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Ed Flemke Web Site Debuts

EdFlemke.com, a web site documenting the career of Ed Flemke launched this weekend. A project by the Williams brothers, the longtime racing fans have built a digital home for the legendary New Britain, CT driver. The web site features a collection of photos, race results, reports, and the cars he drove.

“The three Williams brothers were and still are big fans of our father and also followed my career too,” Ed Flemke, Jr. said. “They ran his fan club back in the day and they wanted to gather everything about him in one place and keep his memory alive. They are great people!”

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Bilton Sprint Car Driver Among Champion Contest Entries

TJ Thompson of Lisbon, CT hopes for a strong showing in the Search for a Champion Contest to help with travel expenses this year.

The 18-year-old driver has been in contact with Shelby Bilton for the past month and picked up a new ride in his 360 Sprint Car for Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, OH and Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, MI. Thompson’s only dirt experience is five USAC Midget races at Bear Ridge Speedway in Vermont.

“It’s definitely going to be fun and something new,” Thompson said. Thompson was searching for a new ride as his former Legend Car will have a new driver, his younger brother Adam.

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Goodale to Make NWMT Debut at Icebreaker

Jeff Goodale of Riverhead, NY will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at the Icebreaker April 10-12 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. A 21-year-old first cousin of Eric and Kevin Goodale, he plans to enter both Riverhead races and the World Series at Thompson. He is open to adding races, but “it depends on how we do during those races.”

A full-time Riverhead Raceway effort will be his focus once again. The team fields a two car effort with Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead. Ellwood will also race the same NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Riverhead weekly events in the No. 17x. He believes his experience at Riverhead will help him find success at “a tough track, an aggressive track.”

“Our goal is to just finish and get the experience. My crew chief seems to think that we’re going to do pretty well. He’s given me a whole bunch of confidence, but the main goal is just to finish.… As far as Riverhead is concerned, we want to get a few wins and hopefully at the end of the season we’re on top. But take it weekend by weekend and finish and try to be up front is really the goal.”

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Something New for Morgan

Ryan Morgan of Mystic, CT will join the Sunoco Modified ranks at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Danny Cates’ 2008 Troyer with a T/A engine. He expects to enter a couple of races at Stafford Motor Speedway  pending sponsorship and “how we do at Thompson.” John Morgan’s No. 0 is registered at Stafford with sponsorship from McGill Chevrolet in Pawcatuck, CT.

The Stafford races will be for understanding the car and the track.  Morgan’s only experience there came in a 2012 PASS Modified race, where he finished tenth.

“We decided to try something different this year,” Morgan said. … “We plan to rebuild it and make it us, but go through it all and make sure it’s ready for the Icebreaker, and shake it down the first couple of practices, so hopefully I’ll be able to adapt to the open wheels pretty quickly.”

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Kusheba Enters Champion Contest, Eyes Stafford Competition

Paul Kusheba, IV of Monroe, CT has entered the Search for a Champion Contest. Kusheba focused on answering what makes a champion in his video, which includes highlights at Waterford Speedbowl and the nationally televised Peak® Stock Car Dream Challenge 2.  Kusheba used the “care package” Champion provided last season including a hat, and product stickers. He also used their spark plugs in his SK Modified.

“I think this year’s a little bit better than last year’s,” Kusheba said. “It’s not like there’s a lot of crazy editing. It was just me talking next to my car and then a couple clips throughout my racing career. … I’m hoping that Champion takes a look at it and hopefully I can be one of the 15 contestants that they pick. … Hopefully getting their product name out there a little bit more than I did last year will benefit me in the end.”

He finished in the top three for the Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge 2 last year after qualifying through races on iRacing.com. In the first challenge, Kusheba had to drift an “older style Cup car” on an 1/8 mile track after meeting with Michael Waltrip. While he was nervous, he compared it to practicing his SK Modified at Waterford alongside Timmy Jordan and Ryan Preece. “As a racer that’s kind of what I thrive on. I enjoy being under that type of pressure.”

