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New England Race Fuels Joins New London Waterford Speedbowl As a Title Sponsor

WATERFORD — While attending the season opener at New London-Waterford Speedbowl last weekend, John Holland of New England Racing Fuels enjoyed what he saw.

He enjoyed it so much, he decided to get more involved with the racing program.  As a result, the Late Model division at the Speedbowl has a new title sponsor.

Starting Saturday, the division will be known as the Sunoco Late Models. A Late Model driver each week will receive a certificate for five gallons of Sunoco Racing Fuel.

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New England Cycle Center 161 Recap

WATERFORD – Ron Silk powered past polesitter Eric Goodale one-third of the way through the New England Cycle Center 161 Saturday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl and never looked back.

Silk, of Norwalk, held off the field down the stretch to record his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. It was his first at the Speedbowl, and it came in just his third race with new car owner Danny Watts Jr. and the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet team.

Max Zachem, of Preston, crossed the stripe second for his best career finish. Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J. joined him on the podium in third. Jeff Goodale of Riverhead, N.Y. and Rob Summers of Manchester rounded out the top five while Brendon Bock, Matt Swanson, Doug Coby, Donny Lia and Jamie Tomaino completed the top 10.

Saturday also marked career-best finishes for Goodale and Bock while Tomaino extended his Whelen Modified Tour record for career starts to 600 in the event.

[Photo Gallery] by Ed Martin

[Photo Gallery] by Donald Silberman

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Silk Scores Waterford Win

Tenth Career Whelen Modified Tour Triumph

WATERFORD, Conn. (May 14, 2016) – Ron Silk powered past polesitter Eric Goodale one-third of the way through the New England Cycle Center 161 Saturday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl and never looked back.

Silk, of Norwalk, Connecticut, held off the field down the stretch to record his 10th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory. It was his first at the Speedbowl, and it came in just his third race with new car owner Danny Watts Jr. and the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet team.

Max Zachem, of nearby Preston, Connecticut, crossed the stripe second for his best career finish. Jimmy Blewett joined him on the podium in third.

[Photo Gallery] by Ed Martin

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Waterford

Pennink, BRE Off To Fast Start

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s early, but the pairing of Rowan Pennink and Boehler Racing Enterprises is providing positive returns.

Pennink left behind his family’s team in the offseason for an opportunity to drive the iconic No. 3 modified for BRE. Through two races the new venture appears to have rejuvenated both.

Following a ninth-place finish in their maiden voyage together at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to open the season, Pennink piloted “Ole Blue” to a third-place finish last time out in the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

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Rocco, Stone, Membrino, Burroughs, DiMatteo, Ouellette, Gargaro, & Yardley Win Sunday Bud Blastoff 2016

WATERFORD – If it’s opening weekend at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, it likely means Keith Rocco celebrating when the SK Modified feature is over.

Rocco, of Wallingford, captured the victory in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Sunday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl’s Bud Blastoff 2016.

Sunday’s SK Modified feature was one of eight features rescheduled from Saturday’s original program, which was suspended because of rain.

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Rocco & Barry Claim Bud Blastoff Wins; Progam Continues Sunday

WATERFORD – Rain forced the suspension of Bud Blastoff 2016 Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl after the completion of two of 10 scheduled features.

Keith Rocco won the 30-lap Late Model feature and Tyler Barry won the 20-lap Bandolero feature before rain began falling and brought the racing card to a halt.

The event will resume Sunday at noon with the remaining eight features to be run.

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Burroughs Brings New Car to Defend Mini Stock Title

WATERFORD — There’s an old cliché in motorsports — if you’re standing pat, you’re going backward.

Even though he won a Mini Stock championship at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in 2015, no one can accuse Wayne Burroughs of standing pat — or going backward.

When the green flag drops on the Mini Stock division Saturday at the season-opening 10-division Blastoff, Burroughs will be in a brand new car.

