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Timmy Solomito Set for Bristol Return

Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY has top 10 finishes in 46% of his 30 starts. The sophomore driver is seventh in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points with one top five and six top tens. He has 4 finishes outside the top 10 in his first season with Flamingo Motorsports. Since the DNF at Monadnock, Solomito had top tens at Stafford and Thompson.

“We’re not really setting the world on fire yet, but just still kind of learning each other, and learning the tracks pretty much,” Solomito said. “It’s been a long road, but little by little I feel like we’re getting there, and we’re getting the cars a little better each time, and I’m getting a little better each time with my experience level. So there’s a good 15-20 cars that can win on any given race, and I feel like we’ve been in that stretch. We just gotta kind of tie it all together.”

“Our points aren’t too bad for considering we had a few pretty bad races. We had Monadnock we got knocked out of. We struggled the first race at Thompson with some issues with tires, and whatnot, and then at Waterford we ended up getting taken out there with a lapped car. But (if) we didn’t have those three bad finishes, I think we’d be in the top five right now in points, but it’s all a part of racing … you move on and go to the next race. We try and run as strong as possible.”

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NEAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Victories at LeMans and Daytona International Speedway are among the hundreds of checkered flags owned by the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Sam Posey, one of America’s top road racers, and Greg Sacks, the winner of the 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400, are part of the class that will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

The class also includes owner/driver Joey Laquerre, car owner the late Paul Dunigan and drivers the late Jim McCallum and Stan Gregor, a quartet that collectively has 27 track championships.

The multi-faceted Lew Boyd, presently a book seller and publisher, and Lee USA Speedway promoter Red MacDonald will also be inducted.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (

Still to be announced are the Veterans Committee picks, the Pardi Memorial Award and the Mitchell/Ratta (media) Award winners.

A long-time Sharon, CT resident, Posey was a top runner in road racing with strong finishes in Formula A, Can-Am, and Trans-AM. He had a fifth at Indianapolis in 1972, scored at LeMans and Sebring and drove some Formula I before moving to TV with ABC Sports. He is an award winning writer and artist.

In addition to Daytona, Long Island native Sacks has a number of New England victories, notably at Stafford and Thompson but also at Westboro. His 1982 season, which included the Stafford championship, ranks with the best performances in New England racing history.

Vermont’s Laquerre has been a winner over five decades as both an owner and driver. The top winner at the old Catamount Stadium, his resume includes several wins on the ACT Tour and championships at Thunder Road (6) and Catamount (2).

The colorful Dunigan, who passed away in 2004, burst on to the International Super Modified Association scene and won six titles in eight years, adding an Oswego crown as well. His drivers included Bentley Warren, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway, and Joe Gosek.

MacDonald, over six decades, was a successful car owner – drags, cutdowns, Supermodifieds, even an Indianapolis car – before taking over the Lee USA Speedway operation in 1986. He has brought the best in the business to his track often overcoming great obstacles.

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Tillison Takes Lead in National Title Race

Oklahoma Driver Moves To Top Of Whelen All-American

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There’s a new name at the top, and for the first time in seven years, he’s a dirt-track racer.

Thomas Tillison Jr. won twice over the weekend in Oklahoma – Friday night at Flint Creek Speedway in West Siloam and Saturday at Salina Highbanks Speedway. His wins on the .375-mile dirt ovals pushed him past Connecticut’s Keith Rocco and to the top of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings.

“I’m elated,” said the 41-year-old from Wellston, Oklahoma. “This weekend was big for us. When you’re that close in points, and you’re battling every week, everybody has their sights set on you.

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Emerling Emerges on NWMT

Bristol is an opportunity for Patrick Emerling to reach new heights. The Orchard Park, NY driver enters the Bush’s Beans 150 sixth in points. He has ranked sixth in points four times since last year. Emerling could reach the top five in points after Bristol. Emerling’s first top five was at Bristol in 2011. He has two top tens in three races there.

Another top ten at Bristol would match another career best. He has reached three consecutive top tens twice before. He averaged a 6.6 at Bristol, New Hampshire, and Stafford last year. He matched that earlier this year at Stafford, New London-Waterford, and Stafford, averaging 8th.