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Bock Moving to NASCAR WMT

Legend Car Grad to Compete in Modifieds and Super LM

Brendon Bock of Franklin Square, NY will pursue a limited NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule driving the No. 29 car. Bock will be trading the No. 33 that came with his Legend Car for the one his father used. He plans to enter five races at Riverhead Raceway (1), Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (2 each).

“Modifieds have always been around me,” Bock said. “I’m very close to those, all my guys knows those well. It just makes sense to run a Modified for us.”

An expanded schedule is dependent on sponsorship. Bock wants to add Bristol after attending last year’s race. ” I really want to try Bristol, but I don’t know how that might shape out in the future. I went to watch it last year, I just loved it so much.”

Bock will enter selected NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races at Riverhead. He will use the events for additional seat time at the quarter mile oval. Bock enjoys the fact that he will be able to continue to race with some of his friends who are moving up to the Modifieds.

“The Modifieds are so special. They’re so sick, they’re so powerful and they look so badass. It’s just hard to find something that compares to them on the big asphalt tracks.”

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New Beginning for Lowinski-Loh

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, MA will make his first laps at Daytona International Speedway Friday during a two-day for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Lowinski-Loh primary goal is to get a superspeedway license, to be able to race at tracks over two miles, including the season opener at Daytona in February.

There will be a dual-purpose for rookie drivers at the 2.5 mile tri-oval: learning the track and the draft. Drafting takes on additional importance as ARCA will use group qualifying similar to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team is already working on getting a pack of cars together at the test.

“It’s going to be crucial … we’re going to get comfortable with the car on the racetrack and then everyone is going to go into a group session and try the drafting for qualifying because we’re going to try to make our car really, really good, make sure it pulls up good to other cars. And make sure everything’s key for that because starting at the back of the field at Daytona never ends up usually good for anybody.”

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Dowling Set for Rookie Campaign

JT Motorsports announced today that they will field a second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car next season. Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT will drive the No. 9 as a teammate to former champion Jamie Tomaino. The team will use a new 2014 Troyer with Billy the Kid power. Tomaino will be working on the car full-time in New Jersey. The combination will pair a rookie with one of the series most experienced drivers. The 17-year-old worked on Tomaino’s pit crew last year.

“Most of my 57 SK Modified® crew is going to come over and help work on the tour car,” Dowling said. “…My guys are going to be more track help.”

Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair and S&S Asphalt Paving are the primary sponsors. Spectro Performance Oils, All About You Home Care Services, John Carrigan Heating and Air Conditioning, Family Electric, Billy the Kid, Arbitell Convenience Stores, and Dough Broker will also be supporting the effort.

Doug Dunleavy will also sponsor defending champion Doug Coby, Jamie Tomaino, Tom Abele on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and SK and SK Light Modifieds at Stafford. S&S Asphalt Paving has been with Dowling since he was seven racing Go Karts. This is Dowling’s third year with Dunleavy. “It’s awesome to see that he’s given back to us and this guy that loves racing puts money into it and wants to see people do good. … He’s just good guy to be around, and I couldn’t be happier I met him three years ago at his shop.”

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NWAAS: Rocco Set for Charlotte

Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT will be honored Friday during the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banquet in Charlotte, NC. The 2010 national champion, Rocco finished on the podium for the sixth year in a row. He finished fourth in 2007-08.

“To finish in the top three consecutively as many times as we have, it’s a great feat in itself, and I’m very pleased to be able to be on the podium and represent NASCAR,” Rocco said.

Rocco is content with another strong effort. While drivers use the same points system, there are variables out of his control. NASCAR member tracks do not have a uniform Division I class or qualifying format. Some tracks use time trials, while others use heats and a driver’s starting position is handicapped based on recent finishes.

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Moran Enjoying Second Title, Looking Forward to 2015

Phil Moran of Naugatuck, CT has spent his life in racing. For Moran, the second championship is “a little more special,” Moran said. “…This is our team as far as me concerned I’m the team manager, truck driver, the whole nine yards.”

11 years ago, Moran won his first championship with Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT driving for Don Barker. The team had a lot of technical support from Chassis Dynamics.

