Farmington heads into the final race with a 17-point lead in the standings. After last week’s rainout, however, Dimatteo said he would be unable to attend this week’s competition because of a prior commitment.

If Dimatteo is a no-show Saturday, it will leave the Legends championship wide open. Kyle Rogers is in second place, but has just a four-point cushion over Andrew Molleur, who is in third. Michael Rutkowski is only five points behind Rogers. Scott Limkemann, who won the mid-season title, is also a factor, only 10 points behind Rogers. In the Limited Sportsman division, Al Stone will try to make Speedbowl history by winning his fourth championship. He leads Chris Meyer by 17 points and needs to finish 16th or better in Saturday’s 25-lap feature to wrap up the title.

“It hasn’t been easy,” Stone said. “We’ve had some great finishes, but Chris Meyer has really come on strong. His consistency in finishing up front has made it difficult. But we enjoy the competition.” Meyer has had 10 Top 3 finishes in a row to put the heat on Stone. “He’s doing what he has to do,” Stone said, “and we just have to keep doing what we’ve done all season. We just need to finish, and unless something crazy happens, we should be alright.”

Stone says winning a fourth title would be special. “It would be like putting another candle on the cake,” Stone said. “No one had won three titles until we did it last year. It would be nice to be the first to win four.”

Ministock driver Wayne Burroughs, meanwhile, is trying to win two in a row. He comes into Saturday’s final 25-lap feature with a 21-point lead over five-time champ Ken Cassidy Jr. That means Burroughs needs to finish 20th or better to put a padlock on the championship. Charles Canfield is the only other driver mathematically alive for the title.

Tony Membrino Jr. approaches the SK Light finale with a 14-point lead over Corey Barry. He needs a 14th place finish or better to lock out Barry and put the title on ice.

The tightest race of all exists in the Bandoleros. Charles Prinz leads by one point over Tyler Berry, two points over defending champ Nick Hovey and three points over Nick Oloski. Only the first race Saturday will be a points race.

In the Speedbowl Trucks, Duane Noll has a 12-point edge over Josh Stringer, meaning Noll can clinch the title by finishing 12th or better. Ray Reed is close to wrapping up his second Super X car title. He has a 56-point lead over Bill Reiman with two races left.

In the X car battle, defending champ Dave Gargaro owns a nine-point lead over Chris Thomas with two races remaining.

The New England Truck Series will also crown a champ Saturday, using a chase for the championship format. Four drivers are eligible for the title — Bert Ouellette, Dan Turbush, Dave Koening and Andy Lindeman. The highest finisher among those drivers in the 25-lap feature will be the season champion.

Keith Rocco enters the Late Model feature with a 31-point lead over Anthony Flannery and is assured of the title. Last week he captured the SK Modified title, giving him 10 championships in his Speedbowl career.

Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for youths 13-16. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free. Tickets, pit passes and wrist bands purchased last weekend can be used this weekend.

Coby, J. Chambers Take Down NEMA Wins in Bemer’s Big Show at Speedbowl

October 27th, 2016

2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby charged from the sixth starting position in his Bertrand Motorsports #74 entry, after a side by side battle with teammate Todd Bertrand enroute to his second Northeastern Midget Association win of the season Sunday evening at the New London Waterford Speedbowl. In the Lites division, Jim Chambers sliced his way through the pack, and dominated the second half of the feature enroute to victory and the 2016 Lites championship.

The story of the evening, however, revolved around the tight NEMA points battle between Randy Cabral and John Zych. Cabral came into the event with a thirteen point lead, and extended that to seventeen after NEMA’s time trial qualifying on Sunday afternoon. As the NEMA cars were staging, Cabral was participating in the Pro Four Modified feature event, as he also had at the Sunoco World Series, finishing second the previous weekend. Cabral’s car came to a stop in turn two with handling issues, and was unfortunately hit extremely hard in the driver’s door. After extricating him from the top of the vehicle, he was transported to a local hospital, later deemed to have broken ribs, a concussion and bruising.

The NEMA feature would go on, with Zych locking up the Driver’s Championship by virtue of starting the feature. Joey Payne, who was quickly fitted into the Bertrand 47, would start at the tail of the field. When the green flag flew, Todd Bertrand would jump out into the lead from the pole, and was followed by Seth Carlson in the Feigel #71. Further back, teammate Doug Coby in the Bertrand #74, was using the high line to slice his way to the front. Coby was second by lap three when the caution flew for a Bethany Stoehr spin in turn four.

On the restart, Bertrand got the jump, but Coby was right on his tail. Coby both high and low, eventually drawing even with Bertrand in turn two on the outside. The duo ran side by side for three laps, with Coby coming out on top. He would go on to pull ahead by a straightaway and take down the victory over Bertrand, Carlson, Zych, and Avery Stoehr. Alan Chambers, Joey Payne, Jim Santa Maria, Paul Scally and Kevin Park rounded out the top ten. John Zych, and his father, John, locked up the 2016 Driver and Owner’s championships for the season.

“Tonight we are thinking about our teammate, Randy Cabral. We hope he’s OK and will be able to make a return to the driver’s seat soon,” Said Coby in victory lane. “I’m happy to be able to go out here and win for these guys in light of the circumstances. The car has never been as good at the Speedbowl as it was tonight,” said Coby.

In the NEMA Lites feature, Jim Chambers would win the 2016 Lites Championship by virtue of starting the feature event. In the feature, Jim Cataldo would jump out into the early lead. Behind Cataldo, Ben Mikitarian was making a charge, as the young Mikitarian has been finding himself at the front of the pack over the last five events. Also in the mix at the front of the field was Paul “Dangerous” Scally. Scally was right in the mix at the front of the field as the leaders battled lapped traffic in the first half of the race.

Further back, Chambers was slicing his way through the pack, along with PJ Stergios. Chambers would make a three wide pass for the lead on lap twelve, and would quickly go to work pulling away from the field. He would go on to dominate the remainder of the feature event, winning over Stergios and Mikitarian. Behind them, 2015 Champion, Anthony Payne, made another great run from deep in the field in the Scrivani 21 to take down the fourth position. Joey Cipriano rounded out the top five, followed by Chad Labastie, Dan Cugini, Kevin Ianarelli, Nikki Carroll and Jim Cataldo.

“I knew we had to just start the feature to lock up the Championship. Once that happened, I just decided to go for it,” Said Chambers. “We have typically not been very good at Waterford, and tonight we just hit it right on the head. The car was amazing,” concluded Chambers.

New London Highlights

September 19th, 2016

WATERFORD – On the final Saturday night weekly show of the 2016 season it was the track’s all-time winningest driver, Keith Rocco, shining over the field to win the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified
feature at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

In other events Saturday, Jason Palmer won the Late Model feature, Corey Barry won the SK Light Modified feature, Monte Gibbs was victorious in the Limited Sportsman feature, Pete Zaikarite won the Mini Stock feature, Dillon Spain scored victory in the Legends feature and Ted Christopher won the Pro Four Modified feature.

Rocco, of Wallingford, got his seventh victory of the season in the SK Modified feature. Matt Galko of Meriden was second and Ronnie Williams of Tolland third. Bo Gunning took the field to green from the pole with Tyler Chadwick to his outside. Todd Owen made a quick move to second place before the first caution flew on the second lap. On the ensuing restart Gunning got into the side of Owen coming to the green flag. Owen held on through the move and then a lap later used the outside lane to go by Gunning for the top spot. The second caution flew with 32 laps remaining. On the ensuing restart Rocco was able to go by Gunning for second place
just before Gunning wrecked in turn three to bring the caution out once again. The race restarted with 32 laps left and saw Diego Monahan move to third behind Rocco. A lap later Rocco got under Owen for the lead off of turn four. Two laps later Monahan moved to second place. With 21 laps left the caution flew again when Gunning, deep in the field, sent Adam Gada into the turn two wall.

After a long green flag run the race was slowed again when Monahan spun from second place and collected Ted Christopher in turn two. Under caution Owen gave up second place to go to the pits, moving Galko behind Rocco and Williams to third. Williams got by Galko for second on a restart with five laps remaining, but the caution flew again with two laps left when Gunning sent Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. spinning deep in the field in turn four. Gunning was parked from the field at the point for over aggressive driving. On the final restart Rocco was able to check out easily and it was Galko getting by Williams for second. Palmer, of Berlin, got his second consecutive victory in the 30-lap Late Model feature. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton was second and Keith Rocco of Wallingford third.

Ryan Morgan took the field to the green from the pole with Jeff Smith to his outside. Two laps into the event Smith used the outside lane to move to the lead. With 24 laps remaining it was Flannery getting by Smith to take over the top spot. With 22 laps left Ray Christian III used the low lane off of turn four to move to second place by Smith. The first caution flew with 21 laps remaining and Flannery leading Christian. On the ensuing restart, Palmer moved by Smith to take over third place. With 14 laps left Palmer used the low lane to move to second place by Christian as Flannery left the field far behind in the lead. The caution flew again with eight laps remaining for the spinning car of Rich Duranti. On the restart it was Flannery getting away, leaving Palmer and Christian to battle for second. Caution came back out on the track with five laps remaining for a multi-car crash at the rear of the field in turn two. The accident resulted in an extended red flag. On the final restart it was Palmer leading at the line after the first lap of green. Palmer was able to clear Flannery off of turn two with four laps remaining. Flannery got a peek under Palmer with two laps remaining, but was unable to wrestle the lead back.

Barry, of Plainfield, held on through two late restarts to win the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature.
Brett Gonyaw of Vernon was second and Chris Gombos Naugatuck third. Paul French went from third to first at the start. With 17 laps left Barry used the outside lane to go by French and take over the lead. Two laps later caution flew for the stopped car of division points leader Tony Membrino Jr. in turn three. On the restart it was Cory DiMatteo moving past French for second place, with Gonyaw following him into third. With eight laps left Gonyaw got under DiMatteo for second place off turn two and quickly got to Barry’s bumper. Caution flew with three laps left for the spinning car of Randy Churchill. Barry easily checked out on the restart, but the caution returned after a half lap for two wrecks on the track. On the final restart it was Barry able to get away from Gonyaw again to secure the victory.

Gibbs, of Killingworth, got his second consecutive victory and sixth victory overall in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature. Chris Meyer of Norwich was second and Josh Galvin of Oakdale third. Adrien Paradis took the field to green with Charles Beal to his outside. The pair fought side-by-side for the first lap, with Beal moving to the front out of turn four. Two laps into the event Gibbs moved to second place by Paradis and quickly caught the bumper of Beal. With 20 laps remaining Gibbs used the outside lane off of turn two to go
past Beal for the lead. From there it was Gibbs’ show as he left the field deep in his wake. Al Stone III went by Beal for second place with 12 laps remaining with Meyer moving to third. Gibbs’ big lead vanished with a caution with less than two laps remaining, but he was up to the task of holding the lead on the green-white-checkered. Behind things got wild as Meyer made contact with Stone, moving to second and shuffling Stone back. The contact allowed Galvin to move to third.

Zaikarite, of Niantic, got his first victory of the season in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Charles Canfield of East Haven was second and Jordan Hadley of Waterford third. Brian Norman took the field to green from the pole but it was Canfield quickly moving to the lead on the first lap, with Mark Panaroni following to second. The first caution flew with 15 laps remaining and Canfield leading Panaroni and Jacob Perry in third. A lap after the restart Perry moved to second by Panaroni with Canfield pulling away in the lead. With five laps left Zaikarite used the outside lane off of turn two to go by Perry for second and roll by Canfield for the lead off of turn four. From there Zaikarite checked out leaving the battle on for the rest of the podium. Off the final corner Hadley got by Perry to take third place.

Dillon Spain of Clayton, N.C. lost the lead on lap 24 but grabbed it back on the final circuit to win the 25-lap Legends feature. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott was second and Rachel Forte of Douglas, Mass. third.
Christopher got by Clayton for the lead out of turn four coming to the white flag, but Spain rallied back to grab the top spot just after the white flag. Ted Christopher of Plainville held off Doug Meservey Jr. off Dennis, Mass. to win the 25-lap New England Pro Four Modified feature. Norm Wrenn of Nashua, N.H. was third.

Christopher went by Meservey for the lead with nine laps remaining and never trailed again.

New London Waterford Speedbowl Highlights from Saturday

September 11th, 2016

WATERFORD –Matt Galko had a restart he’ll never forget, enabling him to have a night he’ll never forget.

“It was the restart of my life,” Galko said after he exploded past Joe Gada on a 19th lap restart to win the 35-lap SK Modified feature at the New London Waterford Speedbowl. It was Galko’s first-ever SK Modified win. “We have been trying for for an SK win for a long time and it finally paid off,” Galko said. “I never thought the first win would take place here at the Speedbowl. To do it with a part-time crew is amazing. I can’t thank them enough.”

Galko’s moment of truth came on the critical restart. Gada was the race leader, but Galko was able to blur by him. Galko proved himself again on another restart as he was able to pull away from the field over the final 10 laps. “That was the difference,” Gada said. “My car wasn’t good on the restarts and Galko’s car was.” The night wasn’t a total disaster for Gada. His second-place finish enabled him to take a one-point lead over Keith Rocco with two races remaining for the track championship.

Another new face dominated the Magnus Racing Products 25-lap SK Light feature. Brett Gonyaw was able to take the lead from Chris Gombos midway through the race for his first-ever Speedbowl win. Cory Dimateo rallied for second and John O’Sullivan had a season-best third place finish. Jason Palmer made a stunning outside move on lap 14 against Anthony Flannery to win the 30-lap Sunoco Late Model Feature. Point-leader Keith Rocco moved into second with 10 laps remaining, but could not narrow the gap that separated him from Palmer. “I knew it took Keith a long time to get into second, so I was confident I could hold him off,” Palmer said. “My car was almost perfect.”

Monte Gibbs went from third to first on lap 8 to win the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature. Gibbs was trailing Josh Galvin and Ryan Waterman when the two cars got tangled up on the inside and veered toward the grass. That gave Gibbs plenty of room on the outside and he waltzed into the lead. He was in control the rest of the way. Twin 20-lap Mini-Stock features were held. Ken Cassidy, the all-time division win leader, overcame a restart with five laps to go to rack up his first win of the season. It was Cassidy’s 65th career win. Wayne Burroughs, the point leader, was second.

In the second race, Ian Brew took the lead from Jordan Hadley on a restart to post his first win in almost three years. Sean Caron was second and Hadley third.

The Northeast Street Stock Tour made its second and final appearance at the Bowl. Speedbowl regular Chris Meyer led every step of the way to post his first-ever touring win. Joe Arena, the point leader, finished second.

The final Saturday night event of the season will take place Sept. 17 with six divisions in action.

Anthony Payne Victorious in O’Brien Memorial at New-London Waterford Speedbowl

September 8th, 2016

New London, CT–Anthony Payne beat back a late race charge from multi time NEMA champion, Randy Cabral, to take down a coveted win at the Jim O’Brien Memorial this past Saturday evening at the New-London Waterford Speedbowl. A full field of 21 NEMA Lites were on hand for the event to celebrate the O’Brien Memorial.

O’Brien’s time in NEMA crossed a span of four decades, which personified the best of NEMA. At a very young age, he was introduced to the Midgets by his father and in 1970, joined the NEMA family as a car owner. He earned feature wins with Johnny Evans, driving his Falcon powered Kurtis, and Doug Cleveland who powered to victory in his home built “Pink Panther” laydown chassis. In 1975 he won the Coca-Cola dirt track championship with Hank Stevens at the wheel.

Jim was an innovative fabricator and engine builder and with his sons by his side, he always built his own cars and motors.

For years he served as a NEMA contest board member, once a vice-president, and for 13 consecutive years as the treasurer. His life-long dedication to the club was truly outstanding and in 2003, he was inducted into the NEMA Hall of Fame.

On Saturday evening, at the drop of the green, Paul Scally led the 21 car field to the green as Cabral, Payne and Ben Mikitarian followed. Cabral rocketed into the lead, only to have it called back on lap 3 as Bethany Stoehr came to a stop on the back straight.

On the restart, Cabral jumped out into the lead over Scally, Jim Chambers, Mikitarian, and Ryan Locke. Just two laps later, a yellow and then red flag flew for Juris Kupris, who was into the turn three wall, hard with heavy damage. Kupris was taken in the ambulance, but escaped with minor leg injuries.

When the action picked back up, Payne shot into the lead, followed by Cabral, Scally, Mikitarian and Danny Cugini from his 7th starting spot. The top five ran under a blanket, as further back PJ Stergios and visitor, Kyle Hamilton were slicing their way through the field.

By lap 10, Payne and Cabral were still puling away while Stergios and Hamilton broke the top 6 passing high and low.

Even though the top 10 were strung out by the 15th lap, the fast closing Stergios and Hamiliton finally broke the top 5. Mikitarian and 5th place starter Matt O’Brien were starting to fade back in the field.

Over the final laps, the leaders were now encountering heavy lapped traffic, but Denis O’Brien brought out the yellow, stalled on the back straight.

On the single file restart, Cabral turned up the pressure on leader Payne, but Payne was able to keep the lead. Hamilton put pressure on Stergios and got by in the closing laps for third. At the checkers Payne pulled away followed by Cabral, Hamilton, Scally and Jim Chambers who hung in the top five all day. Stergios, Danny Cugini, Joey Cipriano, Ryan Bigelow and Ben Mikitarian rounded out the top ten.

“It means a lot to win the Jim O’Brien memorial. He did so much for the club, and was very instrumental in the success of the club for many years,” said Payne. “I’m excited for our team and can’t thank the Scrivani family enough, Mike and Lu Jarrett, Jim Susi and the whole crew,” he said.

Third place Kyle Hamilton enjoyed his second trip and second podium with the Lites this year as well. “The biggest adjustment I had to make when running a wing car was the corner entry speed. You have to drive in so much deeper to get the car to set. Once I figured that out, I was able to pass a lot more cars. With the way that NEMA does large inverts we’ve had to fight from deep in the pack and that has been a fun challenge. Last night the first 5 laps were hectic getting into position. Once we got in line I worked some passes. Waterford is awesome because you can sail the car down into the corner on the flat part and make some exciting passes. My final pass on Stergios was really fun because both of our tires were wearing down and we had to really fight. That’s what I love about coming to run on the east coast. Clean hard racing!,” he concluded.

*Notes:*

*Spirit of Jim O’Brien Awards, *

*Sponsored by Seymour Performance Products **Outstanding Innovator* presented to Bill Stergios.
(For a mechanic of the race who displays talent and innovation, with the results evident on the racetrack)

* Outstanding Competitor* presented to Kyle Hamilton.
(For a driver who showed great and memorable skill moving through the field, putting on the best show for the fans)

*Outstanding Racer* presented to Jim Cataldo.
(For a driver or owner who shows the most dedication, ability, sportsmanship, and passion)

New London Highlights

September 5th, 2016

WATERFORD – Ronnie Williams used some late race dramatics to score his first career SK Modified feature victory Saturday to highlight the racing card at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Also on the night, Tony Membrino Jr. won the SK Light Modified feature; Keith Rocco won the Late Model feature; Al Stone III won the Limited Sportsman feature and Jacob Perry won the Mini Stock feature.

Williams, of Tolland, was making a rare appearance at the Speedbowl and the most it in winning the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature. Ted Christopher of Plainville was second and Matt Galko of Meriden third. Justin Gaydosh took the field to green from the pole with Christopher moving to second quickly. With 30 laps left Christopher went to the outside of Gaydosh and a lap later he was able to complete the move, taking the lead rolling off of turn two, with Matt Galko following him to second. The first caution of the event flew with 26 laps left and led to a lengthy cleanup for fluid on the track. Christopher was able to hold off Galko on the ensuing restart, but the caution flew again with 18 laps left for the spinning car of Bo Gunning deep in the field. On the ensuing restart Christopher was able to leave his pursuers behind, with Diego Monahan grabbing second briefly from Galko. Galko went back to second with 13 laps left as Christopher extended his lead. Ronnie Williams was able to get by Galko for second before the caution flew again with six laps remaining. Williams stayed in close pursuit with Christopher following the restart with six laps to go, but the rhythm was broken again with a caution with three laps left.

On the final restart, Williams kept Christopher in his sights and on the final lap he made a diving move into turn three and made the pass for the lead out of turn four coming to the checkered flag. Rocco got his fourth consecutive victory in the 30-lap Late Model feature. It was the seventh victory overall in the division for the Wallingford driver. Ray Christian III of Uncasville was second and Jeff Smith of Old Lyme third. Christian held the top spot at the start but Rocco made easy work early of getting to second and with 14 laps left he was all over Christian’s bumper. With 10 laps remaining Rocco got to the outside of Christian. A lap later Rocco was able to finish the pass of Christian for the lead off of turn four and lead the rest of the way.

Membrino, of Berlin, got his second consecutive victory and sixth overall this year in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature. Corey Barry of Plainfield was second and Cory DiMatteo of Farmington third. Membrino made quick work to getting to third place early in the event before the first caution flew with 21 laps left. On the ensuing restart Membrino was able to make a move to go by Chris Gombos for second John O’Sullivan III for the lead. From there Membrino went unchallenged to victory.

Stone, of Durham, got his fifth victory of the season in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature. Chris Meyer of Norwich was second and Ed Gertsch Jr. of East Haven third. Stone made quick and easy work of the competition on the night. He went by Jason Chicolas for the lead two laps into the event and never trailed again.

The 14-year old rookie Perry, of Pawcatuck, got his second consecutive victory and third win overall in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Wayne Burroughs Jr. of Oakdale was second and Dave Trudeau of Manfield third.
Trudeau held the lead at the start with Perry moving to second early. The first caution came out with 17 laps remaining, with Perry already challenged Trudeau for the top spot. After the ensuing restart Perry continued to challenge Trudeau at the front. With 12 laps remaining Perry found the way under Trudeau and took over the top spot out of turn two. From there Perry continued to widen his lead out front as Trudeau was left to battle Burroughs for second place.

Waterford Highlights

August 31st, 2016

WATERFORD — It took only one week for Diego Monahan of Waterford to go from the scrap heap to Cloud 9. That’s what made the second win of the season so special for Monahan, who was able to dominate the 35-lap SK Modified feature here Saturday at the New London Waterford Speedbowl. One week ago Monahan’s regular car was destroyed when he went airborne and ran into the turn 3 wall. He was able to borrow an SK Modified from his brother Shawn, however, and did not miss a beat in the feature. “I honestly considered not coming back,” Monahan said. “My car was damaged pretty badly and I didn’t want to fix it with money I don’t have.But them my brother called me and said I could use his car. All I said was ‘when can I pick it up?”‘

It didn’t take him long to pick up the lead for the feature as he blurred to the front past Bo Gunning. Then he survived a close battle with Rob Janovic Jr. before dominating the second half of the race. “I was complaining that my car was tight,” Monahan said. “And they told me to hang in there, it would get better. And it did. The key move was getting by Bo Gunning. He gave me a tough battle in the heat race, but I was able to get past him in the feature.”

“Diego’s car got better, and mine got worse,” Janovic said. “The right car won tonight.” Dennis Perry finished third and moved into the point lead when point leader Keith Rocco was involved in a mid-race wreck and finished 16th. Perry leads Rocco by two points and Joey Gada by 5. Other winners Saturday included Jacob Perry in the Mini Stocks, Ed Gertsch Jr. in the Limited Sportsman, Tony Membrino Jr. in the Magnus Racing Products SK Lights, Peter Martin in the Super X Cars, Kyle Gero in the X Cars and Norm Wrenn III in the Pro 4 Modifieds.

In the 25-lap Mini Stock event, Jacob Perry survived a side-by-side duel with David Trudeau for eight laps on his way to his second win of the season. He took the lead on lap 15 and then held off point leader Wayne Burroughs by a sturdy margin down the stretch. It was another side-by-side showdown in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature. Gertsch went nose-to-nose with Al Stone for seven laps before pulling away. Chris Meyer made a late rush to finish second and Stone was third.

Tony Membrino Jr. took the lead early, and then held off Corey Berry and Brett Gonyea every step of the way to win the 25-lap SK Light feature. “Those two guys both had better cars than I didn,” Membrino said. “I just got lucky.” Martin was the dominating factor as he posted his first win of the season in the Super X cars.

Christopher Thomas was on his way to a convincing win in the 25-lap X car when he ran over some debris with three laps to go. Thomas lost the lead to Gero, who won for the fifth time this year.

It appeared Wrenn had a second place car in the 25-lap Pro 4 Modified feature when mechanical difficulty sidelined leader Brett Merservy with five laps to go. Wrenn capitalized to take the win. Mark Charette roared by Allen Reiser with five laps to go to win the Pro 4 Light portion of the race.

New London Waterford Speedbowl Release from August 20th

August 22nd, 2016

WATEFORD – Tyler Chadwick and Keith Rocco picked up victory in the premier SK Modified features Saturday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Rocco also won the Late Model feature. Cory DiMatteo won the SK Light
Modified feature. Chris Meyer scored victory in the Limited Sportsman feature. Charles Canfield won the Mini Stock feature. Chadwick, of Ledyard, got his third victory of the season in the first 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature. Joe Gada of Salem was second and Todd Owen of Somers third.

Chadwick brought the field to green with Adam Gada to his outside. Tom Abele made the jump into second at the start. The first caution came out just after the completion of the first lap for backstretch mid-field crash. The second caution flew with 31 laps remaining when Bo Gunning spun trying to make a pass on Paul Buzel. With 28 laps left the yellow flew for the third time when Frank Mucciacciarro Jr. spun to the infield in turn four.
The fourth caution flew with 24 laps left when Diego Monahan made contact with Keith Rocco and ended up hard into the turn three wall. Chadwick continued to hold the lead on the ensuing restart with Abele remaining at his rear in second. The cautions kept coming with a Rob Janovic Jr. spin bringing out the fifth yellow of the event with 19 laps remaining. On the ensuing restart Joey Gada was able to get by Abele for second place. Abele’s fall back through the field ended up bringing out the sixth caution when he spun in turn four while running fifth. The seventh yellow came with 13 laps remaining as third place running Adam Gada spun in turn four. Chadwick held the top spot on the next restart. Todd Owen was able to move into third past Dennis Perry with 11 laps remaining. Over the last 10 laps it was Chadwick able to keep Gada at bay in second.

Rocco, of Wallingford, got his sixth SK Modified NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature win of the season in the second 35-lap feature of the night for the division. Tom Abele Jr. of Norwich was second and Matt Galko of Meriden third. Paul Kusheba brought the field to green with Janovic to the outside. The race quickly went under yellow when Mucciacciaro crashed in turn four on the first lap. Five laps in the second caution flew for a multi-car wreck at the rear of the field. After a waved off attempt at a restart with 30 laps left, Kusheba abandonded the lead to head to the pits, handing the top spot to Janovic and putting Abele in second. Janovic held the top spot on the ensuing restart with Keith Rocco moving past Abele to second with 29 laps remaining. The third caution of the event flew when Dylan Menditto spun on the backstretch with 26 laps left. The race was stopped by a lengthy red-flag after a scary crash that saw Adam Gada flip onto the wall on the frontstretch in a multi-car wreck. Gada walked away from the incident unharmed. A caution four laps after the restart collected second place running Janovic and put Abele in second next to Rocco. On the ensuing restart Rocco held the top spot. Matt Galko was able to get by Abele for second place with 15 laps, but yellow came out once again with 14 laps remaining. Abele was able to get second back from Galko on the next restart, but it was Rocco checking out on the field from there and rolling to victory. Rocco, of Wallingford, got his third consecutive Late Model victory and sixth overall in 2016. Jim Banfield of Glastonbury was second and Jason Palmer of Berlin third. Banfield took the field to green from the pole, but it was second place starting Rocco grabbing the lead out of turn two on the first lap. The first caution came out with 21 laps remaining. Rocco was able to hold onto to the spot on the ensuing restart. Rocco was able to extend his lead over a long green flag run, but with seven laps left Banfield got back to Rocco’s bumper. Banfield tried to make a move under Rocco for the lead with six laps left. A lap later Banfield got slightly sideways in turn two, losing his momentum in chasing Rocco.

DiMatteo, of Farmington, scored his second consecutive victory in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature. Corey Barry of Plainfield was second and Brett Gonyaw of Vernon third. DiMatteo took the field to green with Joe Graf to his outside. With Graf slowing on the start Corey Barry made a quick move to second behind DiMatteo, with Membrino moving to third. DiMatteo was quick to set the pace and the tone, keeping Barry safely behind in a quick and caution free run to the checkered flag. Meyer, of Norwich, got his fourth victory of the season in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature. Monte Gibbs of Killingworth was second and Al Stone III of Durham third.
Charles Beal took the field to green and it quickly set up a three-car battle among him Tyler Chapman and Meyer. Meyer moved to the lead with 16 laps remaining. Stone moved to second on a restart with 13 laps remaining. Following a lap eight restart Stone was able to make an outside attempt at the lead with seven laps remaining, but Meyer held off the reigning division champion. Gibbs was able to work his way by Stone of second over the closing laps.

Canfield, of East Haven, recovered from a flat tire early and rallied for his third victory of the season in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Wayne Burroughs Jr. of Oakdale was second and Jordan Hadley of Waterford third.
Marc Panaroni went to the lead past Ken Cassidy Jr. at the start. Canfield made the move quickly to second and then challenged Panaroni at the front. After a side-by-side battle Canfield went to the front, but on a restart with 17 laps remaining, Canfield slowed with the flat right front tire to put Panaroni back out front.

A lap later Jordan Hadley made a move to get by Panaroni, but another caution negated the move. Hadley went to the lead on the ensuing restart, but Panaroni fought right back to regain the top spot with 12 laps remaining. With 10 laps left Hadley ended up in the wall with Jacob Perry.

Panaroni held the top spot on after the restart with 10 laps remaining, but Dave Trudeau began challenging him with eight laps remaining. But with three laps left the caution flew again. On the restart Trudeau challenged Panaroni to the outside. Coming to the white flag, Trudeau spun in turn four and Panaroni ended up with a flat tire, putting Wayne Burroughs in the lead with Canfield to his outside. Burroughs and Canfield went side-by-side to the white flag with Canfield holding the edge. Canfield was able to keep that edge at the checkered.

New London-Waterford Speedbowl

August 17th, 2016

WATERFORD — Keith Rocco has enjoyed many amazing accomplishments during his 12-year career at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. His accomplishments on Saturday, however, may be at the top of the list. Rocco won all three races in which he was entered — two Late Model features and a 35-lap SK Modified feature — to highlight Saturday’s eight-division program at the Speedbowl.

There were two national qualifying races for the U.S. Legends cars. Eddie Fatscher of Eastport N.Y. was the winner in the completion of the first 50-lap feature, which was suspended by rain Thursday after 17 laps. Austin Green of Concord, N.C. dominated the second 50-lap feature. Jordan Hadley of Waterford won the 25-lap Mini-Stock feature. There were two Limited Sportsman features. It took Monte Gibbs just 11 laps to go from 14th to first en route to a win in the opener. Then Chris Meyer survived a three-wide battle against Al Stone and Gibbs to win the second feature. Most of the rave reviews, however, went to Rocco. In the first Late Model race, he tracked down early leader Anthony Flannery midway through the race for his fifth win of the season.

He didn’t wait long for win No. 6, but he needed to pull off the closest finish of the night to make it happen. He squeezed underneath Jason Palmer with three laps to go, and then was able to beat him by a centimeter at the finish line.

“That was a lot of fun,” Rocco said. “My car was actually better on the outside and so was his, so I was at a disadvantage. But I was able to pull it out. That was just great racing.”

Luck was in Rocco’s favor in the SK feature. He was running fifth on lap 9 when the four cars in front of him, driven by Bo Gunning, Todd Owen, Tom Abele and Justin Gaydosh, got together in turn 4. Rocco was able to avoid contact and getther lead at the same time. “I just was in the right place at the right time,” Rocco said. “I was lucky I didn’t get caught up in the accident. Once I got into the lead, I was able to pull away.”

Dennis Perry moved into second, but didn’t have enough firepower to derail Rocco. Ted Christopher came from 11th starting position to finish third. In the Legend opener, Fatscher took advantage of the mishaps of Green, who had a big lead, but spun out in the second turn with 17 laps to go. Green left no margin for error in the nightcap as he led for 47 of the 50 laps.

Jordan Hadley lost the lead with eight laps to go against Charles Canfield, but was able to get it back one lap later for the victory. Gibbs notched his third win of the season in the opener, and was in a position to track down Meyer in the nightcap. Meyer, however, was able to pull away on a restart with three laps to go.

Racing continues at the Speedbowl Saturday with time trials for all divisions and twin 30-laps.

Wings and Wheels – New London Waterford Speedbowl

August 8th, 2016

WATERFORD – Jon McKennedy held off Richard Savary to win the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing feature in the main event of Saturday’s Wings & Wheels program at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. The Valenti Modified Racing Series was part of seven feature card at the track Saturday. Tyler Chadwick topped the field in the 35-lap SK Modified feature. Cory DiMatteo was the winner of the SK Light Modified feature. John Zych Jr. won the 25-lap NEMA Midget feature. PJ Stergois was the winner in the NEMA Lite feature. Geoffrey Sutton won the 25-lap ATQMRA Three-Quarter Midget feature.

It was the third career Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at the Speedbowl for McKennedy, of Chelmsford, Mass. who also had wins in 2010 and 2012 at the track. Richard Savary of Canton, Mass. was second and Woody Pitkat of Stafford third. McKennedy rallied after being involved in a lap 32 crash that collected nearly half of the field. Savary went to the lead by Pitkat on lap 70 restart with McKennedy following him to second. Three laps later McKennedy went to the outside to take over the lead for good. Chadwick, of Ledyard, picked up his second victory of the season in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature.

Ted Christopher of Plainville was second and Diego Monahan of Quaker Hill third. Bo Gunning took the field to the green from the pole with Chadwick to his outside and the pair put on a show over the opening segment of the race.

With 29 laps left Chadwick edged Gunning out for the lead at the line, but the pair remained side-by-side in the lead battle. With 26 laps left Gunning briefly cleared Chadwick out front, but Chadwick fought back to the outside with 25 laps left.

Gunning cleared Chadwick again with 24 laps remaining, but Chadwick got back to his outside once again a lap later. With 20 laps left Gunning was able to get Chadwick to tuck in behind in second. A lap later slight contact between the two sent Gunning sliding sideways in turn two to bring out a caution and put Chadwick in the lead.

On the ensuing restart it was Joey Gada getting by Adam Gada for second place with Christopher following to third place and Monahan to fourth. Caution flew again with 12 laps remaining and on the restart it was Christopher moving to second place past Joey Gada, with Monahan moving to third.

But Chadwick was up to the task of keeping Christopher at bay over the final 10 laps. Christopher took one bumping shot at Chadwick on the final lap, but Chadwick held his line. DiMatteo, of Farmington, scored his first career victory in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature.

Brett Gonyaw of Vernon was second and Corey Barry of Plainfield third. Gonyaw held the lead right from the start with DiMatteo tucking in behind in second.

From there their pair went 15-laps that way. With 10 laps left DiMatteo was able to make the move past Gonyaw for the top spot and from there he checked out from the field.

New London Waterford Speedbowl Updates

July 24th, 2016

WATERFORD – The New London-Waterford Speedbowl celebrated its annual Nostalgia Night with a former SK Modified division champion snapping a two-year plus winless streak in the SK Modified division.

Rob Janovic Jr. of Waterford drove away from the field in the closing stages to win the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature.

It was the first victory for the 2007 division champion since Aug. 16, 2014. It marked Janovic’s 23rd career victory in the division since 2000.

Joey Gada of Salem was second and Todd Owen of Somers third.

In other events, Al Stone III won the Limited Sportsman feature, Ray Christian III won the Late Model feature, Wayne Burroughs Jr. won the Mini Stock feature and Dana DiMatteo won the Legends feature.

In the SK Modified feature, Brent Sweet took the field to green with Adam Gada to his outside. Janovic made an early move to get third place past Bo Gunning. With 30 laps left Janovic got by Adam Gada to move into second place. The caution flew with 22 laps remaining and Sweet leading Janovic. On the ensuing restart it was Janovic getting the jump to take over the lead. Behind them Joey Gada moved to third. With 17 laps left Joey Gada was able to get by Sweet to take over second, with Janovic having checked out. The caution flew again with 15 laps left but Joey Gada had nothing to keep up with Janovic over the closing stages. Christian, of Uncasville, got his third victory of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature. Jeff Smith Old Lye was second and Keith Rocco of Wallingford third. Christopher Garside took the field to green with Christian to his outside. With 27 laps remaining Christian moved by Garside in the outside to take over the lead, with Anthony Flannery following him into second place. Two laps later Rocco moved into third place. With 21 laps left Rocco moved to second place by Flannery and began hunting down Christian out front. As the leaders were readying to take the white flag a caution flew to set up the green-white-checkered finish. On the restart, it was Rocco getting the advantage and leading on the outside as the leaders took the white flag. On the final lap Christian got Rocco up the track in turn four. As Rocco went toward the wall it was Smith moving into second place behind Christian at the checkered flag.

Stone, the reigning division champion from Durham, picked up his fourth victory of the season in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature. Josh Galvin of Oakdale was second and Chris Meyer of Norwich third. Jon Porter took the field to green with Charles Beal to his outside. Stone used an early three-wide move to get up through traffic and got by Monte Gibbs for third with 23 laps left. With 16 laps left Stone used the outside lane to move by Beal for second place and began chase on Porter. With 12 laps remaining Stone got under Porter off of turn two and moved to the lead going into turn three. Galvin moved to second past Porter with 10 laps left, but Stone was already checking out. Stone continued to lengthen his lead over the final 10 laps.

Reigning Mini Stock champion Burroughs, of Oakdale, scored his third victory in the last four events and fourth victory overall in 2016. Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon was second and Jacob Perry of Pawcatuck third. Charles Canfield took the field to green with Jordan Hadley moving quickly to second place. On a restart with 22 laps remaining, Hadley was able to move to the lead with Cassidy rolling to second place. A quick caution set up another restart with 21 laps left and Cassidy used the chance to go by Hadley for the lead. The caution flew again with 12 laps remaining with Cassidy leading, Perry in second and Burroughs third. On the restart it was Burroughs making the battle three-wide to the low lane and taking over the top spot out of turn two.

The caution flew again with seven laps remaining, but Burroughs was up to the take of holding the top spot. Behind him, Perry and Cassidy were left to fight over second place over the closing laps. Cassidy edged Perry for second at the checkered.

DiMatteo, of Farmington, held off Cameron Morga over the final three laps to get the victory in the 25-lap Legends feature.

Morga, of Albuquerque, N.M., held on for second place. John O’Sullivan III of Salem was third.

New London Waterford Speedbowl release

July 18th, 2016

WATERFORD –Keith Rocco said you can’t compete against Ted Christopher without having some respect. It also helps to have a fast race car. Rocco had both as he blistered his way into the lead with 11 laps remaining
on his way to his fourth win of the season in the 35-lap SK Modified feature Saturday at New London Waterford Speedbowl.

Jacob Perry, a 14-year-old from Pawcatuck, won his first 25-lap Ministock feature while Chris Meyer and Monte Gibbs each captured 25-lap Sportsman features. Chris Correll won his first SK Light feature, while Cameron Morga, a visitor from New Mexico, was a winner in the 25-lap U.S. Legends feature.

One of the best moves of the night was executed by Rocco in the SK Modified event. Christopher had taken the lead with an outside move against Tom Abele Jr. with 12 laps to go. One lap later, Rocco thundered to the outside and was able to execute the same move.

“I had confidence that move was going to work because Ted always races me clean,” Rocco said. “You have to respect him. But once I got the lead, he really made me work for it.”

Christopher pestered Rocco’s back bumper, but couldn’t get past Rocco.

“Our car was just a little too tight,” Christopher said.

The race was bogged down by seven caution flags. Abele Jr. Led for the first 20 laps, but spun out into the infield once Christopher passed him. He rallied to finish fourth, one sport behind Diego Monahan.

Rocco also captured the mid-season championship, making him a double winner.

In the first of two Limited Sportsman features, Chris Mayer took the lead from Moose Douton with seven laps remaining to grab his second win. In the second half of the doubleheader, Monte Gibbs pulled off a three-wide move with four laps to go to get the lead from Jason Chicolas and Josh Galvin.

“I saw those two cars get together and I just went for it,” Gibbs said.

It was his third win of the season. Al Stone captured the mid-season title.

Rookie driver Jacob Perry held off defending champ Wayne Burrows down the stretch to win his first-ever Ministock feature.

“Wayne Burroughs gave me some advice about the restarts tonight, and my car worked perfectly,” Perry said. “The pressure was on me. Everyone in my family started their career in the minis and had success. It was up to me to win and I’m glad I was able to do it tonight.”

Perry is a third-generation driver. Ken Cassidy Jr. nailed down the mid-season title.

Correll prevailed in a caution-infested SK Light race. Tony Membrino, who started last in the feature, rallied to finish second and won the mid-season championship. He didn’t have an answer for Correll, however, who led every lap but one.

Morga made a dazzling move on lap 7 of the 20-lap feature, moving from fourth place to the lead in less than one lap. John O’Sullivan finished second for the third straight race.

Morga was at the Speedbowl to prepare for the national U.S. Legends championship, which takes place here in October.

Jim Kelly won the Vintage Outlaw Modified racing.

Racing returns to the Speedbowl on Saturday with Nostalgia Night.

Ryan Locke Captures Historic First NEMA Win at Waterford Speedbowl

July 6th, 2016

A storybook ending was the scene for thirteen year old Ryan Locke, as he captured his first ever NEMA Lite win, becoming the youngest driver to ever win in NEMA’s sixty three year history. Locke bested a strong field of twenty two competitors, ranging from Indiana to North Carolina, to Pennsylvania at New England’s premier 3/8 mile oval, the New London Waterford Speedbowl.

Although Locke may be unfamiliar with victory lane as a driver, the thirteen year old’s family is not. His father, Jeff, operator at Locke Crane Services, a fierce ISMA Super Modified competitor, and grandfather, Ken, a long time, winning Oswego Super Modified car owner, are no strangers to the podium.

The evening started strong for the young Locke as he jumped out into the lead from the front of the pack. The win would not come easy, however, as the likes of 2015 Lites Champion, Anthony Payne, and up & comer Meg Cugini were running some lightening fast times as they worked their way through the pack. Further behind them, multi feature winner, Danny Cugini was also working his way to the front as was Modified standout, Joey Cipriano, who started in eighteenth position.

As the laps wound down, the Locke, Payne, and Meg Cugini trio staged an epic battle, with the three exchanging the lead four times in the last three laps of the event. Locke would cement his spot in victory lane with
a pass for the lead, and he went on to take down and exciting victory by a narrow margin. Payne and Cugini would follow him, followed by Danny Cugini, Joey Cipriano, Ben Mikitarian, PJ Stergios, Paul Scally, Randy
Cabral and Nikki Carroll.

“I started racing in the tiger sprint go carts 3 just years ago. I raced tiger sprints for 2 years before getting the NEMA lite last year. I practiced at Star last year because I was too young to race, but all the
practice paid off,” said the young Locke. I think the key to winning the race was having a good race car and starting with good track position.

I never could have imagined winning this early. I still can’t believe it. The first thing I said when I saw my dad in victory lane was, “did that just happen?”,said an elated Locke.

NEMA and the NEMA Lites pick back up their schedule at Star Speedway this coming weekend.

New London Waterford Speedbowl Highlights

July 4th, 2016

WATERFORD – Saturday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl saw legendary SK Modified driver Ted Christopher return to victory lane at the track for the first time this season.

In other events Keith Rocco won the first Late Model feature, Anthony Flannery was victorious in the second Late Model feature, Andrew Molleur won the SK Light Modified feature, Monte Gibbs topped the field in the Limited Sportsman feature, Wayne Burroughs Jr. won the Mini Stock feature and Ryan Locke won the NEMA Lites feature.

Christopher led every lap on the way to his first victory of the season in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature. Diego Monahan of Quaker Hill was second and Keith Rocco of Wallingford third. Adam Gada took the field to green from the pole with Christopher to his outside. Christopher wasted no time in snaring that lead from Gada on the first lap. On a restart with 20 laps to go Monahan moved past Justin Gaydosh for second place. Nine laps later on another restart it was Rocco moving to third past Gaydosh. The caution flew again with four laps remaining with Monahan second and Rocco third, but they were left to chase Christopher to the checkered in that order. Rocco got his first win in the Late Model division since May 7 in the first 25-lap feature of the night. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton was second and Jeff Smith of Old Lyme third. The show was all about Rocco, the two-time former division champion. After a misfire because of an accident on the first lap, the race restarted and Rocco was able to go by pole-sitter Christopher Garside for the lead. From there it was all Rocco’s show as he left the field behind.

Flannery got his second victory in the last three events in the second 25-lap Late Model feature. Jason Palmer of Berlin was second and Smith third. Flannery made the run from the sixth starting position and went by Smith for lead with 20 laps remaining and never trailed again. Fifteen-year old Molleur of Shelton got his first SK Light Modified feature win in dramatic style. Corey Barry of Plainfield was second and Chris Gombos of Naugatuck third. Randy Churchill Jr. went to the lead past Brett Gonyaw with 23 laps remaining. Barry was able to move past Gonyaw for second before a caution flew with 16 laps remaining. After the restart Gonyaw was able to move back to second and with 12 laps left was challenging Churchill to the outside for the lead. With nine laps remaining Barry got by Gonyaw again for second place but Gonyaw fought back to second again and quickly looked outside of Churchill before the caution flew again with five laps remaining. On the ensuing restart Gonyaw ended up in the frontstretch wall with five more cars piling in behind him. Churchill held the top spot following the restart with five laps remaining, but with four laps left Barry held the edge for the lead at the line. Churchill fought back and regained the lead in the side-by-side battle on the next lap. But on the final lap Churchill ended up spinning in turn four, with Barry slowing to avoid, allowing Molleur to go under both from third to lead for the win.

Gibbs got his third victory of the season in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature. Josh Galvin of Oakdale was second and Al Stone III of Durham third. Gibbs started on the pole in the event and let his challengers fight for the runner-up spot, checking out easily from the field numerous times.

Burroughs, of Oakdale, got his second consecutive victory and third victory overall in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon was second and Sean Caron of East Hampton third. Jacob Perry took the field to green from the pole with Ian Brew to his outside. Brew used the outside lane to go to the lead three laps in, but Perry fought back to regain the lead with 22 laps left. But with 20 laps remaining Brew wrestled the top spot back with Burroughs going to second. Two laps later Burroughs found the lane under Perry for second place. With 16 laps remaining Burroughs, the reining division champion, found a lane under Brew for the lead and never trailed again.

Waterford Updates

June 27th, 2016

WATERFORD – Joey Gada and Keith Rocco were the big winners on a seven feature card Saturday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Gada won the first SK Modified feature of the night and Rocco topped the field in the second for the division.

Ray Christian III won the Late Model feature. Chris Meyer was the winner of the Limited Sportsman feature. Wayne Burroughs Jr. was victorious in the Mini Stock feature. Dana DiMatteo topped the field in the Legends feature. Robin Berghman won the New England Pro Four Modified feature. Gada, of Salem, picked up his third career SK Modified victory and first since 2014 in the first 25-lap feature of the night for the division.

Todd Owen of Somers was second and Diego Monahan of Quaker Hill third. Bo Gunning took the field to green Diego Monahan to his outside.

The race was slowed by three early cautions, but Gunning was up to the task of holding off Monahan on each restart over the first seven laps. Gada went by Monahan for second not long after a restart with 18 laps remaining.

With 11 laps remaining Gunning’s car began smoking while leading. A caution flew for a turn three crash with 10 laps remaining and Gunning abandoned the lead and headed to the pits while the field paced under caution, handing the top spot to Gada. On the ensuing restart it was Gada holding off the outside charge of Monahan.

Owen was able to get under Monahan just after the restart for second place, but Gada checked out from his pursuers from that point on. Rocco, of Wallingford, got his third victory of the season in the second 25-lap SK Modified feature.

Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard was second and Gada third. For second time of the evening Gunning took the field to green, with Ted Christopher to the outside.

At the green flag it was Christopher using the outside lane to go by Christopher for the lead, but the caution quickly flew on the event on the second lap. On the ensuing restart, Gunning made contact with Christopher just after the green flag, sending Christopher’s car hard into the turn one wall. Gunning was penalized for the incident, handing the lead to Dylan Izzo and putting Dennis Perry in second.

On the next restart it was Perry moving past Izzo at the green to take over the lead. Tyler Chadwick followed to second. With 15 laps remaining Rocco moved past Chadwick to second place and quickly got on Perry’s bumper.

With six laps left, and Perry’s car leaking fluid, contact from Rocco sent him sliding up the track in turn one. Rocco assumed the lead and then cruised easily to victory over the final six laps.

Christian, of Uncasville, got his second victory of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton was second and Jeff Smith of Old Lyme third.

Smith and Christian started on the front row and put on a side-by-side show at the front for the first nine laps. With 21 laps remaining Christian cleared Smith for the lead off of turn four and a lap later Keith Rocco got under Smith for second place.

The first caution of the event flew with 16 laps remaining putting Rocco to the outside of Christian. But Christian was up to the task of holding off Rocco. From there Christian checked out from the field. Rocco slowed on the track while running second with laps remaining and went to the infield.

Meyer, of Norwich, got his first victory of the season in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature. Al Stone III of Durham was second and Ryan Waterman of Danielson second.

Jack Aqualina went to the lead past Charles Beal early in the event. Meyer moved to second place with 19 laps remaining as Beal got shuffled to the outside lane. With 17 laps remaining Aqualina went sliding through the grass heading into turn one, handing the lead to Meyer. From there Meyer was able to hold off Al Stone on two quick restarts and then check out from the field.

With 10 laps remaining Waterman was able to get by Stone for second place. But Stone fought back, returning to second past Waterman with six laps left. All the while Meyer left the field deep behind on the way to victory. Burroughs, the reigning division champion from Oakdale, scored his second victory of the season in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature.

Dave Trudeau of Mansfield was second and Jordan Hadley of Waterford third. Jacob Perry took the field to the green for the start with Burroughs to his outside.

Burroughs wasted no time going to the front, using the outside lane to by Perry. From there it was the Burroughs show out front.

With 14 laps left Sean Caron muscled by Perry for second place, with Trudeau following to third. A restart with four laps remaining shook up the top-five, but left no questions that Burroughs had his ride working.

DiMatteo, of Farmington, proved the dominant force in rolling to victory in the 25-lap Legends feature. Noah Korner of Canton was second and John O’Sullivan of Salem was third.

Waterford Updates

June 22nd, 2016

WATERFORD – Third year SK Modified division driver Paul Kusheba IV scored his long awaited first career victory in the division Saturday to showcase the racing card at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Anthony Flannery was victorious in the Late Model feature. Tony Membrino Jr. scored victory in the SK Light Modified feature. Al Stone III was victorious in the Limited Sportsman feature. Charles Canfield won the Mini Stock feature. Duane Noll won in the debut of the track’s new Truck division.

The 21-year Kusheba of Monroe was up to the task of handling numerous restarts to get his first victory in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature.

Rob Janovic Jr. of Waterford was second and Dennis Perry of Pawcatuck third.

Paul Buzel took the field to green with Diego Monahan to his outside.

Monahan went to the lead from the outside lane at the drop of the green flag, with Janovic moving forward to second.

On a restart three laps in Kusheba went by Buzel for third place. Three laps later Kusheba made the move to get by Janovic for second.

With 27 laps remaining Kusheba was able to use a low move off of turn four to take over the top spot from Monahan.

Monahan went to the pits under the next caution, moving Janovic to second and Perry to third.

On a restart with 25 laps left it was Perry moving past Janovic to second place.

The caution flag flew with 11 laps remaining. On the restart it was Janovic getting under Perry to return to second place, while Kusheba pulled away at the front.

The caution flew again with eight laps remaining, but Kusheba was up to the task once again, pulling away quickly from Janovic.

A multi-car wreck brought out the caution once again with five laps left.

Another picture perfect restart had Kusheba keeping the field at bay over the final five laps.

Flannery, of East Hampton, got his first victory of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature.

Ray Christian III of Uncasville was second and Keith Rocco of Wallingford third.

Flannery went to the lead on the third lap of the event and never trailed again, leaving the field to battle behind him.

Membrino, of Berlin, kept his perfect Speedbowl record alive with his fourth victory in four starts this year in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature.

Cory DiMatteo of Farmington was second and Randy Churchill Jr. of Oakdale third.

Churchill went to the lead on a restart with 21 laps remaining with Brett Gonyaw moving to second place and Membrino to third.

Two laps later Gonyaw was penalized for a restart issue, allowing Membrino to assume second place behind Churchill.

With 15 laps left Membrino started tapping on the bumper of Churchill, but there was no moving him.

Membrino looked to the outside of Churchill with 10 laps remaining, but that was a move that didn’t work either.

With six laps remaining Churchill was pulling away from Membrino.

The caution flew with three laps remaining and it proved the undoing for Churchill. Membrino got the jump on the outside to take over the lead on the ensuing restart.

The caution flew again with two laps left, but Membrino got away from the field on the restart and DiMatteo was able to move to second place past Churchill.

Stone, of Durham, got his third victory of the season in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature.

Josh Galvin of Oakdale was second and Alan Coates of Ledyard third.

John Porter took the field to green with Charles Beal to his outside.

Al Stone III quickly diced his way to second behind Beal and took over the lead with 14 laps remaining.

From there Stone, the reigning division champion, was the show, leaving the field behind and surviving a rash of restarts over the final half of the event.

It was the first victory of the season for Canfield, of East Haven, in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature.

Christopher Ivory of Oakdale was second and Dave Trudeau of Mansfield third.

Matt Guertin took the field to green from the pole and stayed in that position until Canfield used an outside lane pass to take over the top spot with eight laps remaining following a restart.

From there Canfield went unchallenged at the front leaving the fight for second place. Ivory was able to use a late restart to move past Trudeau for second place.

It was the second career victory for Canfield, who got his first win on Sept. 24, 2011.

In the debut event for the track’s new Truck division it was Noll, of Monroe dominating in the 25-lap feature.

Tyler Chapman of Mystic was second and Andy Lindeman of Poestenkill, N.Y. third.

Todd Taylor took the field to green for the division, but he was lead was short lived.

Noll used a restart three laps into the event to go to the front past Taylor and he would never relinquish the top spot again.

Speedbowl Twin 20 Lap Ltd. Sportsman Feature

June 11th, 2016

WATERFORD – One of the biggest movies in 1975 was “Once Is Not Enough,” a film starring such big names as Kirk Douglas and George Hamilton. More than 40 years later, the Limited Sportsmen drivers at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl will be using the same philosophy when it comes to racing. One 20-lap feature simply will not be enough.

The drivers will be competing in two Twin 20-lap features Saturday night, a sharp contrast to a regular Saturday night show in which they race one 25-lap feature. “I don’t mind it,” said Jack Aquilina, the driver of the Engines by Andy, Broadbrook Plumbing and Heating Limited Sportsman. “The key is getting through that first race so you can make it to the second.”

Chris Meyer, currently third in the point standings, agrees. “You don’t want to have any damage to the wheels, or the suspension, that you would have to fix,” said Meyer, the driver of the 7-Eleven, Treat’s Pools and Spas Limited Sportsman. “And you don’t want to burn up your tires in that first race.”

Meyer said he plans on spending the time between the races making his car better. “But if you bang it up, you’re not adjusting, you’re fixing,” Meyer said. “I don’t want that to happen.”

Aquilina says he’ll race the first 20-laps hard, but carefully. “You want to be aggressive, but you also don’t want to make any moves that will jeopardize your equipment,” Aquilina said “You just have to keep a cool
head, especially in the first 20 laps.”

Aquilina said even with the twin feature format, it is no time to get overly physical. “You have to remember you’re going to be racing against the same guys the following week,” Aquilina said. “You have to show a little common respect.”

Meyer said he’s going to have the same plan for the first 20-lap race that he always does. “I’ll just take what they give me,” Meyer said. “If the outside is open, I’ll go there. If not, I’ll go inside. And if I’m in the Top 3 late in the race, I’ll drive as hard as I can. Then I’ll worry about the second race.”

Meyer said he likes the Twin 20-lap format. “It’s a good opportunity for the teams to show they have what it takes,” Meyer said. “Your team is going to be twice as important as it usually is because your crew has to set up the car to go two races.”

Meyer, who is looking for his first win of 2016, said there actually is three races to be concerned about. “The heat race is also very important,” Meyer said. “We haven’t been qualifying well lately, and that’s affected our starting position. So we want to win our heat race, and then try to win both features.”

Meyer said it’s happened before. A few years ago Meyer finished second and third, but both races were won by Al Stone, a two-time winner this season who leads in the points. “This year I want to be like Al Stone,” Meyer said.

The Limited Sportsman features will open and close Saturday’s program. In between, five other divisions will be in action, making for a breath-taking night of motorsports. A week ago, Keith Rocco became the first SK Modified driver to become a repeat winner. He’ll be looking for his third win of the season in Saturday’s 35-lap feature. The five-time SK champ is second in the Speedbowl standings, four points behind leader Dennis Perry.

Three-time champ Bruce Thomas will be trying to make it three wins in a row when he competes in the 30-lap Sunoco Late Model feature. Thomas is one-point in front of defending champ Jason Palmer in the Speedbowl standings. Five-time Mini Stock champ Ken Cassidy has the point lead by six points over Dave Trudeau, but has yet to win a race. He’ll try to rectify that situation Saturday when he competes in the 25-lap feature.

Dana DiMatteo will be putting his Saturday night undefeated streak on the line when he gets ready for the 25-lap The Joie of Seating Legends race. In addition, the Mr. Rooter Race Trucks will be making their second trip to the Speedbowl. Bert Ouellette has won the first two truck races of the season.

Saturday also is the first Town Night of the season. Anyone living in a town that begins with the initials A-through-M will receive free admission to the grandstand with valid ID for proof or residency. Qualifying will get under way at 5:30 p.m. and the features start at 7 p.m.

Carlson Tops NEMA Field at New-London Waterford Speedbowl

June 9th, 2016

On a beautiful early June evening, Seth Carlson ended a dry spell for his Feigel Motorsports team, taking down an impressive win in a race that went “wire to wire” with no cautions this past Saturday. Carlson was never seriously challenged enroute to a dominating victory. The Lites were not on hand for the evening, which featured the NEMA cars only.

When the feature rolled around, Paul “Dangerous” Scally and Carlson brought the field to the green flag. Quickly, Carlson pulled out into the lead from his outside pole position taking Todd Bertrand in the #39 along with him, by Scally. Bertrand hung with Carlson back a few lengths for the first three circuits, and then Carlson started to pour on the heat, and pulled away.

At the halfway marker, it was all Carlson, leading by ten car lengths, with Bertrand still in second and Scally in third. Further back, Jim Chambers was holding off a hard charging John Zych Jr.

As the laps wound down, the field remained largely unchanged, even though Carlson and Bertrand were in to heavy lapped traffic. Carlson went on to take down the victory over Bertrand, Scally – who had a season best podium finish, Chambers, Zych, Randy Cabral, Avery Stoehr, Bethany Stoehr, Danny Cugini and Paul Bigelow.

“We’ve really been fighting the car this year,” said Carlson. “We ended up so tight at Star and Riverhead, the car was almost undrivable. We made a bunch of changes coming in to Waterford, and they worked out great. I really need to thank Gene Feigel and my Dad, Paul Carlson for getting this car back on track,” he said.

NEMA resumes its schedule at the Wiscassett Speedway this coming Saturday in Wiscasset, Maine as it continues its busy month of June.

Rocco Retured to the Victory Lane at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

June 8th, 2016

WATERFORD – Five-time SK Modified division champion Keith Rocco returned to victory lane in the division as part of a packed racing card Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Also, Glen Thomas Jr. won the 50-lap North East Mini Stock Tour feature.

Other winners on the night include Bruce Thomas Jr. in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Tony Membrino Jr. in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, Al Stone III in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature, Seth Carlson in the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature and Robin Berghman in the 25-lap New England Pro Four Modified feature. Rocco, of Wallingford, picked up his second victory of the season in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature. Rocco’s first victory came in the season opener on May 8.

Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard was second and Todd Owen of Somers third. Tim Jordan led the field to green with Justin Gaydosh to his outside.

With 31 laps left Owen moved under Jordan off of turn four to take over the lead, with Rocco moving into second place. On a restart with 25 laps remaining Rocco was able to get the jump on Owen on the outside and then cleared him to take over the lead through turn three.

On a restart with eight laps remaining Chadwick moved to second past Owen and two laps later got to Rocco’s bumper. But Rocco was up to the challenge of defending the lead over the final five laps.

Thomas, of Groton, got his second career North East Mini Stock Tour victory and first at the Speedbowl. Thomas passed Matt Sonhalter with five laps remaining in the event and pulled away to victory.

Sonhalter, of East Thetford, Vt., held on for second and Emerson Cayer of Contoocook, N.H. was third. Bruce Thomas, of Groton, won for the second consecutive week in the 30-lap Late Model feature.

Jason Palmer of Berlin was second and Anthony Flannery of East Hampton third. Flannery took the field to the green with Ray Christian III to his outside.

With 21 laps left Christian went by Flannery, who had a bad tire, allowing Bruce Thomas to move to second place. Christian held the lead through a restart with 16 laps left with Palmer moving to second past Thomas. A lap later Palmer made a move under Christian to battle for the top spot.

A side-by-side battle at the front ensued before Christian cleared Palmer for the lead with 10 laps left. A caution flew on the next lap and then with eight laps remaining Palmer took the lead from Christian, but a lap later it was Christian moving back to the front. Palmer regained the lead with five laps left. With four laps left Christian slid up the track allowing Bruce Thomas to move to second. The caution flew with two laps left setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

Palmer held the lead through the penultimate lap, but on the final lap Bruce Thomas got under him in turn three. The two made contact with Bruce Thomas winning the race to the checkered. Memrbino, of Berlin, stayed perfect in the SK Light Modified division in 2016 at the Speedbowl with his third win in three events.

Corey Barry of Plainfield was second and Andrew Molleur of Shelton third. Cal Therrien led the field early with Molleur chasing him in second. With 23 laps left Chris Correll moved to second behind Therrien. Five laps
later Correll used the high lane to go by Therrien for the lead. On a restart with 13 laps left Membrino got by Chris Gombos to take over second place.

With eight laps remaining Membrino took the lead off of turn four from Correll. Two laps later Barry got by Correll to take over second place. A caution bunched the field with four laps remaining. Barry stayed to the
outside of Membrino on the ensuing restart. Contact between the two though with three laps remaining saw Barry slide up in turn three and Membrino was able to drive to victory. Stone III, the reigning division champion, picked up his second win of the season in the Limited Sportsman feature.

Chris Meyer of Norwich was second and Allen Coates of Ledyard third. Jack Aqualina started on the pole and led the early stages, with Stone moving to second with 20 laps remaining. Stone erased Aqualina’s big lead swiftly and with 16 laps remaining Stone moved the lead with a pass off of turn four.

Coates moved to second on a restart with 15 laps remaining, but Stone quickly checked out from the field. It left Coates and Meyer battling for second over the closing stages. Carlson, of Brimfield, Mass. took the lead on the opening lap and never trailed again on the way to victory in the 25-lap NEMA Midget feature.

Carlson went around pole-sitter Paul Scally on the first lap and then was able to check out from all pursuers.

Todd Bertrand moved to second on the opening lap but never got within striking range of Carlson. Bertrand, of Danielson, finished second and Scally, of Raynham, Mass., was third.

Chadwink Wins Every lap at Modified Feature at New London-Waterford

May 30th, 2016

WATERFORD – Tyler Chadwick was the showcase story of a speedy five event racing card Saturday evening at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Chadwick led every lap of the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK
Modified feature for his first victory since August 8, 2015.

Joe Arena won the 35-lap North East Street Stock Tour feature. Bruce Thomas Jr. won the 30-lap Late Model feature. In the 25-lap Mini Stock feature it was Chris Ivory winning. Dana DiMatteo won the 25-lap Legends feature.

Chadwick, of Ledyard, led every lap on the way to victory in the SK Modified feature. Dylan Izzo of Monroe, coming off his first career victory on May 21, was second. Joey Gada of Salem was third. Chadwick started on the pole and Gada stayed with him in second for most of the event before Izzo went to second on a restart with 13 laps left. By lap 25 Izzo was stalking all over Chadwick’s bumper and for the last seven laps Izzo was searching hard for a way to the front. A caution flew on the final lap to set up a green-white-checkered showdown, but Izzo couldn’t find the way around Chadwick over the final two circuits. Thomas, of Groton, scored his 59th career Late Model victory at the track in dominating fashion, leading every lap. Jason Palmer of Berlin was second and Keith Rocco of Wallingford third.

Matt Carlson started on the pole for the Late Model feature with Thomas to his outside. Thomas quickly went to the lead and then checked out from the field. Palmer went to second on lap two, with Rocco following to third, but Thomas was able to pull away easily from his pursuers out front in the caution free event. Ivory, of Oakdale, was involved in multiple side-by-side battles for the lead throughout the Mini Stock feature before securing his first victory of the season. Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon was second and Brad Caddick of Wyoming, R.I. third. Jacob Perry went to the lead past Andrew Krzeminski on the first lap. Two
laps in Ivory moved past Krzeminski for second with Dave Trudeau moving to third. With 17 laps remaining Ivory got to the outside of Perry and a lap later Ivory moved to the lead at the line, but there was no relenting from Perry. Perry stayed to the inside in a side-by-side battle between he and Perry for eight laps, before contact sent Perry spinning off turn four with eight laps remaining. The race restarted with Cassidy in second behind Ivory. With seven laps left Cassidy was able to take over the lead on the outside but two laps later in
the side-by-side battle, Ivory got back out front. The side-by-side battle out front continued until the final lap when Ivory cleared Cassidy off of turn two and drove to the victory.

Arena, of Bristol, got to the front and had no challenge in the North East Street Stock tour feature. Speedbowl regular Al Stone III of Durham was second and fellow track regular Chris Meyer of Norwich third. Corey Hutchings held the top spot in the event early, with Arena stalking him from the start. On lap 11 Arena was all over Hutchings’ bumper. Two laps later Arena made the pass to take over the lead for good off turn two. Stone followed Arena into second past Hutchings on lap 13 but never had anything to make a move on Arena out front. DiMatteo, of Farmington, was able to win going away in the Legends race. Jake Johnson of Rehoboth, Mass., was second and Michael Rutkoski of Rattituck, N.Y. third. Johnson went to the lead past Glenn Korner Jr. at the start with Andrew Molleur moving to second two laps into the event. On a restart with 20 laps remaining Noah Korner moved to second with DiMatteo following him to third place. With 16 laps left DiMatteo got by Johnson for the lead on the backstretch, but then contact between Johnson and Noah Korner brought out the caution, moving Johnson back out front for the restart.

On the restart DiMatteo made easy work of getting by Johnson and checking out from the field.

Another Week in the Books at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

May 24th, 2016

WATERFORD – Three first-time winners highlighted a packed racing card Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Joey Polewarczyk Jr. was dominant in driving to victory in the 100-lap American Canadian Tour feature. Diego Monahan won the first 35-SK Modified feature of the evening, which was the conclusion of an event that was suspended after 17 laps because of rain on May 14. Dylan Izzo picked up his first career win in the second 35-lap SK Modified feature.

Cory DiMatteo was a first-time winner in the 25-lap SK Light Modified field. Monte Gibbs joined the first timers with victories in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature. Sean Caron got the win in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Polewarczyk, of Hudson, N.H., went to the lead on a lap 19 restart and never trailed again in the American Canadian Tour feature. Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. was second and Scott Payea of Milton, Vt.
third. Polewarczyk started third in the field behind pole-winner Scott Payea and second place starter Dillon Moltz. Polewarczyk went to the lead past Payea on a lap 13 restart, but Payea grabbed the top spot back on a lap 17 restart. But all the drama at the front was over after Polewarczyk went to the lead on the lap 19 restart. MacDonald got by Payea for second with just under 15 laps left.

With 18 laps remaining in the 35-lap feature SK Modified that began on May 14, Monahan, of Quaker Hill, restarted from the top spot with Ted Christopher on his outside. Monahan was able to hold off the advances of Christopher on three restarts over the first four laps. On lap 13 Christopher spun coming off of turn four.
The race restarted with Dennis Perry riding to the outside of Monahan, but there was no lane for him to find a way past the leader. Perry, of Pawcatuck, held on for second place and Paul Kusheba IV of Monroe finished third. In the second SK Modified feature, Izzo, of Monroe, started second and took the lead from Ryan Morgan on the first lap. From there he had little trouble creeping away from the field after numerous restarts. But with five laps remaining the caution flew which put Christopher restarting beside him. Izzo got the jump on Christopher on the restart and was able to keep him at bay. Christopher, of Plainville, held on for second and Bo Gunning of Bethlehem was third.

Gibbs, of Killingworth, picked up his first career Limited Sportsman victory. Jack Aqualina and Jon Porter spent the first five laps of the event battling side-by-side for the top spot. With 15 laps left Gibbs inserted himself into the battle, making for a three-wide fight off of turn two for the lead. With 14 laps remaining it was Gibbs who came out of the battle with a lead he wouldn’t give up. Chris Meyer of Norwich was second and Chris Douton of Waterford third. Making his second start in the division, DiMatteo of Farmington won the SK Light Modified feature. Tony Membrino Jr. of Berlin was second and Rick Williams of East Hampton third. John O’Sullivan took the field to green at the start and Williams went to the lead early in the event. Membrino went to second on a restart with 18 laps remaining and with 12 laps left starting testing Williams in the outside lane.

With 11 laps left Corey Barry got by Membrino for second, but Membrino quickly regained the runner-up position two laps later.

On a restart with five laps remaining, DiMatteo went by Membrino for second place.

On a restart with two laps remaining DiMatteo was able to get by William for the top spot. The caution flew one more time after the the leader took the white flag. On the final restart DiMatteo was able to get away from the field with Membrino getting by Williams for second.

Caron, of East Hampton, picked up his first victory of the season by holding off Ken Cassidy Jr. over the closing laps of the Mini Stock feature.

Caron and Charles Canfield put on a side-by-side battle for the lead over the first 10 laps of the event.

With 11 laps remaining Cassidy went by Canfield for second place. A caution with three laps remaining gave Cassidy his best chance to unseat Caron, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Cassidy, of Lisbon, finished second. Dave Trudeau of Mansfield was third

New England Race Fuels Joins New London Waterford Speedbowl As A Title Sponsor

May 18th, 2016

WATERFORD – While attending the season opener at New London-Waterford Speedbowl last weekend, John Holland of New England Racing Fuels enjoyed what he saw.

He enjoyed it so much, he decided to get more involved with the racing program. As a result, the Late Model division at the Speedbowl has a new title sponsor.

Starting Saturday, the division will be known as the Sunoco Late Models. A Late Model driver each week will receive a certificate for five gallons of Sunoco Racing Fuel.

“I was down at the Speedbowl last weekend and I was really excited with all the improvements,” Holland said. “I was really impressed. And not just with the physical improvements, but with the attitude of everyone there. Bruce Bemer, the track owner, has done a great job, but it’s not just him. It’s the entire staff.”

So Holland contacted Speedbowl GM-Promoter Shawn Monahan about how he could contribute.

“I called Shawn and said I wanted to do something extra,” Holland said. “I asked him where we could fit in, and this is what we came up with.”

Holland says he’s pleased to be involved with the Speedbowl Late Models.

“”It’s a fun division, with a lot of hard chargers,” Holland said. “And the gift certificate won’t just go to the winner of the race. We want to help as many drivers as we can.”

A random draw held after the race will determine who gets the certificate.

“If there’s an area in which we can help, we’re all for it,” Holland said.

New England is involved in all three state race tracks. It sponsors the Sunoco Modifieds at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and is a major contingency sponsor, helping out all the divisions, at Stafford Motor Speedway.

New England is the latest title sponsor at the Speedbowl, joining the Micro Blue Bandoleros, the Magnus Racing Product SK Lights, the Joie of Seating Lends and the Coastline Fire Protection Super X Cars.

New England Cycle Center 161 Recap

May 17th, 2016

WATERFORD – Ron Silk powered past polesitter Eric Goodale one-third of the way through the New England Cycle Center 161 Saturday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl and never looked back. Silk, of Norwalk, held off the field down the stretch to record his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. It was his first at the Speedbowl, and it came in just his third race with new car owner Danny Watts Jr. and the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet team. Max Zachem, of Preston, crossed the stripe second for his best career finish. Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J. joined him on the podium in third.

Jeff Goodale of Rivhead, N.Y. and Rob Summers of of Manchester rounded out the top five while Brendon Bock, Matt Swanson, Doug Coby, Donny Lia and Jamie Tomaino completed the top 10. Saturday also marked career-best finishes for Goodale and Bock while Tomaino extended his Whelen Modified Tour record for career starts to 600 in the event. Silk, the 2011 Whelen Modified Tour titlist, ended a 42-race winless drought with his first victory since August 2012 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature was suspended with 18 laps remaining in the scheduled 35-lap event because of rain. Diego Monahan of Quaker Hill was leading the event, with Ted Christopher of Plainville in second, when the rains came and brought the event to a halt.

The event will be resumed at a date to be announced. The 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature also fell victim to rain.

Ray Christian III used some late race dramatics to score his first career Late Model victory. Christian, of Uncasville, went firing to the lead past Jason Palmer on a restart with six laps left and held on to win the 30-lap Late Model feature. Palmer, of Berlin, was ended up second. Jeff Smith of Old Lyme was third. Jordan Hadley of Quaker Hill started on the pole in his Mini Stock and made it look easy.

Hadley led every circuit to win the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Christopher Ivory of Oakdale was second and Ian Brew of Wood River Junction, R.I. third. It was the third career victory for Hadley

New London Waterford Speedbowl Bud Blast OFf Recap

May 11th, 2016

WATERFORD – If it’s opening weekend at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, it likely means Keith Rocco celebrating when the SK Modified feature is over. Rocco, of Wallingford, captured the victory in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Sunday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl’s Bud Blastoff 2016.

Sunday’s SK Modified feature was one of eight features rescheduled from Saturday’s original program, which was suspended because of rain. Other winners on Sunday included Al Stone III in the Limited Sportsman division, Tony Membrino Jr. in the SK Light feature, Wayne Burroughs Jr. in the Mini Stock event, Dana DiMatteo in the Legends feature, Bert Ouellette in the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series race, Dave Gargaro Jr. in the X-Car feature and Dave Yardley III in the Super X-Car race.

The event marked the seventh time in the last eight years that Rocco as won the opening SK Modified event at the track. Rocco also won Saturday’s Late Model feature at the Speedbowl. He has swept both the SK Modified and Late Model features at the last five Bud Blastoff events at Waterford. Ted Christopher of Plainville was second in the SK Modified feature and Rob Janovic Jr. of Waterford third.

Janovic took the SK Modified field to green from the pole with Monahan on his outside. Caution flew on lap 12 when Bo Gunning went to the infield in turn two. Janovic held the top spot on the restart but the caution quickly flew again for a multi-car pileup on the frontstretch on lap 13. Following the cleanup it was Janovic again getting the advantage over Monahan on the restart. Janovic held on again through a lap 23 restart, but Monahan gave him two hard taps before the completion of the lap. On lap 26 Monahan stuck his nose under Janovic going into turn one. The two had contact and Janovic was forced to save a sliding car while Monahan went to the front. But two laps later, Monahan ended up in the frontstretch wall while battling for the lead with Rocco. The caution flew again on lap 31 when rookie Paul Buzel got into the wall in turn four. On the ensuing restart, Christopher was able to go to the outside pass Janovic for second place, but Christopher couldn’t get close enough to challenge Rocco at the front.