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Defending Champion Stone in Action Saturday

WATERFORD — Al Stone showed everyone in New London-Waterford Speedbowl’s Limited Sportsman division the art of sealing the deal in 2015.

He won four of the last six races to put a padlock on the championship. Stone had six wins overall and has 43 career wins, the most in the Limited Sportsman division.

As the 2016 season approaches Saturday with the annual Blastoff, the No. 52 on Stone’s car has turned into a bull’s-eye. Everyone will be trying to shoot him down.  Continue reading ‘Defending Champion Stone in Action Saturday’

Rocco Leads SK Modifieds to Blastoff

WATERFORD — His accomplishments at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl are mind-boggling. Keith Rocco has racked up 121 wins in his 13 seasons at the Bowl, 15 more than any other competitor. He’s the all-time win leader in the SK Modified division with 73 victories. He’s also nailed down eight track championships, including five in the SK Modifieds, and has won the last three SK crowns in a row.

Even with all those accomplishments in his resume, Rocco says his desire and determination remain at full speed. He’s just as hungry as he ever was.

“Nothing beats winning races,” Rocco said. “When you get older, it does get more difficult in the shop, especially when you and your crew do all the work on the car. And I have a lot more going on in my life, with two kids and a lawn to mow.
“But when you step on the track, it makes it all worth it.”
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Coastline Fire Protection joins the growing list of Contingency Sponsors

WATERFORD — The list of title sponsors continues to grow at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Coastline Fire Protection of Plainfield is the latest business to support a weekly racing division, sponsoring the Super X Cars for 2016.

The winner of each Coastline Fire Protection Super X-Car race will earn a $100 product certificate from the family-owned business. The Super X-cars make up one of the premier divisions of the Speedbowl’s Thursday Night Thunder program.
“We were approached by general manager Shawn Monahan about getting involved, and basically, we love the Thursday night divisions,” Mike Chauvin of Coastline Fire Protection said. “We wanted to show our support.

“These guys are low budget racers and I that’s why I jumped on board with this division. They appreciate the help.”
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New England Cycle Center becomes title sponsor of Whelen Modified Tour race at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD — It’s a special occasion every time the Whelen Modified Tour visits the Waterford Speedbowl.

This year should even be more special.

New England Cycle Center in Hartford has climbed on board as the title sponsor of this year’s Whelen Modified Tour appearance at the Speedbowl. The New England Cycle Center 161 will take place Saturday, May 14.
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Three New Title Sponsors Climb on Board for 2016

Drivers at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in the Legends, Bandolero and SK Light divisions will have more support in 2016 than ever before. Three businesses involved in motor sports have jumped on board to become title sponsors for the upcoming season.

The Joie of Seating, a business based in North Carolina that specializes in custom made seats for race cars, will be the title sponsor of the Speedbowl’s Legends Division. The Bandolero division will be sponsored by MicroBlue, a North Carolina-based company that’s involved in every form of racing in the world. Magnus Racing Products, which is located in Danielson, will be the season-long sponsor of the SK Lites.

The Joie of Seating Legend cars, the MicroBlue Bandoleros and the Magnus Racing Products SK Lights will be making their season debuts on Saturday, May 7th when the Speedbowl kicks off the 2016 season.
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Jeff Rocco Adds Dunleavy’s for Thompson Title Run

Rocco Running Part-time ACT Schedule

Jeff Rocco of Wallingford, CT will have a new look on his Late Model at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park this season. Rocco has a new sponsor in Dunleavy’s Road Service of Brookfield, CT. The car will run a similar paint scheme to last year’s with Dunleavy’s on the quarter panels.

Dunleavy’s Road Service is owned by Doug Dunleavy, who has mostly sponsored Modifieds until now. He is the primary sponsor for Mike Smeriglio Racing and three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby. He has also sponsored Ryan Preece’s efforts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and K&N East Series.