Moran did not get to celebrate as much as he wanted at Thompson since he had to drive the transporter. Besides getting ready for the World Series, he has been busy building new cars for next season and NASCAR’s commitments as the championship team. He expects it to hit him during the celebration in Charlotte Saturday. The NASCAR Night of Champions honors the regional touring series. He especially wants to bring the championship trophy back to the shop.

It is first championship for Mike Smeriglio, III, owner of the Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance No. 2 on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Driver Doug Coby of Milford, CT claimed his second title in the last three years.

“It was a well thought out move when we did it last year and it worked out for the good. It was a really good year.”

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NEMA General Membership Meeting Cites Strong Progress for 2015

Thompson, CT — NEMA held its annual membership meeting this past Sunday at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park clubhouse, with a strong showing of general members present. At the top of the agenda was a preview into the 2015 schedule, which will feature 3 events at Thompson, as well as events at Oswego, Seekonk, Monadnock, Evans Mills, Wiscasset, Lee USA and White Mountain – with tentative dates held for Waterford Speedbowl, Twin State, and Chemung, NY.

The club also elected a new President for the first time in over ten years – with Russ Stoehr running unopposed to take over the top seat in NEMA. Mike McCarthy and Mike Chambers were elected to the Vice President spots, Joe Santa Maria as Secretary and Paul Scally returns as Treasurer. A new Board was also elected with Tim Bertrand, Shawn Torrey, Paul Bigelow, Randy Cabral, Mike Scrivani and Dennis O’Brien taking over those seats.

The club also made additional major strides to help increase its membership base including the development of a Rookie Development program. Under this program, the club will secure track time for new drivers joining the NEMA Lite ranks to practice with the club, particularly noted – 12 and 13 year old drivers will be able to participate in the program. In addition, any driver that turns 13 during the competition season who has prior experience, that has passed the Rookie Development Program and has approval by the Board may compete with the Lite series. The minimum age for NEMA was also lowered to 15 years old with prior experience and Board approval.

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Rocco Rolls to Seventh Straight Conn. Crown

Also Took Home Fourth NASCAR Track Title At Waterford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Keith Rocco is in the business of collecting checkered flags and championships, and for the seventh year in a row, business was good.

The 29-year-old wheelman from Wallingford, Connecticut, first captured the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship in The Nutmeg State in 2008. He has yet to relinquish the title.

Rocco’s seventh state title was earned with 16 wins, 35 top fives and an additional five top 10s in 46 starts between the Connecticut short-track triangle of Waterford Speedbowl, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Stafford Motor Speedway.

Those numbers were good enough to place him on the national championship podium for the sixth year in a row and the final margin of victory in the Connecticut standings was 65 points over Ryan Preece.

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New Ride for Timmy Solomito

‘The Natural’ in Flamingo Motorsports Car for 2015

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY will drive the No. 16 Modified for Eric Sanderson on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour next season. The rumor mill has been churning since Ryan Preece announced his departure from Flamingo Motorsports on October 20, one day after winning the Sunoco World Series. One year removed from winning a championship, Preece is moving to Eddie Partridge’s No. 6 TS Haulers Motorsports car.

Solomito did not have anything set going into the season finale at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He expected to return to Anderson’s No. 75 car or at least run part time.

Flamingo Motorsports Crew Chief Sly Szaban asked Solomito’s car owner Wayne Anderson within days of the season finale about their plans for 2015. Szaban expressed interest in Solomito driving for Flamingo Motorsports. Anderson, the 1994 series champion, was supportive of the 22-year-old driver’s opportunity.

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Ramstrom Set for Doubleheader at Thompson

Derek Ramstrom has a big day ahead of him this afternoon at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He will make his Granite State Pro Stock Series debut and make his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start.

“Wicked exciting, we’re starting fourth in the Granite State Pro Stock Series behind Dillon Moltz,” Ramstrom said. “Just going to ride for a while see what happens, 50 lap event. Hopefully we can seal the deal in that and starting 18th in the Whelen Mod Tour just going to be patient and see how it pans out. We’re a little down on horsepower (spec engine), so it kind of effects us here at Thompson, but we should be alright.”

