Archive for October 1st, 2010

Speedbowl’s Modified Nationals a family affair

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.

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2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown Announced

Short-track showcase returns to Toyota Speedway in January

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today that the 2011 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, the sport’s premier short-track racing showcase will return to the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) on Jan. 28-29.

The eighth running of the event, which brings together the top racers from across North America and has grown into the ”Daytona 500 of short-track racing,” will be highlighted by the 225-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series all-star race.

“The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown is the premier event of our short-track calendar,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR managing director of racing operations. “From Austin Cameron’s emotional win in the very first event to last year’s dramatic debut of Sergio Pena, each successive race has continued to build the prestige of the Showdown. This all-star weekend shines the spotlight on our champions and the sport’s rising stars.”

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CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend Friday Update

The practice session that was scheduled for today has been canceled due to rain.

The paddock area is open now and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series teams will be able to park haulers until 7:30pm tonight.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams cannot begin parking until the paddock area opens tomorrow at 7am.

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Familiar Territory: Stefanik Eyes History-Making Whelen Modified Tour Title

Less than two weeks ago, after a wild race day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Mike Stefanik sat in the infield media center of the sprawling facility and tried to downplay his championship hopes.

To paraphrase, informed of just a single-digit deficit to series leader Bobby Santos, Stefanik shrugged his shoulders and said all he really wanted was to win races.

But fast-forward to the eve of CARQUEST Fall Final weekend at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, and there is energy buzzing about the 52-year-old veteran.

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Don’t Go It Alone

As the season winds down we find ourselves looking ahead to the off season. A time when we will be apart form each other. Sometimes that is a good thing, but most times it isn’t. How do you plan to spend your time this off season? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Racing season has us busy running from one track to another, leaving little time to fit much else in. It flies by with a blur. It is great to see everyone a few times a week, you get used to talking and racing together. But what happens when we stop for a few months?

I would like to keep having Chapel services throughout the off season. I think it is important for us to stay connected with each other and with God. It is important to receive the encouragement of each other. We need to know there are others who stand along side of us to help through life’s challenges.

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