“It was decided to put more effort into the sponsorship fund as of the approaching season,” Rocco said. “And I had talked to Doug (Dunleavy) before and I reached out to him and see if it was something he might be interested in and he was. And I can’t think of a sponsor I’d rather have more onboard than Doug. Not only because he’s not just a sponsor, he’s a supporter of racing, and he really puts his whole heart into helping other racers and helping racing stay alive in general. So it’s just a pretty good feeling to have somebody like that backing you.”

“I’ve got a warm spot in my heart for Modifieds and I always will and if I can get back in one someday that’d be great. But ultimately racing is racing at the end of the day and we’re turning left and going in circles and trying to be the first one across the stripe. So it was big for him more so I think than it was for me. But I’m glad I could be the one to open the door into the full fendered world.”

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North East Street Stock Tour Adds Two Championship Events

Speedway 51 and Second New-London Waterford Date on Schedule

NO. STONINGTON, CT – Officials from the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) announced the addition of two race events to the 2016 schedule. The start-up stock cars series, which races later model Chevrolet and Ford production cars, will now contest ten championship events, spanning from Connecticut to northern New Hampshire.

Speedway 51, located in Groveton, NH, will host NESST for a 51-lap event on Saturday, August 20. The event will also feature a complimentary barbeque for all NESST teams in the pit area. Inaugural Champion, Joe Arena (Bristol, CT), and Anthony Belfiore (Haverhill, MA) both won events at the ¼-mile bullring in 2015.

“I like that place,” recalled Arena. They’ve done a lot of work there, and the track is fun, too. I’m really glad that we are going back there in 2016,” the reigning NESST Champion went on to say.

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Palmer Crowned Late Model Champion

Groton, Conn. — A strong season at New London-Waterford Speedbowl brought Jason Palmer back to the head table.  Palmer earned his first Late Model championship with 5 wins, 16 top fives and 17 top 10s.  Palmer’s sponsors are Manafort Brothers, Nano Construction, CWPM, FMR Racing, Waddell Communications, Sign Pro, Pecon, and Ukleja’s Christmas Trees.

“It feels pretty good,” said Palmer Saturday night. “It took us a few more years than we wanted to to get here, but we got here and I think we’re just here to enjoy the night and make the most of it and get ready for 2016.”

Palmer had to adjust to Late Models after a successful career in Legend Cars.

“We got the car figured out. The Legend Cars are much, much harder to drive and they’re basically out of control. The Late Model’s like driving a boat. I’ve never really been a captain, so it’s tough for me to get a hang on it. But six years later, we figured it out.”

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Rowan Pennink Solidifies Busy 2016 Season

Rowan Pennink will be competing for as many as four different race teams in 2016, in his quest for several different modified championships this upcoming season.

The Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania driver will kick of the season in two new rides for 2016. Rowan will be taking over the driving duties for one the most legendary teams in modified racing, the Boehler Racing Enterprises-Ole’ Blue #3. Rowan will compete full-time in 2016 on NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour beginning at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park at the annual Icebreaker event in April. Also occurring at Thompson Speedway, Rowan will return to full-time Sunoco Modified competition in the seat of another car rich in tradition, the Dickie Ceravolo owned #16 machine for 2016.

In addition to his new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Thompson Sunoco Modified teams, Pennink will return to two of his most familiar rides in 2016 as well. Rowan and his #99 Hitchcock Pool Water team will look to defend their 2015 Stafford Speedway SK Modified championship by returning full-time to Stafford in 2016. Rowan will also return to Gary Casella’s, Roscoe Racing #25, for a full slate of Tri-Track Open Modified Series events, as well as a limited number of Valenti Modified Racing Series dates with the team that earned the 2013 series championship.

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GSPSS Announces 2016 Race Schedule

The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) has announced an 11-race schedule for the 2016 season. The schedule includes stops at Riverhead Raceway and Wiscasset Speedway for the first time in series history, along with eight races in the state of New Hampshire and one in Connecticut.