“It’s another kind of a neutral track, so historically we always kind of did better there,” Emerling said. “But I always went fast. Every time I was down there I always had fast cars down there … I took my notes from last year and hopefully made the car a little bit better for me this year and I’m hoping to walk away with actually a win this year. … so I think I’m going to have more confidence going into it.”

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Tillison Closes Gap In National Title Race

Within Two Points Of Rocco For Whelen All-American Series Lead

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Since 2001, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship has seemingly ping-ponged between New England and the southeast. Eleven of the 13 championships have gone to drivers either competing in an asphalt Modified in the northeast or an asphalt Late Model in Virginia and the Carolinas.

Enter Thomas Tillison.

The 41-year-old from Wellston, Oklahoma, is in his first year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and he has the national championship square in his sights. With just over a month remaining in the season, Tillison has moved to within two points of the national lead held by 2010 champion Keith Rocco of Connecticut.

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New London Waterford Speedbowl Wings and Wheels Results 8/8

Waterford, CT — Saturday marked the return of Wings and Wheels to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the 8th consecutive season. The Valenti Modified Racing Series, along with 6 other divisions were on the card for the annual event.

Starting the night off, the SK Modified division took to the track for 35 laps of open wheeled action. Leading the field to the first green flag of the night was Jeff Gallup. Gallup led the first 5 laps until Rob Janovic used a move to the inside to take the lead, with Tyler Chadwick and Joey Gada following. The yellow flag came out on lap 7, when Tim Jordan made contact with Craig Lutz, sending Lutz into the Turn 3 wall. On the ensuing restart, Chadwick used the high side to power by Janovic, and never looked back. Chadwick came into the night trailing Diego Monahan by 7 points. Monahan, who started the race in 10th, had to pit early for a loose fuel cap and had to battle back through the field, where he finished 6th. Lutz came into the night tied for fifth in points with Keith Rocco, a points race that was separated by just 15 points from 5th to 1st. Gada, Rocco, Janovic, and Paul Kusheba rounded out the top 5. Monahan still holds a slim 1 point lead over Chadwick heading into next week.

In the SK Light feature, Christopher Gombos led the first 2 laps, but could not hold off Paul French. French took the lap on lap 3 and dominated the race, surviving 3 restarts to do so. Josh Galvin, Corey Barry, David Arute, and Randy Churchill capped off the top 5. After post-race inspection, French’s transmission was found to be illegal and he was disqualified from the event. The DQ gave Josh Galvin the win, his 1st win of the season and 1st win in the SK Light division. Galvin is the defending Limited Sportsman champion, who moved up to the SK Light ranks this year. Barry continues his string of top 3 finishes and remains the points leader.

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Carlson, A. Payne Take Wings & Wheels NEMA Victories


On a beautiful late summer New England evening, Seth Carlson ended a dry spell for the Feigel Motorsports team this past Saturday evening in front of a giant crowd at the New London Waterford Speedbowl for its annual Wings & Wheels event. In the Lites division, Anthony Payne captured his second win of the season, and of his career, in a hard fought race against veteran Anthony Nocella.

In the NEMA race, Carlson started fourth on the grid, while Doug Cleveland and Russ Stoehr brought the field to the green. Carlson wasted no time, blasting past Cleveland for the lead on the third lap. Right behind Carlson, reining NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, Doug Coby was on the move as well. Coby moved into second on the third lap, and the two would run in that order for the majority of the race. Further back, Randy Cabral and John Zych were battling for the third spot, when a caution flew with six laps remaining for a Pete Pernesiglio spin.

On the restart, Coby struck and moved briefly into the lead at the line, but Carlson would fight back and draw even in turns one and two. The duo would run side by side for three laps, with Coby eventually settling back into second. With three laps remaining, the caution would fly again, this time lining up a single file restart. In the meantime, Zych had moved into the third spot past Cabral. On the final restart, Carlson’s car hesitated causing Coby to hook his rear bumper, both getting loose on the front stretch. Zych ducked under Coby for second, but Coby rocketed around the top of turn one, while Carlson stretched out his lead. Carlson would cross the line first ahead of Coby, Zych, Cabral, Avery Stoehr, Jim Chambers, Russ Stoehr, Alan Chambers, Bethany Stoehr, and Paul Scally.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder 7/23 Results

Waterford, CT (July 23, 2015) – New London-Waterford Speedbowl was back in action Thursday evening under ideal summer weather with another mid-week motorsports racing card. Todd Taylor of North Stonington led the way with a career first victory, picking up the night’s eight cylinder Super X-Car feature win. Michael Blaskey of Waterbury won his fourth INEX Legend Cars race of the Thursday season, Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin recorded another INEX Bandolero triumph, and Eric Finkbein Jr. of Manchester was the four cylinder X-Car race winner.

