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Curry Gets First Win, Leads Waterford Points

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Update

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — When he was a high school student Doug Curry helped field a race car for one of his teachers. Curry used the racing lessons to help win his first feature race this year. The lessons from the teacher helped him craft his off-track career.

Curry leads the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series mini stock point race at Connecticut’s Waterford Speedbowl. He’s in his fourth season of full time driving, but been around the .375-mile paved oval most of his life. His dad John Curry was a mini stock owner-driver in the 1990s. His grandfather, the late William T. Curry was a modified division owner-driver in the 1960s. It seemed natural for Curry, 20, of Groton, Connecticut, to become a race car driver at Waterford.

His step into Victory Lane in April was the culmination of experience and a lot of hard work on the family race car over last winter.

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 6/11 Results

Waterford, CT (June 11, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to the track on Wednesday for another round of Wild ‘n Wacky motorsports competition. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott claimed his fourth Wednesday night INEX Legend Cars victory of the year to lead the way. New winners on the season were Ray Reed of Norwich, winner of the Super X-Car race, and Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook in the INEX Bandoleros. Jordan Hadley of Quaker Hill took another X-Car checkered flag, and Chris Lee of Uncasville won the night’s Wacky Race.

Christopher landed in INEX Legend Cars Victory Lane for the second consecutive week and fourth time in five Wild ‘n Wednesday events. He trailed early leader Mike Blaskey, the only other winner to date in the division on Wednesdays, and battled on the track with Joey Ternullo in a race to the front. Christopher got to Blaskey first, getting past his inside halfway through the 25-lap race. Ternullo followed suit and stayed with Christopher through a lap-23 caution flag to set the stage for a final shootout between the two. Christopher controlled the restart and pulled ahead from Ternullo to claim the win. Ternullo, last year’s division champion, finished a strong second and Blaskey stayed with the lead two and finished third.

Morin outdueled Anthony Marvin in an entertaining 15-lap INEX Bandolero race. The two were side-by-side the entire distance in a battle that delighted the fans. Morin, on the outside of the track, was never able to gain a distinct advantage. He was able to drag race Marvin first to the checkered flag exiting the final corner. Marvin settled for second and Jonathon Puleo was third.

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Waterford Speedbowl 6/7 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (June 7, 2014) – NASCAR racing was back at Waterford Speedbowl under perfect weather conditions Saturday evening. A hearty crowd turned out for a six-division program and the speedway’s annual Laps for Lupus night. In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, Keith Rocco of Berlin padded his point lead with another SK Modified® victory while Jason Palmer, also from Berlin, won his second straight Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race. Danielson’s Ryan Waterman was top dog following an action packed Street Stock race and Dave Trudeau of Mansfield picked up his first Speedbowl Mini Stock checkered flag in several seasons. Plainfield’s Corey Barry won his second consecutive SK Light Modified race after the division was idle for two weeks and in INEX racing, Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won for the third time in the Legend Cars division’s Saturday series. Before the night’s races, a track walk benefitting Lupus Foundation of America’s Connecticut Chapter netted nearly $6,000 for the charity.

Rocco was on point during the night’s 35-lap SK Modified® race. He picked cars off one at a time to move into contention in the early stages and closed out the second half of the race strong. The feature was led to the green flag by Diego Monahan, who led the opening laps while being challenged by Kyle James. James quickly moved into second position and used a valiant effort to Monahan’s outside to finally overtake him on lap-8.

Behind, Rocco came through the top ten cars in early race traffic before jumping to the outside lane to attack the top four cars racing single file ahead. On lap-10, he was outside Craig Lutz for third and a lap later, used the same move on Monahan to power into second. James was out front by several car lengths and Rocco began to run him down when caution waved on lap-13 for a spinning Ted Christopher in turn two.

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Barrett Back Home Again at Stafford

Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA enters the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 looking to return to his prior success at Stafford Motor Speedway. Tonight’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race has been postponed twice since May 23. Barrett was among the fastest in practice and qualified seventh; Spring Sizzler winner Bobby Santos, III will lead the field to the green.