The season will start on Friday, May 13, when the Pro Stocks travel to Claremont Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire. In August of 2011, Chris Wilk scored the victory at Claremont, while, in April of 2015, eventual series champion Derek Griffith took down the checkered flag.

After a two week break for driver’s to get their rides ready, the 1/4 mile Monadnock Speedway will play host to the series on Saturday, May 28, closing out the month of May with a battle on the high-banked oval. Matt Frahm and Barry Gray took victories when the Pro Stocks visited in 2014.

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NEMST Releases 2016 Schedule

2016 NEMST Schedule
April 9 Lee USA Speedway Practice Lee, NH
April 10 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH
May 1 TSMP Road Course Thompson, CT
May 15 Speedway 95 Hermon, ME
June 4 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT
June 18 Oxford Plains Speedway Homecoming Oxford, ME
July 3 TBA TBA
July 9 TSMP Oval Thompson, CT
July 29 Claremont Speedway Claremont, NH
August 6 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
August 28 Oxford Plains Speedway 250 Oxford, ME
September 10 Speedway 51 Groveton, NH
October 14 TSMP Oval Heats Thompson, CT
October 15 TSMP Oval Feature Thompson, CT

This schedule is tentative. Additional dates WILL be added. Maximum number of dates will be twelve events.

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ACT Releases 13-Event 2016 Schedule

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the release of the 2016 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. The 13-event series will see the Tour visit 12 different tracks in six U.S. states and the province of Quebec as they pursue the $10,000-to-win ACT Championship.

The season will once again kick off with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 10 and crown the 2016 champion at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 15. Other traditional early-season events which have returned include the 18th Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on May 1, the Spring Green 116 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on May 14, and a 100-lap event at Fair Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on June 4.

The 2016 schedule will again feature three ACT/Pro All Stars Series (PASS) doubleheaders. The two series open the Oxford Plains Speedway racing season on Sunday, April 17. ACT and PASS then travel to Quebec’s Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday, July 23. The 150-lap event is the ACT U.S. Tour’s first visit to the speedway since 1999 and is a combination event with Série ACT.
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ACT Announces Southern New England Tripleheader

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT), in collaboration with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, has announced the creation of the Southern New England Tripleheader for the 2016 stock car racing season. The three-event series will match up the best of the three track’s weekly racers with the stars of the ACT Late Model Tour.

The Tripleheader will be held on three unique race tracks – the 1/3-mile New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway’s ¼-mile bullring, and the 5/8-mile high banks of Thompson Speedway. The series includes a special $7,500 point fund for local weekly teams which participate in all three events. The events will also award championship points for ACT competitors as part of their $30,000 Championship point fund, which includes $10,000 for the 2016 ACT Champion.

“We had great support from local race teams for the final event at Thompson during the World Series last fall,” ACT President Tom Curley said. “The three Southern New England tracks – New London-Waterford, Seekonk, and Thompson – have become an important addition to our ACT weekly business model over the past decade. This program of three races, tied together with an independent point fund, should be lots of fun to follow for southern New England Late Model fans and teams throughout the 2016 season.”

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TTOMS Announces 2 New London-Waterford Races

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced two more dates for their 2016 schedule on Friday morning, with a double return to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut on tap for the organization.

The Speedbowl will host the first of the two races on Thursday night Aug. 25, with $10,000 up for grabs to the winner of the 100 lap feature. A second event will be on Sunday, Oct. 23 as part of the 2nd annual “Bemer’s Big Show.”

“I think the most important thing is that there a such a wide variety of all the touring divisions that come together, it’s the ultimate race of talent and the guys that put the show on care so much about the drivers and the teams. We’re really excited to have Tri-Track back again,” said Speedbowl General Manager Shawn Monahan. “There were a few dates other series had so we weren’t able to go with the original plan and with potential construction going on, it was too risky to do an April race like I had talked about with Dick Williams. We decided to go with the Thursday night [in August] and as for the October date, that October show is going to be a knockout deal.”