Taylor recorded his first-ever win by romping over the Super X-Car field in the division’s 25-lap main event. He moved to the lead on the opening lap after beginning the race in second, and quickly distanced himself from the competition. One caution flag on lap-9 slowed Taylor’s roll, but once the green flag returned he picked up where he left off. He went on to a convincing win over Brian Norman, and point leader Marc Shafer.

Blaskey checkered his second INEX Legend Cars race in a row and fourth of the year after turning in a dominating performance. He quickly made his way to the front of the field in the 25-lapper, passing a former division champion in Joey Ternullo for the lead before the race was five laps in. Blaskey showed the way comfortably through the only caution flag in the event, which came for a spin on lap-18. He bested Mikey Flynn on the restart and held back a charging Jordan Churchill to claim the win. Churchill was second and Flynn was third. With the victory, Blaskey unofficially took over the lead in the championship point standings from Churchill in a tight battle.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder 7/2 Results

Waterford, CT (July 2, 2015) – New London-Waterford Speedbowl was back with motorsports action Thursday evening, staging five events as part of its Thursday Night Thunder program. Two new race winners landed in Victory Lane, with Berlin’s Dave Yardley and Preston’s Wayne Shifflett claiming the respective Super X-Car and X-Car races. In INEX racing, Lisbon’s Jordan Churchill won his third race of the year and Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin won the Bandoleros. David Gargaro Jr. of Cranston, RI checkered the Sport 4 division race, which was making its Speedbowl debut.

Churchill was victorious for the third time of the year following the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars feature. He and Michael Blaskey were the early movers when the race began, quickly rising into contention behind leader John O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan showed the way as Churchill eventually worked to second position by the time the second caution flag of the race came out on lap-13. Churchill challenged O’Sullivan on the outside when the green flag returned, and powered into the lead on lap-14. The rest of the race ran without further delay and Churchill cruised to the win. O’Sullivan recorded his best finish of the year in second, and Blaskey wound up third.

Yardley made the most of his season debut in the 25-lap eight cylinder Super X-Car race. A numerous race winner last year, Yardley did not appear at the Speedbowl in the first eight events of 2015. After starting towards the rear, he steadily progressed through the field to challenge Ray Reed for the race lead after the final yellow flag of the race waved for an incident on lap-13. Yardley made an inside maneuver on Reed to take command for good on lap-17, then pulled away from the competition. Marc Shafer came on strong late in the race to continue a string of podium finishes, ending up second. Shawn Gaedeke placed third.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl 6/27 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Saturday June 27th was the 8th event of the 2015 season at The New London Waterford Speedbowl located in Waterford CT.  Fans were welcomed to the track with the threat of a nor’ Easter hitting the entire Northeast ruining any chance of the racing taking place. Rain started the night but, after some track drying and cars qualifying feature events were set to start.

The first feature of the night was the 30 lap Late Model race. Ray Christian III took the lead on the very 1st lap of the event. The first of 2 cautions came out with 27 laps remaining in the event. The first restart was no good so they had to try a second time. Anthony Flannery took the lead with 25 laps remaining in the event and never trailed from that spot. The second and final caution came out with 21 laps remaining in the event. The winner of the race was Anthony Flannery Jr.