Stone, of Durham, began defense of his 2015 Limited Sportsman championship at the track in dominating fashion in the division’s 25-lap feature. Monte Gibbs of Killingworth was second and Ed Gertsch Jr. of East Haven third. Stone went past Chris Meyer for the lead on the first lap and never again relinquished the top spot. Gibbs and Gertsch swapped second place four times over the final eight laps, but neither had anything to contend with Stone’s dominance.

Burroughs, of Oakdale, beginning defense of his 2015 Mini Stock championship at the Speedbowl, started on the pole and led every lap on the way to victory in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Dave Trudeau of Mansfield was second and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon third. Trudeau got to second on a lap nine restart but was left chasing down Burroughs on each ensuing restart.

Membrino, of Berlin, scored his first career SK Light Modified victory at the Speedbowl. Brett Gonyaw of Vernon was second and Corey DiMatteo of Farmington third. On a lap four restart Membrino moved to second behind DiMatteo. After another caution it was Membrino moving to the lead past DiMatteo on a lap nine restart.
Gonyaw moved to second past DiMatteo on lap 17 and stalked Membrino over the final circuits, but had to settle for a second place finish. DiMatteo, of Farmington, was third.

Dana DiMatteo, of Farmington, started second in the Legends feature, went to the lead early and went unchallenged at the front the rest of the way in the 25-lap feature. Noah Korner of Canton came out on top of a feisty mid-race battle for second with Scott Limkemann and finished second. Mike Flynn of Hampden, Mass. was third. Gargaro, of Cranston, R.I., passed Richard Nye of Groton for the lead on lap 19 and won the 20-lap X-Car feature. Christopher Thomas of Waterford was second and Nye was third.

Nye had driven away from the field over the first 17 laps before the caution flew to bunch up the field and setup the late showdown for victory. Yardley, of Kensington, held off Ray Reed, of Plainfield, in a side-by-side battle over the closing three laps of the 20-lap Super X-Car feature. Yardley was able to clear Reed on the final lap. Reed finished second and Marc Shafer of Groton third. Ouellette, of Ellington, rolled easily to victory in the 25-lap Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series feature.

Jerry Giordano Jr. of Riverhead, N.Y. was second and Tyler Chapman of Waterford third. Ouellette went to the lead with a backstretch pass of Chapman following a lap 15 restart.

New London Waterford Speedbowl Bud Blast-Off

May 9th, 2016

WATERFORD – Rain forced the suspension of Bud Blastoff 2016 Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl after the completion of two of 10 scheduled features. Keith Rocco won the 30-lap Late Model feature and Tyler Barry won the 20-lap Bandolero feature before rain began falling and brought the racing card to a halt.

The event will resume Sunday at noon with the remaining eight features to be run. Rocco of Wallingford, took the lead from Ray Christian III at the drop of the green flag and went virtually unchallenged the rest of the way in winning the 30-lap Late Model feature.

Despite numerous cautions, Rocco was able to easily check out from his pursuers after every restart of the event. Anthony Flannery of East Hampton was second and Adam Gray of Belchertown, Mass., making his track debut, was third.

It was the first victory at the Speedbowl for Rocco driving for team owners Mike and Beth Sullivan. It was his 38th victory overall in the Late Model division at Waterford. His first 37 victories came running for former team owner Scott Fearn. In the 20-lap Bandolero feature it was the 10-year old Barry, of Griswold, winning in his track debut.

Barry is the grandson of legendary Modified team owner Art Barry and the son of former Modified driver Ken Barry. Ethan Durocher of Plainfield was second and Andrew Morin of Old Saybrook was third on the track but disqualified for an illegal gear, moving Charles Prinz of Higganum to third.

Prinz led the first 14 laps of the event but on lap 15 a lapped car made contact with Prinz, dropping him to fourth and allowing Barry to take over the lead. Barry and Durocher battled side-by-side over the closing laps. Remaining to be run Sunday is a 35-lap SK Modified feature, 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature, 25-lap Mini Stock feature, 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, 25-lap Legends feature, 25-lap Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series feature, 20-lap X-Car feature and a 20-lap Super X-Car feature.

New London Waterford Speedbowl Limited Sportsman Highlights

May 5th, 2016

WATERFORD – Al Stone showed everyone in New London-Waterford Speedbowl’s Limited Sportsman division the art of sealing the deal in 2015. He won four of the last six races to put a padlock on the championship. Stone had six wins overall and has 43 career wins, the most in the Limited Sportsman division.

As the 2016 season approaches Saturday with the annual Blastoff, the No. 52 on Stone’s car has turned into a bull’s-eye. Everyone will be trying to shoot him down. “We’re just going to do the same things we did last year,” Stone said.

Stone took part in the opening practice session and observers were saying the car looked just as impressive as it did a year ago. That means the bar has been raised for two of the drivers who will be chasing him for the championship – Monte Gibbs, who finished second last year, and Jason Chicolas, who finished third.

Gibbs will start the season with a new chassis. “The old chassis was beaten and banged up,” Gibbs said. “It never handled right. One week it would be good. Then the next week we didn’t change the setup, and the car would be so far off. ”

Gibbs practiced with the new chassis Saturday at the Speedbowl and was pleased with the results. “Things were much better,” Gibbs said. “We had a little problem getting off the turn, but we were able to figure it out. The car handled great.”

Thanks to the confidence that a new chassis can deliver, Gibbs has set his goals high for 2016. “I think we can make a run for the championship,” Gibbs said. “I consider myself more of a points racers. We don’t go all out for the wins. Our goal is to finish races. Last year when we did, we grabbed a lot of podiums.”

Handling is also an issue for Chicolas, so he made some alterations to his car. “We have an all new body, and new suspension parts,” Chicolas said. “We also freshened the engine and the transmission.”

Chicolas says the Saturday practice session netted some favorable results. “We had a few problems early, but in the last practice session, we really looked good,” Chicolas said. “The car started to handle a little bit better. And that’s the only thing we were missing last year. Everything else was there.”

When it comes to good-handling cars, Chicolas says Stone is the Limited Sportsman role model. “Al Stone’s car handles perfectly,” Chicolas said. “We have to get to that level. A perfect-handling car is what it’s going to take.”

Chicolas said he expects the competition to even be stiffer this year. Chris Meyer, who opened 2015 with three wins in the first five races, should also be a contender. “I’ve won some races, but I haven’t finished the last few seasons,” Meyer said. “I’ve either had bad wrecks, or I’ve been suspended. I think if I can run the entire season this year, I should be in good shape.”

Allen Coates, who is fifth on the all-time Speedbowl win list with 85 victories, is scheduled to return, along with his son, Corey Coates, who racked up one win in 2015. Three former champs, Josh Galvin, Ed Gertsch and Norm Root Jr., are expected to return along with Jack Aqillina and rookie Shawn Gaedeke. Saturday’s 25-lap Limited Sportsmen feature is just one nugget in a Blastoff gold mine – 10 features will be on the season-opening agenda. The SK Modifieds will be competing in a 35-lap feature. The Late Models are on tap for 30 laps and there will be 25-lap features for the Magnus Racing Products SK Lights, the Mini Stocks and the Joie of Seating Legend cars.

20-lap features will take place for the Micro Blue Bandoleros, the X-Cars and the Coastline Fire Protection Super X Cars. The Mr. Rooter Race Trucks will be the guest division and will be competing in a 25-lap feature. Bert Ouellette won the opening event April 23 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Tickets are family priced at $22 adults and $5 for youths 13-16. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free.

NEMA President Stoehr Looking Forward to 2016

April 24th, 2016

Bridgewater, MA–Second term NEMA President Russ Stoehr is looking forward to 2016, and for good reason. NEMA came off a very strong finish to the season, with exceptional car counts at the New-London Waterford Speedbowl and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. One of New England’s mainstay touring series, the Northeastern Midget Association boasts of a fifteen race docket for 2016.

“We’ve got 52 cars registered between the Lites and NEMA, more than we have had in many years,” said President, Stoehr. “I am super excited to have been able to forge 4 strong relationships with tracks that clearly are on the upswing – Thompson will host the midgets at all 4 tour events this year, Waterford will have midget races on 5 dates and we will be back at Star 3 times. Wiscassett also will host the midgets twice the fans there are among the most receptive we have had the pleasure of racing before all season. All the facilities have different challenges for drivers and crews,” he went on to say.

NEMA started the year with its Lites competitors showcasing their hard work over the winter at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s ICEBREAKER. Danny Cugini took down an impressive victory over PJ Stergios and last year’s champion Anthony Payne.

Sunday, May 1, and then open its NEMA competition schedule at Bob & Bobby Webber’s Star Speedway on May 21st
followed by the inaugural Allan Cantor Memorial the following weekend at Riverhead Raceway. It will be NEMA’s first race at Riverhead in many years.

The schedule then moves on to the New-London Waterford Speedbowl, followed by Wiscasset Speedway and Monadnock Speedway on June 4, June 11, and June 18 – for the Iron Mike Scrivani Memorial. The club then returns to action June 24th at Claremont Speedway, followed by the prestigious Boston Louie Memorial presented by MAV TV on June 29th.

July 9th, Star Speedway will play host to the annual Marvin Rifchin Memorial trophy race, and July concludes with NEMA’s return to the revised Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH on July 30. August is packed with action, with
a return to the New-London Waterford Speedbowl for Wings & Wheels on August 6th, followed by Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on August 10th.

NEMA will remember charter family Gene & Marilyn Angelillo on August 20th at Star Speedway for the Angelillo Memorial, and concludes with races at Wiscasset, The Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park World Series of Racing
and the New-London Waterford Speedbowl’s Shane Hammond Memorial.

NEMA has also been busy in the off season with planning, ensuring they will put on the best possible show for promoters. “We are once again putting strong emphasis on speeding up the show. The push offs for NEMA have been greatly improved as well as the 4 abreast to ‘2 and go’ is a big hit with fans and promoters. Also, the prerace meet and greets as well as fan of the week will be back. I feel fortunate to have a great race day staff great people with a strong love for midget racing,” he said.

As far as his own racing goes, it is unlikely to see the elder Stoehr on the track this season. “As far as my own driving goes with the passing of Carl Kibbe, my intentions are to work with Avery. I’ve been on the fence
for a bit and now the time is right to step away from driving. I’ve been fortunate to have a bunch of wins, championships and most importantly memories,” he concluded.

There is no doubt that NEMA is on the upswing, and President Stoehr has a lot to look forward to.

Woody Pitkat Wins Tri Track Event At Waterford

October 29th, 2015

WATERFORD, Conn. –Woody Pitkat picked up his first career Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series feature win on Sunday evening at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Pitkat, driver of the No. 42 modified, got out front just before halfway and dominated the final stages to score the big payday of $8,000 that came along with his win.

“We had such a great car today, it was unbelievable,” Pitkat mentioned while celebrating after the race. “This is just awesome. I said after we finished second in the heat this was like our fourth second in a couple weeks. We finally got the win.”

Steve Masse, sporting the colors of Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair, lead the field to the green flag for 65 laps on Sunday. He immediately jumped out to the lead, while outside polesitter Todd Annarummo settled in line right behind him.

Before the field could build some momentum, Richard Savary smashed the turn three wall in his Alloy Wheel Repair No. 99, drawing the first caution flag. He left with the assistance of a tow truck and the field went back under the green flag, with Chase Dowling making a move under Annarummo for second. The filed got single file throughout the top five and while Ryan Preece started his charge from the outside row, the second caution flew for a car stopped at the beginning of turn two on lap eight.

Masse and Annarummo once again lead the field to green once the track was clear, and Dowling jumped to second on the start, with Pitkat in tow on the bottom side of the track. Annarummo quickly slid back outside the top five at that point, with a car that was not handling to his liking. He was passed by Pitkat, Les Hinckley and Preece before he could find his way to the bottom.

Pitkat made a move under Dowling on lap sixteen, grabbing the second spot and setting his sights on Masse. While he did that, Hinckley, driving for car owner Wayne Darling, grabbed third from Dowling trying to keep pace with Pitkat.

A multi-car crash in turn three brought the third caution flag of the evening over the series, when Ted Christopher, Anthony Nocella and multiple other drivers were collected and facing the wrong way. The crash drew a short red flag before the field doubled up and took the green flag. However, flagman John Spence Jr. didn’t like the way the field came off turn four and called the start back — and that was all Pitkat needed.

He drove by the outside of Masse on that restart, driving it deep down into turn one and pulling out the advantage by the time the field hit the backstretch. “Steve got a good initial start and I shifted before him and tried to drive it in there harder and get in front of him,” Pitkat later mentioned.

A final caution flag of the event flew on lap 26, when Brendon Bock came to a stop. While he did that, it was a lucky break for Jon McKennedy, who was black flagged under the caution and could solve an air cleaner problem under yellow instead of under green.

The final half of the feature event was lead by Pitkat, who dominated, leading the final laps by over four seconds. He scored the victory, beating out Hinckley, who crossed the line second in his Seekonk Grand Prix ride. Ron Silk, who had won the event at the Speedbowl in September, finished third. Christopher came back from his early race spin to finish fourth, with former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece completing the top-five.

Masse hung on for sixth, with McKennedy seventh, Chris Pastreyak eighth and Matt Hirschman and Chase Dowling completing the top ten.

Ron Silk and Eric Bendt picked up qualifying victories on Sunday afternoon as well.

The Tri Track Series wishes to thank all the series sponsors, fans and race teams for an impressive season. Keep posted to the website and Facebook page for updates throughout the winter.

For more information, visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseires.com

New London-Waterford Speedbowl Sunday 10/25 Bemers Super Bowl Results

October 28th, 2015

Waterford, CT – Short track auto racing returned to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Sunday with the inaugural running of the Bemers Super Bowl, closing short track auto racing in New England for the year. Highlighting racing action was the final Tri-Track Modified Series race of the year. Woody Pitkat claimed the division’s main event, earning a hefty paycheck for his efforts on the day. The 19th annual SK Modified® Nationals race put big money on the line and Keith Rocco won that division’s biggest payday of the season in a wild race. Rocco also won the Late Model feature, his second victory of the day, Nick Salva checkered the SK Light Modified race and Dylan Izzo claimed a special event for the INEX Legend Cars.

Pitkat unofficially earned nearly $8,000 following the day’s Tri-Track Modified Series events. He finished second in his 35-lap semi main event race, then came out on top of the division’s 65-lap main event. Pitkat began the main event in ninth and was in contention by lap-13 when he climbed into third position. Following a lap-18 caution flag, Pitkat outmuscled early race leader Steve Masse to take command.

Masse used his pole starting position to lead Todd Annarummo to lap-1. Before the field could complete lap-2, caution waved for Richard Savary who was stopped at the top of the track in turn three. Masse led Annarummo through lap-8 when contact with David Schneider left Brendon Bock’s car halted on the back chute, bringing the race back under the yellow flag. Pitkat used the next green flag sprint to get among the leaders in advance of a lap-18 caution for a six car melee that collected Ted Christopher and ended the race for Anthony Nocella, Eric Berndt and Norm Wrenn among others.

Pitkat wrestled the lead from Masse when racing resumed, pulling ahead as Les Hinckley climbed into the top-three with a strong run. Jon McKennedy was black flagged from fourth position to bring the race to its final caution on lap-26, and Keith Rocco retired from a run among the top group of cars with mechanical troubles on his machine while the race was slowed.

Pitkat jumped back out front on the restart and distanced himself as Hinckley got around Masse for second. Hinckley was keeping Pitkat in his sights as the field began what turned out to be a 39 lap stretch run through the checkered flag. As the top two positions had settled down, attention was on Ron Silk rising through the top-five looking for a sweep of the Speedbowl Tri-Track Modified Series races in 2015. Silk was third on lap-49 with an outside move on Masse.

As the laps counted down, Pitkat stayed in attack mode. He cushioned his lead further as Hinckley began to fall into the sights of Silk. With no further caution periods to reset the field, Pitkat was able to drive to an impressive victory. Hinckley finished second with a strong showing and Silk ran out of time to advance his position, ending a successful day with his team in third. Christopher bounced back to finish fourth, and Ryan Preece was steady all race to wind up fifth. Pitkat’s margin of victory was over two seconds ahead Hinckley and four cautions slowed the race.

Earlier in the day, Eric Berndt and Silk shared honors winning the two Tri-Track Modified Series 35-lap semi main events, netting $3,000 payouts apiece. Berndt won the first by leading all 35 laps, holding on through five yellow flags. Just two cautions slowed Silk’s run in the second semi main event, taking the lead from Christopher on
lap-23 and pulling away for the win.

Rocco took home his third consecutive SK Modified® Nationals race, capturing the 75-lap feature with an impressive drive to the front to claim over $5,000 in prize money. Rocco, who captured his fifth division championship in 2015, set forth on a determined march to the front during a green flag run that brought the race to lap-28. He battled hard with Ted Christopher during the middle of the race, then fought off all challenges over a series of late caution flags to close out the win over a banner field of competitors chasing the prestigious victory.

The race began with Craig Lutz taking the early lead from his pole starting position. Christopher quickly made his way to second position following a lap-7 restart when the first caution of the race came out. Christopher overtook Lutz in the Speedbowl’s very capable outside groove to nose ahead on lap-13, then pull away in the lead on lap-14.

Rocco was on the move during that span, picking off competitors one at a time to close to Christopher’s bumper on lap-19. He dogged Christopher for the next several laps, draping Christopher’s rear bumper in both the high and low racing grooves to no avail. Christopher deftly defended each attempt until the third caution flag came on lap-28 to momentarily cool the action at the front.

Rocco got a good restart in the outside lane when the green flag returned, able to lead lap-29 by a bumper over Christopher. On lap-30 Rocco had cleared Christopher, only to see Christopher take the top spot back in turn one on lap-35 with a bold inside maneuver. A lap later, Rocco was back inside of Christopher through turns three and four, leaving Christopher to try and counter. While all eyes were out front, Matt Hirschman quietly worked his way into the
top-five looking poised to make a run over the second half of the race.

Hirschman restarted third after a lap-42 yellow flag and pit stops for some teams reset the running order behind Rocco and Christopher. From there, Hirschman remained a factor the rest of the way. Rocco would never officially relinquish his lead, however six additional yellow flags over the remaining laps enabled both Christopher and Hirschman to fire shots Rocco’s way in attempt to derail his efforts at a third consecutive Modified Nationals victory.

After trading blows with Christopher to finally take second, Hirschman’s best shot at Rocco came on a lap-65 restart. Contact between the two coming to the green flag had Hirschman making a nice recovery to hold second while Rocco squirted away in the lead. Rocco needed to master one final restart on lap-72, doing so to pull ahead to a three car length victory. Hirschman’s race ended with a runner-up finish at the checkered flag, and Christopher was in contention until the conclusion to take third. Eric Berndt overcame a lap-10 incident to finish a strong showing in fourth, and Ryan Preece rallied from a rough first half of the race to take home a well-earned fifth place.

Izzo returned to his Speedbowl roots and drove to an impressive win in a 35-lap INEX Legend Cars main event billed as Battle of the Sound. Izzo, a current SK Modified® competitor at the track, took the lead early on and cruised to the win relatively unchallenged. Jeff Rocco of Wallingford made a rare start in the class and claimed second, while former division champion Dana Dimatteo of Farmington was third. The race pitted drivers from the Speedbowl against top competitors from other area tracks, including Seekonk Speedway and Riverhead Raceway and attracted nearly 50 competitors. Izzo took a $2,000 prize for his efforts.

Rocco checkered the 30-lap Late Model feature race in convincing fashion. He outdueled Ernie LaRose in the opening laps and then waltzed to a caution-free victory. LaRose led lap-1 before Rocco got away through turns three and four on lap-2. Rocco pulled ahead of a battle for second position for much of the race between Seekonk Speedway competitors Charlie Rose and Gerry DeGasparre Jr. Neither could close the gap to Rocco and settled into their race for second position. DeGasparre, the multi-time Seekonk champion, was awarded second place following inspection and Walt Sutcliffe was third.

Salva took his first ever Speedbowl victory with a win in the SK Light Modified race. He began the race on the front row and dueled throughout the 25-lapper with rival competitor Tony Membrino. While Salva was able to ride out front most of the race, Membrino had to rally from a couple close calls to stay in the hunt of first his Speedbowl checkered flag. Salva went on to the win by several car lengths at the finish, joining his uncle Bo Gunning with a win in the open-wheel ranks at the track. Membrino was second and Joey Ferrigno finished third.

Next Sunday the auto racing season closes at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl with Smacktoberfest, the track’s annual holiday-themed family fun thrill show. A demolition derby, unpredictable trailer race, enduro races and spectator racing are just some of the on-track thrills and spills, while a “trunk-or-treat” highlights the fan
activities. Grandstands open at 12:30. More information on the event is available online at Speedbowl.com.

Tri Track Series Set To Conclude 2015 At Waterford

October 25th, 2015

WATERFORD, Conn. — The Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series will conclude their 2015 season as part of the inaugural Bemer’s Super Bowl at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25.

The event will be a non-points affair for the ground-pounding tour-type Modifieds.

The series saw four intense points races in 2015 at Lee USA Speedway, Monadnock Speedway, Seekonk Speedway and New London-Waterford, with four different feature winners. The 2015 series champion was “Money” Matt Hirschman, who won at Monadnock and locked up the championship crown with a third place finish at the Speedbowl in September.

The series will run the fifth event of the year under a different format than the first four. There will be two 35 lap qualifying races to start Sunday afternoon that will qualify a total of 22 cars into the 65-lap main event. There will be no heat races or consolation events.

The series will use a blind draw to line up the twin 35 lap feature’s, splitting the car count exactly in half. For example, if 40 cars show up at the Speedbowl on that Sunday, 20 will be in the first feature and 20 will be in the second feature.

At the conclusion of each qualifying feature, the top 11 in each will transfer on into the main event. The 65 lap feature will include the 22 transfer drivers, plus up to four series option provisionals.

Coming into the weekend, more than 40 drivers have penciled the event into their calendar and filed an entry with the series. All four winners this season have filed an entry — those being Hirschman, Chris Pasteryak, Richard Savary and Ron Silk. Point standings runner-up Todd Annarummo has filed to race, as has NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points runner-up Ryan Preece.

Jamie Tomaino, Chase Dowling and Max Zachem are among drivers that will be entering the event that have not run with the series during the 2015 racing season to date.

Series officials will also award a $200 bonus for 34 teams that competed at the Lee USA Speedway and Monadnock Speedway events earlier in the season.

Also in attendance on the Sunday afternoon will be New London-Waterford Speedbowl Mini Stocks, who will hold a 35 lap feature event. The $2,000 to win “Battle of the Sound” for U.S. Legend Cars will also take place, and will be 50 laps in distance.

The series wishes to thank all of the fans, drivers, teams, sponsors and officials for the support during the 2015 racing season.

Anyone with any questions regarding the event can contact series Public Relations Director Kyle Souza at 508-642-2033.

Fans can find the event schedule for Sunday afternoon at the Speedbowl by clicking here .

For more information, visit the series website at .

Unique, Top Dollar Finish for Tri-Track Series

October 8th, 2015

The Modified Tri-Track Series will end its second season Sunday, Oct. 25 at the New London Waterford Speedbowl’s Bemer’s Big Show. The $58,000 “Pavers’ Mulligan Stew” caps off an eight-race Tri-Track adventure that has paid out just short of half a million dollars.

Tri-Track’s dynamic duo – Long Islander Jim Schaefer and Rhode Island’s Dick Williams – have come up with a unique approach for an expected 40-to-50 car field. Two $5,000-to win 35 lappers ($400 to start) will qualify 11 cars each for the $5,000-to-win 65-lap feature, the latter sponsored by Nocella Paving.

“It is designed for everybody to go home with something,” explains Williams.

Ed French & Son Paving, Metcalf Paving and Pasteryak Paving are the 35-lap sponsors. The four 2015 Tri-Track winners – Ronnie Silk (New London-Waterford), Matt Hirshman (Monadnock), Rich Savary (Seekonk) and Chris Pasteryak (Lee) – are guaranteed starters. If they qualify via the 35-lappers, those feature spots will be awarded based on 2015 Tri-Track points.

The busy Sunday begins with a Modified practice from noon to 1 pm followed by a consi for the $2,000-to-win 35-lap Legends feature that follows the two 35-lap Modified shows. The Legends race is also Tri-Track backed.

The Speedbowl’s SK-Modifieds, SK-Lites and Late Models are also on the Sunday agenda.

A conversation regarding the open-competition events of the 1960s and 70s was the motivation for the Tri-Track Series. Willliams and Schaefer joined forces, put together a team and moved ahead with races at Lee, Seekonk and Star Speedway in 2014. “You have to take care of the tracks, of the fans and of the racers,” says Williams, explaining Tri-Track’s average field of 42 cars.

The field for the Pavers’ Mulligan Stew” may exceed that. In addition to the guaranteed starters, the Speedbowl will be well represented by champion Keith Rocco and Ted Christopher. Others expected are Eric Berndt, Woody Pitkat, Doug Coby, Steve Masse, Les Hinckley, Mike Holdridge, Todd Annarummo, Richard Savary, Anthony Nocella, Ryan Preese, Zane Zeiner and Andy Jankowiak, the latter two off strong finishes in the ROC 200 at Chemung, NY.

It can only happen, Williams believes, on short tracks. The first seven races produced six winners, Hirshman the only driver to double up. Jon McKennedy (Star) and Tony Barrett (Seekonk) were also 2014 winners.

Northeast Race Cars and Parts, Dunleavy Truck and Tractor Repair, Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists, Seekonk Grand Prix and Red Roof Inns are among Tri-Track’s major sponsors.

New Format For Waterford –Tri Track Open Modified Series Release

September 30th, 2015

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. –All the marbles will be on the line at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl when the Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series concludes an action packed weekend on October 25.

Unlike the four races prior in 2015, the series season finale will be a non-points event. At the Speedbowl in September, Matt Hirschman was crowned the 2015 Tri Track Series champion after finishing on the podium in the Dunleavy’s 100.

This event will also hold a completely different format than any of the other four races this season. There will be no short distance heat races followed up by consolation races and a B-main feature. Instead, this event will be started with two 35 lap “qualifying feature’s” that will determine who will advance into the big show.

The series will use a blind draw to line up the twin 35 lap feature’s, splitting the car count exactly in half. For example, if fourty cars show up at the Speedbowl on that Sunday, twenty will be in the first feature and twenty will be in the second feature.

From there, the top eleven finishers in each one will transfer into a 65 lap, $5,000 to win main event. The 65 lap feature that will conclude the afternoon will include 22 drivers, plus up to four provisional spots that could be added by series officials.

*Payout for the 35 lap qualifying races:*

1. $3,000
2. $2,000
3. $1,500
4. $1,000
5. $800
6. $700
7. $650
8. $600
9. $550
10. $500
11. $450
12. $400

13-24 in the qualifying races will pay $400.

*Payout for the 65 lap feature:*

1. $5,000
2. $3,000
3. $2,500
4. $2,000
5. $1,500
6. $1,000
7. $800
8. $700
9. $600
10. $500
11. $400

Series officials will also award a $200 bonus for 34 teams that competed at the Lee USA Speedway and Monadnock Speedway events earlier in the season.

Also in attendance on the Sunday afternoon will be New London-Waterford Speedbowl Mini Stocks, who will hold a 50 lap feature event. The $2,000 to win “Battle of the Sound,” for the Legend Cars, will also be 50 laps in distance. The series wishes to thank all of the fans, drivers, teams, sponsors and officials for the support during the 2015 racing season.

Anyone with any questions regarding the New London-Waterford Speedbowl event, can contact James Schaefer or Kyle Souza. To register, teams should fill out the necessary form at http://tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com/registration-for-oct-25-new-london-waterford-speedbowl/
.

For more information, fans can visit www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com

Coby, Cabral Capture O’Brien Memorial NEMA Speedbowl Victories

September 16th, 2015

Waterford, CT–Doug Coby beat back a mid race restart challenge from reigning champion, Randy Cabral, to capture the 25 lap NEMA feature at the New London Waterford Speedbowl this past Saturday night. In the Lites division, Randy Cabral took down a thrilling victory, even as the rain started to fall throughout the final laps in the race billed as the Jim O’Brien 16 NEMA Lites Memorial event, memorializing an “anchor” club member. O’Brien’s family were on hand to celebrate the victories with both drivers in front of a packed house.

Jim Santa Maria and Paul Scally brought the field down for the green flag after a quick hot lap session to ensure the damp track surface was ready for action. Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, Doug Coby, was sixth on the grid, but quickly blasted his way through the field. At the end of lap two, Coby had command and quickly set a torrid pace. Coby’s fastest laps a 12.93 and 91 respectively, came right before and right after the caution flew on lap twelve. When the caution flew, Coby had stretched his lead out to over a straightaway.

On the restart, Coby lined up next to teammate Cabral, and got the jump coming off of turn four. Cabral used the momentum of the high line to draw even with Coby coming off of turn two, and the duo would run side by side for the next three laps.

“I knew Randy was up there, but we were really good on the bottom and had more if we needed it. I was hoping he’d continue to run it in harder and harder, as I knew if I could keep him up there he would eventually over heat the right rear and get loose,” said Coby.

Coby then set sail and never looked back, taking down the victory over Cabral by ten car lengths, and a hard charging John Zych Jr.

“Tim (Bertrand) knows what he’s doing with these cars. I told him what I wanted tonight, and he gave me exactly that. The only thing I touched on the car during the feature was the steering wheel,” joked Coby. “I never knew much about NEMA as a club until I started running these cars a few years back. It’s a great group of people, and the series is super competitive. I also didn’t know Jim O’Brien, but from what I understand he did a ton for NEMA and it’s an honor to win this race in his memory,” he said.

It was Coby’s second NEMA win of the season in the #74 K&N Engineering machine for Bertrand Motorsports, the first coming at Chemung.

In the Lites feature, RJ Tufano got the lead early, after a multi car crash taking out Scott Bigelow and Andy Barrows, halted the racing action on the first lap. On the restart, Tufano jumped out into the lead, and looked to be the car to beat.

Further back, Randy Cabral was working his way to the front in his family owned #35 car, and behind him, Anthony Nocella in the Frank Manafort #76.

As the leaders approached lapped traffic, Cabral made a bid for the lead, and Nocella then made it three wide, briefly drawing even with Tufano, before disaster struck and the engine expired in his car.

On the restart, Cabral blasted to the outside, taking the lead from Tufano, and at this point, young gun Anthony Payne entered the mix as well. Shortly after that, a light rain started to fall, and the cars started to loosen up in the final laps. Cabral hung on to take down the victory over Tufano and Payne.

“It’s an honor to win this race. Jim O’Brien was out to see the little guy succeed, and my dad & I have always been the little guys,” said Cabral. “We literally have less than four thousand dollars invested in this car, and we run used tires on it in 90% of the races. I think we would have made Jim proud tonight,” he said.

NEMA’s final event occurs at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in October, with NEMA running on Saturday night, and the Lites running on Sunday afternoon.

Tri Track Press release New London Waterford Speedbowl

September 11th, 2015

WATERFORD – When Les Hinckley III of Windsor Locks thinks about the Tri Track Open Modified Series, one word comes to his mind – “competition.” “It’s as competitive as any racing series you’ll find in New England,” Hinckley said. “There are top notch drivers from every division that competes in the Northeast. The heat races are stacked with great drivers. Then if you have to go to the consolation races or the B Mains, it doesn’t get any easier. You’re surrounded by great cars.”

Hinckley, however, has watched the first three races in the Tri-Track series from the disabled list. He competed in the opening Valenti Modified Racing Series event at Monadnock Speedway, but then was operated on to have a disk removed from his neck. His return was a memorable one. After being idle for three months, he came back and won in his comeback race, the Valenti Series Victor Johnson Memorial 100 at Monadnock Speedway on Aug. 22.. Then on Aug. 29, he was pinch-hitting for Ryan Pennink in the Gary Casella Automotive No. 25 and finished third.

His toughest challenge will take place Sunday. He be driving his own car, the 06, in the Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair 100 at the New London Waterford Speedbowl, a track on which Hinckley has had mixed results. “We won a Valenti race there a few years back, and we’ve also crashed there,” Hinckley said. “But we’ve always been quick there.”

Hinckley will be surrounded by open-wheel all-stars. Drivers such as Ryan Preece, Doug Coby and Ted Christopher on the Whelen Tour, Chris Pastryak, Woody Pitkat and series point leader Todd Annarummo from the Valenti Series, Matt Hirschman and Andy Jankowiak from the Race of Champions Series and George Brunnhoelzl and Andy Seuss will be in action. Also entered is one of the most talented teen-age drivers in the Northeast, Tommy Barrett. Hinckley, however, should be motivated by the competition.

“This is what we do best; we know we’re going to have a fast car,” Hinckley said. “It’s all about the circumstances you find yourself in. Sometimes they shine on you. Sometimes they bite you.” The money is also a motivator – an overall purse of more than $50,000, with $5,0000 going to the winner. A driver can also pocket $1,000 by winning the Ballard Trucking Circle of Friends B Main. It will be one of the most lucrative races ever held at the Speedbowl.

Team will be allowed to change one tire during the race, putting an extra layer of strategy into the 100 laps. “The guys who put a right rear tire on in the last race had a difficult time getting back through the field,” Hinckley said. “We’ll probably plan on making a tire change. That’s something we always plan on before the race. But that plan is always subject to change during the race. It all depends on what happens. That’s a decision that Butch Shea, my crew chief, will have to make.”

Hinckley is just happy to do what he does best – rubbing fenders with the best drivers in the Northeast. During the past five years, one of those drivers has been Keith Rocco. He has won more races than anyone at the Speedbowl including two victories last year on the Valenti Modified Racing Series with a full-powered Modified.

His No. 68 car will be in action Sunday to take a shot at the $5,000. “Sunday is going to be an eventful day,” Rocco said. “I’d love to see about 50 Modifieds show up.”

Rocco says he has a car that can run with anyone. “My car is pretty fast all the time,” Rocco said. “Whether we pit for a tire or not depends on how the race goes. George Savery didn’t change a tire when he won the Tri-Track race at Seekonk, so he proved it can be done.

“Tire strategy will be important. We just don’t know what our strategy is yet.” He doesn’t have to know until Sunday afternoon.

Practice starts at noon Sunday, with the first qualifying heat races starting at 1:30. The Speedbowl’s SK Lites and Late Model divisions will be in action. Following the consolation race and the Ballard Trucking Circle of Friends Race, the Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair 100 will take place.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $8 for juniors 13-16, Children 12-and-under always are admitted free. For more information, contact speedbowlct.com or call 860-442-7223.

Sept. 12 Laps NewLondon Waterford Speedbowl

September 10th, 2015

WATERFORD – All throughout 2015, New London Waterford Speedbowl SK Modified driver Diego Monahan has been successful taking one race at a time. So what will happen on a night where there are two races scheduled?

Monahan says his game plan for the Laps for Lupus Twin SK 30s Saturday at the Speedbowl will be the same as it always is. “We’re going to go all out and take chances to win the first race,” Monahan said. “When you have someone like Keith Rocco behind you playing catch-up – and he’s really playing catch-up – I figure I need to win almost every race to win the title. So we’re going all out in Race 1 and we’ll worry about the second race after the first race is over.”

Monahan will start the night with an 8 point lead over Rocco in the standings. Tyler Chadwick is 14 points behind, Rob Janovic Jr. is 19 points off the lead and Ted Christopher is 28 points behind with four races left, making for the closest Modified points battle in recent Speedbowl history. The Modified will be joined Saturday by the second and final appearance of the Year by the Northeast Midget Association (NEMA) and the NEMA Lights.

The X-Cars and Super X-Cars of Thursday Night Thunder will have 40-lap features. The main focus, however, will be on the Modifieds and a point battle that could go down to the wire.

“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” Monahan said. “And if a title is in the cards, we’ll win it. As long as we finish races and go hard for every lap, I think we’ve got the best shot of anyone.” Monahan knows, however, he’ll have to deal with Rocco, the three-time Modified champ, who was a winner in last week’s 35-lap feature. He seems to be recovered from a badly-sprained right wrist that slowed him down in the middle of the season.

“I like to race as often as I can, so two races in one night is a great opportunity,” Rocco said. “Most people try to survive in the first race and make sure they have a car for the second race. But I’m not really sure what my strategy is. At the end of the night, it will be either my might or Diego’s night. It will be good for one of us.” Monahan, going for his first SK title, is hoping the good night will belong to him.

“To be in this position this late in the season is something I’ve never gone through before,” Monahan said, “so I want to go as fast as I can. And that means driving hard and driving aggressively. We talk about it in the shop every day and my crew is on board with it. We’re not going to sit back. “If we can stay within a spot or two with Rocco in every race, we should be in good shape. And I think we can do it because we have equal cars.”

There are two sides, however, to an aggressive style, and the other side could be at the end of a wrecker. “If something bad happens to me in the first race, I’m in trouble, but I don’t believe in jinxing myself,” Monahan said. “If we can come out of Saturday night with the point lead, I think we’ll have a showdown for the final weekend.”

And he might have to fine-tune his strategy even more – one lap at a time. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lights will be competing in the Jim O’Brien Memorial races.

Last week at Monadnock. Joey “The Jersey Jet” Payne became the ninth winner in 12 races in the NEMA main event while Megan Cugini won her first NEMA Light race of the year. As they get ready for Saturday’s 25-lap features, John Zych has a 66 point lead over defending champ Randy Cabral in the NEMA standings. Seth Carlson, who won on Aug. 8 at the Speedbowl, 114 points out of the lead.

Anthony Payne leads the Lights standings by 73 points..

The X-Cars and Super-X cars have wrapped up their regular season. Dave Gargaro Jr. was a winner in the X-cars and Brian Norman won the Super-X Car feature. Registration for the Laps for Lupas Fundraising Walk starts at 3 p.m. with the walk taking place at 4:15 p.m. The walk will be followed by a barbecue. Merchandise raffles and a 50/50 raffles will be held during the barbecue. The public is invited to participate. For more information, contact speedbowlct.com or call 860-4427223.

Grandstand adult admission is $30. Juniors 13-16 are priced at $8 and children 12-and-under are always free.

Tri Track Modified Series Press Release New London-Waterford Speedbowl

September 11th, 2015

WATERFORD – Racing is sometimes similar to playing poker. It’s best to go after the biggest jackpots. Considering the amount of money that’s on the line for Sunday’s Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair 100 at the New London Waterford Speedbowl, the final race of the 2015 Tri-Track Open Modified Series, drivers such as “Big Money” Matt Hirschman should be in their element. And he’ll be going “all in.”

Hirschman specializes in winning races with big purses attached. Sunday’s event certainly qualifies – the 100-lap showdown will pay $5,000 to the winner, plus bonus and lap money, plus another $1,500 to the overall winner of the season. Seven drivers are alive for the overall championship – point-leader Todd Annarummo, Wiidy Pitkat, Richard Savery, Todd Patnode, Hirschman, Chris Pastryal and Anthony Nocella. That means there’s only one way for Hirschman to approach the race – “bring your ‘A” game.”

“It’s not easy to even qualify,” Hirschman said. “In the first two events, I had to qualify through the consolation race. That’s how competitive this series is.” It could be the most competitive open-wheel race ever held at the Speedbowl. So far 42 drivers have either registered for the race or purchased tires.

All of the major Modified Touring series will be represented. Whelen Tour drivers such as Doug Coby, Ryan Preece, Pitkat and Ted Christopher, are expected to be on hand. Valenti Modified Racing Series drivers include point leader Pastryak, Pitkat, Mike Holdridge, Patnode, Les Hinckley and series point leader Annarummo.

The Race of Champions Tour will be showcased by drivers such as Hirschman and Andy Jankowiak. Multi-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver George Brunnhoelzl III and reigning champ Andy Seuss also are expected.

The drawing card is an overall purse of more than $50,000. Even the “B” Main Ballard Trucks Circle of Friends 25 will pay $1,000 to the winning driver.

“Money always is a motivating factor,” Hirschman said. “The Tri Track Series pays good money throughout. It’s nice to win, but other drivers can make good money, not just the winner. This is the kind of purse we should be racing for.”

Hirschman has won one race in the series so far, capturing the Monadnock Racing Guys 100 at Monadnock Jume 13. He racked up a DNF in the Bullring Bash 100 at Lee May 17 and was seventh in the Modified Madness Race July 1 at Seekonk.

“We’ll be in the hunt,” Hirschman said. “I took to the Speedbowl very quickly early in my career because it’s very similar to the tracks I started out on. But I haven’t been there lately, so I’m not taking anything for granted until the checkered flag flies.”

A lot of dollar signs will be flying along with it.

Practice starts at noon Sunday. Qualifying gets under way at 1:30 p.m., with the consolation races, the Ballard Trucking Circle of Friends 25 “B” Main and the Dunleavy’s Truck & Tractor Repair 100 to follow.

Features also will be held for two of the Speedbowl’s weekly divisions, the SK Lights and the Late Models.

Adult grandstand admission is $30. Juniors 13-16 are $8. Children 12-and-under always are free at the Speedbowl. For more information, contact speedbowlct.com, or call 860-422-7223.

New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder 8/27 Results

August 30th, 2015

Waterford, CT – The next-to-last Thursday Night Thunder program of the season hit the track at New London-Waterford Speedbowl and five race winners were honored at night’s end, plus one championship was unofficially claimed. Joey Ternullo of Middletown scored the INEX Legend Cars win, Wayne Shifflett of Preston took the X-Car feature and Bill Reiman of Southington won the Super X-Car race. In the INEX Bandolero youth racing class, two races were held and Hailey Desaulniers of Windham won her first career event at the track and Anthony Marvin of Colchester picked up the other race win. With just one event remaining on the Thursday Night Thunder season, Chaplin’s Nickolas Hovey wrapped up his first Bandolero division title. The remaining championship battles will head into the final week

Ternullo claimed his fourth checkered flag of the Thursday series for the INEX Legend Cars with a late race push in the night’s 25-lap feature. He watched Mikey Flynn race out to an early lead from the pole starting position, then slowly closed in from second as the event moved past halfway without incident. By lap-18 the top four cars were lined up nose to tail, and on lap-19 the caution flag waved for the first time for a two car spin near the back of the field. Flynn got a good restart to momentarily hold his lead, however Ternullo found room on the bottom of the track to slowly work his way past into the top spot. By lap-23 Ternullo completed the pass and went on to the win. Mike Blaskey also got by Flynn to finish runner-up to Ternullo, while Flynn hung on for third. Jordan Churchill overcame mechanical problems early in the night to finish the feature and hold his lead in the championship standings over Blaskey heading into the final Thursday event of the year.

The first 20-lap INEX Bandolero race turned out to be a nail biter. Desaulniers led from green through checkered flags to land her first-ever Speedbowl win after starting the race in the pole position, however it did not come easily. She had Nickolas Hovey and Anthony Marvin, the division’s two winningest drivers, shadowing her for each of the twenty laps just inches apart. Desaulniers withstood a late restart on lap-18 with Hovey lined up to her but she powered ahead, then held off a charging Marvin through the final corners to finish off the victory. Marvin was second. Hovey finished third which was good enough to unofficially secure the season championship for the division.

The nightcap for the division had trouble getting going, as three early caution flags kept the race slowed and single file restarts were mandated by officials for the remainder of the 20-lapper. When racing settled in, Ethan Durocher showed the way but he was quickly challenged by Marvin. Contact between the two on the fourth lap actually caused Desaulniers to spin further back, bringing out the fourth yellow flag of the race. Marvin blasted into the lead when racing resumed and went on to an easy victory. Durocher finished second and Ethan placed third.

Shifflett came out on top with a late race maneuver in a green to checkered flag 25-lap X-Car feature. Shifflett trailed point leader Dave Gargaro Jr. as the pair made their way to the front. Gargaro took the lead early but it was Shifflett who stayed within striking distance, capitalizing when Gargaro was unable to keep as quick a pace out front. Shifflett made the move with just two laps remaining to get by Gargaro and claim the win. Gargaro was second and holds control of the points lead over Christopher Thomas. Christopher Lee placed third.

Reiman was the benefactor of a mid-race scuffle for the lead in the 25-lap Super X-Car race. Leader Jaysin Beal went off the backstretch and second place Shawn Gaedeke was penalized to the rear of the pack. Reiman inherited the lead and held on through two restarts the rest of the way. Point leader Brian Norman was second and Kevin Moon borrowed a ride when his car failed earlier in the night, and finished third. Norman holds a slim six-mark advantage in the championship standings heading into the final event.

On Saturday the Speedbowl welcomes the Northeast Street Stock Tour for the division’s inaugural visit to the shoreline oval. The division competes in a 30-lap feature race and joins a full card of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. The SK Modifieds®, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stock and SK Light Modifieds will also be on hand in addition to the INEX Legend Cars. A detailed event schedule and pricing is available online at Speedbowl.com.

The New London Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All American Series August 15th

August 18th, 2015

Waterford, CT – Things got a little more interesting in the race to the championship at New London-Waterford Speedbowl Saturday Night. On a night where only one division points leader saw victory, 4 other division leaders saw their championship battles get a little closer. Al Stone III extended his points lead in the Limited Sportsman division with a feature win. He now holds a 63 point lead over Monte Gibbs. Diego Monanhan, added to his points lead after finishing 3rd in last night’s SK Modified feature. Ken Cassidy Jr. continued his hot streak in the Mini Stocks, winning for the 2nd time in as many races. Cassidy is 2nd in points behind Wayne Burroughs, who finished 2nd to Cassidy last night. Joey Ternullo returned to victory lane in the Legends feature, which saw a change atop the championship standings when points leader Kyle Rogers was unable to finish the race after an early wreck. Late Model points leader Jason Palmer lost some ground, but not much, to Keith Rocco. Rocco, who came into the night 2nd in points, won the 50 lap feature by a country mile. Palmer still holds a 29 point lead after finishing 2nd.

In the SK Modified feature, Ted Christopher took the lead with 30 to go, and never looked back. Rob Janovic Jr., who finished 2nd, used a re-start with 3 laps to go, to pass Monahan and hold him on the outside. Keith Rocco and Tyler Chadwick rounded out the top 5. Joey Gada finished 6th. The point standings are separated by just 20 points, with Chadwick, Janovic, Gada, and Rocco all in the hunt.

Cassidy used poise and patience to claim victory in the Mini Stocks. Meticulously picking his way through traffic and using 4 cautions, Cassidy passed several cars on his way to the lead and battled Burroughs side-by-side, until a final caution, which set up a green-white-checkered finish. Cassidy rocketed off the corner on the restart to the green flag and straight to victory lane. With the win, Cassidy pulled within 30 of points leader Burroughs, who finished 2nd. Mark Panaroni, Doug Curry, and Brad Caddick filled in the Top 5.

Kyle Rogers, the Legends division points leader heading into the night, was involved in an early skirmish on the front stretch, which was caused when Cory DiMatteo made contact with Rogers’ car, sending the 32 machine spinning in front of the field. Timothy DePizzol, who checked up to avoid contact, was hit from behind by Kurt Kreiger, sending Kreiger’s car airborne on the front stretch, where it came to land on it’s roof. DiMatteo was sent to the rear for over aggressive driving and Rogers was unable to continue due to heavy damage on his car. DiMatteo would rally back to finish 3rd, but was never in contention to pass race winner Joey Ternullo. Ternullo took the lead after the first caution and held off numerous challenges from Cornelius “Mikey” Flynn, to take the victory. Scott Limkemann and Ryan Lutz capped the top 5. DiMatteo moved into the points lead with the 3rd palce finish. He leads Rogers by 1 point, Limkemann by 5, and Lutz by 14. Stone III was never threatened in the Limited Sportsman feature. Once out front, he never looked back. Defending champion Josh Galvin made an appearance in the division, finishing 2nd. It was Galvin’s first time out since being crowned the champion last season. Galvin is in his rookie season in the SK Light Modifieds. Allen Coates, Corey Coates, and Ed Gertsch Jr. finished out the top 5.

In the extra distance Late Model feature, it was text book Keith Rocco. Rocco powered his way through traffic, catching and passing points leader Palmer, and then checked out from the field. Palmer finished 2nd, and holds a 29 point advantage over Rocco. Jeff Smith made his return to the division after some time off, and finished 3rd. Anthony Flannery and James Banfield finished 4th and 5th, respectively. Flannery still holds an outside shot at a championship, trailing Palmer by 62 points.

Racing returns next Saturday, August 22nd, with Connecticut D.O.T/D.O.C. Employee Night, which will feature the 50 lap Mini Stock feature, which was rained out earlier in the season, SK Modifieds 35 laps, Limited Sportsman, 25 laps, SK Light Modifieds 25 laps, and Late Models 30 Laps.

New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday night Thunder

August 16th, 2015

Waterford, CT– Championship point battles intensified at New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday with another round of Thursday Night Thunder at the shoreline speedplant. Five main events were competed on the night, including a twin races for the Super X-Car division. Picking up wins included North Stonington’s Todd Taylor and Exeter, RI competitor Kevin Moon in Super X action. Michael Blaskey of Waterbury won his fourth INEX Legend Cars race, Ethan Durocher of Plainfield claimed the INEX Bandolero race feature and Manchester’s Eric Finkbein Jr. took X-Car top honors.

Blaskey survived a wild wreck on the second lap of the night’s 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature, helping vault him into the winner’s circle. Blaskey began the race in the seventh starting position which, in part, helped him steer clear of the race’s only incident. The lead car of Caterina LaBella spun exiting turn two, blocking the track and collecting several cars behind. Some made heavy contact and the accident drew the yellow then red flags. In total, nine cars were involved. All the drivers emerged without serious injury. Andrew Molleur inherited the lead for the restart, but Blaskey quickly took command when the race went back to the green flag. Once in front, Blaskey motored to the checkered flag unchallenged. Molleur netted his best career finish in second and Tim DePizzol was third.

Durocher ran a strong 20-lap INEX Bandolero race to claim his third victory of the season. He endured one caution and red flag condition, which came early in the feature. Once the race resumed, Durocher built a several car length lead and easily closed out the win. Anthony Marvin used the outside lane to make two late race passes and end up in second position. Nickolas Hovey, the division championship points leader, finished third.

A pair of 25-lap Super X-Car races were run Thursday, with Taylor and Moon sharing the spotlight by taking their second wins of the year, respectively. Taylor won the first race, taking the lead from Moon with an inside move on lap-4 after starting the race in fifth position. The race ran caution free from the second lap through the checkered flag. Taylor pulled ahead to win by several car lengths. Dave Yardley made an infrequent visit on the season and finished second. Brian Norman was third.

Moon took the lead from the second starting position in the nightcap for the Super X-Car division. Two caution flags slowed his pace, but he handled each restart to pick up at the head of the field. He bested Norman and Taylor, who finished second and third, each scoring their second podium finishes of the night.

Finkbein won a stellar 25-lap X-Car feature, rallying in the outside lane to win a late duel with C.P. Burdick. Burdick took the lead halfway through the race and was enjoying his best showing of the season when Finkbein entered the picture. Finkbein got outside Burdick when the pair split a lapped car going through turn three on lap-21, stayed there for two laps before finally completing the pass for the lead on the final lap. Burdick took his best finish of the year in second, and division championship point leader Dave Gargaro Jr. was third.

Carlson, A. Payne Take Wings & Wheels NEMA Victories

August 12th, 2015

On a beautiful late summer New England evening, Seth Carlson ended a dry spell for the Feigel Motorsports team this past Saturday evening in front of a giant crowd at the New London Waterford Speedbowl for its annual Wings & Wheels event. In the Lites division, Anthony Payne captured his second win of the season, and of his career, in a hard fought race against veteran Anthony Nocella.

In the NEMA race, Carlson started fourth on the grid, while Doug Cleveland and Russ Stoehr brought the field to the green. Carlson wasted no time, blasting past Cleveland for the lead on the third lap. Right behind Carlson, reining NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, Doug Coby was on the move as well. Coby moved into second on the third lap, and the two would run in that order for the majority of the race. Further back, Randy Cabral and John Zych were battling for the third spot, when a caution flew with six laps remaining for a Pete Pernesiglio spin.

On the restart, Coby struck and moved briefly into the lead at the line, but Carlson would fight back and draw even in turns one and two. The duo would run side by side for three laps, with Coby eventually settling back into second. With three laps remaining, the caution would fly again, this time lining up a single file restart. In the meantime, Zych had moved into the third spot past Cabral. On the final restart, Carlson’s car hesitated causing Coby to hook his rear bumper, both getting loose on the front stretch. Zych ducked under Coby for second, but Coby rocketed around the top of turn one, while Carlson stretched out his lead. Carlson would cross the line first ahead of Coby, Zych, Cabral, Avery Stoehr, Jim Chambers, Russ Stoehr, Alan Chambers, Bethany Stoehr, and Paul Scally.

“My car was hesitating on the restarts. I was hoping it was going to make it to the end,” said Carlson. “It was great to run against Doug, he is aggressive, but also clean and that makes the racing fun. I really need to thank Gene Feigel and my Dad, they had the car really good tonight,” he said.

In the Lites division, RJ Tufano jumped out into an early lead. He was pursued by young gun, Anthony Payne, for the first ten laps of the race. On a lap ten restart, Payne blasted into the lead.

“I was trying to be smooth and save my tires,” said Payne. “When the caution came out and we doubled up, I got to the throttle first and beat him to the corner,” he said.

In the later stages of the race, veteran Anthony Nocella in the FMR Racing #76 would move into second and begin to pressure Payne.

“Anthony was pressuring me on the outside, but I made sure to run a line that made it hard for him to get me,” said Payne. “It felt great to beat such a talented driver. I really need to thank Lu & Mike Jarrett, the Scrivani’s, Jim Susi, Dave Shore and Waddell Communications,” he said.

Veteran Paul Scally rallied for an exceptional third place finish in his #30B lites car, and was followed across the line by Scott Bigelow and Randy Cabral, who had an epic duel for the fourth spot.

New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder

August 8th, 2015

Waterford, CT – Thursday Night Thunder returned to New London-Waterford Speedbowl following last week’s rained out event with spectacular motorsports action highlighted by close finishes. The INEX Legend Cars division ran two feature events with a pair of first time winners sharing the honors – Mikey Flynn of Hampden, MA and Richard Davidowitz of East Moriches, NY scored the victories. Anthony Marvin of Colchester used late race heroics to take the INEX Bandolero feature, Ray Reed of Norwich came out on top in a spirited battle for the Super X-Car victory, while Wayne Shifflett of Preston was yet another to win a tight race in the night’s X-Car feature. The Vintage Midgets also made an appearance on Thursday’s racing card.

Flynn was flawless in the first 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature to record his first career win in the division’s opening race of the night. He began the non-stop race in sixth starting position and worked his way to the front as John O’Sullivan III bolted out to a commanding early lead. Flynn progressed to second position and led a group of four cars which tracked down O’Sullivan by lap-10. Flynn immediately applied pressure for the lead, then went to the outside lane to pull alongside O’Sullivan on lap-12 He took the lead by a bumper at the start-finish line, then pulled ahead for good on lap-13. O’Sullivan fought to hang on in second position as Flynn closed out the victory over the second half of the race. Michael Blaskey and Jordan Churchill got by O’Sullivan with three laps remaining to land podium finishes in second and third, respectively.

IN the second 25-lap Legend Cars race of the night, Davidowitz survived a wild event to emerge a surprise winner in his first ever appearance at the Speedbowl on Thursday. After registering an eighth place finish in the opening race, Davidowitz looked even more comfortable using both the outside and inside racing grooves at the Speedbowl in the nightcap. He capitalized when multiple competitors encountered trouble racing near the front of the field bidding for the win. Flynn was looking to make it two wins on the night and had quickly moved to the front again in race two of the night. Blaskey caught and actually passed Flynn, who was fighting to stay in contention when he was caught up in a late race wreck with Churchill, eliminating both. Shortly after, Davidowitz was outside Blaskey for the race lead on lap-21 when the two came together on the fronstretch, dropping Blaskey from the lead and ending his night against the wall. Davidowitz inherited the lead and finished off the victory by nailing the final restart, then holding back fellow Long Islander Kevin Nowak for the win. The two drivers regularly compete at Riverhead Raceway. Scott Limkemann was third in the second race.

Marvin returned to the winner’s circle in the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature for the first time in several weeks. He chased Hailey Desaulniers for most of the race, tailing her rear bumper looking for a way around. Marvin finally pulled outside on lap-17, completing the pass and going on to the victory in a caution-free feature. Desaulniers recorded her best finish in second and Ethan Simmons was third.

Shifflett came out on top in a very competitive 25-lap four cylinder X-Car feature. He steadily moved through the field and chased down point leader David Gargaro to make his bid for the win over the second half of the race. Gargaro got to the front early and showed the way over an extended green flag run to begin the race. Shifflett got to Gargaro’s inside on lap-19, narrowly holding off the multi-time winner through a lap-21 caution flag and ensuing restart. Gargaro stayed on Shifflett’s bumper until the checkered flag, while Christopher Thomas was a very close third and was in the hunt over the final several laps.

Reed triumphed a nip-and-tuck 25-lap Super X-Car feature over Brian Norman. The two started the race on the front row and ran nearly the entire distance battling side-by-side for the lead in a race that ran from the green to checkered flags without incident. The pair put on a dazzling display of clean and hard racing, swapping the lead several times. After spending most of the race in the outside lane, Norman tried an inside move on lap-22 that got his car sideways, costing him dearly in his quest for the win. Reed was able to gain enough of an advantage with Norman’s slip to pull ahead for the win. Norman held back a charging Todd Taylor at the finish for second.

On Saturday the Speedbowl hosts Wings & Wheels, its biggest motorsports program of summer. The popular show features both the visiting International Supermodified Association and Valenti Modified Racing Series in their only 2015 appearances at the shoreline oval. Joining them will be the Northeastern Midget Association, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing by the SK Modified® and SK LightModified divisions, plus the Pro Four Modifieds of New England. All divisions competing are open-wheeled cars, making for a unique pairing of fast and exciting motorsports action. A detailed event schedule and further information is available online at Speedbowl.com.

Tight NEMA Points Battle Highlights Wings & Wheels Night at Speedbowl; Coby Returns to NEMA Program

August 8th, 2015

A mere 40 points separate NEMA points leader and 2013 Champion John Zych Jr. and reigning champion, Randy Cabral headed into this Saturday evening’s Wings & Wheels show at the New-London Waterford Speedbowl.

Zych, a winner at two New York tracks this season, Evans Mills Speedway and Oswego, has been very fast all year. Cabral, yet to score a win in 2015, has won at least one NEMA feature for the last 15 years – trailing only Midget racing legend Dave Humphrey’s record of 16 consecutive seasons with a win. During that same period of time, Cabral has captured five NEMA championships and has finished no worse than second in the point standings during the past four seasons.

NEMA’s return to the New London Waterford Speedbowl, for the first time this season also marks the return of reining NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver, Doug Coby, to the series. Coby won the opening day NEMA feature at Chemung Speedrome, earlier this year.

“A lot of the sensations in these cars are kind of like running a Modified at Bristol,” Coby explains. “It’s just really fast and you have to react quickly. They handle really well, but when they get out of shape it’s different from a Modified. It’s like you kind of wheel them around to save them and jerk the car around a little bit. I think once you drive one of these cars once or twice and you learn more from these guys on how they like to go and what adjustments they make, a good handling car is a good handling car no matter if it’s a Late Model, Modified, a Midget, or a Go Kart. If it handles right through the corners, as a driver, you get the same feeling.”

Last race feature winner, Avery Stoehr, is also excited about his program, as he returns to NLWS this Saturday. A long dry spell ended with a dominating run at LEE USA Speedway the last time NEMA took the track. Stoehr was also a winner last year on opening day at the Speedbowl. In addition to Stoehr, Paul Scally, Seth Carlson, Bethany Stoehr, Jim & Alan Chambers, and Todd Bertrand, the later a former Speedbowl winner, are all hungry for a victory as well.

In NEMA Lite Action, Danny Cugini has a convincing points lead over the young gun Anthony Payne. Payne, with some strong runs this season, looks for his second NEMA Lite win this Saturday. The Lites action has produced some of the best racing this season, and no doubt, this Saturday will produce the same.

New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Results

July 26th, 2015

Waterford, CT – New London-Waterford Speedbowl was back in action Thursday evening under ideal summer weather with another mid-week motorsports racing card. Todd Taylor of North Stonington led the way with a career first victory, picking up the night’s eight cylinder Super X-Car feature win. Michael Blaskey of Waterbury won his fourth INEX Legend Cars race of the Thursday season, Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin recorded another INEX Bandolero triumph, and Eric Finkbein Jr. of Manchester was the four cylinder X-Car race winner.

Taylor recorded his first-ever win by romping over the Super X-Car field in the division’s 25-lap main event. He moved to the lead on the opening lap after beginning the race in second, and quickly distanced himself from the competition. One caution flag on lap-9 slowed Taylor’s roll, but once the green flag returned he picked up where he left off. He went on to a convincing win over Brian Norman, and point leader Marc Shafer.

Blaskey checkered his second INEX Legend Cars race in a row and fourth of the year after turning in a dominating performance. He quickly made his way to the front of the field in the 25-lapper, passing a former division champion in Joey Ternullo for the lead before the race was five laps in. Blaskey showed the way comfortably through the only caution flag in the event, which came for a spin on lap-18. He bested Mikey Flynn on the restart and held back a charging Jordan Churchill to claim the win. Churchill was second and Flynn was third. With the victory, Blaskey unofficially took over the lead in the championship point standings from Churchill in a tight battle.

Hovey wired the field in the night’s 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature. The race was not without its share of tense moments, as the top five cars ran in a tight formation for much of the race in a high-speed chess match. Hovey withstood heavy pressure from Ethan Simmons, then held back Ethan Durocher over the final two laps. Durocher found his way to the inside of Simmons late in the race and was able to get to Hovey’s rear bumper, but could not pull alongside over the final lap. Durocher was second and Simmons finished third.

Finkbein marched to a 25-lap X-Car feature win with an impressive performance. Eddie Loomis was the early leader and built up a cushion out front as Finkbein led a host of drivers to the front through a pack of cars. Finkbein emerged in second position and ran down Loomis, overtaking him on the outside of the track on lap-13. Christopher Thomas chased Finkbein throughout, but was never able to seriously threaten for the victory. The race ran from start to finish without incident. Thomas was second, and Wayne Shifflett finished third.

On Saturday, the Speedbowl returns to NASCAR racing with Nostalgia Night. Vintage racing groups will exhibit and race on the three-eighths mile shoreline oval, giving fans a treat and look into decades past with some of their favorite Modified and Midget racecars over the years. That joins a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing card which includes the SK Modifieds®, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stock and SK Light Modified racing divisions. Racing begins at 5:30pm. Detailed event information is available online at Speedbowl.com.

New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder

July 19th, 2015

Waterford, CT – After a one week hiatus, New London-Waterford Speedbowl returned to racing Thursday evening with
its Thursday Night Thunder motorsports program.  Four racing events were held and it was night of second wins for three drivers Michael Blaskey of Waterbury recorded his second INEX Legends Cars victory of the season in an eventful 25-lap race for the division, Ethan Durocher of Plainfield won his second INEX Bandolero feature and Westerly’s
Randy Johnston claimed his second four cylinder X-Car of the season.  In the eight cylinder Super X-Cars, Exeter, RI driver Kevin Moon scored his first triumph of the year.

Blaskey won a wild Legend Cars race that kept fans on the edge of their seats  Dennis Pantani used the pole starting position to lead the opening laps but youth prevailed when Andrew Molleur completed an inside pass on Pantani on lap-5 to take over.  Molleur looked good out front with John O’Sullivan giving chase in second position.  On lap-10 however, O’Sullivan’s car burst into flame going into turn one and the yellow and red flags were quickly displayed to tend to O’Sullivan’s car, which quickly extinguished itself as it came to rest in turn two.  O’Sullivan was able to walk away from his scary incident.

Molleur did not restart well when racing was able to resume and Mikey Flynn powered into the lead on the outside.  Jordan Churchill, a three-time race winner on the year, quickly moved up to second position and began to apply pressure to Flynn in a heightening battle for the top spot.  As the race moved deep into its second half with a
run of green flag racing, contact between Flynn and Churchill on lap-19 resulted in damage to both cars.  Churchill’s front bumper was dislodged and Flynn had damage to the left rear of his machine, leading to consultation flags being given to both through lap-23. 

Blaskey, who trailed in third place at the time, inherited the lead when Churchill and Flynn were both forced to pit.  Blaskey held back Scott Joy over the final two lap dash to the finish to take his second win of the year.  Joy, making his first-ever start at the Speedbowl, wound up second and Scott Limkemann was third. 

Durocher wired the field in the non-stop 20-lap Bandolero feature to claim the win.  He bolted out to the lead from his pole starting position and slowly pulled away from a battle for second position that endured the entire race.  Durocher won by nearly a straightaway as Nickolas Hovey hung on to second position over late race pressure from
Ethan Simmons.

Johnston quickly sliced through the X-Car field to take the lead on lap-3 and never faltered the rest of the 25-lap distance, going on to an emotional win by besting Chris Thomas.  Thomas chased Johnston from lap-4 and was able to hang with the leader, but was never able to seriously threaten him.  After a pair of opening lap caution flags,
the first of which brought out the red flag and eliminated point leader Dave Gargaro Jr., Johnston and Thomas took off from the rest of the pack to settle the victory.  Wayne Shifflett broke out of the pack to place third at the finish but was never a factor. 

Moon made late race heroics in the 25-lap Super X-Car race to overtake Shawn Gaedeke then hold back a charging Marc Shafer in the closing laps.  An entertaining race saw the majority of the competition race in a tight pack with minimal contact.  Gaedeke led much of the way as a duel for second position was underway for several laps between Moon and Todd Taylor.  Moon ultimately prevailed, and used a lap-17 caution flag to line up outside of Gaedeke and power into the lead on the restart.  Shafer came on strong at the end, but fell short and settled for second.  Gaedeke was third.

The Speedbowl returns to NASCAR racing on Saturday with a five-division program, and the championship point battles continue to heat up next Thursday for another Thursday Night Thunder program.  More information on the upcoming events is available online at Speedbowl.com.

Forth of July New London-Waterford Speedbowl

July 2nd, 2015

Waterford, CT—The New London-Waterford Speedbowl wants racing fans to celebrate America’s birthday in the most affordable way possible.

It has come up with an amazing weekend that will feature NASCAR racing, stunt shows, family fun and great food – all at family-friendly prices.

The weekend gets under way on July 4 with a two-for-one admission special.

Two adults will receive admission for one low price of $18 that includes six divisions of racing, including the SK Modified, Late Models, Limited Sportsmen, Mini Stocks, SK Light Modified and the New England Truck Series, Qualifying will start at 5:30 and the racing gets under way at 7 p.m. Tickets for youths 13-16 are $5 and children 12-and-under are admitted for free.

There will be an added bonus. A special barbecue will be held at the track from noon to 4 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers and salads will be on the menu. Many drivers are scheduled to be on hand and pace car rides will be given away as prizes. Here’s the best part. The barbecue is priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-15. “This is our way to say thank you for the tremendous support we have received this year,” Speedbowl G.M. Shawn Monahan said. “Our goal is to make the July 4 holiday as affordable as possible. With two-for-one admission and a great cookout, we are making this an old fashioned July 4. We offer great food and the fastest entertainment in town at great prices. The Speedbowl is the ultimate place to spend the holiday.”

The action will continue July 5 for America’s Birthday Bash.

Returning to the Speedbowl is Tim Chitwood, who will entertain the fans with his unbelievable stunt show, including car jumping and two-wheel insanity. Another popular favorite, motorcycle stunt artist Luke “Duke” Emmons also will be on hand.

There also will be a Demo Derby, a combination 8- and 6-cylinder enduro, a ski race and the second installment of King of the Hill, where fans can bring their own cars and challenge other competitors on the Speedbowl oval.

“”This is family entertainment at its best,” Monahan said. “The fans wanted us to bring back Tim Chitwood, and we listened. It will be a great show.”

The action will start at 6 p.m. Tickets are priced at $20 for adults, and $5 for youths 13-16. And at all Speedbowl events, children 12-and-under are admitted free.

“We have something for everyone,” Monahan said. “The best entertainment for the best prices.”

New London Waterford Speedbowl Results

June 30th, 2015

Saturday June 27th was the 8th event of the 2015 season at The New London Waterford Speedbowl located in Waterford CT. Fans were welcomed to the track with the threat of a nor’ Easter hitting the entire Northeast ruining any chance of the racing taking place. Rain started the night but, after some track drying and cars qualifying feature events were set to start.

The first feature of the night was the 30 lap Late Model race. Ray Christian III took the lead on the very 1st lap of the event. The first of 2 cautions came out with 27 laps remaining in the event. The first restart was no good so they had to try a second time. Anthony Flannery took the lead with 25 laps remaining in the event and never trailed from that spot. The second and final caution came out with 21 laps remaining in the event. The winner of the race was Anthony Flannery Jr.

The second feature of the night was the Mini Cups which run a weekly division at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. The 57 took the lead from the first lap and held that lead for the entire race. The mini cup main event went green to green with no caution flags throughout the race. The Marissa Morgan won the 20 lap event. Anthony Marvin was second and Shane Culpa was 3rd.

The third feature of the night was the Limited Sportsman event. Corey Coates took the lead early in the race but, it only took Jack Aquilina 3 laps to take the lead away from Coates. This feature event went green to green as well. Jack Aquilina won the 25 lap feature event, Corey Coates came in 2nd, and Al Stone III came in 3rd. This was back to back wins for Aquilina.

The fourth feature of the night was the Legend Cars. Timothy Depizzol was the man to take the early lead. The legends car event went green flag to green flag. Dana DiMatteo took the lead with 19 laps remaining in the event and never trailed from that position. Dana DiMatteo won the 20 lap feature, Cassandra Cole in 2nd, and Cory DiMatteo in 3rd.

The 5th and final race of the night was the SK Modified race. The Weather turned for the worse right around 7:30 and the track officials called the race. There were 15 laps remaining in the event once the race was called. The winner of the race was Craig Lutz, John Montesanto was in 2nd, and Matt Gallo was the 3rd place finisher.

The Mini Stock race that was supposed to take place later in the evening has been rescheduled for next week.

Waterford Speedbowl Sunday 10/5 Finale Weekend Results

October 6th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl saw 210 racecars jam its pit area for Finale Weekend Sunday, hosting 13 race divisions for a huge day of motorsports. After rain forced the cancellation of Saturday’s scheduled events, track management crammed all racing into a full day of action Sunday. Scoring top honors was Keith Rocco of Berlin, who won the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races, Corey Barry of Plainfield and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI each used a victory to cement track championships in the respective SK Light Modified and Mini Stock divisions. Ed Puleo of Branford won an entertaining SK Modified feature, Jason Palmer won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, and Josh Galvin topped a thrilling Street Stock finish.

Northeastern Midget Association wins went to Ryan Bigelow of East Hampton, a first-time victor in the NEMA Midgets, and Dan Cugini of Marshfield, MA, won the companion NEMA Lite feature.

Joining them on the long list of winner’s for the day included Ray Reed of Norwich and Anthony Marvin of Colchester, each titlists in the Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series, checkering the Super X-Car and INEX Bandolero races. Wayne Shifflett of Preston won the X-Car feature and Dana Dimatteo of Farmington took the top spot in the INEX Legend Cars. Preston native Jay Stuart won the Outlaw Stock race.

Rocco endured a Valenti Modified Racing Series event slowed by eleven caution flags, including one red flag situation early in the 100-lapper. He started fourth, moved to second on lap-2, and inherited the lea during a lap-11 caution flag when the lead car of Kyle James encountered mechanical failure. Steve Masse pressed Rocco over the middle portion of the race, taking the top spot on lap-50. Rocco rallied back, reclaiming his lead for good following a lap-52 restart. Rocco was not seriously challenged the rest of the way. The win was Rocco’s third of the year in the series, and second at the Speedbowl. Tommy Barrett recovered from an early incident the placed him at the rear of the field to finish second while Richard Savary also rebounded from a melee to claim third in the final rundown.

Puleo checkered an entertaining 50-lap race for the SK Modifieds®. Rocco, the division champion for the season, marched to the front early and took the lead from Craig Lutz on lap-12. Rocco pulled ahead and led through a long run of clean racing when his motor began failing. On lap-37 Rocco retired from the race handing the lead to Puleo, who had moved to second position behind Rocco just three laps prior. Puleo had a charging Ted Christopher shadowing his every move over the next several laps. Christopher nearly wrestled the lead away on the outside, however a yellow flag for a spin with 48 laps completed set the stage for a green-white-checkered conclusion. Puleo fended off the advances of both Christopher and third place finisher Rob Janovic Jr. over the final two-lap sprint. It was Puleo’s third victory of the year.

In NEMA Midget racing, Bigelow continued a trend at the track of first-time winners. He checkered the 25-lap feature, taking over when Jim Santamaria spun out of the lead on lap-14. Bigelow held on from there, besting the field over one additional restart. Todd Bertrand was second and Avery Stoehr finished third. In the NEMA Lites, Cugini dominated the 25-lap race once out front. Ryan Krachun used a sixth place finish to put the finishing touches on a championship.

Palmer won his fourth Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature of the year with the 50-lap victory. He battled with Anthony Ryan Jr. for the race lead, spending the better part of five laps outside Ryan before taking the lead for good on lap-22. Palmer cruised from there, getting away from a brief three-wide challenge following a lap-37 restart. Marc Curtis was second and Ryan finished third.

Denton secured his first Mini Stock championship with a winning effort, his fifth of the year. He became the youngest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion in track history at seventeen years old, relinquishing a strange hold veteran racers held in the division for more than a decade. Denton took the lead halfway through the 30-lap race from Wayne Burroughs Jr. and never looked back. Burroughs was second and Chris Ivory ended up third.

Barry clinched the SK Light Modified division title on a high note, winning his sixth race of the season. He survived what turned out to be a rough event as several cars encountered trouble during the race, which was red-checkered one lap shy of its scheduled 25-lap distance after the seventh yellow flag of the race. Barry was almost collected once, nearly spinning from the lead after contact with Paul Buzel on lap-21, but hung on. He bested D.J. Burnham and last year’s champion Randy Churchill Jr., who finished second and third. Churchill was runner-up to Barry in the season standings.

Galvin already wrapped up his first Street Stock division championship but Sunday’s 30-lap race turned into a great duel with Ryan Waterman. The pair ran the final nine laps side-by-side with neither gaining more than a bumper’s advantage. Waterman, who used a great move to get to Galvin’s inside, stayed there and led through lap-28. Galvin hung tough on the top of the track and led the white flag lap before sprinting to the finish line by inches ahead of Waterman in a photo finish. Ed Gertsch Jr.finished third.

Dimatteo, a past INEX Legend Cars champion at the track, ended a dry spell at the Speedbowl with a win in the division’s 20-lap feature. He avoided an opening lap crash and took control from Ryan Lutz after the race restarted, leading the duration. Dimatteo held off a charging Brendon Bock to the checkered flag. Lutz was third after his best performance of the season.

Marvin, the track’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday INEX Bandolero champion, won the 10-lap feature for the division. Derek Debbis finished second in the final rundown.

Reed, the track’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Super X-Car champion, prevailed in an opening race tussle for the lead with Ed Ryan before rolling to victory in the division’s 20-lapper.