Entering the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, Ramstrom has scored recent victories in Super Late Model competition. He won the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 300-lap race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME. Just two weeks ago at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, he recovered from a pair of spins to collect the $5,000 100-lap D. Anthony Venditti Memorial.

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NWMT: Solomito Named Rookie of the Year

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY enters the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale this weekend with the Sunoco Rookie of the Year in hand. The 22-year-old Islip, NY driver started the year with plans for a partial schedule, but changed them to pursue a full season. Solomito clinched the award after the Fall Final at Stafford, with two top fives and three top 10s in 12 races. 

“It’s always a good feeling,” Solomito said. “You can kind of only win that one time, so really looking forward to the weekend. I think we’re going to have a pretty good piece here really excited see what practice brings to us and hopefully we can put together a good car for tomorrow.”

Solmotio is not driving the family car he used to record a pair of top 10s at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this season. Solomito will use the car with the spec engine that debuted at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month.

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Preece Follows Family Path to Top

NASCAR Next Driver Aims To Make Step Up To National Series

Ryan Preece has racing in his blood.

His family has been involved in auto racing his entire life. It started with his grandfather Bob Judkins, who owned modified cars in Connecticut, and was a crew chief for those cars racing throughout the Northeast.

“It’s always been a family thing,” Preece said. “My father started racing in his twenties, and I’ve been racing since I’ve been able to walk.” He has two older brothers Shaun and Matt, who are both very supportive of his racing prowess. “My Mom Jodi is also very supportive, and my family always goes to all my races.”

Preece, 23, who hails from Berlin, Conn., is one of NASCAR’s up-and-coming young drivers. Last year, Preece became the first modified driver to be select to the NASCAR Next program, an industry initiative designed to spotlight the rising stars in the sport. Since its inception in 2011, the NASCAR Next program has served to elevate the profiles of drivers such as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney among the a wave of young talent making its way up the NASCAR ladder.

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‘A Dream Come True’ for Talman

Oxford Driver to Make NASCAR WMT Debut

Sunoco Modified regular Troy Talman of Oxford, MA will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park  this weekend. “I’m really grateful for the opportunity and I have to thank friends, family, Mike Boehler, my sponsors DCU, B&G Toys and Trains, and NAPA of Ayer  for the opportunity and I’m not going to let ‘em down,” Talman said.

Talman said the ride was available after a part-time Valenti Modified Racing Series deal did not materialize.

“I think it all came about a couple of weeks ago actually,” Talman said. “Me, my dad and Mike (Boehler) were kind of talking and just put the deal together I guess. … It should be a really good experience. (The) car’s good, motor’s good.”

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Lascuola Wants Podium Finish in Asphalt Nationals

Joins Christopher as New Englanders Bound for Las Vegas

Nick Lascuola of Abington, MA wants to end his Legend Car career on a high note in Las Vegas. Lascuola will drive in the 23rd annual Legends Asphalt Nationals October 17-18 before selling his car. “I feel like we have the car and team that can win the Nationals race, so my goals are to win or get a top three,” Lascuola said.

The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway October 17-18 will be Lascuola’s first appearance in the event since Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2012. A guaranteed starter by winning his national qualifying race at Seekonk (MA) Speedway June 20, he does not have to qualify through time or heat races.

Lascuola wants to thank “My dad, mom, step mom, my cousin Bobby, my grandparents, Ryan Farbo from Farbo Motorsports for the setup help, Champion Spark Plugs, Barrett’s Haunted Mansion, Nick’s Pit Stop, Simpson Racing Products, Driven Steering Wheels, Draco Springs and The Brake Man.”

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Christopher Looks to Add Nationals Hardware

Mike Christopher, Jr. wants to add to his collection this weekend. Christopher wants to bring the Legends Asphalt Nationals trophy from Las Vegas to Wolcott, CT. “It would be great to stack that up with all the rest of the trophies this year,” Christopher said.

He set the track record with 25 wins at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl this season in INEX Legend Car competition. He swept both the Wednesday and Saturday titles at the shoreline 3/8 mile oval. He also leads the Young Lions (Asphalt) national championship with 2500 (max) points. Christopher also won twice at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, in addition to appearances at Bethel (NY) Motor Speedway.

