Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl’s annual Finale Weekend is fast approaching under two weeks away, October 8th-10th. A total of 10 feature races will take to the track over the weekend offering fans a variety of close competition and exciting racing amongst a host of divisions.
The 14th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals 150-lap SK Modified® race takes center stage Sunday, October 10th boasting total prize money of over $20,000. The race winner walks away $5,000 richer, the biggest payday across the Northeast for the division. Not to be overshadowed, the ACT Late Model Tour closes their season and points battle at the Speedbowl in a 150-lap race of their own on Sunday with posted awards of greater than $28,000. The duo of ground pounding Modifieds and best in Late Model racing throughout New England and beyond make the weekend a must-see for any racer and race fan.
A 50-lap Street Stock Showdown, an Outlaw Mini Stock Madness event and Outlaw Stock race are also on the weekend schedule with $500 going to each race winner. The popular 25-lap Outlaw Stock race is back again in 2010 and welcomes most any rear-wheel drive American made car or truck with at least a 104” wheelbase from across New England’s short tracks. Engine rules are a steel block, steel heads, and any single carburetor.
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Stafford Springs, CT — With the 38th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend upon us this weekend, Stafford young guns Tommy Barrett, Jr. and Matt Galko are separated by only 6 points, or three positions on the racetrack, in the chase for the 2010 SK Light Modified track championship. Galko has been at the front of the points standings from June until the Final Friday Night-Shoot-Out on Sept. 17th, where a Barrett victory combined with Galko wrecking out of the race, put Barrett at the top of the standings heading into this weekend.
“It’s been really frustrating with three wrecks in the last four races for us,” said Galko. “But there’s nothing that we can do except to learn from what happened and move onto the next race. We do what we need to do at the shop during the week to have the car ready and we’re going to go for the win this weekend. The pressure is totally off of us now that we’re not leading the points. We’re having fun at the shop working on the car and it would be a pretty cool way to end the year by winning the CARQUEST Fall Final.”
While Galko has found misfortune towards the end of the 2010 season, Tommy Barrett has used a white hot streak to vault himself into the points lead. Barrett has won 8 of the last 9 SK Light Modified feature events at Stafford, and he has a total of 10 victories this season. Barrett has had to play catch up all year long after he missed the first race of the 2010 season as he didn’t turn 15 and become eligible to race this season until the second race of the year.
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Stafford Springs, CT — As the SK Light Modified cars take to the Stafford Motor Speedway asphalt one last time during the 38th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, the division will have one of its winningest drivers back in the starting field. Brit Andersen, who won 13 SK Light races in three seasons of competition, will return to the track in his family owned #70.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car,” said Andersen. “I didn’t even know I was going to be driving it until last Thursday.” Andersen has his sights set on taking the checkered flag and beating Tommy Barrett, Jr., who has won an astounding 10 races this season, and to prove that his car is still the best SK Light in the field.
“We’re coming back to win the race and beat Tommy Barrett,” said Andersen. “We’re looking to either run the car with another driver next season or we are going to sell the car, so we want to show everyone that it is still the best car in the division. It’s going to be kind of like Ryan Newman racing the Whelen Modified Tour, we’re focused on winning the race. Tommy, Joey Cipriano, and Matt Galko are all fast cars so it’s going to be tough, but I know how I race and I’ve seen how they race. I know there has been some great races at Stafford this season, but I think our race is going to be the best race of the entire season.”
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Seekonk, MA — Fifteen year old Jim Santa Maria, from Burlington CT, driving the #99 Hawk/Ford Focus owned by Susan Santa Maria came from sixth starting spot to score his first NEMA Lites feature win at the Cement Palace on Friday September 24th.
After battling with NEMA champ Randy Cabral and chasing pole starter Lanson Fornoro (who was outstanding in the Luggelle #00, leading the first 19 laps), Santa Maria made a bold move to the inside of Fornoro as they approached heavy lap traffic in the final corner.
When the checkard flag fell Santa Maria came out on top with Fornoro an impressive, but disapointing 2nd. Young NY high school basketball standout Michael Muldoon squeezed by Cabral for third. Cabral and Russ Wood jr. rounded out the top 5.
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