Shifflett took the lead on lap-8 of the 20-lap X-Car feature and went on to the win.

Stuart led from start to finish in a non-stop 20-lap Outlaw Stock race.

Waterford Speedbowl 9/27 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

September 30th, 2014

Waterford, CT – The final Saturday night race event of the season was held at Waterford Speedbowl with a seven division race program on the card. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing Keith Rocco of Berlin won the SK Modified® feature while Jason Palmer, also from Berlin, won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. Ed Gertsch Jr. of East Haven returned to Victory Lane after a long hiatus in the Street Stocks, Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon took the night’s Mini Stock race and Paul Buzel of Trumbull continued a hot streak in the SK Light Modifieds. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars feature and set a track record, while Taylor Bowser of Taunton, MA won in the visiting Mini Cup series event. The final event of the year takes place next Saturday and Sunday when the track hosts Finale Weekend headlined by the Valenti Modified Racing Series. A Friday practice session precedes the big event, which sees thirteen race divisions in action.

Rocco found the winner’s circle for the eleventh time of the year in SK Modified® racing. He checkered a fast paced and non-stop 35-lap race that took under nine minutes to complete from start to finish. Rob Janovic Jr. used the outside lane to grab the lead from pole position starter Jeff Gallup when the race began. He was pulling out to a comfortable advantage while Ted Christopher applied pressure to Gallup for second.

Rocco started in ninth position and quickly moved into contention, already in sixth on lap-3. He jumped to the outside lane to move into the top-five, and rocketed under Christopher out of turn two on lap-9. The following lap, Rocco made the move on Gallup and took second as they raced to turn three.

Rocco ran down Janovic’s lead by lap-16 and immediately began to apply pressure with a determined drive to the front. He darted outside Janovic in turn three on lap-20, attempting a crossover move out of turn four that Janovic held off. The following lap, Rocco made the same move stick and was able to find room to Janovic’s inside down the front chute. As they raced to turn one he completed the move and became the new leader for lap-22.

Once clear of Janovic, Rocco had smooth sailing through the finish. Janovic wound up second and Joe Gada used the outside lane to climb to third. Rocco already secured the division’s 2014 championship, his second in a row and fourth overall. Palmer turned in an impressive performance in the 30-lap Valenti Auto MallLate Model feature. He won for the third time of the year, beating back all challenges over the duration of the race. He took the lead on lap-10 from Anthony Ryan Jr., winner the previous Saturday. Once out front, Palmer retained his lead over three restarts in the second half of the race including the final two over Keith Rocco. Rocco finished second and unofficially clinched his second consecutive division championship. Bruce Thomas Jr. finished third.

The 25-lap Street Stock race got off to a rocky start but Gertsch shined during a closing eighteen lap run. Patience and perseverance paid off in the beginning for Gertsch, the 2003 division champion, as eight caution flags and attrition piled up. Gertsch was near the front throughout, inheriting the lead when Dwayne Dorr exited the race with a flat tire following a lap-3 restart. Once racing settled in, Gertsch cruised to record his first win since 2004. Gertsch is in his first full season competing in the division since 2004. Chris Meyer was second and Chris “Moose” Douton finished third. Josh Galvin survived a rough race but was able to salvage a tenth place finish, good enough to unofficially secure his first track championship.

One yellow flag slowed Cassidy’s romp to victory in the night’s 25-lap Mini Stock race. He took the lead following the only restart of the race which came on lap-4 and never looked back, taking his seventh win of the year. Ray Christian III was second and Garrett Denton, the division point leader, was third after starting the race in last. Denton leads Cassidy by 29-points in the title chase, which will be decided in next Sunday’s feature for the division, part of the track’s two-day Finale Weekend event.

Buzel won for the third straight time in SK Light Modified action. He marched his way to the front in the opening circuits of the 25-lapper, using a power move to take command from leader and first-year driver Calvin Therrien. Buzel led comfortably until he faltered on a lap-18 restart and missed a shift. He briefly lost the lead to Corey Barry before rallying, reclaiming the position on lap-20. Barry wound up finishing second and Randy Chuchill Jr. was third. Barry takes a 39-point bulge over Churchill to next Saturday’s Finale Weekend race.

Christopher won for the 25th time of the year in the INEX Legend Cars division, claiming the 25-lap race. The victory set a new single season record for wins at the track in its 64-year history. Christopher surpassed the previous record of 24 wins, set by Keith Rocco last year. Christopher is the division champion for the year.

The 20-lap race for the Mini Cup series was checkered by Bowser, who turned in a dominating performance. She was chased to the finish by Luke LeBrun. The youth division competes regularly at Seekonk Speedway.

Waterford Speedbowl 9/20 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

September 24th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl returned to action after two weeks of wet weather halted its scheduled NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing programs. First time winners for the year were the order of the night as three of the six events saw new faces in the
winner’s circle. Diego Monahan of Quaker Hill led the way, picking up the SK Modified® victory in dramatic fashion. Anthony Ryan Jr. of Danbury and Pete Zaikarite of Niantic won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model and MiniStock races respectively, joining Monahan as first time winners on the year. Other victories went to Al Stone III of Durham in the Street Stocks, Paul Buzel of Trumbull in the SK Light Modifieds, and Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott in an extra-distance INEX Legend Cars race.

Monahan came out on top of a wild SK Modified® race where no less than three competitors had a shot to win over two green-white-checkered flag attempts to complete the race. Monahan battled his brother Shawn and three-time track champion Keith Rocco over a thrilling, rough and tumble final nine laps.

The 35-lap race began with Joe Gada and Monahan on the front row. It didn’t take long for sparks to fly, as Ed Puleo checked up on the back chute as the field worked lap-2 triggering a multi-car incident behind. The contact sent Rocco over Rob Janovic’s car before spinning in turn three, also collecting Bert Marvin, Brent Sweet and Tommy Vigh Jr. to bring out the first caution flag of the race. Rocco returned after pitting for repairs.

Monahan led while Gada battled Puleo for second for several laps. Gada used the outside lane to make a bid for the lead on lap-22, just as rookie competitor Paul Kusheba drove inside Puleo to move into third position. Monahan fought off Gada’s challenge and Kusheba capitalized, taking second when Gada found himself out of the racing groove in turn four. A spin at the back of the field with 23 laps completed created another yellow flag, setting up a series of four restarts which brought the race to lap-26. Kusheba was a victim of one botched restart attempt, getting spun from contention to lift Shawn Monahan and Rocco into the top three, staging the slugfest to the finish at the front.

The top three of Diego Monahan, Shawn Monahan and Rocco traded blows the rest of the way with Diego Monahan holding the lead throughout. Rocco made his way past Shawn Monahan into second on lap-28 only to see Monahan fire back and reclaim the position a lap later. Shawn hounded Diego for the next three laps, trying to make an outside run with Rocco tucked closely behind before a yellow flag on lap-33 set up the first attempt to finish the race.

After the restart Rocco made a charge from third coming to the white flag, however a spin behind the leaders saw the yellow flag fly again to keep the race from ending. Rocco got inside Diego Monahan and contact between the two down the frontstretch sent Rocco spinning into turn one, collecting Craig Lutz and Tim Jordan in a grinding wreck. Because the incident happened after the caution flag and before another lap was scored complete, the running order for the restart kept both Monahan brothers on the front row with Rocco third.

The field restarted cleanly and was able to finish the two lap sprint to the checkered flag. Diego Monahan fended off an outside bid by his brother over the final lap, going on to the win, his first since August of 2013. Rocco got past Shawn Monahan out of the final corner to finish second, and Shawn Monahan ended up third. Gada was fourth, and Ted Christopher completed the top-five.

Ryan made an impressive charge, wiring the field to checker the 30-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. He was never seriously challenged and survived just one yellow flag that slowed the race on lap-3. Bruce Thomas Jr. spun after contact from Jason Palmer, collecting Chris Garside as well as point leader Keith Rocco. When racing resumed, Vin Esposito eventually moved to second position and chased Ryan over the second half of the race but was unable to close in to make a serious bid for the win. Rocco rebounded from the early incident to finish third as he closed in on another division championship.

Stone won his fourth Street Stock race of the year with an impressive run in the night’s 25-lap race. He started the race seventh and was second on lap-9, moving up under green flag racing. Ed Gertsch Jr. showed the way early and Stone was cutting into his cushion out front when the first yellow flag of the race came out on lap-16. Stone bided his time, darting inside of Gertsch on lap-18 before taking over for good on lap-19. A final caution flag came on lap-21, giving Gertsch a final chance at Stone. Stone held back the challenges to claim the win. Moose Douton got past Gertsch in the closing laps to take second and Gertsch finished third. Stone’s win, coupled with a rough race for championship leader Josh Galvin, enabled him to keep his title hopes alive. Stone is second to Galvin in the standings.

Buzel was the benefactor of a late race scuffle at the front of the field in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, picking up his second consecutive win in the process. Buzel was third and running with the lead cars of Larry Goss and Randy Churchill Jr. as their battle for the race lead heated up in the final five circuits. Churchill tried to make an outside pass on Goss in turn two on lap-23. Goss bobbled and when he gathered his car up the track, Churchill was forced into the wall to bring out the yellow flag and end his strong run. Buzel lined up outside of Goss for the ensuing restart, raced Goss even to the white flag and was able to narrowly edge ahead through the third and fourth corner to nip Goss by a bumper in a photo finish. Goss ended up second and point leader Corey Barry was third.

Zaikarite picked up his first Saturday night victory in the night’s 25-lap Mini Stock feature. The former Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday champion led the way throughout and pulled ahead to the win. Ray Christian and Doug Curry finished second and third, respectively.

Christopher checkered the night’s special 50-lap INEX Legend Cars feature, winning for the 24th overall time of the year to extend his record number of wins in one season for the division. The win gave Christopher an automatic starting berth in the sanctioning bodies Asphalt Nationals event, held October 16-18 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He took the lead inside of Dana Dimatteo on the tenth lap, leading comfortably through the final caution flag, which came on lap-40. He bested Dimatteo on the restart, going on to win. Dimatteo finished second and Joey Ternullo was third.

Just one Saturday night event remains before the track’s big Finale Weekend October 4-6. Next Saturday, a seven division program sees the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds, Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds in action. They are joined by the INEX Legend Cars and an appearance by the Mini Cup competitors.

Speedbowl cancels 9/13 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program to weather

September 13th, 2014

Waterford, CT – For the second consecutive Saturday, Waterford Speedbowl cancelled its scheduled NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program due to weather. Racing will return to the shoreline oval next Saturday, September 20 for its regularly scheduled event. NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing will be joined by a special 50-lap INEX Legend Cars race, giving the winner a starting position in the annual Legend Cars Nationals event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Bullring, held October 16-18. The NEMA Lite series, originally scheduled on September 6, will also join the Speedbowl’s September 20 racing card.

More information on the upcoming Speedbowl schedule can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 9/10 Results

September 12th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl put the finishing touches on the 14th season of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, its popular mid-week motorsports program. A pair of drivers used the final week of racing to claim their first wins of the year, as Ed Ryan of Preston took the Super X-Car win and Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin won the INEX Bandolero feature. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott had a record setting win in the INEX Legend Cars and Wayne Shifflett of Preston took the X-Car race win. The night’s two Mechanic Races were won by Charles Beal of Ledyard and Eric Finkbein Sr. of Manchester, while John Kelly of New London took the victory in the Officials Race to round out the night’s winners.

Christopher won again in the INEX Legend Cars, taking the final Wednesday night race of the year to cement a record setting season in the division. He made his way to the front in the early going of the 25-lap feature, trailing Joey Ternullo. He found room to Ternullo’s inside on lap-15, spending three laps side-by-side before a caution flag on lap-18. Ternullo held the advantage, putting Christopher in the outside lane for the restart. Christopher used the top of the track to power ahead for good on lap-20, going on to the win. Ternullo was second and David Johnson was third. Christopher’s victory marked his 23rd overall on the year between the division’s Wednesday and Saturday events, giving him the division single season record for wins. Christopher swept both series titles for the division, becoming the fourth driver to accomplish the feat.

Shifflett won his third X-Car race of the season after coming on to weekly competition midway through the year. He took the lead early but had to hold off two hard chargers over the second half of the 25-lap event. Eric Finkbein caught Shifflett and ran to his outside for several laps trying to overtake the lead, but was unable to make the pass. As the two battled, Jordan Hadley moved in to make it a three-car race for the win over the final eight laps. Hadley was able to get past Finkbein’s inside on lap-19 and tried to pry Shifflett’s car from the bottom of the track as the laps counted down. The top three cars ran nose to tail on the final lap and Hadley’s final corner rally came up short when Finkbein made contact with him, allowing Shifflett to get to the checkered flag first. Hadley held on for second and Finkbein was third. Zac Thomas finished sixth and won the division title.

Ryan got the handles on his car on point and dominated the 25-lap Super X-Car feature. He led comfortably over a long green flag run that brought the race to lap-22 when the third and final caution flag came out. Ryan had to contend with Dan Butler over the final sprint to the finish, winning for the first time of the year in the season’s final week. Butler was a close second and Dave Yardley was third. A tight championship battle that came down to the final race was taken by Ray Reed. He beat out Kevin Moon, who encountered trouble early in the race and was the first car out of the race.

Hovey was a first-time winner in the INEX Bandoleros, checkering the 15-lap feature. He led throughout, taking the lead on the opening lap from Ethan Durocher. Anthony Marvin tailed Hovey to the finish but was unable to pull alongside to make a bid for the win. Durocher wound up third. Marvin took his second consecutive division championship.

Next Wednesday, the Speedbowl celebrates its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday season with a buffet banquet at the track. Champions will be crowned and season long honors will be handed out. Tickets will be $18.00 at the door for the event, which begins at 5:30pm. The event is open to race fans and the public to join.

Speedbowl postpones Back to School Bash until Sunday 9/21 Event schedule remains same; earlier gate time to accommodate fans

September 3rd, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl has postponed its Back to School Bash scheduled for Sunday afternoon due to inclement weather. The show has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 21 with the same event lineup. The start time has been pushed up to accommodate fans and families.

The event will feature a 4-cylinder Enduro race, Demolition Derby, School Bus Bash, Ski Car Race, motorcycle stunt performer Luke Duke Emmons and more on-track surprises and action, capped off by an aerial fireworks display.

Spectator gates will open at 3:00pm on September 21, and the on-track smashing will begin at 5:00pm. The anticipated event end time is 8:00pm. Grandstand admission will remain at $18.00 per adult and $6.00 for youth age 6 through 14. Kids age 5 and under are free.

Participant pit area pricing is $22.00 each. Event entries will continue to be accepted through the September 21 date.

For more information, fans are encouraged to contact the track office during operating hours or email info@speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl 8/30 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

September 2nd, 2014

Waterford, CT, Waterford Speedbowl hosted Thunder on the Sound Saturday, a seven division motorsports program highlighted by the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals SK Modified® 150. The biggest race of the year for the track’s headline NASCAR Whelen All-American Series division was won by Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard. Other winners on the night included Keith Rocco of Berlin in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, while a pair of drivers picked up their third victories of the year, Ryan Waterman of Danielson in the Street Stocks Ray Christian III of Groton in the Mini Stocks. Paul Buzel of Trumbull was a first time winner in SK Light Modified action, Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won in the INEX Legend Cars and Paul LaPlante won the Vintage Outlaw Modified race.

Chadwick’s biggest ally in the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals may have been his patience. The 2012 division champion started the race tenth and slowly moved into contention just before the halfway point of the 150-lap grind. Ted Christopher was out front, showing the way after he passed early leader Ed Puleo on lap-11. Minor incidents for single car spins dotted the opening half of the race. Chadwick was in second by lap-70 as Christopher comfortably led until a caution flag came on lap-96.

Following the restart, Chadwick tried to unseat Christopher using the outside lane on multiple occasions, finally tucking in behind Christopher in second position. The intensity was definitely on the rise among the lead pack as the race moved to its final stages. Keith Rocco, who spent the first one hundred laps pacing himself outside the top-five, asserted himself in the final fifty circuits. Rocco got to third and then pressed Chadwick until he gave up the outside lane, allowing Rocco to move to second on lap-117. Rocco then stalked Christopher for the lead until he made a diving maneuver to the inside on lap-130 down the ack chute. The two cars came together between turns three and four, spinning both and bringing out a caution.

Chadwick’s patience and gut instinct paid off as he “had a feeling” something may happen between Christopher and Rocco, staying within striking distance. It did, and Chadwick inherited the lead while Rocco and Christopher each resumed from the tail of the field. He took off from Rob Janovic Jr. on the restart, distancing himself from the competition over the final dash to the finish as Rocco fired his way back through the field. Rocco’s furious rally landed him in second, but he could not catch Chadwick and finished in the runner-up spot. Chadwick netted the $5,000 winner’s pay day with his first victory in the big money race. Behind Rocco, Puleo finished third, Janovic fourth and Matt Galko was fifth.

Just one caution flag slowed Rocco’s roll in the 30-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, on lap-3. Rocco started the race in fifth and the move of the race likely came at the start. He narrowly avoided Bruce Thomas Jr. who spun across the track exiting turn four as the green flag waved directly in front of Rocco. Vin Esposito took command of the race, leading until Rocco moved underneath him on lap-11. A lap later, Rocco cleared Esposito and cruised to the win from there, his eleventh of the year in the division. Esposito held on for second and Anthony Ryan Jr. was third. The win marked Rocco’s 101st, tying him with Don Collins for second all-time in track history.

The 25-lap Street Stock race ran from green to checkered flags without delay, setting up as an old fashioned duel between Monte Gibbs and Waterman. Gibbs was seeking his first ever checkered flag in the division and took off into the lead at the start of the race. Waterman climbed from the sixth starting spot, breaking out of a tight pack of competition into second position on lap-6. He slowly cut into Gibbs’ lead lap by lap, finally reaching his rear bumper on lap-15. On lap-18, Waterman went inside Gibbs to the front and never looked back. Gibbs finished second and Jason Chicolas recorded his best Speedbowl performance to date in third.

Christian was unstoppable in Mini Stock action, checkering a caution-free and briskly paced 25-lap event. Christian started the race in the pole position but was fast from the drop of the green flag. He received some early race pressure from Doug Curry before opening up a comfortable advantage. Garrett Denton steadily picked cars off during the extended green flag run and wound up second, increasing his lead in the championship standings. Curry finished third.

Buzel was a first-time winner in the track’s SK Light Modified division, dominating the 25-lap race. The 16-year old won in impressive fashion, outrunning last year’s champion Randy Churchill. Larry Goss recovered from an early race spin to claim third.

Christopher came out on top of a hard-nosed 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature, taking his fourteenth win for the division’s Saturday series. It was not, however, without some drama as he endured a heated mid-race battle with Joey Ternullo. Ternullo took the lead on lap-7 to become the second leader of the race, then saw Christopher move to second and fill his mirror. Ternullo held back Christopher until lap-17 when a bold move netted Christopher the lead out of turn four. Ternullo countered in turn one but the two cars made contact, sending both spinning to bring out a yellow flag. Cory Dimatteo inherited the lead and held on until Christopher fired his way from the back of the field, reaching Dimatteo’s rear bumper on lap-23. Christopher powered to the inside of Dimatteo in turn one, racing on to the win. Dimatteo was second and Ternullo rebounded to finish in third.

Paul LaPlante won the 15-lap Vintage Outlaw Modified race, featuring restored racecars from decades ago.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 8/27 Results

August 29th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl returned to motorsports action on Wednesday evening with another Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program. Scoring wins included Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott in the INEX Legend Cars, Jim Boyle of East Windsor in the Super X-Cars, Wayne Shifflett of Preston in the X-Car division and Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook in the INEX Bandoleros.

Christopher’s win in the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature was key for more than one reason. His twenty-first victory of the year moved him within one victory of the division’s single-season record for wins, and it also unofficially wrapped up the division title in the track’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Series. The win was not official immediately following the race, pending review by the technical inspection staff and INEX officials. The record number of wins for the Legend Cars division is twenty two, held by Jason Palmer, who accomplished the feat in 2009. Christopher is in his second season in the division.

In Wednesday’s race, Christopher had to track down last year’s titlist, Joey Ternullo, doing so under a long green flag run. Ternullo held the top spot but appeared to be handling a tight handling car, enabling Christopher to dive underneath him on lap-11. Ternullo fought for two laps outside of Christopher before succumbing, tucking in behind. A final opportunity to unseat Christopher came with three laps remaining when a yellow flag came out. Christopher got a good restart to pull ahead but Ternullo stayed with him to the checkered flag, however was unable to stay alongside. Ternullo finished second and T.J. Thompson was third.

Boyle checkered the Super X-Car division for the first time in multiple seasons, picking up a victory in the non-stop 25-lap race. Boyle took the lead early, driving underneath Jon Porter in a battle among former division champions. Boyle took command on lap-5 and cruised from there. He outdistanced Bill Reiman, who finished second. Marc Shafer was third in a cleanly and quickly competed event.

Shifflett waltzed away from the competition after an opening lap caution flag in the 25-lap X-Car feature. He used a three wide maneuver inside leader Chris Lee and C.P. Burdick in turn three, racing into the lead on lap-5. Shifflett pulled away leaving the rest of the field to chase him. Jordan Hadley finished second and point leader Zac Thomas was third. Thomas was unofficially able to seal the division points title following post-race technical inspection.

Morin led from start to finish in the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature, holding the top spot over one caution flag, which slowed the race on lap-7. He had point leader Anthony Marvin to his outside for the restart but was able to fight off Marvin’s bid to retain his spot at the front. Marvin chased Morin to the finish but could not counter, settling for second. Nickolas Hovey finished third.

Waterford Speedbowl 8/23 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

August 26th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl returned to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday with a six-division program.

Keith Rocco of Berlin led the way, doubling up in winning both the SK Modified® and Valenti Auto Mall Late Model features to earn his 100th career victory at the track. Al Stone III of Durham was the winner of a thrilling Street Stock race, Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI won his fourth Mini Stock feature and Randy Churchill of Oakdale won for the second consecutive outing for the SK Light Modifieds. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won for the twentieth time of the year in INEX Legend Cars.

Rocco recorded the 100th victory after his win in the night’s extra-distance Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature, his second win of the night. He joins Phil Rondeau and Don Collins as the only drivers to ever reach the century mark in career wins in the track’s 64-year history. Rondeau is the all-time wins leader at the Speedbowl with 106 victories. Rocco’s first win came on August 30, 2003 in the Street Stock division.

Rocco’s night began with his tenth win of the year in the SK Modified® ranks, coming after some late race heroics in the division’s 35-lap feature. Rocco started the race twelfth, moving up while Ed Puleo led. A lengthy green flag run saw Tyler Chadwick get by Rob Janovic Jr. for second, clearing him for the spot on lap-15. Rocco made his way into the picture by lap-20, completing and outside pass on Janovic for third.

While Chadwick looked for a way to unseat Puleo, Rocco struck. He made a diving move underneath Chadwick to the third turn on lap-25, taking second. Puleo was able to hold back Rocco’s charges for six laps before he was victim of a well-executed crossover maneuver on lap-31. Rocco went from the top of the track down to the bottom lane in turn four to get underneath Puleo as they raced to first turn. Rocco completed the move, led lap-32, then survived three green-white-checkered flag restarts for late race incidents behind him. Tim Jordan was able to race his way to a runner-up finish late in the going. Puleo wrecked hard out of the final corner coming to the finish line, enabling Chadwick to take third.

Rocco won his tenth Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature of the year to match his SK Modified® total. He checkered the 50-lap feature, powering to the lead following a lap-19 restart. Bruce Thomas Jr. had led from the opening green flag until the first caution while Rocco worked his way to second. Rocco used the outside lane to get around Thomas to lead lap-20 and mastered a final restart which came on lap-24. Thomas wound up second after holding back Jason Palmer’s bid for the position. Palmer was third.

Stone muscled to victory out of the final corner in a thrilling 25-lap Street Stock race. He exhibited patience behind a heated battle for the lead that broke out between Joe Arena and Monte Gibbs. Each were looking for their first victory of the year, trading the top spot several times through lap-22. Gibbs got out of shape on lap-23, enabling Stone to take away second spot. Just after that, a yellow flag enabled Stone to restart outside of Arena on the front row. The pair ran side-by-side over the final two lap sprint. Arena led the white flag lap by a nose, but Stone stayed even and powered ahead out of the final corner to win by inches. Arena was second but refused technical inspection, surrendering the position to Josh Galvin, who rebounded from an opening lap spin. Phil Evans was credited with third.

Churchill visited Victory Lane for the second consecutive time in the SK Light Modified division. He started the race in sixth and used an opening six lap run to bring himself up to second position when a yellow flag was shown to the field. He passed Crystal Serydynski on the outside following the restart to take over, leading from lap-7 the rest of the way in the 25-lapper. A final caution flag with two laps remaining gave Glenn Griswold a shot at the win, and he nearly capitalized. He raced Churchill even to the white flag, but Churchill prevailed out of the final corner to record his fourth victory on the season. Griswold took second and Corey Barry, the point leader, finished third.

Denton’s Mini Stock win marked the fourth of the season, aiding his championship aspirations. Denton currently leads the division standings. He dueled with Charles Canfield for twelve laps, locked in an entertaining battle. They raced cleanly side-by-side from lap-6 through lap-18 with Denton holding a slight edge. Denton finally got away from Canfield following a lap-18 restart, the final of the race. Canfield finished second and Brandon Plemons was third.

Christopher rolled to his eighth victory in the track’s Saturday series for the INEX Legend Cars division. The night’s 20-lap feature was slowed by two minor spins, but Christopher received a stiff challenge from Joey Ternullo, who shadowed him for much of the race. Ternullo’s best chance was as the pair raced to the white flag after Christopher’s car wiggled in turn four. Ternullo took a look to his inside to turn one, but Christopher drove away off the second corner and went on to the checkered flag. Ternullo was second and Tim DePizzol rebounded from a hard crash last Saturday to place third.

The SK Modified® division is vaulted into the spotlight next Saturday with the running of the 18th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals. The 150-lap thriller pays the winner $5,000. A strong field of cars is expected. The seven division program gets underway at a special time, with qualifying races beginning at 5:00pm and main events at 6:30pm.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 8/20 Results

August 23rd, 2014

Waterford, CT – An entertaining night of motorsports was on track Wednesday evening at Waterford Speedbowl, as the track hosted another mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky race program. Marking the night were some memorable victories. Eddie Loomis of Plainfield was a first-time winner in the X-Cars, Ray Reed of Norwich moved a step closer in his quest for a Super X-Car title and hometown driver Shelby Donovan recorded a win the first time the Mini Cup division visited the shoreline speedway. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott added another win in a standout season in the INEX Legend Cars and Anthony Marvin of Colchester took the victory in the INEX Bandolero division.

Christopher continued his pursuit of a record, earning his twelfth win of the Wild ‘n Wacky season on Wednesday night. More significantly, it marked his nineteenth victory of the year overall at the track, which is three victories shy of tying the INEX Legend Car division’s single season record set by Anthony Flannery in 2010. Christopher started mid-pack in Wednesday’s 25-lap race, following the inside lane through into contention. He lined up in fourth position when the first caution flag came out on lap-6, and was second for the next restart just a lap later. Christopher took the lead inside Mike Blaskey on lap-9 and showed the way the remainder of the race. Joey Ternullo chased him to the checkered flag and finished second, and Blaskey was third.

Loomis had a memorable night in X-Car action, taking a popular first-ever win. He was among the top-five for most of the 25-lap feature, mixing it up with some of the division’s top drivers. He took the lead from Christopher Lee on lap-11, then withstood a torrid battle for the top spot over the next several circuits. Wayne Shifflett along with Jordan Hadley, each multiple time race winners this year, closed in on Loomis and the three cars ran tightly together for three laps. Shifflett and Hadley came together in turn four on lap-16, causing each to have a tire go flat, enabling Loomis to pull ahead. He had to master a final restart with four laps remaining, holding back point leader Zac Thomas, who ended up second and Rich Nye, who finished third.

Reed recorded his third victory of the year as he chases a title in the Super X-Car division. Reed, the point leader, has been buoyed by a steady season. Wednesday he moved to the front on lap-6 after Marc Shafer battled Ken Downing for the top spot in a side-by-side battle over the opening laps. After breaking through into the lead, it was not smooth sailing for Reed however, as Shane Peele challenged late. Peele was on Reed’s tail on lap-20, then pulled to his inside on lap-22. While Peele was attempting a pass for the lead, he slipped exiting turn two on lap-23, nearly spinning out. Peele recovered but dropped several lengths and Reed cruised over the final two circuits. Peele was second and Dave Yardley was third.

Marvin’s sixth INEX Bandolero triumph of the season came with Ken Morin Jr. stalking him every lap of the 20-lap feature. Marvin took command outside of Morin as the two raced side-by-side and completed the first lap. Although Morin was able to stay with Marvin, he was unable to find a way to make a pass. The toughest part of the race may have been navigating lapped traffic, however Marvin did not falter. Morin finished on his bumper in second and Jonathon Puleo of Branford was third. Marvin leads Puleo in the championship standings.

Donovan checkered a 20-lap exhibition race by the Mini Cup division, which competes regularly at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. It was the first time the youth racing division ever competed at the Speedbowl. She took the lead on the second lap with an impressive three-wide maneuver on the bottom of the track. T.J. Moreshead finished in second with a solid performance and Shea Kulpa was third.

Waterford Speedbowl 8/16 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

August 19th, 2014

Waterford, CT – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing returned to Waterford Speedbowl Saturday evening with a six-division racing card on track. Hometown driver Rob Janovic Jr. claimed the night’s SK Modified® victory, his first of the year. Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton took his third Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature win, Josh Galvin of Franklin won for the tenth time in the Street Stocks, and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon took his sixth Mini Stock win of the year. Brendon Bock of Franklin Square, NY won his first ever Speedbowl feature in the evening’s INEX Legend Cars race and Allen Coates of Ledyard recorded another win in the New England Truck Series at his home track.

Janovic picked up his first win of the season in SK Modified® action, taking the checkered flag for the first time since June of 2013. The 35-lap race was slowed by several caution flags, but Janovic was near the front of the field throughout. He started fourth and was patient as a Shawn Monahan-Ed Puleo battle for the lead broke out ahead of him after the pair started the race on the front row. The two raced side-by-side with Monahan holding a slight advantage until the first caution on lap-4 when Jeff Gallup and Keith Rocco spun in turns one and two on lap-4.

Monahan got away from Puleo on the restart and Puleo went spinning out of turn two. The field missed becoming collected and it put Janovic to Monahan’s outside for the ensuing restart. Janovic tucked in behind Monahan and the two pulled ahead to a five car advantage over third place Diego Monahan. That enabled Janovic space to go to work on the leader, darting outside Monahan on lap-10. The two raced wheel to wheel for two laps with Janovic inching his way ahead of Monahan before claiming sole possession of the lead on lap-12. Moments later, something under the hood of Ted Christopher let go down the back chute as he was mired in a tight pack of cars just outside the top-five. A lengthy delay ensued as cleanup crews tended to an oil down in the third turn.

Janovic restarted cleanly, pulling ahead over each of four additional restarts the rest of the way. He could not be derailed and powered to victory. Keith Rocco used a late race surge to take second, passing Tim Jordan for the spot on the final lap. Jordan was third and Diego Monahan was fourth, with Craig Lutz fifth.

Thomas rebounded from a hard crash the last time the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division raced, back on August 2. He took the victory in Saturday’s 30-lap race, dominating much of it. Thomas took the lead outside of Chris Garside on the opening lap and never waivered. He got two good restarts over the second half of the race to keep his lead. The first came after a spin by Art Moran III, and Thomas got the jump over Jason Palmer. Ryan Morgan made an infrequent appearance at the track in 2014 and looked strong, snaring third from Keith Rocco on the restart on the outside. Morgan then used the bottom of the track to get by Palmer after the final caution on lap-25. Thomas would not be denied, but Morgan finished runner-up with a solid outing. Palmer was third.

Galvin continued his roll in the Street Stock division by landing another win, his tenth of the year. He started the 25-lap feature in eleventh position and drove the inside lane through early race traffic. By lap-6 Galvin was already in a battle for fourth position. On lap-10, he moved to third in advance of a yellow flag on lap-12. He lined up directly behind Lloyd Anderson, who controlled the early laps before the caution erased his advantage. Following the restart, Anderson washed up the track out of turn four allowing Galvin to pull to his inside and into the lead on lap-13. Galvin cruised from there. He finished off the win and moved within one victory of the division’s single-season record of eleven, set by Dwayne Dorr in 2006. A pair of former champions, Al Stone III and Ed Gertsch Jr., finished in second and third.

Cassidy took his sixth checkered flag of the year in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature in his quest for a sixth track championship. He was ahead of a big wreck on the second lap the eliminated multiple cars from the race. Trouble began when Nick Pappacoda slid off the fourth corner, clipping Ray Christian and sending his car up into heavy traffic. Several cars piled in with Dave Sylvia, Charles Canfield, and Jeff Lee all taking bruising blows. After a long cleanup, Cassidy moved to second position before taking the lead outside Joe Liskiewicz after a lap-7 restart, the last of the race. Liskiewicz stayed with Cassidy for a few laps, but eventually Cassidy pulled away. Liskiewicz finished second and point leader Garrett Denton was third.

Bock recorded his first ever victory at the Speedbowl in the night’s 25-lap INEX Legend Cars race. It was not, however, without some drama. Bock, the Riverhead (NY) Raceway division champion in 2013, was entrenched in a battle for the lead midway through the race when he tangled with Joey Ternullo. The two cars touched exiting turn two on lap-15, spinning down the back chute. The incident collected Mike Christopher Jr., the winningest driver in the division this season and point leader, who was in third position. Two additional incidents aided Bock’s efforts to get back to the front. He took second position on lap-20 and two laps later, was inside Dana Dimatteo for the lead. He completed the pass and the final three laps were run cleanly to the checkered flag. Keith Rocco was second and Ternullo came back to finish third.

Coates used a daring three-wide maneuver on the bottom of the track to take the lead five laps in to the 25-lap New England Truck Series feature. Coates, one of the Speedbowl’s all-time winningest drivers, took advantage of his home track experience to stay in command the rest of the way. Coates’ son Corey was second and Glenn Noll was third.

Next Saturday, the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division is in the NASCAR Whelen All-American series spotlight with a special 50-lap feature. They are joined by the SK Modifieds®, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, SK Light Modifieds and INEX Legend Cars.

Speedbowl Cancels August 13 Wild ‘n Wacky race program

August 16th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl has been forced to cancel this evening’s scheduled Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program due to the massive amounts of rainfall earlier this morning, plus the forecast for more rain possible throughout the afternoon. The mid-week entertainment program will return next Wednesday, August 20 with races for the INEX Legend Cars and Bandoleros, plus Super X-Cars, X-Cars and a Wacky Race.

The Speedbowl will be in action two additional times this week, first with Friday’s “Sho and Go” at the ‘Bowl, featuring free car cruise night and spectator drags. The event offers free grandstands admission to watch the elimination drags for most any type of motor vehicle, beginning at 6:30pm.

On Saturday, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing returns at the shoreline oval. Six divisions take to the track with qualifying races starting at 5:15pm and main events at 7:00pm. The SK Modifieds® return for another action packed 35-lapper, joined by the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. The INEX Legend Cars and New England Truck Series round out Saturday’s event card.

For more event information including detailed schedule of events, please contact the Speedbowl info office at 860.442.1585 or visit www.speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Saturday Wings & Wheels Results

August 13th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl hosted the seventh annual Wings & Wheels event Saturday evening in front of a jam packed grandstand. Fans were treated to some of the fastest and most sophisticated short track racecars in the country as the International Supermodified Association made their only visit of the season and was joined by the popular Valenti Modified Racing Series, Northeastern Midget Association and NEMA Lites, plus the home track NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® and SK Light Modifieds. Ted Christopher of Plainville ended a long Speedbowl drought dating back to 2004 with his win in the night’s Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. Mark Sammut of London, Ontario, Canada checkered the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified race. A first time winner visited Victory Lane in the SK Modified® in surprise fashion after an exciting conclusion, with Agawam, MA driver Jeff Gallup recording the win. Randy Churchill of Oakdale took his third SK Light Modified win of the year. In NEMA action, John Zych Jr. of Mendon, MA won the Midget feature and Dan Cugini of Marshfield, MA won the companion NEMA Lite race.

Christopher scored his third career Valenti Modified Racing Series victory in the night’s 100-lap feature. He started the race in the outside pole position and tucked behind early leader Stephen. Masse led through a lap-42 caution flag following a quick opening sprint before Carl Medieros Jr. hit the front stretch wall off turn four to draw the yellow. Christopher had a great restart and powered ahead of Masse on the top of the track through turns one and two, leading every lap until the finish. He led comfortably over the middle of the race which stayed clean through a single car spin on lap-78 for Dylan Kopec, which briefly drew a yellow flag. Christopher restarted cleanly over series point leader Justin Bonsignore and resumed.

Christopher’s biggest test may have been a red flag with three laps remaining for a huge wreck that collected no less than ten cars and caused a lengthy delay to clean up the mess. Anthony Nocella wrecked in turn four on lap-96, setting up the massive melee on the restart. Tommy Barrett Jr. and Woody Pitkat raced side-by-side for third behind the lead two, with the field tightly bunched behind. The cars came together in turn four coming to lap-97 and went head on into the front stretch wall, collecting several cars directly behind including Rowan Pennink, Richard Savary, Norm Wrenn, Keith Rocco, Geoff Gernhard among others, with all involved receiving substantial damage.

Christopher got away from Bonsignore one final time to close out the win, his first at the Speedbowl since July of 2004 when he took his last SK Modified® victory at the track. Bonsignore was second and Masse ended up third. Chris Pasteryak overcame a rough qualifying effort, using a provisional starting spot and finished fourth and Tom Abele Jr. was fifth.

Gallup’s first career SK Modified® victory came following a wild finish through the final corners coming to the checkered flag. Gallup battled Shawn Monahan for most of the 35-lap feature, riding the outside of the track to stay in contention for the win. Monahan seemed to have control throughout, leading from his pole starting position. Heavy hitters Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco worked their way from the back half of th top ten to move into contention in the second half of the race. They trailed behind the developing Monahan-Gallup duel in third and fourth position from lap-18.

Rocco finally got by Christopher with four laps remaining as Monahan and Gallup were still side-by-side. As they began the final lap, Monahan cleared Gallup from his outside with Rocco following suit, diving inside Gallup. As the lead pack entered turn three coming to the checkered flag, Rocco made contact with Monahan’s rear bumper, sending his car up the track. Monahan feverishly tried to keep his car from spinning but could not. Rocco crossed the finish line first, but was immediately penalized for overaggressive driving giving Gallup, who was behind Rocco at the finish, the victory. Woody Pitkat steered through the crazy conclusion and finished second while Christopher wound up third.

Sammut recorded the first Speedbowl triumph in his long ISMA career in the night’s 50-lap race. The turning point for Sammut came on lap-37 when leader Ryan Coniam was black flagged. His car began smoking two laps prior, and as he pulled off the speedway on lap-38 his car erupted in flame. The red flag was quickly display and Coniam escaped unscathed. Sammut, who had been in second behind Coniam since lap-5, took over the lead and was never seriously challenged the remainder of the way. Former SK Modified® track champion Rob Summers, a hometown favorite, stayed with Sammut throughout and finished second. Series point leader Jon McKennedy was third. Sammut clocked a fast lap of 107mph in the race.

Churchill was back in the winner’s circle following the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, coming out on top of a mid-race battle with Corey Barry. Churchill took the lead at the green flag, then held on as Barry moved to his rear bumper and challenged him several laps into the race. Barry actually took the lead briefly following the only caution flag in the race on lap-17, running outside Churchill to lead by a nose. Churchill rallied the following lap to reclaim the lead then powered on to the win. Barry, the division point leader, finished second and Paul Buzel was third.

Zych rocketed his way to victory in the 25-lap winged NEMA Midget feature, which was a tribute to Gene and Marilyn Angelillo, the late long-time car owners and officers in the club. Zych took the lead after a lap-7 caution flag and romped to the win from there, holding off Randy Cabral the rest of the way. Zych’s quick time was a blistering 106mph lap. He was presented the winning trophies by the Angelillo’s granddaughters.

Cugini won the 25-lap NEMA Lite feature, with Logan Rayvals making a long journey worthwhile, finishing runner-up. P.J. Stergios of was third. Three caution flags slowed the race.

Next Saturday a six-division program returns to the Speedbowl with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing by the SK Modifieds, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. They will be joined by an appearance by the New England Truck Series as well as the track’s INEX Legend Cars.

Sammut Ends Winless Drought with ISMA Victory at Waterford

August 12th, 2014

(WATERFORD, CT) – Mark Sammut of London, Ontario ended a winless drought that had lasted over four years on Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl (CT). Sammut, whose last recorded International Supermodified Associaton (ISMA) win was on July 24, 2010 at Sandusky Speedway (OH), took the lead on lap 38 and cruised to his first career ISMA win at the 3/8-mile Connecticut oval.

“We’ve finished fourth here, we’ve finished third here, and we’ve finished second here,” said Sammut after the race. “It’s good to finally get the win here. It’s been four years since we’ve even won an ISMA race. You start to wonder if you’re ever going to win again. Tonight, the car was great and hopefully we can keep it up.”

For the second race in two nights, Ryan Coniam paced the field during the early stages of the event. Coniam led the first 37 laps of the race before heavy smoke became visible from the engine of his No. 46. Race officials would show him the black flag on lap 37 and he was forced to bring his car to pit road.

When Coniam brought his car to the infield, the car caught on fire before safety officials were able to get to the scene and extinguish the fire. Coniam would escape the car safely and go on to finish 15th.

On the ensuing restart, Mark Sammut would inherit the lead with Rob Summers and Friday night’s feature winner at Lee USA Speedway, Jon McKennedy trailing close behind. On this night, neither of the championship favorites were a match for Sammut.

“When I saw the 74 (Summers) get into second on that last restart I thought I may have seen him, but I never did,” said Sammut. “The car was strolling right along and it was working as good at the end as it was at the start of the feature. I knew if somebody was going to go by me they were going to be a lot faster.”

Summers would hold off Jon McKennedy in a battle for crucial championship points to finish in the runner-up position. After the race, Summers believed that he may have had a shot to steal the win from Sammut if he was able to get a caution later in the race.

“There were a couple times on restarts where he was better on the long runs, but on a short run I was able to get beside him,” said Summers of Vernon, Connecticut. “It was a good points night. I just wish I could bring these guys a victory. Brad Lichty and the whole team have just given me an awesome car all year. But hey, we’ll take a second-place.”

Saturday night’s win for Sammut is his first of the 2014 season and comes after a number of strong runs, most notably a race earlier this year at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) in which he gave up the lead to Lou Cicconi while battling slower traffic in the closing stages of the race.

“It was nice to seal the deal tonight,” said Sammut. “At Oxford, it kind of got away from us. You don’t forget those because you don’t always get the chance to do it again.”

McKennedy of Chelmsford, Massachusetts would stand on the podium for the second straight night after a third-place finish. Jeff Locke and Ben Seitz completed the top-five.

Although his night came to an abrupt halt due to apparent engine issues, Ryan Coniam led the most laps (37) on Saturday night and claimed the Radical Racegear Lap Leader Award. Coniam will receive a $100 Radical Racegear product certificate for his performance.

Mike Netishen made his way to the race track later than he expected to on Saturday afternoon, but he was rewarded with a solid day and a top-10 finish. Netishen started from the 18th position and gained a total of nine positions during the 50-lap event to claim the $100 Hard Charger Award presented by Colonel Arnold Briggs In Memory of his brother, SFC Charles T. Briggs, USMC, an early supporter of Supermodified racing.

As is a tradition whenever the ISMA Supermodifieds are in town, a lucky fan in the grandstands on Saturday night took home a free bicycle in the ISMA Free Bike Giveaway presented by New England Motor Racing Supply in Hollis, New Hampshire.

The “Winged Warriors” of the International Supermodified Association will return to action next weekend with a doubleheader north of the border in Ontario, Canada. On Friday, August 15, ISMA will travel to Delaware Speedway before finishing the weekend on Saturday, August 16 at Sunset International Speedway.

For more information on ISMA, visit www.ismasupers.com or follow @ISMASupers on Twitter.

Wings & Wheels at Speedbowl this Saturday

August 9th, 2014

Speed on display as ISMA, NEMA, Valenti Modified Racing Series highlight event card

Waterford, CT– In what has become a summer tradition for motorsports enthusiasts across the northeast, Waterford Speedbowl hosts the 7th annual Wings & Wheels event on Saturday. The popular event combines the electrifying speeds of the fastest asphalt short track racing machines across the country. Race fans will be treated to the thrill of open-wheeled racing along with extraordinary speeds at the three-eighths mile shoreline oval. The International Supermodified Association (ISMA), Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) and Valenti Modified Racing Series all make stops on their summer tour, joining the Speedbowl’s own NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® and SK Light Modified divisions for a unique pairing of race divisions.

ISMA makes its only Speedbowl appearance of 2014 at Saturday’s event. Rob Summers, a former Speedbowl track champion in the SK Modifieds®, leads the series championship standings. Jon McKennedy is the defending race winner and closely trails Summers in the season standings. ISMA Supermodifieds are lightning quick on the stop watch with speeds in the 120-mph plus range at corner entry, averaging over 107-mph on the tight three-eighths mile oval. They will compete in a 50-lap race Saturday.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series returns for the second of three 2014 appearances, but first since opening the season back in April. They will race for 100 green flag laps Saturday in what shapes up to be a hotly contested event. Speedbowl standout Keith Rocco used his home track expertise to take down the win and is a favorite headed into Wings & Wheels. Several series competitors are former Speedbowl standouts, including two-time champion Chris Pasteryak, just nine points out of the lead seeking another title. Like Summers, Pasteryak is a graduate of the Speedbowl’s SK Modified® ranks. In a very tight series title chase, Justin Bonsignore leads last year’s champion Rowan Pennink by just one mark. Todd Szegedy, yet another modified standout, is also well positioned for a title run. Several other series drivers look towards Waterford as a homecoming, including Max Zachem and Dave Etheridge, along with recent SK Modified® winners Jeff Pearl, Tom Abele Jr., Woody Pitkat and Kyle James as expected entries. Lap times from the Valenti Modifieds could dip into the 13-second bracket, keeping with the theme of speed and open wheels.

The NEMA Midgets pay homage Saturday to long-time car owner and former club president Gene Angelillo, along with his wife Marilyn. The prestigious Angelillo Memorial 25-lapper is one of the highlights of the NEMA season. NEMA races at Waterford are always lightning-quick. The last series appearance, just two weeks ago, was completed in under ten minutes with Seth Carlson taking victory. NEMA’s benchmark is the 12-second bracket, joining ISMA in the elite speed category. The NEMA Lites will also compete in a 25-lap race on Saturday.

Joining ISMA, NEMA and the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be the Speedbowl’s SK Modified® and SK Light Modified divisions. SK Modified® point leader Keith Rocco seeks his 100th career Speedbowl win. He has a chance if he wins both the SK Modified® and Valenti Modified Racing Series features and would become just the third driver in track history to achieve the feat. Six drivers have visited the winner’s circle during the year. In the SK Lights, five different drivers have won thus far in 2014.

Racing begins Saturday with qualifying heats at 5:00pm. Main events are scheduled to begin at 6:35pm. Pricing is set at $38.00 for adult grandstands admission with youth age 6-14 just $10.00. Kids age five & under are admitted free and the facility offers acres of free parking as well as overnight parking. Pit gates open at 11:00am while spectator grandstands open at 1:00pm. More information is available by visiting Speedbowl.com from a home computer or mobile device.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 8/6 Results

August 8th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was back Wednesday evening with another Wild ‘n Wacky motorsports program. Four race winners reached Victory Lane, with Mitch Bombard of Willimantic leading the way with an extra-distance X-Car victory. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott continued his dominance in the INEX Legend Cars, Anthony Marvin of Colchester won the INEX Bandolero feature and Dave Yardley of Berlin closed the night with a win in the Super X-Cars.

The X-Car division was in the spotlight Wednesday with a special 30-lap race. The competition shined in their biggest race of the season, and the top three finishers put on a thrilling clean and hard fought battle for the win. Bombard took control of the race on lap-2 and held the lead throughout, however Jordan Hadley swiftly moved to second position and stalked Bombard for the lead lap after lap. Bombard couldn’t shake Hadley, who looked in both the high and low grooves for an opportunity to pull alongside. Their duel at the front enabled Wayne Shifflett to close in from third position after he picked cars off one at a time to move into contention. Shifflett joined the mix for the final ten laps and was able to by Hadley’s inside to pressure Bombard through the checkered flag. Bombard held back all challenges and earned a tough victory that was down to the proverbial wire. Shifflett came up a half car length short, finishing second, while Hadley finished third however was disqualified in post-race technical inspection, moving point leader Zac Thomas to a podium finish.

Christopher won again in INEX Legend Car ranks, taking his eleventh victory in the Wednesday series and eighteenth overall at the track in 2014. The 25-lap race was a rough one, with several caution flags plus a red flag for a delay after seasoned racer Dennis Pantani took a hard hit into the fourth turn wall on lap-17. Christopher actually moved out front on lap-6, staying there the rest of the way. Mike Blaskey was second and an enthusiastic Devin O’Connell made his first Speedbowl start in the division and took third.

Marvin won for the fifth time on the season in the INEX Bandoleros, checkering the 15-lap race to add to his bulge in the championship standings. Marvin flexed his muscle to get by the outside of Jonathon Puleo exiting turn four early in the race, pulled out to a big lead, and hung on as the tandem of Puleo and Ken Morin Jr. closed in over the final laps. Marvin won by seven car lengths over Puleo, and Morin finished on Puleo’s bumper in third.

Yardley closed out the evening’s winners in a cleanly competed 25-lap race, which ran without a caution. Marc Shafer impressed at the front of the pack, leading from the start until Yardley overtook him on the outside of the track over the middle of the race. Yardley had the lead by inches on lap-12 before he finally cleared Shafer on lap-14. Once out front Yardley was able to cruise to victory. Shafer recorded his best career finish in second and Jim Boyle was third.

Saturday, the biggest racing event of summer hits the asphalt when the Speebowl hosts Wings & Wheels. The ISMA Supermodifieds make their one and only appearance at the shoreline oval of the year for a 50-lap race, and they are joined by the Valenti Modified Racing Series, NEMA Midgets plus the track’s SK Modified® and SK Light Modified divisions. The Valenti Modified Racing Series makes its second of three visits to the Speedbowl with a 100-lap green flag feature race. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites each race for 25-laps, plus the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds and SK Light Modifieds. Gates open early, with pit admission beginning at 11:00am and grandstands opening at 1:00pm. Qualifying races begin at 5:00pm, with opening ceremonies and the first main event set for 6:30pm. More details are available online at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl 8/2 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

August 5th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl overcame a slow start Saturday due to early rain, but rebounded for another night of NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series action. The racing was highlighted by an extra-distance feature for the SK Modified® division, which was claimed by Keith Rocco of Berlin, who turned in a record setting performance. A pair of drivers picked up their ninth wins of the year, Rocco again in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division and Franklin’s Josh Galvin in the Street Stocks. Joining them in the winner’s circle were Corey Barry of Plainfield and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon, each winning for the fifth time of the season in the respective SK Light Modified and Mini Stock divisions. Dan Meservey Jr. of Brewster, MA won the Pro 4 Modifieds of New England feature.

Rocco’s SK Modified® win was the 63rd of his career. More significantly, that makes him the division’s all-time wins leader in the track’s 64-year history. Rocco dodged early incidents which plagued the 40-lap feature, eliminating multiple cars from competition. The race began with Jeff Gallup and Craig Lutz on the front row but only one lap was completed before Shawn Monahan was collected in bumper tag throughout the field, bringing out the yellow flag.

Gallup briefly led before Lutz got around him on lap-3. Tim Jordan moved into second position and Ed Puleo third before Ted Christopher got caught up in a skirmish on the backstretch to bring out the caution flag on lap-8. A major incident occurred after the restart among cars battling for a spot among the top five. Several cars wrecked in turn one on lap-9 including Nichole Morgillo, Kyle James, Rob Janovic Jr., Jeff Rocco and Jeff Goodale, who were each done for the evening with considerable damage. Keith Rocco also received damage in the wreck, however he stayed on the race track.

Jordan got by the outside of Lutz on the next restart, leading lap-10. Lutz and Puleo made contact entering turn one on lap-12 battling for second sending Lutz around, dropping both from the lead cars as caution waved again. Rocco jumped up to third for the ensuing restart, then moved to second on lap-13 inside Paul Kusheba. He stayed on Jordan’s rear bumper until he found room to his inside on lap-15, pulling into the lead.

The remainder of the race ran without another yellow flag and the field fired off the final stretch of laps under the green flag. Jordan finished runner-up and Tyler Chadwick was third. Kusheba and Diego Monahan completed the top five. With the win, Rocco moved ahead of Dennis Gada to ascend to the top of the SK Modified® division’s win list. Gada, the only seven time champion in track history, dominated the division in the late 1990’s through recent years prior to his retirement as a driver. The SK Modifieds® have been the weekly headline at the track since 1985.

Rocco also checkered the 30-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late model feature, his third in a row in the division. He had to find a way around Jason Palmer, who had led since lap-5. Rocco moved to second position that lap but didn’t have enough car to make an outside move. He patiently waited for an opportunity to get inside of Palmer, which came on lap-13. He spent two laps on the bottom of the track with Palmer racing hard to his outside, before finally taking the lead on lap-15. Palmer chased Rocco the rest of the way but was unable to make a comeback. He finished in second, and Vin Esposito was third. Bruce Thomas, second in the standings to Rocco entering the race, took a vicious hit into the turn two wall on the second lap of the race. Thomas was evaluated and released by track safety crews after his wreck, which drew the red flag.

Barry was victorious for the fifth time of the season to pad his lead in the championship standings in the SK Light Modified feature. He was the benefactor of a rough and tumble 25-lap event, riding in third when leaders Paul Buzel and Randy Churchill encountered trouble midway through the race. Buzel and Churchill were locked in a great battle for the lead, racing side-by-side when a slower car interfered. Churchill and Buzel came together exiting turn four trying to navigate the car, and Churchill slammed the front stretch wall. Under the yellow flag, Buzel had a tire go flat from the contact and had to pit for repair, giving Barry the lead. He cruised to the win from there. First year driver Calvin Therrien recorded his best ever finish in second and Rick Williams was third.

Galvin rolled to his ninth win with an impressive drive to the front in the opening half of the 25-lap Street Stock race. His pit crew was pushed following a broken transmission after their qualifying race, repairing it just in time before the start of the feature. Galvin came from the twelfth starting spot to become a contender ten laps in, rising to the top three when a caution flag waved on lap-10. A lap later, he was in second when another yellow flag came out, enabling him to restart outside of leader Ryan Waterman. Galvin took the lead from Waterman to lead lap-12, but Waterman briefly took it back on lap-15 with a power move to the inside. In the end Galvin prevailed, taking command for good on lap-16. Waterman wound up second and Ed Gertsch ran a strong race to finish third.

Cassidy captured his fifth Mini Stock triumph of the year in the division’s 25-lap race, but not before a tough battle with Larry Loomis. Loomis, a first year competitor, looked strong leading the first twenty circuits. Cassidy used an outside maneuver to inch his way into the lead, however a caution flag on lap-22 kept the two cars side-by-side through the finish. Loomis nearly rallied after the restart, but his efforts came up a half car length short. He registered his best finish coming in runner-up, and Garrett Denton was third.

Meservey Jr. returned to the Speedbowl to race for the first time since 1988 and walked away a winner in the 25-lap Pro 4 Modified feature. He was fast from the start but had to come through the pack. He tracked down leader Norm Wrenn III and overtook him on lap-16 to claim the win.

Next Saturday Wings & Wheels hits the asphalt at the Speedbowl, combining the fastest divisions to visit the shoreline oval all summer. The Valenti Modified Racing Series races for 100-laps of green flag racing, joined by a 50-lap ISMA Supermodified race. The NEMA Midgets will compete in a 25-lap feature and the NASCAR Whelen All American Series SK Modifieds® and SK Light Modifieds round out the card. Pit gates open at 11:00 with practice beginning at noon. Grandstands open at 1:00pm and qualifying races are set to begin at 5:00pm. Advance tickets are available for purchase, along with a detailed event schedule, online at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 7/30 Results

August 2nd, 2014

Waterford, CT – Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday action was back at Waterford Speedbowl with ideal conditions overhead for another round of
mid-week motorsports action. The large crowd which turned out was treated to an entertaining night, watching Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott continue his tear in INEX Legend Cars action. Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook won the INEX Bandolero feature, Shane Peele of Wales, MA earned Super X-Car honors and Wayne Shifflett of Preston was a new face to the winner’s circle on the year in X-Car action. Wacky Musical Car race accolades were shared by Groton’s Chuck McDonald in the X-Cars and Bill Reiman of Southington in the Super X Car class.

Christopher had to work a little harder in the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature to take his tenth victory of the year in the Wild ‘n Wacky series. Joey Ternullo, last year’s champion, provided a stiff challenge in an entertaining race. Ternullo got to the front first, the third leader of the race when he took over on lap-6 from John O’Sullivan Jr. Ternullo led while Christopher took second position, then hounded Ternullo’s rear bumper over the next six laps before a crossover move netted him the lead.

On lap-12, Christopher went from the high groove in turn one to the low groove out of turn two to drop underneath Ternullo, diving underneath and into the lead out of turn four. Ternullo stayed inside Christopher for a lap and was on his tail the rest of the way, pestering him to the checkered flag. Two late caution flags waved over the final six laps, however Christopher remained flawless to close out the win. Ternullo was second and Brendon Bock charged from a starting position deep in the pack to end up third. The fastest lap of the race belong to Ternullo, and came in the final lap as he chased Christopher to the finish.

Morin made a late race push in the 15-lap INEX Bandolero feature to capture the checkered flag by a slim margin over Anthony Marvin. Marvin, the leader in the season’s championship standings, was at the front on lap-1 with Morin trailing. The two cars drafted together out to a large lead over the rest of the field, enabling them to battle one another for the win in the closing laps. Morin finally pulled out of line with two laps remaining, going outside Marvin. He was able to pull even with Marvin on the final lap in a side-by-side duel to the checkered flag. Morin streaked ahead off turn four to win, his third of the season, in a photo finish over Marvin in the non-stop race. Jonathon Puleo battled hard over much of the race behind the leaders to come home a distant third.

Shifflett landed in Speedbowl Victory Lane for the first time of the year in X-Car action. He wired the field in the 25-lap race, taking the lead from the opening green flag with a pole starting position. Shifflett, a crafty veteran of the Wednesday racing wars, never faltered over an opening nineteen lap run before the only caution flag of the race was shown. Shifflett restarted strong and cruised to the win. The battle behind Shifflett was for second, taken by Jordan Hadley. He finished on Shifflett’s bumper after the caution flag erased Shifflett’s lead. Division point leader Zac Thomas was third.

Peele endured a lengthy 25-lap Super X-Car feature to claim his second victory of the season. He led throughout and was never seriously threatened as caution flags for skirmishes behind him mounted. Peele restarted cleanly each time to hold back all challengers, including a final restart with three laps to go over defending champion Bill Reiman.
Peele got away and took the checkered flag. Reiman was second and Mike Maskell was third.

Racing action resumes Friday with spectator drag racing at Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl, featuring free grandstands admission. On Saturday, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing is back with a six division program headlined by a 40-lap SK Modified® feature plus a visit from the New England Pro Four Modifieds. On Saturday, August 9, Wings ‘n Wheels invades the Speedbowl with the ISMA Supermodifieds, Valenti Modified Racing Series, NEMA Midgets plus the track’s SK Modified® and SK Light Modified divisions. All upcoming event information can be found online at Speedbowl.com

Waterford Speedbowl 7/26 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

July 29th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Nostalgia Night hit the track Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing joined by vintage displays and motorsports action, plus racing by the Northeastern Midget Association. Taking NASCAR wins included Berlin’s Keith Rocco, winner of both the special Charlie Mitchell Memorial SK Modified® feature plus Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, tying yet another track record in the process. Al Stone III of Durham came away with a hard- nosed win in the Street Stocks, while Wayne Burroughs Jr. of Oakdale was victorious for the first time this season in the Mini Stocks. In NEMA action, the Shane Hammond Memorial race was won by Seth Carlson of Brimfield and the NEMA Lites feature went to Williamsburg, New York driver Juris Kupris.

Rocco’s SK Modified® triumph marked his 62nd in the division at the Speedbowl, tying him atop the division’s all-time win list with Dennis Gada, the only seven-time champion in track history. To win the race Rocco used a stellar move on another of the division’s all-time best, Ted Christopher. Christopher inherited the lead after leaders Ed Puleo and Tyler Chadwick tangled battling for the lead on lap-14. Christopher and Rocco, who were third and fourth on the track, narrowly avoided the melee and made up the front row for the ensuing restart.

Christopher successfully kept Rocco at bay to his outside for four laps after the restart before Rocco made the move, a timely cross over maneuver exiting turn four. He was to Christopher’s inside down the front chute and completed the pass through turns one and two to be the new race leader on lap-19. The remainder of the race ran caution free and Rocco went on to the victory, his eighth of the season. Christopher was able to briefly close on Rocco, but over the final laps he stretched his lead. Christopher finished in second and Tim Jordan was third. The 35-lap race paid honor to the late Charlie Mitchell, a long-time motorsports journalist and Connecticut native. Members of Mitchell’s family helped get the race started and Hall of Fame driver Don LaJoie served as the Grand Marshall in addition to presenting Rocco a special trophy following the feature win.

Rocco began the night a winner earlier in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model ranks, winning for the second consecutive week and eighth time of the year in that division. He got by early leader Mike Sweeney Jr. with an inside pass on lap-7 and ran away after a lap-8 restart, the only one of the race, to roll to victory. While Rocco romped, a great battle for podium finishes roared behind him. Vin Esposito finished second after a long battle with Chris Garside for the spot. Garside took his first podium in the division and wound up third.

The 25-lap Street Stock feature was a slugfest over the final laps by some of the division’s heavy hitters, resulting in a thrilling finish. Stone went from third to first through the final corner to claim the win, his second of the year, but first since April. Stone was actually out front on lap-23 but got pushed up the track in turn two, getting into the backstretch wall. Chris Meyer scooted to the lead with Josh Galvin behind while Stone recovered as trio took the white flag. Meyer and Galvin got hooked together out of turn two, slowing their momentum, and enabling Stone to rally. Meyer drifted high between turns three and four taking Galvin with him, opening the door for Stone to slip by the inside of both coming to the checkered flag. Stone had to hold on as Meyer’s car clipped his just before the finish line. Meyer took second and Galvin went sliding across the finish line third.

Burroughs ran second on the rear bumper of Doug Curry for much of the 25-lap Mini Stock race. A yellow flag on lap-19, the first of the race, changed that and gave Burroughs the chance to line up outside of Curry for the restart. The two battled to the finish from there with mere inches between them most of the time. Burroughs took the lead on lap-20, and another caution put him on the bottom of the track with Curry to his outside. They ran side-by-side the rest of the way and Burroughs made a final move out of turn four to the checkered flag that gave him a half car advantage at the finish line. The win was Burroughs’ first of the season. Curry was a close second and Ray Christian finished third.

The special 27-lap NEMA Midget feature paying honor to the late Shane Hammond went non-stop and was dominated by Carlson. He led from start to finish, turned the fastest lap of the race, and was never deterred. Lapped traffic was the biggest hurdle for Carlson, which never tripped him up. Avery Stoehr charged to second position but was far behind Carlson at the finish, besting John Zych Jr. in a battle for runner-up honors over the final laps.

Kupris checkered the 27-lap NEMA Lite feature to join a long list of first-time NEMA winners at the Speedbowl. He made a power move inside of Anthony Payne in the fourth corner on lap-21 to take the lead in the race, which ran without incident from the green to checkered flags. Payne was second and P.J. Stergios was third.

Vintage exhibition race wins went to Jim Torok in the New England Antique Racers event, while Bob Seward and Richie Mosher shared the honors in the two Senior Tour Auto Racers features.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 7/23 Results

July 25th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl beat the heat with another action packed night of motorsports Wednesday evening. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott checkered another INEX Legend Cars feature to lead the winner’s list. Joining him were Mitch Bombard of Willimantic in the X-Cars, Dave Yardley of Berlin in the Super X-Cars and Jonathon Puleo of Branford in the INEX Bandoleros. Peter Pollard of Old Lyme captured the night’s Wacky Race.

The INEX Legend Cars were in the spotlight Wednesday with a special 30-lap extra-distance race. Christopher won his ninth race of the year for the mid-week series, continuing his dominance in the division. He used a three wide move early to position himself for a run at the lead, which he made on lap-5. He shot past the inside of John O’Sullivan Jr. to take command, then controlled the race over two restarts the rest of the way. Nick Ladyga stayed with Christopher for a few laps after the final restart on lap-18, however Christopher eventually pulled away to the win. Ladyga was second and Michael Blaskey third.

Bombard was a popular winner in X-Car action. He won for the first time of the year outdueling point leader Zac Thomas over a late restart in the 25-lapper. Thomas was the leader from lap-6 until the final caution flag on lap-21. He missed a shift and Bombard seized the moment, restarting cleanly on the outside to pull ahead for the win. Thomas could not rally for a comeback and settled for second position, with Eric Finkbein Jr. coming out on top in a late race battle for third.

Yardley and Bill Reiman battled side-by-side for the win in the 25-lap Super X-Car feature. The two raced a final three lap sprint even after a caution flag on lap-22 set up a thrilling finish. The two were even at lap-28, Reiman led the white flag lap by a nose, and Yardley came back on the outside over the final lap to win by a few feet at the checkered flag. Reiman finished second and early leader Ken Downing III was third.

Puleo had to overcome adversity on the way to his 15-lap INEX Bandolero feature victory. He started the race on a mission, using a three wide maneuver at the green flag to take the lead. Anthony Marvin moved in behind to challenge Puleo and the two cars came together and spun in the third turn on lap-3 to draw the only caution flag of the event. Puleo stormed back, racing by then-leader Ken Morin Jr. on lap-6. Puleo could not shake Morin from his rear view mirror the rest of the way but was able to stay out front. Morin finished second and Marvin rebounded to finish in third.

Waterford Speedbowl 7/19 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

July 22nd, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl hosted Whelen Engineering Night Saturday, featuring a six division racing program. Whelen sponsors NASCAR’s weekly racing series at tracks across the country. Picking up wins in Whelen All-American Series action included Kyle James of Ashaway, RI who dominated the SK Modified® feature, Keith Rocco of Berlin won for the seventh time of the year in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Josh Galvin of Franklin picked up his eighth Street
Stock victory. Other NASCAR wins went to Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon, who returned to the winner’s circle in the Mini Stocks and Paul French of Andover checkered the SK Light Modified race. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars race rounding out the night’s victors.

James turned in a flawless performance to romp to victory in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature, his second of the season. The win was by nearly a five second margin, almost half the track, ahead of the competition. James took the lead on the outside of Jeff Gallup following the only caution flag of the race, which came on lap-8.

Gallup used his pole starting position to lead rookie competitor Paul Kusheba from the start. Diego Monahan moved past Kusheba into second and James followed to third in the opening green flag run. That ended when Monahan lost control of his car in turn three, spinning from second position to bring out the lone yellow flag for the single car spin. James lined up outside Gallup for the restart, timed the green flag nearly perfectly, and powered into the lead out of turn two.

Once in front James steamed ahead, amassing his lead. Kusheba took second from Gallup on lap-12, only to turn the position over to Rob Janovic Jr. a lap later. Keith Rocco was on the move, slicing through the field to take third spot on lap-16. He closed in on Janovic, diving underneath into second position on lap-20. Ahead, James’ lead was already over three seconds. He was on cruise control and Rocco was unable to cut into the lead. Over the final laps James actually increased his lead as he closed in on the tail of the field. Rocco finished runner-up and Janovic was third. Tyler Chadwick was fourth and Ed Puleo finished fifth.

Rocco’s win in the 30-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature came after a hard fought battle with Nick Sowa, a first year driver in the division. Sowa held the lead until Rocco moved in and challenged, pulling inside Sowa on lap-7. The pair raced side-by-side for five laps in a great duel until Rocco got away on lap-12. Rocco slowly stretched his lead through a lap-28 caution flag when Jeff Smith spun out of fourth position, setting up a wild finish behind the leader.

Sowa spun from second going into turn one on the restart, collecting others directly behind. Rocco was not challenged on the next restart and went on to his seventh win of the year in the division. Smith was able to avoid the late trouble to rebound from his lap-28 spin to finish second. Bruce Thomas Jr. also overcame a rough time in the feature to place third.

Galvin lived up to his nickname of “The Comeback Kid” in the night’s 25-lap Street Stock feature. Al Stone III, a two-time champion, looked poised to slow Galvin’s hot streak in the division. Stone moved out front following a lap-9 restart and then held back Galvin’s outside bid over the next 12 laps, much of which featured clean side-by-side racing between the two. A late caution flag with two laps remaining, however, reset the field for a final restart just after Stone had shaken Galvin from his outside. The restart enabled Galvin to once again run outside Stone for the final two lap sprint to the finish. Out of turn four on the final lap, Galvin won the drag race to the checkered flag by inches in a photo finish. Stone settled for second and Monte Gibbs finished third.

Cassidy looked to be back in top form during the night’s 25-lap Mini Stock event. He ended a dry spell which dated back to May 31 to record his fourth victory of the season. Cassidy, the division’s all-time wins leader, moved up through the field and took the lead on lap-12, never looking back. Garrett Denton moved into second position following a lap-15 restart but had nothing for Cassidy. He finished second and Joe Liskiewicz was third after leading early. Two yellow flags slowed the race.

French won for the second time of the year but first time since May 10 in the SK Light Modifieds. The 25-lap race was non-stop and French led from the green to checkered flags. Rick Williams finished second to record his best finish since winning the season opener, and Larry Goss was third.

Christopher continued his impressive season in the INEX Legend Cars, piling up the accolades. The 25-lap race marked his fourth consecutive victory in the track’s Saturday series for the division, and seventh overall on Saturday’s for the year. Combined with his wins in the Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series Christopher has won 15 times in 2014. He took the lead from Dana Dimatteo on lap-8 in another non-stop feature. Dimatteo ended up second and George Whitney finished third.

Next Saturday, July 26 is Nostalgia Night at the track, one of summer’s popular weekends at the track each year. The NEMA Midgets visit for the Shane Hammond Memorial, plus vintage racing clubs NEAR and STAR turn back time for fans with displays and exhibition races. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® compete in the Charlie Mitchell Memorial and are joined by the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, and Mini Stocks.

Hall of Famer Don LaJoie named Grand Marshall for Mitchell Memorial Race Memorial SK Modified® race July 26 at Speedbowl

July 18th, 2014

Waterford, CT– Waterford Speedbowl has announced further details for its Charlie Mitchell Memorial event as part of the track’s Nostalgia Night program July 26. Hall of Famer Don LaJoie will serve as Grand Marshall for that night’s memorial race, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature. In addition, Mitchell’s three sons, Chuck, Jimmy, and Dennis, will serve as honorary starters. A commemorative trophy will be presented to the night’s race winner in honor of Mitchell.

Mitchell, a Norwalk, CT native, was an iconic motorsports journalist. Peers regard Mitchell as New England’s most accomplished and well respected auto racing writer, serving on several esteemed motorsports panels and boards over his career. He passed away in 2012 after a long bout with cancer.

LaJoie, inducted to the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2000, was a dear friend to Mitchell and was a subject for many of Mitchell’s motorsports columns through the years. LaJoie won five track championships and was a star at the now defunct Danbury Racearena, where
he was the all-time winningest Modified driver in track history. After Danbury closed in 1981, LaJoie competed at the Speedbowl in 1982 where he was a race winner before retiring from driving. His retirement was due largely in part to help his son Randy’s racing career. Randy LaJoie went on to a long NASCAR racing career, highlighted by two Nationwide Series championships. LaJoie’s grandson Corey is a budding NASCAR talent.

The Mitchell Memorial race is part of a busy Nostalgia Night program that honors racing through the decades. In addition to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing, July 26’s card features displays and exhibition racing from the New England Antique Racers and Senior Tour Auto Racers. Both clubs feature restored racecars from the early days, just as fans remember them in their glory. Several former racers and Hall of Famers will be in attendance. The NEMA Midgets are also part of the night’s lineup. That series has been part of Speedbowl history from the track’s opening season in 1951.

A detailed event schedule will be posted online at Speedbowl.com the week leading up to the event. Adult grandstand admission is $22.00 for Nostalgia Night and youth ages six through fourteen will be admitted for $6.00. The Speedbowl offers acres of free parking. In addition to the night’s racing, vintage displays will line the track’s midway.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 7/16 Results

July 18th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl returned to racing after the week’s early rain and got another Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program into the record books. Dan Moon of Exeter, RI was a first-time winner on the year in Super X-Car action to lead the way. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott continued his hot streak in the INEX Legend Cars, Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook won an INEX Bandolero feature that went down to the wire, and Rich Nye of Stonington was impressive in winning the evening’s X-Car feature. Charlie Wilcox outdueled Art Chartier in the Vintage Outlaw Modified exhibition race and Peter Pollard of Old Lyme won the night’s Wacky Race.

Christopher won for the eighth time of the year in the INEX Legend Cars Wednesday night series. He flexed his muscle early using the inside of the track to move into contention in the opening stages of the 25-lap feature. Scott Limkemann was the first leader of the race, showing the way until T.J. Thompson found room to his inside on lap-3. Joey Ternullo and Christopher followed Thompson through the hole in the inside lane to move up to second and third.

Ternullo looked for racing room on Thompson out of turn four on lap-5 when Christopher darted to the outside lane. He was able to power past Ternullo’s outside and stuck with the top groove to wear down Thompson, eventually pulling ahead into the lead on lap-8. Christopher slowly stretched his lead as the race went on without a caution flag. Thompson and Ternullo waged a great battle for second position the rest of the way as Christopher won going away. Ternullo tried for several laps to pull alongside, finally doing so in the final laps but was unable to wrestle away the position. Thompson came out on top for the runner-up spot over Ternullo while Cassandra Cole had a strong fourth place effort.

Moon ran a great race to claim the 25-lap Super X-Car feature. He won a week after his son, Kevin, won in the division. Moon controlled the entire race and pulled away over each of four restarts including the final one, which came on the final lap. He bested point leader Ray Reed over the green-white-checkered flag finish. R.J. Cunningham turned in his best performance of the year to claim second position and Reed landed his eighth consecutive podium finish in third.

Nye took advantage of a good starting spot in the 25-lap X-Car race to pull out front on lap-3. He led as the division’s heavy hitters moved in behind, but held off all challenges over the race which was slowed by four caution flags. Nye got away from his competition each time and powered to the win. Zac Thomas finished second and Eric Finkbein Jr. was third.

Morin chased last year’s champion, Anthony Marvin, over most of the 15-lap INEX Bandolero feature. Marvin jumped to the lead after starting the race in the pole position while Morin quickly moved into second. He gained on Marvin until he was on the leader’s rear bumper, then pulled to the outside lane as the race reached halfway. Morin stayed to Marvin’s outside the rest of the way and the two put on a great display of clean hard racing for the win. Morin was able to streak out of turn four to grab the checkered flag by a bumper. Marvin was second and Jonathon Puleo was third.