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Sid’s Vault Production Releases Chronological History of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl – Part 2

Tom DiMaggio released the second part of his New London-Waterford Speedbowl documentary tonight. With each part coinciding with track operators or ownership,  A Chronological History of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl – Part 2 covers 1961-1974. Jack Brouwer and Lou Esposito were added as owners before the track was sold to NEAR Hall of Famer Harvey Tattersall, Jr. 27 people are interviewed for this segment: “former track owner Don Benvenuti, track historian John Brouwer, writers Bones Bourcier and Pete Zanardi, photographer Steve Kennedy, former car owner Dick Brooks,  former drivers like Mark Lajeunesse, Mark Geer, Seabury Tripler, Bob Gada and Brian McCarthy.” The late multi-time Daredevil champion Bill Sweet, car owner Peg Gaudreau and NEAR Hall of Famer Ron Bouchard are also included.

 

The unique race cars of the era are profiled in this segment like the L&M coupe, the M Pinto and Budda’s Bullet No. 3.

“All tracks have their signature cars. When I see pics of Don LaJoie’s 711, I think of Danbury (Race)arena. When I see a pic of Johnny Cambino’s #7 coupe, I think of West Haven. A Membrino 00 makes me think of Plainville. I’d like to think when people see a pic of Freddie Beaber’s checkerboard 716, or the Gaudreau’s #3 coupe, or Stosh’s L&M, that they will think of the ‘bowl. So it’s important to have these cars that identify with a track…. and this is our way of celebrating their history.”

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NEAR Hall of Famer Ron Bouchard Passes at 67

Ron Bouchard began his driving career as a teenager at the old Brookline (NH) Speedway driving for his father Bob. Soon he would venture to the old Westboro (MA) and Seekonk (MA) Speedways. Bouchard dominated Class A, winning four consecutive Seekonk championships in his No. 35 from 1968-71. He added another in 1978 driving a Modified.

Beyond his native Massachusetts, he went to Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway and adapted to the flat half-mile oval. He established himself one of the decade’s big Modified winners at Stafford, Thompson, and Westboro.

He drove for team owners like Dick Armstrong, Bob Garbarino, and Bob Johnson. Major victories included the 1980 Thompson 300, multiple 100 and 150-lap races at Stafford, and a 100-lap Late Model race at Seekonk in 1979.

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Bouchard Passes Away at 67

Former Modified Driver Was 1981 Cup Rookie of the Year

Ron Bouchard, winner of the 1981 Talladega 500 and the premier series’ rookie of the year that same season, passed away Thursday. He was 67.

A native of Fitchburg, Mass., Bouchard pulled off one of NASCAR’s most stunning victories when he shot from third to first on the final lap at Talladega (then known as Alabama International Motor Speedway), passing Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte to score his lone premier series victory. The win came in his 11th career start.

He was driving the Jack Beebe-owned Race Hill Farm No. 47 Buick, with crew chief Bob Johnson. Bouchard had taken over the ride earlier in the season following the departure of driver Harry Gant.

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2015 CHAMPION PROFILE: Doug Coby

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the three-act structure of storytelling, the segments include the setup, confrontation and resolution. Doug Coby’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career fits quite well with this mold, and he’s providing plenty of resolution in his third act.

Coby’s first two acts have been well-chronicled at this point, but to briefly review:

Act 1, The Setup – The Milford, Connecticut, native debuted on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2002 and competed full-time from 2003-07. He became established as a regular in the garage.

Act 2, The Confrontation – From 2008-10 he was without a full-time car, with various opportunities here and there, but nothing stable. His future on the tour, and his place in it, was in question.

Act 3, The Resolution, is where we’ll pick up the story. This act is still very much a work-in-progress for the 36-year-old. The story is not yet complete, but lose ends are getting tied up.

