Waterford, CT — Diego and Shawn Monahan are completely focused on The SK-150, the centerpiece of Waterford Speedbowl’s April 12-13 Budweiser Modified Nationals. The Monahans, both with impressive Speedbowl resumes, are part of an extraordinary “150” entry list.
Both were winners last year and over the years have a total of 22 wins and a championship between them. They’ll be in the same cars they drove a year ago, cars they now own.
The $5,000-to-win “150” tops a 10-division weekend that also includes extra-distance openers from the Bowl’s Late Models, Sportsman and Mini Stocks. The Legends, Northeastern Midget Association, Pro4 Modifieds, AllStar Race Trucks, Allison Legacy Cars and NEMA Lites are also due.
“I am really excited with the quality of drivers on the entry list,” says Diego, the only driver to score a win in all four of the Bowl’s NASCAR divisions. “It is a real thrill to race against those guys.” He refuses to look past the “150.”
Shawn, who plans on a full assault on the True Value Modified Series this year (he’ll be at the Speedowl three times), sees himself “as one of the visitors there to grab the money but with a little more Speedbowl experience.”
The entry list includes four “150” winners in Ted Christopher (’99), Dennis Gada (’03), Frank Ruocco (’06) and Jeff Pearl (’07). Jimmy Blewett, Kenny Horton, Rob Summers, Woody Pitkat, Jeff Malave and Wade Mattesen have filed entries along with Speedbowl regulars Rob Janovic Jr. (the defending track champion), Dennis Charette, Jeffrey Paul and Donnie Fowler.
The Monahan brothers join a number of accomplished time trialers led by Blewett, quickest in qualifying last year, and Horton, the track record holder with a 14.061 seconds effort last July. Christopher, Gada, Summers, Pearl and Fowler have all set fast time in the past.
Both Monahans agree qualifying well is a major step to success.
SK qualifying kicks off Saturday (April 12) action followed by heats for all the other divisions. The Legends, Pro 4, AllStar Trucks, Allison Legacy Car and NEMA Lite features will follow.
The traditional pit party gets Sunday started. A 25-lap NEMA feature and the Late Model, Sportsman and Mini Stock features share the day with the “150.”
Sources: Dave Dykes/Waterford Speedbowl PR