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Texas Roadhouse NEMST Schedule Released

We have posted our tentative schedule. We will be adding a couple more dates in the coming days but this is a good place for your guys to start making your plans. Please note the special events that are going on at EVERY event this season.

2014 Texas Roadhouse NEMST Schedule
Saturday April 26 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford Springs, CT Connecticut Triple Crown #1
Saturday May 31 Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT Connecticut Triple Crown #2
Saturday June 14 Riverside Speedway Groveton, NH $1000 to WIN!!
Sunday June 22 Legion Speedway Rumney, NH 1st Annual NEMST Invade the Clay
Saturday July 19 Star Speedway Epping, NH Northern Triple Crown #
Sunday August 3 NHMS Loudon, NH The Magic Mile, 1 mile oval
Saturday August 23 Wiscasset Speedway Wiscasset, ME $750 to WIN!!!
Saturday September 13 TBA TBA Northern Triple Crown #
Fri, Sat October 17,18 Thompson Speedway Thompson, CT World Series, Connecticut Triple Crown #3
**** Additional dates to be added
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Speedbowl Official Receives National Recognition

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl management is pleased to announce track official Bob Gilot was recognized as the INEX Technical Inspector of the Year for 2013. The award was presented to Gilot Saturday evening at INEX’s annual awards banquet held in Charlotte, NC. INEX is the international sanctioning body over several racing divisions including Legend Cars and Bandoleros, which compete at the Speedbowl. Gilot, from Lisbon, is the Speedbowl’s Director of Technical Inspection and oversees all divisions in competition at the Speedbowl.

“We are proud of the work Bob does for us week in and week out. Those efforts did not go unnoticed by the folks at INEX headquarters” Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames stated Sunday. “Bob has helped us keep our commitment to Legend Cars and Bandolero racing strong and we’ll have more big announcements on that note in the weeks ahead”.

The Legend Cars and Bandoleros compete weekly in the Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series and the Legend Cars appear on many of the track’s Saturday night events. Each promote youth racing and are a valuable part of the development of young racers.

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2014 NEMA & NEMA Lites Schedules Released

NEMA Schedule
# Date Track Site Winner
1 March 29-30  Sat-Sun  Day Race  Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT
2 May 24  Sat Night  Evans Mills Motorsports Park – Evans Mills, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
3 June 7 Sat Night Wiscasset Speedway – Wiscasset, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
4 June 21 Sat Night Monadnock Speedway – Winchester, NH Iron Mike Memorial
5 – June 28 Sat Night – Twin State Speedway – Claremont, NH-*
6 July 19 Sat Night Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
7 July 23 Weds Night-Seekonk Speedway – Seekonk, MA (Rain Date: July 24)
8 July 26 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Shane Hammond Memorial
9 – Aug 2 Sat Night – Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
10 Aug 9 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Wings & Wheels
11 – Sept 13 Sat Night – Oswego Speedway – Oswego, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
12 Oct 4-5 Sat-Sun Day Race Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT THE FINALE
13 Oct. 18-19 Sat-Sun Day Race Thompson Intl. Speedway – Thompson, CT
Nov. Sat. NEMA Banquet-White’s of Westport-Westport, MA-Save the Date!

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VIDEO: Watch 2013 NASCAR Awards Shows

Replays of Whelen All-American Awards & Night Of Champions

Watch complete multilingual video coverage from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards. Both events took place in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center adjacent to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Dec. 13-14, 2013.

The videos include Red Carpet driver interviews in addition to the full awards programs.


NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards: ENGLISH | SPANISH | FRENCH

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2013 Track Champions Celebrated

Keith Rocco claims 3rd SK Modified® Track Championship; Doubles as Late Model Titlist; Corey Hutchings, Ken Cassidy Jr. and Randy Churchill join Rocco as NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champions; Dylan Izzo, Anthony Marvin, Jon Porter and Brad Voglesong other Saturday division champs

Waterford, CT — Over 400 guests attended Waterford Speedbowl’s 2013 Awards Ceremony Saturday evening at Groton Inn & Suites to celebrate the past season’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and other Saturday series track champions. Keith Rocco won his third championship in the track’s headline SK Modified® division. He also won the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division title to become the first driver in track history to claim both in the same season.