Christopher drove in the nationals last season at Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania, when he was seventh nationally. Although he did not run well at the 3/8 mile progressively banked oval, Christopher is more confident this time.

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Waterford Speedbowl Sunday 10/5 Finale Weekend Results

Waterford, CT (October 5, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl saw 210 racecars jam its pit area for Finale Weekend Sunday, hosting 13 race divisions for a huge day of motorsports. After rain forced the cancellation of Saturday’s scheduled events, track management crammed all racing into a full day of action Sunday. Scoring top honors was Keith Rocco of Berlin, who won the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races, Corey Barry of Plainfield and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI each used a victory to cement track championships in the respective SK Light Modified and Mini Stock divisions. Ed Puleo of Branford won an entertaining SK Modified feature, Jason Palmer won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, and Josh Galvin topped a thrilling Street Stock finish.

Northeastern Midget Association wins went to Ryan Bigelow of East Hampton, a first-time victor in the NEMA Midgets, and Dan Cugini of Marshfield, MA, won the companion NEMA Lite feature.

Joining them on the long list of winner’s for the day included Ray Reed of Norwich and Anthony Marvin of Colchester, each titlists in the Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday series, checkering the Super X-Car and INEX Bandolero races. Wayne Shifflett of Preston won the X-Car feature and Dana Dimatteo of Farmington took the top spot in the INEX Legend Cars. Preston native Jay Stuart won the Outlaw Stock race.

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Waterford Produces First Time Winner, First Time Champion for NEMA

WATERFORD, CT (October 5, 2014) — Some lines were added to the NEMA history book on Sunday when the midgets ran at the Waterford Speedbowl’s Fall Finale. Ryan Bigelow of E. Hampton, CT. became a first time winner in the NEMA Midgets and Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ became a first time champion in the Lites.

After all events were rained out on Saturday, NEMA’s weekend schedule was whittled down to features only on Sunday. The midgets shared the day with a dozen other divisions of race cars.

As it has many times in the past, The Speedbowl produced a first time winner in the NEMA Midgets.

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Speedbowl Postpones Finale Weekend Saturday Activities; Revised Sunday Schedule Announced

Waterford, CT (October 4, 2014) – A persistent wet Saturday afternoon forced Waterford Speedbowl to postpone its racing schedule for the first of its two day Finale Weekend. A revised Sunday schedule now has thirteen divisions in action at the shoreline oval’s cap to the 2014 racing season, including the Valenti Modified Racing Series 100 and Northeastern Midget Association races along with the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday divisions.

The seven feature races to be completed Saturday evening were added to Sunday’s card. Track management cancelled the Pit Party originally scheduled for Sunday morning, making way for a practice session which will precede racing.

Pit gates open at 7:30am on Sunday, with spectator grandstands opening at 9:00am. Practice begins at 10:00am with each division receiving one round of warm up, including a 30-minute block of track time for the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

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Lowinski-Loh to Make ARCA Debut Friday

Former Thompson Champion Plans Full ARCA Slate in 2015

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Kansas Speedway  on Friday night. The Milford, MA competitor will be drive the No. 09  Auto Go Ford for Team BCR Racing of Mooresville, NC. Auto Go, Inc. is a automotive repair business in Milford. His teammate Charles Evans, Jr. of Friendswood, TX is entered in the No. 88 Elevator Transportation Services, ACCI Ford. The team is owned by Howard and Paula Bixman and has won five races this season with Grant Enfinger and Justin Allison.

Teddy, Steve, Clint and Brad are the crew members, while the team uses a Cup team for the pit stops. Treats Pools and Spas, Shines Car Care, Greenroom Billiards, Casite, Stanley Industries, Ford Racing, Roush Yates provide sponsorship.

Lowinski-Loh’s goal is to qualify and finish in the top 10. Lowinski-Loh will complete full-time in 2015 for Team BCR looking for Rookie of the Year.   Lowinski-Loh tested at Kansas on September 3. Although the test was cut short by rain, he was sixth quickest of 16 cars. Lowinski-Loh said the test “went great.” He said the recently repaved 1.5 mile tri-oval was “very fast and smooth.”