Barrett won his first pole for the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, leading eight laps before finishing 11th. The 19-year-old rookie replaced seven time champion Mike Stefanik in the Robert B. Our Co./Canto & Sons Paving #22 for Our Racing. This is Barrett’s second full season since 2009.

Stafford is a familiar track for Barrett, who won 14 SK Light Modified races in 2010-11. He is the only driver to record multiple VMRS wins at the historic half-mile. He made his NASCAR WMT debut  and won his first pole in only his fourth start.

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New Challenge, Track for Crystal Serydynski

Crystal Serydynski of Johnston, RI has new surroundings for this season, open wheels. The Hollywood Racing team did not decide until late April to pursue a full season in the SK Light Modifieds at Waterford Speedbowl.

“The plan for this season is to focus all energy at the Speedbowl,” Serydynski said. “Depending on finances, we should be able to get there every week.  … My goals are to have a successful first season by finishing every race. If Rookie of the Year happens in the process, that’s just an added bonus.”

Serydynski has seven years of experience at Seekonk Speedway. Last season was the best of her career; she won three times and missed the Street Stock championship by eight points.

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 6/4 Results

Waterford, CT (June 4, 2014) – Wild ‘n Wacky racing returned to the Speedbowl on Wednesday evening with fast paced motorsports action entertaining the crowd on hand. Taking victories on the night included Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott, winning for the third time in four races on Wednesdays in the INEX Legend Cars division with a come from behind effort. Jon Porter of Canterbury checkered the Super X-Car division, Jordan Hadley of Quaker Hill won in the X-Cars, and Jonathon Puleo of Branford won in the INEX Bandolero youth racing class.

Christopher had to work his way through the INEX Legend Cars field during a lengthy green flag stretch of racing in the division’s 25-lap race. After the opening green flag, the field ran through lap-18 before the first of two caution flags in the race came out. Mike Blaskey bolted out to the lead at the start, pulling ahead to a sizeable advantage seeking his second straight victory. Christopher arrived in second position on lap-5 but was a straightaway behind Blaskey. He closed the gap to be within striking distance of Blaskey when the yellow flag waved. Christopher tailed Blaskey after the restart until making his move on lap-23 in turn one, then survived one final restart after Blaskey and Joey Ternullo tangled behind him racing for second position. John O’Sullivan III dueled with Jordan Churchill for the runner-up spot to the checkered flag after the final caution, taking the spot by a bumper. Churchill took his best Legend Cars division finish home in third.

Hadley mastered the X-Car division once again, scoring a popular 25-lap victory. He started deep in the field and narrowly averted trouble when he nearly was collected in the only caution flag of the race on lap-3. Hadley came through the field after the restart, overtaking Thomas for the lead on lap-14. He cruised to the win the remainder of the way, with Thomas finishing in second and Randy Johnston finishing third.

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Zachem Wants to Maintain Momentum

Max Zachem of Preston, CT began the season looking for “a win and a chance at the championship.” Zachem has three top 10s in four starts, the best start of his VMRS career. Zachem is proud of being fourth in points. Zachem wants “another top 10 and (to) compete for the win,” Zachem said. “Looking to keep the title contention alive.” Zachem has four top 10s in his last five starts at Seekonk and was ninth last month.

Zachem finished sixth in points last season and received the Most Popular Driver Award at the banquet. Zachem changed his number from 79 to 20CT; he used the number in Legends Cars for five years. The 2009 Amsoil Nelcar Legends Tour champion was “hoping it would bring back my fans from up north and some luck.”

Zachem has a busy month ahead with VMRS events at Seekonk, Stafford and Lee USA. Zachem will enter the SBM 125 at Star Speedway next Saturday and the Tri-Track Open Modified Series finale at Seekonk in August.