Saturday night the Speedbowl hosts Whelen Engineering night and a six division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing card. The SK Modifieds® headline the night and are joined by the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, SK Light Modifieds as well as the INEX Legend Cars. Qualifying races begin at 5:30pm with main events at 7:00pm. More information is available online at Speedbowl.com

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 7/9 Results

July 13th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl beat the heat and was back for another entertaining night of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday motorsports action. Taking wins on the track included Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott who won again in the INEX Legend Cars, and Jonathon Puleo of Branford checkered the INEX Bandolero feature. The X-Cars ran non-stop and saw Jordan Hadley of Quaker Hill declared the winner. The Super X-Cars ran an extra-distance feature and the cleanly competed feature went to Kevin Moon of Exeter, RI, his first of the year. The 10-lap Women on Wheels race was won by Kim Bickford of Griswold.

Christopher won for the seventh time of the Wednesday season but had to hold back a hard charging Joey Ternullo in the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars race. Christopher was behind an early battle for the top spot between Ternullo, who was last year’s division champion, as well as another former champion, George Whitney. After a caution flag reset the field for a restart with Whitney hanging out to the lead, Christopher got inside of Ternullo on the restart, then used the same move to get inside of Whitney for the lead on lap-10. Once in front Christopher had to hold off Ternullo over three restarts plus a few bumps to his rear bumper courtesy of Ternullo, who made things exciting. Christopher held back the advances and the two finished nose to tail with Whitney a close third.

Puleo made his move outside of Nickolas Hovey when the green flag came out in the 15-lap INEX Bandolero feature to pull ahead on the first lap. Once in front he had to first contend with Anthony Marvin, and later Ken Morin Jr. during the caution-free race. Morin was able to get inside of Marvin and the two raced side-by-side for second position over much of the middle stages of the race before Morin pulled into the spot. Morin was unable to mount a serious bid on Puleo, who pulled ahead to win.

Hadley won the 25-lap X-Car feature, which also ran without a yellow flag from start to finish. Ray Herman had an early lead but he succumbed to Eric Finkbein before the race reached halfway. Finkbein pulled out to an impressive lead as Hadley weaved through traffic to move to second position on the track. Without the benefit of a caution flag, the rest of the field could not catch Finkbein. He crossed the finish line first to claim the checkered flag, however his car was disqualified following post-race inspection. That lifted Hadley to the win. Mitch Bombard was second and last week’s winner Randy Johnston was credited with third.

A special 30-lap Super X-Car feature saw a teenager leading the way for much of the race looking poised to score an upset victory. Shawn Gaedeke was stellar setting the pace of the race, holding back Kevin Moon and Ray Reed for most of the event. The top four cars tightened up over the second half of the race with anticipation mounting as the laps counted down while racing under a long green flag run to open the race. That finally ended on lap-25 when the only caution flag of the race was displayed, putting Moon to Gaedeke’s outside for the restart. Moon was able to drive the outside lane to perfection after the restart to pull into the lead, going on to the victory. Gaedeke settled for second and Reed ran another consistent race to land on the podium again, in third.

The Speedbowl returns on Friday with a special racing card. The Little Guys 200 puts extra-distance racing on the track for four divisions. Open competition Mini Stock and Street Stock features will go 50-laps in distance paying each winner $1,000 to win. A 50-lap Legend Cars race and 50-lap X-Car feature will each pay $500 to the winner. Qualifying races begin at 6:00pm and feature racing begins at 7:00pm. More details are available by visiting Speedbowl.com.

Speedbowl to honor long time motorsports journalist Charlie Mitchell Charlie Mitchell Memorial SK Modified® race planned for July 26

July 10th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl management has announced it will honor long time motorsports journalist and Connecticut native Charlie Mitchell as part of its Saturday, July 26 “Nostalgia Night” program. That night’s 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature is billed as the Charlie Mitchell Memorial. Several pieces to recognize Mitchell during the event are in the works.

Mitchell, a Norwalk, CT native, covered auto racing for over four decades writing for his hometown “The Hour” newspaper, actually starting as a police reporter. His auto racing column, which he started in 1971, remains his shining legacy. The column continued after he officially retired, almost until his passing in 2012 after a long bout with cancer.

Colleagues still regard Mitchell as New England’s premier motorsports journalist, always a step ahead when it came to his motorsports writing. He sat on the Union 76 Racing Panel of Experts – a very big deal in the 1970’s. He served on the Board of Directors for the National Motorsports Press Association and was on the selection committee of Auto Racing Hall of Fame at Talledega Speedway, one of NASCAR’s famous superspeedways.

He was also a member of the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s selection committee from its inception until his passing. Prominent national sanctioning bodies such as NASCAR, ARCA, USAC and SCCA loved, even courted, Mitchell.

An annual tradition at the Speedbowl, Nostalgia Night celebrates racing through the decades and includes vintage racing clubs such as the New England Antique Racers and Senior Tour Auto Racers, with displays and racing exhibitions. The Northeast Midget Association, part of the New England racing landscape since 1951, also the year the Speedbowl opened, is on the card as well and joins the track’s current lineup of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions. Honoring Mitchell on the night is fitting.

“Racers past and present owe a lot to Charlie Mitchell and how he served our sport” offered Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames. “When we were approached about this memorial, we were thrilled – honored, to take part in it”.

The Speedbowl will name both an honorary starter and grand marshall in the coming weeks. A special trophy will be presented to the Charlie Mitchell Memorial race winner at the conclusion of the night’s SK Modified® feature.

Waterford Speedbowl 7/5 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

July 9th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl’s mid-season championship Overdrive Radio 300 event hit the asphalt Saturday night with extra distance racing by the track’s core six divisions. The big winner was Keith Rocco of Berlin, scoring top honors in the night’s 100-lap SK Modified® main event. Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton won an entertaining 50-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, while Old Lyme’s Jeff Smith was a first-time winner in the SK Light Modifieds after an impressive performance. Franklin’s Josh Galvin was back in Victory Lane in the 50-lap Street Stock race and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI won his second consecutive race in the night’s 50-lap Mini Stock event. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won his third straight INEX Legend Cars race.

Rocco impressed again in the SK Modified® ranks, steadily rising through the top ten until he landed in the lead on lap-34. He was in control the rest of the way to pick up his seventh win of the year in the division. Rocco’s twin brother Jeff led the field to green and led over Kyle James at the start. The lead pack quickly singled out to log some early laps and saw Keith Rocco in seventh position after setting the fast time, and redrawing to invert the top eight cars for the start.

The single file racing came to an end when Ted Christopher jumped to the outside lane looking to advance his position among the top-five. He was in the outside lane when he made contact with fourth place Tim Jordan, triggering the first caution flag as Jordan spun in turn one collecting Christopher, Shawn Thibeault and Diego Monahan on lap-12.

Jeff Rocco got a good restart to retain his lead while Keith restarted in fifth and was on the attack. He got past Rob Janovic Jr. and Craig Lutz to move to third on lap-15, ahead of a serious incident on lap-19 that drew the caution and then red flag. Exiting turn four Adam Gada’s car shot out of the pack and took a punishing hit into the turn four wall. Emergency crews momentarily tended to Gada before he exited the car and was evaluated and released.

The Rocco’s teamed up in the inside lane on the restart trying to shuffle James back to third, however James fought off Keith’s inside bid to settle back into second on lap-20. James ran behind Jeff Rocco but before long Keith Rocco was testing his outside, sending his car deep into the corner to pull alongside on lap-26. Rocco cleared James a lap later to join his brother at the head of the field.

Keith didn’t delay in surging to the front, looking for racing room outside of Jeff. On lap-33 he pulled even for the lead in the outside lane, powering ahead. He waltzed out to a comfortable lead during a green flag run that brought the race to lap-55. Jeff Rocco continued second, James third and Janovic fourth while the car on the move belonged to Tyler Chadwick. Chadwick pitted and resumed from the rear of the field earlier in the race, then passed the brunt of the field on the top of the track to arrive among the top-five cars when John Montesanto spun off turn four just ahead of the lead pack of cars.

The Rocco’s resumed their stranglehold on the field after the green flag returned but Janovic and Chadwick each advanced a spot, dropping James to fifth. A caution for a spin by Lutz on lap-67 enabled Janovic to get the inside lane on Jeff Rocco, taking second. He chased Keith Rocco through a lap-89 yellow, the final of the race. Chadwick’s ascent to the front stalled in fourth position and he was trying to keep James at bay behind him.

The final restart saw Keith Rocco best Janovic. He marched to the twin checkered flags and Janovic put forth a strong effort to wind up runner-up. Jeff Rocco had a solid outing to run among the top-three all race and finish third with limited appearances in the division in 2014. Chadwick and James completed the top-five.

Thomas came out on top of a duel with Keith Rocco to record his third victory of the year in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models. Just one caution flag slowed their pace before the halfway mark, however the two kept the action on the track red hot both before and after the yellow flag. Thomas used a stellar three-wide maneuver to take command from Marc Curtis on lap-7 as Rocco raced the top of the track in pursuit of the top spot. Rocco stalked Thomas until the lap-23 caution flag, then took command outside of Thomas following the restart. Thomas stayed with Rocco after, mounting a comeback over the final 10 laps. He got inside Rocco on lap-44, stayed there for two laps before finally pulling ahead on lap-44. Rocco tried to counter but came up short. Rocco settled for second and Curtis was third.

Smith was smooth in his first ever open-wheeled modified start, riding all the way to the winner’s circle in the night’s 25-lap SK Light Modified feature. He started in second position, settled in behind leader Corey Barry over the opening laps and then made his move. Smith, a past champion and regular Valenti Auto Mall Late Model competitor at the track, found room inside of Barry on the fifth lap to assume control. He paced the field the rest of the way, showing off his experience to power ahead over each of four restarts. Joey Ferrigno slipped by Barry for second in the final laps.

Galvin piloted his machine to another Street Stock victory, his seventh of the year. He took the lead in the 50-lap race outside of two-time division champion Al Stone on the opening lap and didn’t look back. Galvin endured a slew of mid-race caution flags that kept things to a crawl. He stayed ahead of Stone the duration, surviving a final effort by Stone following the final restart of the race after a yellow flag with three laps remaining. The two made contact but Galvin hung on and pulled away for the win. Stone finished second and Corey Coates made his first ever start in the division and finished third.

Denton was on point in the night’s Mini Stock event. He took the lead from Pete Zaikarite eight laps into the 50-lap race and pulled ahead, looking dominant at times through stretches of the race. He got a challenge from Charles Canfield late, holding back his charges to take his second consecutive checkered flag in the division, and third of the year. Canfield finished second and Ray Christian III was third.

Christopher came out on top of an entertaining three-way battle to take the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature. He battled two champions, Dylan Izzo and Brendon Bock, over the final 20 laps of the race. Each took a turn out front in the lead, swapping positions over the middle stages. A caution on lap-18 set up Christopher’s path to the lead. Izzo led but Christopher got past Bock’s inside for second on lap-19. He went inside of Izzo in turn one on with twenty laps complete, and the two raced even for a lap and a half before Christopher took control at lap-22. A final caution set up a green-white-checkered flag finish and Christopher needed to hold back Bock to his outside and a shot to his rear bumper by Izzo before claiming a hard earned win, his fifth of the year in the division’s Saturday series. Izzo, last year’s division champion, nipped Bock, a past Riverhead Raceway titlist, at the finish line for second.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 7/2 Results

July 6th, 2014

Waterford, CT – A large crowd turned out for Waterford Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday race program in advance of the upcoming holiday weekend and they were treated to motorsports action capped by a fireworks display. Connecticut native Luke Emmons wowed the crowd with motorcycle stunts and in racing action, Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott and Anthony Marvin of Colchester shared INEX race victories in the respective Legend Car and Bandolero features. Shane Peele of Wales, MA won the Super X-Cars and Randy Johnston of Westerly, RI won his first X-Car feature of the season.

Christopher took his sixth win of the season in the Wednesday night INEX Legend Cars series. His victory in the 25-lap feature was not easy however, as he had to master treacherous track conditions and a stiff challenge from eventual runner-up Brendon Bock. After Christopher took the lead from Michael Blaskey on lap-10, a serious incident on lap-17 halted the race when several cars crashed hard into the turn three wall after fluid was spewed onto the speedway from T.J. Thompson’s car.

Following a lengthy red flag to clean up the mess, a slick track made for a challenging conclusion. Bock, a past Riverhead Raceway champion from Long Island, got inside of Christopher on lap-18 but could not make the move stick and Christopher got away on the high side of the track. The rest of the race ran without delay and Christopher took the checkered flag ahead of Bock and George Whitney.

Peele was a first time winner at the Speedbowl in the Super X-Car feature. He was in the front of the pack from the start, running just behind Ken Downing III and Kevin Moon, who battled door-to-door for the race lead in the opening laps. Peele bided his time, then asserted himself halfway through the 25-lap race to move inside Moon and into the lead on the 13th lap. Peele mastered just one restart following the only caution flag in the race, coming on lap-22. He bested Ray Reed and Jim Boyle, who finished in second and third position, respectively.

Johnston picked up the 25-lap X-Car victory, holding back one of the year’s biggest winners to do so. Johnston moved to the lead early as Jordan Hadley weaved through the field to move to second position on lap-12. He was running down Johnston when the only caution flag came out when point leader Zac Thomas made hard contact with the wall while contending for third position on lap-17. Johnston got a good restart over Hadley and held off his charges over the remaining eight laps to claim the win. Hadley was a close second and Eric Finkbein Jr. finished third.

Marvin scored another INEX Bandolero victory in Wednesday’s 20-lap feature. He was third behind a battle for the lead between Derek Debbis and Ken Morin Jr. when Debbis spun from the lead on lap-5. Morin got tangled up on the restart attempt, knocking him to the back leaving Marvin to race out to a comfortable lead when racing went back under the green flag. Marvin built up a big lead but Morin came charging back, running down Marvin but came up just short at the checkered flag. Morin wound up second and Debbis rebounded to finish third.

On Saturday, the mid-season championship event for the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competitors hits the track. Extra distance racing highlights the card, led by a 100-lap SK Modified® feature. The Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks will race for 50-laps and the SK Light Modifieds and INEX Legend Cars round out the program with 25-lap features. Time Trial qualifying begins at 4:00pm Saturday, and main events start at 6:30pm. A detailed event schedule is available online at Speedbowl.com

Waterford Speedbowl 6/28 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

July 2nd, 2014

Waterford, CT – Seven racing events were on Saturday night’s card at Waterford Speedbowl, settting the stage for an action packed night of motorsports. Picking up NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins included Keith Rocco of Berlin in the SK Modifieds®, Vin Esposito of Seymour in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Corey Barry of Plainfield in the SK Light Modifieds. Ryan Waterman of Danielson picked up an exciting victory in the Street Stock race and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI checkered the Mini Stocks. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars feature and Ledyard’s Corey Coates won the visiting New England Truck Series race.

Rocco checkered his sixth SK Modified® race of the year in 12 events for the division after an impressive crossover move landed him the lead in the second half of the race. The 35-lap SK Modified feature was led to the green flag by first year competitor Paul Kusheba. Rob Janovic Jr. got the jump on the opening circuit over Kusheba, leading until the first caution flag of the race on lap-4. Kyle James was contending for a spot among the top three when he spun in turn four racing underneath Tim Jordan.

Janovic got a good restart over Kusheba when racing resumed. Jordan followed into second position but the big mover was Rocco. He used a three wide move to take fourth position in turns three and four on lap-7 just ahead of a big incident between turns one and two behind him. Several cars came together in a wreck, which turned out to be scary for Shawn Monahan. After contact with Brent Sweet, his car erupted in flames in turn two, staying engulfed until he was able to stop the car in turn three, drawing the red flag. The safety crew extinguished the fire and Monahan fortunately escaped the incident unscathed.

Jordan got the best of Janovic on the ensuing restart, riding the outside lane into the lead on lap-8. Rocco got past Kusheba into third and stayed on the attack, going around Janovic’s outside into second on lap-10. Jordan and Rocco pulled ahead to a big lead as Janovic, Tyler Chadwick and Kusheba raced in a pack jockeying for third position. Chadwick was able to work over Janovic and move to third, just ahead of a spin by Zach Aszklar out of turn two to draw a caution flag on lap-22.

Jordan got a great restart but Rocco sailed in to his outside in turn one to make a run. Jordan was up to the task, holding back the charge through turn three but Rocco’s crossover move changed the game. He went from the high to low lane in turn four to get a run on Jordan down the front chute to turn one. He completed the move out of turn two and was scored as the new leader on lap-24.

Rocco had to beat Jordan on three remaining restarts, including some determined efforts by Jordan to try and recapture the top spot. Rocco got away each time to nail down the victory. Jordan took home a fine second place effort and Chadwick was back on the podium, finishing third. Janovic was fourth and Joe Gada finished fifth.

Esposito won for the second time of the year in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models. He bested Bruce Thomas Jr. over a final five lap sprint to the finish in the 30-lap feature. Esposito took the lead on lap-9 from Mike Sweeney Jr, however lost it to Thomas following a lap-20 restart during a wild second half of the race.

Trouble began when Keith Rocco got out of shape while running third, taking a vicious hit into the backstretch wall on lap-15 that drew the caution and red flags when his car burst aflame. Rocco quickly got out and walked away from the incident. Esposito led through a lap-20 caution flag and ensuing restart when he spun his tires, putting Thomas out front.

Thomas took an excursion through the infield on a lap-25 restart attempt that caused a caution flag behind him, surviving that before Esposito rallied to get inside Thomas on lap-27 under green flag racing. The two battled side-by-side before Esposito took the white flag in the lead, powering to the win by a car length at the finish. Thomas ended up in second and Jim Banfield was third.

Waterman came out on top of a slugfest with Phil Evans in the 25-lap Street Stock feature. The race, which ran caution free, saw Scott Sundeen leading the way early. Evans and Waterman both got past Sundeen’s inside on lap-6 to set the stage for their duel. Waterman tailed Evans for the next several laps, sizing him up before making his move with six laps remaining. There was no shortage of contact between the two the rest of the way in a hard fought battle. The two raced side-by-side and traded blows, swapping the lead back and forth over the next four laps. Waterman pulled ahead for good on lap-23, coming out on top in thrilling fashion. Evans settled for second and Sundeen wound up third.

Barry won for the fourth time on the year in the SK Light Modified division. He went from third to first with an impressive restart on lap-10. He powered past the inside of both Glenn Griswold and Rick Williams to wrestle away the lead on lap-11. He handled two more restarts the rest of the way in the 25-lap race to cruise to his win. Paul Buzel was second and Larry Goss made a late push to claim third.

Denton was smooth on the way to his second Mini Stock win of the year. Only one caution slowed the 25-lap race, coming early on. Once back underway Denton methodically marched to the front, taking the lead from Chris Ivory on lap-10. Ken Cassidy followed Denton past the inside of Ivory but Denton proved too strong and steamed ahead to the win. Cassidy finished second and Dave Trudeau turned in another good run to wind up third.

Christopher won for the fourth time in the INEX Legend Cars Saturday series and ninth time overall at the track in 2014. His winning effort was not a waltz however, as Joey Ternullo and Dylan Izzo kept Christopher on top of his game. Christopher took over with an inside move on Izzo on lap-8, however two restarts over the rest of the 25-lap race kept things interesting at the front. Ternullo put forth a stiff challenge following the final restart, on lap-22, when he was able to get a good run on the outside of the track. Christopher stayed focused and fought off the bid to claim the checkered flag. Ternullo grabbed second at the finish by inches over Izzo.

A wild 25-lap New England Truck Series feature win went to Coates. He took the lead on lap-8, ironically from his father Allen, who led until a broken driveshaft sidelined him. Allen was seeking a second straight victory after he took a June 14 date at the Speedbowl, but it was Corey who prevailed. The race was red flagged on lap-17 when Andy Lindeman and Duane Noll came together battling for third and Lindeman’s truck ended up riding the wall on its side, coming to rest on its wheels in turn three, but not before damaging the wall to create a delay.

On Wednesday, the Speedbowl celebrates America’s birthday with a fireworks display at the conclusion of its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program. In addition, a motorcycle stunt show by Luke Emmons is part of the card. Youths age 14 and under receive free grandstands admission when accompanied by an adult on July 2. Next Saturday, the Mid-Season 300 hits the shoreline oval providing 300 laps of feature racing, highlighted by a 100-lap feature by the SK Modifieds®. The Valenti Auto Mall Late Model, Street Stock and Mini Stock races will all go 50-laps in distance and the SK Light Modified and INEX Legend Cars will compete in 25-lappers. All divisions are scheduled to qualify via time trials, the only time of the year competitors will go against the clock to determine starting position.

More information is available online at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 6/25 Results

June 29th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was back on track Wednesday evening with another mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky racing program. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott continued his successful season with another INEX Legend Cars victory. Jonathon Puleo of Branford won his third INEX Bandolero feature and Ray Reed of Norwich won for the second time in Super X-Car action. East Hartford’s Eric Finkbein Jr. was a first-time winner in the X-Cars and Chris Lee of Uncasville was champion of the night’s Wacky Race for the X-Cars.

Christopher rolled to another INEX Legend Cars feature Wednesday. He moved into the picture early, lining up third by the time the first caution flag came out on lap-2 in the 25-lap feature. Christopher quickly took second following the restart, then tailed leader Michael Blaskey. Blaskey was hungry for his second win of the season, however Christopher made a diving move under him through turn four to race into the lead on lap-9. The race stayed caution free and Christopher maintained a cushion over Blaskey through the checkered flag. Last week’s winner Joey Ternullo stayed on Blaskey’s rear bumper trying to score second position but his effort came up just short. Blaskey finished second and Ternullo placed third.

Puleo landed back in the winner’s circle in the 15-lap INEX Bandolero race. He had to hold off an outside bid for the win by Anthony Marvin, who raced even with Puleo over several circuits. The two raced cleanly before Puleo was able to wear Marvin out over the final laps. Marvin fell in line behind Puleo and tailed him to the finish. Puleo won his third race of the year and Marvin ended up second. Ethan Durocher claimed his first podium finish, ending up third.

An exciting 25-lap X-Car feature saw Finkbein nail a first career victory in the division, holding back two of the division’s quickest drivers to do so. Both Jordan Hadley and Zac Thomas were in hot pursuit of Finkbein, who held the preferred line and maintained his lead following the final caution flag of the race, which came on lap-7. The final laps were run off in quick fashion and Finkbein held off all challengers. Hadley repeatedly tried to make a run but could not pull alongside. He finished on Finkbein’s bumper and Thomas was close behind in third.

Reed recorded his second Super X-Car win of the season by controlling the night’s 25-lap race. He didn’t take the lead until after a lap-6 restart, but once in front Reed was in command. He was tested over three additional caution flags and ensuing restarts but powered ahead each time. Kevin Moon was credited with second position and Shawn Gaedeke third following post-race technical inspection.

Lee came out on top in the night’s Wacky Race, testing the driving skills of X-Car competitors plus the hot dog eating skills of Speedbowl fans during an eight lap race. Drivers were each paired with one adult and one youth fan in a relay race. A mandatory pit stop during the dash saw the adult devour a hot dog and the youth douse them with a bottle of water. Lee held on over Chuck McDonald and Mitch Bombard.

Next Wednesday, the Speedbowl celebrates America’s birthday with an aerial fireworks display at the conclusion of the night’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program for the upcoming holiday weekend. Motorcycle stunt performer Luke Emmons is also part of the card, ready to dazzle the crowd with two-wheeled tricks. All youth age 14 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Adult grandstand admission remains at $8.00 and the Speedbowl offers acres of free parking. Event details are available on Speedbowl.com

Waterford Speedbowl 6/14 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

June 18th, 2014

Waterford, CT – An action packed and entertaining six division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program hit the track Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl. Repeat winners were commonplace during the event, including Keith Rocco of Berlin, who doubled up on the night with wins in the SK Modified® and Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division races. Josh Galvin of Franklin won another Street Stock race and Randy Churchill was back in Victory Lane following the SK Light Modified feature. Jeff Lee of Uncasville was the only new winner, a career first victor in the Mini Stock ranks. Allen Coates added another Speedbowl win to his career in the visiting New England Truck Series race.

An extra-distance 40-lap SK Modified® highlighted Saturday’s racing card, checkered by Rocco. He made the move of the race early and once in the lead, closed the race with a long green flag run to the checkered flag. The opening green flag saw the third place car Paul Kusheba come up to speed slowly, giving the outside lane behind the front row an advantage. Rocco was mid-pack and able to slide by multiple cars on the opening lap, led by Tim Jordan. Ted Christopher moved to second on lap-3 and tailed Jordan until the first caution of the race came out before the field could complete lap-5. Contact between the cars of Kusheba and Ed Puleo saw Puleo spin off the track down the back chute, collecting Frank Mucciacciaro.

The restart saw Jordan lead Christopher but it was Rocco’s dazzling move in traffic that captured everyone’s attention. He went from fourth to second position between laps 5 and 6. The lead cars of Jordan and Christopher went wide through turn four causing a tense moment for the field behind. Jordan recovered to hold his lead, but Christopher lost momentum to keep his car off the wall. Craig Lutz darted inside Christopher while Rocco shot through the middle of both cars down the front chute, coming away with second position. He took a shot from Christopher in turn one before pulling outside Jordan for the lead. Rocco stayed there for four laps before seizing control, clearing Jordan exiting turn two on lap-10.

Tom Pinson spun in turn four on lap-12 to create the final restart. Rocco quickly got away from Jordan, who received a challenge for second position from Lutz. Behind them, Christopher was in a battle with Rob Janovic for fourth. Those side-by-side battles ended with Lutz clearing Jordan on lap-15, bringing Janovic underneath Jordan for third. Christopher eventually got past Jordan to move into fourth and joined Lutz and Janovic in a battle for second for the final 20 laps of the race.

The final 28 laps were run without incident and Rocco was undeterred. The action for second intensified over the final six laps, including a nifty save by Janovic off turn four on lap-34. The cars of Lutz, Janovic and Christopher raced nose to tail on the final lap and Janovic got crossed up again, this time in turn two. He chased his car nearly saving it again, unfortunately getting into the infield off the back stretch and giving up a podium finish. Lutz continued his string of podium finishes and ended up second while Christopher finished third. Jordan was fourth and Kyle James fought to earn a spot among the top-five at the finish.

Rocco returned to the winner’s circle in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division, winning his sixth race in the division to snap a four race winless streak. Rocco’s effort became a little easier halfway through the 30-lap feature. He was second to leader Bruce Thomas Jr. when the caution flag waved on lap-16. As the field came to the green flag to restart the race, a flat right front tire on Thomas’s car triggered a wreck that sent Thomas to the pit area for repairs and collected several others. Rocco came away unscathed, inherited the lead, and never waivered. He had to hold back Jason Palmer, seeking a third consecutive victory, over a green-white-checkered flag finish. Palmer finished second and former division champion Jeff Smith was third. Rocco won the first five Late Model features of year.

Lee was an enthusiastic and popular first time winner in the Mini Stock ranks. He used a pole starting position to take off at the start of the race and was never threatened during the non-stop 25-lapper. A week ago, Lee led much of the race until encountering trouble late in the race and finishing back in the field. Saturday’s victory was another first – Lee won driving an Acura Integra model car, the first time the front-wheel drive model has won a NASCAR Mini Stock feature at the track. The division has been dominated by rear-wheel drive Ford Mustangs for the past 15 years. Pete Zaikarite finished in the runner-up position and teenager Garrett Denton was third.

Coates won for the 83rd time of his storied Speedbowl career during the 25-lap New England Truck Series race. He survived a rough and tumble event, taking the lead halfway through the race on the outside of the track. He passed Andy Lindeman with a power move and pulled away from the field the rest of the way. Chris Correll finished in second and Coates’ son Corey was third.

Churchill was another returning face to land in Victory Lane Saturday, checkering the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature. The defending division champion took the lead on lap-3 then held on over a host of restarts that mounted as the race wore on. Churchill held back both Paul Buzel and Corey Barry, who entered the night as the winner the previous two races for the division. It was Churchill’s second win of the year, but first since May 3.

Galvin won for the fifth time in six races in the Street Stocks, using a three-wide maneuver to take the lead on lap-11 of the 25-lap race. He went inside Norm Root Jr. and Steve Barrett down the front stretch after trailing their side-by-side battle for three laps. Once in front, Galvin fended off the challenges of Al Stone on multiple restarts to claim the victory. Stone was second and Monte Gibbs finished third. Galvin finished second a week ago when Ryan Waterman was able to keep him out of Victory Lane.

Next Saturday, the cars and stars from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour make their annual visit to the Connecticut shore for the Mr. Rooter 161, a tribute race to nine-time Modified champion Richie Evans. An action packed night of open-wheel Modified racing will be on display. Doug Coby and Ryan Preece, the past two series champions, have won the previous two editions of the 161. A full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing card supports the event. Advance tickets sales are open online by visiting Speedbowl.com or contacting the track office.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

June 10th, 2014

Waterford, CT – NASCAR racing was back at Waterford Speedbowl under perfect weather conditions Saturday evening. A hearty crowd turned out for a six-division program and the speedway’s annual Laps for Lupus night. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, Keith Rocco of Berlin padded his point lead with another SK Modified® victory while Jason Palmer, also from Berlin, won his second straight Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. Danielson’s Ryan Waterman was top dog following an action packed Street Stock race and Dave Trudeau of Mansfield picked up his first Speedbowl Mini Stock checkered flag in several seasons. Plainfield’s Corey Barry won his second consecutive SK Light Modified race after the division was idle for two weeks and in INEX racing, Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won for the third time in the Legend Cars division’s Saturday series. Before the night’s races, a track walk benefitting Lupus Foundation of America’s Connecticut Chapter netted nearly $6,000 for the charity.

Rocco was on point during the night’s 35-lap SK Modified® race. He picked cars off one at a time to move into contention in the early stages and closed out the second half of the race strong. The feature was led to the green flag by Diego Monahan, who led the opening laps while being challenged by Kyle James. James quickly moved into second position and used a valiant effort to Monahan’s outside to finally overtake him on lap-8.

Behind, Rocco came through the top ten cars in early race traffic before jumping to the outside lane to attack the top four cars racing single file ahead. On lap-10, he was outside Craig Lutz for third and a lap later, used the same move on Monahan to power into second. James was out front by several car lengths and Rocco began to run him down when caution waved on lap-13 for a spinning Ted Christopher in turn two.

James hung tough following the restart, looking good as he held back Rocco’s outside charge through a lap-18 caution flag for a spin by Rob Janovic Jr. Rocco timed the ensuing restart perfectly to gain the edge over James, pulling ahead for good on lap-19. Rocco was perfect on two additional restarts to get away from James the rest of the way to close out the win. James ran strong to finish second and Lutz followed up his victory last Saturday with another podium run, finishing third. Tyler Chadwick was up front all race and finished fourth and Shawn Thibeault was fifth.

Palmer took down his second consecutive victory in the 30-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. First year driver Nicholas Sowa battled side by side outside of pole position starter Anthony Ryan Jr. before taking the lead on lap-4. He opened up a big lead as Ryan battled with Bruce Thomas Jr. Palmer was locked in a three-way fight for fourth position with Vin Esposito and Keith Rocco. Clean and hard racing dominated the race with Sowa looking prime to score an upset victory until the final five laps.

Sowa’s race went sour on lap-25 as something caused his lead car to get out of the racing groove in turn one, riding the top of the track through turns one and two. His lead evaporated by the time the field caught him exiting turn four, resulting in Sowa coming together with Ryan. Both cars crashed on the front chute to bring out the only caution flag of the race. Thomas also made contact but masterfully avoided becoming collected any further and inherited the lead. Palmer lined up second for the restart and proved too much on the outside lane, outmuscling Thomas in the final sprint to the finish. Thomas finished second and Rocco, the division point leader, was third.

Waterman came out on top of a wild 25-lap Street Stock race. He led just one lap, the final one, passing Josh Galvin through turns three and four coming to the checkered flag. Five yellow flags slowed the race, which featured full contact racing at times. Galvin took the lead on lap-20 from Lloyd Anderson, who had led from the start. Anderson was sliding back through the field when he wrecked hard on lap-20 exiting turn four. Galvin had to fight off former division champion Chris “Moose” Douton after the restart, then took the white flag leading Waterman. As they raced into turn three, Waterman used a timely bump to Galvin’s rear bumper to charge by his inside. His final lap victory snapped Galvin’s four-race win streak in the division. Galvin took second and Douton made his first start of the year and finished third.

Barry was impressive on his way to back-to-back wins in SK Light Modified action. He survived a host of restarts after taking the lead from a former division champion, Paul French. Barry moved out front on lap-13 with an inside move through turns one and two and while French kept things interesting over several restarts, he was unable to get back around Barry. Veteran racer Larry Goss finished third behind Barry and French. The win was Barry’s third of the season.

Trudeau took the lead late in the night’s 25-lap Mini Stock race. Jeff Lee was out front from the beginning, staying ahead of a tightly packed group of cars jockeying for position. Lee eventually succumbed to Ray Christian on lap-22. Trudeau passed Christian on a lap-23 restart after several cars were involved in a front stretch skirmish, then went on to take his first victory at the track since 2002. Garrett Denton rebounded from a mid-race crash to take home second and Doug Curry bounced back from two spins in the first ten laps to finish third.

Christopher was a returning face to the winner’s circle after another INEX Legend Cars victory. He battled hard with last year’s division champion Dylan Izzo over the second half of the race. Izzo was leading when the two cars came together off turn four racing to lap-20, sending Izzo into a complete 360 degree spin. He recovered without a caution flag and resumed in third position as Christopher and Dana Dimatteo raced away. Two late caution flags gave Dimatteo and Izzo a final chance to unseat Christopher, including a charge to the outside by Izzo that was defended by Christopher. Dimatteo and Izzo finished a close second and third, respectively, in an exciting finish.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour makes its annual stop to the shoreline oval in two weeks on Saturday, June 21 for the Mr. Rooter 161. An action packed night of open-wheel Modified racing will be on display. The previous two events came down to green-white-checkered finishes. A full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing card supports the event. Advance tickets sales are open online by visiting Speedbowl.com or contacting the track office.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

June 6th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Wild ‘n Wacky racing returned to the Speedbowl on Wednesday evening with fast paced motorsports action entertaining the crowd on hand. Taking victories on the night included Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott, winning for the third time in four races on Wednesdays in the INEX Legend Cars division with a come from behind effort. Jon Porter of Canterbury checkered the Super X-Car division, Jordan Hadley of Quaker Hill won in the X-Cars, and Jonathon Puleo of Branford won in the INEX Bandolero youth racing class.

Christopher had to work his way through the INEX Legend Cars field during a lengthy green flag stretch of racing in the division’s 25-lap race. After the opening green flag, the field ran through lap-18 before the first of two caution flags in the race came out. Mike Blaskey bolted out to the lead at the start, pulling ahead to a sizeable advantage seeking his second straight victory. Christopher arrived in second position on lap-5 but was a straightaway behind Blaskey. He closed the gap to be within striking distance of Blaskey when the yellow flag waved. Christopher tailed Blaskey after the restart until making his move on lap-23 in turn one, then survived one final restart after Blaskey and Joey Ternullo tangled behind him racing for second position. John O’Sullivan III dueled with Jordan Churchill for the runner-up spot to the checkered flag after the final caution, taking the spot by a bumper. Churchill took his best Legend Cars division finish home in third.

Hadley mastered the X-Car division once again, scoring a popular 25-lap victory. He started deep in the field and narrowly averted trouble when he nearly was collected in the only caution flag of the race on lap-3. Hadley came through the field after the restart, overtaking Thomas for the lead on lap-14. He cruised to the win the remainder of the way, with Thomas finishing in second and Randy Johnston finishing third.

Porter won for the second consecutive time in the Super X-Car division. He was patient early as the field battled side-by-side ahead of him in the opening laps. Porter was nearly collected in a turn one incident that saw two cars come together on lap-6 to bring out the final yellow flag of the race. He was fast on the outside of the track the rest of the way, passing cars one by one to move to the lead on lap-15. He got past Ray Reed and went unchallenged to the win as the race stayed under the green flag. Reed finished in second and Shane Peele bounced back from a lap-3 spin to wind up placing third.

Puleo won his second INEX Bandolero feature of the season. He led at the green flag and held back a hard charging Anthony Marvin in the first half of the race. Nickolas Hovey raced third and moved in to battle Marvin for second, allowing Puleo to pull away from them during the non-stop 15-lap race. Puleo went on to the win, his second of the year, and Hovey spun out of the final corner racing inside of Marvin, who went on to take second at the finish.

The combination of Porter, Reed and Peter Pollard teamed up to win the night’s Wacky Race, a relay race for the Super-X Car division.

Laps for Lupus hits the track on Saturday at the Speedbowl. A track walk will take place following practice and before the night’s racing. The event raises awareness and charitable donations for the Connecticut Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. Those interested to walk or make a pledge may contact the track office by email at info@speedbowl.com for more details. A six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program for the SK Modifieds®, Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds, plus INEX Legend Cars is on the card. Details for the upcoming event schedule are available online at Speedbowl.com

Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 5/31 Four Cylinder Fury Results

June 2nd, 2014

Waterford, CT – Exciting motorsports action returned to the Connecticut shoreline Saturday evening as Waterford Speedbowl hosted its
Four Cylinder Fury NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program. Four cylinder racecars were the highlight of the night, however Craig Lutz of Miller Place, NY stole the spotlight with his first-ever victory in thrilling fashion during the night’s SK Modified® race. Other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins went to Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon, who was back in the winner’s circle during an extra-distance Mini Stock feature and Jason Palmer of Berlin recorded his first Valenti Auto Mall Late Model win of the season. The Northeast Mini Stock Tour race was won by Toby Wells of Dublin, NH and Robin Berghman of East Providence, RI picked up the victory in the visiting New England Pro Four Modified race. Hometown driver Jordan Hadley won the X-Car feature.

Lutz needed a gritty performance over much of the 35-lap SK Modified® feature to record an exciting first career victory that put the fans on their feet for the finish. He spent the opening half of the race trying to find a way around Diego Monahan. It was Monahan that led the 35-lap SK Modified feature to the green flag with Jeff Gallup flanking his outside. Two attempts to start the race were pulled back by officials before Monahan prevailed on a clean try. Lutz, who started in third, got past Gallup’s inside on the opening lap and immediately began to look for racing room on Monahan.

Lutz tested the outside of Monahan to no avail, as Ted Christopher was draped on Gallup’s rear bumper in a battle for third. The early laps showcased several battles among a tight pack of cars racing in the top ten. Christopher finally found room to Gallup’s inside in turn one on lap-12, taking third with Tyler Chadwick following suit into fourth. The action came to a halt on lap-13 when Ed Puleo got off course in turn four to bring out the first of a string of caution flags.

After a quick spin on the restart at the rear of the field, Monahan got a good restart but only recorded one more lap out front before a big pileup in turn three on lap-14 collected several cars contending for a position among the top-five. When the dust settled, Gallup and Kyle James were done for the evening and Paul Kusheba, Rob Janovic Jr., Shawn Thibeault, Glenn Griswold and others were also involved.

Lutz tried the outside of Monahan when the green flag returned, leaving the door open for Christopher to snatch away second position as they raced to lap-15. Puleo came together with Kusheba off turn two towards the tail of the field, bringing suspension damage to Puleo’s machine. He was stranded on the apron of the track to create another yellow flag.

Monahan had Christopher to his outside for the next restart with Lutz tucked into third. Those three cars ran in tight formation for one lap before Monahan spun from the lead out of turn two on lap-16. Christopher was placed to the rear of the field for causing the incident, handing the lead to Lutz.

Once out front, the toughest part of the race for Lutz was holding back Keith Rocco the rest of the way. He held on during an initial assault by Rocco, who got past Chadwick for second on lap-17. Rocco worked on Lutz before pulling even with him on lap-23, only to see Lutz respond in turn three and fight off the bid. Chadwick was able to scoot back by Rocco’s inside, giving Lutz a brief breather. Chadwick couldn’t close on Lutz but Rocco regrouped, battling his way back around Chadwick on lap-28 to set up the final duel.

The two raced inches apart and even shared some contact during the final laps. Rocco sailed in on the outside of Lutz on lap-31, once again pulling even. At times Rocco was able to just inch ahead before Lutz rallied back. The two crossed the stripe even as they took the white flag and Lutz put forth a determined effort to keep Rocco’s final charge at bay, pulling ahead out of the final corner to claim the checkered flag. Rocco was forced to settle for second and Tyler Chadwick ran among the front runners all race to finish third. Janovic and Thibeault bounced back from their mid-race troubles to complete the top-five.

The spotlight was on the Mini Stock division as part of the night’s special program. The division went for 50-laps, double their normal distance, and Cassidy was superb. Following a caution on lap-6 that involved two drivers battling for second position ahead of him, Cassidy restarted within striking distance. He quickly came through the top-five, overtaking Doug Curry for the lead on lap-10 with an inside pass. The final 36 laps of the race were run without a caution flag and Cassidy easily pulled away. Garrett Denton came on strong to finish in second and Charles Canfield made a rare appearance in 2014 to finish in third place. It was Cassidy’s third win in the past five races. He finished in second position the previous two weeks.

In the night’s 50-lap Northeast Mini Stock Tour race, Wells padded his point lead with the win. He took the lead from Justin Trombley on lap-11 and never looked back. Wells had to survive a host of restarts during the race, which was plagued with incidents, including two in the final two laps. Shawn Swallow finished second and Emerson Cayer was third. Wells has won two of the three events in the Thirty Marketing Triple Crown for the division. If Wells wins the final event of the three race promotion in the series at Thompson Speedway’s World Series, he will receive a custom firesuit courtesy of Thirty Marketing.

Palmer prevailed for the first time of the season in the night’s 30-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. The second and final caution flag of the race waved when leaders Anthony Ryan and Vin Esposito tangled battling for the top spot on lap-16. Ryan had led from the start of the race but was under heavy pressure from Esposito, the latter seeking a second consecutive win. Exiting turn two Ryan went spinning and officials placed Esposito to the rear of the field for his involvement. Palmer led the rest of the way and finished ahead of point leader Keith Rocco, who was driving a borrowed ride for the event. Esposito recovered to storm back and finish in third.

Hadley sliced through the field during a non-stop 25-lap X-Car feature. He took command on lap-9 from Rich Nye and became the third leader of the race. Once in the lead, Hadley remained smooth through lapped traffic to maintain a three car length advantage and closed out his second win of the season. Nye finished in second and Zac Thomas was third.

Berghman led throughout the 25-lap New England Pro Four Modified feature. Berghman, last year’s division champion, outperformed Norm Wrenn III on the track to claim her first ever victory at the Speedbowl. Wrenn finished in second and veteran racer Dan Meservey Sr. was third.

Laps for Lupus hits the track next Saturday at the Speedbowl. A track walk will take place following practice and before the night’s racing. The event raises awareness and charitable donations for the Connecticut Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. Those interested to walk or make a pledge may contact the track office by email at info@speedbowl.com for more details. A six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program for the SK Modifieds®, Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds, plus INEX Legend Cars is on the card. Details for the upcoming event schedule are available online at Speedbowl.com

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 5/28 Results

May 31st, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl returned to action with another round of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing. A first time winner joined four returning faces to Victory Lane in an action packed night of motorsports. Leading the way was Michael Blaskey, who his first-ever checkered flag in the INEX Legend Cars division. Jon Porter won another Super X-Car race, Zac Thomas was the winner of the X-Car race and Anthony Marvin claimed the INEX Bandolero feature. Chuck McDonald was king of the night’s Wacky Race for the X-Cars.

Blaskey put forth a memorable effort on track during the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature to land what was a first-ever win. He took the lead at the green flag and charged ahead. The race was slowed by five caution flags and Blaskey hit his marks on each restart to maintain his lead. Over the final two restarts, he was challenged by last year’s division champion, Joey Ternullo. Blaskey proved to be too strong, going on to the win over Ternullo. John O’Sullivan Jr. finished third.

Porter was back in Victory Lane for another Super X-Car win. He came on strong over the middle of the 25-lapper, riding the outside lane over a stretch of green flag racing that brought him past the front runners into the lead. Porter took command from Shane Peele on lap-14 and never looked back. He pulled ahead to the win over Kevin Moon, followed by early leader Ray Reed, who finished third.

Thomas was declared the winner in the 25-lap X-Car race after finishing second on the track. Thomas bested Randy Johnston, who finished runner-up after leading two laps and racing among the lead cars all race. C.P. Burdick finished a career-best third in the division.

Marvin was strong in the night’s 15-lap INEX Bandolero feature. He trailed Jonathon Puleo early, but used the outside lane to give Puleo a run for the lead. Marvin spent three laps finding the right combination to the outside before pulling ahead. He slowly checked out through the checkered flag in the non-stop race. Nickolas Hovey picked up his first runner-up finish in just his second race in the division and Puleo finished third.

McDonald was crafty in the night’s Wacky Race for the X-Car division, a Toll Booth race. He scored the most tokens in a race around the track with a “stop” each lap to place a token in one of four collection bins located on the front chute of the track.

Waterford Speedbowl hosts another edition of Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl on Friday night featuring free grandstand admission, car cruise on the midway and spectator drag racing with a special import night theme. On Saturday, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing returns for Four Cylinder Fury, the track’s annual celebration of four cylinder racecars. The track’s NASCAR Mini Stock division is in the spotlight, running in a 50-lap feature race. They will be joined by the visiting Northeast Mini Stock Tour and Pro Four Modifieds of New England, the track’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday X-Car division, plus NASCAR SK Modifieds® and Valenti Auto Mall Late Models. More information on each event is available online at Speedbowl.com or by contacting the track office at 860.442.1585.

Speedbowl announces changes to personnel, penalties

May 31st, 2014

Waterford, CT– Waterford Speedbowl management announced today the creation of a new position, penalties following Saturday, May 24th’s racing program, and the departure of one member of their staff. The new position of Race Vehicle Safety Coordinator has been created. The sole responsibility of the newly created position will be overseeing that all cars participating in the Speedbowl’s track race divisions are compliant with track mandated safety regulations. The position will be filled on an interim basis by veteran Speedbowl competitor Bill Leonard. Candidates are currently being sought to fill the position moving forward. The position of Race Vehicle Safety Coordinator will report directly to the Race Director, Patrick Williams.

As a result of inspections during the May 24th race program, SK Modified® division competitors Craig Lutz and Keith Rocco were each fined $500.00 for failure to abide by rule 2.11.5 D of the Speedbowl rulebook. The rule requires the use of wheel tethers on the front wheels of SK Modified® cars.

Also announced today was the departure of long time SK Modified® division tech inspector Everett Marvin.

“We take safety very seriously at the Speedbowl, but despite our best intentions things were obviously overlooked by us as well as the racers involved” said Speedbowl owner Terry Eames. “We know Bill Leonard will create a system of safety verification that will prevent this from happening again” Eames continued. “Today’s announcements are in line with where we intend to be”.

The position of Race Vehicle Safety Coordinator will be in place beginning with this Saturday, May 31st’s Four Cylinder Fury race program.

Waterford Speedbowl Super Saturday Showdown Results

May 28th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Super Saturday Showdown hit the asphalt at Waterford Speedbowl Saturday with a seven-division racing card. A briskly
paced program saw Keith Rocco of Berlin take home his third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® win of the year. In other NASCAR action, a new face found the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model winner’s circle as Vin Esposito of Seymour claimed the checkered flag. Franklin’s Josh Galvin won again in the Street Stocks while Hope Valley, RI driver Garrett Denton was victorious in the Mini Stocks. The Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday divisions were also on hand, with Berlin’s Dave Yardley and New London’s Zac Thomas scoring the respective Super X-Car and X-Car wins. Dylan Izzo of Westport won in the night’s INEX Legend Cars feature.

Rocco was back in Victory Lane in SK Modified® action for the first time since May 3 with an impressive performance. After a false start by the front row on the initial green flag, Shawn Thibeault got the jump over Jeff Gallup on the second try to start the 35-lap race. Gallup settled into second and Rob Janovic Jr. third. The first yellow flag flew when Craig Lutz took a hard hit into the front stretch wall on lap-2 battling for a spot among the top-five cars.

Thibeault resumed his pace out front after the restart, pulling away from the pack. Janovic got past Gallup’s inside to take second and behind that, Tyler Chadwick, Keith Rocco and Ted Christiopher were each on the move, arriving in the top-five cars by lap-7. Rocco found room to Chadwick’s inside in turn one on lap-10 and quickly moved in on Janovic. Rocco pressed him for second, finally using the outside lane to wrestle second away on lap-13. Before another lap could be completed, Morgillo was stopped on the high side of the track in turn two, returning the race to caution.

Rocco restarted outside of Thibeault and stayed even with him for two laps, hanging on after the two cars made contact in turn three on lap-15 before driving away. Once in front, Rocco comfortably led Thibeault who continued to run a strong second place. Chadwick and Christopher each got by Janovic’s outside and ran nose to tail for several laps battling for third position. That battle ended with Chadwick turned around in turn one on lap-29 to bring out a yellow flag, with Christopher penalized to the rear for overaggressive driving.

Rocco was masterful over three late race restarts, the final over Ed Puleo who climbed to second, cruising to his third victory of the year. Rocco’s win was the 88th of his Speedbowl career and helped pad his lead in the championship standings. Puleo finished second for the second straight week and Janovic got past Thibeault in the closing laps to finish third. Thibeault and Kyle James rounded out the top-five.

Esposito ended a dry spell with his Valenti Auto Mall Late Model victory. He bolted out to the race lead from his pole starting position at the drop of the green flag in the non-stop 30-lap feature. Keith Rocco moved through the top five cars into second position by lap-13, however could not track down Esposito without the benefit of a yellow flag. Rocco closed rapidly over the final five laps but Esposito was able to hang on to win by three car lengths at the finish. Rocco was second and Jason Palmer rebounded from a hard wreck two weeks ago to finish third in his first race back.

Galvin won for the fourth consecutive week in the Street Stocks, and the fifth time in the past six races for the division. He took the lead from Al Stone on lap-14 with a cross-over move exiting turn two after spending two laps looking to Stone’s outside. Galvin was the third leader of the race following Stone, who took over from Steve Barrett on lap-8. Once in front, Galvin pulled away from a battle for second and survived one caution flag with ten laps remaining for a spin by Scott Sundeen. Ryan Waterman ran a solid race to finish second and Stone came in third.

Denton landed in the winner’s circle for the first time of the year in Mini Stock action after a slow start to the season. After the only caution flag of the 25-lap race came on lap-9 when Doug Curry spun off turn two, Denton was patient behind a battle for the lead between Ian Brew and Ray Christian, the latter seeking his second consecutive win. The two spent several laps side-by-side before Denton eventually got past the inside of both to lead lap-14. He cruised the rest of the way, posting his third consecutive podium finish. Ken Cassidy Jr. came on strong at the close of the race to wind up second, beating out Christian, who ended up third.

Izzo halted Mike Christopher Jr.’s win streak in the INEX Legend Cars. Christopher had won the previous two Saturday series as well as the first two Wednesday night series races in the division, and had the lead again in Saturday’s race. Christopher took command on lap-15 from early race leader Kyle Rogers while Izzo was not far behind, mired in traffic until breaking through behind Christopher on lap-16. The only caution flag of the race came a lap later, giving Izzo the opportunity to restart outside of Christopher. He got the better restart to prevail, leading back to the finish line and went on to the win. It was the third win of the year but first since April 12 for Izzo, last year’s division champion. Christopher finished second and Joey Ternullo was third.

Thomas was strong over the 25-lap X-Car feature to take the victory. He quickly moved through the top-ten cars into the race lead on lap-4, then used a solid restart to hold his lead following a caution flag on lap-14. Thomas bested Rich Nye and Randy Johnston was third.

Yardley put on an exciting display of clean, hard short track racing to come away with the 25-lap Super X-Car race win. He ran outside Mike Maskell in a side-by-side battle for the victory that lasted several laps. Maskell had led from the opening lap and was within inches of Yardley as the two cars took the white flag together. Yardley prevailed through turns three and four on the final lap to win by a fender in a drag race to the finish line. Maskell settled for second and Jim Boyle was third.

Next week the Speedbowl returns with Four Cylinder Fury, highlighting an array of four cylinder racecars including a visit by the Pro Four Modifieds of New England. In addition, Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday is back with free youth admission. Details for the upcoming schedule are available online at Speedbowl.com

Big Memorial Day Weekend planned at Speedbowl Three events in three days at shoreline oval

May 24th, 2014

waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl is set to deliver a little of everything to motorsports enthusiasts over the holiday weekend with three exciting events. It begins with a special “Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl” on Friday night offering spectator drag races and a car cruise, moves into a huge Saturday evening of auto racing featuring a special admission price, and closes out on Sunday with motorized thrills and spills at Memorial Day Madness, concluded by an aerial fireworks display.

All-American Night is the holiday theme for “Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl”, the track’s popular Friday night series which features free spectator admission for the grandstands. A car cruise compliments four classes of competition for 100 foot spectator drag racing. Competition Class, Street Class, Bike Class and a special All-American made Shootout celebrating our country will take to the asphalt. Test and tune starts at 6:30pm and Elimination Rounds are scheduled to post just after 8:00pm. Awards for Best in Show and Best American-made entry highlight the Car Cruise, which offers free car entry.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing joins the track’s popular mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing divisions for the Super Saturday Showdown event, featuring reduced grandstand admission. Adult admission is $12.00 on Saturday and all youth age 14 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The NASCAR SK Modified® division continues a 64-year tradition of open-wheeled racing at the Speedbowl, highlighting a seven-division racing card that also features the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks along with INEX Legend Cars, Super X-Cars and X-Cars from the Wild ‘n Wacky program. Saturday’s racing begins with qualifying races at 5:00pm and main events starting at 7:00pm.

Rounding out the weekend is a night of extremes with Sunday’s Memorial Day Madness. One of southeastern Connecticut’s first aerial fireworks displays of the year will light up the night sky after the Speedbowl puts fireworks on the track with non-stop motorized mayhem. A Demolition Derby joins the wild Speedbowl Trailer Race in turning the Speedbowl race track into a scrap metal yard. An old-fashioned Enduro race for four-cylinder cars and a ski car race plus more Speedbowl surprises are part of the night’s fun. Spectator gates open at 5:30pm and the smashing begins at 7:00pm. Adults are $18.00, youth 6 through 14 just $6.00 and age 5 and under are free on Sunday.

Online ticket sales are now open for will-call pick up for Saturday and Sunday’s events. More details on Memorial Day Weekend events including detailed event schedules, rules and participant entry forms are available at Speedbowl.com or by contacting the race info line at 860.442.1585.

Waterford Speedbowl 5/17 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

May 20th, 2014

Waterford, CT– Action returned to the Connecticut shoreline Saturday night as Waterford Speedbowl returned to racing. Six divisions were on hand with repeat winners and new faces both reaching the winner’s circle. Joe Gada of Salem mastered the SK Modified® field,
claiming his first win of the year. Joining Gada as new faces in Victory Lane for 2014 were Groton drivers Bruce Thomas Jr., picking up the checkered flag in Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, and Ray Christian III, winner in the Mini Stocks. Josh Galvin of Franklin won his third Street Stock feature in a row and Corey Barry of Plainfield won his second SK Light Modified race on the year. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott claimed another INEX Legend Cars feature to round out the night’s winners.

Gada was stellar in the night’s 35-lap SK Modified® feature. He started the race from the pole position and left Nichole Morgillo behind exiting turn two. Excitement picked up on the opening lap when several cars made contact down the back chute, sending Shawn Thibeault through the infield but continuing on without a caution flag.

Gada was out to a blistering pace while Ed Puleo quickly moved to second position. Ted Christopher was already up to third and Keith Rocco was charging through the top-ten and was hot on Christopher’s tail in fourth just four laps in. Rocco was not content and immediately looked for racing room on Christopher, making an inside move to jump to third on lap-5. Ahead, Gada stretched his lead on Puleo as Rocco closed in. The battle for second picked up on lap-10 with Rocco all over Puleo. After several laps trying, Rocco could not unseat Puleo for the spot. Christopher was all alone in fourth with Tim Jordan rounding out the top five as the race reached halfway all under the green flag.

Over the second half of the race, Puleo began to slowly reel in Gada as Rocco started to fade in third. Christopher was closing the gap back to Rocco and Jordan continued in fifth. By lap-25 Puleo was two car lengths back of Gada and three laps later he was on his rear bumper looking hungry for his second win of the season. Puleo looked to the inside of Gada more than once, but Gada was quick off the corners. Puleo tested Gada’s rear bumper on a couple occasions, including lap-32 when both cars briefly got sideways entering turn one.

Gada withstood Puleo’s efforts to win by a car length at the checkered flag in a clean but well contested event. The win marked Gada’s second in the division. His first victory came in 2013. Gada’s father Dennis is one of the all-time best open-wheeled drivers in track history, claiming seven division titles. The caution free race took 9 minutes and 33 seconds from start to finish. Puleo rebounded from a hard wreck last Saturday to finish second and Rocco held back Ted Christopher for third.

Thomas won for the first time on the year to halt Rocco’s stranglehold in the Valenti Auto Mall Late division. Rocco won the final five races in 2013 and the first five features to begin 2014. Thomas, one of the division’s all-time best, finally found the answer to best Rocco in the 30-lap race. The feature got off to a rocky start as several cars came together on the opening lap in turn three. Past champion Jeff Smith got squeezed into the turn three wall and Rich Duranti spun in the middle of the track, drawing the only caution flag of the race.

Thomas passed Anthony Ryan Jr. for the lead on lap-2 and never looked back. Rocco quickly moved to second but was not able to seriously challenge Thomas over the duration of the race, which ran without another caution flag the full 30-laps after the opening yellow. Rocco finished second and Ryan finished a career-best third.

Barry became the first driver to win multiple features in the SK Light Modified division in 2014. He won for the second time in a special 28-lap extra distance race sponsored by RH2 Way Radios. Barry trailed Chris Ignazio for a long green flag stretch that was finally halted by a spin on lap-21. Ignazio led from the drop of the green flag and was able to hold Barry back, beginning to pull away when the caution flag was displayed. The yellow was key for Barry, as his tires cooled enough to overtake Ignazio on the restart in the outside lane. Barry held on through two additional restarts in the final laps after taking command. Ignazio finished second and 15-year old Paul Buzel finished an impressive run with a solid third place effort, a career best.

Galvin won his third consecutive Street Stock race and fourth on the year. He was the third leader of the 25-lap race, clearing Travis Jurcik on the outside on lap-15. Jurcik had led after taking over from Steve Barrett on lap-5. Galvin worked through the field, taking second on lap-10 before moving in on Jurcik. Once clear of Jurcik, restarts were Galvin’s biggest hurdle, mastering three in the final ten laps. Galvin cruised to the victory, surviving a late race bid by Chris Meyer after a restart with two laps remaining. Ryan Waterman edged Meyer for second at the finish line.

Christian wired the field in the night’s 25-lap Mini Stock race, another caution-free race. He took command over pole position starter Pete Zaikarite on lap-1 and built a big cushion as the battle for second place was hard fought behind him over the first half of the race. Five-time champion Ken Cassidy Jr. made some impressive moves to race into the spot on lap-13. Cassidy could not run down Christian without the benefit of a caution flag however, finishing two car lengths behind Christian while Garrett Denton finished third.

Christopher won for the fourth consecutive time in the INEX Legend Cars at the track. He won his first career race at the track on April 19 followed by the track’s first two Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series races before his 25-lap victory on Saturday. Christopher received damage in a first lap wreck, however that did not deter him from making a pit stop for repairs before climbing back through the field. He took the lead from Cory Dimatteo on lap-8. Christopher withstood a lengthy red flag delay with just three laps remaining before closing out the win. Tim DePizzol made a late surge to claim second and Keith Rocco was third at the finish.

The Speedbowl returns next Saturday night with a special Memorial Day Weekend event. Super Saturday Showdown joins the NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series with the track’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series, which takes a break on May 21. Seven divisions of racing hit the asphalt for a special $12.00 adult grandstand admission price, with all youth age 14 and under receiving free admission when accompanied by an adult. On Sunday, Memorial Day Madness offers thrills and spills with a demolition derby, trailer race, and more capped off by an aerial fireworks display.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 5/14 Results

May 15th, 2014

Waterford, CT– Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing was back at Waterford Speedbowl with another entertaining night of motorsports landing five drivers into the winner’s circle. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott continued his hot streak in the INEX Legend Cars, Jon Porter of Canterbury took home the Super X-Car accolades and Zac Thomas of New London was awarded the win in the X-Cars. Anthony Marvin of Colchester won for the second time in as many week in the INEX Bandoleros and Dave Gargaro Jr. of Cranston, RI was tops in the night’s Wacky Race.

Christopher rolled to his second consecutive 25-lap INEX Legend Cars victory on Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday and third overall in the division at the Speedbowl this season. The excitement started on lap-1 when Scott Limkemann spun in turn one from mid-pack, looping his machine but kept going allowing the race to continue on. T.J. Thompson took command over Dennis Pantani to lead lap-1.

Thompson led John O’Sullivan Jr. and Christopher, who was up to third in the opening laps. Christopher slipped by O’Sullivan’s inside on lap-5 to move to second and went after Thompson. He spent two laps tailing Thompson before he saw daylight to the leader’s inside exiting turn four on lap-7. Christopher spent a lap and a half battling Thompson for the top spot before pulling ahead.

Thompson stuck with Christopher through the second and final caution flag of the race on lap-17. Christopher controlled the restart to get away from Thompson by turn one, cruising to the win. Thompson took home a career best finish with second position and last year’s division champion Joey Ternullo finished third.

The 25-lap X-Car race win went to Thomas after apparent race winner Jordan Hadley failed post-race technical inspection. Hadley jumped to the lead from his pole starting position into the lead on lap-1, rolling to the apparent victory in a non-stop race. The winning move from Thomas came racing through traffic, emerging with second position before halfway. Thomas continued to chase Hadley, but finished nearly a half track behind. However, his efforts were good enough to lift him to the win. Randy Johnston ended up as the runner-up and Matthew Westover was credited with third.

Porter emerged with the lead with a strong run following a caution flag on lap-12. Porter restarted the race in third but quickly worked his way past Ray Reed, who had led from lap-1. Reed fell back into a battle for second and third position over the second half of the race as Dave Yardley moved into contention. He couldn’t keep pace with Porter but had a final shot to steal the win with two late race restarts coming with two laps remaining. Porter pulled ahead each time to finish off the win. Yardley finished second and Dan Butler finished third.

Marvin controlled the pace of the 15-lap INEX Bandolero race for the second consecutive week. A red flag just before halfway in the race didn’t hinder Marvin’s focus. When the race resumed he continued to lead, never missing a beat. He beat Jonathon Puleo and Nickolas Hovey, who made his first ever start in the division.

Gargaro was master of the night’s Wacky Race, which was a Musical Car Race for the X-Cars. Gargaro advanced each round and came out on top of afinal battle with Uncasville’s Christopher Lee in the final round.

The Speedbowl takes a break from its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series next week on May 21. The series makes a cameo appearance on Saturday, May 24 when the Legend Cars, X-Cars and Super X-Cars join the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program for the track’s Super Saturday Showdown event, featuring a reduced adult grandstand admission price of just $12.00 for adults with youth admitted free. Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing returns on Wednesday, May 28. More information on the Speedbowl’s upcoming event schedule can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl 5/10 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

May 13th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl returned to fast paced motorsports action Saturday night with a six-division NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series racing program. Kyle James of Ashaway, RI snatched his first victory of the year in SK Modified® ranks. Keith Rocco of Berlin won his fifth straight Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature on the season and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon continued his mastery of the Mini Stock division. Andover’s Paul French won his first SK Light Modified race on the year and Paul Bigelow of Kensington came away with the victory in the NEMA Lite feature. Josh Galvin of Franklin won the night’s Street Stock race, his second in a row.

An emotional opening ceremony began the night’s program following a brief rain delay earlier in the evening. The track honored the memory of multiple time track champion Danny Field with much of his family and closest supporters in attendance. Field, a long time Mini Stock competitor at the Speedbowl, passed away Wednesday after battling cancer. He won Speedbowl Mini Stock titles in 2005, 2006 and 2009 and posted 28 career victories at the track and was active at the track through 2013. Field’s younger brother Eddie paced the Mini Stocks with an honorary pole-position behind the wheel of his brother’s #18 machine, pulling off the track before the start of the race.

Cassidy went on to claim an emotional win in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature that followed. He took the lead from Dave Trudeau of Mansfield on lap-6. Cassidy, who has 54 career races at the track in the division, has won several big races but ranked Saturday’s win among his most memorable. After the race, Cassidy reflected on his achievement and contributed some of his successes, in part, to Field. “(The win) means a lot. Danny was a tough competitor. I think (racing against him) made me a better driver.” After dueling with Field for years, Cassidy won a national championship in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2010 and has been a dominant driver in the division. Trudeau finished Saturday’s race in second and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI was third.

James exhibited patience over a long green flag run in the night’s 35-lap SK Modified® feature. He used the run to pick off competitors and sit third behind an escalating battle for the lead between Joe Gada and Ed Puleo. Gada, from Salem, had led nearly from the start of the race as Puleo, from Branford, and James moved in.

After two separate crashes trying to get the race underway, the top three cars broke away from the pack as the race ran without a caution flag through lap-25. James dropped back while Puleo turned up the heat on Gada. On lap-25 Puleo seized a chance to dive under Gada in turn three. The two cars came together battling off turn four bringing the caution flag out as Gada spun sideways in the middle of the track ahead of the pack, collecting Puleo and sending both to the tail of the field.

James had two heavy hitters behind him for the restart. Plainville’s Ted Christopher lined up to his outside and Keith Rocco behind him in third. Christopher got a good restart to stay with James for a lap, but James pulled ahead into the lead on lap-26. From there, James slowly distanced himself as the race ran uninterrupted through the checkered flag. Rocco was able to grab second at the finish and Rob Janovic Jr. of Waterford got by Christopher in the closing laps to take third.

Rocco’s fifth victory of the year in the 30-lap Valenti Late Model division was his toughest yet. He was battling Groton’s Bruce Thomas Jr. for the race lead in the middle of the race when the two made contact down the backstretch on lap-12, sending Rocco spinning to bring out the caution flag. Thomas was cited for aggressive driving and penalized. Both drivers resumed from the rear and Rocco marched to the front over the final non-stop 18 lap sprint to the finish. He chased down leader Jeff Smith of Old Lyme and spent two laps to Smith’s outside before pulling ahead racing to the white flag. Smith finished second and Thomas rebounded to wind up third.

Galvin was back in the winner’s circle for the second consecutive week in Street Stock action. He lived up to his nickname ‘The Comeback Kid’ after getting turned and banged around in an opening lap scuffle that involved several cars. Galvin restarted the race from the rear but was back in contention over the race’s final ten circuits. Uncasville’s Phil Evans led from the opening lap but Galvin moved in to battle with Durham’s Al Stone for second position. Those two each took a shot at Evans, who eventually spun off the back chute with seven laps remaining and relinquished the lead. Galvin pulled away from Stone on the restart to power to the victory. Stone finished runner-up and Old Saybrook’s Norm Root Jr. rebounded from a spin on lap-8 to end up third.

French won his first race of the year in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature after wiring the field. A former division champion, French held back the charges of Larry Goss of North Windham over the duration. Two cautions slowed French’s pace. Goss was second and defending division champion Randy Churchill of Oakdale finished third.

Bigelow was the benefactor of a late race caution in the 25-lap NEMA Lite race. The second yellow flag of the race was displayed on lap-22 erasing a big advantage Ryan Krachun had over the field. Krachun, from New Jersey, had led since lap-6 and pulled away as Bigelow patiently worked his way to second position. When the race restarted, Bigelow got past Krachun to lead lap-23 and closed out the win. Krachun settled for second and R.J. Tufano of West Haven was third. Bigelow became the third member of his family to race to a Lites win at Waterford, joining younger brothers Ryan and Scott.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

May 8th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl hosted its opening Wild ‘n Wacky series racing card of the year Wednesday evening. A quick paced and fiercely competitive night of motorsports entertained a hearty crowd that turned out. There were no opening night jitters for Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott, who used a thrilling final lap move to checker the INEX Legend Cars feature. Hometown driver Dan Butler came out on top in the Super X-Car feature, Rich Nye of Stonington won his first-ever race in the night’s X-Car feature and Groton’s Marc Shafer won the Wacky Toll Booth Race. The INEX Bandolero feature was won by Jonathon Puleo of Branford.

Christopher showed patience over the first half of the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature then came on strong in the closing stages. Veteran driver and former champion George Whitney was the second leader of the race, taking command on lap-3 from Michael Blaskey. Whitney benefitted by an intense battle for second position over the middle of the race between Blaskey and Christopher. The pair traded the spot as Christopher tried numerous times to unseat Blaskey’s hold of the runner-up position. Christopher took advantage of a bobble by Blaskey on lap-19 to grab the spot and immediately went on the attack. He quickly ran down Whitney’s slight advantage, tailing him for the next five laps pressing for the lead in a classic battle to the finish. Christopher used a timely tap to Whitney’s rear bumper in in turns three and four on the final lap to date to his inside, setting up a sprint off the final turn to the checkered flag. Christopher won his second race of the year by just a half car length in exciting fashion with his charge, besting Whitney. Last year’s division champion Joey Ternullo finished third.

Nye was another who used late race heroics during the 25-lap X-Car feature. He rallied past Zac Thomas over the final lap and a half to come away with his first ever victory. Thomas passed Nye for the race lead on lap-15 with a move to his inside as they maneuvered lapped traffic. Nye stayed glued to Thomas for the next eight laps and as the pair raced to the white flag, slower cars again played part in their battle for the win. Nye found room to Thomas’s inside through turns three and four, the two made contact in turn one on the final lap, and Nye came away with the lead. Thomas tried an inside move down the back chute that Nye defended, running out of racing room as they entered turn three. Nye closed out the win while Thomas settled for second. Randy Johnston ended up third.

Butler held back two hard charging drivers over the final laps of the 25-lap Super X-Car race. Butler enjoyed a comfortable lead over the first half of the race before a yellow flag erased his lead. Accomplished drivers Jon Porter and Dave Yardley were hot on Butler’s tail battling side-by-side for second for much of the second half of the race, all while chasing Butler. The three cars raced three wide for the lead for a brief moment on lap-22. The battle for second may have been Butler’s biggest ally in holding on to his lead. In the end Butler held on for a thrilling finish with all three cars finishing under the proverbial blanket. Porter claimed second ahead of Yardley at the checkered flag.

Puleo led Marvin throughout the 15-lap INEX Bandolero feature. Marvin looked to get a run on Puleo on multiple occasions, but was unable to power alongside to seriously challenge for the lead. The two youth drivers put on a great display of close and clean racing in the non-stop race.

Shafer bested the field in the night’s Wacky Race, a Super X-Car Toll Booth race. Shafer was the first to finish the five lap dash and deposit the most toll booth tokens in the collection bin.

The Speedbowl returns to action on Friday night with the opening Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl event, plus a six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program on Saturday. The NEMA Lites visit for Saturday’s racing card, joining the SK Modifieds®, Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, SK Light Modifieds. A special exhibition event by the Vintage Midget Racing club rounds out the program.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

May 6th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl fought Mother Nature with a six division racing card on Saturday night. Josh Galvin of Franklin took top honors as he scored the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock Showdown race, an extra-distance event for the division shortened by rain. Keith Rocco of Berlin continued his hot streak in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, winning for the fourth time in as many events on the season. Rocco won his first SK Modified® race of the year following a brief rain delay, picking up the victory after an exciting late race battle. Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon was back in Victory Lane following the Mini Stock race and Randy Churchill of Oakdale checkered the SK Light Modified feature. Quaker Hill’s Jordan Hadley won his first career race in the X-Car division.

The 35-lap SK Modified® feature was another down to the wire involving Rocco. He battled Tim Jordan for the final fifteen laps before taking the lead with a power move to Jordan’s inside on lap-32. The last time the division raced two weeks ago, Rocco settled for second after a spirited duel with Tyler Chadwick over the second half of the race. Against Jordan he didn’t settle.

The race was brought to the green flag with Nichole Morgillo and Joe Gada on the front row. Gada took the lead outside of Morgillo to lead lap-1 and held the top spot until the first caution flag waved on lap-4 when Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. spun off the front chute into a soggy infield.

Jordan lined up second and used a good restart to take the lead from Gada, using the top of the track to wrestle away the lead for good on lap-6 after running two laps side-by-side. Gada moved in behind Jordan and rallied, trying to make a comeback on the top of the track. He got outside of Jordan but as the pair exited turn two on lap-8, something in Gada’s car went amiss and triggered a chain reaction behind him that sent the field scattering into turn three. Several cars made contact and Kyle James got spun around to return the race to caution.

Gada remained on the track and lined up to Jordan’s outside for the ensuing restart. Jordan powered ahead to resume his lead as Diego Monahan and Morgillo each moved past Gada’s inside into the top-three. Ted Christopher was next to get by Gada and the top group of cars raced nose to tail in single file formation. Christopher pulled out of line to pressure Morgillo for third, resulting in both spinning into turn one on lap-16 to end the green flag run. A tight pack of cars battling behind the two saw Ed Puleo and a charging Chadwick get collected into the turn one wall.

The running order behind Jordan and Monahan was shuffled for the restart. Rocco began to make his presence felt for the first time in the event after halfway, pulling into the top three after starting deep in the pack. The next green flag run featured some exciting racing by the top three cars.

Rocco darted inside Monahan on lap-20 to snatch away second, then spent the next three laps pestering Jordan for the lead. Monahan stayed with the two and made an inside bid to reclaim second that Rocco fended off. Rocco continued to press Jordan looking in both the high and low grooves while James had recovered from his earlier spin to march back into contention, getting past Monahan for third on lap-26.

James joined the battle at the front over the final seven laps. While Rocco continued looking outside Jordan, James got underneath Rocco and the top three raced in tight quarters for three laps. James took second position from Rocco on lap-29 just ahead of the final yellow flag on lap-30 for a three car incident in turn one, setting the stage for a final five lap shootout by the top three.

Jordan got a good start over James and Rocco was able to get inside of James to reclaim second. That set up his pivotal move on Jordan for the race lead on lap-32. With the laps winding down Rocco slid inside Jordan in turn one and came away with the lead off turn two. Jordan reached Rocco’s rear bumper over the next two laps but Rocco hung on. Jordan finished second while James ended up placing third. Craig Lutz finished fourth and Monahan rounded out the top-five.

Galvin won a rain-shortened Street Stock feature after 44 of the originally scheduled 50 laps were completed. A passing shower ended the race putting Galvin in the winner’s circle. Lloyd Anderson Jr. led from the drop of the green flag through lap-13 when Al Stone took over command. Galvin worked through the top five cars until he took second on lap-22 ahead of a caution flag. That enabled Galvin to line up outside Stone for the restart where he fought hard in the outside lane to lead lap-23 by a nose. Caution returned with Galvin scored as the leader, giving him the inside over Stone for the next restart. Galvin pulled ahead and never trailed from there as late race caution flags mounted. The final came on lap-44 when the rain began to fall. The race was red-checkered and cars
taken off the track before track drying efforts began. Ryan Waterman finished in second and Joe Arena was third.

Rocco’s run in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature tied a 43-year old record. It marked his fourth straight win in the division to begin the season, equaling the benchmark set by Mike Daigneault in 1971. Rocco trailed an early battle for the lead between Jason Palmer and Jeff Smith. Those two cars came together which sent both spinning between turns three and four on lap-8. Rocco got tagged from behind in the incident, which drew the yellow flag, but was able to drive through the spinning cars into the race lead. Once out front Rocco was never seriously challenged. Bruce Thomas Jr. finished second and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tou
driver Tommy Barrett Jr. was third in his first start in the division.