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Dowling to Make VMRS Debut at Waterford

Chase Dowling of Roxbury, CT will make his Valenti Modified Racing Series debut at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl Sunday. Dowling will drive the Phoenix Soil/American Lamp Recycling No. 2X for Bobby Judkins in the headline Finale Weekend 100 lap event.

“Bobby Judkins and his son bought the car (from NEAR Hall of Famer Bob Judkins) recently, just so he could put it back on the track for his dad.”

Dowling said that Bobby attended races at Stafford Motor Speedway to watch his nephew Ryan Preece. Judkins asked him to drive the car and “he just kept following through and eventually he said let’s give it a try and we went testing.” Dowling said the tests two weeks ago “went really well.”

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Waterford Speedbowl 9/27 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (September 27, 2014) – The final Saturday night race event of the season was held at Waterford Speedbowl with a seven division race program on the card.  In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing Keith Rocco of Berlin won the SK Modified® feature while Jason Palmer, also from Berlin, won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race.  Ed Gertsch Jr. of East Haven returned to Victory Lane after a long hiatus in the Street Stocks, Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon took the night’s Mini Stock race and Paul Buzel of Trumbull continued a hot streak in the SK Light Modifieds.  Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars feature and set a track record, while Taylor Bowser of Taunton, MA won in the visiting Mini Cup series event.  The final event of the year takes place next Saturday and Sunday when the track hosts Finale Weekend headlined by the Valenti Modified Racing Series.  A Friday practice session precedes the big event, which sees thirteen race divisions in action.

Rocco found the winner’s circle for the eleventh time of the year in SK Modified® racing.  He checkered a fast paced and non-stop 35-lap race that took under nine minutes to complete from start to finish.   Rob Janovic Jr. used the outside lane to grab the lead from pole position starter Jeff Gallup when the race began.  He was pulling out to a comfortable advantage while Ted Christopher applied pressure to Gallup for second.

Rocco started in ninth position and quickly moved into contention, already in sixth on lap-3.  He jumped to the outside lane to move into the top-five, and rocketed under Christopher out of turn two on lap-9.  The following lap, Rocco made the move on Gallup and took second as they raced to turn three.

Rocco ran down Janovic’s lead by lap-16 and immediately began to apply pressure with a determined drive to the front.  He darted outside Janovic in turn three on lap-20, attempting a crossover move out of turn four that Janovic held off.  The following lap, Rocco made the same move stick and was able to find room to Janovic’s inside down the front chute.  As they raced to turn one he completed the move and became the new leader for lap-22.

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Anders Completes Journey to National Title

South Carolina Driver Wins First Whelen All-American Crown

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Anthony Anders was sitting with friends in the grandstands off Turn 4 at historic Greenville Pickens Speedway when he got the itch to give this racing thing a try. Twenty years later, the Easley, South Carolina, driver has reached the pinnacle of short-track racing.

Anders is the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship.

The 43-year-old Anders accomplished the feat by leading the national points standings every week of the season and finishing with 30 wins, ninth most in a single season in the history of the series.

“I remember being at the banquet and seeing all those banners (of past national champions),” Anders said. “I said, ‘I want to be there one day.’

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Waterford Speedbowl 9/20 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (September 20, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to action after two weeks of wet weather halted its scheduled NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing programs. First time winners for the year were the order of the night as three of the six events saw new faces in the winner’s circle. Diego Monahan of Quaker Hill led the way, picking up the SK Modified® victory in dramatic fashion. Anthony Ryan Jr. of Danbury and Pete Zaikarite of Niantic won the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model and Mini Stock races respectively, joining Monahan as first time winners on the year. Other victories went to Al Stone III of Durham in the Street Stocks, Paul Buzel of Trumbull in the SK Light Modifieds, and Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott in an extra-distance INEX Legend Cars race.

Monahan came out on top of a wild SK Modified® race where no less than three competitors had a shot to win over two green-white-checkered flag attempts to complete the race. Monahan battled his brother Shawn and three-time track champion Keith Rocco over a thrilling, rough and tumble final nine laps. 