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Taylor, Crew to Drive No. 21 Super X Car

DSC_8070 Taylor to Race Trucks Part-Time

Todd Taylor of Stonington, CT is going to repay those who helped him last season: Pete Pollard, Chris Taylor, and his brother Randy. With his wife expecting their second child, Taylor will run the Super X season opener and finale at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl.

“The guys on the crew are all going to get the chance to drive the car,” Taylor said. “I think it’s a great way to reward them for all the great help that they’ve given me.”

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16-Race Schedule Announced for 2016 VMRS Season

Canaan, New Hampshire — A first time visit to a New Hampshire Speedway, an appearance with the Pass Pro All Stars Series in Maine, and the traditional stops at New England’s top bull-rings and historic ovals, highlight the 2016 season for New England’s Valenti Modified Racing Series. Jack Bateman, series founder and president, made the announcement Thursday night, December 2.

The 13th annual season opens Saturday night April 23, 2016, with Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, New Hampshire, once again rolling out the carpet for the new campaign.

The series next competes Friday night, May 20 at the famed Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut. The event will be the first of three races at the half-mile oval. Friday, June 24, and Friday, September 2, is the dates to circle for return visits.

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Riverhead Raceway Names Scott Tapley New Race Director

Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz the new owners of Riverhead Raceway have begun the process of putting a staff together for the 2016 race season and on Tuesday afternoon they announced that veteran race official Scott Tapley of Poland Spring, Maine has agreed to come on board in the capacity of Race Director at popular quarter-mile oval.

“We have heard good things about Scott from the racers and owners that have raced at tracks or on a series where he was the race director” Eddie & Connie Partridge stated while making the announcement, “we feel he is the right fit,” Tom Gatz added, “Scott is a no-nonsense official and that is what we need at Riverhead moving forward.” Tom also noted, “Scott is making a huge commitment to us as he’ll be traveling weekly from Maine. We are very excited to have Scott on our team and what he can bring to the future success of Riverhead Raceway. We feel he will immediately have a positive impact at the track.”

The energetic Tapley who currently serves as the Race Director at the Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire as well the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is looking forward to his new challenge on Long Island. “I’m very excited as well thankful for the opportunity Eddie, Connie & Tom have presented me and I look forward to keep the racing at Riverhead Raceway moving in a positive direction.” Tapley will officiate the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events from the scoring tower and be responsible overseeing all on track racing and activity. As to his weekly commute to Riverhead “I love what I do, it’s a labor of love and yes I rack up the miles on my car.”

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Tri Track Series Set To Conclude 2015 At Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. — The Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri Track Open Modified Series will conclude their 2015 season as part of the inaugural Bemer’s Super Bowl at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25.

The event will be a non-points affair for the ground-pounding tour-type Modifieds.

The series saw four intense points races in 2015 at Lee USA Speedway, Monadnock Speedway, Seekonk Speedway and New London-Waterford, with four different feature winners. The 2015 series champion was “Money” Matt Hirschman, who won at Monadnock and locked up the championship crown with a third place finish at the Speedbowl in September.

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Bob Potter to Race in 2016

Carlos Gray Welcomes Additional Sponsorship

Carlos Gray of Coventry, CT will be bringing additional sponsors to his team. Gray plans to maintain a similar schedule to this year’s 47 race schedule. He will compete next season at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park for the Icebreaker and World Series.

Gray wanted to build a second car as a backup or have one car for Stafford and New London-Waterford this year. His new teammate Bob Potter will pilot the second car. 

Potter is one of the New England’s most successful drivers with over 100 victories at New London-Waterford, Stafford, and Thompson. He has 93 wins and six championships at New London-Waterford. He has five championships in SK Modifieds at Stafford with 24 wins. Potter owns eight wins at Thompson. The Norwich, CT driver was inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2007.

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