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Waterford Speedbowl Saturday 5/31 Four Cylinder Fury Results

Waterford, CT (May 31, 2014) – Exciting motorsports action returned to the Connecticut shoreline Saturday evening as Waterford Speedbowl hosted its Four Cylinder Fury NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program. Four cylinder racecars were the highlight of the night, however Craig Lutz of Miller Place, NY stole the spotlight with his first-ever victory in thrilling fashion during the night’s SK Modified® race. Other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins went to Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon, who was back in the winner’s circle during an extra-distance Mini Stock feature and Jason Palmer of Berlin recorded his first Valenti Auto Mall Late Model win of the season. The Northeast Mini Stock Tour race was won by Toby Wells of Dublin, NH and Robin Berghman of East Providence, RI picked up the victory in the visiting New England Pro Four Modified race. Hometown driver Jordan Hadley won the X-Car feature.

Lutz needed a gritty performance over much of the 35-lap SK Modified® feature to record an exciting first career victory that put the fans on their feet for the finish. He spent the opening half of the race trying to find a way around Diego Monahan of Quaker Hill. Lutz fell to third place for a lap when Plainville’s Ted Christopher inched ahead of him, however slight contact between Monahan and Christopher on lap-16 sent Monahan spinning out of turn two, drawing the yellow flag. Christopher was placed to the rear of the field during the caution period, handing the lead to Lutz.

The toughest part of the race for Lutz was holding back Keith Rocco the rest of the way. Lutz held on during an initial assault by Rocco, then got a brief breather before Rocco raced to his outside over the final four laps. The two raced inches apart and even shared some contact during the final laps. Lutz put forth a determined effort to keep Rocco’s final charge at bay, able to pull ahead out of the final corner to claim the checkered flag. Rocco was forced to settle for second and Ledyard’s Tyler Chadwick ran among the front runners all race to finish third.

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Speedbowl Postpones Remainder of 5/30 Sho & Go Imports Night

Waterford, CT (May 30, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl has postponed the remainder of tonight’s Sho & Go at the Bowl Imports Night due to weather. During the 5th round of Test & Tune weather struck the shoreline oval quickly and heavily forcing the postponement of the remainder of the night’s events. No rain checks were issued as a result of the fully completed fourth round of Test & Tune, per track policy.

All remaining scheduled events have been rescheduled to later dates during the 2014 season. The Competition Class Eliminator has been rescheduled as part of next week’s Mopar Night on Friday, June 6th. The Street Class Eliminator has been rescheduled as part of Friday, June 13th’s Traffic Light Showdown. The Bike Class Eliminator has been rescheduled as part of Friday, June 20th’s Double Street Eliminator. All events have been added in addition to originally scheduled activity. All bye-run eligibility for postponed eliminators will be set using the 5/30 fourth round Test & Tune best reaction time results.

In addition to the other postponements, the popular Import Shootout for racers and Best Import Entry for the Car Cruise Show have been moved to Friday, August 29th.

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Wild N Wacky Wednesday 05/28 Results

Waterford, CT (May 28, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to action with another round of Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing. A first time winner joined four returning faces to Victory Lane in an action packed night of motorsports. Leading the way was Michael Blaskey, who his first-ever checkered flag in the INEX Legend Cars division. Jon Porter won another Super X-Car race, Zac Thomas was the winner of the X-Car race and Anthony Marvin claimed the INEX Bandolero feature.   Chuck McDonald was king of the night’s Wacky Race for the X-Cars.

Blaskey put forth a memorable effort on track during the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature to land what was a first-ever win. He took the lead at the green flag and charged ahead. The race was slowed by five caution flags and Blaskey hit his marks on each restart to maintain his lead. Over the final two restarts, he was challenged by last year’s division champion, Joey Ternullo. Blaskey proved to be too strong, going on to the win over Ternullo. John O’Sullivan Jr. finished third.

Porter was back in Victory Lane for another Super X-Car win. He came on strong over the middle of the 25-lapper, riding the outside lane over a stretch of green flag racing that brought him past the front runners into the lead. Porter took command from Shane Peele on lap-14 and never looked back. He pulled ahead to the win over Kevin Moon, followed by early leader Ray Reed, who finished third.

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Speedbowl Announces Changes to Personnel, Penalties

Waterford, CT (May 29, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl management announced today the creation of a new position, penalties following Saturday, May 24th’s racing program, and the departure of one member of their staff.

