Archive for May 29th, 2011

Action-Filled Night in Front of Large Crowd Caps Holiday Weekend

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was ready for the smashing on Sunday evening, hosting the annual Memorial Day Madness. A large crowd gathered to celebrate the start of summer, completing a run of three-straight event days at the track. A Demo Derby and Speedbowl Trailer Race were the main attractions on the night, along with a Ski Car race, Rollover contest and Flagpole race all on the agenda as well. The night was capped off by a Fireworks salute to our nation over the race surface on a beautiful holiday weekend evening.

Chad Navin of Manchester began the night with a victory in Ski Car race, with “ski’s” mounted on the rear of front wheel drive cars instead of tires. At the end of 10 laps of mayhem and spinning cars all around the Speedbowl oval, it was Navin who mastered the art of “skiing” the Speedbowl’s three-eighths mile race surface.

In the 5-lap Flagpole race, where drivers had to circle a “flagpole” obstacle placed in the middle of the track at the start finish line, contact and madness ensued often each time around the flagpole. In the end, Michael Kilmartin Jr. of North Haven claimed the victory.

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Krawiec Beats Chaffee in Dramatic USAC Dirt Midget Association Inaugural at Bear Ridge Speedway

Bradford, VT — The inaugural race of the USAC Dirt Midget Association at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT couldn’t have been any more dramatic if it had been scripted in advance. In his first time racing a Midget, home state hero and former Bear Ridge Coupe Champion Kevin Chaffee of Fairlee came within three laps of pulling off the upset of his career, only to see his hopes dashed by his teammate for the night, 2010 Whip City Speedway Midget Champion Joe Krawiec of Bristol. CT.

“I tried going to the inside because Kevin was running the high groove where the track was tackier,” said Krawiec. “I could get along side him, but I couldn’t get by him. I knew I was running out of laps, so I went into turn one as far as I could and as hard as I could, just hoping it would stick. It did, and I was able to carry enough momentum to pass him on the outside going in to turn three.”

“I could hear Joe alongside me for a few laps and I saw the nose of his car once or twice,” said Chaffee. “I moved down the race track a little so he wouldn’t have any room to get by and I shouldn’t have. The top was faster and once he got by me he was gone.”

Chaffee picked up the ride because the regular driver, 1971 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Denny Zimmerman was in Indianapolis as an honored guest during the 100th running of the Brickyard Classic. Both Chaffee’s car and Krawiec’s car are owned by New England Auto Racers Hall of Famer Skip Matzak. After a brief orientation by Krawiec, Chaffee won the first Midget race he entered by picking up a win in his heat, Krawiec won his heat as well.

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Pennink Wins Wild Twin State Race

Claremont, N.H. — Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA., survived six caution periods and three red flags to win the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event, Saturday night, at Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH. The victory was Pennink’s third with the VMRS and his first of the 2011 season.

Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT., and Jon McKennedy, E. Chelmsford, MA., brought the field to green with McKennedy jumping into the lead until Pasteryak took over the top spot on lap four. Pasteryak then set the pace before turning over the lead to Pennink on lap 39. Pennink led the remaining 60 laps to secure the win.

“Gary Casella and the 25 team did an awesome job, this car was strong all day,” Pennink said, “Got out front, got by Chris for the lead and just held them off from there.” The 25-year-old driver received challenges from Pasteryak, and Todd Patnode, of Richmond, NH., late in the race but was never headed.

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Staskowski and Cassidy visit Victory Lane before fog rolls in; Russ Wood captures ISMA Supermodified feature

Waterford, CT (May 28, 2011) – Waterford Speedbowl completed three of five scheduled events on Saturday evening before heavy fog rolled in, forcing the end of the ISMA Supermodified race three laps shy of its scheduled distance, and the postponement of the remaining two feature events. In racing action, Rich Staskowski of Hope Valley, RI picked up the victory in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature, his first on the season.

Defending Mini Stock champion Ken Cassidy raced to his 27th career division win, his second victory on the year. In ISMA Supermodified action Russ Wood of Pelham, NH was the winner in a crash marred race, shortened to 47 laps. The final three laps were halted after the fog was too thick to continue.

The 35-lap SK Modified® feature scheduled for the night will be made up on the June 18 race program, while the scheduled 25-lap Street Stock race will be made up on June 11. Each division will compete in double features on those nights.

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