Archive for March 20th, 2012

Seekonk Speedway kicks off 67th season with Easter Egg Hunt!

Seekonk, MA — Over 66 years of action, the Seekonk Speedway has seen many types of competition. From their weekly racing, thrill shows, Car Polo, Rollover contests, Ostrich races, and football. On Saturday, April 7th, you can add Easter Egg Hunt to the long list of activities.

The 1st ever Seekonk Speedway Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 9am, before any cars have a chance to tackle the 1/3 mile oval. It is open to all fans under the age of 12.

Sir Lap A Lot, the Seekonk Speedway mascot has been busy this off season, and will be making his first appearance at the speedway, as he and the Easter Bunny will be hiding thousands of candy and toy filled eggs.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Spring Classic 150 at Caraway Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour opens its 2012 season at Caraway Speedway on Sunday, March 25 with the Spring Classic 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers in the series:

Select Driver Highlights:
Tim Brown (No. 02 Hayes Jewelers/T&C Motorsports Chevrolet)

• Finished second in the season-ending points standings a record three times from 2006-2008.
• Has 73 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts, ranks second in top-five finishes with 41 and has 61 top-10 finishes.
• Has made 30 starts at Caraway with 24 top-10 and 15 top-five finishes.
• Has seven wins, the most recent came on Oct. 13, 2011 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 09 Phoenix Pre-owned/Triad Auto Sales Chevrolet)
• The 2009 & 2011 NWSMT champion will attempt to become the first three-time champion this season.
• Owner of 11 wins, 13 poles and 42 top 10s in 56 career NWSMT starts.
• Has five wins and 18 top-10 finishes in 25 starts at Caraway. The last win was on Oct. 22, 2011 at Caraway Speedway.
• Also has five career Coors Light Pole Awards at Caraway.

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Budweiser Blastoff Weekend Starts Speedbowl Season – 14 Divisions Bring in 2012 New England Race Season

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl, one of the nation’s oldest and most historic racing venues, opens its gates for the 62nd consecutive season-opener with the annual Budweiser Blastoff Weekend March 30 through April 1. The three-day racing spectacle offers race fans plenty of variety with 14 divisions slated to chase the first checkered
flags of the season.

Highlighting the attractions at Blastoff is the season opening event for the Valenti Modified Racing Series, which will compete in a 100-lap main event. Modified racing has been synonymous with the shoreline oval every year since its opening in April of 1951. The NEMA Midgets begin their 60th anniversary season at Blastoff. Like the Modifieds, NEMA and its legacy in the northeast has been firmly rooted with the Speedbowl, regarded by many as the “perfect” Midget track. The ‘Bowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions also start their championship chase at Blastoff including the SK Modifieds®, which will compete in a special 62-lap event in honor of the track’s 62nd season, the  Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and SK Light Modifieds.

Other touring divisions beginning their season with Blastoff include the NEMA Lites, New England Truck Series and New England Four Cylinder Pro Stocks. Additional Speedbowl divisions including the Legends Cars, Bandoleros, Super X Car and X Car divisions round out the weekend’s racing card chasing points in their Saturday Showdown Series.

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Veteran Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Focused on 2012 Title

Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH entered the 2011 season as the favorite for knocking off eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar. While things didn’t work out last year, Polewarczyk and his Pole’s Automotive Ford team are refocused and ready to get back to their winning ways in 2012.

In 2010, Polewarczyk had one of the greatest runs in ACT history. He claimed five wins in the final three months of the season and claimed second in the final standings. He earned a win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and two at Waterford Speedbowl, including the season finale. But his biggest wins of the year came in the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road. It looked like he was poised to make a serious run at the 2011 title after claiming the ACT Goodyear Speedweeks Cup at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway in February 2011.

“After we went on that streak at the end of 2010, we kind of just let our car sit and didn't do much updating on it before 2011. Meanwhile, everybody else got better and we just got behind the eight ball,” said Pole. “We finally started getting on the right track at the Invitational and Airborne, but the season was over at that point. So to get back into victory lane this upcoming year, we have to work hard on the car, and I have to become more focused on what I have to do as a driver.”

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Competition ramping up for 2012 SK Modified® division at Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — As the 2012 racing season rapidly approaches, the competition expected for the season in the Speedbowl’s SK Modified® division continues to ramp up. A healthy turnout of race teams have committed to the ‘Bowl’s headline NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature division, including several newcomers to regular competition in the division.

Leading the way of new faces to the open wheel ranks include a pair of former Street Stock champions at the Speedbowl. Defending Street Stock champion Ed Puleo will pilot the Mr. Rooter Racing #7 team in the SK Modified® division for the upcoming season. Puleo, of Branford, won the Street Stock division title in 2011. He compiled 19 career wins in the division before the team purchased an SK Modified® in the offseason. Puleo last competed in the division on a part time basis during the 1998 season for legendary Modified car owner Freddie Beaber.

Al Stone III, the career-wins leader in the Street Stock division at the Speedbowl with 31 victories, also moves up the ranks to the SK’s in 2012. Stone, of New Haven, is a two-time Street Stock champion (2008 and 2010). Adapting to the low slung and sleek ground-pounding modifieds is a new challenge for Stone, but one he’s ready to meet head-on with a veteran crew behind his efforts.

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ATTN: 2012 Season Pass Holders

2012 Season Grandstand Pass Holders:

You will be able to pick up your 2012 Season Grandstand Tickets on opening day at the Box Office Will Call Window. Valid ID is required. If you have VIP Parking you will also recieve more information on this opening day, you may park in the VIP lot on Blastoff Weekend with Valid ID.

2012 Season Pit Pass Holders:

If you have not yet scheduled an appointment for your hard cards and other pre-season paperwork in assoication with your 2012 Season Pit Pass, you must contact Mark Caise, MCaise@Speedbowl.com to setup an appointment. Appointment times below are available in white, one person per slot. If you have a party of two or more please be sure to include their names in your email response as well so we can fit everyone in. DO NOT CALL THE TRACK OFFICE FOR THIS MATTER. If you have VIP Parking you will also recieve more information on this opening day, you may park in the VIP lot on Blastoff Weekend with Valid ID.

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