The new position of Race Vehicle Safety Coordinator has been created. The sole responsibility of the newly created position will be overseeing that all cars participating in the Speedbowl’s track race divisions are compliant with track mandated safety regulations. The position will be filled on an interim basis by veteran Speedbowl competitor Bill Leonard. Candidates are currently being sought to fill the position moving forward. The position of Race Vehicle Safety Coordinator will report directly to the Race Director, Patrick Williams.

As a result of inspections during the May 24th race program, SK Modified® division competitors Craig Lutz and Keith Rocco were each fined $500.00 for failure to abide by rule 2.11.5 D of the Speedbowl rulebook. The rule requires the use of wheel tethers on the front wheels of SK Modified® cars.
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NWAAS Div. I Pts: Fleming Back in the Hunt

Wins Twice At Bowman Gray; National Champs Gain On Anders

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A veteran of hardscrabble racing at one of the toughest tracks in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series got back in Victory Lane for the first time in two years. This month he shortened the time span between wins from two years to two weeks.

Chris Fleming won modified division features at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., on May 3 and May 17. Last Saturday night’s finishes of fourth and 10th in two 25-lap features lifted him to second in track points. He’s just eight behind leader Burt Myers entering a pair of 100-lap features this weekend.

His win drought at the tight quarter-mile paved oval was taxing.
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PIT STOP: Stock Cars in the Madhouse

Weekend Info – Touring & Weekly Schedules, Links & Notes

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday, May 31. The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will be the fourth series event at “The Stadium,” which hosted 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1958-71. NASCAR Next drivers and alumni won the first three visits to the .25-mile asphalt oval, a trend that is likely to continue with six members of the current class and three alumni entered in Saturday’s event.

• The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its second attempt at the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway when it heads to the half-mile asphalt oval on Friday, May 30. Rain washed out the tour’s first attempt last Friday, but not before Bobby Santos captured the pole award in qualifying, his fourth in the last six qualifying attempts at Stafford. The veteran driver won this race during his 2010 championship season. Friday night’s event will be the second of four at Stafford this season, and the first of two under the lights.

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Sunday 05/25 Memorial Day Madness Results

Waterford, CT (May 25, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to action Sunday for Memorial Day Madness, its annual holiday weekend thrill show. Motorized mayhem was on display entertaining the large crowd, capped off by an aerial fireworks display.

Shawn Monahan won the popular fan vote to be declared the winner of a wild Trailer Race. Monahan was one of three competitors that got together on the track and came to rest in the infield in a tangled heap of twisted metal. Dave MacIntosh and Alex Canestrari joined Monahan in trading blows on the track as the final three remaining in competition. After several quality hits the trio found themselves intertwined in turn three, sliding intto a soggy infield where they became stranded. Officials allowed the fans to determine the winner, with Monahan nominated as kind of the trailers after a spirited effort.

Jim Mann was the final competitor standing after the dust and smoke settled following the Demolition Derby. He bested some of the finest full-size land yachts that could be found to the delight of the crowd.

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Waterford Speedbowl 5/24 Super Saturday Showdown Results

Waterford, CT (May 24, 2014) – Super Saturday Showdown hit the asphalt at Waterford Speedbowl Saturday with a seven-division racing card.  A briskly paced program saw Keith Rocco of Berlin take home his third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® win of the year.  In other NASCAR action, a new face found the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model winner’s circle as Vin Esposito of Seymour claimed the checkered flag.  Franklin’s Josh Galvin won again in the Street Stocks while Hope Valley, RI driver Garrett Denton was victorious in the Mini Stocks.  The Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday divisions were also on hand, with Berlin’s Dave Yardley and New London’s Zac Thomas scoring the respective Super X-Car and X-Car wins.  Dylan Izzo of Westport won in the night’s INEX Legend Cars feature.

Rocco was back in Victory Lane in SK Modified® action for the first time since May 3 with an impressive performance.  After a false start by the front row on the initial green flag, Shawn Thibeault got the jump over Jeff Gallup on the second try to start the 35-lap race.  Gallup settled into second and Rob Janovic Jr. third.  The first yellow flag flew when Craig Lutz took a hard hit into the front stretch wall on lap-2 battling for a spot among the top-five cars. 