The second feature of the night was the Mini Cups which run a weekly division at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. The 57 took the lead from the first lap and held that lead for the entire race.  The mini cup main event went green to green with no caution flags throughout the race. The Marissa Morgan won the 20 lap event. Anthony Marvin was second and Shane Culpa was 3rd.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder 6/25 Results

Waterford, CT (June 25, 2015) – New London-Waterford Speedbowl returned to action with its eighth Thursday Night Thunder program of the year and four feature race winners were recorded on the night, including one first-time victor.  T.J. Thompson of Lisbon won for the first time of the year in INEX Legend Cars action, while a trio of drivers won for the third time of the year. Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin claimed his third checkered flag in the INEX Bandoleros, Brian Norman of Clinton won his third Super X-Car race and Dave Gargaro Jr. of Cranston, RI was victorious for the third time this year in the X-Car division.

Thompson won his first INEX Legend Cars feature in just his second outing of the year at the Speedbowl.  Thompson was riding in a pack battling for position among the top-five cars over the first half of the 25-lap feature. A spirited battle for the race lead between John O’Sullivan and Cory DiMatteo broke out near halfway, all under green flag conditions.  O’Sullivan led since the early going, but DiMatteo marched to the front and took the top spot with an inside move on lap-11.  O’Sullivan was not done however, and he was able to counter and get inside DiMatteo in turn one on lap-14.  The two ran side-by-side but contact between the cars in turn three sent the field scattering.  Both cars spun, and collected others behind.  Thompson steered through the wreckage that took out the top three cars and inherited the lead for the ensuing restart.  Joey Ternullo a multi-time winner already this season, chased Thompson to the checkered flag.  Ternullo could not muster a big enough challenge and finished second.  Two-time winner Jordan Churchill was third.

Hovey raced to the checkered flag after surviving a late-race scuffle in the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature.  Hovey trailed Ethan Simmons for most of the race, riding his rear bumper lap after lap waiting for an opportunity to contend for the race lead.  That chance came on lap-16 and Hovey dived inside Simmons down the back chute.  As the cars entered turn three, they came together and Simmons spun.  Hovey was able to drive through the incident and was the new leader for the restart.  He held off a charging Hailey Desaulniers over the final laps to take the victory.  Ethan Durocher finished third.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Rained Out


NEAR Member Sought to Display Car at New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday Evening, June 20th

Last minute opportunity: Looking for any NEAR member who would like to volunteer to display their car at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl tomorrow night, Saturday, June 20th. You must be able to be in place NLT 5:00 pm. There are no points and no on-track time associated with this event – it is only an opportunity to display your car on the midway. Interested members should contact Jim Williams at 401-580-1313.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl 6/13 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Fans were welcomed to The New London Waterford Speedbowl by warm weather and the sun shining down on the grandstands. The tracks premier division SK Modifieds will be doing twin 30 lap features tonight. Other divisions racing tonight are the Legend cars, the Limited Sportsman, the Mini Stocks, and the SK Light Modifieds.

The first event of the evening was the SK Modifieds and they will be back for a second twin 3rd lap feature event later in the evening. The event was 30 laps and Paul Kusheba was the man on the pole with Ed Puleo on the outside pole. Kusheba was the man to take the early lead. The 1st caution came out with 7 laps remaining in the event. Ted Christopher will take the lead with 5 laps remaining in the event. Ted Christopher was the man who won the event, Keith Rocco second, and Paul Kusheba in 3rd.

The second feature of the night was the Limited Sportsman event. The feature was a 25 lap feature and Corey Coates started on the pole, outside pole went to Jack Aquilina. Coates took the early lead at the start of the event. With 20 laps remaining in the event Aquilina took the lead away from Coates and never trailed from there. Aquilina won the event, Coates in 2nd, and Ryan Waterman in 3rd. This was Aquilina’s first win since 2008.
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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder 6/11 Results

Waterford, CT (June 11, 2015) – New London-Waterford Speedbowl was back in action with its Thursday Night Thunder program Thursday evening.  A fast paced night of motorsports thrilled the crowd and landed four race winners in the winner’s circle.  Jordan Churchill of Lisbon claimed his second consecutive checkered flag in the INEX Legend Cars and Shane Peele of Wales, MA won his second Super X-Car race of the 2015 season.  Mark Shepard of Griswold was a first-ever winner with an impressive performance in the X-Car division, and Nickolas Hovey of Chaplin was declared the winner of the INEX Bandolero feature. 

