Waterford, CT — Three of New England’s fastest divisions will be coming to Waterford Speedbowl Aug. 16 when Saturday Night Fever becomes The Racing Against Cancer Wings and Wheels presented by Foxwoods and Kool 101.
A portion of every ticket will go to Racing Against Cancer. Over the past half dozen years, RAC had contributed over a half million dollars to the battle against cancer.
All four divisions are open ‘wheel’ divisions. The Supers and Midgets are “winged” as well.
It is 210 feature laps – 100 for the True Values, 50 for the Supers, 35 for the SKs and 25 for the Midgets – on New England’s most competitive track. The ‘Bowl’s famous outside groove has been a factor all season, producing a record number of winners. All divisions will qualify via heats, guaranteeing excitement.
Billed as “Saturday Night Fever” over the past weeks, Wings and Wheels promises blisteringly hot speeds. Chris Perley, who’ll be after a third straight Speedbowl win, turned an incredible 12.489 seconds lap (107-mph plus) last May. It was, however, just a few “ticks” better than Randy Cabral’s 12.848 (105-plus) in the Bertrand Midget set a few weeks before. Cabral will be after a third straight Speedbowl win as well.
Lowering the existing standard is now a major objective with each visit for both divisions. Nobody is betting against it. The Speedbowl has featured quickness throughout the season. ISMA, in fact, continues to talk about an 11 seconds lap.
Dwight Jarvis’ 14.075 lap and many SK times in the 14.150 range are testimony that the True Value and SK Modifieds are surpassing the century mark as well.
Wings and Wheels will bring incredible talent to the Bowl including local favorites Rob Summers, who may see action in a modified as well as a Super, Chris Pasteryak, Ed Dachenhausen and Mike Holdridge. The latter three are TVMS standouts.
Jeff Abold, 19-year old son of ISMA great Pat, is another double duty possibility in both a Midget and Super.
In addition to Summers, Jeff Holbrook, Russ Wood, Dave McKnight, Mike Ordway Jr. and Mike Lichty hope to add to their ISMA resume by stopping Perley’s Speedbowl streak. Cabral is the target for the likes of Jeff Horn, Nokie Fornoro, Bobby Santos III, Joey Payne and Greg Stoehr.
David Pinkham, Les Hinckley, Kirk Alexander and Jean-Paul Cyr joint Jarvis on the TVMS scorecard.
The Speedbowl’s SK fraternity – Dennis Gada, Keith Rocco, Rob Janovic Jr., Jeffrey Paul, Ron Yuhas Jr., Doug Coby – will be striving to excel as well.
Sources: Dave Dykes/Waterford Speedbowl PR