Churchill endured a spirited battle with Glenn Griswold over the second half of the 25-lap SK Light Modified race on the way to his victory. He took the lead early in the race and was ahead of a grinding wreck on lap-6 that sidelined three competitors vying for position in the top-five. Griswold narrowly avoided the melee and went on to pressure Churchill heavily over the final 10 circuits. Churchill held back the advances with Griswold placing second. Corey Barry finished third.

Cassidy took the lead on lap-18 in an exciting Mini Stock feature. Pete Zaikarite led from the opening lap with much of the field battling side-by-side behind him. Zaikarite swapped the lead with Ray Christian four times over the first ten laps, however Christian got into the wall on the front stretch on lap-11 bringing out a caution flag behind him. Cassidy moved through the top-five following the restart, riding the outside lane into the lead past Zaikarite. Garrett Denton tailed Cassidy through the checkered flag but was unable to make a move for the win. Denton finished second and Wayne Burroughs Jr. was third.

Hadley won easily, distancing himself over the competition in the 20-lap X-Car feature. His career-first victory came in a race that was completed without a caution flag. Rich Nye was second and Zac Thomas finished third.

The Speedbowl hosts three events in the coming week. Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, its popular midweek race series, kicks off its season on Wednesday, May 7 while spectator drag races and a car cruise highlight Friday nights beginning on May 9. Next Saturday, May 10 another six division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program is on the event card. Detailed information for all upcoming events is available online at Speedbowl.com.

Speedbowl cancels 4/26 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program to weather

April 29th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl cancelled its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program scheduled for Saturday, April 26 due to damp weather forecasted throughout the evening. Action returns to the shoreline oval next Saturday, May 3 with a six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. The 50-lap Street Stock Showdown event, originally scheduled for April 26, will take center stage on May 3. The visiting New England Truck Series race scheduled for April 26 has been added to the June 28 race program.

The 50-lap extra-distance Street Stock Showdown event joins the regularly scheduled races for the SK Modified®, Valenti Auto Mall Late Model, Mini Stock, SK Light Modified and INEX Legend Cars divisions on May 3. Next Saturday’s event kicks off a busy stretch for the Speedbowl as two returning event nights are added to its weekly lineup in May.

Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, featuring $8 adult grandstand admission and free youth grandstand admission for ages 14 and under, hits the track for its 14th season on Wednesday, May 7. On the heels of the affordable mid-week event night, Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl returns on Friday, May 9 with free grandstand admission for all attendees for 100 foot spectator drag racing plus car cruise show. A special test and tune session for drag racing competitors is scheduled for Friday, May 2. Spectator randstands will be closed.

More information on the upcoming Speedbowl schedule can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl 4/19 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

April 23rd, 2014

High action Saturday night with an action packed six division race program. Taking victories in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing events included Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard, who came away with a well-earned consecutive Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature to begin the year while Corey Barry of Plainfield nailed a victory in the SK Light Modified ranks. Second generation racer Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott took his first

awarded the victory in the Street Stock event and Christopher Ivory of Oakdale was credited with his first-ever victory in the Mini Stock division. held back a charging Keith Rocco over the final 17 laps in an entertaininghigh speed duel. Nichole Morgillo led the field to the green flag with her pole starting position as Gallup lined up to her outside. The two drag raced on the opening lap side-by-side with Gallup leading by a nose at the completion of lap-1.

The top cars eventually singled out and Gallup led Morgillo, Chadwick, Rob Janovic Jr. and Ted Christopher over the opening laps. They ran in order until lap-8 when Christopher pulled out of line and challenged Janovic forfourth. Christopher spent two laps working the outside of the track before he prevailed to take the spot and began to test the outside of Chadwick. Just ahead of them Morgillo got crossed up in turn four on lap-11 and slid off the track to the infield, coming to rest on the racing surface at the exit of turn four to bring out the first of two caution flags in the race.

Gallup had Chadwick to his outside following the lineup change after the yellow. Chadwick stayed even with Gallup and was able to inch his way to the top spot as the pair raced to lap-12. Janovic was next to get around the outside of Gallup to move to second position on lap-13 when Rocco emerged in the picture. He restarted the race in sixth after using the opening green flag run to move through the back half of the top ten and was up to fourth behind Gallup when the second and final caution of the race waved on lap-14. Todd Ceravolo and Kyle James came together down the front chute sending both cars into the turn one wall. Ceravolo was done for the night while James pitted for repairs. Chadwick resumed his lead after the restart after a brief fight from Janovic in the outside lane. Gallup tried to sneak to the inside of Janovic to no avail and by lap-16 Gallup was under fire from Rocco. Rocco went to the outside to take third position on lap-17 and then attacked finish.

Rocco tried several different maneuvers to try and rattle Chadwick including some timely raps to his rear bumper. Rocco was unable to find the momentum to make an outside move work on multiple occasions. Chadwick, the 2012 division champion, was able to keep his car settled on the bottom of the track as Rocco tried to unseat him with a crossover move exiting the corners. Chadwick had that covered as well to hold back the former national champion. The stretch run through the checkered flag had fans on the edge of their

Chadwick proved unflappable however, including contact entering turn three on lap-30 that slowed both as they kept their cars under control. Janovic and Christopher trailed and engaged in their own battle for third position over the final five laps. Christopher looked to the top of the track for a way to land a podium finish as Chadwick finished off his impressive win. Rocco came home second while Janovic was able to hold off Christopher for third, finishing strong outings for each. Opening night winner Ed Puleo was fifth.

Rocco won his third straight Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. He ran third behind early leader Jeff Smith and second place Bruce Thomas Jr. Smith headed to the pits during a lap-6 caution flag, the final of the race, after making contact with the backstretch wall while battling for the lead on lap-3. Thomas inherited the lead with Rocco to his outside for the restart. Rocco took command to lead lap-7 and never relinquished his lead thereafter. Thomas finished four car lengths back in second and Jason Palmer was third in the 30-lapper.

Barry came out on top of a 25-lap SK Light Modified feature that began smooth and ended ragged. He battled his way through the top five cars early on to be in contention following a lap-10 melee that saw defending champion Randy Churchill Jr. make contact with a lapped car as he battled for the race lead, causing a caution flag as Chris Ignazio became collected. While Churchill pitted and resumed from the rear, Barry moved up to contend with leaders Larry Goss and Victoria Bergenty. Barry used the outside lane to get past Goss for the race lead on lap-12. He had to hold back both Goss and Bergenty over the second half including over three additional restarts that proved tough for the field to navigate without encountering trouble. Bergenty wound up second and Goss third in the final rundown.

Stone was awarded the Street Stock victory after the winner on the track failed post-race technical inspection. Josh Galvin appeared to win his second consecutive Street Stock race after turning in another dominant performance, however his car was sighted for having illegal shocks following the event. Stone, a two-time division champion, was declared the 25-lap race winner. The move of the race for Stone turned out to be a battle with early leader Norm Root Jr. Root succumbed to Stone on lap-7 as he motored by the inside. Stone was passed by Galvin on the track during the green-to-checkered flag race, however his effort was able to catapult him to the victory. Root ended up with second place and pole position starter Greg Moran Jr. was third.

Ivory came away as the winner of record in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature after four of the original top-five finishers failed post-race technical inspection. Ivory put forward a solid effort in the non-stop 25-lap race. He watched as early leader Nick Pappacoda was chased down by Ken Cassidy in the second half of the race. Cassidy worked past Pappacoda on lap-19. Garrett Denton got by Pappacoda and finished behind Cassidy, however each finish on the track to lift him to the win. It is the first-ever Wacky Wednesday race program. Doug Curry was credited with second place and Ray Christian III came away third.

In INEX Legend Car action, Mike Christopher Jr. came away with his first career victory after a rough and tumble 25-lap race. Christopher took the lead on lap-5 with an impressive move to the inside of defending champion Dylan Izzo. He survived six late race restarts as the field behind him had trouble circling the three-eighths mile oval. Christopher bested John racer Ted Christopher and son of former Modified competitor Mike Christopher. He is fifteen years old and is in his second season competing in the Legend Cars division.

The Speedbowl returns to action next week with a five-division program highlighted by a 50-lap Street Stock Showdown event plus the return of the Schedule information for all upcoming track events is available at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Blastoff Weekend Results

April 17th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl’s Blastoff Weekend continued Sunday with the final six races of the event card being completed. Keith Rocco of Berlin dominated the day, turning in a memorable performance as he took a victory in all three events he entered. He reached the winner’s circle in the Valenti Modified Racing Series season opening race, joining his triumphs in the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model divisions to tie a 54-year old track record for number of victories in a single day. Other race wins on Sunday went to Josh Galvin of Franklin in the Street Stock race and Ian Brew of Wood River Junction in the Mini Stocks, while Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA continued a family tradition of winning in the Northeastern Midget Association feature.

Rocco from green to checkered flags in the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature, the popular New England based open-wheel touring division. Rocco was pushed over the first half of the race by rival Ted Christopher. Christopher, from Plainville, moved to second place on lap-22 and pressed Rocco into a fast pace until he lost an engine in his car on lap-42. That put oil down on the speedway and triggered a big wreck behind Rocco, collecting many of the top-ten cars behind.

Former Speedbowl driver Chris Pasteryak was able to steer clear of the wreckage and keep pace with Rocco over the second half of the race, however was unable to mount a serious challenge. Rocco navigated lapped traffic over the final twenty laps and survived a final restart on lap-84 to take the win. Pasteryak finished the race with a solid second place effort while Todd Szegedy rebounded from getting caught up in the lap-42 melee to finish third. Keith’s brother Jeff Rocco finished fourth and Max Zachem was fifth. All but Szegedy began their racing careers at the Speedbowl.

A special 64-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature commemorating the track’s number of years in operation actually began Rocco’s big day, landing him the first of his three wins. He began the race in the fourth starting position with his brother Jeff Rocco leading the field to green. Jeff Rocco led the opening laps but the action heated up quickly among the top-three cars when Todd Ceravolo had a hard time keeping the handles on his second place car. Tim Jordan got caught up in the aftermath and went spinning from traffic just outside the top-five on lap-3, drawing the first caution flag of the race.

Jeff Gallup moved into the lead on the outside of Jeff Rocco after the race restarted, with Keith Rocco moving to second on lap-9. The next caution flag came before the field could complete another lap when Rob Janovic Jr. went for a slide in turn three, collecting Diego Monahan, whose day was ended with suspension damage.

Keith Rocco lined up outside Gallup and powered ahead to lead lap-10. Craig Lutz advanced to second position and trailed Rocco the remainder of the way but was never able to muster a bid for the win, including over another five restart attempts as caution flags mounted. A serious incident occurred on lap-29 after Joe Gada slowed on the track. The caution flag waved when Gada’s car was stalled at the exit road off the track front chute. Jeff Rocco got out of shape exiting turn four just after the yellow came out, slamming the rear of Gada’s machine. The cars sustained heavy damage, however both drivers walked away from the wreck.

Kyle James proved to be the race’s hard charger, coming from a 25th place starting position with a strong showing. He marched towards the front, taking third from Ted Christopher on lap-34. He pressed Lutz on several occasions for second but Lutz fended off the challenges. James settled for third at the finish, with Christopher and Shawn Thibeault completing the top-five.

Rocco checkered the 50-lap Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature adding to his standout day. Bruce Thomas Jr. led the opening six laps before the first of two caution flags slowed the race on lap-6. Rocco had already moved to second and was able to overtake Thomas following the restart. He led handily through a long stretch before the next yellow flag on lap-45. Rocco mastered the final duel with Thomas to pick up his second consecutive Valenti Late Model victory on the season.

Rocco’s three wins in a day tied the feat accomplished in the 1960 season by legendary Speedbowl racer Don Collins.

Brew was the benefactor of a final corner incident that collected the two lead cars in the 30-lap Mini Stock feature. Brew was in third behind Ken Cassidy Jr. and Garrett Denton for the last lap but Cassidy spun causing Denton to slow and drop to the apron of the track to avoid serious contact. Brew kept his momentum and drove around the outside of both to take the checkered flag in a finish that had fans on their feet. Cassidy and Denton had battled for the race lead throughout much of the feature and appeared headed for a one-two finish with Brew third. Dave Trudeau and Doug Curry each drove through the final corner to finish on the podium in second and third respectively.

Galvin rebounded from a late race incident in last week’s Street Stock feature to dominate Sunday’s 30-lap race. He was never seriously threatened, able to pull ahead to several car lengths on each stretch of green flag racing. Travis Jurcik came away with second position after many competitors had a shot at the runner-up position. Monte Gibbs finished third. A week ago Galvin was leading when he tangled with Al Stone of Durham in the closing laps.

Stoehr needed to fend off a mid-race challenge by Ian Cumens before romping to victory in the 25-lap NEMA Midget race, the season opener for the series. Stoehr was in command during lengthy green flag runs in the feature and went on to the win. Cumens wound up finishing second after battling John Zych Jr., a previous Blastoff winner in NEMA, for second over much of the race. Zych was third.

Waterford Speedbowl Budweiser Blastoff Saturday 4/12 Results

April 15th, 2014

Connecticut shoreline Saturday as Waterford Speedbowl hosted hundreds of racers for its annual Budweiser Blastoff event, part of a two-day blockbuster of racing. In total 13 race divisions saw action on the three-eighths mile oval, with seven feature races run Saturday evening. Rick Williams of Haddam scored a first-ever victory in the NASCAR Whelen continued his domination of the INEX Legend Cars division winning for the second straight week while Zach Thomas of New London and Jon Porter of Canterbury won for consecutive weeks in the X-Car and Super X-Cars, respectively. In touring series races, P.J. Stergios of Candia, NH won the NEMA Lite feature and Chris Turbush of Riverhead, NY won the New Bandolero feature for the youth racing class.

Williams ran strong in the 25-lap SK Light Modified race to capture his first career win, which ran from green-to-checkered flags without incident. Williams has competed in the division for five seasons at Stafford Motor Speedway. Larry Goss got the jump over Williams at the start of the race, leading the opening eight laps. Williams raced close behind while Corey Barry and Randy Churchill were also in the mix.

The top-four cars raced tightly when Williams pulled out of line and went to the outside of Goss. He seized control and began to pull ahead as Barry worked outside Goss to move into second position on lap-10. Churchill was not far behind and followed suit to third place a lap later as the field was well spaced around the speedway. Further back, former division champion Paul French was moving up from his scratch starting position.

Williams held a four-car lead at halfway as French cracked the top-five by lap-15, however he had a lot of ground to make up to the leaders. Churchill was able to get past Barry for second spot with a nifty crossover move exiting turn two on lap-17 and set his sights on Williams. Churchill was tracking down the leader but the lengthy green flag run began taking its toll on the handles of his car. His forward progress stopped about six lengths back of Williams, who cruised to close out the victory. Churchill, the defending division champion, finished in second with Barry in third. Goss was fourth and French wound up fifth.

The 20-lap INEX Legend Cars feature belonged to Izzo. He moved out to an early lead, then battled Brendon Bock following an early race restart. Bock made a surprise inside bid after restarting in third following a lap-5 caution flag. He and Izzo made contact in turn two, allowing Bock to shoot into the race lead. Izzo tucked in behind and gave a shot to only challenge as he bested Bock on a final restart and pulled away to victory over the remainder of the race. Bock came home second and Mike Christopher Jr. put forth a solid effort to finish third.

Allen Coates to nail down victory in the 25-lap New England Truck Series feature. The two traded the lead before Turbush took it for good on lap-14. He held on through multiple restarts in a race slowed six times by the yellow flag. Duane Noll was able to take second away from Coates in the closing laps.

The lone caution flag in the 25-lap NEMA Lite race proved to be the break Stergois needed. He had moved to second position but was well behind leader Ryan Krachun, who had controlled the race from the early going. A spin by Richie Morrocco reset the field and enabled Stergios to move ahead of Krachun. The final hurdle for Stergios was lapped traffic in the closing stages of the race, which he mastered. Krachun wound up second and Carl Medeiros Jr. was third.

Thomas made his pass for the lead on lap-10 of the 20-lap X-Car feature, which ran caution free.. He got past Jeff Dombrowski and pulled ahead for the win, his second straight to begin the season in the division. Richard Nye stormed into second position on the final lap to end up finishing runner-up and Dombrowski was third.

Porter trailed a stunning battle for the lead between Dave Yardley and Dan Butler during another caution free race on the night for the Super X-Car class. Porter had to work his way through the top-five as Yardley and Butler battled side-by-side for several laps early in the 20-lapper. Butler had pulled ahead when Porter moved into the picture, finding room inside Yardley to be scored in second position on lap-10. Once clear of Yardley, Porter went to the outside lane to challenge Butler. He was there with four laps remaining and pulled ahead with just two to go in chasing his second consecutive victory on the year. Butler was second and Ray Reed was able to take third from Yardley at the finish.

Debbis wired the field in a non-stop 15-lap Bandolero feature. He had defending champion Anthony Marvin on his rear bumper over the duration, however Debbis was too much and Marvin was never able to pull out of line to make a move for the win. Jonathon Puleo finished third.

Leading the way were the Rocco brothers, as Jeff and Keith each picked up heat race wins in the Valenti Modified Racing series. Ted Christopher won 100-lap feature event. Jeff Rocco followed up his strong Valenti Modified run by earning pole years in operation. He won his qualifying race in that division as well, joining Christopher and Todd Ceravolo as winners in the three qualifiers.

In addition to the two events, the NEMA Midgets will compete in a 25-lapper on Sunday as well as NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action for the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models (50-laps), Street Stocks (30-laps) and Mini Stocks (30-laps). Greet the cars and drivers on the track at 10:00am. Racing begins just after noon. Budweiser Blastoff event details are available online at Speedbowl.com

Waterford Speedbowl 4/5 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

April 8th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl opened its 64th consecutive season of racing Saturday evening with a seven division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. Chilly weather greeted fans in attendance but the action on the track was hot as a first-time winner emerged in the SK Modified® ranks. Ed Puleo held off all challengers including a late rally by defending division champion Keith Rocco. Puleo made it two wins on the night by also picking up the Street Stock victory. Rocco would not be outdone in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, scoring the win. Another first-timer found the winner’s circle in the Mini Stocks as Doug Curry took a popular victory. Jon Porter and Zach Thomas won the night’s Super X-Car and X-Car divisions respectively, and defending Legend Cars champion Dylan Izzo checkered that division’s opening race of the year.

The 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature was brought to the green flag by Puleo and Craig Lutz. The pair had some opening jitters with two false starts delaying things before a clean third attempt. The opening two laps pitted the two in a side-by-side battle with Puleo able to seize command. Caution quickly flew on lap-2 when Rocco, the defending track champion, went spinning down the front stretch from his mid-pack starting position. Everyone narrowly avoided missing Rocco including former Legend Cars standout and newcomer Paul Kusheba who spun to avoid Rocco, kicking up moisture onto the racing surface in turn one causing a clean-up.

Lutz got away from Puleo on the restart, using the outside lane as Puleo tip-toed through speedi-dry left behind in the racing groove from the caution period. Great racing was on display throughout the field over the next four laps as competitors felt out their cars in the early going. Ted Christopher was trying to march to the front using the outside lane, however he got into the back chute wall on lap-7. The contact caused enough damage to send Christopher spinning in turn four for the second caution flag of the race and sidelined him for the night.

The ensuing restart saw several cars come together exiting turn four. When the dust settled Kyle James had the most severe damage with his car being towed from the speedway. Jeff Rocco, Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Nichole Morgillo and Joe Gada were among those involved but able to continue.

The action intensified when racing resumed. Puleo snatched the lead back from Lutz in the outside lane. Ryan Preece was making magic happen further back, rising from his sixteenth place starting position through the top-five into third as the race neared halfway. Rocco rebounded from his early spin to move into fourth and teamed up with Preece to run down Puleo and Lutz, who had opened up some breathing room at the front.

Lutz kept the pressure on Puleo looking for a racing groove to mount a challenge. That changed when Preece joined the frey, giving Lutz all he could handle to hold on to second. Puleo crept back out to a two car length advantage while Preece hounded Lutz. Just as Preece looked to have figured out a way around Lutz, Jeff Rocco was stranded in the infield off the back stretch to bring out the final yellow flag of the race on lap-18.

Puleo pulled away from Lutz on the restart, leaving him to contend with Preece and Rocco in a three-car battle for second. Preece dipped underneath Lutz, however the outside lane was the place to be and Lutz fought off the bid. Once Lutz cleared Preece, Rocco followed suit and jumped to the outside lane and pinched Preece on the low side, dropping him to fourth by lap-21.

The top six cars singled out and ran nose to tail on the speedway setting up a run that would take the race through the checkered flag. The top three slowly pulled away for a three-car race for the win. Rocco turned up the heat and finally found room to Lutz’s outside on lap-32, taking the spot a lap later to stage a final charge for the win.

Rocco got a run to Puleo’s inside exiting turn four coming to the white flag but couldn’t muster enough grip to make it stick. Puleo showed the way through turns one and two with one final surge from Rocco in turn three, to no avail. Puleo was strong in his first career SK Modified® victory. Rocco rebounded from his early trouble to finish runner-up and Lutz was at the front of the pack all night to round out the podium finishers. Preece faded late in the race after his run to the front and finished fourth, while Rob Janovic Jr. ran a smooth race to claim fifth. Rocco turned the fast lap during his march to the front midway through the race.

Rocco picked up where he left off in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division one year ago. The defending division champion checkered the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature after starting the race in eleventh position, using the race’s only caution flag on lap-21 to catch leader Vin Esposito. Esposito assumed control on the opening lap, pulling ahead and holding the top spot until the lone yellow flag. Rocco had already climbed to second position and lined up to the outside of Esposito for the restart. Rocco used the outside of the track to power ahead of Esposito and lead lap-22 and didn’t look back. Esposito held of a charging Bruce Thomas Jr. on the final lap to finish second, with Thomas settling for third.

Puleo doubled up the competition by taking the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock feature. He benefited by a tangle between leaders Josh Galvin and Al Stone late in the race. The two came together in turn one on lap-20 battling for the race lead. Stone spun around to draw the caution flag and Galvin was sent to the rear of the field for the restart. Past track champion Norm Root Jr. was the new race leader, however he had his hands full holding back Puleo, who eventually flexed his muscle to take over. He closed out the win over the remaining laps, his second of the night. Monte Gibbs finished second and Phil Evans was third after Root went spinning in the closing stages.

Curry looked strong in the opening 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock feature of 2014. He was patient behind an early battle at the front among division stalwarts Ken Cassidy Jr., Sean Caron and Ray Christian. Curry rose to the occasion, surpassing each before steaming ahead of the competition to the first-ever victory. Charles Canfield finished in second position and Joe Liskiewicz ended up third.

Izzo was up to the task in the night’s 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature. The defending division champion closed 2013 on a hot streak, one which carried over the winter months into the start of 2014. Izzo won his heat race earlier in the night and stretched his lead over the competition on numerous occasions during the event. Izzo was never seriously threatened en route to the win. Mike Christopher Jr. finished in the runner-up spot after a late race battle for the spot with past champion Dana Dimatteo, who completed the podium finishers.

The 20-lap X-Car race went down to the wire in a thrilling finish that saw Thomas hold back a stiff challenge from Rich Nye. The race ran without a caution flag following a false start at the initial green flag, with Thomas wrestling the lead away in the early going. Nye slowly closed a gap and was in striking distance over the closing laps. The pair deftly worked lapped traffic over the final circuit with Nye unable to find room to make a bid for the win in a close finish.

Porter dominated the 20-lap Super X-Car feature. Once he took the lead early on, last year’s Saturday Showdown series champion in the division pulled ahead and went on to the victory unchallenged. A spirited battle behind Porter saw Ray Reed take second position at the finish. Dave Yardley finished third.

The Speedbowl returns to action next weekend with the rescheduled Blastoff Weekend. 13-divisons will take over the shoreline oval in a three-day racing extravaganza. Friday’s open practice starts the weekend, followed by all qualifying and seven feature events on Saturday. A Pit Party kicks off Sunday’s festivities, highlighted by the season opener for the popular Valenti Modified Racing Series. The event is presented by Budweiser. Blastoff Weekend’s detailed event schedule is available at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl adds April 11th open practice day Friday March 28th practice halted to weather; rain checked to April 11th

March 31st, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl management announced Friday that an open practice day has been added to its event schedule for Friday, April 11th in advance of Blastoff Weekend. The track was forced to stop its open practice on Friday a little more than three hours into the day when rain showers moved in.

Rain checks from Friday will be honored at the April 11th practice date with the gate stub issued on exit. The gate stub must be presented for pit area admission on April 11th. Pit gates will open that day at 10:00am with rotating practice beginning at noon. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will hold their practice at 5:00pm. Series teams are reminded to arrive early for inspections and registration. For those not holding a rain check, April 11th pit area admission will be $30.00 per person. The grandstands will be closed.

The Speedbowl season will officially begin next Saturday, April 5th when the track hosts its opening Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. Management has added the Super X-Car division to the program making for a seven division program, highlighted by a 35-lap SK Modified® feature. Pit gates will open at 1:00pm, one hour earlier than originally scheduled. Teams are urged to attend to accommodate inspections for approval to race. Qualifying will get underway at 5:30pm and main events will follow at approximately 7:00pm.

Blastoff Weekend invades the Speedbowl with 13-divisions of racing on its new date of April 12th and 13th. The Valenti Modified Racing Series, Northeastern Midget Association, New England Truck Series plus the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, Wild ‘n Wacky divisions and more are all part of the two-day show. A detailed Blastoff Weekend event schedule is available online at Speedbowl.com

Questions may be directed to the speedway office by calling 860.442.1585 or by emailing info@speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl postpones Blastoff Weekend to weather Event rescheduled to April 12th-13th; Friday’s open practice still on

March 30th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl management has postponed its Blastoff Weekend scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday due to the impending inclement weather forecast. The new event date will be Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th. Blastoff Weekend was supposed to open the track’s 64th consecutive season of racing with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Northeastern Midget Association and the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing divisions along with many more. The Speedbowl will still hold an open practice session on Friday, March 28th as originally scheduled, weather permitting.

“We regret having to move Blastoff Weekend” stated track owner and promoter Terry Eames. “We were prepared to open the race season this weekend, however it appears Mother Nature just does not want to cooperate”. Soaking rains are forecast on and off throughout the weekend. “We still plan to have a really great event for race fans, just a couple weeks later”. The entire Saturday and Sunday Blastoff Weekend schedule card will move to the new dates with no additional changes.

The Speedbowl will welcome racers on Friday to an open practice session with pit gates opening at 10:00am. Practice is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. “We’re hoping to get some cars on the track tomorrow along with conducting inspections and giving competitors a chance to complete pre-season registration paperwork” offered Eames. “The more laps competitors can log early in the year, the better it is for everyone”. Pit area admission is $30.00 for Friday’s practice session. Grandstands will be closed.

The Speedbowl season will officially begin next Saturday, April 5th when the track hosts its opening Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. A six division program anchored by the SK Modifieds® gets underway with qualifying at 5:30pm. Main events will follow at approximately 7:00pm.

More information on the upcoming Speedbowl schedule and Blastoff Weekend can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

American Racer tire sales for Late Model division Saturday at Speedbowl

March 22nd, 2014

Waterford, CT– Waterford Speedbowl management announced Thursday that American Racer tires for its Late Model division will be available for purchase at the track Saturday, March 22nd in advance of its season opener.

The Speedbowl’s Late Model division makes the switch to the American Racer tire for 2014 along with the ACT Tour and its affiliate tracks. Months of development and testing went into the production of the new tire for the division last year, which replaces the Goodyear tire used over the past several seasons. Saturday’s tire sales will be available between 10:00am and 4:00pm in the south pit area at the track. No tire mounting will be available.

“Tom Curley and the folks at ACT have been very pleased thus far and all indications are that our teams will be happy with this tire as well” Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames said. The American Racer brand is produced by Race Tires America, located in Indiana, Pennsylania.

Budweiser Blastoff Weekend marks the 64th consecutive season of racing at the famed shoreline oval and is set for next weekend, March 28th-30th. The three-day weekend of racing is highlighted by a 100-lap feature for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and a special 64-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds®. Thirteen divisions including the NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites, New England Truck Series plus full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program begins with practice on Friday, March 28th. Qualifying along with seven features headline Saturday, March 29th’s schedule while the popular Speedbowl Pit Party kicks off Sunday, March 30th, leading into six feature events to conclude New England’s kickoff to racing.

Advance ticket sales for Budweiser Blastoff Weekend are now available online at Speedbowl.com along with detailed event schedule. Questions may be directed to the track by emailing info@speedbowl.com or contacting the track office at 860.442.1585.

Speedbowl Official receives national recognition

January 23rd, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl management is pleased to announce track official Bob Gilot was recognized as the INEX
Technical Inspector of the Year for 2013. The award was presented to Gilot Saturday evening at INEX’s annual awards banquet held in Charlotte, NC. INEX is the international sanctioning body over several racing divisions including Legend Cars and Bandoleros, which compete at the Speedbowl. Gilot, from Lisbon, is the Speedbowl’s Director of Technical Inspection and oversees all divisions in competition at the Speedbowl.

“We are proud of the work Bob does for us week in and week out. Those efforts did not go unnoticed by the folks at INEX headquarters” Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames stated Sunday. “Bob has helped us keep our commitment to Legend Cars and Bandolero racing strong and we’ll have more big announcements on that note in the weeks ahead”.

The Legend Cars and Bandoleros compete weekly in the Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series and the Legend Cars appear on many of the track’s Saturday night events. Each promote youth racing and are a valuable part of the development of young racers.

INEX is the third largest short track sanctioning body behind NASCAR and International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) with more than 3,500 members. INEX annually sanctions more than 2,000 races at more than 200 different tracks throughout the world.

Five-Time Speedbowl Championship Owner Margaret “Peg” Gaudreau Passes

January 11th, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl management was deeply saddened to learn one of the most celebrated car owners in track history, Margaret Gaudreau, passed away Tuesday evening at home after her battle with ALS. Gaudreau, of Norwich, CT, was 68.

Gaudreau, known as “Peg” throughout the racing community, owned Modifieds during the 1970’s built by her late husband Al, who passed away in April. Together they fielded one of the most dominant race teams of all-time at Waterford, claiming five consecutive Modified division owner’s titles from 1972-1976 and more race wins than any other during the decade.

Peg’s number 3 car, affectionately known as “Buddha’s Bullet” after Al, became widely recognized across northeast racing circles with Dick Dunn behind the wheel. Peg and her husband made countless lasting friendships in racing, including some of the sport’s biggest stars of the era such as Richie Evans and Ed Flemke among others. The Gaudreau’s remain one of the Speedbowl’s most well-known and respected race teams of all-time.

Peg was hugely involved in the team’s success and was a pioneer in the inclusion of women in the sport of auto racing. She challenged and was successful in the acceptance of women in the pit area, a place females had traditionally not been allowed, further cementing her legacy in track history. While she bravely battled ALS she was able to attend multiple race events in 2013, enjoying many friends and a sport she contributed so much to.

The family will receive friends and relatives Friday from 5pm – 9pm at Labenski Funeral Home, located at 107 Boswell Avenue in Norwich, CT. Funeral Services will be held Saturday.

Donations may be made in her honor to the ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Third Modified Racing Series date added to 2014 event schedule Open wheel series helps close season at Finale Weekend October 4-5

January 3rd, 2014

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl management and Valenti Modified Racing Series officials have announced the popular New England based tour has been added to the track’s Finale Weekend in 2014. The series will highlight a busy 13-division weekend which also includes the NEMA Midgets as well as the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series plus other divisions. Practice and qualifying for the series is scheduled for Saturday, October 4th and the feature race will be run on Sunday, October 5th.

The additional appearance gives the Valenti Modified Racing Series a total of three stops to the Speedbowl in 2014. The series was already scheduled as part of the track’s opening Blastoff Weekend March 29th – 30th as well as the annual Wings & Wheels event on August 9th. All three races are scheduled for 100 laps of green flag racing.

Finale Weekend begins a busy stretch for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and is expected to play a key role in the series championship run. “Their races with us are always extremely competitive and the staff is top-notch to work with” offered Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames. “There’s a lot of Speedbowl roots there and we’re excited to bring them back to close the season”.

On the heels of the announcement, Speedbowl management extended its 2014 Season Pass early bird discount offer through Saturday, January 4th. Anyone wishing to take advantage of the sale price must return their completed 2014 Season Pass Order Form to the track office no later than January 4th. The sale was originally scheduled to end on January 1st. Order forms are available for download by visiting Speedbowl.com and can be returned by email, fax, or mail. Mailed forms must be postmarked prior January 4th for the sale price to be honored. Questions may be directed to the track office by emailing info@speedbowl.com or by phone to
860.442.1585 during office hours.

Speedbowl holds annual holiday toy drive Tuesday Event benefitting Tommy Toy Fund at Groton Inn and Suites

December 14th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Groton Inn and Suites welcomes the Waterford Speedbowl community Tuesday evening, December 17 for the track’s annual holiday toy drive and social outing. Race teams, drivers, fans and track employees along with the public are invited to share holiday greetings while supporting the Tommy Toy Fund, which provides toys and other items to underprivileged children throughout the region. The event runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Admission for the event is one unwrapped toy or donation to the Tommy Toy Fund. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at the event. Door prizes will be raffled off to those supporting Tommy Toy Fund’s giving campaign. Highlighting the raffle prizes include a 2014 Waterford Speedbowl Season Pit Pass valued at over $800.00, 2014 Speedbowl event tickets plus gift cards, gift baskets and other items donated by Speedbowl partners and area businesses. Raffle item donations for the toy drive total nearly $2,000.00 in value and continue to come in.

Tuesday’s event also kicks off the sale of 2014 season passes to the track. A special early bird discount will be offered. In addition, registration forms for 2014 competition will be available along with ticket sales for the 2013 Awards Ceremony honoring the past year’s track champions. For those looking to round out their holiday shopping, Speedbowl gift cards will be available for purchase at the outing.

More information on the event is available online at Speedbowl.com

The Tommy Toy Fund, which began in 1974, provides toys, books and gloves for underprivileged children in Eastern Connecticut. Those who wish to receive toys can sign up through a registered social services provider until Dec. 13

Speedbowl Closes Season Saturday with Smacktoberfest Annual Thrill Show

October 26th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl puts a wrap on another season of motorsports entertainment on Saturday when it hosts Smacktoberfest. Motorized mayhem will be underway as Halloween themed attractions including a Demolition Derby, Trailer Race, Enduro races plus Figure 8 and X-Car races highlight the program, which begins at 3:00pm.

Old school Enduro races for both four and eight cylinder cars pays each event winner $1,000.00 in a winner take all format. True grass-roots racing, the event puts men and women behind the wheel of former street-legal cars adapted with basic safety modifications. The races are scheduled for 100-laps each. Prizes for the best Halloween-themed car in competition will also be awarded.

The track’s popular X-Car division from its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series will make an appearance at the event, competing in both a traditional race event as well as a special Flagpole Race with added obstacles which must be circled during competition.

Smacktoberfest is scheduled to deliver plenty of smashing thrill seekers love. The event serves as a graveyard for cars and trailers of all shapes and sizes in the wildly unpredictable Speedbowl Trailer Race, an annual favorite. Vehicles circle the Speedbowl’s three-eighths mile oval towing a trailer loaded with assorted cargo in a quest to be the last to survive with their trailer and tow vehicle intact and rolling. Contact is necessary to knock a competitor’s trailer or car out of commission, making anything on track a target for destruction. Participants often construct and decorate their entries with the season in mind.

Capping off the carnage is a Demolition Derby on the Speedbowl’s front stretch in front of the crowd. The popular event showcases brave competitors dueling inside a motorized version of a boxing ring, delivering pulverizing hits until just one survivor is left with a moving car to be crowned the champion plus take home a $500.00 prize.

Youth are encouraged to dress in costume to help set the Halloween spirit and midway and concession decorations of the season will be presented by Ukleja’s Tree Farm of Quaker Hill.

Grandstands general admission for Smacktoberfest is $18.00 per adult and $6.00 per youth ages 6 through 14. Children age 5 and under are admitted free and the Speedbowl offers acres of free parking. “Grab and Go” tickets are available for purchase online at Speedbowl.com up until event day and can be claimed at the Will-Call window of the Speedbowl Box Office on Saturday. Grandstand and pit gates for participants open at 1:00pm and Smacktoberfest gets underway at 3:00pm.

More information and andetailed schedule of events can be found online at Speedbowl.com or by contacting the Speedbowl event info line at 860.442.1585.

Saturday NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

October 14th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was back in action Saturday to wrap up its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing season, concluding a program suspended by weather a week ago. Keith Rocco of Meriden continued to rewrite track history books, picking up victories in both the SK Modified® and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model races to set a new single season record for wins at the track. Rocco first won Saturday in the Late Models then came back to double up in the day’s main attraction, the 50-lap SK Modified® race, giving him 24 total wins on the year. Josh Galvin of Franklin scored a popular victory in the Street Stock race and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI won a special Mini Stock Shootout event.

Rocco’s record-setting victory in the SK Modified® race was not easy. He made a steady march to the front in the early going to become a contender and used restart mastery as the primary key to his win. The race began with Diego Monahan out front however only two laps were able to be completed when the first caution flag came out when Jeff Gallup bobbled out of turn two, setting off some bumper tag that sent Tom Abele Jr. sliding into the grass and coming to rest at the entrance of turn three. Monahan led the restart but Kyle James snatched second away from Joe Gada. Only two more laps were complete when something let go on Matt Galko’s machine, sending him spinning into turn one and collecting Corey Coates and Mark Panaroni. All three were sidelined from the event. James wore out Monahan on the restart, staying to his outside for four laps before finally able to take the lead and clear Monahan on lap-8. Ed Puleo moved into third and Rocco rose to fourth position, dropping Gada back to fifth. Puleo and Rocco both got around the outside of Monahan on successive laps to take second and third by lap-12. The next caution was out on lap-14 when veteran racer Frank Mucciacciaro clipped the front stretch wall out of turn four causing heavy right front damage to his car, ending his day
early.

James led through two more restarts before Rocco moved into second, getting past Puleo on lap-16. James pulled ahead with Rocco in pursuit, with the two stretching their advantage over Puleo with Ted Christopher moving to fourth. James took a two car length lead and stretched it out over Rocco as a longer stretch of green flag racing brought the race to
lap-33. Christopher turned up the pressure on Puleo for several laps before using a power move to get underneath through turns three and four. Puleo went spinning trying to keep Christopher at bay, bringing the caution back out on lap-33.

Rocco’s restart magic began after, using a well-timed start to race James even to turn one. Rocco was able to rob James of his momentum to race to the lead in the outside lane. Rocco pulled down ahead of James and went to work on keeping James in his rear view mirror. James looked for a way to challenge Rocco when on lap-38, he got into the front stretch wall causing enough damage to send him hard into the turn one wall and end a great run. With James off his tail, Rocco now had Christopher line up to his outside for the restart. Another great restart enabled Rocco to pull ahead of Christopher, who held back Craig Lutz to settle into second and go after the leader. Christopher stayed with Rocco and applied pressure. Christopher couldn’t muster enough to get alongside Rocco, staying with him until the final caution flag came out with six laps remaining for a three car melee in turn four.

Christopher got into the back stretch wall on the restart, allowing Rocco to drive away over the remaining laps to the milestone win. Christopher was able to hang on for second while Lutz finished in third. Gada was fourth and Diego Monahan came from the back after a pit stop to wind up fifth.

The win was the 24th of Rocco’s memorable season, eclipsing the mark set by Speedbowl legend Don Collins. Collins won 23 races in 1960 between the Modified and Non-Ford divisions. Collins is one of the Speedbowl’s all-time best and most popular competitors, claiming five titles and 101 race wins, one of only two drivers to post over 100 career victories at the track. Rocco’s 24 victories came among four divisions, he won 12 Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model races, ten times in the SK Modifieds® and once each in two touring series that made Speedbowl appearances in 2013 – the Valenti Modified Racing Series and New England Pro Four Modifieds. Just two weeks ago Rocco became the first driver in track history to win two championships in the same season at the track after clinching the SK Modified® and Late Model crowns.

In Saturday’s 50-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature, Rocco had already claimed the lead when the race was suspended by weather last Sunday. Rocco picked up where he left off when the race restarted, surviving a brief challenge from Ray Christian III before pulling ahead for the win. Glenn Boss of Danielson finished second and Jeff Smith out dueled Bruce Thomas Jr. to earn a podium finish with third. Rocco’s Late Model win was his 12th of the season in the division and tied him with Collins’ mark of 23 victories before his record-setting win in the SK Modified race.

Galvin topped division champion Corey Hutchings in the 50-lap Street Stock race, driving away following the final restart with ten laps remaining. Galvin got past the inside of early leader Lloyd Anderson Jr. on lap-6 after a two lap battle. Hutchings pulled in line behind Galvin on lap-19 and the two dueled over the middle race, eventually swapping the lead as
they battled side-by-side for several laps. Hutchings took the spot momentarily only to see Galvin fight back on the outside of the track and take the lead for good on lap-28. The battle intensified again on lap-38 as Hutchings made a final charge, however Galvin was able to hold off the move and cruised to the victory from there. Hutchings finished in second and Al Stone III was third.

The Mini Stock division competed in a special 25-lap Shootout race added to the schedule for Saturday’s event. Denton dominated the non-points race, which was slowed by two caution flags. He took the lead from Jeff Moffat early and powered ahead to a convincing advantage. As Denton pulled ahead, track champion Ken Cassidy Jr. took second but was unable to run Denton down. The race ran without further incident to the checkered flag and Cassidy finished several cars back. Glen Thomas Jr. finished on Cassidy’s rear bumper in third.

The next event at the Speedbowl is Saturday, October 26 when the annual Smacktoberfest closes the season. A Demolition Derby, Trailer Race, Figure 8 race and four and eight cylinder Enduro racing plus more are all part of the card. Details for the event are available on Speedbowl.com.

Speedbowl schedules “Bash at the ‘Bowl” for Saturday 10/12 Event combines remaining NASCAR races with Holeshot Drag Nationals

October 11th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl combines two exciting genres of racing when it hosts the “Bash at the ‘Bowl” event this Saturday, October 12. The event pairs NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing suspended by weather last weekend with the Holeshot Drag Nationals originally scheduled for Saturday. A Mini Stock Shootout race will also be part of the program and non-motorsports attractions include a car cruise show, food and beverage specials plus music and entertainment.

The remaining 16-laps of the 50-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature plus 50-lap races for the SK Modified® and Street Stock divisions unable to be completed last Sunday will be held and settle the season point standings. A 25-lap non-points Mini Stock Shootout race has been added to the lineup. Cars eligible to compete in the Mini Stock Shootout event must meet rules in place for the division’s 50-lap season finale race held last weekend. Competitors interested in the Mini Stock Shootout race, including car eligibility questions, can be directed by email to info@speedbowl.com or by contacting the track office.

Once oval track racing is completed attention turns to the most action-packed 100 feet in motorsports. The 2013 Holeshot Drag Nationals includes competition classes for street legal cars, a bike class plus competition class. A Nostalgia Heads-Up Shootout puts vehicles 1986 & older against the clock for bragging rights among vintage enthusiasts.
The Holeshot Drag Nationals is competed on the Speedbowl’s front chute, where competitors go head-to-head against one another in elimination rounds in the quest to be the fastest in a 100 foot drag race.

The Car Cruise is open format and welcomes an array of show cars and trucks including classic cars, muscle cars, import cars, racecars and much more. The Car Cruise takes place in the Speedbowl parking lot just outside the midway, behind the hospitality tent and will begin at 2:30pm. Awards for the car show will be presented just after 5:00pm. Car show
entry is free.

“Bash at the ‘Bowl” begins when the Pit Gate opens for stock car racing at 11:00am with stock car racing practice at 12:00pm. Spectator grandstands open at 12:30pm in advance of the first green flag, scheduled for 1:15pm. The Pit Gate opens for Drag Racing participants at 2:30pm. Following stock car racing, the Car Cruise and music entertainment begins under the hospitality tent. Holeshot Drag Nationals Test & Tune begins at 3:15pm, with elimination rounds scheduled for 6:00pm.

Event admission for stock car racing is $12.00 for adult grandstands tickets, including Connecticut State Admissions Tax, and all youth age 14 and under are admitted free. Pit admission is $17.00 for licensed participants and $27.00 for non-licensed participants. Tickets and wristbands from the Speedbowl’s Finale Weekend on October 5 & 6 were rain-checked and will be honored for admission to the “Bash at the ‘Bowl”.

Grandstands admission for the Holeshot Drag Nationals later in the day is free for all spectators. A $30.00 registration fee accompanies entry into the Holeshot Drag Nationals. More information on “Bash at the ‘Bowl” is available at Speedbowl.com or contacting the track info line at 860.442.1585.

Waterford Speedbowl Sunday Finale Weekend Results

October 10th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl had to battle Mother Nature on Sunday of its Finale Weekend, getting interrupted by rain once before completing three of its scheduled six races for the afternoon. A persistent and increasing mist forced track officials to suspend the event and the remaining racing until next Saturday, October 12. Picking up wins in the completed races included Bethany Stoehr of Bridgewater, MA in the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) feature, Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock race and Dylan Izzo of Westport in the INEX Legend Cars event. The Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race was suspended part-way through and the SK Modified® and Street Stock races were unable to be completed due to the weather. Those remaining races will join next Saturday, October 12th’s Holeshot Drag Nationals scheduled at the track. Details and times for the new event date will be announced.

Stoehr continued a trend of late at the Speedbowl – winning ladies. She became just the second female winner in the 61-year history of the series. Victoria Bergenty and Nichole Morgillo became the first-ever open wheel race winners in Speedbowl history on September 21 in modified competition, and Stoehr matched that effort just two weeks later. Stoehr, age 18, had to fend off a stiff challenge by her uncle Russ Stoehr, a six-time NEMA series champion. She turned the quickest lap of the race, a blistering 103 mile-per-hour effort. Russ Stoehr couldn’t top his niece and settled for second while John Zych Jr. finished third. Erica Santos was the first to win a NEMA series race in July 2007.

Cassidy was on his game once again in Mini Stock competition, rolling to his ninth victory of the year – and fourth in a row to conclude the season. The five-time Speedbowl champion endured a rain delay that lasted nearly ninety minutes, interrupting the race just seven laps in. Cassidy started the race in eleventh position and worked his way into contention while early caution flags plagued the race. He took the lead after the delay on lap-10 from Sean Caron, who led from the beginning. The final 39 laps were run without caution and after a brief challenge from teenager Garrett Denton, Cassidy pulled ahead to lead the final 33 laps. He did not falter in lapped traffic and closed out the win. Denton finished second and two-time division champion Glenn Colvin was third.

The INEX Legend Cars race was well contested with eight lead changes among five different drivers over the 25-lap feature. Izzo came away with the win after a late race battle with Nick Ladyga. Izzo first made his way to the front on when leader Paul Kusheba slipped in turn two on lap-16. Ladyga was able to work by the inside of Izzo on lap-18 to take the lead but Izzo would not back down. He stayed outside Ladyga for three laps in a tight battle before making a great move. Izzo dropped in behind Ladyga down the back chute of lap-21, making room underneath Ladyga in turns three and four to come away with the lead. Izzo, the division champion for 2013, pulled ahead for his sixth win of the year and third straight. Brendon Bock, the Riverhead Raceway track champion was second and Ladyga finished in third.

The 50-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature was suspended with Keith Rocco in the lead with a heavy mist falling. It will resume on October 12, along with the Street Stock 50-lap feature and SK Modified 50-lap feature. Exact event times, prices and details will be released by the track. Visit Speedbowl.com for more information.

Waterford Speedbowl Finale Weekend Saturday Results

October 10th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Over 200 race cars turned out for Waterford Speedbowl’s Finale Weekend, the annual close to the racing season. Thirteen divisions took the track for practice and qualifying with seven racing their final events of the year. The remaining six will compete Sunday. Taking feature wins Saturday evening included Glenn Griswold of Vernon in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modified, Kenney Johnson of Bethany in the NEMA Lites and Duane Noll of Monroe in the New England Truck Series. Joining them were Waterford’s Dan Butler in the Super X-Cars, Dave Gargaro Jr. of Cranston, RI in the X-Cars and Derek Debbis of Oakdale in the INEX Bandoleros. Salem’s Corey Hutchings came out on top of a wild finish in the Outlaw Stocks.

Griswold checkered his fourth SK Light Modified feature of the year, the third time in the division’s last four races of the year. He took the lead outside of Corey Barry off turn two on lap-4, driving to a solid lead. With Griswold in command, Barry was able to hold second ahead of the best action on the track as several cars battled for a place among the top-five.

Victoria Bergenty, Chris Correll, Joey Ferrigno and Paul French were in the mix trying to move forward and challenge the top two. Correll slipped past Bergenty for third as French spun out in turn four on lap-8 trying to mix it up with Ferrigno. French was able to resume, leaving Ferrigno to chase down Bergenty. He moved past her into fourth and was closing on Correll in third as the race reached halfway. Contact between the two off turn four down the front chute ended with Correll spinning in turn one to bring out the first caution flag of the race on lap-13.

Griswold quickly got away from Barry on the restart but trouble off turn two saw several cars make contact with Ferrigno getting the worst of it, coming to rest against the back stretch wall with right front damage that ended his race. The field singled out following the next restart as Griswold rolled back out to a comfortable lead. Two more cautions over slowed Griswold until the final eight laps were able to be completed without incident. Griswold staved off Barry each time and drove away to the win. Barry ended the race second and Correll wound up third.

Randy Churchill clinched the division track championship with a fifth place finish. Churchill overcame trouble in his qualifying race that sent him to the pit area for repairs to the right front of his car to make the feature race. Churchill was in his second season competing in the division.

The 25-lap Outlaw Stock race was rough and tumble. The division, which welcomes cars from outside speedways to compete with more relaxed rules, saw several competitors with a chance at victory during the feature. The race began with Paul Newcomb jumping ahead to the early lead with Jay Stuart hounding him. The field had settled in nicely until the first caution waved as Keith Rocco’s ride went up in a plume of smoke and flame through turns one and two. Rocco pulled off and was able to exit the car.

Over the final 10 laps the top cars engaged in a fierce war to come away with the checkered flag. Stuart and Newcomb duked it out at the front, including contact on lap-16 that saw Stuart out of shape exiting turn four and Newcomb in the grass somehow able to steal away the lead. Stuart retaliated in turn three, diving under Newcomb with both cars sideways. Cory Casagrande joined the action from third place and off turn four Newcomb went spinning to the infield to bring the race to caution.

Hutchings moved to second past Casagrande on the restart and challenged Stuart. The two came together off turn two battling for the lead, robbing their momentum and allowing Casagrande to scoot past the outside of both into the lead on lap-19. A restart on lap-20 saw Casagrande and Stuart get hooked coming to the green flag as Hutchings tried to slip past the inside of both, ending with Casagrande against the turn one wall. Stuart also resumed from the rear.

Two more cautions over the final five laps enabled both Newcomb and Stuart to furiously rally through the remaining competition to make a run at Hutchings. The final yellow flag of the race set up a one-lap shootout to settle the race. Hutchings led but was unable to shake both Newcomb and Stuart, who ran side-by-side in second and third as they entered the final corner. Contact sent Hutchings up the track with Newcomb and Stuart making it three-wide to the checkered flag. All three cars spun coming to the finish in a wild conclusion. Hutchings was declared the winner as his car cross the line spinning backwards. Stuart finished second and Newcomb third in one of the crazier finishes in track history.

The 25-lap X-Car feature was a memorable one for Gargaro as he scored a popular first-ever Speedbowl win. Gargaro ran down Larry Loomis, the early race leader during a green flag run that closed the race after a caution on the initial start. Loomis bolted into the lead leaving Gargaro to come through the field before chasing down Loomis. Gargaro used the inside of the track to take command on lap-10, rolling to an impressive victory. Loomis finished second while Jordan Hadley took third. Brad Voglesong finished fifth, enough for him to sew up the division’s Saturday Showdown Series championship. Voglesong also won the division’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday title in what he has announced to be his final season competing.

Butler topped the field in the 25-lap Super X-Cars, taking the lead from Robert Goulet as the race reached its halfway point. He pulled ahead of Goulet after the only caution flag of the race on lap-13 and went unchallenged to the victory. Goulet ran a strong second place while Dave Yardley came out on top in a spirited battle for third place that lasted over the final 10 laps. Jon Porter captured the division’s Saturday Showdown Series title by virtue of a fourth place finish. He edged Ed Ryan in the standings by a single point.

Debbis led every lap in the 15-lap INEX Bandolero feature, a flawless run from green flag to checkered flags in the caution-free event. He bested Anthony Marvin, the division’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Series champion. With the runner-up finish Marvin clinched the division’s Saturday series title, sweeping the division during the season.

Noll took the victory in the visiting New England Truck Series race, holding back a furious charge by Zach Sylvester during the middle of the race to do so. Noll raced into the lead past Chris Correll on lap-5. Sylvester kept things interesting following a yellow flag on lap-9, staying outside Noll to battle for the lead for several laps. Sylvester was able to wrestle the lead away for two laps before Noll rallied, reclaiming the top spot for good on lap-15. He cruised to the win from there, beating Correll and Sylvester at the finish.

Johnson was impressive in his run to the checkered flag during the night’s 25-lap NEMA Light race. He rose through the pack into the lead on the outside of the track, overtaking early leader Ryan Bigelow on the ninth lap. Johnson distanced himself from the pack in the race, which ran without a caution flag. Jake Stergios took second and tried to close the gap on Johnson but ran out of time. Stergios settled for second and Bigelow finished third.

Speedbowl Ready for Finale Weekend this Saturday and Sunday

October 4th, 2013

Waterford, CT – History is on the line as Waterford Speedbowl’s hosts its Finale Weekend of racing this Saturday and Sunday, the close to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing at the shoreline speedway for 2013. All of the track’s NASCAR divisions will race along with its popular Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday divisions. The Northeastern Midget Association headlines the visiting contingent along with the New England Truck Series and a special Outlaw Stock event. A total of
thirteen divisions see action over the weekend, which begins with a Friday afternoon practice session.

Season championship battles have, for the most part, already been decided. However, one driver eyes history at the season finale. Meriden’s Keith Rocco, one of the track’s most successful drivers of the past decade, has already etched his name further into Speedbowl record books during 2013 and one more milestone is within reach. A 53-year old record for most wins in a single season, achieved when one of the Speedbowl’s all-time greats – Don Collins – notched 23 victories in 1960, is in jeopardy. Rocco enters the event with 22 victories for the year and plans to enter four races during Finale Weekend. Rocco already wrapped up the track’s SK Modified® and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model titles, the first to ever accomplish the feat in a season.

Finale Weekend begins Friday when pit gates open for practice at 12:00pm. Practice rounds for all divisions participating except NEMA and NEMA Lites is from 1:00 to 6:00pm. Hauler drop off for racers will be 6:00pm through 7:00pm. Pit admission fee is $25.00 for all entrants on Friday and the grandstands will be closed. Two-day admission for Saturday and Sunday’s events will be available for purchase Friday.

Saturday begins with pit gates opening at 7:30am. Practice commences at 9:00am and continues through 1:00pm. Grandstands open at 12:00pm Saturday in advance of qualifying. All 13 divisions are scheduled for heat races beginning at approximately 1:30pm. Seven main events hit the track following Saturday’s qualifying races at approximately 4:15pm. The NEMA Lites, New England Truck Series, Bandoleros, Super X-Cars and X-Cars as well as NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modifieds race their main events Saturday. The Outlaw Stocks, welcoming outside cars and drivers from other speedways, race their feature Saturday as well. The popular racer appreciation party closes the evening under the Speedbowl’s hospitality tent.

Sunday’s lineup includes 50-lap feature races only for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds®, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. The INEX Legend Cars compete in a 25-lap feature and the NEMA Midgets continue their late season championship battle with a 25-lapper as well. Sunday’s activities begin with the popular Pit Party where fans can meet their favorite drivers on the track prior to racing. Grandstands open at 9:00am Sunday and the Pit Party runs from 9:30am until 11:00am. NEMA engines fire at 12:00pm and the first of six feature events follows. Further event details are available by visiting Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

September 30th, 2013

Waterford, CT- Waterford Speedbowl hosted the final Saturday night racing program of the season before its big Finale Weekend of racing, putting seven race divisions in action on a seasonable late September evening. While seven drivers captured wins on the night, four more champions were unofficially crowned in the season long war. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing, Keith Rocco of Meriden unofficially captured his third track championship in the headline SK Modified® division following his ninth win of the year. Rocco also won his fourth straight Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division feature to inch him closer to a 53-year old record. Uncasville’s Phil Evans outdueled the competition for an entertaining victory in the night’s Street Stock race while Salem’s Corey Hutchings clinched the division championship. Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon claimed his fifth Mini Stock championship in convincing fashion with his third straight victory. In INEX racing, Dylan Izzo of Monroe won both the race and the division’s Saturday night series championship. Brad Voglesong of Middletown won the X-Car race and Dave Yardley of Berlin won the Super X-Car feature.

The 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature had a hard time getting started smoothly with multiple caution flags plaguing the opening six laps. Two attempts to begin the race went awry before the field could get to turn one, the second involving multiple cars and knocking Ted Christopher and Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. out of the race. Diego Monahan took the lead from pole-sitter Tyler Chadwick when racing finally got underway. Rocco started in fourth position and quickly was in contention, moving up to second behind Monahan by lap-2 when Rob Janovic Jr. spun in turn one to trigger another yellow flag after the field scattered around his spinning car.

Rocco powered into the lead over Monahan after two false starts by the front row trying to restart the race on lap-2. After a Jeff Gallup spin on lap-6, another great restart over Monahan enabled Rocco to drive away from the field. Kyle James moved to second place on lap-11 around Mohanan and when Tom Abele Jr. tried to follow, Monahan shut the door and the two came together. Monahan collected his car and held the spot but lost ground to James, who began a pursuit of Rocco’s lead which already had grown to several car lengths.

Behind Rocco and James, the best battle was for third as four cars ran together. Abele continued to pester Monahan while Craig Lutz had caught the pair looking to improve his position as the race approached halfway. Abele went to the outside lane in his quest to get by Monahan, working hard as Monahan tried to hold him off. Finally on lap-21 Abele had the spot after several laps trying. Lutz struck quickly on Monahan to pick up fourth position, dropping Monahan to fifth a lap later. James couldn’t reel in Rocco, but the lead evaporated when Jim Larsen Jr. spun in turn four just ahead of Rocco, returning the race to caution with seven laps remaining.

A good restart allowed Rocco to easily resume his lead over James, who settled back into second over Abele. Rocco quickly extinguished any hopes James may have had to spoil his championship-clinching run, pulling away. Rocco went on to score the win unchallenged with James second and Abele third. Lutz finished fourth and Janovic rebounded from his spin to take fifth.

Rocco’s title in the SK Modifieds® gives him three for his career, joining back-to-back championship seasons in 2010 and 2011. Coupled with the Late Model championship he clinched last Saturday, Rocco becomes the only driver in Speedbowl history to win both crowns in the same season.

Rocco checkered his fourth consecutive 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race with another stellar performance. He picked off the competition one at a time during a steady climb through the top-five cars after starting the race eighth. Rocco was among the top-five in the race by lap-4 and challenging for second position just before halfway in a caution-free event. He got past Jeff Smith and quickly tracked down the race leader, Jason Palmer. He put a nifty crossover move on Palmer to get to his inside out of turn two on lap-17 and although Palmer did an admirable job trying to take away Rocco’s momentum for a lap, Rocco proved too much and wrestled away the lead on lap-18. From there he remained a safe two car lengths ahead to capture his 11th victory of the year in the division. Palmer was second and Smith finished in third. Rocco already clinched the division title over Palmer following last Saturday’s event.

Rocco’s two wins on the night brought him within one victory of the single-season record of 23 wins at the track, accomplished by Don Collins in 1960. Rocco has four chances to eclipse the mark at the track’s Finale Weekend, next Saturday and Sunday, when he’s scheduled to compete in four different divisions.

The 25-lap Street Stock race was a fight down to the final lap. Joe Arena looked impressive racing to an early lead, however five caution flags slowed the pace to keep the competition hot on his tail. Following the final yellow flag on lap-18, Evans gave Arena a stiff challenge to his outside. Evans timed the restart well to stay even with Arena through turns one and two and lead lap-19 by inches. Arena refused to back down, rallying as the two remained side-by-side in a classic battle, swapping the lead over the next three laps. Evans took the white flag in the lead and Arena gave a final charge to the inside, coming up a half-car length short at the finish. Hutchings ran a great race to finish in third and clinch the division championship, his first in the division since 1998. Hutchings closest contenders, Josh Galvin and Al Stone, each encountered trouble and were involved in a skirmish, aiding Hutchings title run. He also won Late Model division titles in 2003 and 2004.

Cassidy continued to roll in Mini Stock competition, claiming a third straight victory to lift his season win total to eight. This one vaulted him to a fifth division championship, putting him in elite company in track record books. After a yellow flag on the opening lap for a single car incident, the field ran through the checkered flag in the 25-lapper. Cassidy marched through the field to sneak underneath leader Bill Leonard on lap-16. Teenager Garrett Denton chased him the rest of the way but could not make a bid for the win, finishing in the runner-up position. Leonard finished third. Cassidy’s title places him along with legendary Speedbowl names Dennis Gada, Phil Rondeau, Don Collins and George “Moose” Hewitt as the only drivers with five championships or more in a single division.

Izzo came out on top of his second consecutive 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature race, clinching his title for the division’s Saturday series. He took the lead on lap-17 after his first move to take command from Paul Kusheba was negated by the third caution flag of the race. Izzo had to restart the race outside of Kusheba, then surged ahead on the top of the track into the lead. Once there, Izzo kept Kusheba behind him over two late race restarts before taking his win. Veteran racer George Whitney wound up finishing second after a hard fought run through the field while Kusheba, last year’s division champion, settled for third.

Voglesong continued to put the finishing touches on a memorable final season competing in the X-Car division. After sewing up his third Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday title earlier this month and announcing his retirement from competing at the end of the year, his winning ways followed to the division’s Saturday Night Showdown Series. Voglesong took the lead from Dave Gargaro Jr. just after halfway and was able to score the 20-lap win. In the Super X-Cars, Yardley was quick as he made his way to the front and was able to overtake the rest of the field to cap a memorable end to the season. Yardley also won three of the final four Wednesday night events.

The Speedbowl’s popular Finale Weekend puts 13-divisions on the track next weekend. The three-day event kicks off with practice and hauler drop off Friday October 5, qualifying and seven feature events on Saturday October 6, with six features on Sunday October 7. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites are joined by the New England Truck Seres, all five of the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions plus the Saturday Showdown Series for Legend Cars, Bandoleros, X-Cars and Super X-Cars. An Outlaw Stock race welcomes outside competitors providing a chance to race the historic shoreline oval with cars from other speedways. More information on the event is available at Speedbowl.com

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

September 25th, 2013

Waterford, CT– A record setting night took place Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl as it hosted a six division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program. Leading the way was a win by Wallingford’s Nichole Morgillo in the SK Modified® feature, becoming the first woman to win a race in the track’s premier division in the 63-year history of the race track. Earlier in the night, Victoria Bergenty of Plainville captured a victory in the SK Light Modified feature to join Morgillo as winning women in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, a first at the oval. Keith Rocco of Meriden unofficially captured the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model track championship following his tenth win of the season to become just the second driver to win titles in three different divisions at the track. Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon took one step further in his quest for a fifth championship in one division as he won the night’s Mini Stock feature and Corey Hutchings of Salem won his seventh Street Stock race of the year. In INEX racing, Dylan Izzo of Westport won his fourth Saturday night Legend Cars feature of 2013.

Morgillo’s historic run in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature was hard fought down to the checkered flag. She held back a charging Ted Christopher over the final 11 laps to take the win, capping a memorable day at the track. Earlier in the night Morgillo’s boyfriend and fellow SK Modified® driver Shawn Thibeault proposed to her on the track’s front stretch before the crowd as part of the evening’s opening festivities.

The race began with Diego Monahan blasting into the lead outside of pole-sitter Thibeault. Morgillo quickly worked her way into second position after starting the race in fourth to move to Monahan’s rear bumper. Tom Abele Jr. got to third around Thibeault before the first caution flag waved as Joe Gada and Tyler Chadwick came together running side-by-side in the back chute before the field could complete lap-3. The contact sent both cars into the retaining wall causing damage that eliminated both from the race. Adam Gada was also collected and pitted for repairs, returning at the rear of the field.

Monahan had Morgillo to his outside for the restart and was able to hold down the top spot, leading lap-3 when trouble behind saw Jeff Gallup, Keith Rocco and Zach Azklar spin off the front chute with minimal contact. All were able to resume after the second caution flag of the race.

After another yellow flag for a spin on lap-4, the field settled in for a stretch of green flag racing. Monahan showed the way over Morgillo but all eyes were on Kyle James as he marched his way into contention using the outside lane. James was up to third by lap-10 and tried valiantly to work his way outside of Morgillo. He was unable to do so after several attempts, holding down third as Monahan continued to lead. Rob Janovic Jr. held fourth while Todd Ceravolo completed the top five as the pack raced nose to tail. That changed on lap-19 when Monahan suffered a mechanical failure out of turn four while leading. The field scattered past his ailing car which drifted high out of the racing groove in turn one, bringing out the caution flag when he came to a stop in turn two.

Morgillo inherited the lead with James to her outside for the restart. As the field began to pick up the pace out of turn four coming to the green flag James suffered some type of drivetrain failure, backing up the outside lane. The inside lane powered past as James could not come up to speed. The field completed one lap before caution waved again on lap-20 for James, stranded on the apron of the track.

Morgillo got a strong restart over Janovic on the next attempt with Ted Christopher on the move, challenging Janovic’s inside for second position. He cleared Janovic for the spot as the race ran to lap-23. Behind the top three cars Ceravolo and Ed Puleo battled for a spot among the top-five, resulting in the two cars making contact sending Puleo around in turn one. Rocco, Craig Lutz and Jim Larsen all piled in to bring out another caution flag, the final of the race, on lap-24. Rocco and Lutz were both sidelined for the night.

Christopher tried to stay with Morgillo on the restart but she proved too much, taking the lead away out of turn two. Christopher fought off a brief bid from Janovic for second before settling in behind Morgillo as they raced to lap-25. Christopher was not content, immediately going to work looking for a way to pull alongside Morgillo. Christopher tried both the high and low racing grooves along with a few timely shots to the rear bumper of Morgillo over the next several laps but Morgillo would not be rattled. She held a steady line and held back the advances of Christopher through the checkered flag. He finished second while Janovic ended up third. Jeff Gallup was fourth and Ceravolo rebounded to finish fifth.

Bergenty earned her record-setting victory with an impressive performance in the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American SK Light Modified feature. She used the outside lane to battle past early leader Larry Goss, finally getting ahead on lap-7. Once in front she pulled away, only to be run down late in the race by division point leader Randy Churchill Jr. Churchill was quick enough to catch Bergenty but didn’t have a strong enough car to pull alongside. Bergenty, a second generation racer, held on for the win and was greeted by a hearty applause from the crowd after she exited the car as she became the first female to ever win a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race at the track, just a couple hours ahead of Morgillo. Churchill finished in second and Glenn Griswold was third. Victoria’s father John campaigned modifieds at speedways across southern New England for several years.

Rocco visited victory lane for the 10th time of the year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. His win in the 30-lap race was the third straight in the division, unofficially putting the final touches on the track championship with two events remaining. He took the lead outside of Jason Palmer on lap-9 and had to hold back all challengers following the only caution flag of the race on the final lap. Rocco got away on the green-white-checkered restart and won while a wild scramble for second place went to Vin Esposito. Palmer wound up third and Ray Christian took fourth after the three raced to the checkered flag three-wide. Esposito and Jeff Smith went spinning into turn one after the checkered flag. Rocco leads Palmer in the standings by 127 points following Saturday night’s win. Should Rocco’s title be confirmed by track officials, he would become just the second driver in track history to win championships in three different divisions, joining Allen Coates. Rocco won the Street Stock division title in 2004 to go along with two SK Modified® crowns. Coates won titles in the Late Models, Street Stocks and Truck divisions.

The 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock feature came down to a battle among former division champions. Lloyd Anderson Jr. used a front row starting position to take the lead from Dwayne Dorr after a side-by-side battle, showing the way until Dorr battled back and took command on lap-10 with an inside move. Hutchings looked quick as he worked his way through a traffic jam of several cars running side-by-side behind the leaders. He got to third place when the first caution flag waved on lap-12. He moved to second after Anderson spun out in turn two trying to retake the lead from Dorr on lap-14. Hutchings stalked Dorr before making his way underneath on lap-17 to make his move for the lead. Hutchings spent two laps racing Dorr before he was finally able to pull ahead, going on to his seventh win of the year. He padded his points lead over Josh Galvin and Al Stone, who were able to finish in second and third to keep their title hopes alive.

Cassidy was in the winner’s circle after the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock feature for the second week in a row and seventh time overall on the season. He was nearly caught up in an accident on lap-4 that saw the field scramble when second place Chris Ivory spun on the backstretch. Cassidy squeaked by the outside of the wrecking cars and trailed leader Bill Leonard when racing resumed. Leonard met misfortunate on lap-9 when his car had a mechanical failure, handing the lead to Cassidy. Once in front Cassidy pulled ahead to the win, adding to his points lead over Garrett Denton in the process. Joe Liskiewicz finished a career-best second while Denton was third.

Izzo’s win in the INEX Legend Cars came after a battle at the front with defending division champion Paul Kusheba. Kusheba was the second leader of the race and controlled the pace as Izzo had to work through the top-five cars. He did so, then put an inside move on Kusheba to take thelead on lap-15. Izzo had to master four restarts over the final ten laps before claiming the win, which was his fourth of the season. Kusheba finished second and Dana Dimatteo bested a spirited battle for third position. Izzo leads the division standings.

Speedbowl honors Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday competitors with awards ceremony

September 21st, 2013

Waterford, CT – Wednesday evening was special at Waterford Speedbowl as track management hosted the annual awards ceremony for its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program, celebrating the popular series 13th consecutive season of motorsports. The banquet recognized several drivers for their achievements on and off the race track during the year.

Approximately 200 guests attended the function, held on speedway grounds under the track’s hospitality tent. The top-five drivers from each of the four Wednesday divisions – Legend Cars, X-Cars, Super X-Cars and Bandoleros – were awarded trophies. In addition, special awards were presented to the top rookie drivers, most improved drivers, pit crews of the year plus a sportsmanship award winner for each division.

Middletown’s Joey Ternullo took home the championship trophies in the INEX Legend Cars division and became the youngest champion in the division’s track history. Ternullo is two months shy of his 15th birthday. The division mixes young and veteran racing talent in a very tough and competitive class of car. Ternullo won three feature races during the season on his way to the title.

Brad Voglesong, another Middletown native, captured his third career X-Car division championship in a tight battle that endured all season. Voglesong is the first driver to achieve three titles in the X-Cars in the 13-year history of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, coming in his final season racing. He announced his retirement earlier in the year. Voglesong led the division in wins during the year with four.

Bill Reiman of Southington took home top honors in the Super X-Car division after a breakout performance saw him earn his first victory at the track, improve his consistency and end up the champion in 2013.

Colchester’s Anthony Marvin was king of the INEX Bandoleros in his first full season racing in the youth class. Marvin joined the division halfway through the 2012 season after turning the minimum age to compete, which is eight years old. Marvin overcame missing one race, earning six victories on the year to claim the title.

The Wacky Race champions for 2013 were named as Chuck McDonald of Groton and Peter Pollard of Old Lyme. The two regularly participated in the zany and often unpredictable weekly wacky races the track holds, a fan favorite.

Rookie of the Year honors recognizing the top first-year drivers in their respective divisions were given to Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott in the Legend Cars, Zach Thomas of New London in the X-Cars, Marc Shafer of Groton in the Super X-Car class plus Jonathon Puleo of Branford for the Bandoleros.

The Most Improved Driver awards acknowledged competitors who showed the greatest progression of skills over the past season behind the wheel. Legend Cars accolades went to Stephen Kopcik of Newtown – runner-up to Ternullo in the standings, while Melissa Clavette of Bozrah took the X-Car honors, Matt Carlson of Griswold won the Super X-Car award and Corey Comeroski took the honor in the Bandoleros after finishing just three points shy of the championship.

Sportsmanship Awards were given out to Dennis Pantani of Branford in Legend Cars, Larry Loomis Jr. of Moosup for X-Cars, Kevin Moon from Exeter, RI in Super X-Cars and Puleo for the Bandoleros. Each driver was recognized for their support of the Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program through a level of professionalism representing their division and Speedbowl on and off the track.

Pit Crew of the Year awards honored the men and women behind the scenes that kept their cars on the track competing at a high level throughout the season. Mike Christopher Jr.’s Legend Cars team as well as the Bowes Racing X-Car team (driver John Bowes), Maskell Racing Super X-Car team (driver Mike Maskell) and Morin Brothers Racing in the Bandoleros (drivers Anthony Morin and Ken Morin Jr.) were the recipients.

All specialty awards were voted on by a panel made up of track management and race department staff members. A buffet dinner plus an evening of music and entertainment capped the event.

Waterford Speedbowl names 2013 Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday track champions

September 20th, 2013

Waterford, CT– Waterford Speedbowl announced late Tuesday it confirmed its 2013 Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series track
champions. Three first-time champions were named And another achieved a place in track history with their third title overall. In total, six champions were declared. Middletown’s Joey Ternullo became the youngest Legend Cars champion in track history while Bill Reiman of Southington and Anthony Marvin of Colchester each won their first championships in the
respective Super X-Car and Bandolero divisions. Brad Voglesong, also from Middletown, took a third X-Car title to become the only driver to accomplish the feat. Chuck McDonald of Groton and Peter Pollard of Old Lyme were announced as champions of the wacky race series, a popular Wednesday night attraction. Track officials awaited final technical inspection procedures and a review of the point standings following the final event, held last Wednesday evening, prior to confirming the champions.

The 13th season for the popular series saw the Super X-Car, X-Car, and Legend Car divisions race distances increased to 25-laps, up from 20-laps. Each division also competed in an extra distance 30-lap during the season. The Bandoleros had three nights where twin 20-lap features meant double the action on the race track. Just one rainout slowed the action all year long, back on May 8. In total, fans were dazzled by hotly contested battles for 19 weeks where an astonishing 36 different drivers tasted victory. The July 31 program saw the return of fireworks to the Wild ‘n Wacky program, a big hit with everyone in attendance.

Ternullo was quietly consistent, overcoming adversity just before the halfway point of the year. His season nearly turned into disaster when his throttle stuck wide open in practice back on June 12, destroying his car. Ternullo got assistance from Joey Mucciacciaro who loaned his #45 car that night plus the following week, keeping his season hopes alive while the family repaired his familiar #10 car. One year removed from achieving the 2012 Most Improved Driver award in the division, Ternullo showed more progress, recording three victories and more consistency to help him land in the points lead late in the season. Ternullo ended the year with 11 top-five runs and 17 top-tens during the 19-race stretch. His steady season put him comfortably atop the standings headed into the final event, where he clinched the title by just coming out onto the track. At just 14 years of age, Ternullo became the youngest Legend Cars champion in the history of the Speedbowl. Seven different drivers visited the winner’s circle during the series season, including a cameo appearance and win by 2012 track champion Dave Garbo Jr on July 24. In addition to Ternullo and Garbo, Angelo Belsito, Nicholas Sowa, Giovanni Giarratana, Nick Ladyga and Stephen Kopcik all took down a checkered flag. Ternullo bested Kopcik in the final tally. First year competitor Mike Christopher Jr. improved steadily over the season and placed third in the standings while Belsito and Sowa placed fourth and fifth in the final points.