Thibeault resumed his pace out front after the restart, pulling away from the pack.  Janovic got past Gallup’s inside to take second and behind that, Tyler Chadwick, Keith Rocco and Ted Christiopher were each on the move, arriving in the top-five cars by lap-7.   Rocco found room to Chadwick’s inside in turn one on lap-10 and quickly moved in on Janovic.  Rocco pressed him for second, finally using the outside lane to wrestle second away on lap-13.  Before another lap could be completed, Morgillo was stopped on the high side of the track in turn two, returning the race to caution. 

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 5/14 Results

Waterford, CT (May 14, 2014) – Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing was back at Waterford Speedbowl with another entertaining night of motorsports landing five drivers into the winner’s circle. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott continued his hot streak in the INEX Legend Cars, Jon Porter of Canterbury took home the Super X-Car accolades and Zac Thomas of New London was awarded the win in the X-Cars. Anthony Marvin of Colchester won for the second time in as many week in the INEX Bandoleros and Dave Gargaro Jr. of Cranston, RI was tops in the night’s Wacky Race.

Christopher rolled to his second consecutive 25-lap INEX Legend Cars victory on Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday and third overall in the division at the Speedbowl this season. The excitement started on lap-1 when Scott Limkemann spun in turn one from mid-pack, looping his machine but kept going allowing the race to continue on . T.J. Thompson took command over Dennis Pantani to lead lap-1.

Thompson led John O’Sullivan Jr. and Christopher, who was up to third in the opening laps. Christopher slipped by O’Sullivan’s inside on lap-5 to move to second and went after Thompson. He spent two laps tailing Thompson before he saw daylight to the leader’s inside exiting turn four on lap-7. Christopher spent a lap and a half battling Thompson for the top spot before pulling ahead.

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Big Memorial Day Weekend planned at Speedbowl

Three events in three days at shoreline oval

Waterford, CT (May 22, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl is set to deliver a little of everything to motorsports enthusiasts over the holiday weekend with three exciting events. It begins with a special “Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl” on Friday night offering spectator drag races and a car cruise, moves into a huge Saturday evening of auto racing featuring a special admission price, and closes out on Sunday with motorized thrills and spills at Memorial Day Madness, concluded by an aerial fireworks display.

All-American Night is the holiday theme for “Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl”, the track’s popular Friday night series which features free spectator admission for the grandstands. A car cruise compliments four classes of competition for 100 foot spectator drag racing. Competition Class, Street Class, Bike Class and a special All-American made Shootout celebrating our country will take to the asphalt. Test and tune starts at 6:30pm and Elimination Rounds are scheduled to post just after 8:00pm. Awards for Best in Show and Best American-made entry highlight the Car Cruise, which offers free car entry.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing joins the track’s popular mid-week Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing divisions for the Super Saturday Showdown event, featuring reduced grandstand admission. Adult admission is $12.00 on Saturday and all youth age 14 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The NASCAR SK Modified® division continues a 64-year tradition of open-wheeled racing at the Speedbowl, highlighting a seven-division racing card that also features the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks along with INEX Legend Cars, Super X-Cars and X-Cars from the Wild ‘n Wacky program. Saturday’s racing begins with qualifying races at 5:00pm and main events starting at 7:00pm.

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Waterford Speedbowl 5/17 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (May 17, 2014) – Action returned to the Connecticut shoreline Saturday night as Waterford Speedbowl returned to racing. Six divisions were on hand with repeat winners and new faces both reaching the winner’s circle. Joe Gada of Salem mastered the SK Modified® field, claiming his first win of the year. Joining Gada as new faces in Victory Lane for 2014 were Groton drivers Bruce Thomas Jr., picking up the checkered flag in Valenti Auto Mall Late Model race, and Ray Christian III, winner in the Mini Stocks. Josh Galvin of Franklin won his third Street Stock feature in a row and Corey Barry won his second SK Light Modified race on the year. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott claimed another INEX Legend Cars feature to round out the night’s winners.

Gada was stellar in the night’s 35-lap SK Modified® feature. He started the race from the pole position and left Nichole Morgillo behind exiting turn two. Excitement picked up on the opening lap when several cars made contact down the back chute, sending Shawn Thibeault through the infield but continuing on without a caution flag.

