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.
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.