The 2013 X-Car season was ultra-competitive. The top nine drivers in the final standings all scored victories on the year, testament to how tough the racing was week-to-week. Great car counts kept the action on the track red hot and made for a tough championship road for Voglesong. Despite the hurdles, Voglesong took four wins to lead the way. A season long battle with several competitors sorted out to a two-man race headed into the final event between Voglesong and first-year driver Zach Thomas. In the end, Thomas came up just short as Voglesong proved a crafty veteran competitor over the stretch run. Voglesong has competed for 12 seasons on Wednesday nights and announced his retirement from weekly racing earlier in the season. His championship marks the third of his X-Car career, the most of any competitor in the division. Joining Voglesong in the winner’s circle this season included Zach Thomas, John Bowes, Chris Thomas, Wayne Shifflett, Mitch Bombard, Larry Loomis Jr., Mike Trask and Randy Johnston. Thomas ended up just three points short in the title run while Bowes, Bombard and Shifflett rounded out the top-five in the season standings.

The Super X-Cars once again came down to the final race as the division put five drivers in contention headed into the last event. A steady turnout of cars each week made the racing tough as nails. Closer competition and more race winners made 2013 a standout season for the full-size class. Reiman trailed 2011 division champion Frank Alessio headed into the final race, however Alessio met misfortunate on the opening lap and was unable to return. Reiman cruised to the title, his first in what turned out as a memorable season. Reiman claimed his first victory at the track, improved his consistency and ended up as the champion. In addition to Reiman, Victory Lane visits were made by Alessio, Kevin Moon, John Yagmin, Mike Maskell, Dave Yardley, brothers Ed and Ray Reed, Ed Ryan, R.J. Cunningham, Jon Porter and Matt Carlson during the season. Reiman beat out Alessio, a consistent Ken Downing, Moon and Yagmin in the final top-five in the point chase.

Marvin reclaimed the Bandolero championship for the boys after a three-year stranglehold on the division by former female champions Taylor Martin and Rachel Forte. Marvin, in just his first full season competing in the division after joining halfway through 2012 when he turned the minimum age, was a force. He nailed six wins on the season including the final race of the year which lifted him to the title. Marvin trailed Corey Comeroski headed into the last event but overcame the deficit with one of his most clutch performances of the year. While the field was the smallest of our Wednesday divisions, the action the youngest Speedbowl racers produced was just as fine. Several enjoyed the taste of victory. Besides Marvin, Comeroski, Alex McCollum, David French, Christian Eckes, Ken Morin Jr., Jacob Perry and Jonathon Puleo were all winners in a very wide-open field. Marvin was the most consistent however, landing 18 top-five finishes to lead the division in his 21 starts.

The 2013 season saw more Wacky Race action and soring top honors in the respective X-Car and Super X-Car Wacky Race standings were Chuck McDonald of Groton and Peter Pollard of Old Lyme. Popular events such as Musical Cars and Flag Pole Race were joined by Hot Dog Eating races, Toll Booth racing and the first ever Wacky Relay Race. McDonald and Pollard, both veteran Wacky Race competitors, proved the most versatile and consistent over the year to claim their respective titles.

Wednesday, September 18 the track will honor its track champions on speedway grounds at the annual awards banquet. In addition to the track champions, the top-five finishers in each division points will be recognized. Special awards in each class will be presented to the top rookie drivers, most improved, sportsmanship award recipients as well as the top pit crews. Tickets are available for purchase at the door on Wednesday at the Speedbowl, at the hospitality tent. Doors open at 5:15pm.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

September 16th, 2013

Waterford, CT– A chilly night greeted race fans in attendance for Waterford Speedbowl’s program on Saturday evening but the action on the track stayed red hot. Scoring NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories were Frank Mucciacciaro in the SK Modifieds®, winning for the first time since 2006 while Keith Rocco of Meriden won his ninth Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature of 2013. Danielson’s Ryan Waterman won his second Street Stock feature of the year and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon won another Mini Stock feature, recording an important victory in his accomplished racing career. Wayne Shifflett of Preston took down the checkered flag in the night’s X-Car race.

Mucciacciaro earned a hard-fought victory to end a draught that stretched back several seasons. He benefitted by way of a pole starting position but was fast from the start. He took the lead over Jeff Gallup, then endured four yellow flags for incidents which slowed his pace. After taking control, the field settled in behind Mucciacciaro over the opening
laps. Gallup was second ahead of Joe Gada and Rob Janovic. Todd Ceravolo battled Nicole Morgillo for fifth place when on lap-5, Morgillo got loose out of turn two in the outside lane. Her car made slight contact with Craig Lutz sending both sliding off the back stretch into the grass in turn three to draw the first yellow flag. Both cars were able to resume from the rear of the field.

Mucciacciaro resumed his lead after a solid restart. Gada tried to snatch second position away from Gallup to no avail when the next caution flag was out on lap-10. Morgillo’s car slowed in turn three and after she recovered, her car went spinning out of turn four making contact with the front stretch wall. Corey Coates and Shawn Thibeault also were collected
as the yellow flag flew. All three were able to resume after a visit to the pit area.

Gallup tried to wrangle the lead away from Mucciacciaro when racing went back to green, but the veteran racer was able to fight off the bid. Ceravolo darted his way by both Gada and eventually Gallup into second position to get on Mucciaciaro’s rear bumper and immediately tested the outside of the track to challenge for the race lead. As the top two cars pulled ahead, Gallup and Gada were locked in a battle for third leading a string of cars that battled side-by-side behind them. Janovic, Kyle James, Keith Rocco, Diego Monahan and Tyler Chadwick were all among the traffic jam behind the leaders as the race moved past halfway.

That pack continued to slice and dice as Gada got third from Gallup, who tucked in line to open up the outside lane for James to try and move into contention for a second consecutive win. A three car battle for fourth position heated up on lap-19 as James pressed Gallup’s outside but Janovic saw an opening to the inside of the track exiting turn two. A three-wide scenario saw the cars race down the back chute and through turn three before calamity struck when they ran out of racing room in turn four. Contact was made and the chain reaction sent Chadwick careening into the wall. The caution flag returned as the defending champion limped to the pit area, unable to return.

Mucciacciaro still held the lead for the restart. He was able to race ahead of Ceravolo when the green flag flew however Ceravolo refused to back down after tucking back in line behind. Ceravolo hounded Mucciacciario, trying both the high and low grooves but was never able to get a wheel alongside the leader to establish a passing lane. A final chance for Ceravolo came on a lap-24 restart after the final caution flag waved when John Montesanto spun off turn four into the grass and was unable to refire his machine.

Again, Mucciacciaro controlled the restart and was clear of Ceravolo out of turn two. Over the final 11 laps it was much of the same, as Ceravolo pestered Mucciacciaro. Gada and Janovic raced behind in third and fourth positions while Rocco was able to get by Gallup for fifth on lap-26. Up front, Mucciacciaro held back every charge Ceravolo mounted to capture the victory. Ceravolo settled for second place while Janovic was able to put a final lap move to the inside of Gada to take third. Gada was fourth and Rocco finished fifth. Rocco was forced into a borrowed ride after his primary #88 car lost an engine in practice.

Rocco was nearly flawless in the 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature on his way to a ninth victory in 18 events for the division on the year. He started the race fifth but quickly worked to third position behind a battle for the lead over the opening four laps between Jason Palmer and Ray Christian III. Those two cars stayed glued together at the front until Palmer worked his way to the lead on lap-4, bringing Rocco with him into second. Palmer left the smallest of openings to the inside of the track and Rocco jumped at the opportunity, racing inside of Palmer as the two raced to lap-5. Rocco had the lead on lap-6 and led through the only caution flag of the race, coming on lap-23. Rocco got a great restart, getting away from Palmer and coasting to victory. Palmer had to contend with Christian over the final laps in a battle for second position. Christian came away with the spot and Palmer settled for third.

Waterman’s victory in the 25-lap Street Stock race was a popular one with the crowd. The young driver moved through the field early on to position himself third behind leaders Dwayne Dorr and Joe Arena. Arena dogged Dorr over much of the early going but couldn’t find a way around, eventually giving up second to Waterman on lap-15. Waterman didn’t stop there, continuing his march to the front by getting inside of Dorr into the lead on lap-17 just ahead of the only yellow flag of the race. Waterman powered ahead of two-time champion Al Stone on the restart, keeping a two-car length advantage between him and Stone, who finished second. Corey Hutchings, the championship point leader, was third. Waterman had the crowd behind him as he picked up an emotional win. Waterman’s mother passed away suddenly earlier this summer.

Cassidy’s victory marked a milestone. He captured his 50th career win in the Mini Stock division following the 25-lap feature, putting him just outside the top-ten all-time at the Speedbowl in the track’s 63-year history. Cassidy took the lead on lap-8 during the race, which ran without a caution flag. He was never threatened the rest of the way. Dave Trudeau took home a strong second place finish in a rare Speedbowl appearance, with Garrett Denton finishing third. Denton trails Cassidy in the season point standings.

Shifflett’s victory seemed improbable when he was caught up in a wild wreck in the 25-lap X-Car race. On lap-3 Shifflett tried to avoid a spinning car when he ended up sliding into the turn four wall. Others piled in and Shifflett’s car actually ended up on top of another when the dust settled. The damage didn’t prevent Shifllett from pitting, making repairs, then rebounding to slice his way through the field and ultimately the win. Shifflett took the lead following a restart after being one of three cars battling for the lead three-wide on lap-20. That didn’t work and early leader Scott Limkemann went spinning in turn one from the outside lane, triggering a multi-car wreck behind to create the final
caution of the race. Shifflett outdueled Chris Thomas over the final six laps. Larry Loomis Jr. finished on hifflett’s tail while Thomas grabbed third. It was Shifflett’s second win in the division’s Saturday Showdown Series.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

September 14th, 2013

Waterford, CT – The final Wild ‘n Wacky race program of the season was held at Waterford Speedbowl Wednesday evening, placing the final winners of the year into Victory Lane. In addition, track championships in all divisions were settled. Picking up race wins included Angelo Belsito of Auburn, MA in the INEX Legend Cars, Dave Yardley of Berlin in the Super X-Cars, Larry Loomis Jr. of Moosup in the X-Car division and Anthony Marvin of Colchester in the INEX Bandoleros.

Track championships were claimed by Joey Ternullo of Middletown in the INEX Legend Cars, the youngest champion in the history of the Legend Cars division at the track at 14 years of age. In the X-Cars, a tight points battle saw Brad Voglesong of Middletown edge out New London’s Zach Thomas. The Super X-Car title went to Bill Reiman of Southington as he overtook Frank Alessio of Colchester in the final race. Marvin’s victory in the INEX Bandoleros vaulted him to the division title ahead of Corey Comeroski of Lebanon. Peter Pollard of Old Lyme and Chuck McDonald of Groton earned titles in the Super X-Car and X-Car Wacky Race standings. All champions are unofficial pending official review by the track. They will be confirmed in the coming week.

The 25-lap X-Car race saw Loomis run the outside of the track to perfection, racing to his second victory on the year. Loomis took the lead from Chris Thomas on lap-14, rolling to the victory once in the lead. Behind a great battle up front between Loomis, Chris Thomas and others, title contenders Voglesong and Zach Thomas had their own drama filled 25-lap feature to settle the championship. Both nearly got caught up in a skirmish early in the race that bounced both around in turn one. The incident drew the caution flag when Mitch Bombard was turned the wrong way and while Thomas was able to stay on the track, Voglesong pitted for repairs after some minor contact, resuming from deep in the field. Both drivers made their way back through the field to keep their championship battle up in the air until the final lap. Zach Thomas was able to get by Chris Thomas to finish second in the closing laps while Voglesong finished sixth, good enough to unofficially claim the title by just three points.

Yardley raced to his third Super X-Car win in the final four races to close out the season, picking up another 25-lap race win. He used a stellar move to go from sixth to second following a lap-14 restart, then passed race leader Ken Downing of lap-16 to power ahead. Yardley was able to open up some breathing room over the final laps on his way to the victory. Ray Reed finished in second and Downing ended up third. The championship battle was never able to heat up as Alessio, the point leader headed into the race, was involved in severe crash on the opening lap that sidelined him for the night. Reiman was able to coast safely near the back half of the field most of the race and finished ninth, unofficially good enough to lift him to the championship.

Belsito won another 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature, passing Stephen Kopcik for the lead on lap-14. Belsito was forced into a green-white-checkered finish after a hard crash with one lap remaining drew the caution and red flags to stop the race. Josh Zentek spun out turn four and was broadsided by Darrel Taggart. Both drivers were able to exit their badly damaged cars and were transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. After the delay and cleanup, Belsito got away from his competition on the restart to take the win. Daniel Stolte finished second and Michael Blaskey used a late charge and three-wide maneuver on the final restart to claim third. Kopcik finished second to Ternullo in the championship. Ternullo finished the race in seventh position.

Marvin made a furious rally late in the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature to claim the victory and the division championship. Marvin was in third position much of the race, not high enough to take the title when things changed on lap-17. Marvin trailed second place Derek Debbis when Debbis made a daring move to the inside of leader Alex McCollum. Debbis got inside of McCollum in turn three to take the lead and Marvin followed into second. Debbis pushed up the track in turn one, enabling Marvin to go from third to first in a half-lap to take the lead with just two laps remaining. Marvin closed out the run to take the win, which also unofficially vaulted him to the title by three points over Corey Comeroski. Comeroski led the standings headed into the event, but finished the race in fifth.

Next Wednesday, September 18 the Speedbowl will honor the track champions plus top drivers in the standings in each Wild ‘n Wacky race division at the annual awards banquet, held on speedway grounds. In addition, the top rookie drivers, Sportsman of the Year, Pit Crew of the Year and Most Improved drivers will be named in each division. A buffet dinner, cocktails, entertainment and dancing will be included in the ticket price. Advance tickets are available for purchase online or by contacting the track office. Tickets will also be available at the door next Wednesday. More information on the 2013 Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday awards ceremony can be found at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl September 7th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

September 11th, 2013

Waterford, CT– Waterford Speedbowl returned with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing as the main attraction Saturday evening. A fast paced night of motorsports was completed placing five winners into Victory Lane. Leading the way was Kyle James of Ashaway, RI, winning his third SK Modified® race of the year after a spirited battle at the front of the pack. Keith Rocco of Meriden took home top honors in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division, Josh Galvin of Franklin won his third Street Stock race of the season and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI took his second Mini Stock victory in the past three events. Vernon’s Glenn Griswold rounded out the night’s winners, scoring his second consecutive SK Light Modified race win.

The 35-lap SK Modified® feature was a great battle among the top cars over the duration of the event as just two caution flags slowed the pace. Nichole Morgillo used the pole starting position to hold the lead early on, racing ahead of Ted Christopher at the drop of the green flag. Diego Monahan tried to dive under Christopher on the opening lap only to see his car ride up the track in turn four with the two making contact. Christopher was able to hold second but the field was only able to complete one more lap before Keith Rocco and Shawn Monahan got together in turn four, with Rocco spinning to bring out the first caution flag of the race.

Morgillo was back out in front beating Christopher through turns one and two following the restart. Monahan held third ahead of a pack of cars racing for position that included James. He broke out of the pack in the inside lane, taking fourth with Todd Ceravolo following into fifth. James was able to scoot by Monahan for third when the second and final caution flag of the event came out on lap-7 when Jeff Gallup went spinning off the front chute.

Morgillo jumped back ahead of Christopher through turns one and two on the restart, leaving him in the grasp of James who kept Christopher in the outside lane. James was able to take second from Christopher on lap-8 and Ceravolo was by Christopher into third a lap later. Back up front James was draped all over the rear bumper of Morgillo, looking for a way around. He looked to the outside, trying to get a wheel on Morgillo only to see her shut the door and the two make contact. James was back at it on lap-12 again trying outside of Morgillo, to no avail.

Ceravolo made a run for second on lap-16 when James continued to look to the outside of Morgillo. After James fought that bid off, he once again went on attack for the lead, finally able to pull alongside Morgillo on lap-18. After one lap there, he raced off turn four into the lead to complete lap-19. Christopher jumped back into the mix as he got by Ceravolo and Morgillo on the outside to follow James on lap-20. The top two cars began to pull away as Morgillo fended off Ceravolo and fifth place Craig Lutz. Lutz was able to get past Ceravolo to try his hand at unseating Morgillo from a podium finish.

Up front Christopher made a run at James. He was on James’ rear bumper on lap-22 applying pressure. James withstood the challenge and eventually pulled ahead by a car length. As the laps clicked off the scoreboard Christopher stuck with James, however was unable to mount a final rally. James raced to the checkered flag the rest of the way as Christopher finished just behind. Further back, a great battle that endured over the final 15 laps saw Morgillo hold back all challenges for third position to match her best finish of the year. Lutz finished in fourth and Ceravolo rounded out the top five. Rocco, the division point leader, battled back from his spin to finish in sixth.

Rocco won for the eighth time of the year in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division, padding his lead in that division’s point standings in the process. He quickly arrived among the top-three cars and picked off second place Rich Staskowski on the inside of the track on lap-5, then ran down leader Jeff Smith. Rocco caught him and used the top groove to make his move, driving into the lead off turn four to complete lap-12. Rocco went on interrupted to the 30-lap victory in a race that ran from the green to checkered flags without a yellow flag. Smith finished in second and Staskowski was third.

Galvin was out front of a Street Stock race that saw the competition take its share of bruises over the middle of the 25-lap feature. He took the lead from Dan Darnstaedt following a restart on lap-8. Once the division got past halfway, the final laps were completed in quick fashion. Galvin moved to second in the standings after trouble set in for point leaders Corey Hutchings and Chris Meyer during the race. Phil Evans took second place and Al Stone finished third. Hutchings was able to recover to place sixth while Meyer did not finish.

Denton powered to his second victory in three weeks in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature, combining a fast car with a timely maneuver to get by leader Ken Cassidy Jr. midway through the race. Cassidy marched his way to the front of the field to take the lead on lap-5 and held it while Denton moved into second. Cassidy had a suspension failure set in on his car, slowly dropping him back through the field when Denton capitalized and moved out front. Cassidy pitted for repairs during the first caution flag on lap-17 and was able to return without losing any laps to the field. Denton got away from Ray Christian on a late restart to take the win, while Christian finished in second and Bill Leonard of held off a charging Cassidy to take third at the finish. Denton was able to close the gap on Cassidy in the battle for the championship. The two sit atop the division point standings.

Griswold was back in Victory Lane for the second straight race in the SK Light Modified division. He inherited the lead when the two leaders, Victoria Bergenty and Randy Churchill, tangled on lap-2. Griswold was unstoppable over five additional caution flags that slowed the event. He held back Churchill, who was able to dodge trouble the rest of the way to move back into second. Churchill, the point leader, finished second while Corey Barry ran a clean race and wound up placing third.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

September 6th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was back in action Wednesday evening with a late season round of its popular Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing series. Picking up victories included Joey Ternullo of Middletown in the INEX Legend Cars with Colchester’s Anthony Marvin winning the night’s INEX Bandolero feature. In two great races, John Bowes of Willington and Mike Maskell of Quaker Hill won the respective X-Car and Super X-Car feature events. Mastering the night’s Wacky Musical Car race was Jeff Dombrowski of Oakdale. Just one week remains on the Wednesday season.

A stellar 25-lap X-Car feature ran from green to checkered flags without incident. The large 28-car field had Onie Pierce of Norwich out front for the first nine laps before he was overtaken by Dave Gargaro Jr. Gargaro was impressive as he showed the way with a host of competitors racing through the pack. Waterford’s Chris Thomas moved to second, Bowes up to third and Larry Loomis Jr. of Moosup was quickly advancing from fourth position. The top four cars tightened up as they raced through lapped traffic, giving Thomas opportunity to make a bid for the lead. Thomas wedged his way underneath Gargaro in turn one on lap-20 but the two cars came together, sending Thomas into the grass and Gargaro scurrying to keep his car under control. Bowes seized the moment, riding the outside of the track past the top two and into the lead. He streaked ahead with Loomis on his tail. Over the remaining laps Gargaro was able to recover to take back second after a great race. Bowes took the win followed by Gargaro and Loomis.

Maskell led the entire distance in the 25-ap Super X-Car feature. His win was not without some late drama however, as he had to hold back a hard charging duo of Ed Ryan of Preston and Dave Yardley, from Berlin. Yardley was after his third consecutive victory but had to come from deep in the starting field, while Maskell enjoyed a starting position among the front after problems have plagued his season in recent weeks. Ryan and Yardley used timely caution flags and heads up racing to climb into contention ahead of the final caution flag on lap-21. Maskell, forced into a backup car, got a good restart but Ryan and Yardley teamed up behind him to make the final lap an exciting one. Ryan found room underneath Maskell and raced even through turn three into the final corner. Maskell sprinted to the checkered flag as Ryan got sideways trying to take the win away, finishing in second. Yardley was third.

A rough and tumble 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature saw Ternullo survive to pad his lead in the championship standings. He used a good restart on lap-4 to move from third into second, then get inside of Jordan Churchill to take the lead on lap-5. Ternullo had to master a host of restarts as several wrecks behind him marred the event, which took nearly one hour to complete. Ternullo was never really challenged at the front of the field other than the lack of rhythm in the race. He held back Giovanni Giarratana of Newington and Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott at the finish.

Marvin was impressive on the way to another victory in the INEX Bandolero division. He began the 20-lap race in seventh starting position and quickly worked into third position behind race leader Corey Comeroski and second place Jonathon Puleo. The top three ran single file and as they pulled away, Marvin heated up. He took second position from Puleo on the outside of the track on lap-2, closing in on Comeroski’s rear bumper by lap-6. He spent the next five laps there before pulling out of line and pulling even with Comeroski on lap-11. Marvin cleared Comeroski for good on lap-13, pulling away over the final seven laps for the win. Comeroski, from Lebanon, finished second and New Jersey driver Alex McCollum ran a strong race to finish third. Marvin cut into Comeroski’s point lead headed into the final event, trailing by just 10 points.

With just one event remaining, all the division championship standings remain wide open. Comeroski leads Marvin in the INEX Bandoleros by just 10 points. Colchester’s Frank Alessio leads Bill Reiman of Southington by 12 marks in the Super X-Car class. The X-Car division is just as tight with Brad Voglesong of Middletown leading Zach Thomas of New London by 11 points. The biggest advantage belongs to Ternullo in the INEX Legend Cars. All the standings are unofficial pending official review.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

September 2nd, 2013

Waterford, CT – A quick paced and action packed racing program was the order of the night Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl as the track played host to its ‘Thunder on the Sound’ event, highlighted by the Budweiser Modified Nationals SK 150 feature event. Keith Rocco of Meriden was the night’s big winner, picking up the $5,000 payday along with the checkered flag in the Budweiser Modified Nationals SK 150. In total, seven drivers notched victories on the evening. Joining Rocco in the winner’s circle included a first-time Speedbowl winner as Jay, ME competitor David Farrington Jr. picked up an impressive victory in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division. Corey Hutchings of Salem won another Street Stock race while Ray Christian III of Groton and Glenn Griswold of Vernon each picked up their second wins of the season in the respective Mini Stock and SK Light Modified divisions. In INEX racing Paul Kusheba of Monroe won an exciting Legend Cars event and Andrew Morin of Old Saybrook won his first ever race in the Bandoleros.

Rocco began the Budweiser Modified Nationals from deep in the 25-car starting field of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds®. He rose from seventeenth position at the start to take the race lead on lap-83 from Tom Abele Jr. with some early patience then timely firepower. The race began with Jeff Gallup taking the lead on the opening lap. The first caution flag of the race was not far behind however, as Adam Gada was sent to the pit area for leaking fluid on the racing surface with just one lap scored complete. When the race resumed the field quickly settled in for a lengthy run of green flag racing. Gallup continued to lead as Ted Christopher moved to second. He challenged Gallup by lap-8, eventually racing by his outside into the lead on lap-9. Behind Gallup, Rob Janovic raced in third with Todd Ceravolo fourth. As the top cars ran single file feeling out their rides for the long race, Woody Pitkat and Tyler Chadwick were both on the move after starting the race outside the top ten. Ahead, Christopher was already placing cars at the tail of the field down a lap as the race worked towards lap-35. Moments later, John Montesanto spun off the front stretch into the grass to bring out the yellow flag on lap-38. During the caution period Ceravolo ducked to the pit area, giving up his position among the top-four.

Christopher quickly got away from Gallup on the restart. Abele lined up fourth when Ceravolo departed, getting past Janovic on lap-39 before challenging Gallup. He was second on lap-40 and Janovic got by Gallup into third on lap-42. Pitkat restarted the race from fifth, climbing past Gallup on lap-43 to get to fourth. Once in line those four cars ran single file through another stretch of clean racing, remaining unchanged through the next yellow flag on lap-68. While the top four ran in order, Rocco began to assert himself during the run. He ended up fifth to Pitkat for the ensuing restart at lap-71.

Rocco made his moves count from that point forward. He got past the outside of Pitkat for fourth on lap-74 and third-place runner Janovic on lap-75 just ahead of the next caution flag. The restart saw Christopher pull away from Abele and just as Rocco was challenging for second, the cars of Diego Monahan, Tyler Jackson and Frank Mucciacciaro found trouble in turn three to return the race to caution on lap-79. The complexion of the race changed dramatically as Christopher relinquished the lead to head to the pits for adjustments to his car for the final half of the event.

With Christopher restarting from back in seventeenth, Abele assumed control with Rocco to his outside. Rocco used a well-timed restart to race even with Abele to turn one, pulling ahead as the pair exited turn two. Rocco had the lead on lap-83 bringing Pitkat with him around the outside of the track into second. Chadwick was on the attack, clawing into third around Abele on lap-85 with his sights set on the top two. Chadwick tried to work over Pitkat for several laps to no avail, riding third until a caution on lap-99.

Rocco used a good restart over Pitkat to head back to turn one as the leader on the restart. Just behind them Janovic survived a wild ride as he got bounced from fifth place off the apron of the track into turn one, gathering his car up to keep the race green. Chadwick found an opening under Pitkat to snatch second and pick up pursuit of Rocco. The two pulled ahead with Chadwick stalking Rocco over a stretch that brought the race to lap-120. Several times Chadwick tried to get a wheel outside of Rocco but could never quite muster the momentum to pull alongside.

After Chadwick finally settled in line behind, Rocco turned it up a notch with the laps closing down, pulling away from Chadwick as the race moved to its final stretch. With Rocco streaking towards closing out an impressive win with a near straightaway advantage, Pitkat was back on Chadwick trying to pick up second in the closing laps. When it appeared the race may continue to the checkered flag, Matt Galko saw a solid effort run sour as he went up in smoke on lap-147, stopping at the top of the track in turn two to bring out a caution.

Two additional late incidents forced Rocco into restarting smoothly to seal the win. He nailed each one, the first versus Chadwick and the final against Pitkat, who was able to reclaim second on lap-148 as Chadwick appeared to have nothing left. Pitkat could not catch Rocco to challenge and finished in second. Chadwick took third and Abele ran up front all night to take a hard earned fourth. Janovic recovered to take home fifth. Twelve cars finished the race on the lead lap.

With the win, Rocco becomes the third driver to take back-to-back wins in the prestigious event. One year ago Rocco was the winner of record after starting the race, however he relinquished the seat to Ceravolo two weeks later after a rain delay coupled with a penalty sidelined him. No driver owns three wins in the history of the Budweiser Modified Nationals.

Farrington won his first-ever Speedbowl race by dominating the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. The race, which ran without a caution flag, saw Farrington work his way to the lead on lap-11. He passed Rich Staskowski, who started in the pole position, with an inside maneuver. Once in the lead Farrington never faltered, holding a steady lead over eventual runner-up Keith Rocco the rest of the way. It was just the seventh career start at the Speedbowl for Farrington, the young driver from Maine. Staskowski ended up third.

Hutchings was back in Victory Lane for the sixth time on the season, padding his lead in the championship standings after a 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock feature that ran from green to checkered flags without incident. Hutchings methodically picked his way through the field to move behind leader Ryan Waterman. Waterman took command on lap-12 but had Hutchings in his rearview mirror by lap-15. Hutchings spent one lap on Waterman’s rear bumper before finding room to his inside. Once out front, Hutchings cruised to the win. Waterman settled for second and early leader Phil Evans finished third.

Griswold rolled to victory in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, never challenged on his way to a second win of the year. Griswold returned after a hard wreck sidelined him back in July. Point leader Randy Churchill was second and Larry Goss was third. Just one caution slowed the race.

In yet another caution-free race, the fourth of the night, Christian took a convincing win in the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock feature. He took the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting the race in second. Christian ran away from a torrid battle for second place that lasted nearly the whole race among several cars. In the end, Garrett Denton claimed the spot to finish runner-up to Christian. Point leader Ken Cassidy finished a close third after running the final ten laps door-to-door with Denton without any contact between the two.

Sharing honors in INEX racing were Kusheba, who held off a late charge from Dylan Izzo in the 25-lap Legend Cars race. The two ran side-by-side to the checkered flag. Kusheba was able to pull ahead out of the final corner. In the 20-lap Bandolero feature, Morin rebounded from a crash during practice that sent his crew scrambling to repair his car. He led the entire way to record his victory.

Budweiser Modified Nationals hightlights Saturday’s Thunder on the Sound 17th annual $5,000 to win SK-150 part of seven division program

August 31st, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl brings summer to a close this Labor Day weekend as it hosts one of its biggest events of the season on Saturday, the annual ‘Thunder on the Sound’. The seven-division race program is once again anchored by the 17th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals SK-150, a showdown of the best SK Modified® drivers across the northeast. A full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program along with INEX racing joins the SK-150 main event.

The biggest race of the year for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® competitors puts them to task for 150 laps with the race winner adding their name to the history books, joining an elite list in taking home the $5,000 winner’s purse. A large turnout of cars is expected for the big event, which carries over $20,000 in posted prize money and a special winner’s trophy.

Leading the list of expected entries is Keith Rocco, the defending race winner. Rocco teamed up with relief driver Todd Ceravolo to score the win last year after the event was halted due to rain on its original date. Rocco was the winner of record. Ceravolo, currently second in championship points behind Rocco, is in the midst of his best Speedbowl campaign since his 1997 championship season and is a prime contender to claim his first official event win. Woody Pitkat, the 2011 race winner, is an expected entry in the Paige #00 he piloted to a Mod Nats triumph.

Defending track champion Tyler Chadwick seeks his first SK-150 victory and is brimming with confidence after recent extra-distance wins, most recently a 100-lap feature in July. Veteran racer Rob Janovic Jr. is hungry to add an SK-150 win to round out an accomplished Speedbowl resume. He tangled with Justin Gaydosh late in the race battling for the win a year ago. Both are expected Saturday. Ted Christopher, the 1999 race winner, is looking for a breakout performance to claim his first ‘Bowl win since 2004 after some strong runs in the Dipisa #13. Kyle James, lightning fast many weeks in his family-owned #21, along with Diego Monahan, Joe Gada and Craig Lutz are also hopefuls. Not to be overshadowed, a list of ‘outsiders’ including Matt Galko in the Verno #25 are ready to play spoiler.

In addition to the Budweiser Modified Nationals SK-150, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action from the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds is on Saturday’s racing card. The INEX Legend Cars and Bandoleros complete the seven-division event. Pit gates open at 2:00pm with practice commencing at 3:00pm on Saturday. Qualifying for the event begins at 5:00pm, including heat races plus consolation races if needed for the Budweiser Modified Nationals. Opening ceremonies and the first of nine feature races begins at 6:30pm.

Fans are encouraged to visit Speedbowl.com from home or their mobile phones for more information about the Budweiser Modified Nationals SK-150 and Thunder on the Sound event.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

August 31st, 2013

Waterford, CT – End of summer racing continued Wednesday night at Waterford Speedbowl as another round of Wild ‘n Wacky racing hit the race track. Fans were treated to an action packed night, watching Angelo Belsito of Auburn, MA and Dave Yardley of Berlin each score repeat wins from a week ago in the INEX Legend Cars and Super X-Car features respectively. Brad Voglesong of Middletown rallied late to take the win in the X-Car division and Colchester’s Anthony Marvin won another INEX Bandolero feature. Roubert Goulet of Southington and Christopher Lee of Uncasville shared honors in the night’s Wacky race.

Voglesong dodged a mid-race incident and rallied to win the 25-lap X-Car feature. He passed Dave Gargaro Jr., who had led much of the race, with three laps remaining. Voglesong nearly lost several positions on the back chute early in the race when he encountered trouble while running among the top-five cars, however another car spun at the back of the pack to create a caution flag that saved him from losing the positions when the lap could not be completed. He maintained his position for the restart, then moved to second position by the time the race reached its final five laps. Gargaro, who was trying for his first ever win, ran a strong race, leading most of it by a healthy margin. He couldn’t shake Voglesong late however as Voglesong used the outside lane to pull even on lap-22, eventually taking the lead. Gargaro hung tough to Voglesong’s inside over the next two laps, finally surrending on the final lap. His great run ended up in second position and Zach Thomas was third. Voglesong is the division point leader, stretching his advantage over Thomas.

The 25-lap Super X-Car feature was a matter of survival for Yardley, as he endured a wild final six laps of the event to emerge with the race lead and ultimately, the win. Yardley started the race in eighteenth position and ran deep in the field with slim hopes of grabbing his second consecutive win the division before problems plagued many of the front runners over the final laps. Two separate incidents on lap-19 took out contenders R.J. Cunningham, Mike Maskell and Ray Reed as they battled for the lead. Those three had a great battle come to an end as each was involved in a skirmish on the track to open the door for Yardley. He restarted second outside of Bill Reiman on the third attempt to complete lap-19, taking the lead ahead of Reiman on the outside of the track. Yardley survived a final caution a lap later when Reiman’s car blew up on the track entering turn three, causing several cars to crash behind him. After the incident, Robert Goulet was able to finish second behind Yardley and Dan Butler ended up third.

In the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature, Belsito was able to score his second consecutive Wednesday victory with steady and consistent driving. Three caution flags slowed the race, the final coming on lap-14. Belsito had come through the top ten cars to advance to fourth position on lap-12. A lap later he moved to third just before the final yellow flag. Joey Ternullo had led since lap-6 and had T.J. Thompson to his outside for the restart. Ternullo resumed his lead but Belsito quickly challenged for second position, taking the spot on lap-15. Ternullo had a five car length lead over Belsito evaporate over the next five laps and Belsito was underneath him for the lead on lap-20. The two cars ran side-by-side for three laps before Belsito was able to wear down Ternullo after a clean duel at the front. He closed out the final laps to take the win while Ternullo, the Wednesday series point leader, wound up second. Mike Christopher Jr. recovered from a spin on the second lap, rallying to finish third on the leaders’ bumpers.

Marvin took the lead at the initial green flag of the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature ahead of Andrew Morin and promptly marched out to a convincing lead. Marvin was on his game, pulling ahead before competitors could line up and make a challenge for the lead. Morin took second to position ahead of Jonathon Puleo, who had to make his way to third. The field ran clean through the checkered flag without incident with Marvin taking the win. He cut into point leader Corey Comeroski’s lead in the standings with just two events remaining on the season. Morin finished in second, Puleo was third and Comeroski placed fifth.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

August 29th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Late Model Madness took over Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl, the highlight of a five division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program. The Bob Valenti Auto Mall sponsored Late Model division took center stage with a special 50-lap race, dominated by Keith Rocco of Meriden. In other races, Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard was back in Victory Lane for the fourth time on the year following the SK Modified® feature, Chris Meyer of North Franklin took his second Street Stock win and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI ended a skid with his fourth victory in the Mini Stocks. In INEX racing, Giovanni Giarratana of Newington repeated his win from a week ago in the Legend Cars.

Chadwick was served redemption after a win slipped away on the final lap one week ago in a photo finish with Keith Rocco. He fought his way to the front in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature this time around, climbing through the top-five to become a contender over the second half of the race.

After a false start on the initial green flag, Tom Abele Jr. jumped into the lead by the time the field reached turn one on the second attempt. He pulled ahead while the competition sorted out the running order, settling in with Rob Janovic Jr. taking second position by lap-3. Joe Gada ran third and Ted Christopher took fourth after contact between he and Ed Puleo left both cars with damage and a piece of sheet metal hooked to the rear bumper of his machine. The first yellow flag waved for Craig Lutz, who spun off turn two and was unable to re-fire. During the caution Christopher ducked to the pit area for service and did not return.

Abele raced back out front over Janovic after the restart but Todd Ceravolo was the one with the eyes on him as he got by Gada then dove under Janovic a lap later to snatch second position away by lap-12. Behind Janovic and Gada, Chadwick was asserting himself to arrive in the top-five. The next yellow flag was brought out on lap-14 when Jeffrey Gallup got turned around in turn four, collecting John Montesanto who also ended up in the infield.

Abele had a stiff challenge to his outside for the restart and Ceravolo was up to the task, claiming the lead over Abele on the top of the track as the two raced to lap-15. Chadwick picked up a position to rise to fourth, then pressured Janovic before going to the outside of the track to power into third on lap-19. Rocco followed suit to become a factor, keeping Janovic pinned down low while he raced into fourth position on lap-21. A lap later Gallup was in trouble in turn four again, coming to rest just off the racing surface after spinning to necessitate the third caution flag.

Ceravolo got a strong restart to retake the lead while Chadwick was able to sail in underneath Abele to race away with second position. Chadwick glued himself to Ceravolo’s rear bumper and went on to size up the leader for several laps. He used a well-timed and daring cross-over move into turn one to get underneath Ceravolo for the lead on lap-27. The two cars made contact racing hard for the lead before the move paid off for Chadwick, racing into the lead as the two came off turn two. Behind them Rocco got by Abele to move into third to set up for a compelling conclusion.

As Chadwick tried to pull away from Ceravolo, Rocco closed in on the leaders. Abele continued to hold fourth and Kyle James got by Janovic to move into fifth position as the laps quickly counted down. On lap-31, Nichole Morgillo got bounced into the infield, sliding to a halt on the apron in turn one to bring out the caution. After the restart, the field had trouble coming around to complete a lap as Gallup and Lutz tangled in a messy incident with Gallup’s car coming to rest atop of Lutz just shy of the start-finish line.

Chadwick got a good restart the next time on Ceravolo who continued to hold off Rocco for second. The race only progressed to lap-33 before Montesanto took a hard trip into the front chute wall, sliding to a stop just short of turn one to bring out the final caution flag and force Chadwick into a final restart against Ceravolo with just two laps remaining. He again got the jump back into the lead, leaving Ceravolo in the grips of Rocco. Rocco was able to stay inside Ceravolo and ultimately take the spot racing to the white flag. Ahead, Chadwick closed out the win, his fourth of the year. Rocco could not make a final run to contend for the win as he did a week ago and finished second. Ceravolo ended the race third, with James fourth and Abele fifth.

Rocco was masterful in the 50-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model event. Bruce Thomas Jr. led the opening laps after an incident on the first lap involving infrequent runners Ray Parent and Anthony Flannery became entangled in turn three created a yellow flag. Rocco moved from fourth to second quickly after the restart, following Thomas for two laps before finding room to his inside on lap-5 headed through turns three and four. Rocco took command at the start-finish line and raced ahead to a safe margin ahead of the pack.

As Rocco showed the way, David Farrington Jr. hunted down Thomas and spent several laps looking for racing room to challenge for the position as the field was settled in to a long green flag run. Jeff Smith and Jason Palmer were locked in a war for sixth position while further back Vin Esposito and Parent were dueling for eighth as some great battles raged on the track. Smith nearly spun on lap-21, getting into Palmer in the process creating a hair-raising moment for the two along with Esposito who quickly closed on the two. Parent was there to make it a four-car battle for the sixth spot.

Farrington was able to methodically work underneath Thomas by lap- but couldn’t chip away into Rocco’s lead any further. The two cars hit a pack of lapped traffic by lap-35, which was no hurdle to Rocco and he continued his torrid pace, actually increasing his lead in the process. Farrington continued comfortably in second with Thomas holding third. Further back Rich Staskowski and Ray Christian III rounded out the top-five. The long spell of green flag racing ended on lap-46 when Smith spun in turn two, setting up the finish.

Rocco bolted ahead of Farrington on the restart. Thomas was safely back in third but fourth on back got interesting as Christian was challenging Staskowski. Parent asserted himself trying to rally to a top-five, however got into Staskowski in turn three on lap-48. Both cars went spinning and collected Smith, Rich Duranti and Chris Garside to bring out the last caution, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Rocco again was strong and powered ahead, closing out his seventh win in the division on the year. Farrington ran a great race to finish second and Thomas placed third. Christian was fourth and Esposito fifth. Rocco also leads the championship points for the division.

Meyer was back in the winner’s circle for the first time since May in the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock race. He battled hard with Ryan Waterman, who had led from the drop of the green flag after starting the race in first. Meyer quickly became a factor, riding behind Waterman over the first half but unable to maneuver his way alongside the leader. Late caution flags provided Meyer opportunity to claim the lead, doing so on the outside of the track. He was able to work over Waterman to lead lap-22, ahead of the final caution flag of the race. Meyer held the lead over Waterman on the restart, clearing him for good on lap-23. Al Stone of Durham got by Waterman to take second while Norm Root Jr. took third. Waterman’s good run went awry on the final lap as he spun out of turn two.

The 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock feature ran straight through the green to checkered flags without delay and Denton was able to rebound after a string of misfortune and bad wrecks plagued him of late. He took the lead from pole-sitter Nick Pappacoda early and ran away from the field. The best battle on the speedway over most of the race was for second, as multiple cars raced closely for the spot. Denton sprinted to his fourth win of the year, however it was his first since May 4 after winning three of the first five events. Point leader Ken Cassidy Jr. took second and Ray Christian III was in the mix all race and finished third. Denton was piloting a car purchased from Cassidy after the grinding wrecks sidelined his primary car.

Giarratana powered to his second win in consecutive weeks in the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature, another caution-free race. The opening laps saw him trail a battle for the lead among several cars in a competitive exchange among the front pack. Cory Dimatteo, along with his brother Dana, Angelo Belsito and Giarratana all raced in the first ten laps. Belsito emerged with the lead on lap-6, pulling ahead while Giarratana continued to work over the competition. He got to second place on lap-7 and set after Belsito, catching him a lap later. Giarratana got to Belsito’s inside on lap-9 and took command. Once in the lead he slowly stretched his advantage over the field to the checkered flag. Point leader Dylan Izzo moved to second on lap-15 however without a caution flag to regroup, was forced to settle for second. Belsito finished third.

Next weekend the Speedbowl goes from the biggest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race of the season to motorized mayhem within 24 hours. On Saturday, August 31 the 17th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals puts the SK Modified® division into the spotlight during the seven division ‘Thunder on the Sound’ program. They race for 150-laps and a $5,000 payday to the winner, the richest prize in SK Modified® racing, joined by a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and INEX racing card. On Sunday, September 1 the Back to School Bash turns the Speedbowl into a pit of destruction as school buses get bashed along with a demolition derby, motorcycle stunts by Luke Duke and more capped off by an aerial fireworks display. More information and detailed event schedules for both events can be found online at Speedbowl.com

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 8/21 Results

August 23rd, 2013

Waterford, CT – Wild ‘n Wacky racing returned to the race track Wednesday evening at Waterford Speedbowl with five event
winners taking honors on the night. A first time victor emerged in the Super X-Car division as Dave Yardley of Berlin won his first-ever race at the Speedbowl. Preston’s Wayne Shifflett won the night’s X-Car feature and in INEX racing, Angelo Belsito of Auburn, MA and Jonathon Puleo of Branford won the respective Legend Car and Bandolero division feature
races. The night’s Wacky Race featured a relay race among teams of competitors which entertained fans in attendance.

The 25-lap X-Car race was hotly contested as a large 29-car field, one of the biggest of the season, took the initial green flag at the start. Just one yellow flag slowed the pace, which came out on lap-4 for a one car spin. Jordan Hadley led the early laps through the lone caution period. Hadley, racing in his first season at the track, looked impressive and continued to lead after the restart until Shifflett got to his inside through turns three and four on lap-10. After the two bumped wheels through the corner, Shifflett took command. Point leader Brad Voglesong raced to second position and chased Shifflett the rest of the way as the two distanced themselves from the rest of the field. They encountered heavy lapped traffic over the final ten laps, however Voglesong could not muster a challenge to pull alongside Shifflett. Shifflett, in fact, was able to increase his lead over the final two circuits to pick up the
victory. Voglesong took home a solid effort in second to keep hold of his lead in a tight championship battle. Hadley finished third, a career-best for the first year driver. Just thirteen cars were on the lead lap at the end.

Yardley scored his career first win in the night’s 25-lap Super X-Car race after starting deep in the 21-car field. He benefitted by three caution periods in the first four laps to chip away at the competition, then used a long green flag of racing that closed the race to pick off cars between him and the lead one at a time. Yardley was in a fight for second
position among several drivers that endured over the middle of the race before finally working himself into the spot on lap-18. He then ran down leader Kevin Moon and pulled to his outside with two laps remaining. The pair raced side-by-side to the white flag before Yardley moved ahead out of turn two on the final lap to take the win. Moon was second and Ken Downing finished third.

Belsito came out on top of a 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature that was slowed by four caution flags in addition to a red flag for a medical issue in the grandstands during the race. Despite the interruptions, Belsito was able to focus to race his way through the top five cars to emerge in front by lap-13.

Jordan Churchill took the lead on the opening lap and showed the way through the first caution on lap-4 when debris littered the track on the back chute. On the restart as the field thundered into turn one, Joey Ternullo spun just outside the top-five in the middle of the racing groove, collecting Brendon Bock, whose car took a hard trip into the wall
and got airborne from the impact before coming to rest on the track. Ternullo resumed at the rear while Bock’s car was towed from the speedway. T.J. Thompson raced to the lead when the green flag returned, using the inside lane to get past Churchill. Thompson led for two laps when Michael Blaskey got past his inside off turn four to lead lap-8, bringing
Stephen Kopcik to second and Belsito to third. As Thompson dropped back in the outside lane the next caution flag was shown as two cars came together in turn two back in the pack. Belsito restarted the race in third position, then raced past Kopcik and Blaskey to move to the lead by lap-13.

Once in front, Belsito was not challenged on his route to victory. He survived a final restart with three laps remaining, getting away from Blaskey to get to the checkered flag. Kopcik was able to take second position over the final sprint to the finish while Thompson recorded a season best third place finish as Blaskey dropped to fourth.

Puleo was unstoppable in the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature. He rocketed out to the lead after three attempts to start the race were called back by race officials. Once the race began, Puleo used the outside lane to get by Corey Comeroski on the opening lap and pulled away to an easy victory. No further yellow flags slowed Puleo, who recorded his second victory of the year. Comeroski finished second to maintain his lead in the point standings over Anthony Marvin, who finished the race in third.

In a Speedbowl first, the night’s Wacky Race was a relay among six teams of three competitors each. The combination of Chris Thomas, Voglesong, and Robert Goulet completed the six-lap event first. The trio each raced two laps before passing a “baton” to the next team member in the relay, located in the track infield.

Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 8/10 Wings & Wheels Results

August 15th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl hosted the sixth annual Wings & Wheels event on Saturday evening in front of a large crowd. Fans were treated to some of the fastest and most sophisticated short track racecars in the country as the International Supermodified Association made their only visit of the season and was joined by the popular Valenti Modified Racing Series, Northeastern Midget Association and NEMA Lites, plus the home track NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® and SK Light Modifieds. Keith Rocco of Meriden was the bigger winner of the night, taking both the Valenti Modified Racing Series event and the night’s SK Modified feature, recording two more milestone wins in his racing career. Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, MA was dominant in the 50-lap Supermodified race while Todd Bertrand of Suffield impressed with a big victory in the NEMA Midgets. Scott Bigelow of East Hampton won the NEMA Lite feature and Plainfield’s Corey Barry won his second consecutive SK Light Modified event to round out the night’s winners.

Rocco picked up his sixth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® win of the season but perhaps more significant, the victory was the 50th of his career in the division. He marched steadily to the front of the field using the outside lane to his advantage.

Ed Puleo led the field to the green flag and took the early advantage in turns one and two as outside front row starter Jeff Gallup got high and was kicked back when Rob Janovic and Frank Mucciacciaro made an early three-wide scenario in pursuit of second. Kyle James and Rocco were on the move early and Rocco was among the top-five cars on lap-9, all under
green flag conditions. Rocco moved past fourth place Mucciacciaro on lap-10 and was challenging third place Craig Lutz with Puleo still out front by three car legnths. The first yellow flag of the race momentarily slowed Rocco and the field on lap-11 when Rich Duranti got off course in turn four.

Rocco picked up where he left off, getting by Lutz and Rob Janovic Jr. to take second behind leader Ed Puleo when racing resumed. Puleo was able to hold back the charges of Rocco until lap-16 when Rocco, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, stormed past his outside into the lead around turns one and two. Mucciacciaro and Janovic were still side-by-side, this time for third position, until Mucciacciaro wrestled the spot away on lap-17. A lap later, Janovic got loose and couldn’t hold his car from spinning out of turn four and the caution was back out for the second time.

Rocco bested Puleo on the lap-18 restart and marched out to a convincing lead. Puleo got in line second but James asserted himself following the restart to take third, then run outside of Puleo to take second on lap-20. The best battle after that was for fourth between Mucciacciaro and Ted Christopher who took shots at one another through lap-30. Behind them, Lutz and Tyler Chadwick were locked in equally compelling duel. Just as it appeared Rocco was on cruise control a final caution on lap-33 when Tyler Jackson got into the wall and slowed on the track forced Rocco into a final showdown with James.

Rocco won the restart to go on to victory for the milestone win. James finished second and Puleo finished a solid run in third. Christopher ran well to place fourth and Mucciacciaro wound up fifth. Dennis Gada is the all-time SK Modified® division win leader with 62.

Barry was trying to run down early leader Victoria Bergenty in the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modified race and was aided by a yellow flag on lap-14 for a spin. Bergenty had taken the lead on lap-1 and moved ahead to a comfortable lead with Barry chasing. Barry was able to line up alongside Bergenty for the restart, staying to her outside before getting around her to lead lap-15 just ahead of another quick caution flag. The next restart between the two had Barry leading Bergenty, and he quickly got away and bested defending champion Paul French who took second. Chris Ignazio was able to claim third and Bergenty ended up fourth. Barry chipped away at Randy Churchill’s lead in the point standings with his third win of the year, coupled with a fifth place effort by Churchill after a heat race crashed forced him into a borrowed ride for the main event.

Rocco scored his second career victory in the Valenti Modified Racing Series in front of a home track crowd. The division’s 100-lap feature saw Rocco rally to the front early in the going, taking command on the outside of Chris Pasteryak on lap-9. Rocco led easily over a long stretch of racing that took the event through a caution on lap-89 when Todd Owen’s car spewed fluid around the track. Following a lengthy delay for the cleanup, Rocco hung tough and survived four additional caution periods over the final nine laps which took its toll on the field behind him. Rocco handled every restart and subsequent challenger to take his first series win at the Speedbowl, marking the seventh different division he has won in at the track, tops all-time in the track’s 63-year history. Series point leader Rowan Pennink finished in second and Pasteryak ended up third. Tommy Barrett and veteran racer Dwight Jarvis avoided the late trouble to finish fourth and fifth.

McKennedy wired the field in the 50-lap ISMA Supermodified race. After an opening lap incident collected several cars to bring out a quick caution flag, McKennedy took the lead when racing was able to get underway and blitzed the field. He jumped ahead following each of four caution flags that slowed the race. McKennedy was never seriously threatened – his closest encounter came avoiding a spin by a car back in the field on lap-21. Ben Seitz took advantage of the restarts to advance into second position by the checkered flag after running up front all race. Mike Ordway Jr. finished third. McKennedy’s quick lap was a 12.46, good for over a 108mph average lap around the quick three-eighths mile Speedbowl.

Bertrand was masterful on his way to the win in the 25-lap NEMA Midget Angelilo Memorial race. In what he described as “the best track (conditions) of the year” he blistered his way to the win, recording his second win of the season. At times he was nearly a half track ahead of his competition. Bertrand’s best lap was a scorching 12.79 second tour of the three-eighths mile oval, the fastest lap by the division over the past several years, translating to a 106 mile-per-hour average lap. Bertrand took the lead from Paul Scally on the seventh lap. The special event paid tribute to Gene and Marilyn Angelilo, the legendary late car owners and club officers.

Bigelow had to get around his brother Ryan to take the lead in the 25-lap NEMA Lite feature. He outdueled his sibling early on and held back a charging Ian Cumens over the final ten laps.

Next Saturday a six-division program returns to the Speedbowl with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing by the SK Modifieds, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. They will be joined by an appearance by the New England Truck Series as well as the track’s INEX Legend Cars.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 8/14 Results

August 16th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Another round of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday was hosted by Waterford Speedbowl Wednesday evening with an action packed night of motorsports on the race track. Taking victories included a first-ever winner in the Super X-Cars, R.J. Cunningham of Clinton. John Bowes of Willington won the night’s X-Car feature and in INEX racing action Nick Ladyga of Voluntown was a repeat winner in the Legend Cars while Alex McCollum made the trek from Phillipsburg, NJ to win the Bandolero feature. Peter Pollard of Old Lyme was the night’s wackiest driver, taking the Flag Pole Race. An appearance by the Vintage Outlaw Modifieds helped turn back the clock and show race fans a taste of racing from decades ago, rounding out the program.

The 25-lap Super X-Car race was slowed by a caution on the second lap which saw Mike Maskell take a nasty hit into the front stretch wall, collecting Matt Carlson as the two battled behind the lead cars. After the cleanup, which involved a red flag, the next twenty three laps were run cleanly with Cunningham taking a large lead over the field.

Cunningham began to stretch his lead over Shawn Gaedeke while the cars behind jockeyed for position. Ken Downing won a battle for third position and by lap-7, closed on Gaedeke looking for second. Cunningham’s lead continued to grow as Downing took second and Frank Alessio advanced to third as the race moved past halfway.

Cunningham was way out front when Alessio caught Downing for second position. The battle heated up eventually resulting in the two cars making contact as Alessio worked his way alongside in turns three and four on lap-21. Downing momentarily recovered as Alessio streaked by into the spot. Just as Cunningham, who has had several close calls with victory this year only to encounter late problems, appeared to have his first win locked up Downing cut a tire from the earlier contact and spun off the back chute just as Cunningham was taking the white flag. The caution waved with trouble on the track setting up a green-white-checkered flag finish before Cunningham could complete his triumph.

Cunningham had to beat one of the division’s best, Alessio, on the final restart. Alessio did make a bid for the lead, staying outside of Cunningham for a half lap before succumbing. Cunningham would not be denied and took the win. Alessio took second and John Yagmin finished in third.

The 25-lap X-Car feature ran from green to checkered flags without delay. Jordan Hadley settled into the lead until he was overtaken by Melissa Clavette. Clavette ran second behind Hadley and started closing in to challenge for the lead. On lap-11 Clavette ducked inside Hadley into turn three. The two cars came together in turn four with both cars momentarily getting out of shape. Clavette corrected her car and took the lead while Hadley nearly lost control and slipped back outside of the top-three. Clavette was running her best of the year, leading as Bowes ran second and closed on the lead. Bowes tracked down Clavette and pressured her at the halfway point of the race. He made an inside move in turn three on lap-14 to blast his way to the front. Clavette kept it close the remainder of the distance as the two lead cars navigated lapped traffic over the final ten laps. Bowes won by just one car length at the finish. Wayne Shifflett finished third well behind the leaders.

Ladyga won his second INEX Legend Cars feature in the past three Wednesday events. He bested a competitive field of cars in a quick paced 25-lapper which was slowed by just two caution flags. T.J. Thompson opened up a large lead over the opening four laps as the field raced two and three abreast behind. The first caution came out on lap-4 when Sean Fitzmauice and Art Marrero came together on the backstretch near the tail of the field.

Thompson was back ahead when racing resumed, showing the way until Ladyga stormed in following the next caution flag. Ladyga took over with Nick Sowa in tow. The car on the move belonged to Giovanni Giarratana, charging his way through the field and into the top-five. Giarratana continued forward progress until he got by Sowa’s inside as they began lap-22. With just three laps remaining, Giarratana ran out of time to catch Ladyga, who cruised to the checkered flag. Giarratana settled for second after looking capable of making it two in a row in the division. Sowa hung on for third, Daniel Stolte finished fourth and Mike Christopher Jr. was fifth.

McCollum ran down Corey Comeroski in a caution-free INEX Bandolero feature and made a last lap pass for the win. Jonathon Puleo led the opening lap before Comeroski moved by the next circuit and bolted out to a commanding lead early. McCollum moved to second past Anthony Marvin on lap-5, then spent the next several laps tracking down Comeroski. The top two cars distanced themselves from the competition to make it a two-car race for the win. McCollum spent the final five laps draped all over Comeroski’s rear bumper, testing the outside lane. As the two began the final lap, McCollum again pulled to the outside lane through turns one and two. He got a great run down the back chute and pulled even with Comeroski, edging ahead in turn three. McCollum got a great run off the final corner to drag race Comeroski to the finish line and take the win by a bumper. Marvin finished third.

Wings & Wheels next at Speedbowl Fast night of auto racing features ISMA, NEMA, Valenti Modified Racing Series and more

August 9th, 2013

Waterford, CT – An August tradition returns to the Connecticut shoreline on Saturday as Waterford Speedbowl hosts the 6th annual Wings & Wheels event. The popular racing program is a unique pairing of the fastest asphalt short track machines across the country. Race fans will be treated to extraordinary speeds and the thrill of open wheels and winged wonders with 50-laps of feature racing by the International Supermodified Association (ISMA), 25-laps by the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA), 100-laps of green flag racing from the Valenti Modified Racing Series plus the Speedbowl’s own NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® and SK Light Modified divisions. The three-eighths mile oval trades in fenders for one week to make way for the electrifying night of motorsports where speed is the name of the game.

ISMA returns for their only appearance at the ‘Bowl in 2013. They roar in with Lou Cicconni leading their season championship chase seeking an ISMA-record fifth triumph at the Speedbowl. Mike Lichty is second in the points and owns one career Waterford win, in 2010. Rob Summers looks to defend his Wings & Wheels win one year ago in a team car to Lichty in what could be considered his home track. Those names plus other series stars will be lightning quick on the stop watch with speeds in the 120-mph plus range at corner entry and average laps over 107-mph likely on the tight three-eighths mile oval.

Speedbowl fans last saw the Valenti Modified Racing Series at the track as part of the season opening Budweiser Blastoff in early April. Steve Masse made a late charge in that 100-lap event to take an exciting win and eyes a season sweep at Waterford. Just four points separate leaders Rowan Pennink and Tommy Barrett headed into Saturday. Each hold a series win at the ‘Bowl and Barrett is looking for a repeat in the tour’s final stop to the shoreline oval as he did a year ago. The event will be a homecoming for several including young guns Max Zachem and two-time series champion Chris Pasteryak, veteran Mike Holdridge and last year’s Speedbowl SK Modified runner-up Jeff Pearl. Both Keith and Jeff Rocco are expected entries putting plenty of home track experience in the mix for Saturday’s 100-lapper. Lap times from the Valenti Modifieds are expected in the 13-second bracket early, keeping with the theme of speed and open wheels.

The NEMA Midgets race in a special event Saturday – the prestigious Angelilo Memorial Race – honoring the memory of long-time car owners and NEMA officers Gene and Marilyn Angelilo. The Bertrand Motorsports team took first and second in NEMA’s last appearance to the Speedbowl on July 27 with Anthony Marvuglio and Todd Bertrand finishing one-two. Bertrand won at Budweiser Blastoff while Randy Cabral has been kept out of the winner’s circle at Waterford the last few seasons and looks for a turnaround. NEMA races at Waterford are always lightning-quick and the field will try to best Marvuglio’s quick lap from two weeks back and try and dip into the elusive 12-second bracket, joining ISMA in the elite speed category.

Joining ISMA, NEMA and the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be the Speedbowl’s own SK Modifieds® and SK Light Modifieds. The SK Modifieds® have landed seven different winners in the first 15 events of the year, signifying the competitive nature of the track’s headline weekly division. Point leader Keith Rocco looks to pad his points lead but has several capable drivers chasing him. In the SK Lights, five different drivers have won their nine events thus far.

Racing begins on Saturday with qualifying heats for all five divisions at 5:00pm. Main events are scheduled to begin at 6:35pm. Pricing is set at $38.00 for adult grandstands admission with youth age 6-14 just $10.00. Kids 5 & under are free and the facility offers acres of free parking as well as overnight parking. Pit gates open at 11:00am while spectator grandstands open at 1:00pm. More information is available by visiting Speedbowl.com from a home computer or mobile device.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

August 9th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was back on track with another round of its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series. Picking up wins included Giovanni Giarratana of Newington in the INEX Legend Cars, Ray Reed of Norwich won his first ever race in Super X-Car action and Zach Thomas of New London was awarded the X-Car victory. Sharing the honors in twin INEX Bandolero division races were Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook and Corey Comeroski of Lebanon. The night’s Wacky Race was won by Christopher Lee of Uncasville.

Giarratana raced to the front in a very competitive 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature to claim another win, beginning August in similar fashion to July when he was the division’s hottest driver before cooling off. Giarratana’s plans for the night changed quickly, as he originally intended to use the event as a practice session for the division’s Saturday series.

The feature began with first-year driver T.J. Thompson in the pole position, jumping out to the lead over fellow newcomer Josh Zentek. Veteran racer Carl Blandina had trouble launching at the green flag, staying at pace speed down the front chute to turn one causing the cars behind to scramble. All stayed pointed in the right direction as Blandina retired to the infield.

As Thompson showed the way, Michael Blaskey moved to second position with Nick Sowa climbing to third. Sowa got past Blaskey’s inside on lap-5, while Giarratana was amidst a tight pack of cars including some of the fastest cars of the night which worked through the top ten. The first caution waved on lap-6 for debris kicked up in the racing groove on the
front stretch. Thompson led the restart to lap-7 but pushed up out of turn four leaving the inside open for Sowa to pounce. Sowa dove to the inside entering turn one in a bid for the lead. Giarratana, who had restarted the race fifth,
stayed in the inside lane and charged up behind Sowa. Behind him, Brendon Bock and Nick Ladyga held the inside while the outside lane had Thompson and Blaskey hanging on tough. The top six cars raced in very close quarters as Sowa took the lead. Giarratana got to second while Bock took third ahead of the next caution flag on lap-10 for a spin by Stephen
Smith, making his first Speedbowl appearance, in turn two.

Giarratana restarted outside Sowa and stayed there for lap, leading by a nose on lap-11 before taking over command of the race on lap-12. Sowa, Bock and Ladyga went three-wide for second through turns one and two the next circuit, with Ladyga taking that spot as Bock was forced to back out and drop back to fifth. Blaskey was back to third as Sowa dropped to fourth. The top-five singled out with Giarratana three cars ahead of Ladyga when the final caution waved on lap-15 when Colin Haley had spun in turn two.

Giarratana restarted strong to pull ahead of Ladyga on the final restart, aiding Bock who was able to pull underneath Ladyga for second. Bock moved ahead on lap-17 and set chase on Giarratana. He could not come closer than a car length the rest of the way and was never able to mount a serious threat to Giarratana for the victory. Giarratana closed out the
win just ahead of Bock, who turned in the quickest lap of the night in his pursuit of the lead with an impressive lap in the 16.7 second bracket. Ladyga wound up third while Sowa and Joey Ternullo, the two series point leaders, finished in fourth and fifth respectively.

Reed was a first-ever winner Super X-Car action. He scored his initial trip to the winner’s circle in convincing fashion, running behind leader John Yagmin through a yellow flag on lap-13. Yagmin was second to early leader R.J. Cunningham before he retired as his car went up in smoke on lap-6. Yagmin and Reed led ahead of the next pack of cars through a caution on lap-13.

Reed got the benefit of lining up outside Yagmin for the restart and powered ahead in the outside lane on lap-14. Once in front Reed would not be denied, staying ahead of Yagmin as Ed Ryan moved in, taking over the runner-up spot before the final caution waved when Matt Carlson of Griswold spun in turn four on lap-21. Reed bested Ryan and went on to the checkered flag. Ryan finished second and Yagmin wound up third. Reed’s father Ed raced at the track for decades while his brother Ed Jr. is a former Late Model and Modified division champion at the track in the past 15 years.

Zach Thomas was lifted to the victory in the 25-lap X-Car feature after post-race inspection found the top two cars to have unapproved suspension modifications. Chris Thomas appeared to have taken his second Wednesday night win in the division on the track, however following the race he and second place finisher Larry Loomis Jr. were disqualified. The key move of the race for Thomas came in the closing laps. He slowly worked his way through the field to arrive among the top-five cars late in the race. He raced under early leader John Bowes on lap-23 to secure third position, which ultimately proved to be the right place to be credited with a win following the race. Bowes ended up with a second place finish and Mike Trask was credited with third.

The first 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature saw Comeroski take the lead from David French early on. Comeroski was unable to pull away from the competition, as Colchester’s Anthony Marvin moved to his rear bumper and trailed him through the only caution flag on lap-17. Comeroski jumped ahead over Marvin, who lost second position over the final laps as Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook surged into the podium. Comeroski held on to win while Morin was second and David French of Rome, PA finished third.

Morin captured the second 20-lap Bandolero race with a great move on the final corner to move from fourth to first. He got around the top three cars as they battled for the win. Comeroski tried making it two in a row on the night with a diving move under French, who led. Marvin made it a three-wide battle through the final corners but Comeroski slipped, pushing all three cars up high, allowing Morin to take an exciting victory. French was second and Comeroski third at the checkered flag.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

August 7th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Action returned to the shoreline as Waterford Speedbowl hosted another round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing Saturday evening. The competition rolled into August keeping things hot on the race track during a wild night of motorsports. Scoring a popular win included Diego Monahan of Quaker Hill in the headline SK Modified division while Keith Rocco of Meriden tallied a double, taking top honors in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models as well as the visiting Pro Four Modifieds of New England. Bill Leonard of Charlestown, RI claimed a Mini Stock feature that went down to the wire and Corey Barry of Plainfield came from behind to win the SK Light Modified race. Josh Galvin of Franklin picked up his second Street Stock win of the season.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature was a test of patience and perseverance as several incidents marred the division’s 35-lap feature. Monahan was in the safest place throughout – the lead –as he showed the way through nine caution flags which involved most of the field at some juncture, including several top runners. In total Monahan survived 13 restart attempts, including some which were called back by race officials, and held back all challengers. Championship point leaders Keith Rocco and Tyler Chadwick both found themselves among the lead pack only to meet misfortune during the wild event.

The race began with a false start from front row starters Monahan and Ed Puleo. Monahan moved to the lead on the second attempt to begin the race, bringing Jeff Gallup into second and Rob Janovic to third before Puleo was able to settle into line fourth. The first caution waved when Wendell Dailey lost an engine at the end of the back chute on lap-5, spinning in his fluid to bring out the caution flag. The red flag was needed for a lengthy track cleanup that ensued.

When the track was cleared, a good stretch of racing with lots of action among the top ten cars brought the race to the next caution on lap-12 when Rocco encountered his first issue, spinning off turn four amidst a tight battle for position just outside the top-five. Rocco pitted and returned at the rear of the field for the restart.

Monahan got away from Gallup when the race went back to green. Gallup tucked in line behind but got crossed up in turn three on lap-13. As Gallup broke sideways he collected third place Craig Lutz and Puleo to bring out the next caution flag, jostling the running order behind Monahan. Ceravolo was the next to challenge Monahan, bringing some heavy hitters to the front behind him as Chadwick and Ted Christopher joined the frey. Ceravolo got caught in the outside lane, watching Chadwick then Christopher get by him as they completed lap-16. Christopher went for a spin in turn three on lap-17, dropping him from the top three as the caution flag returned.

Chadwick had his chance at Monahan for the restart however Monahan was again up to the task. Ceravolo took second back from Chadwick on lap-19, who was left to fight off a surging Rocco back up to fourth position. As Ceravolo glued himself to Monahan’s back bumper, Chadwick and Rocco were gridlocked in a side-by-side race for third. That came to a grinding halt on lap-21 when contact in the back chute saw the two wreck into turn three. Rocco emerged with a flat left rear tire while Chadwick’s car needed more severe attention in the pit area after Tom Abele Jr. was collected in the incident and made contact with Chadwick.

Monahan beat Ceravolo and Frank Mucciacciaro over the next two restarts after more incidents outside the top-five kept the racing from to a minimum. Chadwick was eventually eliminated on lap-26 after getting caught up in another wreck, this time on the front chute. Rocco and Puleo were both involved again, sending Rocco back to the pit area one more time. Two final hurdles were thrown at Monahan over the conclusion – on lap-28 Ceravolo and Kyle James looked to make it three-wide on the back chute as they tried to unseat him simultaneously, in addition to a final restart on lap-33 that set up a green-white-checkered finish. Monahan survived both to go on to his first win in the division since 2007.

Rocco fired his way back into contention for the win and had the last shot at Monahan on the final restart with two laps remaining. He lined up outside of Monahan but couldn’t find any traction in the top groove of the track to take the win away. Rocco finished in second after his up and down evening while Ceravolo was able to finish third. Christopher battled back to finish in fourth and Joe Gada rounded out the top-five.

Rocco cruised to his 6th win of the season in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division. He took over from Jeff Smith following a restart on lap-7. Rocco swooped to the outside, leading lap-8 and finally taking sole possession of the lead on lap-10. Rocco was pulling away from a escalating battle for second position when the final stoppage occurred on lap-13. He had a perfect restart over Smith and moved ahead to the win as Smith battled to hold on to second. Jason Palmer was finally able to work past Smith’s outside on lap-23 after several laps trying, going on to finish second. Smith ended up third after leading the first seven laps. Rocco boosted his lead in the points by virtue of his win, coupled with a last lap penalty to Dillon Moltz.

Barry’s ride to the winner’s circle was not an easy one in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modifieds. He had to overcome a penalty on lap-3 of the 25-lap race which put him to the tail of the field. Barry was cited for overaggressive driving after contact with leader Larry Goss which resulted in an incident behind the lead two that knocked point leader Randy Churchill out of the race. After the incident Barry stormed his way back to the front. He benefitted by a final restart on lap-14 to make his way back into contention over the second half of the race. He raced to second position on lap-17 and then spent two laps trying to get by Goss’s outside as the two resumed their earlier confrontation. Barry was able to cleanly drive around Goss into the lead on lap-20 and went on to the victory. Goss finished second and Chris Ignazio took third.

Galvin was back in Victory Lane for the first time since April in the
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks. He trailed a three-way tussle for the top spot early in the going that saw Dan Darnstaedt battle Joe Arena and Chris Meyer. Galvin worked his way into the mix, taking the lead on lap-11 by getting around Arena. Galvin led Arena by a car length until a final restart with two laps remaining set up a final dash to the checkered flag. Galvin would not be denied and went on to the win. Arena finished second with former division champion Dwayne Dorr recording his best finish in several seasons in third. Dorr recently returned to competition in the division.

The 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock race was a display of hard and clean racing in a memorable battle for the win. Leonard was never able to decisively pull into the lead over the duration of the event. He raced outside of leader Doug Curry for most of the race, including the final 11 laps. The event’s final restart came following a lap-14 caution flag and the two were never able to get much separation in their quest for the victory. Curry led by inches at the line as they took the white flag but it was the veteran Leonard who showed poise over the final lap to pull ahead through turns three and tour. He beat Curry to the finish line by .017 seconds to take down his third win of the season. Curry recorded a quality second place effort while Ian Brew finished third. A scary incident on lap-3 saw Garrett Denton and Joe Liskiewicz crash hard into the front stretch wall in which Liskiewicz’s car rolled onto its roof. The red flag was brought out and both drivers emerged from their battered cars.

Rocco took his second win of the night in the visiting Pro Four Modifieds of New England event. Their 25-lap feature saw Rocco and Doug Coby make cameo appearances and set off on their way to the front of the pack when the green flag was displayed. Coby led Rocco through the pack, however on lap-7 Coby got into Andy Major for second position in turn four to create the only caution flag of the race. Coby was placed to the rear of the field while Rocco was lifted to second. Rocco pulled away from leader Rob Richardi after his machine suffered mechanical failure when he tried to restart the race. As Richardi retired to the infield, Rocco powered ahead to the win. Phil Lausier closed in late but could not challenge Rocco and finished second. Robin Berghman placed third and Coby quickly came through the field to finish fourth, however ran out of time to catch the leaders.

Wings & Wheels highlights the schedule for next Saturday, August 10 at the Speedbowl. The popular night combines the ISMA Supermodifieds with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, NEMA Midgets plus the Speedbowl’s own SK Modifieds and SK Light Modified divisions. Over 200 laps of green flag feature racing will be on display. The fastest night of short track auto racing in the northeast features all open-wheel and winged racecars. More information on the event is available at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

August 2nd, 2013

Waterford, CT– Waterford Speedbowl hosted a jam packed grandstand for its popular mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday family fun program. Picking up victories on the night of motorsports included Nick Ladyga of Voluntown in the INEX Legend Cars, his first of the season in the Wednesday series. Jon Porter of Canterbury won another Super X-Car race, while Willmantic’s Mitch Bombard won his first X-Car feature of the year. Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook won a thrilling INEX Bandolero race that went down to the wire and the Wacky Hot Dog eating race went to Peter Pollard of Old Lyme. An aerial fireworks display capped the night of action on the track.

The 25-lap INEX Legend Cars race was a dandy, going down to the final lap between Ladyga and Michael Christopher Jr. Ladyga became the third leader of the race after he took command following a lap-6 restart. Ladyga restarted third and got past second place Christopher in turns one and two, then went after race leader Joey Ternullo in turns three and four. Ladyga streaked past the inside of Ternullo into the lead on lap-7. Christopher got by Ternullo on lap-8 to move up to second position where he remained until a caution flag on lap-15 set up the race’s final restart. Ladyga was up to the task, momentarily getting away from Christopher. Christopher, however, stayed with Ladyga until the finish.

As the final laps began, Christopher began a barrage of attacks to the rear bumper of Ladyga. On the final lap with Ladyga still holding the lead, Christopher tried to get underneath him in turn two seeking his first-ever victory in the division. He couldn’t find the room and headed into turn three Christopher again took his final shots at Ladyga, to no avail. Ladyga masterfully held on for the win while Christopher settled for second. Christopther’s father Mike is a multi-time winner in Northeast racing while his uncle Ted Christopher is one of the all-time best racers in the region. Stephen Kopcik finished third in the race. Ternullo used a fourth place effort combined with misfortune for Nicholas Sowa to cut the deficit in the championship standings in half, as he now trails by 29 marks to Sowa.