Joining Rocco as repeat champions were Corey Hutchings, who won a second Street Stock division title and Ken Cassidy Jr., champion in the Mini Stocks for a track record fifth time. Randy Churchill Jr. was a first time champion in the SK Light Modified division. Rounding out the 2013 Saturday Series champions included Dylan Izzo and Anthony Marvin who took honors in the INEX Legend Cars and Bandoleros respectively, as well as Jon Porter in Super X-Cars and Brad Voglesong in the X-Car division.

Nearly 70 race teams and drivers were acknowledged Saturday for their efforts during 2013 and special awards for the Top Rookie Driver, Sportsman of the Year, Most Improved Driver and Pit Crew of the Year were named in the SK Modifieds®, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, SK Light Modifieds and Legends Cars.

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Waterford Speedbowl to Honor 2013 Track Champions Saturday

Annual awards ceremony will be held at Groton Inn & Suites

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl is set to honor its 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champions this Saturday evening at Groton Inn & Suites, located in Groton, CT. In addition, champions from the track’s other Saturday night racing series will be celebrated. Over 400 guests and nearly 70 race teams are expected to be represented.

Drivers and race teams in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified®, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model, Street Stock, Mini Stock and SK Light Modified divisions will receive awards from the Speedbowl, NASCAR, and track sponsors. The Speedbowl’s Saturday Legend Cars series will also be recognized, along with the Bandolero, Super X-Car and X-Car Saturday Showdown titlists. Guests of honor at Saturday’s banquet include the respective track champions from each division.

Special awards for the Top Rookie Driver, Sportsman of the Year, Most Improved Driver and Pit Crew of the Year will be named in the five NASCAR divisions along with the track’s Saturday Legends Cars series. Highlights from the 2013 season – the Speedbowl’s 63rd consecutive year of operation – will be shared and the 2014 event schedule will be announced to those in attendance.

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Five-Time Speedbowl Championship Owner Margaret “Peg” Gaudreau Passes

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl management was deeply saddened to learn one of the most celebrated car owners in track history, Margaret Gaudreau, passed away Tuesday evening at home after her battle with ALS. Gaudreau, of Norwich, CT, was 68.

Gaudreau, known as “Peg” throughout the racing community, owned Modifieds during the 1970’s built by her late husband Al, who passed away in April. Together they fielded one of the most dominant race teams of all-time at Waterford, claiming five consecutive Modified division owner’s titles from 1972-1976 and more race wins than any other during the decade.

Peg’s number 3 car, affectionately known as “Buddha’s Bullet” after Al, became widely recognized across northeast racing circles with Dick Dunn behind the wheel. Peg and her husband made countless lasting friendships in racing, including some of the sport’s biggest stars of the era such as Richie Evans and Ed Flemke among others. The Gaudreau’s remain one of the Speedbowl’s most well-known and respected race teams of all-time.

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Award Presentations, 2014 Schedule Among Topics of NEAR Annual Meeting

Springfield, MA — On Sunday afternoon January 5, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR) conducted its annual meeting at the Dante Club in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Presiding was current club president, Al Feeney.

Among items on the slate was an announcement of thus-far secured events for the 2014 racing season. Also on the agenda was the presentation of several awards.

New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Billy Greco received the prestigious Frank Marratta Award. Established in 1981, the club’s longest-running award is presented yearly to a dedicated individual that routinely serves as a goodwill ambassador of the sport. Among the most-admired racers within our region, Greco remains a very active NEAR member. Among his contributions in 2013 was a successful club fundraising picnic held in August. A stalwart of the Tattersall families former United Stock Car Racing Club, he was a multi-time champion. His decades-long career concluded following a run with the Southern New York Racing Association at Connecticut’s former Danbury Fair Racearena. He was inducted into the HOF in 1999.

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Third Modified Racing Series Date Added to 2014 Event Schedule

Open wheel series helps close season at Finale Weekend October 4-5

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl management and Valenti Modified Racing Series officials have announced the popular New England based tour has been added to the track’s Finale Weekend in 2014. The series will highlight a busy 13-division weekend which also includes the NEMA Midgets as well as the Speedbowl’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series plus other divisions. Practice and qualifying for the series is scheduled for Saturday, October 4th and the feature race will be run on Sunday, October 5th.