The 35-lap race began with Joe Gada and Monahan on the front row. It didn’t take long for sparks to fly, as Ed Puleo checked up on the back chute as the field worked lap-2 triggering a multi-car incident behind. The contact sent Rocco over Rob Janovic’s car before spinning in turn three, also collecting Bert Marvin, Brent Sweet, and Tommy Vigh Jr. to bring out the first caution flag of the race. Rocco returned after pitting for repairs.

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Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Banquet Tonight

Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday Awards Banquet Tonight

Waterford Speedbowl will honors the Wild N Wacky Wednesday divisions with its annual banquet tonight. The Hospitality Tent opens at 5:15pm. Dinner is at 5:30pm with awards at 6:15pm. Music and entertainment will occur until 9:00pm.

Mike Christopher, Jr. (Legends Car),  Anthony Marvin (Bandoleros), Ray Reed ( Super X-Cars) and Zac Thomas (X-Cars) won the track championships.

Tickets at the door are available for $18 for adults, $12 for youth (ages 4-14) with ages three and under free. The advanced ticket price is $15 for adults, $10 for youth (ages 4-14) with ages three and under free. 

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Krachun Set for Busy Weekend at Ace, Hickory

NEMA Lites Rookie on Verge of Championship

Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ, went NEMA Lites racing this season due to car count and a new challenge. The desire to race against 20-22 cars weekly compared to 8-12 at some USAC events brought the 16-year-old driver to race across New England this season for his father Mike Krachun.

“Our experience with NEMA has been great,” Krachun said. “They welcomed us with open arms. I was lucky enough to meet some great people. … The cars are a lot of fun and the racing is really good too. In NEMA we can go three, even four wide at some tracks where in other sanctions you really can’t do that and that’s what makes the NEMA Midget so much fun.

“And what’s also been great was how the full NEMA Midget drivers have mentored me like Randy Cabral. He’s taken me under his wing and he’s helped me a lot at some of the different tracks and he’s just been a great guy to me.”

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 9/10 Results

Waterford, CT (September 10, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl put the finishing touches on the 14th season of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, its popular mid-week motorsports program.   A pair of drivers used the final week of racing to claim their first wins of the year, as Ed Ryan of Preston took the Super X-Car win and Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin won the INEX Bandolero feature.  Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott had a record setting win in the INEX Legend Cars and Wayne Shifflett of Preston took the X-Car race win.  The night’s two Mechanic Races were won by Charles Beal of Ledyard and Eric Finkbein Sr. of Manchester, while John Kelly of New London took the victory in the Officials Race to round out the night’s winners.

Christopher won again in the INEX Legend Cars, taking the final Wednesday night race of the year to cement a record setting season in the division.  He made his way to the front in the early going of the 25-lap feature, trailing Joey Ternullo.  He found room to Ternullo’s inside on lap-15, spending three laps side-by-side before a caution flag on lap-18.  Ternullo held the advantage, putting Christopher in the outside lane for the restart.  Christopher used the top of the track to power ahead for good on lap-20, going on to the win.  Ternullo was second and David Johnson was third.  Christopher’s victory marked his 23rd overall on the year between the division’s Wednesday and Saturday events, giving him the division single season record for wins.  Christopher swept both series titles for the division, becoming the fourth driver to accomplish the feat. 

Shifflett won his third X-Car race of the season after coming on to weekly competition midway through the year.  He took the lead early but had to hold off two hard chargers over the second half of the 25-lap event.  Eric Finkbein caught Shifflett and ran to his outside for several laps trying to overtake the lead, but was unable to make the pass.  As the two battled, Jordan Hadley moved in to make it a three-car race for the win over the final eight laps.  Hadley was able to get past Finkbein’s inside on lap-19 and tried to pry Shifflett’s car from the bottom of the track as the laps counted down.  The top three cars ran nose to tail on the final lap and Hadley’s final corner rally came up short when Finkbein made contact with him, allowing Shifflett to get to the checkered flag first.  Hadley held on for second and Finkbein was third.   Zac Thomas finished sixth and won the division title.

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