The X-Car division went 30-laps in a special extra distance race, their longest of the Wednesday series season. Christopher Lee led the opening lap but Melissa Clavette barnstormed her way past in the outside lane to take over on lap-2. Clavette raced out to a large lead before caution on lap-5 erased her advantage. Bombard used patience in getting to the front of the field, lining up fifth for the restart. Scott Limkemann took over from Clavette on lap-6 as Bombard moved up to third. He got by Clavette and then was on Limkemann’s tail as the race moved past halfway. Bombard had just made his move on Limkemann for the lead and showed the way when caution returned on the speedway on lap-16. Once out front Bombard had to best the field on two additional retarts. Zach Thomas was able to work into second position late in the event, benefitting by the extra laps. Limkemann wound up third. The victory was Bombard’s first of the season.

Porter landed in Victory Lane in the 25-lap Super X-Car race, rebounding from a conclusion one week ago which saw him lose the lead and victory late in the going. This week Porter refused to back down, leading early by an easy margin and surviving three yellow flags during the race, the final one coming with just a half-lap remaining. That caution put Ed Ryan to Porter’s outside for a green-white-checkered restart, the same position Porter found himself in a week prior when he lost the race. This time Porter would not be denied the win, getting away from Ryan who had to hold off a challenge for second position from Frank Alessio. As Porter raced to the win, Ryan held off Alessio, the leader in the championship standings, for second.

The 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature shaped up to be a three-car stalemate late in the going between Corey Comeroski, David French and Morin. Comeroski battled with French from the first lap, a duel which continued over the first half of the race. French spent several laps to the outside of Comeroski in an entertaining battle for the lead while Morin ran down the lead two cars. The chess match at th e front among the three continued until the final laps in the caution-free event. French was finally able to take control outside of Comeroski coming to the white flag, however when he moved down the track to pull in line ahead of Comeroski the outside lane was left open for Morin. Morin took advantage charging up the outside of the track to get by Comeroski out of turn two and then past French over the final half-lap to take an exciting come-from-behind win. French took second and Comeroski had to settle for third.

Pollard combined racing with a hot dog eating contest to best a field of 10 drivers to take their shot at the wackiest driver of the night. After the green flag came out on the 5-lap sprint race, Pollard made his required “pit stop” to the center of the track and downed two hot dogs before climbing back in his racecar. He was the first to complete the 5-lap distance after eating his hot dogs. Pollard bested Chuck McDonald in a close race.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

July 29th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl hosted its annual Nostalgia Night Saturday, treating a large crowd on hand to a thrilling night of motorsports that honored racing past and present. The event featured the track’s usual fare of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing in addition to exhibition events by vintage auto racing clubs. The Northeastern Midget Association, one of the fastest and oldest sanctioned racing groups in the country, also joined the program for its Shane Hammond Memorial event. Picking up NASCAR wins on the night included Kyle James of Ashaway, RI in the SK Modifieds® and Dillon Moltz of Waterford in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature, while Uncasville’s Phil Evans was a first-time winner in the Street Stocks and Ian Brew of Wood River Junction, RI took the night’s Mini Stock race. The Northeastern Midget Association races went to Anthony Marvuglio of East Bridgewater, MA and Avery Stoehr of Lakeville, MA, who won the NEMA Lite event.

James finished strong in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature to close out his second win of the season. He was mired in traffic at the start of the race then used a long stretch of green flag racing to march his way into contention.

Tom Abele used the pole starting position to race into the lead over Diego Monahan when the green flag was draped over the field. He took control out of turn two to bring the field to lap-1 as Monahan held second. The competition felt out their cars in the opening five laps without much excitement until Frank Mucciacciaro spun between turns one and two on lap-6 to bring out the first caution flag of the event.

After a false start by Monahan, Abele picked up where he left off as he again pulled ahead out of turn two when racing resumed. Monahan continued in second while Todd Ceravolo looked poised to try and make it two wins in a row as he used the outside lane to climb into a battle for third with Jeffrey Gallup. Those two ran side-by-side as Tyler Chadwick lined up behind Ceravolo in the outside lane looking to push forward. Ceravolo and Chadwick’s plans were changed when Gallup found room under Monahan in turn three on lap-9. He raced to second as Chadwick was able to change lanes to the bottom of the track and pull under Ceravolo. He got by Ceravolo and Monahan to move into third. James was next to keep both Ceravolo and Monahan pinned in the top groove, riding into fourth position by lap-15.

Ahead, Abele was comfortably leading Gallup as Chadwick was draped all over his rear bumper. James picked up pursuit of the battle for second position, tagging along to make a three-car train behind Abele’s lead. Keith Rocco and Ceravolo were next behind that battle but had trouble keeping up with the pace of the top four cars as the race stretched past halfway.

The running order remained unchanged through lap-23, however Abele’s lead was beginning to grow as the heat was turned up for second position with the laps counting down. As Chadwick tried to find a way to work Gallup over for second lap after lap, James pulled the pin and looked to the outside lane to make some noise. He pulled outside Chadwick into turn one on lap-30 with Chadwick momentarily able to fend off the challenge. As they raced to complete lap-31 James tried again, racing even with Chadwick down the front chute with both cars breathing down Gallup’s rear bumper. The battle boiled over exiting turn two as Chadwick got into Gallup’s left rear trying to thwart the bid by James, sending Gallup spinning off the back chute. The second caution flag came out for Gallup, erasing Abele’s lead as well as the long run of green flag racing.

Both Gallup and Chadwick, deemed responsible for the contact, were forced to pick up at the rear of the field. That was the break James needed, pulling him into second and alongside Abele for the pivotal restart. With a strong car in the outside lane, James was able to stay to Abele’s outside following the restart. Coming to the white flag, James got away from Abele out of turn four to take the flag first. Over the final lap James streaked ahead to the checkered flag. Abele’s strong run came up just short, winding up second. Todd Ceravolo benefitted by the late caution flag to claim third. Rocco and Craig Lutz completed the top-five. Following the race, Kyle James was named the ‘Rough and Tumble’ driver of the race for his late heroics.

Marvuglio was an emotional winner on the night after capturing the Northeastern Midget Association’s 27-lap Shane Hammond Memorial race. The race honored Hammond, Marvuglio’s late brother, who passed away in a racing accident in 2008. Marvuglio wasn’t even planning to race after losing an engine in his primary car. He was offered a ride for the event Friday evening in the Bertrand #74, one of the division’s most potent cars. He stalked early leader Phil DiMario, who paced the field through the only caution flag on lap-18. Jim Chambers had something let go under his machine ahead of the leaders, just as Marvuglio looked poised to make a move on DiMario to create the yellow situation. The restart didn’t cool down Marvuglio as he rocketed his way by DiMario’s outside into the lead out of turn two. He cruised the rest of the way to the win. Todd Bertrand finished second and John Zych Jr. was third. Marvuglio’s quick lap was a blistering 12.93 seconds around the three eighths mile oval.

Moltz checkered his third Bob Valenti Auto Mall feature race of the season to keep his points battle with Keith Rocco red hot. Moltz took the lead following a lap-9 restart from Jeff Smith, who had showed the way from the opening lap in the 30-lapper. Smith led comfortably before the caution. Once out front the hometown driver powered ahead to his third win of the season, romping ahead by nearly a straightaway advantage at the finish. Jason Palmer ran a strong race to wind up second and Rocco snatched third from Smith at the finish line. Rocco rebounded from a spin on lap-16 which drew the other caution flag in the race. With the victory Moltz closed to within 14 points of Rocco in the standings.

Evans earned his first win in the Street Stocks in his third season competing in the division by taking the lead early, then holding back the division’s all-time winning driver, Al Stone, late. Evans took the lead from Dan Darnstaedt on lap-10 of the 25-lap feature. Evans quietly worked his way into contention, but once in front Stone was on his heels. Stone, a winner last Saturday, had two chances in the final nine laps to challenge Evans with two restart attempts. Stone made a run of it, staying outside Evans who had to fight him off. Evans did so pulling ahead for good on lap-20 and racing to the checkered flag. Stone finished on his rear bumper in second with Monte Gibbs finishing a career-best third. Evans holds 25 career Mini Stock victories at the Speedbowl.

Brew rebounded from a hard crash during last Saturday’s Mini Stock race, using a backup car from his race shop and piloted it to a convincing victory. Brew raced to the lead on the opening lap over Chris Ivory, the pole-sitter for the 25-lap race. Brew withstood two caution periods which slowed his pace but was never seriously threatened on his way to the win. Points leader Ken Cassidy Jr. was no challenge to Brew and finished second. Bill Leonard of placed third.

Stoehr won the 27-lap NEMA Lite feature proving to have the strongest car in that event. He was the third leader, coming through the field as Scott Bigelow and Richie Morrocco traded to top spot in the early going. Stoehr used a strong move inside of Bigelow on lap-14 to take command. He bested the competition over one restart on his way to the win.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

July 26th, 2013

Waterford,CT – Waterford Speedbowl returned to the race track with another round of its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program, placing six drivers into the winner’s circle. Dave Garbo Jr. of Stonington returned to the Speedbowl and picked up his second win of the season in INEX Legend Cars racing, while Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook and Christian Eckes of Middletown, NY shared honors in twin INEX Bandolero features. John Yagmin of Tolland rallied late in the Super X-Car feature to score the win and Brad Voglesong of Middletown won the X-Car feature. The Wacky Race win went to Waterford’s Chris Thomas.

Garbo returned to the Speedbowl for just the second time of the Wild ‘n Wacky season and made his second trip to Victory Lane. Garbo, the 2012 INEX National Champion as well as Speedbowl track champion, didn’t miss a beat as he powered his way to the front of the field in the 25-lap Legend Cars race on lap-11.

The race began with trouble breaking out at the front of the field before they were able to complete lap-1. Joey Ferrigno and T.J. Thompson touched coming through turn four battling for the lead, sending both spinning in front of the field. Brendon Bock, Michael Blaskey, Dennis Pantani and Stephen Kopcik were all involved with everyone but Thompson continuing on after the caution flag.

Joey Ternullo moved to the front row and bolted into the early lead once racing began. He showed the way ahead of a battle for second that saw Angelo Belsito take that spot, holding it until Garbo moved to third. A caution flag on lap-7 enabled Garbo to get past Belsito for second on the restart and move in behind Ternullo. He shadowed Ternullo for three laps before diving to the inside headed into turn one on lap-11. Garbo made the move stick and raced into the lead.

Once in front Garbo was hard to beat. Two additional caution flags slowed his march, the final coming in the final five laps. Garbo got away each time and went on to the win. A great battle for second position was taken by Nick Ladyga the finish, with Nick Sowa finishing third to round out the podium finishers.

Morin won the first of the two 20-lap INEX Bandolero features scheduled on the night. He powered into the lead on lap-7 after running the outside lane to perfection, getting past Anthony Marvin on lap-5 and leader David French on the seventh circuit. The race ran caution free with Morin holding his spot out front. A final hurdle for Morin was lapped traffic, with two cars side-by-side battling for position just ahead as he took the white flag. Morin cleared them going to the top of the track. Marvin made a late charge at French out of the final corner as they encountered the lapped cars, with French able to hold second position at the checkered flag. Marvin finished third.

The second Bandolero feature began with a scary incident on the opening lap. Three cars crashed hard into the turn two wall drawing the caution and red flags. All three drivers were evaluated by medical personnel before racing resumed. Once the green was back out, Eckes led the field. He held off Corey Comeroski and Marvin the rest of the way as the race ran through the checkered flag without further delay.

Voglesong ran a smooth race to capture the 25-lap X-Car feature. He used the outside lane masterfully, riding it twice through the front runners on his way to the win. The first run saw him take the lead from Mike Trask off turn two on lap-14 following a restart. The final caution flag came on lap-18, with Voglesong choosing the outside lane for the restart attempt. Trask got the jump and led to turn one with Voglesong dropping back outside the top-three cars momentarily. Trask led lap-19 and once Voglesong regained his momentum, he charged back on the top of the track. He raced past all top-three cars back into the lead on lap-20. Once back out front, Voglesong pulled ahead to the win. Trask finished in second with John Bowes running a strong race to finish third.

Yagmin benefitted by a caution flag on the final lap preventing the 25-lap Super X-Car race from concluding. Yagmin was third much of the race behind an entertaining battle for the lead between R.J. Cunningham and Jon Porter. The pair traded the lead several times over the opening 22-laps which were run without the need for a yellow flag. Porter held the over Cunningham when the caution flag finally waved when Mike Maskell and Ed Ryan tangled battling just outside the top-five. Yagmin took second from Cunningham to lap-23 when another caution flag was needed. Yagmin restarted outside of Porter then raced hard in the outside lane to lead the white flag lap and beat Porter to the checkered flag. Porter was second and Bill Reiman finished third.

Thomas scored a popular win in an entertaining round of Musical Cars for the X-Car division, which participated in the night’s Wacky Race. He advanced to the final round with Chuck McDonald, then beat McDonald to the final cone in a dash that saw McDonald try and score an upset win with some heads-up driving. McDonald’s move came up just shy as Thomas was a first-time Wacky Race event winner.

Waterford Speedbowl 7/20 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

July 23rd, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl beat an early rain shower before returning to NASCAR racing on Saturday evening after a scheduled week off. The track’s INEX racing divisions were vaulted into the spotlight, landing the Bandolero and Legend Cars race winners a guaranteed starting spot in a national event for each division. Defending Speedbowl Legend Cars champion Paul Kusheba of Monroe won a thrilling race in a photo finish while Anthony Marvin of Colchester won the Bandolero feature. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing, Todd Ceravolo of Gales Ferry continued his solid season by picking up his first victory of the year in the SK Modifieds®. Al Stone of Durham won his second race of the year in the Street Stocks while Lisbon’s Ken Cassidy Jr. picked up his fifth Mini Stock victory. Randy Churchill Jr. of Oakdale rounded out the night’s winners, scoring his fourth SK Light Modified race honors.

The 35-lap feature race for the SK Modified® division saw the return of a familiar name to the winner’s circle at the track. Ceravolo, the 1997 track champion, took his first win since the 2010 season after running a nearly flawless race. He was patient in the opening laps as the running order settled in with Frank Mucciacciaro taking the race lead from pole sitter Nichole Morgillo on lap-1. Joe Gada held third behind the top two with Ceravolo rounding out the top four cars.

With Morgillo tailing Mucciacciaro, Ceravolo pulled out of line and made a power move under Joe Gada taking third place on lap-5. The first caution flag came out a lap later when a three-car battle for eighth position resulted in Adam Gada sliding through the turn four infield kicking up moisture and debris onto the race surface. Following a false restart attempt, Morgillo slid into the turn one wall after a second attempt to restart the race on lap-6 keeping the racing action at bay.

Ceravolo lined up outside of Mucciacciaro on the front row when the race was able to restart cleanly. He spent two laps on the outside racing hard for the lead before tucking in line behind Mucciacciaro who momentarily fended off the challenge. A lap later, Ceravolo dove inside Mucciacciaro in turn three to lead the way on lap-9. Once clear of Mucciacciaro, Ceravolo pulled away to a large lead as the race stayed clean and green.

Behind Ceravolo action was red hot as Mucciacciaro held back the advances of Tyler Chadwick, who took third from Joe Gada on lap-12. Keith Rocco followed Chadwick to fourth position and the two resumed their torrid battle for the win the last time the division raced. They joined Mucciacciaro in a tight three-car battle for second position that endured for several laps.

As the trio put on a spirited battle Ceravolo continued to pull further ahead to over a full straightaway. On lap-23 Chadwick finally found momentum to barrel underneath Mucciacciaro in turn three, bringing Rocco with him as they advanced to second and third. With a limited number of laps remaining a caution flag was looking to be the only way to slow Ceravolo.

Rocco pestered Chadwick until he finally made the move to his inside down the front chute on lap-27, taking away second. Over the final eight laps Rocco tried to run down Ceravolo, however the lead was too much as another yellow flag never came. As Ceravolo coasted to his 22nd career win at the track in convincing fashion, Rocco wound up second and Chadwick third. Mucciacciaro finished in fourth and Craig Lutz took home fifth.

Stone won for the 33rd time of his career in the 25-lap Street Stock race. Once in front he dominated the race which ran without a yellow flag until just three laps remained. Ryan Waterman moved to second on that restart and gave Stone his only challenge of the race with a shot to his rear bumper in turn one of the final lap. Stone hung on and drove away from Waterman to the checkered flag. Waterman finished second and Phil Evans put forth a season-best effort to take third.

Cassidy was the third leader of the race in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. He battled with the front runners to come through the field as Joe Liskiewicz led the early going after starting in the pole position. Liskiewicz showed the way until Garrett Denton took over with an inside move on lap-6. Cassidy moved to third position then took advantage of a lap-14 restart to take second position from Liskiewicz. Cassidy used an inside maneuver to pull even with Denton on the bottom of the track on lap-18 before powering ahead to lead lap-19. Denton hung tough to Cassidy’s outside for three laps before Cassidy wore him out and went on to his fifth win of the season and 48th career victory, the most all-time in the division. Denton was second and Wayne Burroughs Jr. placed third.

Churchill avoided a big wreck between the two leaders on a lap-4 restart in the 25-lap SK Light Modified race. The incident saw leader Corey Barry and second place Glenn Griswold come together sending Griswold’s car hard into the turn one wall. Churchill inherited the lead after the wreck and moved out to a big lead as the race went the rest of the way caution-free. Victoria Bergenty moved to second and tried to run down Churchill, but came up short. Churchill bolstered his points lead with his fourth victory of the year. Bergenty finished second and defending champion Paul French was third.

Kusheba won a nail-biter in a thrilling 50-lap INEX Legend Cars feature. He led easily over a long green flag run in the race before having to survive two late caution flags. Dylan Izzo stormed into contention and used the late caution flags to catch Kusheba. He lined up second for the the final restart on lap-45 and when the race resumed, the two traded the lead multiple times over the final five lap sprint to the finish. After losing the lead to Izzo on lap-48, Kusheba rallied back to lead lap-49 inside of Izzo. The two raced even on the final lap right to the checkered flag in a finish that had fans on their feet. Kusheba won by inches over Izzo, .001 seconds, earning a guaranteed starting position in the 2013 Legend Cars Asphalt Nationals. The event will be held at Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania and welcomes competitors from across the country. After the race, an excited Kusheba confirmed he intends to represent the Speedbowl and compete.

Marvin led the duration of the 20-lap INEX Bandolero race, which was good for an automatic starting berth in the Asphalt Nationals event for that class.

Speedbowl hosts INEX National Qualifier races on Saturday Legend Cars and Bandolero winners receive starting spot in national race

July 19th, 2013

Waterford, CT – A big award awaits two winners at Waterford Speedbowl’s event this Saturday, July 20. The three-eighths mile shoreline oval hosts INEX national qualifier events for its Legend Cars and Bandolero divisions. Those events join a racing card of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races as the Speedbowl returns to action following a scheduled night off last Saturday. Each race winner in the Legend Cars and Bandoleros will receive a guaranteed starting position in the divisions respective Asphalt Nationals events, put on by their sanctioning body, INEX.

The Legend Cars will compete in a 50-lap feature Saturday to send off the winner. A strong field is expected to turnout for the prestigious win. Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania hosts the 2013 Legends Asphalt Nationals September 12-15. Nearly 200 teams are expected for the nationals, arguably the biggest event of the season for the division. Even more of a reason to believe the Speedbowl qualifier will bear close watching is the proximity and likeness of Lake Erie to the Speedbowl. A banner field of Legend Cars is expected Saturday for the chance to advance to the Asphalt Nationals.

“We have strong reason to believe we will be well represented at the Asphalt Nationals given the event is as close to us as its been in a long time, plus Lake Erie and Waterford are similar – semi-banked three-eighths mile ovals” offered Speedbowl owner Terry Eames. “Given the stature of that event and the turnout, a win Saturday at the Speedbowl will be huge for one of our teams”.

The 2013 Bandolero Nationals will be held in August at Bethel Motor Speedway just over the border in New York state. That event is equally attractive as several Speedbowl race teams have competed at Bethel in the past. Saturday’s Bandolero national qualifier at the Speedbowl will see the teams going 20-laps in distance for the honor.

“One of the great things about racing in our Legend Cars or Bandoleros is the chance to represent the Speedbowl on a national level” according to Eames. “The folks at INEX have a great format and we’re excited to send our race winners off on behalf of everyone involved in the two divisions at our track”.

Joining those two events on Saturday will be the return of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing to the shoreline. The SK Modified® leads the way with a 35-lap feature. Last time out, Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard outdueled Keith Rocco of Meriden in a memorable event by the division. They will be joined by 25-lap races for the SK Light Modifieds, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. Main events begin at 7:00pm. A detailed event schedule and more information can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

July 19th, 2013

Waterford, CT– Wild ‘n Wacky racing action returned to the shoreline on Wednesday evening as Waterford Speedbowl was back on track with a five event program. Scoring victories in the entertaining night of motorsports included Angelo Belsito of Auburn, MA in INEX Legend Cars action and Jacob Perry of Pawcatuck in the Bandoleros. Frank Alessio of Colchester picked up his first Super X-Car race win of the year while Zach Thomas of New London won his second X-Car feature this season. The night’s Wacky Race honors were shared by both Peter Pollard of Old Lyme and Michael Trask of Plainfield.

Belsito took the lead on the 18th lap of a special extra-distance 30-lap INEX Legend Cars feature. He overcame an incident near the front of the field just before halfway that collected him along with several other front runners. After recovering, Belsito stormed his way back to the front.

The race began with the field going three-wide to turn one at the drop of the green flag. Carl Blandina jumped below pole sitter John O’Sullivan Jr. and Michael Christopher Jr. as they raced to turn one. Blandina took the lead in the preferred groove to show the way on lap-1 as Christopher settled into second. On lap-2 Joey Ternullo spun around exiting turn two while battling among the top-ten, bringing out the first caution flag. Giovanni Giarratana, the hottest driver on the circuit across southern New England, was sent to the rear of the field for the restart for his involvement.

Blandina got a good jump on the restart to race back ahead, bringing T.J. Thompson with him into second past Christopher. Thompson rode Blandina’s bumper until lap-5 when he looked to the outside. As Thompson tried to find racing room to make a move on Blandina, Christopher was back underneath him retaking second position on lap-6. Christopher didn’t stop there, finding room under Blandina to lead the field to lap-8. A host of competitors raced tightly behind the leaders with several heavy hitters climbing the ranks into contention. Nicholas Sowa, Brendon Bock, Dana Dimatteo, Giarratana and Belsito were among those on the move.

As the pack continued to dice for position for the second half of the race, trouble broke out on lap-12. Thompson got loose headed into turn one, spinning. He collected several of the cars directly behind that were intensely racing side-by-side. When the dust settled Blandina also spun while Giarratana, Stephen Kopcik and Colin Haley came together on the track in turn one. Dimatteo and Belsito were also involved with all drivers able to continue on after the caution flag.

The running order for the restart was shaken up behind Christopher. He had Michael Blaskey to his outside, with Sowa and Bock avoiding the mayhem to restart in the second row. Christopher broke away from Blaskey on the restart with Sowa following his tire tracks into second. Sowa continued his momentum forward by racing inside of Christopher for the lead coming to lap-13. Kyle Ellwood, making an infrequent appearance at the track, followed Sowa to challenge the lead pack. A great battle for the top spots behind Sowa raged as the race moved past halfway.

Belsito was on a mission after his lap-12 incident. He fired his way back into the picture using the outside lane, riding the top of the track around Ellwood and Christopher. Belsito’s amazing run didn’t stop there, switching to the bottom of the track to shoot past the inside of Sowa and into the lead on lap-18. Belsito pulled away until he was slowed by a caution on lap-23 as Bock spun in turn four after contact from Sowa as they battled for third. Both rejoined from the rear of the field.

Belsito blasted ahead of Ellwood on the final restart to power to his second win of the year. He won going away, pulling ahead by several car lengths at the checkered flag. Ellwood put forth a great run to wind up second with minimal experience at the quick three-eighths mile oval. Christopher took home a podium finish with an impressive third place effort in his first-year in the division, holding off Kopcik in the closing laps. Dennis Pantani finished behind Kopcik in fifth. The division is in the spotlight on Saturday when it competes in a 50-lap showdown, with the race winner earning a spot in the U.S. Legend Cars Asphalt Nationals event in September at Lake Erie (PA) Speedway.

Alessio tightened the gap in the standings with his first Wednesday night victory of the year in the Super X-Car class. Alessio, the 2011 division champion, trailed R.J. Cunningham in the early going of the 25-lap race. He pressured Cunningham through the first caution flag which flew on lap-2. When racing resumed it was Alessio who edged ahead outside of Cunningham into the lead on lap-3. Alessio spent three laps trying to shake Cunningham from his inside, finally doing so by lap-5 just ahead of the next caution flag when Shawn Gaedeke spun into turn one. Behind that spin excitement between John Yagmin and Eric Finkbein Sr. saw the two come together taking the caution flag with Finkbein being towed from the speedway.

Alessio got a clean restart to pull ahead of Cunningham and Marc Shafer when racing resumed. He pulled out to a comfortable lead as the rest of the race went caution free to the checkered flag. Bill Reiman came through the top-five during the run, taking second position from Cunningham on lap-9. He couldn’t run down Alessio however, as he motored to the victory.

Alessio praised his crew in the winner’s circle, admitting some doubt if he would reach Victory Lane this season. He did so with ease, besting Reiman the rest of the way. Point leader Ken Downing took third on lap-15 and rounded out the podium finishers. Mike Maskell was fourth and Ed Ryan finished fifth. With the win, Alessio pulled within three points of Downing in the championship standings.

Thomas took his second win of the season in the X-Cars, coming out on top in the 25-lapper. After coming close in last Wednesday and last Friday’s events for the division, Thomas prevailed after taking the lead from defending champion Scott Limkemann on lap-11.

Nate Bryington showed the way early in the race, leading lap-1 and holding the spot through the first caution flag on lap-8 when Zach Ezzell had spun off the back chute. Limkemann had moved to second and was closing on Bryington’s lead when the yellow was displayed. Limkemann rode the outside lane into the lead on lap-9 after the restart. Thomas was on the move, making his way to the front. He made the pivotal move inside of Limkemann in turn three on lap-11.

Once in the front, Zach Thomas had to hold off Chris Thomas following a final caution flag on lap-18. Chris Thomas forged his way forward to make his way to second behind Zach Thomas. The two drivers had waged a memorable war in last Wednesday’s event with Chris coming out on top of Zach. Redemption belonged to Zach this week, going on over the final laps to win by a car length at the finish line. Behind Chris Thomas, John Bowes ran a strong race to finish third. Larry Loomis Jr. and Wayne Shifflett ran with the leaders throughout to finish fourth and fifth respectively.

Jacob Perry of Pawcatuck was lifted to the win in the night’s INEX Bandolero feature. He finished second on the track to Alex McCollum of New Jersey, however McCollum’s car failed post-race inspection handing Perry his first win of the year.

Waterford Speedbowl Little Guys 200 Results

July 16th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl hosted the inaugural Belltown Tire Service Center Little Guys 200 Friday evening, putting four of the track’s support divisions into the spotlight. Open competition Mini Stock and Street Stock events paid each winner $1,000.00. Corey Hutchings of Salem was the Street Stock event winner and Glen Thomas Jr. of Groton took the checkered flag in the night’s Mini Stock race. Giovanni Giarratana of Newington won his third INEX Legend Cars event in the last four at the track and Brad Voglesong of Middletown won the X-Car race. Belltown Tire Service Center put on a Pit Crew Challenge on the track’s front chute between races, won by the team of Glen Thomas Jr.

Thomas was the big winner in the open competition Mini Stock feature. He began the 50-lap feature back in eighth position and worked his way towards the front as Ray Christian III held the lead. Christian took the lead on lap-1 with Ken Cassidy Jr. trailing him. Christian opened up a five car lead as Nick Anderson and Pete Zaikarite lined up in third and fourth place. Thomas joined the fray and was fifth as the race hit lap-10.

The top five cars singled out and ran down Christian’s brief early lead as Thomas began asserting himself. He picked off cars one at a time until he was behind a battle for the lead between Christian and Nick Anderson. Anderson had gotten around Cassidy’s outside on lap-18 and Thomas joined him. Anderson stayed in the outside lane and went to the outside of
Christian.

Thomas sat behind that duo for two laps before making a diving move under both as they began lap-21. Going three-wide for the lead down the back chute, Christian and Anderson made contact with Anderson ending his night in the turn three wall. The yellow flag for Anderson set up the only restart of the race, which Thomas mastered.

Thomas resumed his lead with Zaikarite chasing him. The two former Speedbowl Wednesday night stalwarts led a battle for third among the track’s winningest Mini Stock division drivers of all time – Cassidy and Dan Field. Field got the better of Cassidy on lap-25, a key battle when Zaikarite dropped off the pace from second position, retiring to the infield on lap-30.

The race remained under the green flag through the checkered flag. Thomas was not seriously challenged the rest of the way, cruising to the win. Field finished second with Cassidy third. Bill Leonard was fourth and Chris Williams finished in fifth.

Hutchings was unstoppable in the 50-lap open competition Street Stock event. He made his way to the front after a caution on lap-4 when leaders Brandon Plemons and Ryan Lineham tangled in turn one. Lineham had been pressing Plemons heavily until he made contact, sending Plemons spinning in turn one. Lineham, a former Seekonk Speedway track champion, was summoned to the rear handing the lead to Hutchings.

Hutchings powered into the lead after the restart, however trouble behind had Lineham with right front damage to draw another caution flag keeping the race under delay and sending teams pitside for adjustments. Once the race got back underway, Hutchings got away from Joe Kohler after a brief battle.

Hutchings pulled out to a several car length lead which Kohler could not overcome. Shawn Monahan tried to take second from Kohler, briefly doing so before fading and dropping out of the event. Hutchings rolled to victory while Kohler ran well in his first-ever Speedbowl appearance to take second. Plemons rebounded from his early spin to finish third. Allen Coates and Dwayne Dorr, two former division champions, completed the top-five.

The INEX Legend Cars feature saw Giarratana continue his hot streak in the division. Giarratana won for the third time in the past four events at the track. Two nights earlier, he finished second after running out of laps. Giarratana had to hold back a charging Dana Dimatteo over a long green flag run that closed the race.

Michael Christopher Jr. and Brendon Bock battled on the front row when the green flag was dropped on the 50-lap race, with Bock leading lap-1 by a nose. He moved into the top spot dropping down in front of Christopher as Giarratana moved through the field. He lined up outside of Bock after getting by Christopher and 2012 champion Paul Kusheba ahead of a lap-7 restart.

Although Bock got the advantage when the race went back to green, Giarratana fought off a challenge by Kusheba before going to work on Bock. He found room to Bock’s inside in turn three on lap-9, taking over as they reached the start-finish line. Dana Dimatteo made his way to fourth around Christopher and the top four cars began to break away from the rest of the field. Christopher led the next group of cars which included Shaun Buffington and Kyle Rogers. The yellow flag was back on lap-13 when Christopher lost power, dropping from fourth and becoming stranded on the track.

Giarratana led the restart but only one more lap was completed when Scott Limkemann, making his first start ever in the division, spun into the turn one wall. After the cleanup Giarratana again powered ahead of Kusheba, who did not restart well. Dimatteo moved to second with Buffington up to third. The final 36 laps were run to the checkered flag.

Giarratana moved out to a sizeable lead, however Dimatteo was able to cut into it as the race wore on. Giarratana was too strong however, cruising to the win. Dimatteo finished in second with Bock taking third. Jason Palmer, another former champion making just his second start of the year, was fourth and Joey Ternullo finished fifth.

Voglesong controlled the 50-lap X-Car race when he made his way by Zach Thomas. Voglesong came from the tenth starting position and used the opening laps to slice his way through the pack. Jordan Hadley led until Thomas took the lead by lap-5. Voglesong moved to second and by lap-10 was stalking all over Thomas. He pulled ahead just before the halfway point, getting around Thomas on lap-22. The only caution flag flew on lap-24 and Voglesong got away from Thomas on the restart. Over the remainder of the race Voglesong led comfortably with Steve Barrett moving to second in his first ever start in the division. He finished in second with Zach Thomas besting a battle with Chris Thomas over the final laps to finish third.

The Speedbowl takes a break from its Saturday night NASCAR racing this week, and resumes with Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday next week. Sho & Go Friday’s return next week, and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing picks up next Saturday, July 20. Full details on all the Speedbowl’s upcoming events can be found at Speedbowl.com

Speedbowl ready to host Belltown Tire Service Center Little Guys 200 Friday Inaugural event highlights weekend schedule

July 12th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl changes up its schedule this weekend to host the Belltown Tire Service Center Little Guys 200 on Friday, July 12. The popular shoreline oval takes a summer break from its usual doubleheader of Friday night HDRA drag racing and Saturday night NASCAR racing. In place, a four division event highlighting some of the track’s popular support divisions takes center stage as the only event of the weekend.

Speedbowl management assembled the Little Guys 200 concept to put divisions often overshadowed into the spotlight for fans and racers alike. The event will combine the Street Stock and Mini Stock divisions with the Legend Cars and X-Cars. Each routinely stage memorable races at the three-eighths mile Speedbowl. All four races Friday will feature extra-distance racing and extra prize money for the winner rarely put up by short track promoters. Sponsorship from Belltown Tire Service Center of East Hampton offers extra incentive to racers and fans alike.

The Street Stock and Mini Stocks will each compete in 50-lap races offering a $1,000.00 winner’s share in an open competition format. The relaxed rules are geared to bring in more competitors from around the region as well as allow racers to step outside the box of track rules to show off their mechanical and engineering savvy. Fans will be treated to some different racecars with familiar names behind the wheel of them on Friday.

The INEX Legend Cars will compete for 50-laps in a $500.00 to win race and the popular Speedbowl X-car division from its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series will also race for 50-laps with $500.00 on the line. Those divisions will race under their standard rules package. Bragging rights are huge for all four of Friday’s events.

Belltown Tire Service Center will sponsor a Pit Crew Challenge Friday offering a $500.00 cash prize to the quickest team of five crew members. The challenge will take place on the front chute between the X-Car and Mini Stock features. One team from each division competing will have the chance to participate against Belltown Tire Service Center’s pit crew to show how quickly they can complete the required pit stop.

Fans won’t be left out of the fun either as another $500.00 prize towards the purchase of a new set of street tires will be given out to a fan in attendance by visiting the Belltown Tire Service Center booth on the midway.

Spectator gates open at 5:00pm Friday with qualifying heat races beginning at 6:00pm. The first of four main events is scheduled for 7:00pm. Belltown Tire Service Center is a full service auto center located in East Hampton (CT). Their newly expanded tire and service center reaches over 15,000 square feet offering more than 300 makes and sizes of tires. Speedbowl fans can bring in their ticket stubs all summer long to receive a 5% discount on tires along with free mounting and balancing.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

July 12th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl returned with another night of Wild ‘n Wacky racing on Wednesday evening beating out the thunderstorms across the state. A good crowd turned out to watch as Nicholas Sowa of Middletown won an entertaining INEX Legend Cars race, his third of the year. Chris Thomas of Waterford won his first X-Car feature of the season while Matt Carlson of Griswold won the Super X-Car event. The INEX Bandolero division competed in twin 20-lap features with Corey Comeroski of Lebanon scoring his second win of the year and Jonathan Puleo of Branford picking up his first win ever at the Speedbowl in the nightcap. Chuck McDonald of Groton mastered another Wacky Race, besting the X-Cars in a Toll Booth race.

Sowa claimed his third INEX Legend Cars race of the Wednesday season beating out a competitive field of cars, including a last lap effort by a hard charging Giovanni Giarratana. The action got started when the green flag came as the field jockeyed for position down the front chute to turn one. Michael Christopher Jr. battled to the lead over John O’Sullivan Jr. to lap-1 of the 25-lapper. He showed the way until the first caution which came after a wild incident. Stephen Kopcik did a complete 360 spin out of turn four battling for a position among the top-five. Everyone missed Kopcik although some had to jump hard on the binders. Kopcik continued on as did the rest of the pack, however further behind at the tail of the field Peter Cirilli was stranded in the middle of the track between turns three and four.

Christopher got a great restart to get away from his challengers. O’Sullivan went around in turn two before the field came back around, however was able to refire and pull in to the infield retiring from the event. Jordan Churchill received damage in the incident and also pulled of the racing surface as the field stayed under green.

Sowa was up to third behind Christopher and Daniel Stolte, but wasn’t content there. He pressured Stolte until he got around him and by lap-8 was already hot on Christopher’s tail. Sowa was inside of Christopher for the top spot on lap-9, powering ahead out of turn two. The final caution flag wiped out Sowa’s lead on lap-12 when Sean Fitzmaurice spun.

Sowa pulled out over Christopher on the restart, leaving him to battle with Stolte who dove inside for second. By lap-14 Stolte was in the spot and trying to keep Sowa in his sights. Sowa pulled out to a three car length lead. Christopher was settled in third as a great battle for fourth had Michael Blaskey, Dana Dimatteo, Giarratana, Brendon Bock and Jason Palmer all racing side-by-side trying to move forward.

Blaskey got inside of Christopher to open the door for third, with Dimatteo briefly looking three wide before tucking back in line. Blaskey, Dimatteo, Giarratana and Bock all got by Christopher as the laps continued to wind down. Sowa held a comfortable lead over Stolte but it was Giarratana who came on strong late.

Giarratana used the outside lane to get by Dimatteo and Blaskey before getting around Stolte coming to the white flag. With just one lap remaining, Giarratana turned the fastest lap of the race trying to run down Sowa. He reached the leaders bumper off turn four but ran out of time and had to settle for second. Stolte finished a solid performance in third with Dimatteo fourth and Bock fifth.

The 25-lap X-Car feature was a dandy between Chris Thomas and Zach Thomas at the front of the field. The race was slow to begin as defending champion Scott Limkemann brushed the wall in the back chute on lap-1, causing enough damage to necessitate the caution flag as he limped to safety. Jordan Hadley took the lead from Jeff Dombrowski when racing finally got going, with Dombrowski taking back over and pulling out to a comfortable lead by lap-5. He pulled away as several cars battled for the top-five sorting out the running order.

Nate Bryington broke free to take second with Zach Thomas in pursuit. Thomas took second and quickly tracked down Dombrowski, taking the lead on lap-10. Chris Thomas was not far behind, taking a spot from Bryington and moving in behind Zach Thomas. Dombrowski spun in turn four on lap-11 to cause the next yellow flag situation.

Zach Thomas continued to lead after the restart through a lap-16 caution with Chris Thomas stalking his every move. On the lap-16 restart Chris Thomas pulled ahead in the outside lane to lead lap-17. Brad Voglesong looked strong racing for third with Melissa Clavette as the Thomas boys showed the way. Voglesong tried to take second from Zach Thomas in the closing laps to no avail. Chris Thomas finished off a narrow victory, with Zach Thomas nipping Voglesong at the line for second. Clavette was fourth and John Bowes completed the top-five.

Carlson came out on top of a duel with Frank Alessio to win the 25-lap Super X-Car race. The first lap was not complete as the caution flew with R.J. Cunningham out front. He led through lap-5 when Carlson barreled out front in the outside lane. Once in the lead, Carlson drove away from a big battle for second position that involved several cars. He went unchallenged out front until a caution flag on lap-14 erased his advantage when Jon Porter crashed into the turn one wall.

Carlson had Alessio on his outside for the restart, actually losing the lead to Alessio briefly on lap-15. Carlon rallied however, driving past Alessio back into the lead. He survived a final caution period on lap-20 and held back Alessio on the restart to drive to his second win of the season. Alessio finished in second with Eric Finkbein Sr. awarded third.

The INEX Bandoleros competed in twin 20-lap features on the night, with Comeroski and Puleo sharing the spotlight. Comeroski’s win came more easily as he drove away from Jacob Perry. One caution flag slowed the pace in the first event. As Comeroski took his second career victory, Perry was second and A.J. Eastman was third. In the second event, Puleo led the duration in the caution-free race. He first held back Ken Morin Jr. before Anthony Marvin moved into second position with a quick race car. From lap-13 through the checkered flag Marvin looked for a way around, to no avail. Puleo picked up his first-ever Speedbowl win over Marvin, with Ken Morin Jr. third. Puleo and Marvin are both second generation drivers, their fathers Ed Puleo and Bert Marvin are multiple time winners at the track in Saturday night NASCAR action.

This Saturday night the Speedbowl takes a break from its NASCAR action. Instead, the track will see racing action with the Belltown Tire Service Center Little Guys 200. The event will put some of the track’s support divisions into the spotlight as the Street Stock and Mini Stock divisions will compete in 50-lap open competition races paying each winner $1,000.00. The INEX Legend Cars and X-Cars will also compete in 50-lap races paying each winner $500.00. Belltown Tire Service Center will host a Pit Crew Challenge and fan giveaway, providing $500.00 prizes to each. Grandstands open at 5:00pm Friday with main events set to begin at 7:00pm. More information is available by visiting Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

July 9th, 2013

Waterford, CT – The only thing hotter than the weather was the on-track action at Waterford Speedbowl Saturday night. The popular shoreline oval hosted the Overdrive Radio 300, its mid-season championship event for its six core racing divisions. Winning extra-distance NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races on the night included Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard, who scored a memorable victory in the night’s big 100-lap SK Modified® race. Keith Rocco of Meriden picked up his fifth win of the year in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division while Corey Hutchings of Salem and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon each won for the fourth time of the year in the Street Stocks and Mini Stocks, respectively. Glenn Griswold of Vernon was a first-ever winner at the Speedbowl in the SK Light Modified division and Dylan Izzo of Monroe scored his third INEX Legend Cars win of 2013.

Chadwick beat back one of the division’s best-ever to claim the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature. Keith Rocco moved in over the final charge to the checkered flag to stage a great finish with Chadwick that had fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation. Earlier in the evening, Rocco set fast time during time trial qualifying for the event. Following time trials, Rocco drew the top eight qualifiers would be inverted to begin the 100-lap feature.

The inversion put Joe Gada on the front row with Todd Ceravolo to his outside. Gada got the jump to lead the field to lap-1. Chadwick was already in contention, starting the race in third and quickly getting by Ceravolo into second position. Rob Janovic Jr. took third position before Ceravolo was finally able to settle into fourth. The first caution waved on lap-9 when Tom Abele Jr. lost power and came to a stop in turn four, retiring from the event.

Chadwick was able to pull ahead of Gada in the outside lane to take control of the lead on lap-13. Behind Chadwick, Gada fought back Janovic and Ceravolo over the next series of laps before caution was back out on lap-22 when Nichole Morgillo made contact with the front chute wall and came to rest on the racing surface. Morgillo pitted and returned to the race during the stoppage. Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco were among those who used the caution period to duck into the pit area for adjustments to the handles on their machines.

Chadwick led comfortably through the middle stages of the race. He continued to lead through four additional restarts following single car spins that peppered the race through lap-68. Kyle James used that time to race into second position ahead of Janovic, who remained a front runner throughout. Meanwhile, Rocco blitzed back through the field with some
dazzling moves after pitting a second time for adjustments during a lap-37 caution flag. He arrived among the top-five on lap-57.

Rocco went outside third-place Janovic on lap-65, disposing of him and quickly darting underneath second place Kyle James as they began lap-66. James tried hanging on outside Rocco, finally giving up the position after slipping in turn two on lap-67. One lap later Adam Gada stopped off the back chute after getting crossed up in turn two to create the final
caution flag of the race.

Once the race restarted on lap-71, it ran through the checkered flag with Chadwick and Rocco staging a memorable short track battle. Chadwick got a great restart to power ahead of Rocco to resume his lead, however Rocco stalked him nearly every trip around the three-eighths mile oval from lap-73 through lap-95. Rocco tried several attempts to cross-over
Chadwick in turn four, nearly making the move work on multiple occasions before tucking back in line. Rocco also tried high looking for the momentum to sail into the corner alongside Chadwick, to no avail.

The lead two pulled away during their scorching battle, making it a two car race for the win. James continued in third as Christopher rebounded from his pit stop to move up to fourth and run him down. As the lead two battled to the end, James and Christopher had a heated battle of their own brewing for third over the final ten laps.

Back up front Chadwick was unflappable, remaining steady throughout the assault on his lead by Rocco. Rocco tried a valiant final effort on lap-96 in turn one, losing valuable ground in the process. Chadwick stretched his lead to three car lengths over the final laps and closed out the win. Rocco settled for second and James hung on to third over Christopher, who was fourth. Janovic rounded out the top-five. The win was Chadwick’s third on the year and second consecutive in the extra-distance SK 100 event. Chadwick also picked up the “Rough & Tumble” driver of the race award for his hard earned victory.

The 50-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race was another classic short track duel, this time between Rocco and Dillon Moltz, the division point leaders. After Moltz set fast time in qualifying, the top eight inverted and Anthony Flannery led the field to the green flag. Flannery showed the way over the first 17 laps, which ran caution free until Daniel Khilall got out of shape and into the wall just ahead of the lead pack.

Flannery got away from Moltz on the restart, dropping him into a battle with Rocco. Rocco cleared Moltz and went to the outside of Flannery, inching his way alongside and finally taking over the lead on lap-26. Just as Rocco was wrapping up his pass for the lead in turns one and two, Flannery got loose trying to hold on and drifted sideways. Moltz threw his car under both and came out of turn two three-wide. Flannery recovered his car as Rocco and Moltz raced side-by-side for the lead through turns three and four. Rocco was able to lead the lap and finally able to pull down ahead of Moltz.

Moltz wouldn’t let Rocco out of his sights however and stayed glued to his rear bumper, staying with him as the pair raced ahead of Bruce Thomas Jr. and Flannery. As laps clicked off the scoreboard fans were pondering if Moltz had a car to contend with Rocco for the win. He dogged Rocco lap after lap remaining in contention until Rich Duranti spun out of turn four on lap-42 to reset the field.

Rocco got the better of Moltz and led him back to turn one, leaving Moltz to fight off Thomas. Thomas briefly took the spot before Moltz fired back, finding his way past Thomas ahead of the final caution flag when Rich Staskwoski spun off the front chute just outside the top-five on lap-47. Rocco used another commanding restart to cement the win. Moltz
got away from Thomas out of turn two following the final restart to hold on for second. Thomas finished third.

Hutchings prevailed in a 50-lap Street Stock feature that was plagued by caution flags. Hutchings was never really challenged during the race, getting away from his challengers on each of nine restarts. Josh Galvin finished second and Brandon Plemons came back from a multitude of troubles during the race to rebound to third. Hutchings set the fast time in qualifying and started the race in eighth, working his way to the front by lap-9. He never trailed in route to his fourth win of the season.

The Mini Stock division saw another battle to the checkered flag among the three drivers involved in a wild finish a week ago. Cassidy started tenth and patiently worked his way towards the front, reaching the top three just after halfway in the 50-lap feature. Bill Leonard, seeking his third straight victory, led the race after taking the top spot on lap-16. Leonard saw Ray Christian and Cassidy join him in a battle for the lead over the second half of the race. The trio went three-wide on lap-36 for the lead as Christian dove under both, dropping Leonard back. Cassidy used the outside lane to wear out Christian before going on to victory in an entertaining race. The win was Cassidy’s fourth of the season.

The 25-lap SK Light Modified feature got off to a rough start as a pileup in the first corner on the first lap eliminated points leader Randy Churchill Jr. among others. Once racing settled in, Griswold was in control. He showed the way, surviving a challenge from Larry Goss that lasted for several laps. Goss spun from contention trying to race inside of Griswold on lap-19, moving former division champion Paul French into second. French briefly challenged Griswold before the veteran racer was able to pull ahead and secure the win. It was Griswold’s first ever Speedbowl victory.

The 25-lap feature for the INEX Legend Cars saw Izzo become the second leader of the race, taking over from defending division champion Paul Kusheba on lap-5. Izzo time trialed with the second fastest lap, however started the race in seventh position following a redraw for starting position after qualifying. He quickly worked into contention. Once he made the inside move past Kusheba he held back Giovanni Giarratana, one of the division’s hottest drivers, over the second half of the event. Izzo bested him on two restart attempts and drove to his third win of the season.

The Speedbowl takes next Saturday, July 13 off from NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing for its summer break. The track is in action on Friday, July 12 with a special event. The Belltown Tire Service Center Little Guys 200 puts the Mini Stock and Street Stock divisions in the spotlight, with each event paying $1,000 to the race winner. The INEX Legend Cars and Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday X-Car division join the racing card, paying $500 to each winner. Fan giveaways and a pit crew challenge are also part of the fun, courtesy of Belltown Tire Service Center. More information is available at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

July 7th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl hosted a large crowd preparing for the Independence Day holiday Wednesday evening for its Wild ‘n Wacky racing program. Giovanni Giarratana of Newington picked up where he left off Saturday, winning another INEX Legend Cars race. Bill Reiman of Southington was a first-ever winner at Waterford in the Super X-Car feature, while Wayne Shifflett of Preston won a nail-biter in the night’s X-Car event. David French of Rome, PA made a long haul worthwhile to win in a photo finish in the INEX Bandolero feature and Peter Pollard of Old Lyme took the night’s Wacky Race. Plainfield’s Luke Emmons treated the fans to a motorcycle stunt show during the evening’s festivities.

The 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature saw Giarratana take control just past halfway in the race. Daniel Stolte showed the way with an impressive early lead, romping out over John O’Sullivan Jr. when the race took the green flag. As Stolte pulled ahead, O’Sullivan had Dennis Pantani and Michael Christopher Jr. to either side as they moved to second and third, respectively. Carl Blandina was next to get by O’Sullivan, racing past his inside to move fourth. By lap-6 both Stephen Kopcik and Giarratana were streaking forward getting by Blandina to make up the top-five. A lap later, the caution flag waved when newcomer Sean Fitzmaurice spun out of turn for.

Stolte restarted strong and bolted out to a five car length lead. Giarratana stormed his way to second position ahead of Christopher ahead of the the next caution flag, which waved on lap-10 when Fitzmaurice again found trouble exiting turn four. Stolte had Giarratana line up to his outside for the restart, with Christopher and Dennis Pantani in the second row.

Stolte got the lead over Giarratana, but couldn’t shake one of the division’s hottest drivers. Giarratana stayed with Stolte, trying his inside by lap-13. Giarratana spent a lap battling side-by-side with Stolte before powering ahead to lead lap-14. Kopcik continued to impress this season, tailing Stolte for one lap before taking second position on lap-15. Behind the top three, Christopher was being black flagged and was forced to retire from the event, giving up a spot in the top-five on lap-18. That bumped Michael Blaskey and Brenden Bock into a lock for fourth position as they battled for several laps.

Out front, Giarratana stretched his lead over the remainder of the event to win by 1.5 seconds at the checkered flag. Kopcik finished in second and Stolte finished off a strong showing in third. Giarratana turned the fast lap of the race, the only driver to break the 17-second mark for the second straight event.

The conclusion of the 25-lap X-Car race had the fans on the edge of their seats. After a caution flag coming to the initial green flag left Chris Thomas with a bruised race car, he fought his way into second position and lined up on Shifflett’s rear bumper during a long stretch of green flag racing that took the race through the checkered flag. Thomas stalked the leader for several laps over the end of the race to stage the exciting finish.

The two were mired among lapped traffic over the final laps. They successfully navigated the hurdle for multiple laps with Thomas still looking for any opportunity to challenge Shifflett for the victory. Exiting turn two on the final lap with two cars ahead, Thomas saw his chance. He tried a daring move inside of Shifflett and the two lapped cars that were side-by-side ahead. Shifflett threaded the needle between the two lapped cars as Thomas was on the very bottom of the track. The cars went three and nearly four wide, with Shifflett holding his lead into turn three. He bested Thomas through turns three and four to get to the checkered flag first. Thomas settled for second after his crafty move came up just short. Larry Loomis Jr. put in a great performance to finish third.

Reiman picked up the career first victory with a solid outing during the 25-lap Super X-Car feature. He trailed leader Robert Goulet during a long green flag run following a lap-3 restart. During the stretch, the handles on Goulet’s car began to fade enabling Reiman to take advantage. He ducked underneath Goulet exiting turn two on lap-19, pulling away until a final caution flag on lap-22 when Ed Reed Jr. made contact with the wall in turn four. Reiman got a great restart to lead the field to turn one and raced to the win. Ed Ryan and Ken Downing III rounded out the podium finishers.

The 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature went down to the wire for the win between French and A.J. Eastman. A final restart on lap-17 set up the exciting conclusion, however the field remained in tight quarters over the duration of the event. Eastman led throughout until the final restart, while French restarted the race in third. He quickly took second and darted to the outside of Eastman. The two ran the final laps side-by-side. Eastman had a slight advantage through turn four but French powered ahead to the finish line to win by inches. It was the first win of the year from the Pennsylvania native.

This Saturday at the Speedbowl is the Overdrive Radio 300. Extra distance racing highlights the card for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions, including a 100-lap feature for the SK Modified® division. More information is available by visiting Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

July 3rd, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was back with a quick paced six-division racing program Saturday evening. Scoring NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories included Keith Rocco of Meriden, who notched his fifth win of the year in the SK Modifieds®. Waterford’s Dillon Moltz won for the second time this season in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Brandon Plemons of Uncasville took the checkered flag in the Street Stocks and Bill Leonard of Charlestown, RI won for the second straight week in the Mini Stocks. In INEX racing, Giovanni Giarratana of Newington won the night’s Legend Cars feature. The Super X-Cars competed in a Saturday Showdown Series event won by Preston’s Ed Ryan.

Rocco knifed his way to the front in a hotly contested and action packed SK Modified® feature. He was on leader Diego Monahan’s rear bumper by lap-17 of the 35-lapper. Monahan started the race third and was behind an early battle for the top spot between pole sitter Frank Mucciacciaro and Craig Lutz. Those two spent most of the first six laps side-by-side until Monahan asserted himself from third. Headed into turn one Monahan shot underneath Mucciacciaro into turn one to wrestle away the lead on lap-8.

Action behind Monahan was red hot as Mucciacciaro, Lutz and Tyler Chadwick went three-wide for second position through turns three and four. Lutz was forced to back out before he ran out of racing room rounding turn four while Chadwick scooted into second past Mucciacciaro. Rocco was making his way through the top ten during the opening laps to emerge in fourth. He went outside of Mucciacciaro for third on lap-10 with eyes on running down the lead duo. Chadwick was looking to the outside of Monahan for the race lead by lap-12 as Rocco closed in. The torrid pace was finally slowed on lap-13 when Nichole Morgillo spun in turn one from a position in the top ten to draw the caution flag.

Monahan got a great jump over the field on the restart to lead things back to turn one. Rocco was inside of Chadwick, taking over second on lap-16 with Lutz advancing to third close behind. Rocco tested the outside looking for a run on Monahan, but had to contend with Lutz who threatened to fill the gap to his inside each time. The entertaining three-way battle for the lead lasted through lap-24 when Monahan and Rocco got some breathing room over Lutz. Behind them Kyle James got past Chadwick to move to third and then ran down Lutz.

Rocco continued to shadow Monahan’s every move, finally working him over with a crossover move out of turn four down the front chute on lap-26. Rocco set Monahan up high then dove low to pull even as they barreled into turn one. He cleared Monahan as they raced into turn three and survived a shot from behind by Monahan in turn three before leading lap-27. James came on strong, taking second away from Monahan leaving Lutz looking to duplicate the move. The two came together with Monahan unable to save his car, spinning out of contention off turn four to bring out the caution flag.

Rocco had James to his outside for the restart but got a good jump to resume his lead. James ducked to second position where he stayed. He pressed Rocco until the final two laps when Rocco pulled ahead to a two car length victory. Rocco added to his point lead with his fifth win of the year. James finished second and Lutz ran with the lead pack all race and wound up third. Rob Janovic followed up his win from a week ago with a fourth place effort and Todd Ceravolo continued his string of top-fives by finishing fifth.

Moltz romped to victory in the 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. The race, which ran caution free, saw Moltz jump out ahead of Jason Palmer at the drop of the green flag. Moltz rolled out to an impressive lead in the opening circuits. Keith Rocco moved to second position around Palmer on lap-6, however Moltz was already well ahead. Rocco chased Moltz for the duration but was never able to cut into his lead. Moltz survived a brush with the front stretch wall on lap-20 that did not slow his run to the checkered flag. The win was his second of the season but first since April 27. Palmer kept ahead of his challengers to finish third, with Jeff Smith and Anthony Flannery rounding out the top-five.

The 25-lap Mini Stock feature ended up with a wild conclusion that saw Leonard end up in the winner’s circle for the second consecutive week. Coming to the white flag, leaders Ken Cassidy Jr. and Ray Christian tangled exiting turn four. The two battled much of the second half of the race, trading the lead multiple times over the final laps. The two made contact headed for the white flag when Cassidy, in the outside lane, was bumped by Christian trying to hang on inside. Cassidy spun through the infield however the race stayed under green on the final lap. As the field came to the finish line Christian took the checkered flag first, however was penalized by track officials moments later for the contact with Cassidy. Christian was dropped to the end of the running order while Leonard was lifted to the victory.

Plemons won for the first time of the year in the 25-lap Street Stock race. The 2009 division champion led from the beginning and held back a mid-race charge by Corey Hutchings. When Hutchings tucked back behind Plemons into second, he could not muster a further challenge the rest of the way. Only one caution flag slowed Plemons on his way to the win. Hutchings finished second and Joe Arena was third.

Giarratana took over command in the INEX Legend Cars feature following a lap-5 restart. He moved through the pack while a battle for the lead ensued between several drivers. Three different drivers showed the way in the first five laps when 2012 track champion Paul Kusheba took over just ahead of a caution flag. Giarratana motored around Kusheba’s outside on lap-6, then held off Dylan Izzo after a final restart on lap-18. It was Giarratana’s first Saturday night victory and second overall victory of 2013. Izzo finished second and Angelo Belsito finished third.

The 20-lap race for the Super X-Car division was taken by Ryan in impressive fashion. He rode the outside lane to success, steadily making his way by the top three cars before overtaking Matt Carlson on the 16th lap. Ryan pulled away from the field over the final laps. Frank Alessio finished second and Bill Reiman was third.

Picking up the ‘Rough & Tumble’ driver of the race award in the respective divisions were Rocco in the SK Modifieds®, Palmer in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Chris Meyer for a hard earned fourth place finish in the Street Stocks and Dave Trudeau for a well deserved third place finish in the Mini Stocks. The Legend Cars winner was Kyle Rogers and Bill Reiman earned the honors in the Super X-Car feature.

The Overdrive Radio 300 mid-season championship event takes the track next Saturday at the Speedbowl. All five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will be in action. The six-division program is highlighted by the only 100-lap feature for the SK Modifieds® of the season. The Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks will each race for 50-laps. The SK Light Modifieds and INEX Legend Cars join the program and compete for 25-lap features. All the divisions will qualify under the clock as time trials will set the starting lineup. Detailed event information is available online at Speedbowl.com

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

June 28th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl survived an extended rain shower from Mother Nature early its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program, but recovered to go on with the show and place four winners into Victory Lane. Picking up a win before the rain was Anthony Marvin of Colchester, winning the night’s INEX Bandolero feature. Brad Voglesong of Middletown checkered the 25-lap X-Car feature that spanned the rain, finishing off the final four laps after the delay. Nicholas Sowa wound up a surprise winner in a wild conclusion to the night’s INEX Legend Cars race and Jon Porter rallied late in the Super X-Car race to come away the winner. The night’s scheduled Wacky Race was postponed after the rain delay.

The 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature had a problem getting started as several cars stacked up in turn four trying to race to the green flag. When the dust settled Michael Christopher Jr. and Carl Blandina were towed from the racing surface unable to start the event. Once the green flag flew, the remaining competitors ran through the checkered flag without further incident.

Sowa trailed a torrid battle for the lead between Michael Blaskey and Stephen Kopcik. Blaskey took the race lead from lap-1 with Kopcik in tow. Kopcik, the winner one week ago, tried nearly every trick in the book to find a way around Blaskey for most of the hotly contested affair. The two pulled ahead of Sowa by several car lengths over the long green flag run. Sowa ran alone in third position which proved to be a key position on the track as the laps counted down and the intensity picked up in the battle for the lead.

After several attempts to make a run in both the high and low grooves, Kopcik made contact with Blaskey’s rear bumper in turn three on lap-22, sending Blaskey’s car up the track. As Kopcik tried to shoot underneath the leader, more contact between the two saw Blaskey spin around off turn four and Kopcik duck to the grass. As Blaskey spun, Sowa rapidly closed
and threaded the needle, steering through the commotion to take the lead.

Blaskey recovered without missing a beat and set chase on Sowa as Kopcik retired to the infield. Blaskey rallied, closing on Sowa to challenge him over the final lap. Sowa was narrowly able to hold back Blaskey’s final charge to his outside to take the win. Joey Ternullo rebounded from being involved in the caution flag at the initial start of the race to place third.

Voglesong won his second feature of the Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday season, finishing off his 25-lap victory after an extended delay following a rain shower. The race began with several cars making a run at the lead before C.P. Burdick settled into the position. Burdick led until Zach Thomas led lap-9 following an inside move. Burdick and Thomas came together in turn four on lap-9, sending Thomas around and Burdick to the rear of the field following the caution flag.

Voglesong inherited the lead for the restart, beating Nate Bryington to turn one when racing resumed. Voglesong went unchallenged in the lead as Wayne Shifflett trailed him until a lap-21 caution flag. During the delay, rain began to fall and the cars were removed from the racing surface.

After the track was dried up, nearly two hours later, Voglesong finished off his romp to victory. Shifflett was able to remain within two car lengths but could not find the handles to make a run. He finished in second, and Chris Thomas ran a solid race to place third.

Porter took the lead after a lap-22 caution flag to go on to the win in the 30-lap X-Car feature. He bested Eric Finkbein Sr. and Ken Downing Jr., however had to overtake a strong effort by Robert Goulet of Southington to take the lead. Goulet faded in the closing laps after a valiant effort.

The INEX Bandolero feature saw Marvin pull ahead to a convincing victory in the non-stop 20-lapper. Marvin pulled ahead on lap-2 ahead of a battle for second place that endured the entire race among several drivers. Ken Morin Jr. and David French used the outside lane to line up alongside Jacoby Perry and Corey Comeroski. That group raced in tight quarters lap after lap as Marvin was able to stretch his lead to over a full straightaway advantage. Morin battled alongside Perry for most of the race for second, finally able to overtake him in the closing laps. Marvin, the point leader in the division was way ahead and cruised to the checkered flag. Morin took second while Perry finished third.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

June 26th, 2013

Waterford, CT – The big event in the region was Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Waterford Speedbowl. The cars and stars from NASCAR’s regional tour visited the shoreline oval for the Mr. Rooter 161. Ryan Preece of Berlin came home the big winner, using a green-white-checkered finish to overtake Doug Coby of Milford. The exciting finish had the fans on their feet as the two battled to the checkered flag. In the night’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races, Rob Janovic Jr. took the checkered flag in the night’s SK Modified® race, his first of the year. Keith Rocco of Meriden won his fourth Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race of the season while Norm Root Jr. of Old Saybrook and Bill Leonard of Charlestown, RI were first time winners in the respective Street Stock and Mini Stock races.

Janovic was back in the SK Modified® division winner’s circle for the first time since the Mr. Rooter NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event a year ago. Joe Gada used the pole starting position to take the race lead at the drop of the green flag. Janovic moved to second position and trailed Gada over the first six laps before he looked to the bottom of Gada for racing room. Contact between Shawn Monahan and Ed Puleo created a tense moment for several competitors, including defending champion Tyler Chadwick who lost several positions as he kept control of his car.

Janovic found the room he was looking for on Gada on lap-7 as they exited turn four. Janovic was able to dive under the leader into turns one and two, coming away with the top spot as they raced to lap-8. The best battle on the speedway was for fifth position as four cars were in dicing for position. That came to a head when Kyle James went spinning out of that pack exiting turn four on lap-11. Nichole Morgillo made contact with the outside wall and points leader Keith Rocco made contact with James’ spinning car. Rocco pitted and returned while Morgillo and James were both done for the evening. James showed Ted Christopher his displeasure during the caution flag. Christopher was sent to the rear by track officials while under the yellow flag and Monahan pitted for adjustments.

The new running order behind Janovic and Gada after all the excitement had Puleo up to third position for the lap-11 restart. It proved as the only of the race for Janovic to master. The veteran racer did so, resuming command into turn one ahead of Gada. Puleo got to Gada’s inside to take second on lap-12 and Todd Ceravolo kept Gada pinched in the outside lane as he moved to third on lap-13 before Gada could duck in line in fourth position.

The leaders remained unchanged the rest of the way. Janovic opened up breathing room over Puleo, who had Ceravolo on his bumper for several laps before pulling ahead to a comfortable position in second. Ceravolo was well ahead of fourth place and the top three continued on through the checkered flag. Gada finished in fourth and Craig Lutz finished fifth. The points race tightened up as Ceravolo now unofficially trails Rocco by just six points.

Rocco picked up his fourth Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model event win of the season in the division’s 30-lap race. He benefitted from a lap-16 caution that reset the field, advancing forward after the restart. Newcomer David Farrington Jr. took the lead from Rich Staskowski after the opening laps, holding the lead while Jeff Smith took hold of second position. Dillon Moltz moved to third and Bruce Thomas Jr. looked quick, tracking down Moltz to make a race for a spot among the top-three.

Farrington’s lead was erased when Moltz went spinning from third place in turn two on lap-16. Staskowski and Anthony Flannery were collected in the melee, making contact with the wall out of turn two. All were able to resume after pitting for attention.

Rocco was third when the green flag came back out behind Farrington and Smith. He quickly took second away from Smith on the restart and followed Farrington through lap-23. Farrington left the door open for Rocco, who ultimately found his way by the inside just ahead of the final caution on lap-24. Mike Sweeney Jr. spun in turn four to set up the final restart.

Rocco got away from Farrington cleanly into turn one. Farrington continued his impressive run and finished second in just his third ever start at the track. Thomas was unable to challenge Farrington and finished third while Moltz rebounded from his spin to finish fourth. Jason Palmer was fifth.

Root won for just the second time in the past three seasons in the Street Stock division. He was out front early in the 25-lap feature, taking the lead on lap-1. He had to hold back the charges of Joe Arena of Bristol over the middle of the race. Arena actually led lap-15 outside of Root following a lap-14 yellow flag. Root battled back however, staying steady on the bottom of the track to wear out Arena. Root was back out front for good on lap-19 and cruised to the win. Arena finished in second.

The 25-lap Mini Stock feature saw a first time winner on the season when Leonard pulled into Victory Lane. Leonard, in the midst of a steady season, survived a three-wide battle for the lead on the opening lap that put point leader Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI into the wall. Leonard had to withstand a bid for the lead from Wayne Burroughs Jr. Burroughs, from Oakdale, ran outside of Leonard and took the lead on lap-11. Leonard battled back to take the top spot back and had sole ownership of the lead on lap-15. The final 10 laps were run through the checkered flag. Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon finished second and Burroughs wound up third.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

June 22nd, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was back on track with another round of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday action. Scoring victories on a quick paced night of motorsports action at the shoreline speed plant included two first-ever winners, Mitch Bombard of Willimantic and Stephen Kopcik of Newtown. They won the night’s X-Car and INEX Legend Cars feature races, respectively. The Super X-Car race was won by Ed Reed Jr. of Groton and Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook won his second INEX Bandolero feature of the year. In a special event on the night, Charlie Wilcox turned back the clock and put a familiar car in Victory Lane during a Vintage Outlaw Modified race, featuring cars from decades ago racing again
on the track.

Kopcik was impressive on his way to victory in the 25-lap Legend Cars feature, holding back all challengers to pick up his first ever win at the track. He raced around the outside of pole-sitter Carl Blandina when the green flag came out to lead lap-1. Kopcik pulled out to a lead while a battle for second raged between several cars. The first caution flag
waved when Michael Blaskey spun out of turn four down the front stretch on lap-4.

Kopcik restart strong and resumed his lead, holding the top spot through a caution flag for a tangle between George Whitney, last week’s winner, and Joey Ternullo, the point leader headed into the event, knocked both from the top-five on lap-10.

Kopcik continued to lead when racing returned under the green flag. The battle for second remained the best on the speedway as Nicholas Sowa had moved into the position but was trying to hold back Angelo Belsito. Belsito finally worked over Sowa to get inside, taking second on lap-15 just ahead of the final caution flag for a spin in turn four by David
Johnson.

Kopcik got away from Belsito on the restart. As the final 10 laps were completed without further delay, Kopcik’s breathing room over Belsito was sliced away. Belsito closed to Kopcik’s bumper, but Kopcik was up to the challenge. He could not be flustered and held the bottom of the track. Belsito made one final charge on the final lap to try and get by the inside of Kopcik but could not make the move to snatch away the victory. Kopcik won his first career race by just .041 and is in his third season competing in the Legend Cars division. Blaskey came back through the field to finish third with a fast race car.

The X-Cars ran green to checkered flags without delay in their 25-lapper. All the starting cars finished the event, which saw Bombard run down early leader C.P. Burdick of Deep River to take the lead for good on lap-13. Bombard cruised to a straightaway victory for his first race win.

The Super X-Car division saw a familiar face in Victory Lane, as Reed took the checkered flag in the 25-lap race. Reed has returned to racing to help his father get back behind the wheel one more time, keeping a racing tradition in the family going strong. Reed is a past Late Model and SK Modified champion at the track.

In the Bandolero feature, the 20-lapper saw Morin lead from start to finish. David French of Rome, PA closed in on Morin’s lead and tailed the winner to the checkered flag, but was unable to make a bid for the win. The race ran without a caution flag.

Wilcox helped put smiles on the faces of many Speedbowl fans as he piloted his restored George “Moose” Hewitt #19 car to the victory. Hewitt won many Speedbowl features and track titles and is one of the track’s all-time most successful and accomplished drivers. Hewitt passed away several years ago, but his familiar #19 Pinto was back in the winner’s circle at Waterford once again.

Speedbowl next stop for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Mr. Rooter 161 Richie Evans tribute race set for Saturday

June 19th, 2013

Waterford, CT – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls to the Connecticut shoreline this Saturday, bringing 161-laps of open-wheel auto racing to Waterford Speedbowl. A highlight of last year’s Whelen Modified Tour season, the event was one of the most anticipated races on the schedule. Saturday’s Mr. Rooter 161 event has garnered everyone’s attention once again as it pays tribute to the late Richie Evans.

Open-wheel modified racing is synonymous with the Speedbowl. The division has been the center piece on a weekly basis for the track’s entire 63-year history. Several current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competitors are rich with Speedbowl history and experience. There will be no shortage of success in Saturday’s Mr. Rooter 161. Seven of Saturday’s entries have won in the Speedbowl’s weekly SK Modified® division over the years, totaling 83 victories and four track titles. Those who cut their teeth in open-wheel racing at the Speedbowl include 2011 series champion Ron Silk of Norwalk as well as Ron Yuhas Jr. of Groton, a past track champion.

A Speedbowl win is highly coveted by many on the circuit. Coventry, RI native Mike Stefanik, one of the most successful drivers in the tour’s history, is winless at Waterford over his storied career. Silk and Yuhas agree a win at Waterford would be very special. Keith Rocco of Meriden is a two-time Speedbowl SK Modified® champion and currently leads the track’s weekly point standings. Like Silk and Yuhas, Rocco began his racing career at Waterford. A triumph on the three-eighths mile bullring would be a break-through performance for Rocco, NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Series national champion in 2010.

The Speedbowl’s unique mix of straightaway and cornering make it tricky to master. Two well-defined racing grooves will provide the stage for what is expected to be a great showcase of modified racing. Defending race winner and series champion Doug Coby rates the Speedbowl as one of his favorite tracks on the schedule and is well acquainted with the outside groove. He owns weekly racing wins at the ‘Bowl and his Mr. Rooter 161 victory a year ago helped vault him to the series title. Coby, from Milford, is eager to achieve something no driver has ever done in tour history; win back-to-back series races at Waterford.

Pit Gates open Saturday for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams only at 9:30am. Grandstand gates open at 1:00pm for Mr. Rooter 161 practice, which begins at 1:15pm. Time Trials will set the starting lineup for the Mr. Rooter 161 at 5:00pm followed by qualifying races for the weekly divisions. Main events begin at 6:30pm beginning with the SK Modified® race. The Mr. Rooter 161 expected post time is 8:30pm. The detailed event schedule for the Mr. Rooter 161 can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

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Saturday Night at Waterford!

June 18th, 2013

Waterford, CT – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing returned to the shoreline Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl with beautiful weather overhead. Defending SK Modified® champion Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard returned to the winner’s circle while Jeff Smith of Old Lyme won the evening’s Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. Each notched their second wins of the year. New faces visiting Victory Lane included Corey Barry of Plainfield and Al Stone of Durham, winning the SK Light Modified and Street Stock races respectively to each pick up their first wins of 2013. Lisbon’s Ken Cassidy Jr. continued his hot streak and took his third win in the past four Mini Stock events, while Corey Hutchings of Salem was a surprise winner in the visiting New England Truck Series race.

Chadwick came out on top of another rough and tumble race for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® division after a total of eight caution flags slowed the race. Adam Gada took the initial lead at the start bringing Nichole Morgillo with him to second past the inside of Frank Mucciacciaro. Morgillo was on Gada’s rear bumper through lap-8 when she dove underneath him down the front chute to turn one. The two cars made contact and Gada spun to bring out the first yellow flag.

Morgillo inherited the lead for the restart and got a good jump to turn one over Justin Gaydosh. Ed Puleo battled inside Gaydosh to take second position while Chadwick was locked in a battle with Keith Rocco for fourth position. Rocco had the outside lane open and worked his way by Chadwick, then looked outside Gaydosh for third position on lap-10. Todd Ceravolo was on the move looking to break into the top-five by lap-12.

Puleo didn’t let Morgillo slip away, staying with her looking to mount a challenge. Rocco chased down the top two and as Puleo tested the outside lane looking to make a run on Morgillo, filled the gap Puleo left open exiting turn four on lap-13. Rocco and Puleo made contact between turns one and two sending Puleo spinning to the infield for the second caution flag. Rocco was sent to the rear of the field for the contact.

Morgillo was able to get away from Gaydosh on the ensuing restart while Chadwick was lifted to third position after the incident. Chadwick got inside Gaydosh to take second position on lap-14, which proved pivotal as caution returned on lap-15 when Puleo spun again, this time coming to rest between turns three and four.

Chadwick timed the restart perfect to drag race Morgillo to turn one. Through the corners Chadwick took the lead and moved out front to lead lap-16. Morgillo had her hands full with Ceravolo, who was up to third and pressing. The top three raced single file and pulled away. Rocco was storming his way back through the field rising through the top-ten as laps continued to count down. The running order at the front stayed the same until the field was brought back together on lap-28 when John Montesanto spun in turn two. Things got wild after as four more cautions waved trying to get past lap-29. Several cars from the back half of the top-ten through the tail of the field were collected in multiple incidents triggered on the restart attempts.

Once the field settled down, Ceravolo was able to climb to second past Morgillo and challenge Chadwick over the final six laps. Ceravolo had the power down the chutes to glue himself to Chadwick’s bumper, however Chadwick was able to get away to keep Ceravolo at bay through the corners. Ceravolo tried a final attempt to Chadwick’s outside on the final lap, to no avail. Chadwick won for the second time of the year, but first since April 13. Ceravolo settled for his fourth consecutive runner-up finish and Morgillo ended up with a season-best third place. Rocco got back to fourth and Diego Monahan finished fifth.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division ran without incident for the second consecutive week in their 30-lap feature. Smith took the lead ahead of pole-sitter Rich Staskowski when the green flag came out. Staskowski faded on the inside lane as a great battle for positions behind Smith was underway among Dillon Moltz, David Farrington Jr., Keith Rocco and Jason Palmer. Moltz took second position and the top two pulled ahead, leaving the others in the battle for third.