Gada was out to a blistering pace while Ed Puleo quickly moved to second position. Ted Christopher was already up to third and Keith Rocco was charging through the top-ten and was hot on Christopher’s tail in fourth just four laps in. Rocco was not content and immediately looked for racing room on Christopher, making an inside move to jump to third on lap-5. Ahead, Gada stretched his lead on Puleo as Rocco closed in. The battle for second picked up on lap-10 with Rocco all over Puleo. After several laps trying, Rocco could not unseat Puleo for the spot. Christopher was all alone in fourth with Tim Jordan rounding out the top five as the race reached halfway all under the green flag.

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Garside Enters Thompson LM 20/20

Christopher Garside of Waterford, CT will enter tomorrow’s 50-lap Late Model feature at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, part of a limited schedule for Garside at the 5/8 mile oval. The Late Model 20/20 Sprint will be a segmented race of 20, 20 and 10 laps. It is also Food Bank Night, where fans will receive $2.00 off general admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item.

Garside is eighth in points at Waterford Speedbowl with four top 10s in five events. Garside recorded his best finish of the season, seventh, last Saturday.

“(The) main plans are to try to get a podium finish and hopefully top five in points again,” Garside said. “(I’ve) been getting a bunch of help during offseason and hope to have a faster car since we have learned a lot about setup stuff all year.”

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NWAAS Div. I Pts: Salina’s Frailey Moves Up

Leads Oklahoma Race; Anders Maintains Overall No. 1 Spot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The decision by Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway to re-configure its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this year is paying off in the early running for Jeran Frailey.

Frailey won the NASCAR Division II championship at Salina last year in the 360 Modified Division. The dirt modified cars were so abundant that track officials elevated them to NASCAR Division I this year.

Frailey, 31, of Chouteau, Okla., has collected three wins and seven top fives in seven races to take the lead in the track and state point races. He is ranked 27th in this week’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Top 500.

In the national point race, Anthony Anders of Easley, S.C., did not race over the weekend due to rain and track schedules but retained the No. 1 ranking with 518 points. Second-place Dillon Bassett of Winston-Salem, N.C., (402 points) closed ground with a third-place finish behind race winner Austin McDaniel in a 100-lap late model feature at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
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Barrett Makes Waterford Late Model Plans

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. will add Late Model racing to his schedule beginning with Saturday’s feature at Waterford Speedbowl. Barrett will drive in all Late Model events that do no conflict with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The Millis, MA driver finished third in his Late Model debut driving the #27 Butler’s Auto Body car for Ted Butler.

“It was a lot of fun,” Barrett said. “Not nearly as much grip but also less horsepower. (You) can bump and bang a little more. I look forward to this weekend.”

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Waterford Speedbowl 5/10 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (May 10, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl returned to fast paced motorsports action Saturday night with a six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program. Kyle James of Ashaway, RI snatched his first victory of the year in SK Modified® ranks. Keith Rocco of Berlin won his fifth straight Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature on the season and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon continued his mastery of the Mini Stock division. Andover’s Paul French won his first SK Light Modified race on the year and Paul Bigelow of Kensington came away with the victory in the NEMA Lite feature. Josh Galvin of Franklin won the night’s Street Stock race, his second in a row.

An emotional opening ceremony began the night’s program following a brief rain delay earlier in the evening. The track honored the memory of multiple time track champion Danny Field with much of his family and closest supporters in attendance. Field, a long time Mini Stock competitor at the Speedbowl, passed away Wednesday after battling cancer. He won Speedbowl Mini Stock titles in 2005, 2006 and 2009 and posted 28 career victories at the track and was active at the track through 2013. Field’s younger brother Eddie paced the Mini Stocks with an honorary pole-position behind the wheel of his brother’s #18 machine, pulling off the track before the start of the race.