The additional appearance gives the Valenti Modified Racing Series a total of three stops to the Speedbowl in 2014. The series was already scheduled as part of the track’s opening Blastoff Weekend March 29th – 30th as well as the annual Wings & Wheels event on August 9th. All three races are scheduled for 100 laps of green flag racing.

Finale Weekend begins a busy stretch for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and is expected to play a key role in the series championship run. “Their races with us are always extremely competitive and the staff is top-notch to work with” offered Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames. “There’s a lot of Speedbowl roots there and we’re excited to bring them back to close the season”.

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2014 Season Pass Sale Price Extended Through January 4th

WATERFORD, CT — Speedbowl management has extended its 2014 Season Pass early bird discount offer through Saturday, January 4th on the heels of the announcement that the Valenti Modified Racing Series has been added to the track’s 2014 Finale Weekend event on October 4th-5th.

2014 Season Pit Passes are available for the limited time offer for $399.00, a savings of greater than 50% off face value, and 2014 adult grandstand admission season passes are available for $299.00 during this offer.

Anyone wishing to take advantage of the sale price must return their completed 2014 Season Pass Order Form to the track office no later than January 4th. The sale was originally scheduled to end on January 1st.

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VMRS Debuts New Logo

VMRS2014LogoThe Valenti Modified Racing Series will have a new look for the upcoming season, according to Series Director Scott Tapley.

Bob Valenti Auto Mall of Mystic, CT has sponsored the Modified Racing Series since 2010. Valenti signed a three year agreement in 2011 for the title sponsorship. Series Founder and President Jack Bateman announced an extension at the awards banquet in November.

“Going into 2014, I’d like to announce that Valenti Auto Mall will continue to be our title sponsor with options for 15 and 16,” Bateman said. “Special thanks to Rob Valenti and his folks.”

The 2014 schedule has 16 races at seven tracks: Airborne, Lee USA, Monadnock, Seekonk, Stafford, Thompson and Waterford. The season opener is March 29-30 at Waterford Speedbowl.

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John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. Plans Waterford Run in 2014

Busy Season Ahead for Thompson Late Model Rookie of the Year

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, MA confirmed on Sunday that he would be competing at Waterford Speedbowl full-time in 2014. “(It’s) something new and (I) heard from my friend CJ Sherman on (Keith) Rocco’s team to come up, so I figured we will run a season,” Lowinski-Loh said.

He will return to Thompson Speedway for their seven events along with a “handful of Seekonk races and ACT Tour races.” Lowinski-Loh will enter the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model races at Airborne, Lee USA, New Hampshire, and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road. Additional races may be added.

With a year of Late Model experience, Lowinski-Loh is optimistic about next season. “(I’m) giving it everything I got,” Lowinski-Loh said. “2014 title at Thompson with wins, and wins at Waterford with a strong points finish; also win a few at Seekonk and a few tour races.”

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2014 Whelen Modified Schedule Announced

Fourteen Race Schedule Covers Seven Tracks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule features a strong lineup of traditional dates along with a pair of marquee non-points events.

The Whelen Modified Tour’s 29th season will see 14 championship points events spread across four states. Added to the season-opening non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway is another special event paired with the June visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

When the tour makes its summer visit to New Hampshire, the points race on Saturday, July 12, will be preceded by a unique, invitation-only 25-lap shootout the day before. The race will feature a limited field and is only open to past NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tour champions and race winners, along with 2013 Sunoco Rookies of the Year for both tours.
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Pulliam Collects 2nd National Championship

Top Whelen All-American Series Performers Honored

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Lee Pulliam capped off a perfect season Friday evening at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards where he was crowned as the 2013 national champion.

Pulliam, 25, from Semora, N.C., won the title for the second straight season to join NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Larry Phillips, with five, and Philip Morris, with four, as multi-time champions in the series.

He also collected his second Virginia state championship along the way while competing at South Boston Speedway, Radford’’s Motor Mile Speedway.