Moltz was able to close in to ride Smith’s bumper, but could not find a way around during the middle of the race. Rocco eventually made his way through the pack to claw his way to third and began to track down the leaders, bringing Jason Palmer with him in fourth. By lap-22, Moltz had to concern himself with Rocco while he continued to pressure Smith. Rocco’s presence over the final three laps enabled Smith to sneak ahead to the victory, the second of the year for the 2011 division champion. Rocco took second from Moltz in the closing laps and Moltz was third at the finish.

Barry landed in Victory Lane for the first time of the year following the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American SK Light Modified race. He led from the start, moving ahead of Chris Ignazio at the green flag. While Barry led Victoria Bergenty held second position and Glenn Griswold was moving up,taking third during a green flag stretch that brought the race to lap-15. Barry beat Bergenty then Griswold on successive restarts, the second and final of the race coming on lap-16. Barry’s solid restarts helped carry him to the win. Griswold didn’t let Barry out of his sights over the final nine laps and pressured him to the checkered flag, routinely getting a wheel outside the leader. Griswold didn’t have enough to pull even and came away with his third consecutive runner-up finish. Bergenty placed a career best third.

In a role reversal from a week ago, Stone was the one that got out front of the field ahead of Corey Hutchings in the night’s 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Street Stock race. Last event, the two led the field to the green flag and Hutchings took control over Stone to cruise to an easy win. Stone took the lead from Dan Darnstaedt on lap-5 and sailed out to an impressive advantage. Hutchings moved to second on lap-10 and valiantly tried to close the gap to Stone in the caution-free race. Without benefit of a caution flag to reset the competition, Stone was too strong and raced to the win. Hutchings finished second and Josh Galvin was third.

Cassidy used a green-white-checkered flag finish to score his third win in the last four NASCAR Whelen All-American Mini Stock races in an exciting conclusion. The top four cars came together battling for the lead to set up the final caution flag and thrilling finish. Ray Christian III took the race lead at the start seeking a second victory on the season. As Christian showed the way Garrett Denton and Cassidy were in the outside lane breaking free from a competitive field. After the first caution reset the field on lap-14, the final laps of the race were a dog fight for the top spots.

Wayne Burroughs Jr. inserted himself into the mix. There was no shortage of bumps amongst the leaders over the next series of laps as the top four battled hard. Cassidy took second and as he made a run to the inside of Christian down the back chute, contact between those two caused Denton and Burroughs to come together and slide through turn three bringing out the final yellow flag on lap-23. Cassidy restarted outside Christian powered past him in the outside lane through turns one and two, coming around to lead lap-24. Christian couldn’t catch Cassidy over the final lap and settled for second. Chris Ivory scored a career-best third.

Hutchings turned his first start in the 25-lap New England Truck Series into a victory. He took the lead following a restart on lap-2 and held on over a long green flag run late as Duane Noll charged back through the field following an earlier spin. Noll was just making his move on Hutchings with two laps remaining when a caution waved. Hutchings tires cooled under the yellow flag enough to give him the advantage over the final two lap sprint.

Next Saturday night the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour invades the Speedbowl for the Mr. Rooter. A full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program featuring the SK Modifieds®, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks is also part of the night’s festivities. Online ticket sales are available as well as a hotel and ticket package with Days Inn of Mystic. More information about tickets and the hotel and ticket combination for the Mr. Rooter 161 are available by visiting Speedbowl.com

Speedbowl partners with Coca-Cola and Henny Penny for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event

June 16th, 2013

Waterford, CT– Waterford Speedbowl has announced a joint partnership with Coca-Cola Bottling of Southeastern New England and Henny Penny convenience stores to promote its upcoming NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event. The collaboration will include in-store displays and ticket giveaways, culminating with a promotional event at the Henny Penny location on Route 85 in Waterford. The Speedbowl hosts the cars and stars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Saturday, June 22 for the running of the Mr. Rooter 161.

Race fans have a chance to enter to win two adult grandstand admission tickets to the Mr. Rooter 161, courtesy of Coca-Cola Bottling of Southeastern New England, at twenty four Henny Penny convenience store locations around the state. Each participating location will accept entries into the giveaway through 9:00am on Wednesday, June 19. Up to 24 winners will be selected and notified of their prize in advance of the Mr. Rooter 161 event.

“We’re extremely pleased our partners at Coca-Cola Bottling of Southeastern New England wanted to give race fans this great opportunity” stated Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames. “If last year is any indication, this will be a hot ticket and another great race”.

Fans and convenience store patrons are encouraged to look for an in-store display at participating Henny Penny locations for their chance to enter the Mr. Rooter 161 ticket giveaway. Winners must be age 18 or older and one winning prize will be awarded per person. Official giveaway rules can be found by visiting Speedbowl.com.

In addition, a promotional appearance will take place on Thursday, June 20 at the Henny Penny location at 973 Hartford Turnpike (Route 85) in Waterford between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. A NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racecar and the Official Waterford Speedowl Pace Car will be on hand, along with “Miss L”, co-host of Jammin’ 107.7 FM’s morning show. Fan
giveaways and special offers from the convenience store are planned as well. The rain date for the event is Friday, June 21.

Waterford Speedbowl and Coca-Cola Bottling of Southeastern New England reached an agreement earlier this year to bring the beverage provider on board as the official soft drink partner of the Speedbowl. Headquartered in Waterford, Coca-Cola Bottling of Southeastern New England distributes Coca-Cola brands across southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island since 1938.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

June 15th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing was back at Waterford Speedbowl under clear skies Wednesday evening, placing five more winners into Victory Lane on the night. Notching wins included included George Whitney of Westbrook, who returned to the winner’s circle in INEX Legend Cars action after a few year absence. New London’s Zach Thomas was a first time winner in the X-Cars and Dan Butler of Waterford scored the honors in Super X-Car action. Anthony Marvin of Colchester won his second INEX Bandolero feature and Chuck McDonald of Groton won the night night’s Wacky Race in the X-Car division.

Whitney made a show out of the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars race over the final laps with Nicholas Sowa. Whitney, a veteran of the Legend Car wars at the Speedbowl for several years, dueled in a clean battle for the top spot with Sowa, an upcoming young driver seeking a second consecutive Wednesday night victory. Carl Blandina blasted into the lead for the first four laps. Stephen Kopcik settled in second position while Angelo Belsito held third over Sowa and Mike Christopher Jr. Sowa tried an outside move on Belsito on lap-3 to no avail, opening the door for Christopher to storm underneath to take fourth position. Josh Zentek spun on lap-4 to bring out the only caution flag of the race.

Blandina got a good restart to lead the field back to turn one. Belsito raced under Kopcik through turns one and two to take second position then swiftly moved to the bottom of Blandina down the back chute. His car stuck on the inside of the track through turns three and four to race into the lead. Sowa jumped through traffic to ride into second position behind Belsito on lap-6, while Whitney fired his way past the pack into third position on lap-8.

Whitney was all over Sowa’s back bumper by halfway as Belsito continued to pace the field. The handles began to fade on Belsito’s car and Sowa looked to capitalize. He found room under Belsito on lap-15 in turns one and two, moving past to become the third leader of the race. Whitney took second a lap later as Belsito tucked back in line third. The top three ran tightly nose-to-tail as they enjoyed a cushion over Blandina in fourth.

By lap-19 Sowa was under heavy fire from Whitney. He tapped the back bumper of Sowa to keep the pressure on, finally finding daylight under Sowa off turn four on lap-20. Sowa gave Whitney room and watched as his lead changed hands to Whitney off turn two racing to lap-21. Sowa pulled in behind Whitney as Belsito got loose in turn four, saving his car but dropping five positions in the process.

Sowa didn’t let Whitney slip out of his grasp, staying his rear bumper. As they took the white flag, Whitney was strong enough to keep Sowa from making a serious bid. Sowa was unable to make a move and settled for second. Blandina took home a solid third place finish after holding off Christopher over the final laps.

Butler was the pole sitter for the 25-lap Super X-Car race but he had to hold off all challengers in a race that saw much of the top pack of cars battling side-by-side. Justin Cook ran alongside of Butler for the opening three laps before Butler pulled into sole possession of the lead on lap-4. Cook slipped back allowing Ken Downing III and Ray Reed to battle for second. The two raced behind Butler before the first caution flag came out on lap-9 when R.J. Cunningham spun off the track in turn
two.

Butler got the jump to turn one on the restart as the battle for second resumed. Mike Maskell went for a wild ride in turn two on lap-10 trying to battle for the top-five, as he completed two three-sixty spins and continued on with everyone able to avoid contact. The top three continued in order through lap-16 when Maskell’s woes continued as he spun into turn one, this time bringing out the caution flag.

The race’s final restart lined Downing up outside of Butler. Downing was able to contend, staying outside of Butler for several laps. Downing actually leading lap-17 by a nose before Butler battled back on the inside to retake the lead on lap-18. Butler finally wore out Downing and was able to power ahead. Behind Downing, John Yagmin took third from Kevin Moon on lap-21 and closed on Downing. He dove underneath Downing on lap-23 in turn one and the two made contact. Downing spun along with Ray Reed to jostle the top-five order. All continued on without drawing a caution flag. Moon moved to second behind Butler, closing in rapidly over the final two laps. He got to Butler’s rear deck lid on the final lap, and out of turn four to the checkered flag was able to contend with an inside bid. Butler held off Moon to claim the win. Moon took second and Yagmin finished third.

Thomas endured a rough start to the X-Car race as it took three attempts to begin the division’s 25-lap feature, including a red flag to clean up a mess before the field even took the green flag. Trouble on the first two tries to start the feature knocked several cars out of the large field starting the event. Two additional cautions in the opening three laps kept the action at bay until things settled in after lap-4. Thomas opened up a large lead as the field sorted out the running order behind him. Scott Limkemann moved to second on lap-5 and he chased Thomas through lap-13 when the final caution came out for another multi-car five car accident in turn four.

Thomas sprinted ahead of Limkemann on the restart. Randy Johnston held third while Larry Loomis Jr. and Mike Trask ran among the top-five over the second half of the race, which ran without further interruption. Limkemann was able to close within three car lengths of Thomas by lap-21, however Thomas refocused and pulled back ahead to claim his first ever win by five car lengths. Limkemann finished second and Johnston was third.

Marvin took the lead on lap-1 of the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature and marched out to a healthy lead over his competition in the early going. A tense battle for second position saw newcomer David French jump to the outside lane to race past Jonathon Puleo, Ken Morin Jr. and Jacob Perry to come away with the position. Just as French was motoring outside through turns three and four, Perry bobbled and colleceted Morin. Perry kept moving however Morin brought out the caution flag off the track on the front chute on lap-8. After the race resumed, Marvin and French pulled ahead in a two-car breakaway. Over the final two laps French’s car began to falter allowing Marvin to waltz to the win. Corey Comeroski finished second ahead of A.J. Eastman who took third.

Waterford Speedbowl Results

June 10th, 2013

Waterford, CT – A six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program was hosted at Waterford Speedbowl Saturday evening. Three of the races ran without need of a caution flag. Scoring wins on the quick-paced night of motorsports were Keith Rocco of Meriden, who notched his fourth win of the year in the SK Modified® division and Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton, winner of the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. Corey Hutchings of Salem checkered his third Street Stock race of the year and Ian Brew was the winner of the Mini Stocks, his second on the season. Randy Churchill Jr. of Oakdale captured his third SK Light Modified race and Nick Ladyga was a first-time winner of the year in the INEX Legend Cars.

Before the night’s racing, the Speedbowl hosted Laps for Lupus benefitting the Lupus Foundation of America’s Connecticut Chapter. A Track Walk and fundraising efforts on the night netted over $9,300 for the charity.

Rocco landed back in the winner’s circle in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® action for the first time since May 4. Rocco had a good car under him from the start. He worked his way through the top ten as the lead changed hands multiple times in the opening laps.

The race got started with 1992 track champion Ted Christopher pacing the field to green. He got a great jump over Justin Gaydosh to turn one to take the initial the lead. Gaydosh pressed Christopher’s back bumper as defending division champion Tyler Chadwick worked the outside lane to create a three-way battle for the lead. Chadwick looked outside of Christopher in turns one and two on lap-3 and as Christopher tried to hold off the move Gaydosh found room to his inside to make a three-wide battle off the corner. Chadwick backed out and watched Gaydosh drive by the inside of Christopher into the race lead.

Kyle James moved by Chadwick into third on lap-6 and continued his assault, taking second from Christopher with an inside move on lap-8. Chadwick held fourth but was under fire from Joey Gada, while Rocco inserted himself into that battle by lap-11. Gada and Rocco both cleared Chadwick then used the outside lane to get around Christopher just ahead of the first caution flag on lap-12, which waved for a Nichole Morgillo spin in turn one. While under yellow, Christopher ducked to the pits for adjustments.

James lined up outside Gaydosh for the restart and was able to make a race for the lead when racing resumed. James led lap-13 by a nose and finally cleared Gaydosh for sole possession of the top spot on lap-15. Rocco meanwhile moved to third and once the top two singled out, went to work. He raced high to find room to pull alongside Gaydosh for second on lap-17. James was just ahead and Rocco continued to use the top groove of the track to search for a way around the leader. Rocco got a wheel outside James entering turn one on lap-20, completing the move to take over at the front. The caution returned on lap-23 for a spin by Shawn Monahan.

Rocco had company behind him when Todd Ceravolo took second from James following the third attempt to restart the race on lap-23. Rocco was able to get the better of Ceravolo on two additional restarts following incidents on laps 24 and 25. Once clear of Ceravolo, Rocco pulled ahead to the win to bolster his lead in the standings over Ceravolo. James continued his hot streak to place third. Gaydosh came away with fourth in a battle for the spot in the closing laps with Diego Monahan, who was fifth.

The SK Light Modifieds competed in a 25-lap race that was a duel between Chris Ignazio of Colchester and Churchill over much of the middle of the feature. Ignazio led from the start but Churchill moved top his rear bumper, continually pressuring Ignazio until Ignazio pushed high in turn four on lap-19, sliding across Churchill’s car down the front chute into the infield to bring out the caution. Churchill inherited the lead for the restart and got away from Glenn Griswold to go on to the win. Griswold was second and Paul French finished third.

The Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models went green-to-checkered for their 30-lap feature. Rich Staskowski motored out to the lead at the start of the race and built up a five car length cushion while the field sorted out a battle for second. Jason Palmer was able to come away with the position to slowly chase down Staskowski over the second half of the event. Thomas finally emerged out of the pack in third and joined Palmer in pursuit of the leader. They both eventually caught the leader and the top three cars were nose to tail just after halfway.

Thomas went outside Palmer for second on lap-19 and even after a brush with the wall on lap-20 was still able to keep pace with Staskowski. Thomas waited until Staskowski slipped up high exiting turn four to make his move on lap-24. Thomas went low and had the handles to pull ahead. Over the final six laps Thomas went on to win unchallenged. Palmer was able to pass Staskowski for second at the finish and Keith Rocco wound up third.

Hutchings was in control from the drop of the green flag in the 25-lap Street Stock race. He mastered the field building up over a full straightaway lead over of Al Stone in a race that was completed without incident. Hutchings cruised easily to the win, his third of the year but first since April 13. Stone finished solidly in second while Josh Galvin was third.

In another caution-free race it was Brew dominating the Mini Stock division for his second victory of the year. Brew was able to get by early leader Joe Liskiewicz, then sprinted ahead to a commanding lead. Brew went on to the 25-lap win over Doug Curry, who wound up with a career-best finish of second. Ken Cassidy Jr., winner of the past two races for the division, was third.

The 20-lap Legend Cars had trouble getting started as early caution flags mounted, however when racing settled in the division put on a great battle to the checkered flag. Giovanni Giarratana took the lead on lap-3 and held the spot as Ladyga slowly picked off cars to rise to second position. A lap-13 restart, the final of the race, lined up Ladyga outside of Giarratana. A good restart saw Giarratana pull back to his lead forcing Ladyga to tuck in line behind, trailing him through lap-19. With the final lap underway, Ladgya was in position to contend for the victory. He got a great run underneath Giarratana through turns three and four to make for a photo finish at the checkered flag. The two finished near even, with Ladyga winning by just .010 of a second at the official finish.

The Speedbowl is back in action June 15 for Whelen Night with six divisions of racing. In two weeks the cars and stars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour roll into the Speedbowl for the Mr. Rooter 161 on Saturday, June 22. Online ticket sales are available as well as a hotel and ticket package with Days Inn of Mystic. A NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing card supports the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on June 22. More information about tickets and the hotel and ticket combination are available by visiting Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

June 7th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl hosted another round of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing under ideal conditions and fans were rewarded with an outstanding night of motorsports. New winners were the order of the night as Nick Sowa of Middletown along with Matt Carlson of Griswold each recorded their first career victories in the Legend Car and
Super X-Car divisions, respectively. Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook returned to the winner’s circle in his first outing of 2013 in the Bandoleros while Larry Loomis Jr. of Moosup visited Victory Lane for the first time in several years in the X-Car feature. Victoria Finkbein won the night’s Wacky Race.

Sowa was the third leader of the 20-lap Legend Cars race, taking over on lap-8 from Angelo Belsito. There was plenty of action up front before that however. John O’Sullivan Jr. and Joey Ferrigno led the field to the green flag, and a false start by O’Sullivan brought the field back together for a second attempt to start the race.

The second start was a success and Ferrigno pulled ahead from the outside lane to lead lap-1. Belsito quickly moved to second position and spent two laps trailing Ferrigno before making a move to his inside to take the lead off turn two on lap-3. Sowa followed him to second position and Joey Ternullo raced to third by keeping Ferrigno trapped in the outside lane. The running order remained the same when the first caution waved on lap-6 as Joshua Zentek spun exiting turn four, coming to rest on the apron of the track at the start-finish line.

The restart saw action out of turn two before another lap could be completed. Two-time Bandolero champion Taylor Martin was making her first start of the year at the track and spun, making contact with the turn two wall as she climbed through the top-ten from a starting position at the back of the field. The caution returned with the race halted at lap-6.

Belsito resumed his lead when racing went back to green as Sowa tucked in line behind. Belsito was unable to keep his car glued to the bottom of the track, fighting a loose condition that had Sowa salivating. Sowa was inside Belsito for the lead on lap-8 ahead of a yellow flag for David Johnson, who spun on the front chute before quickly recovering. During
the caution, Belsito gave up second position to pit for adjustments to his machine after relinquishing the top spot.

Sowa continued to show the way over the second half of the race, holding back Joey Ternullo who moved to second. Mike Christopher Jr. marched forward, taking fourth position before hounding Carl Blandina. Blandina spun into turn one on lap-15, collecting Frank Scimeca Jr. in the process to draw the final caution of the race.

Sowa jumped back out front on the final restart as Christopher got inside of Ternullo to take second. Meanwhile Belsito stormed back into contention, first getting around Ternullo then waiting for Christopher to slip up to emerge in second behind Sowa on lap-17. Belsito tried to unseat Sowa from the bottom groove to reclaim the lead he enjoyed in the opening laps, to no avail. Sowa was not rattled by the pressure and the young driver streaked to the first-ever win. Belsito settled for second while Christopher finished in third. The fastest lap of the race belonged to Ternullo on lap-3.

Fans were treated to a dandy of a race in the Super X-Car event. Their 20-lap feature was slowed by three caution periods which regrouped the field, building to the exciting conclusion. The final caution flag involved early leaders Dan Butler and Jon Porter, who wrecked with one another after a lap-15 restart. That moved Carlson and Mike Maskell to the front row to settle the race. They remained side-by-side over the final five circuits. Maskell inched into the lead and held the spot in the outside lane, but Carlson ran his line on the bottom and fought back. Maskell led at the white flag, but it was Carlson who ran smooth through turns three and four to take the career-first win in memorable fashion.

Loomis was in control during the 20-lap X-Car race. He used the early stages to wind his way through traffic after two early caution flags to ride among the top-three runners by lap-4. The race ran through the checkered flag the rest of the way and Loomis was stout during the long run. He kept his car in the outside lane and picked off lapped cars plus the lead duo of Jordan Hadley and Mike Trask. Loomis continued in the top groove and pulled away to the win, besting Trask and Michael Marvin at the finish.

The 20-lap Bandolero feature saw Morin line up on the front row in his first outing of 2013 by virtue of the luck of the draw. Morin wasted no time jumping into the lead, surging ahead of a battle for second position that endured over the entire race. The field lined up behind second place runner A.J. Eastman but nobody was able to successfully pull out of line to make a move. Morin enjoyed a one-car cushion straight to the checkered flag, his first of the year, ahead of Eastman and Jacob Perry. The race ran caution-free.

Finkbein won the evening’s Wacky Race for the Super X-Cars, which participated in Musical Cars. She lined up with Peter Pollard for the final round. The two played cat-and-mouse until they made continued contact through turns three and four all the way to the final cone, located at the finish line. The contact was deemed too much by track officials, and Finkbein was awarded the win.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

June 4th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Beautiful weather greeted race fans for a night of auto racing Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl, which hosted its annual Four Cylinder Fury event. The Rocco brothers shared honors in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, as Jeff Rocco of Wallingford stole top honors in the SK Modifieds® while brother Keith Rocco of Meriden took the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon picked up his second consecutive Mini Stock feature race, doing so in an extra-distance race while Toby Wells of Dublin, NH ran away with the Northeast Mini Stock Tour feature. Brad Voglesong of Middletown won the evening’s X-Car event and Andy Major of Brookfield, MA checkered the visiting 25-lap Pro Four Modified race.

Jeff Rocco wired the field in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature. He took the lead at the green flag from his pole starting position and led an opening 27-lap march before the first caution flag of the event. The race almost began on a sour note when Tom Abele Jr. got bounced into the turn one wall from his second starting position creating a tense moment on the initial start. When the field settled in behind Rocco, Nichole Morgillo and Justin Gaydosh secured second and third positions.

Rocco quickly jumped out to a three car advantage while behind the top three a battle for the top-five positions was on. Several contenders tried to work their way through including Craig Lutz, Tyler Chadwick, Diego Monahan, Ed Puleo and Joe Gada. As that pack diced for position Rocco was comfortable at the point with Morgillo giving chase. Gaydosh was several car lengths back in third.

As the race reached halfway the top three remained the same while Puleo continued to hold fourth staving off the challenges of Monahan. Gada was making progress on the outside to rise into a position to contend for the top-five. The on-track action came to a halt on lap-27 when John Montesanto spun in turn four in a single car incident.

Rocco powered out to the lead ahead of Morgillo on the restart. As Rocco pulled away out front, Monahan finally prevailed in his pursuit of Puleo to take fourth bringing Chadwick with him to fifth. Gada’s fine run ended when he went spinning in turn three to draw the second caution flag with just two laps remaining.

The first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish went haywire as the field came around turns three and four trying to complete lap-34. Gaydosh came together with Morgillo sending her machine spinning out of four. With the outside lane blocked several cars piled in including Puleo, Lutz, Keith Rocco, and Adam Gada. Morgillo, Puleo and Gada all had to be towed from the scene and were done for the night while Gaydosh pitted and did not return.

The new front row had Rocco and Monahan at the front. Rocco was able to get away from Monahan by the time they exited turn two to go on to the victory in a race he was virtually unchallenged in throughout. It was his second career victory in the division. Todd Ceravolo scored second at the finish and Monahan wound up third. Jeff Gallup and Kyle James completed the top-five.

The Mini Stocks went double their normal distance, competing in a 50-lap feature. Cassidy bided his time, working his way through the top-five positions over the course of the race. He used a restart, the third of the race, with five laps remaining to insert himself into a battle for the lead between Ian Brew and Ray Christian III. Cassidy took second inside of Christian on the restart to move in behind Brew when the final caution waved a lap later on lap-46. Cassidy powered ahead on the restart to claim the win, his second consecutive of the season. Christian nipped Brew for second at the finish line.

Keith Rocco scored the win over Dillon Moltz in a battle between the two over much of the 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature. Rocco had taken the lead from Jason Palmer on lap-2 following the only yellow flag of the race. Moltz moved to second and spent the next ten laps stalking Rocco for the lead. Moltz made an inside move on Rocco to lead lap-14 with the two making contact in the exchange. Moltz moved ahead by two car lengths but Rocco regrouped. He closed in during the extended run to the checkered flag in the closing laps. On lap-24 Rocco found room inside of Moltz as more contact between the two saw Rocco wrestle away the lead. Moltz could not counter and Rocco went on to victory by two car lengths. Palmer ran with the leaders all race to finish third.

The 50-lapper for the Northeast Mini Stock Tour wound up a matter of survival for many as several caution flags plagued the race. The racing on the track was hotly contested at the front of the field as multi-time Speedbowl Mini Stock track champion Danny Field returned to the ‘Bowl to lead the early going before Matt Sonnhalter took over command on lap-6. Sonnhalter had to contend with Wells shortly after, trading the top spot before halfway. Wells finally got the better of Sonnhalter, and several restarts, to cruise to the win ahead of Field who endured to take second. Bill Leonard finished third, the highest Speedbowl regular.

Major won the 25-lap race for the Pro Four Modifieds of New England, visiting the shoreline oval for the evening’s card. He held back a late charge by Robin Berghman to claim the win.

Voglesong easily won the 20-lap X-Car feature. He survived three early caution periods before going unchallenged to the victory over Mitch Bombard and Zach Thomas.

The Speedbowl returns to action with Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday and “Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl” Friday before another round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday. Laps for Lupus will share the spotlight as a charity track walk is part of the festivities before the evening’s racing. The SK Light Modifieds, Street Stocks and Legend Cars all return to Saturday night action, joining the SK Modifieds®, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Mini Stocks.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

May 31st, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was back on track for another round of Wild ‘n Wacky racing Wednesday evening, placing five event winners in Victory Lane. Scoring wins included Joey Ternullo of Middletown in the Legend Cars while it was a first career trip to the winner’s circle for Corey Comeroski of Lebanon in the Bandolero division. Mike Trask of Plainfield won his second X-Car race of the year and Kevin Moon of Exeter, RI came out on top in a close Super X-Car race. Christopher Lee of Uncasville won the night’s Wacky Musical Car Race.

Ternullo was the winner of a wild 20-lap INEX Legend Cars feature. He overcame adversity to take the victory, surviving spinning out during a lap-6 accident that knocked him to the pit area for repair to his rear suspension. Ternullo made it back out before the ensuing restart, dodged two more caution flags and darted past the competition to line up second
for the final restart of the race on lap-16. He powered to the lead outside leader T.J. Thompson on lap-17 and held back a charging Angelo Belsito over the final lap. Belsito finished second while Thompson recorded a best-ever finish of third. It was Ternullo’s second win of the season.

Only one caution period slowed a large 30-car field in the 20-lap X-Car race. Scott Limkemann marched into the lead after the caution flag on lap-2 and built up a several car length lead. He was chased by John Bowes as Trask sliced through the field over the extended green flag run, which carried the race through the checkered flag. Trask worked his way to third, then picked off Bowes for second position by the time they hit halfway on lap-10. Trask tracked down Limkemann’s lead to close on his rear bumper, finally pulling inside and ultimately ahead on lap-15. He cruised to the win over Bowes from there.

The 20-lap Super X-Car race came down to a restart with three laps remaining. Bill Reiman worked his way to the lead by the time the final caution flag came out on lap-17, however Moon was glued to his outside as they raced closely over the final circuits. At the white flag, Reiman still had the lead by a nose, however Moon edged ahead down the back chute through turns three and four to win in a close finish. Reiman settled for second.

The 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature was dominated by Comeroski. He won his first-ever feature at the track in convincing fashion, moving ahead of the field at the green flag in the caution-free race. Christian Eckes and Anthony Marvin teamed up in second and third position to draft up to Comeroski’s rear bumper. Comeroski held on over the final laps as Marvin challenged Eckes for second, finally prevailing on the final lap to claim the spot as Comeroski took the checkered flag ahead.

The Wacky Musical Car Race for the X-Cars saw Lee come out on top of an entertaining event. He bested Melissa Clavette of Bozrah in the final round.

Rain Cancels Saturday’s Waterford Show

May 27th, 2013

Waterford, CT – For the second time in three weeks, Waterford Speedbowl cancelled its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program scheduled for Saturday evening. Persistent wet weather and chilly temperatures forecasted through afternoon and evening forced the decision. No decision to make up the event was made Saturday.

Sunday’s Memorial Day Madness program at the track is still on as scheduled, featuring Demo Derby, Speedbowl Trailer Race, 50-lap four-cylinder and more on-track events, capped off by an aerial fireworks display to celebrate the holiday weekend. Grandstands open at 5:30pm Sunday and the action gets started at 7pm.

Attention turns to next Saturday’s Four Cylinder Fury NASCAR program. The popular event is highlighted by 50-lap features for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stocks and Northeast Mini Stock Tour. They will be joined by the Pro 4 Modifieds of New England, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, plus the Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday four-cylinder X-Car division. A large turnout of cars is anticipated.

More information on the full schedule of events can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

May 25th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl beat Mother Nature and a thickening mist and dampness to record another round of its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing series. Scoring victories on the program included Giovanni Giarratana of Newington in the Legend Cars feature, Randy Johnston of Westerly, RI in the X-Car race and Jon Porter of Canterbury in the Super X-Car event. Pawcatuck’s Jacob Perry bested the field in the Bandolero division and Peter Pollard mastered the Wacky Race on the night.

Giarrantana was opportunistic in the 20-lap Legend Cars race. He made his way through the field from the 14th starting position while first year drivers T.J. Thompson and Michael Christopher Jr. battled out front. Thompson took the race lead on lap-1 while Christopher rocketed into second position. Thompson led Christopher by one car length before the second generation driver found room to his inside down the front chute on lap-8. Christopher drove past Thompson through turns one and two and was the new leader on lap-9.

Giarratana, meanwhile, steadily rose through the pack. He was among the top-ten by lap-4 and up to sixth position when the field completed lap-9. Before the next circuit was complete, the first caution flag waved when Angelo Belsito caught the backstretch wall and slowed to a stop in turn three with damage to the right front of his machine.

The restart pitted Christopher against veteran racer Carl Blandina. Christopher got a great jump to resume his lead but hot on his tail were Nicholas Sowa and Giarratana. Only one more lap was completed when first-year driver Josh Zentek spun between turns three and four to return the race to caution on lap-10.

The next restart was key as Giarratana was outside of Christopher on the front row. He was up to the task, challenging Christopher from the drop of the green flag. He raced into the lead and trucked out ahead of Christopher as Sowa pressed for second. Sowa moved inside and took the spot on lap-12 in advance of the final caution flag on lap-14 as Jordan Churchill spun in turn two.

Giarratana got away from Sowa on the restart, steadily opening up his lead to several car lengths through the checkered flag. Sowa held down second while Christopher had a strong showing to place third.

Johnston came out on top in a thrilling 20-lap X-Car feature over a large field of cars. He was the third leader of the race, taking over from Scott Limkemann. The race saw Onie Pierce out to the early advantage as most of the field battled two and three wide before Jeff Dombrowski spun out of mid-pack and came to rest against the turn three wall to draw the yellow flag on lap-2.

The field couldn’t get sorted out following the restart as a three-car accident happened shortly after racing resumed involving Melissa Clavette, Wayne Shifflett and Aaron Piper-Sypher. Limkemann lept into the lead following the next restart, taking over command on lap-3. He bolstered his lead while behind him, Johnston positioned himself second ahead of a battle for third between Mitch Bombard and Michael Marvin.

Johnston closed in and stalked Limkemann just after they raced past halfway on lap-10. Limkemann held the top groove, keeping his momentum by running the high line. Johnston tucked low and pulled underneath in a battle for the lead. The two waged a memorable side-by-side duel as Bombard and Marvin inched in to make it a four-car battle up front.

Limkemann held on to the lead with Johnston to his inside through lap-15 before Johnston was finally able to get his nose ahead to be scored as the leader on lap-16. Although Johnston held the lead he was not able to shake Limkemann from his outside. Bombard momentarily took a peek at a three-wide move headed into turn one on lap-17 before thinking better and ducking back in line behind the top two.

Johnston was able to finally clear Limkemann the next lap to gain some breathing room. He had to successfully clear lapped traffic over the remaining circuits before claiming the narrow victory. Bombard was able to get past Limkemann’s inside in the final two laps to take second, with Limkemann hanging on to third.

Perry led the duration of the caution-free 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature. He sprinted out to a several car length lead ahead of a tight battle for second position. Once A.J. Eastman took that spot, the second through fourth place cars lined up to cut into Perry’s lead. They reached his rear bumper with two laps remaining however Perry was able to prevail for his first win of the season.

The 20-lap Super X-Car race was dominated by Porter once he made his way to the front. He took command in the outside lane on lap-5, getting around early leader Jim Boyle. Porter’s big lead was erased by a lap-17 caution flag when Ken Downing III spun in turn three. Porter got away from Eric Finkbein Jr. on the restart to cruise to his second Wednesday win in three weeks. Finkbein finished second while last week’s winner Mike Maskell
placed third.

Waterford Speedbowl 5/18 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

May 21st, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl hosted Scout Night Saturday evening celebrating two American traditions, scouting and racing. The crowd on hand was treated to a five-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. Scoring victories on the night included Kyle James of Ashaway, RI in the SK Modifieds® and Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models. A pair of defending champions earned their first 2013 wins, Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon and Paul French of Andover in the Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds, respectively. Ryan Waterman of Danielson was a first-ever winner in the Street Stock feature. All five were first time winners in 2013.

James picked up his win surviving a wild 35-lap race in the SK Modified® division. James, who started in last position, dodged incidents which resulted in eight caution flags that plagued the race. He started the race in 23rd position after power steering problems sidelined him in practice and qualifying.

The race began with rookie Tyler Jackson and Ed Puleo battling for the lead from their front row starting positions. Jackson bobbled exiting turn two on lap-2 creating a traffic jam behind him which resulted in a caution for Diego Monahan, who spun into turn-3. Puleo took the lead on the restart as Jeff Rocco and Tom Abele climbed to second and third on the track.

Nichole Morgillo and Justin Gaydosh spun in tandem out of turn two battling in a tight pack of cars just outside the top-five for the second caution flag on lap-10. The restart was not kind to Jeff Rocco as he made heavy contact with the retaining wall exiting turn two while running second. Ted Christopher was collected and pitted for repairs, returning at
the tail end of the field while Rocco’s night was over. Only one more lap was completed before caution was back out on lap-11 as more mayhem broke out behind Puleo. Another bobble by Jackson out of turn two resulted in several cars making contact and Monahan again the victim, stopped on the track with a flat tire. Keith Rocco took the opportunity to head to the pits for attention to his machine during the yellow.

Craig Lutz took over at the front with a daring three-wide maneuver after racing went back to green. He looked inside Puleo down the back chute coming to lap-14 as Puleo fended off a challenge to his outside by Abele. Lutz cleared both exiting turn four to streak into the lead. He held the top spot through lap-22 when Puleo fought back and found room to his inside. Behind Puleo Todd Ceravolo eventually came away with second position in a battle that saw three cars tangle on lap-24. Abele and Lutz both tried racing under Brett Gonyaw in turn two, coming together to bring out the next caution flag and sending all three to the pit area for repair. The melee bumped James up to third position and into contention.

James was able to get ahead of Ceravolo on the ensuing restart, trailing Puleo when Jeffrey Gallup and Christopher wrecked in turn four battling for fourth on lap-25. Once in second, James used the next restart to stay outside of Puleo and take command on lap-27. James survived a final restart on lap-33, besting Ceravolo to race to the checkered flag.
Ceravolo wound up second while Puleo ran up front all night, leading much of the race, to place third. Keith Rocco and Lutz both rebounded from their hurdles to round out the top-five.

Thomas won the 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race following a tumultuous pass for the lead on lap-27. Moltz took command at the front early before the only caution flag flew on lap-4 when Keith Rocco, Anthony Ryan Jr., Vin Esposito and Rich Duranti came together in turn two. Thomas lined up second for the restart but watched as Moltz again pulled ahead.

Thomas tried to stay in Moltz’s tire tracks as the two drifted away from a battle for third place over the next several laps. Jeff Smith held the spot but Jason Palmer, Rich Staskowski and Rocco were all jockeying for track position. Rocco came out with the position by lap-12, however Moltz and Thomas were a straightaway ahead as the race hit its second
half. With racing clean and green for the extended run Moltz’s car began showing signs of slowly fading away. Thomas slowly closed back in on Moltz, inching his way to the leader’s rear bumper by lap-24. Thomas bided his time and found room under Moltz coming out of turn four racing to lap-27. Moltz broke sideways and made contact with Thomas the entire length of the frontstretch into turn one before Thomas muscled the top spot away. Moltz was able to recover however Rocco was closing in fast from third. While Thomas was able to clear remaining lapped traffic to go on to the checkered flag, Rocco got by Moltz on the final lap to snatch second. The win was the 55th of Thomas’ Speedbowl career.

Waterman was a well-received first-time winner in the Street Stock division in a caution-free 25-lap event. A newcomer to the division, Waterman took the lead on lap-7 from Dan Darnstaedt. While Darnstaedt moved out to a quick early advantage, Waterman and Joe Arena moved to second and third and closed the gap back to the leader. When Waterman found room inside of Darnstaedt, Arena filled the gap to take second on lap-8. Behind them, Chris Meyer and Brandon Plemons filled the top-five while Josh Galvin and Corey Hutchings broke out of traffic trying to run down the top-five.

By lap-11 Meyer and Plemons cleared Darnstaedt with Arena the next target. Meyer challenged him for second position beginning on lap-13, however Arena battled hard and the two put on a great show until Meyer finally got past on lap-16. Galvin had caught the pack to make a three car battle for third among Arena, Plemons and himself while Waterman was looking great out front.

Meyer closed in on Waterman and pressured the young leader. Meyer looked high on multiple occasions, but Waterman was too quick and composed to lose focus. Meyer settled for second while Arena came out on top in the battle for third. Both Arena and Meyer congratulated and praised Waterman’s performance following the race.

The 25-lap Mini Stock feature saw the defending track and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division IV champion return to the winner’s circle for the first time in 2013. Cassidy looked strong early, moving up to second position after starting the race fourth in another green-to-checkered flag race. Bill Leonard ran the outside lane to take the lead from pole-sitter Doug Curry. Leonard had the lead to himself on lap-4 with Cassidy quickly moving to second. The two ran nose to tail as Garrett Denton moved outside of Curry in a great side-by-side battle for third.

By lap-13 Cassidy was looking for room to challenge leader Bill Leonard. Leonard kept the low groove as Cassidy went high. The two spent the next 10 laps door-to-door racing for the lead and ultimately the victory. Behind them Denton couldn’t clear Curry and the top four cars put on a show for the fans. Leonard held his lead until Cassidy finally inched
forward to lead lap-17. Cassidy would not back down, riding the outside lane into sole possession of the lead on lap-23 after Leonard’s valiant fight caused him to slip ever so slightly in turn four. Cassidy slipped away over the final two laps to claim the win. Leonard finished in second while Curry spun on the final lap in his battle with Denton, allowing
Denton to grab third at the finish line. The win was the 44th of Cassidy’s storied Mini Stock career.

The SK Light Modified division titlist the past two years, French rose through the top-five competitors to move behind leader Glenn Griswold. Griswold led from lap-1 when he took the spot after starting outside of the front row. Travis Jurcik spun between turns one and two from second position to bring the race under its first caution flag.

Griswold resumed his lead on the restart with Randy Churchill taking second. Corey Barry and French were locked in a battle for third with French coming away with the spot by lap-8. The second caution waved as Victoria Bergenty and Jurcik spun together in turn four on lap-9 to reset the field.

Griswold got the jump while French took advantage of the restart to keep Churchill in the outside lane. He was able to clear Churchill to move to second on lap-10 and the top three settled in line. French sized up Griswold looking to challenge for the win, trying to get a run to the inside on multiple occasions. Exiting turn two on lap-19 French had as
good a shot as any and dived under Griswold into turn three. The two spent a half-lap even before French was able to pull away again off turn two on lap-20.

Once clear of Griswold, French went on to victory by five car lengths as the race remained under the green flag the rest of the way. Griswold finished in second while Churchill was a solid third. French has won the division championship the past two years.

The next NASCAR event at the track is next Saturday when 5/25 Mayhem takes over on Memorial Day Weekend. All five-divisions in action each go extra distance as five laps are added to each regular feature distance length. Another round of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday and Sho & Go Friday precedes. Memorial Day Madness invades the Speedbowl next Sunday.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 5/15 Results

May 17th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl returned to action with its second Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program of the season on Wednesday evening. Taking down victories included Joey Ternullo of Middletown, CT in the INEX Legend Cars and Christian Eckes of Middletown, NY in the accompanying Bandolero race. Mike Trask of Plainfield scored a popular X-Car win and Mike Maskell of Quaker Hill took the Super-X Car feature. In the night’s Wacky Race, Chuck McDonald of Groton used an impressive showing to race to victory.

Ternullo was the fifth leader in the 20-lap INEX Legend Cars race by the time he reached the top spot in an ultra-competitive feature. As Ternullo slowly worked his way up from the ninth starting position, the lead position changed hands multiple times. John O’Sullivan Jr. bolted to the early lead, however he was chased down by Joey Ferrigno on lap-3. Ferrigno took over and held the top spot until Nick Sowa used the inside lane to get by him to show the way on lap-7. The first caution waved on lap-10 when David Johnson looped his car in turn four.

Sowa led after the restart but T.J. Thompson was on his rear bumper. Contact among the top two cars saw Thompson get into the turn three wall on lap-13, bringing out the second caution flag of the race with Sowa able to continue at the front after the melee.

Sowa showed the way until Angelo Belsito raced his way into contention looking to take his second consecutive win to start the Wednesday series season. Ternullo followed Belsito into second position looking to slow Belsito’s charge.

Ternullo was able to make a power move to the inside of Belsito on lap-17, finishing off the maneuver as the pair raced through turns three and four to the white flag. Belsito attempted to counter with a cross-over move, however Ternullo was too quick and slipped away. Over the final lap, Belsito was unable to mount a comeback and watched as Ternullo took the checkered flag, his first of the year. Belsito finished second while Sowa was able to hold on for third.

The 20-lap X-Car feature was a tale of two halves. Scott Limkemann jumped out ahead of the field in the early going as two and three wide racing by the field dominated the opening laps. Following the first caution flag, Limkemann had company at the front of the field. Randy Johnston and Trask moved into the top three positions behind the leader.

Trask darted outside Johnston for second on lap-9, taking the spot. He immediately went to work on Limkemann’s lead and used the inside groove to make his challenge. The pair battled for two laps before Trask got the better of Limkemann to lead lap-12. Once in the lead, Trask slowly stretched his lead to several car lengths. Trask’s path to victory had a
final hurdle however, as lapped cars nearly flustered his momentum. leaded into turn three for the final time, three cars tangled just in front of the leader. Trask drifted high out of the racing groove to avoid contact, enabling Limkemann to make a final charge through the skirmish. Trask was able to drop back in the groove and hold back Limkemann to the finish line. Limkemann finished second and Mitch Bombard placed third.

Eckes won the 15-lap Bandolero feature by the slimmest of margins over Jacob Perry. Perry rallied in the outside lane following a caution on lap-10 to stay glued to Eckes as they raced door-to-door straight through the finish. Eckes held a small advantage at the white flag and held on to narrowly edge Perry at the stripe under the checkered flag. Perry’s had to settle for second while Anthony Marvin finished third. The race featured tight racing by the top pack of cars throughout.

Maskell led throughout the 20-lap Super X-Car feature. His biggest challenge came from three restarts, each time getting the better of defending division champion Jim Boyle. Boyle faded late in the race while Frank Alessio came on strong. He got to Maskell’s rear bumper on the final lap to make a bid for the win but was unable to find a way around. Maskell survived a final assault by Alessio in turns three and four to take the victory. John Yagmin finished third.

The Wacky Race featured the X-Cars compete in a hot dog eating race. McDonald made his pit stop to the Speedbowl infield early, downing two hot dogs before returning to the track ahead of his competition. He held off Brad Voglesong, who completed the event second.

The Speedbowl is back in action this Friday evening with the opening “Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl” of the season, followed by NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday. More information on those events and the entire 2013 event schedule can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

Speedbowl cancels 5/11 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program to weather

May 13th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was forced to cancel its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program scheduled for Saturday, May 11 due to rain forecasted throughout the afternoon and evening.

Action will return to the shoreline oval next week on May 15 with Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, the track’s popular mid-week series. Spectator drags and car cruise invade the shoreline oval on Friday May 17 for “Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl” featuring free grandstands admission. Next Saturday May 18 sees the return of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Scout Night.

Next week kicks off a busy stretch for the shoreline oval. The following week another round of Wednesday and Friday action sets up Memorial Day Weekend which includes the first ever 5/25 Mayhem on Saturday night plus the family fun of the annual Memorial Day Madness on Sunday evening.

5/25 Mayhem puts five divisions in action for extra-distance racing. Five laps will be added to each feature distance on the night, adding up to 25 extra laps of feature racing. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® will go 40-laps while the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models get 35-laps to do business. The Street Stocks and Mini Stocks are capable of astonishing races in their normal distance and will get 30-laps to strut their stuff while many Legend Cars competitors are excited about their 25-lapper on 5/25 Mayhem.

On Sunday, racing turns to into destruction at Memorial Day Madness. The always popular Demo Derby and wild Speedbowl Trailer Race headline the event, which also includes a 50-lap four-cylinder Enduro and a Ski Car race. More Speedbowl surprises are always in store. The night will be capped off with an aerial fireworks display to celebrate the holiday weekend.

More information on the upcoming Speedbowl schedule can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

Speedbowl Cancels May 8 Wild ‘n Wacky race program

May 9th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl has been forced to cancel this evening’s scheduled Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program due to the wet weather. The mid-week entertainment program will return next Wednesday evening with races for the Legends Cars, Bandoleros, Super X-Cars, X-Cars and Wacky Race.

The Speedbowl will be in action two additional times this week, first with Friday’s “Sho and Go” at the ‘Bowl, featuring free car cruise night and spectator drags. The event offers free grandstands admission to watch the elimination drags for most any type of motor vehicle, beginning at 6:00pm.

On Saturday, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing returns at the shoreline oval. Six divisions take to the track with qualifying races starting at 5:30pm and main events at 7:00pm. The SK Modifieds® return for another action packed 35-lapper, joined by the SK Light Modifieds, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. Despite Wednesday’s rain-out, the Super X-Cars will see action this week and join the weekend card to compete in a Saturday Showdown Series event.

For more information and a detailed schedule of events, please contact the Speedbowl track office at 860.442.1585 or visit www.speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl 5/4 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

May 5th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl staged another round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing Saturday night under seasonable weather. Taking home victories on the night included Keith Rocco of Meriden, winner of a rough and tumble SK Modified® race and Cam McDermott of Scituate, RI in the evening’s SK Light Modified race. Chris Meyer of North Franklin won a special 50-lap Street Stock feature, his first of the year. Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI continued his hot start to the season in the Mini Stock division, taking his third win in five races, while Dylan Izzo of Westport won his second INEX Legend Cars race of the season.

A touching opening ceremony kicked off the night. Steve Barrett of Preston was surprised with a brand new Street Stock racecar in a heartfelt presentation by several members of the racing community. Barrett, a member of the National Guard’s 1109th TASMG unit based in Groton, had just returned from ten months active duty overseas. During his deployment a group around the track organized a cause, “Racers for a Soldier”, taking donations to help build Barrett the car presented on Saturday. The effort was spearheaded by Jeff Winsor of Moosup. Barrett destroyed his racecar beyond repair in early 2012 prior to his deployment. He has competed at the track for the past several seasons.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® division turned in a wild performance, culminating in nine caution flags including one red flag. Their feature began with Tyler Jackson claiming the lead on lap-1. Coming out of turn four, defending champion Tyler Chadwick slid into the infield coming to rest to draw the first of the caution flags.

Jeff Gallup took over from Jackson following the restart, riding the outside groove into the race lead on lap-3. Ed Puleo and Todd Ceravolo spun in tandem in turn two battling just outside the top-five before the next lap was complete to create the next caution period. On the restart attempt, Nichole Morgillo was sent off track into the infield, coming to rest in turn one while Jackson spun from second position in turn four. Both restarted from the rear after a trip to the pit area.

Gallup led Brett Gonyaw after the lap-3 headaches, however both Jeff and Keith Rocco were on the move. They took over second and third positions behind Gallup by lap-8. Keith Rocco got the better of his twin brother on lap-9 with an inside move in turn one. On lap-12 Rocco made a similar move on Gallup into turn one to be scored the leader as they crossed the start-finish line. After Keith Rocco scooted away, contact from Jeff Rocco sent Gallup spinning into turn three the following lap, collecting several others. Jeff Rocco was sent to the rear of the field for the restart.

Now in the lead, Keith Rocco controlled the restart. The field was able to log some laps with Diego Monahan and Craig Lutz moving into the top three while several cars battled for position behind that including point leader Ted Christopher. That cooled down on lap-21 when caution was out when Jackson spun off turn two, collecting Corey Coates.

Rocco was again out front following the next restart. Only two more laps were recorded before the cars of Chadwick and Justin Gaydosh found eachother on the back chute, resulting in Chadwick off the track in turn three and Gaydosh spinning in turn four. Caution was back out on lap-23. Two more attempts to restart the race on lap-23 took place when the final and most serious incident of the race occurred. Monahan and Lutz got together racing for second position headed into turn one. The contact reverberated backwards and more than half the field ended up collected in a massive pileup, drawing the red flag. When the dust settled Adam Gada, Tom Abele Jr., Rob Janovic Jr., Ed Puleo, Jeff Rocco and Jackson were among the wrecked. Christopher, Morgillo and Joe Gada were able to resume after pitting for repairs.

Following the accident the field raced through the checkered flag when racing finally resumed. Lutz was able to get away from Monahan securely into second and mounted a serious challenge on Rocco. He initially looked high, however was able to find room underneath Rocco down the front chute into turn one on lap-30. The leaders made contact and Rocco made a stellar save at the front of the field. Lutz backed off to allow Rocco to correct his car before diving back underneath him off turn two down the back chute. Lutz temporarily grabbed the lead however Rocco regrouped, letting to Lutz’s back bumper in turn three to counter. Rocco shot underneath Lutz to re-take the top spot on lap-31.

Lutz continued to chase Rocco looking for any opportunity to make another bid for the win. He was unable to get alongside Rocco, who went on to the victory, his third on the year. Lutz took home second position with Ceravolo coming back for third. Monahan and Chadwick completed the top-five.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks took center stage in a special 50-lap feature, double their normal distance. Dan Darnstaedt held the pole position but it was Phil Evans who raced into the early lead. The field settled in nicely for an opening run that brought the race to lap-14 before caution waved when Darnstaedt and Ed Puleo spun in turn three.

Following the restart Corey Hutchings moved to second behind Evans with Meyer taking third position. Joe Arena held fourth with Josh Galvin fifth as the laps clicked off. Another long green flag run was underway and Evans stretched his advantage over Hutchings, who began to fade as the run progressed. Meyer was able to get past Hutchings for second and set his sights on Evans. Meyer caught the leader by lap-32, pulling alongside his outside before finally being able to shake Evans on lap-38. Just as Meyer had cleared Evans for the lead trouble broke out behind them as Monte Gibbs blew a tire and spun into turn one on lap-39. After the restart, Evans’ fine run ended on lap-43 when he crashed on the back chute collecting Norm Root Jr. and Jack Aquilina, drawing the final yellow flag of the race.

The final restart pitted Meyer against Hutchings. Hutchings was able to stay glued to Meyer’s outside over the final seven lap sprint to the finish. Hutchings actually led most of the final laps with Meyer tucked to his inside. Hutchings was ahead by a bumper as the pair began the white flag lap. Meyer was able to surge ahead down the back chute into turn three for the final time, coming away with a hard-fought victory. Hutchings took second with Ryan Waterman turning in an impressive third place performance. Barrett competed the race in his brand new car, placing 11th. Denton trailed a torrid battle between leaders Ray Christian III and Wayne Burroughs Jr. in the 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini Stock race. The lead two raced side-by-side swapping the position for nearly 20 laps as Denton patiently bided his time. Contact in turn three on lap-21 sent both Christian and Burroughs out of shape. As they gathered their machines, Denton threaded his way between the two to take over the lead and race on to the checkered flag. It was the sixteen-year old’s third victory of the year.

McDermott won his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modified race on the season at the Speedbowl, executing a pass on race leader Randy Churchill of Oakdale on lap-17 of the 25-lapper. Once out front, McDermott powered to the win by 10 lengths over Churchill. Izzo quickly followed up his first career win back on April 13 with a repeat victory Saturday. He overcame a spin on lap-1 to win in dramatic fashion, coming through the field to execute a final lap pass for the win.

The Speedbowl is back in action three times during the coming week. The second installments of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series and Sho & Go Friday nights at the Speedbowl return, joining a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. More details on all three race nights can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl Community Rewards Soldier, Racer Steve Barrett honored during opening ceremonies of May 4 event program

May 6th, 2013

Waterford, CT – With not a cloud in the sky above, a memorable opening ceremony embarked on those gathered at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday. A group of enthusiasts within the Speedbowl community unveiled what countless hours of passion and dedication can do to show their appreciation to a returning soldier, Speedbowl racer Steve Barrett. Barrett was surprised with a brand new Street Stock racecar before the Speedbowl community, his extended family and friends, creating a touching moment that exhibited the best in humanity.

Barrett, of Preston, destroyed his car competing in a Street Stock race at the Speedbowl last year in late April. His unit, the National Guard’s 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group based out of Groton, was activated for duty in June and deployed to Afghanistan in July 2012. Barrett spent the next 10 months overseas defending freedoms for his country. In his spare time, he purchased a remote control car to tinker with as he contemplated the future of his wrecked racecar and racing career. Back home, friends and loved ones spent that same time building Barrett a new car, unbeknownst to him.

“Racers for a Soldier” was born, the idea of Jeff and Julie Winsor of Moosup. After consulting with Barrett’s wife Teresa, a pit steward at the track who ultimately blessed and supported their idea, the Winsors went to work. Jeff and Julie began fundraising at the track and through raffles and spaghetti dinners, while Jeff spearheaded a team of individuals to put in the volunteer hours necessary to fabricate the car. In all, well over 1,000 hours done largely by a group dubbed “The Fab 5” went into the project that started with a bare frame donated by a fellow racer. A new roll cage and body were created by hand. A completely rebuilt drivetrain was donated from the most well-known builders in their trades. It all culminated in the surprise unveiling before Saturday’s racing.

Barrett’s unit returned from duty April 27th. He was lured to the front stretch before the crowd on Saturday to lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance after being welcomed home and recognized for his service. What Barrett didn’t know was more was in the works. As Barrett was presented with other gifts including a brand new firesuit and even an invitation to renew wedding vows from his wife, Jeff Winsor got into the driver’s seat of his dream and wheeled it out the third turn gate onto the track boasting an American flag.

With a large crowd gathered on the front stretch around Barrett, his new racecar didn’t come into his view until it rounded turn four. The car, numbered Barrett’s customary #14, stopped in front of him to the rousing applause from the Speedbowl crowd and loved ones gathered by his side. In what turned out as a “you had to be there” moment to garner its full impact, the Speedbowl community behind “Racers for a Soldier” pulled off one of the most inspiring and rewarding, as well as best kept secrets, in the track’s storied 63-year history.

Only fitting, the Street Stock division was the highlight of the night’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. The division was scheduled for a 50-lap feature, double its normal distance, well before Barrett’s return date was even learned. Barrett’s car was even practiced at the track earlier in the week to be certain it was in race trim if he decided to race. Like a true racer and warrior, Barrett put the emotional enormity of what had just transpired aside to make the decision to strap in and compete. He was granted 10 laps of practice during the program by Speedbowl officials prior to the division’s feature, the nightcap on the event. Barrett stayed out of trouble all race and finished all 50 laps in 11th position, cementing his return home.

Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Results

May 2nd, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl kicked off its popular mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series on Wednesday evening, hosting a five-event program under clear skies. Scoring the opening night victories included a pair of first time winners in INEX race action, Angelo Belsito of Massachusetts in the Legend Cars and Anthony Marvin of Colchester in the Bandoleros. Joining them were Wayne Shifflett of Preston who won in the night’s X-Car race and Jon Porter of Canterbury in the Super X-Car event. Peter Pollard of Old Lyme won the evening’s Wacky Musical Car race.

The 20-lap INEX Legend Cars race treated fans to an exciting conclusion. Joe Mucciacciaro took the lead on lap-1 and looked strong out front in the early going. Joey Ternullo quickly moved into second position on lap-2 and chased Mucciacciaro. Belsito quietly worked his way through the pack into the top runners over the first half of the race, arriving in third position on lap-8. Ahead of Belsito, Mucciacciaro led Ternullo by one car length and the pair enjoyed a large advantage over Belsito. The lone caution flag of the race waved on lap-13, enabling Belsito to close up and restart with the lead duo.

Mucciacciaro got a good restart to pick up at the front over Ternullo after the race went back to the green flag. Belsito took second from Ternullo racing to lap-18 with an impressive inside maneuver. Belsito then challenged Mucciacciaro for the victory, getting a superb run exiting turn four to race underneath the leader coming to the white flag. The two ran side-by-side for the win through turns one and two and down the back chute. Belsito charged ahead in turn three, only to see Mucciacciaro regroup, tucking in behind Belsito briefly before diving underneath him exiting turn four with the checkered flag waving. Mucciacciaro’s counter move fell just short as Belsito held him off by a half-car length advantage to win his first career Speedbowl feature in dramatic fashion. Mucciacciaro was forced to settle for second and Ternullo ran a strong race to finish in third.

The 20-lap X-Car race was a battle throughout between veteran racers Brad Voglesong and Shifflett. Voglesong showed the way early, pacing the field from the drop of the green flag through the first caution flag on lap-4. Shifflett already raced his way to second position and lined up alongside Voglesong for the restart. Voglesong picked up at the front with Shifflett trailing until he powered past the leader to take over on lap-9. Shifflett had to master a lap-12 restart and contend with heavy lapped traffic over the remainder of the race. He was unable to shake Voglesong, who tailed him to the checkered flag. Voglesong could not muster a final rally and finished second while Zach Thomas ran with the leaders all race and took home third.

Porter led the distance in the 20-lap Super X-Car event, however he had to master multiple restarts over the event. He took command on lap-1 from defending champion Jim Boyle and opened up a comfortable margin over the competition before the first caution waved on lap-5. Over the remaining laps, Porter had to overcome five additional caution periods in what turned out to be a wild opening night feature. He beat back Boyle and John Yagmin on multiple restarts to turn in the winning performance. Yagmin placed second and Ken Downing III was able to survive the rough going to finish third.

Marvin wired the caution-free 20-lap Bandolero feature for his first-ever win. He took the lead on lap-1 over A.J. Eastman then held back Corey Comeroski on his back bumper over the final 18 laps. Comeroski was able to close in on Marvin’s bumper on multiple occasions however was unable to make a serious bid for the win. He settled for second with Eastman taking third place honors.

The night’s Wacky Race featured the X-Car division in a musical car race. The master of the high-speed variation of musical chairs proved to be Pollard, besting the 10-car field including a final round showdown with Brad Voglesong.

The Speedbowl is back in action this Friday evening with the opening “Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl” of the season, followed by NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action on Saturday, anchored by a 50-lap Street Stock showdown race. More information on those events and the entire 2013 event schedule can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

Former Speedbowl Championship Owner Al Gaudreau Passes

May 2nd, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl management was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Al Gaudreau this past Saturday. Gaudreau, of Norwich, CT, operated one of the most successful race teams of all-time at the famed shoreline oval. He passed away at the age of 70.

Al, affectionately known as “Buddha” by the racing community, along with his wife Margaret “Peg” Gaudreau owned Modifieds during the 1970’s with Dick Dunn behind the wheel. Their number 3 car became widely known across the northeast as “Buddha’s Bullet”. The combination won five consecutive Modified division owner’s titles at the Speedbowl from 1972-1976 and more races than anyone during the decade.

In the 1990’s Gaudreau and his son Tommy competed in the Late Model division. Tommy along with drivers such as Tom Fox piloted the car to numerous more victories and championships. In recent years Gaudreau enjoyed his son’s drag racing efforts at the track on Friday nights.

Gaudreau made numerous lifelong friendships through racing with some of the sport’s biggest names such as Richie Evans and Ed Flemke, as well as many others. Gaudreau’s race teams were among the Speedbowl’s most well respected of all-time in addition to being extremely competitive.

“Our deepest sympathies are with Peg in addition to Al’s family and friends” Speedbowl owner Terry Eames said in a statement Monday. “Al was part of the fabric of the Speedbowl for decades and he will be sorely missed by us all.”

The family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday from 5pm – 9pm at Labenski Funeral Home, located at 107 Boswell Avenue in Norwich, CT. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at the funeral home at 11am.

Donations may be made in his honor to the ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter to help his wife who is living with ALS.

Waterford Speedbowl NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

April 29th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Ideal weather conditions blessed Waterford Speedbowl for another round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday. Fans were treated to a show that placed third-generation racer Joe Gada of Salem in the winner’s circle, claiming the night’s 35-lap SK Modified® main event in dominating fashion. Defending division champion Dillon Moltz of Waterford won the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, Josh Galvin of Franklin won a thrilling Street Stock feature and Ian Brew of Wood River Junction, RI took his first Mini Stock feature win of the year. Corey Coates of Ledyard won the visiting New England Truck Series feature. The Legend Cars feature results ran past deadline.

Tyler Jackson led a full field of open-wheel ground pounders to green for their 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature. Jackson took the early lead over Jeffrey Gallup with Gada holding third. After settling in for the opening laps, Gada moved by Gallup’s inside for second on lap-4. Gada continued his forward progress and found room to Jackson’s inside in turn one the next lap and was scored as the new leader on lap-6. Craig Lutz followed suit and was in second. Jeff Rocco got loose to Jackson’s inside in turn one causing the field behind to stack up, resulting in Ed Puleo and Justin Gaydosh coming together to bring out the caution. Puleo was unable to resume.

Gada led the restart over Lutz, who settled into second. Only two laps more were completed before bumper tag headed into turn one again caused trouble, this time with Kyle James stranded in the infield to bring out the second caution flag on lap-8. Damage to James’ car was severe enough that he did not return.

Gada got the jump over Lutz again when racing went back to green. Jeff Rocco got past Lutz’s inside to take second and he and Gada moved out ahead of a three-car pack of Lutz, Diego Monahan and Ted Christopher. Christopher pulled out of line on lap-17 and tried to make a run on Monahan. Meanwhile Monahan was trying to find room to Lutz’s inside. That
battle cooled down when caution came back out on lap-18 as Adam Gada was stalled on the track in distress. Rocco pulled off the track from second into the pits during the caution and did not return.

Gada got the better of Lutz for the third time in the race on the restart. Monahan and Christopher were able to keep Lutz in the outside lane, taking over second and third positions on lap-19. Gada hustled away from the combination of Monahan and Christopher with the race staying green. Lutz held fourth position while Keith Rocco made his way into the top-five past Tyler Chadwick. Rocco got by Lutz on lap-24 to take fourth asChristopher turned up his pressure on Monahan. Meanwhile Gada’s lead once again grew to a straightaway.

Christopher made a move on Monahan’s outside on lap-27 to get to second position however time was not on his side. Without any further caution flags Gada continued his romp to the checkered flag. The victory marked the first time a third generation driver has ever won in the SK Modified® division. Christopher finished second ahead of Monahan, who ended up third.

Dennis Gada, Joe’s father, is the only driver in track history to claim seven championships and is the all-time leader in SK Modified® division wins with 62. Joe’s grandfather Bob Gada was also a winner in the Modified division and a champion in support divisions. In total, the Gada family has won a total of 11 track championships and greater than 120
races at the famed shoreline oval.

After two competitors elected to give up their front row starting positions for the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Jeff Smith and Dillon Moltz lined up to begin the race side-by-side. The two raced the final 25-laps of their race a week ago separated by inches at most for the majority of the race. This week Moltz took command early over Smith, last week’s winner.

Moltz had to hold back Smith over five restarts during the event, doing so each time. Smith chased Moltz the entire time, holding back a run by Joe Curioso to take second. On lap-28, Curioso got tangled up with Jason Palmer dropping each from a top finish. Moltz went on to record the victory, the first of the season for the defending champion in the division. Keith Rocco finished third.

The Street Stock division treated fans to a fabulous finish that came down to the checkered flag in their 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race. Joe Arena used the pole starting position to take a comfortable early lead. Phil Evans held down second but was under fire from Norm Root Jr. and Galvin among others. As Galvin had to work through traffic to emerge in second by lap-10, Arena’s margin over him was nearly a straightaway.

Two late caution periods in the final stages of the race tightened up the field. Following the final yellow flag on lap-20, Arena ran side-by-side with Galvin to his outside in a battle for the lead. The two swapped the lead three times over the stretch run with Galvin leading laps 21 and 22 and Arena rallying to grab the lead on laps 23 and 24. Third place runner Chris Meyer stayed with the lead duo during their tussle for the top spot and made it a three-way battle for the win on the final lap. With Galvin and Arena still neck and neck headed into turn three, Meyer found room to Arena’s inside as the trio rounded turn four. Meyer’s presence broke Arena’s charge enough for Galvin to slip ahead in the outside lane for a half-car length win over both Arena and Meyer in an exciting three-wide finish to the checkered flag. Arena nipped Meyer for second.

Brew held off a hard charging Garrett Denton to deny him a second consecutive win in the Mini Stocks. Brew took the lead from Chris Ivory on the third lap of the 25-lap race then raced ahead of a three-car battle for second between defending division champion Ken Cassidy Jr. along with Ray Christian and Denton, both feature winners on the season already. Denton was able to come away with second position for good on lap-15. Denton tracked down Brew over the next 10 laps to make a run at the win on the final lap. Denton tried to get to Brew’s rear bumper exiting turn two, and was able to pressure Brew through turn four and find room to his inside. Brew was able to hold the challenge back and streaked to his first win of the season. Denton settled for second with Cassidy placing third.

The 20-lap Legend Cars feature saw sparks fly in the beginning. Cory Dimatteo led lap-1 after passing pole sitter Stephen Kopcik. Nick Ladyga and Dana Dimatteo each made their way by the front two to race into the top two spots on lap-2, however they made contact on lap-5. Ladyga spun up the track coming to rest in turn four to bring out the caution flag. Dana Dimatteo was sent to the rear, handing the lead back to his younger brother Cory. Cory Dimatteo led the restart however Garbo was already in the mix, leap-frogging past defending division champion Paul Kusheba and Dimatteo in one lap to take command on lap-7.

Once out front, Garbo had little trouble keeping challengers at bay. He survived two additional caution flags the rest of the way to claim his first win of the season at the Speedbowl. Garbo is the reigning division champion in its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series, however has been competing in Late Models in the south for 2013. Garbo’s cameo appearance Saturday landed him in the winner’s circle. Dylan Izzo finished in second and Ladyga stormed back to wind up third.

Corey Coates beat out defending series champion Duane Noll to win the visiting 25-lap New England Truck Series feature.

The Speedbowl is back in action three times during the coming week. The season debut of its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series and the return of Sho & Go Friday nights at the Speedbowl join next Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event. The Speedbowl will operate three nights per week throughout summer. More details on all three race nights can be found online at Speedbowl.com.

Waterford Speedbowl 4/20 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

April 22nd, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was back in action Saturday evening hosting a night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. Two-time track champion Keith Rocco of Meriden was back in the winner’s circle, scoring an impressive win in the 35-lap SK Modified® main event. Old Lyme driver Jeff Smith won an absolute thriller in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Randy Churchill of Oakdale won his second SK Light Modified race of the year in as many tries and Allen Coates of Ledyard returned to the winner’s circle in the Street Stock division. Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI won his second Mini Stock feature race of 2013 and Brad Voglesong of Middletown rounded out the night’s winners in the X-Car division.

The 35-lap SK Modified® feature saw veteran racer Frank Mucciacciaro take the lead over Jeff Gallup from the pole position. The field survived contact further back in the pack down the back chute of the opening lap to settle in to complete lap-1. Gallup would eventually bobble exiting turn four causing Jeff Rocco to get out of shape and make contact, sending Gallup spinning into turn one to bring out the race’s first caution flag. When racing resumed Mucciacciaro resumed his lead as Diego Monahan moved to second ahead of Brett Gonyaw, who was able to tuck into third position. Todd Ceravolo took fourth from Jeff Rocco, while further back Keith Rocco was able to snatch seventh from Ted Christopher as the field completed lap-8.

Green flag racing dominated as Mucciacciaro had Monahan glued to his rear bumper. The pair raced out to a comfortable margin over Gonyaw. The man on the move during the run was Keith Rocco, climbing to fifth position on lap-16. Rocco tracked down Ceravolo next and got past his outside into fourth place on lap-19. Gonyaw was his next victim, disposing of him on lap-20 to rise to third. Rocco had caught Monahan when the second caution waved on lap-23 as Justin Gaydosh spun in turn four from of the back half of the top ten.

Mucciacciaro got a good restart to get away as Monahan faltered in the outside lane. Keith Rocco scooted past Monahan into second bringing Ceravolo and Christopher past Monahan before he recovered. Rocco immediately tried to set Mucciacciaro up for an inside bid down the back chute as the field came to lap-24. The veteran fended off the move and powered back into the lead.

Rocco regrouped and made a challenge in the outside lane on lap-25 only to see Mucciacciaro get loose, chasing his car up the track. Rocco made contact with the front stretch wall and was forced to tuck in behind Mucciacciaro. He went back to work in the top groove and finally took command from Mucciacciaro on lap-27.

Once in front, Rocco began to distance himself from the field. Christopher was up to third position and was looking all over Mucciacciaro for second. Christopher found racing room outside of Mucciacciaro to take the spot on lap-31 just ahead of the final caution flag on lap-33 for Ed Puleo, who was stranded at the top of the track in turn one.

Christopher lined up outside Rocco for the restart. He got a good restart to stay even with Rocco down the frontstretch, however Rocco muscled ahead through turns one and two. Christopher was unable to stay with Rocco, who went on to his second victory of 2013. Christopher settled for second while Mucciacciaro finished an impressive performance to score third. Monahan was fourth and Kyle James took fifth position.

Smith won a classic duel over Dillon Moltz in the 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. After a caution on lap-5, the pair ran side-by-side the rest of the way. The pair officially exchanged the lead 12 times over the 25-lap stretch with neither gaining any sizeable advantage. Behind the top two, Bruce Thomas Jr. and Rich Staskowski were also in close quarters.

The crowd was buzzing in appreciation of the hard short track racing on display at the front of the pack lap after lap. The barnburner came down to the final lap with Smith and Moltz taking the white flag together. Smith had a small lead headed to turn three with Thomas tucked in behind. Thomas and Moltz made contact in the final corner with both spinning out of contention. Smith streaked on to the checkered flag to seal the win in a hotly contested event. Staskowski wound up second and Jason Palmer rebounded from a lap-1 incident to finish third.

Churchill bested a spirited battle with Cam McDermott over the duration of the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature. McDermott led much of the race from the pole starting position however had Churchill on his tail the entire time. The two had a close encounter on lap-8 as contact sent both cars sideways in turn two with each able to continue on. Churchill continued to give chase until a yellow flag on lap-20 lined the pair up together for a restart. Churchill was able to edge into the lead and survived one final restart to hold back McDermott. Corey Barry ran near the leaders all race and finished third.

Coates won the 25-lap Street Stock race after a hard fought battle. He navigated his way to the front of the field by lap-19 with an outside move on leader Josh Galvin. From there he held off the competition to win his 82nd overall at the track, good for fourth all-time on the track’s win-list. It was his first in the Street Stock division since 1996.

Denton won his second Mini Stock feature in three events in 2013. The young driver tailed the division’s all-time winner Ken Cassidy Jr. from lap-10 through lap-22. Denton made a stellar move to get underneath Cassidy in turn one, taking over the lead on lap-23 and finishing off the win. Cassidy was second and Bill Leonard placed third.

Voglesong claimed the lead on lap-6 of the 20-lap X-Car race and survived the race’s lone caution flag with five laps remaining to take the win.

The Speedbowl returns to action next Saturday when the New England Truck Series joins another NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event.

Waterford Speedbowl 4/13 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

April 16th, 2013

Waterford, CT – Waterford Speedbowl was in action hosting the first Saturday night Whelen All-American Series event of the 2013 season. Claiming the opening Saturday night feature wins in NASCAR action included defending SK Modified® track champion Tyler Chadwick. Keith Rocco and Corey Hutchings each made it two in a row to start the year in the Late Model and Street Stocks respectively, while Ray Christian III was the Mini Stock winner. In INEX action, Dylan Izzo was a first-time winner in the Legend Cars.

The 35–lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature started with trouble on lap-2 when former champions Rob Janovic, Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco got collected along with Ed Puleo exiting turn four. All but Janovic would return.

After the restart, Brent Gonyaw and Jeff Rocco were at the head of the field racing side-by-side until Gonyaw got loose in the bottom line causing he and Rocco to spin, drawing the caution flag. Taking over the lead for the next restart was Kyle James.

James jumped out front bringing Todd Ceravolo and Chadwick into the top three using the inside. By lap-7 Ceravolo ran down James, however before he could make a move for the lead the yellow would fly for a single car spin by Jeff Gallup.

The restart was not clean as Ceravolo got the early jump, while James faltered and did not come up to speed. Several cars get collected behind keeping the race under the yellow flag. The second attempt of the lap-7 restart proved a success and James resumed his lead. While James was checking out ahead the field, Chadwick made an inside bid under Ceravolo on lap-10. Keith Rocco and Christopher were each slicing their way back into contention for positions among the top-five when caution waved again on lap-11.

On the restart James would have a new challenge with Chadwick on his outside. The two battled side-by-side for three laps until Chadwick finally prevailed on the outside lane. On lap-15 Rocco went around the outside of James for second, bringing Ceravolo with him to third. The top three were staging for a memorable battle when, just as Rocco began pestering Chadwick’s outside looking for racing room, his car dropped off the pace exiting turn two on lap-18. Ceravolo, directly behind Rocco, was forced to check up and avoid the ailing car causing him to spin off the back chute. Rocco made the hard right into the pits and retired for the night.

The restart pitted Chadwick on the front row with James to his outside. Chadwick powered back into the lead over James with Christopher up to third. They ran in order through lap-29 when Tom Abele Jr. opened a door under Christopher to take the spot. Craig Lutz also got past Christopher’s inside to move to fourth, dropping Christopher to the fifth
position. The race stayed clean and green flag the rest of the way with Chadwick going on to a 10-car length victory. James, Abele, Lutz and Christopher rounded out the top-five. It was Chadwick’s first win of the season.

In the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature, an early tussle for the lead ended with Vin Esposito crashing hard into the wall down the front chute and turn one. After the cleanup, Keith Rocco jumped out to the lead over defending champion Dillon Moltz. The feature ran caution free the rest of the way with Rocco picking up his second straight Late Model feature following.

The 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock feature went wire-to-wire without incident. Al Stone III started on the pole and looked strong over the early portion of the race. Hutchings chased down Stone and made his move with ten laps remaining. Hutchings was able to get by Stone to move into the lead on lap-15, cruising to his second
straight win in as many.

Not to be outdone by the Street Stocks, the Mini Stocks also ran a caution free 25-lap feature in NASCAR action. Christian opened up very large lead over the field e