Archive for April 1st, 2012

Budweiser Blastoff Sunday 4/1 Results

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl began the facility’s 62nd consecutive year of operation with Budweiser Blastoff Weekend.  Fourteen divisions were hosted over the three-day event, culminating with Sunday’s Valenti Modified Racing Series feature, NEMA Midget race and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing. Taking down victories on Sunday included Jon McKennedy of Carlisle, MA in the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event, driving for legendary Modified car owner Art Barry of Preston.  In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action Keith Rocco of Meriden doubled up, taking down wins in both the SK Modified® and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division races.  Charles Beal of Ledyard was a first time Street Stock winner and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon won the Mini Stock feature.  Another first time winner found victory lane in the NEMA Midget feature, as Louisville, KY driver John Zych was victorious.

Picking up wins in Saturday’s Blastoff main events included Paul French of Andover, who won the evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modified race, Ryan Bigelow of East Hampton who found Victory Lane in the NEMA Light touring series race, and Corey Coates of Ledyard who won in the visiting New England Truck Series.  In INEX racing, Dave Garbo Jr. of Stonington claimed the win in the opening day Legends Cars feature and Jacob Urch in the afternoon’s Bandolero race.  Other winners included Jon Porter of Canterbury in Super X-Cars, Chris Garside of Waterford in X-Cars and James Logan of Dighton, MA in the New England Four Cylinder Pro Stock tour event.

Tom Abele Jr. and Todd Ceravolo led a strong 24-car field to green for a great opening 62-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® feature.  Both of the Speedbowl’s racing grooves were in top form Sunday, providing fans for exciting racing among the leaders from the beginning.  Abele and Ceravolo fought neck-and-neck for early command of the race, with Abele ahead by a nose.  As the field worked lap-3 division newcomer Rich Brooks spun in turn two, collecting Nichole Morgillo and sending her to the pit area with left front damage.

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Seekonk Speedway set to open for their first practice on April 7th

Seekonk, MA — As the winter doldrums shake off, the staff and management are gearing up to open the gates for the 2012 season for the first time on Saturday, April 7th.

The first event of the day will be the first ever Seekonk Speedway Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is open for all kids under 12. The gates swing open at 8:30, with the hunt beginning at 9am, and ending at 10.

The first practice of the season for Seekonk competitors and others will follow. The gates for the competitors opens at 9am, with rookies hitting the track first at 11am. Competitors from Seekonk, various touring divisions and other tracks in the region are all welcome to take their turn on the 1/3 mile oval, to get ready for their season. With the Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Series coming aboard for 2012, this is a perfect opportunity to get some laps on a track many will be unfamiliar with.

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Jon McKennedy Dominates at Speedbowl “Blastoff” to Win Season-Opener for Valenti Modified Racing Series

Waterford, CT — When Jon McKennedy recently received a call from legendary New England car owner Art Barry offering him the seat in his Valenti Modified Racing Series entry, he gladly accepted. On Sunday afternoon it proved a wise decision, with the Carlisle, MA driver scoring a convincing wire-to-wire victory in the season opening “Budweiser Blastoff” at the Waterford Speedbowl.

Starting from the outside front-row, McKennedy immediately took the lead from pole- sitter Rob Goodenough. He then prevailed on several restarts during the century-distance grind.

Fifth-place starter & defending series champion Chris Pasteryak dogged the leader during the latter-stages, mounting the most serious challenge. His chances evaporated when he was forced to pit for repairs with only 24-laps remaining. Winner of the 2011 “Blastoff”, Pasteryak returned to finish 10th.

From-there, it was Rowan Pennink chasing the leader to the finish. Norm Wrenn, Mike Holdridge, and Dave Etheridge completed the top-5.

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Zych Ends NEMA Drought With Speedbowl Victory

Waterford, CT — John Zych Jr.’s “very long wait” ended Sunday with a victory in the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature at Waterford Speedbowl’s Budweiser Blast Off. Taking the lead four laps in, Zych beat back a mid-race restart challenge from Randy Cabral before posting his first-ever win in impressive style.

The victory ended five years of frustration for Zych and his dad. “It’s very special,” said the one-time Lemoyne College basketball player who joined Cabral (Bertrand 47) and Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire (45) on the podium in a Drinan/Esslinger purchased last year from the Bertrand team.

The biggest challenge came from Cabral on a restart following the second caution. “I saw Randy outside and I knew I had to get all I could out of the car,” said Zych, now a resident of Louisville, KY. “I just stood on it and tried to say from the middle to the bottom. If Randy was going to get by, it was going to be on the outside.”

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