Cassidy went on to claim an emotional win in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature that followed. He took the lead from Dave Trudeau of Mansfield on lap-6. Cassidy, who has 54 career races at the track in the division, has won several big races but ranked Saturday’s win among his most memorable. After the race, Cassidy reflected on his achievement and contributed some of his successes, in part, to Field. “(The win) means a lot. Danny was a tough competitor. I think (racing against him) made me a better driver.” After dueling with Field for years, Cassidy won a national championship in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2010 and has been a dominant driver in the division. Trudeau finished Saturday’s race in second and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI was third.

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Former Champion Danny Field Passes Away

Waterford Speedbowl management announced Thursday multi-time track champion and feature winner Danny Field passed away Wednesday after a battle with cancer. Field, of Deep River, was 56.

Field competed at the Speedbowl for more than three decades enjoying a sport he was extremely passionate about. An accomplished racer, Field won three track championships in the NASCAR Mini Stock division along with numerous races behind the wheel of his familiar red #18 racecar.

“Danny was a racer that many looked up to” Speedbowl owner and promoter Terry Eames said in a statement Thursday. “He was very good at winning races, but, more importantly, he was a gentleman and a family man. The entire Speedbowl community mourns his loss”.

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R.I.P Danny Field, 2012 NEMST Champion

All of us here at the NEMST hold heavy hearts this morning as we have lost one of our own. As many of our competitors and fans know Danny Field, the 2012 NEMST Champion, began a fight against liver cancer last September. I spoke with him at Race-A-Rama and he was doing everything he could to win the battle for his life. Last night Danny passed away from the liver cancer. Danny was a true friend and competitor who was always a great man to have in the pit area. We offer his family our deepest condolences from all of the staff, competitors, and fans here at the NEMST only a small part of the racing family he has grown over the years.

Rest In Peace and Godspeed Danny Field. 2005, 2006, 2009 Waterford Champion. 2008, 2011 Thompson Champion. 2012 NEMST Champion.

We have decided to make our upcoming event and second round of the Thirty Marketing CT Triple Crown at Waterford Speedbowl on May 31st the Danny Field Memorial 50 Lap Feature. Please come to Waterford for their four-cylinder-fury night and honor the legacy Danny has left on all of us. We will be accepting donations for the family through this hard time.

In the mean time check out this tribute video put together by our friends over at Sid’s View, Danny Field Tribute

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 5/7 Results

Waterford, CT (May 7, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl hosted its opening Wild ‘n Wacky series racing card of the year Wednesday evening. A quick paced and fiercely competitive night of motorsports entertained a hearty crowd that turned out. There were no opening night jitters for Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott, who used a thrilling final lap move to checker the INEX Legend Cars feature. Hometown driver Dan Butler came out on top in the Super X-Car feature, Rich Nye of Stonington won his first-ever race in the night’s X-Car feature and Groton’s Marc Shafer won the Wacky Toll Booth Race. The INEX Bandolero feature was won by Jonathon Puleo of Branford.

Christopher showed patience over the first half of the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature then came on strong in the closing stages. Michael Blaskey and Christopher were on the front row to begin the race. A false start on the initial green flag resulted in a second attempt, which saw Blaskey take control after Christopher battled him for the opening lap. Veteran driver and former champion George Whitney slid underneath Christopher to take second on lap-2. Whitney got past Blaskey on lap-3 to become the second leader of the race.

As Whitney led, he benefitted by an intense battle for second position over the middle of the race between Blaskey and Christopher. The pair traded the spot as Christopher tried numerous times to unseat Blaskey’s hold of the runner-up position.  Behind them, T.J. Thompson held down fourth and defending series champion Joey Ternullo completed the top-five. Thompson dropped off the pace after looking strong and retired to the infield, bumping John O’Sullivan Jr. into a top-five position.

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NWAAS Div. I Points: Anders Takes Over

S.C. Driver Assumes National Lead In First Standings Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season hits high gear this week with a new national point leader.

Anthony Anders, of Easley, S.C., leads the debut of the 2014 weekly points standings updates. The 43-year-old displaces fellow pavement late model driver and two-time defending national champion Lee Pulliam from the No. 1 spot.

Pulliam led the weekly points for 29 consecutive competition weeks. His reign began nearly 22 months ago when he took the top spot from C.E. Falk III on July 17, 2012. Pulliam opens the 2014 season in fourth.