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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Speedbowl Holds Annual Holiday Toy Drive Tuesday

Event benefitting Tommy Toy Fund at Groton Inn and Suites

Waterford, CT — Groton Inn and Suites welcomes the Waterford Speedbowl community Tuesday evening, December 17 for the track’s annual holiday toy drive and social outing. Race teams, drivers, fans and track employees along with the public are invited to share holiday greetings while supporting the Tommy Toy Fund, which provides toys and other items to underprivileged children throughout the region. The event runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Admission for the event is one unwrapped toy or donation to the Tommy Toy Fund. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at the event. Door prizes will be raffled off to those supporting Tommy Toy Fund’s giving campaign. Highlighting the raffle prizes include a 2014 Waterford Speedbowl Season Pit Pass valued at over $800.00, 2014 Speedbowl event tickets plus gift cards, gift baskets and other items donated by Speedbowl partners and area businesses. Raffle item donations for the toy drive total nearly $2,000.00 in value and continue to come in.

Tuesday’s event also kicks off the sale of 2014 season passes to the track. A special early bird discount will be offered. In addition, registration forms for 2014 competition will be available along with ticket sales for the 2013 Awards Ceremony honoring the past year’s track champions. For those looking to round out their holiday shopping, Speedbowl gift cards will be available for purchase at the outing.

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New England Truck Series Announces 2014 Schedule

The New England Truck Series has announced it’s 2014 schedule, expanding to three new tracks that were not part of the 2013 schedule. The series will start and end the season at Thompson International Speedway bookends for a 13 date tour which includes multiple visits to Waterford Speedbowl and Monadnock Speedway as well. Twin State Speedway has a June event on the NETS schedule after being absent from last year’s tour. Star Speedway and Hudson International Speedway will make up an exciting new doubleheader weekend for the series in July. The schedule also includes two race weekends reserved for events that have not yet been confirmed.

“We’re excited to be expanding our schedule this season,” said series director Lorrraine Pard. “We know racers love to race anywhere they can, and it’s very exciting for us to be able to offer our teams the opportunity to compete at different facilities around the northeast. Bringing the series to Star and Hudson, and back to Twin State is great for our series and I know they’re excited to have us.”

Before the 2014 season kicks off, The New England Truck Series will celebrate it’s 2013 season on Saturday Jan 18th at the NETS Awards Banquet at the Imperial Room in Danielson, CT. Duane Noll will accept his second consecutive series title. Banquet tickets are $40 and available by contacting

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2014 ISMA Schedule Announced

Friday, May 02, 2014-Oswego Speedway-Oswego, NY-Practice
Saturday, May 03, 2014-Oswego Speedway-Oswego, NY-50
Saturday, June 07, 2014    Oswego Speedway    Oswego, NY-50
Friday, June 20, 2014-Oxford Plains Speedway-Oxford, ME-75
Saturday, June 21, 2014-Autodrome Chaudiere-Vallée-Jonction, QC-75
Saturday, July 12, 2014-Oswego Speedway-Oswego, NY-50-King of Wings

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Champion Profile: Ryan Preece

Earns Mod Tour Title After Two Runner-Up Finishes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The disappointment was written all over Ryan Preece’s face following the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway, where he had just finished as the championship runner-up finish for a second time. But there was also a hint of defiance from Preece that – looking back – may well have been the first step toward attaining the tour title in 2013.

“To finish second just makes you want it that much more,” Preece said. “After finishing second twice, you start to wonder about will you ever get one. It’s such a great feeling to be able to finally get it this year.”


Preece, from Berlin, Conn., joined the Whelen Modified Tour full-time in 2007 as the first driver to take advantage when the minimum age for competitors was lowered to 16 for competitors. He won for the first time in his second season, and in his third campaign in 2009 Preece finished second in the final standings to Donny Lia by just 16 points. Three more years would pass before Preece had another shot at the title.

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Champion Car Owner: Eric Sanderson

Second Mod Tour Title For Veteran Team Owner

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Eric Sanderson has been having fun as a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner for nearly two decades, so the 2013 season must have been a blast.

Sanderson’s No. 16 Flamingo Motorsports team registered four wins and 10 top-10 finishes in 14 races with Ryan Preece behind the wheel to take home a second Whelen Modified Tour title for the organization.

Sanderson, originally from Monson, Mass., got his first taste of auto racing as a teenager going to watch the races at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. It wasn’t long before Sanderson and a few friends decided to build a car and he entered Stafford’s All-American Sportsman division as a driver/owner in 1969.

