Gada and Solomito families ready for first starts in 150
Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl’s always had a reputation of being a racetrack rich with family legacy. That legacy continues with next weekend’s running of the 14th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals during the track’s Finale Weekend. Two families will be looking to add to their racing heritage with a good run in the SK-150, the Gada’s and Solomito’s.
The Gada family has been a Speedbowl mainstay over the past five decades. A winning history precedes cousins Joe and Adam Gada, the two current members of the family in the open-wheel ranks. The third-generation racers come from a lineage that’s produced a total of 11 track titles and over 120 feature victories. Both teenagers look to make the Modified Nationals field for the first time. Neither have to look far for sound advice for their first SK-150 outing.
Joe’s father Dennis, the track’s all-time winningest driver in the division, is also a hopeful entry. Dennis claimed an unprecedented seven Speedbowl titles and 62 career division wins including the Modified Nationals twice, in 2003 and 2008. Dennis isn’t phased by his retirement from weekly competition or the timing of the race, this season closing the season. “I don’t think it will make any difference. It will still be a great race and fans will see great racing”. He hopes to complete assembling an engine for the car he’s slated to drive for Finale Weekend.