NATIONAL TOP 500 STANDINGS | STATE/PROVINCE TOP 20 STANDINGS

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Waterford Speedbowl 5/3 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (May 3, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl fought Mother Nature with a six division racing card on Saturday night.  Josh Galvin of Franklin took top honors as he scored the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock Showdown race, an extra-distance event for the division shortened by rain.  Keith Rocco of Berlin continued his hot streak in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, winning for the fourth time in as many events on the season.  Rocco won his first SK Modified® race of the year following a brief rain delay, picking up the victory after an exciting late race battle.  Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon was back in Victory Lane following the Mini Stock race and Randy Churchill of Oakdale checkered the SK Light Modified feature. Quaker Hill’s Jordan Hadley won his first career race in the X-Car division.

The 35-lap SK Modified® feature was another down to the wire involving Rocco.  He battled Tim Jordan for the final fifteen laps before taking the lead with a power move to Jordan’s inside on lap-32.  The last time the division raced two weeks ago, Rocco settled for second after a spirited duel with Tyler Chadwick over the second half of the race.  Against Jordan he didn’t settle.

The race was brought to the green flag with Nichole Morgillo and Joe Gada on the front row.  Gada took the lead outside of Morgillo to lead lap-1 and held the top spot until the first caution flag waved on lap-4 when Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. spun off the front chute into a soggy infield.

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Rain Postpones NETS at Waterford

Mother nature was the only winner in the New England Truck Series this weekend. Weather conditions at the Waterford Speedbowl forced the third race of the 2014 season to be rescheduled. NETS will return to Waterford on June 28th.

The New England Truck Series is back in action on May 10th, when the series makes its first visit of the season to Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire. Roger Turbush (101) is the current series point leader, holding a slim 1 point margin over defending series champion Duane Noll (100). Chris Turbush (97) stands in third, followed by former series champions Andy Lindeman (93), and Chris Correll (90). Jason Lafayette (89) and Mike Parker (96) have started the season strong with top 10 finishes in each race and lurk just outside the top 5.

For more information on NETS, visit www.newenglandtruckseries.com or follow the series via www.facebook.com/newenglandtruckseries.

Sources:Lorraine Pard/NETS PR

Speedbowl Cancels 4/26 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Program to Weather

Waterford, CT (April 26, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl cancelled its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program scheduled for Saturday, April 26 due to damp weather forecasted throughout the evening. Action returns to the shoreline oval next Saturday, May 3 with a six-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. The 50-lap Street Stock Showdown event, originally scheduled for April 26, will take center stage on May 3. The visiting New England Truck Series race scheduled for April 26 has been added to the June 28 race program.

The 50-lap extra-distance Street Stock Showdown event joins the regularly scheduled races for the SK Modified®, Valenti Auto Mall Late Model, Mini Stock, SK Light Modified and INEX Legend Cars divisions on May 3. Next Saturday’s event kicks off a busy stretch for the Speedbowl as two returning event nights are added to its weekly lineup in May.

Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday, featuring $8 adult grandstand admission and free youth grandstand admission for ages 14 and under, hits the track for its 14th season on Wednesday, May 7. On the heels of the affordable mid-week event night, Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl returns on Friday, May 9 with free grandstand admission for all attendees for 100 foot spectator drag racing plus car cruise show. A special test and tune session for drag racing competitors is scheduled for Friday, May 2. Spectator grandstands will be closed.

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Nick Salva Ready for Victory Lane, Title Bid at Stafford

Nick Salva of Prospect, CT will return to the SK Light Modifieds at Stafford Motor Speedway. The driver of the #98 J.G. Poulin Drywall car hopes that the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler is the start of a career year.

“(The) plans for this year are to make a great run at the championship,” Salva said. “The way we stand right now, we have some backing and hope to run a full year, as long as no big problems happen, but the main objective for this year is to win some races and hopefully be in a great spot to run for the championship.”

Salva will also run the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and possibly the season finale at Waterford Speedbowl. Salva would like to expand his schedule, but will focus on Stafford with only one car to use.

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