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Champion Crew Chief: Sly Szaban

Fourth Tour Title Was A Unique Experience

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Stanley “Sly” Szaban earned his fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title in 2013, but this one was a different experience for the veteran crew chief.

Szaban was the crew chief for first two, and the most recent, of Mike Stefanik’s seven tour titles. With Stefanik’s extensive résumé behind the wheel, Szaban often deferred to the driver’s experience when calling the shots. But Szaban’s fourth title came in his second season working with the now 23-year-old Ryan Preece. The difference in eras meant Szaban needed to take a different approach to reach the same goal.

“After working with Mike Stefanik – with 30 years of racing and all of the success he had – to be a part of all of that and then to take on a new and younger driver, you pretty much have to change your way of thinking and the way you do things,” said Szaban, who has now been with the No. 16 Flamingo Motorsports team for 10 years.

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ACT Technical Memo Released


To: ACT Participants & ACT Participating Tracks
From: ACT
Date: November 27, 2013
Subj: 2014 Rules

Please note the following additions to the 2014 ACT Late Model Rules:

Page 4, #3, Item C: The approved Dodge body is changed from Intrepid to Charger.

Page 4, #3, Item G: ABC body measurements must be strictly adhered to – templates will be available to measure from front windshield to rear spoiler, and from right quarter panel to left quarter panel.

Page 9, #20, Item B: Sway bars must be mounted parallel with front cross member and will be measured from rear of engine.

 Sources: ACT PR

2014 Valenti Modified Racing Series Schedule Announced

January 10-12 Northeast Motorsports Expo, Augusta, ME Car Show
February 7-8 Racer’s Expo, Marlborough, MA Car Show
February 8 Racer’s Expo, Marlborough, MA Annual Meeting
March 1-2 Frank Maratta’s Auto Show, Hartford, CT Car Show

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Rocco Continues Relentless Pursuit to Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Keith Rocco’s pursuit of winning is relentless. He led the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I in number of point race starts (48) for the second consecutive season. With engines were barely cooled from the 2013 campaign, the first of his cars has already had been disassembled, freshened and rebuilt, ready for the first green flag of 2014.

A NASCAR Hall of Fame driver is big part of his inspiration.

“It’s just a passion for the sport. Racing is what I love to do,” he said. “It’s what I live for. I’m a throwback to Richie Evans. I have five cars to race in five divisions at three tracks every weekend.”

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Waterford: 2014 Track Forms Now Available

NEAR Introduces “Class Of 2013” At 16th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

South Windsor, CT — On Sunday November 10, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 16th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Conducted at Manelley’s Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT., the HOF celebrates literally hundreds of feature victories, championships, and untold contributions to the sport of auto racing within the New England region.

Instituted in 1998, the HOF now boasts membership of well-over 100 deserving individuals.

Opening comments by NEAR President Al Feeney along with a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner & God Bless America performed by past NEAR President Bob Seller and his wife began the day. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies.

Inducted this year were drivers Ralph Nason, Stan Meserve, Drew Fornoro, Bill Eldridge, Bob Sharp, Brian Ross, the late Bob Stefanik, and longtime car owner Ron Berndt.

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Annual ISMA Awards Banquet Closes Out 2013 Season Honoring the Championship Miller – Cicconi Team & More

VERONA, NY — The Turning Stone Casino’s Cypress ballroom provided an elegant backdrop for the annual ISMA Awards banquet Saturday night, November 9th with Oswego Speedway’s Dan Kapuscinski doing the MC honors.

The 2013 Car Owner and Driver awards went to Vic Miller, his eighth title overall and Lou Cicconi who finished atop the ISMA point standings at season-end making it a career first for the Aston, PA veteran. The tradition of carrying the huge championship trophy home until the next season ended here with a new tradition of separate trophies to be given to the car owner and driver individually. The five-foot plus trophy that has all previous champions engraved on it, will find a permanent home, possibly at the Watkins Glen Motorsports Museum. Brad and Mike Lichty were also belatedly each given individual trophies for their 2012 titles.

The remainder of the top fifteen owners and drivers received plaques and checks with the individual awards announced next as voted on by the membership.

