Archive for September 29th, 2008

Seekonk Speedway Readies for 16th annual D.A.V. Fall Classic

Seekonk, MA — Since the passing of Seekonk Speedway founder D. Anthony Venditti, only one race has been able to uphold the legacy of a man that was know as much for his way of thinking to his love of auto racing. Over the 40+ years of owning and operating “The Action Track of the East”, Anthony always looked for the next star, the next class, and the future of the sport. Two of his creations will take center stage on the weekend of October 11 and 12.

In the mid 1970’s, the big block modifieds were starting to price themselves too high. Anthony came out with a solution. Thus, the small block modified, which reigns as one of the most popular and competitive open wheel class on the east coast, was born. Later that same decade, The Godfather, as he became known, started to think about the next evolution. In 1978, the All Pro division joined forces with his Late Model class. A name change in ’79, they became as the Pro Stocks. By 1984, they were the headlining division at the 1/3 mile oval.
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Popular Outlaw Stock Division Returns For Bowl’ Town Fair Tire Finale

Waterford, CT — Debuting earlier this season as part of the Speedbowl’s popular Wild N’ Wacky Wednesday midweek series, the Outlaw Stock division has been well-received by both fans and competitors.

Slated for a 20-lap feature, they’ll again appear at this weekend’s season-ending, two-day, 13-division division Town Fair Tire Finale.

The brainchild of Speedbowl Tech Inspector Don Rand, the class has lived-up to its expectations as a “Run What You Brung” affair, attracting competitors from a myriad of different divisions. While Scott Foster, the winner of the initial event was piloting a “conventional” Monte Carlo Late Model-type entry, second-place finisher Glenn Boss was behind the controls of an open-wheel “Thompson Modified”. Third on the podium was Alan Coates, wheeling an All-Star Race Truck. Also in the field were several Sportsman-class entries, as well as racers from Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts.
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Gada, Thomas, Stone Seek Speedbowl Glory

Waterford, CT — The ending of a long SK-Modified championship battle and the possibility of two “Triple Crown” achievements are part of the excitement for this weekend’s season-ending, two-day, 13-division division Town Fair Tire “Finale” at Waterford Speedbowl.

Dennis Gada hopes to secure a record seventh championship in Sunday’s 100-lap SK feature. Bruce Thomas Jr. and Al Stone III can secure “Triple Crown” laurels with victories in Sunday’s 100-lap Late Model and 50-lap Sportsman features respectively.

Point battles will also come to an end in Sunday’s 50-lap Mini Stock and Saturday’s 25-lap Legends event.
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes – Chemung 120

Whelen Modified Tour Returns To Chemung

With just three races left in the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, the series will head to  Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Chemung 120 will mark just the second time in the 24-year history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour that the series has contested a race at the .375-mile oval. Jerry Marquis reached Victory Lane in the only previous race on Aug. 10, 2001.
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NEMA’s Owners Race Headed To Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — The squeaky tight Northeastern Midget Association Owners point battle moves to Waterford Speedbowl’s Town Fair Tire Finale this weekend. It’s like going home for NEMA and it’s a good bet Randy Cabral is feeling pretty good about it. “Every time I see the Speedbowl on the schedule I just smile,” he says.

Cabral’s owner Tim Bertrand trails Bob Santos Jr. by 13 in the owner standings. Bobby Santos III drives for his father. Cabral and Santos have nine wins between them this season, five for Cabral whose “dream season” includes three Speedbowl wins.
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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on the Air: Week of Sept. 29 – Oct.5

Daytona Beach, FL — The following is a list of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers that will appear on radio shows during the week of Sept. 29 – Oct. 5.

Monday, Sept. 29
Eric Beers – “Track Talk,” WACK (1420 AM or 1420wack.com), 6 – 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2
Eric Beers – “Sirius Speedway,” Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 128), 3 – 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5
Chemung 120 winner – “Carey & Coffey Show,” ESPN Radio Local (940/1510 AM or careyandcoffey.com), 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR WMT PR

ARTS Truck State on Waterford Speedbowl Finale

Its a sad day in the AllStar Race Truck Series camp. For the first time in over 12 years, since the ARTS trucks started racing in that area, we will not be racing at the Waterford Speedbowl’s season finale. After having a long conversation with Jerry Robinson today by phone, a deal could not be reached on the past due payment of a race we ran at the Bowl on 7-19-08. He also stated he could not guarantee it would ever be paid. To top that off he then said we were more than welcome to come to this weekend’s event. He suggested that the ARTS racers pay to get in the back gate but race for free with no purse or possibly a smaller purse. He again promptly said he did not know if he would be able to pay for this weekend’s event as well as the 100 lap event which we ran on 7-19-08. Jerry claimed that the TIS Modified division that is on their website as replacing us was also running for free, no purse.

ARTS did everything in its power to maintain a good relationship with the track. It has always been two to three weeks after running a race at the Bowl before the check comes. It was never a big deal. But after three weeks went by and we did not receive a check we made several attempts to contact Jerry concerning the bill. When I finally got to talk to Jerry days later, he said he was not going to pay the amount that we were contracted to receive. We agreed on a payment of a lesser amount. Jerry said that we could pick up a check for the 100 lap event when we came back to race in two weeks time. Trusting that things would be ok, the ARTS trucks returned to the Bowl 5 weeks after the 100 lap event, which we were not paid for. When we went to the office to find Jerry we found out Jerry was not there and Bill could not give us a check because Jerry hadn’t left one with him for ARTS. He said we had to talk to Jerry. Once again, in good faith, the ARTS truck raced hoping that things would work out. Again, I resumed my daily phone calls to try and get some kind of answer from the track. Some times calling the track, Bill’s cell, and Jerry’s cell and still no one would return a phone call. On Thursday, 9/18/08, I again spoke with Jerry. I wanted to set up a meeting to work something out, to remain racing at the Bowl. At this point they now owed ARTS for the 100 lap event which was run 7-19-08 as well as the race ran on 8-23-08. Jerry said he could not meet with me but did agree to pay off the 8-23-08 race. We did receive that check and are waiting to hear if it has cleared. Also Jerry said I could call him back on the following Monday, 9-22-08 to settle the remaining balance. But it was back to the same old thing, leave a message and no one will call you back.
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