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Walt Dombrowski Passes at 75

1963 & 1970 Waterford Speedbowl Track Champion

Montville – Walter A. Dombrowski passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

Walter was born May 8, 1938, in New London, the son of Walter A. Dombrowski and Mildred (Pinkowitz) Dombrowski. Better known as “Walt” to his friends and family, he was a resident of Montville all his life. Walt served in the Air Force from 1955 to 1959 in the 42nd field maintenance squadron as a jet engine mechanic and was stationed at Loring Air Force Base for the duration of his term of service.

He married Margaret R. Paquin of Montville at St. Johns Church in 1962 and was employed at Electric Boat, working third shift as a sheet metal mechanic from 1964 and retired in 1997.

Walt enjoyed a successful career as a stock car driver at the Waterford Speed Bowl, where he drove the Lawrence + Memorial sponsored modified race car and was a two time track champion. He was voted one of the top 50 most popular drivers and inspired many to take up the sport.

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Smacktoberfest 10/26 Results

10/26 Results
X-Car feature (28-laps):
1 – 19 Lawrence Loomis Jr Moosup , CT
2 – 55 Zachary Thomas New London, CT
3 – 4 David Gargaro Jr. Cranston , Ri 0.00
4 – 03 Christopher Thomas Waterford , CT 0.00
5 – 42 Frank Shepard Bozrah , CT 0.00
6 – 3 Jordan Hadley Quaker Hill, CT 0.00
7 – 79 Matthew Westover Gales Ferry, CT 0.00
8 – 84 Richard Nye Stonington , CT 0.00
9 – 89 Mitchell Bombard Willimantic , CT 0.00
10 – 31 John Diamantini Oakdale , CT 0.00

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Speedbowl closes season Saturday with Smacktoberfest

Speedbowl closes season Saturday with Smacktoberfest Annual thrill show set to deliver big hits and family fun

WATERFORD, CT — Waterford Speedbowl puts a wrap on another season of motorsports entertainment on Saturday when it hosts Smacktoberfest. Motorized mayhem will be underway as Halloween themed attractions including a Demolition Derby, Trailer Race, Enduro races plus Figure 8 and X-Car races highlight the program, which begins at 3:00pm.

Old school Enduro races for both four and eight cylinder cars pays each event winner $1,000.00 in a winner take all format. True grass-roots racing, the event puts men and women behind the wheel of former street-legal cars adapted with basic safety modifications. The races are scheduled for 100-laps each. Prizes for the best Halloween-themed car in competition will also be awarded.

The track’s popular X-Car division from its Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series will make an appearance at the event, competing in both a traditional race event as well as a special Flagpole Race with added obstacles which must be circled during competition.

Smacktoberfest is scheduled to deliver plenty of smashing thrill seekers love. The event serves as a graveyard for cars and trailers of all shapes and sizes in the wildly unpredictable Speedbowl Trailer Race, an annual favorite. Vehicles circle the Speedbowl’s three-eighths mile oval towing a trailer loaded with assorted cargo in a quest to be the last to survive with their trailer and tow vehicle intact and rolling. Contact is necessary to knock a competitor’s trailer or car out of commission, making anything on track a target for destruction. Participants often construct and decorate their entries with the season in mind.

Capping off the carnage is a Demolition Derby on the Speedbowl’s front stretch in front of the crowd. The popular event showcases brave competitors dueling inside a motorized version of a boxing ring, delivering pulverizing hits until just one survivor is left with a moving car to be crowned the champion plus take home a $500.00 prize.

Youth are encouraged to dress in costume to help set the Halloween spirit and midway and concession decorations of the season will be presented by Ukleja’s Tree Farm of Quaker Hill.

Grandstands general admission for Smacktoberfest is $18.00 per adult and $6.00 per youth ages 6 through 14. Children age 5 and under are admitted free and the Speedbowl offers acres of free parking. “Grab and Go” tickets are available for purchase online at up until event day and can be claimed at the Will-Call window of the Speedbowl Box Office on Saturday. Grandstand and pit gates for participants open at 1:00pm and Smacktoberfest gets underway at 3:00pm.

More information and andetailed schedule of events can be found online at or by contacting the Speedbowl event info line at 860.442.1585.

Sources: Brian Darling/Waterford Speedbowl PR