Churchill waited for more than two seasons to claim his first ever INEX Legend Car victory, which came last Thursday evening.  He followed that up with his second win just seven days later after another stellar outing.  He went from third to first in the opening circuit of the 25-lap race, and quickly distanced himself from his competition by building a several car length advantage.  Mike Blaskey earned a hard fought runner-up finish, and Mikey Flynn continued his steady improvement in the division to net third position.  Behind Churchill, multiple competitors battled for top-five finishes.  The race took just under eight minutes to complete and was cleanly run without a yellow flag.

Shepard was a first time winner with a sparkling performance in the night’s 25-lap four cylinder X-Car feature.  He started the race sixth and methodically weaved his way to second position early in the going behind leader William Rheaume.  Rheaume had led from the start, and Shepard powered into the lead on lap-9 in the non-stop race.  Shepard padded his lead with a several car length cushion, and cruised to the win from there.  Behind him a host of competitors rallied for podium finishes.  In the end, Eric Finkbein Jr. grabbed the runner-up spot with a final lap maneuver.  Chris Thomas was third.

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Rocco Closing In On Pulliam

Former National Champs Up Front In Whelen All-American Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As the season nears the midway point in the battle for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, some familiar names now sit first and second in the standings and judging by the results so far this season, this challenge could go down to the wire.

Two-time national champ Lee Pulliam remains atop the national standings for the fourth consecutive week, but a former champion is closing in on his attempt at a third title.

Keith Rocco, the 2010 Whelen All-American Series champion, picked up another win last weekend to skip past Kres VanDyke and move into second place in the standings – and more importantly – slice 61 points off of Pulliam’s lead over him just one week ago.

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Cabral Back to Victory Lane in Lites Speedbowl Action

Waterford, CT – Randy Cabral ended a long, multi year dry streak at the New London Waterford Speedbowl this past Saturday night, taking down the win in the NEMA Lite class in their “solo act” performance during the Bowl’s Saturdaynight program.  Cabral is NEMA’s all time winner at the Speedbowl, with 8 NEMA wins at 2 Lites wins, for a total of 10.

Cabral won his heat race, running laps down in the high 13’s, only seven tenths off of the typical NEMA top five.  He started the race from the third position, and was quickly pursued by the family “dynamic duo” of Meg Cugini and brother, Danny.  One caution halted the event, but when it went back to green, it was all Cabral to the finish.  Danny Cugini ended up besting sister Meg, but both ended up on the podium – a first for the family.  Current points leader Scott Bigelow finished fourth, followed by Jim Chambers.

The winner of the last event, Anthony Payne, finished sixth, followed by Dennis Potter, Paul Bigelow, long time Speedbowl supporter and multi time champion, Tom Fox making a rare appearance, and Dennis O’Brien rounded out the top ten.

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Sonnhalter Falls Inches Shy in Speedbowl Finish

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea-06/07/2015

Many teams across New England felt that the 2014 NEMST event at Waterford Speedbowl may have been the final time the series battled on the weathered Connecticut surface. Thankfully Waterford Speedbowl was bought in the off season and kept a race track. The NEMST would have a chance to return to one of the raciest tracks in New England once again, this time under a new name, management, and officials.

Saturday night the touring mini stocks filled the gates of New London-Waterford Speedbowl with a 20 car field set to take green later in the evening. Nick Anderson and Toby Wells won their respective Environmental Engines heat races however Wells would be forced to start in the rear of the field after failing to report directly to the NEMST inspection trailer following the heat race. The invert of 4 rows was drawn by Anderson after winning his heat.

New driver Andrew Gilles and Veteran Mike Viens would lead the field to green after driver introductions held on the front straight on the southernmost NEMST points race of 2015. Viens would break out to the early lead with Gilles switching lanes and digging forward on the outside back to the lead. On lap 4 Dana Shepard would spin to the infield and the caution would fly before he could refire and join the field.
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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder 6/4 Results

Waterford, CT (June 4, 2015) – Motorsports returned to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday for the track’s fifth Thursday Night Thunder program of 2015.  Race winners included a first time victor for the Legend Cars, with Lisbon’s Jordan Churchill claiming the checkered flag.  Anthony Marvin of Colchester returned to the Bandolero division Victory Lane, and past champions Ray Reed of Norwich and Randy Johnston of Westerly, RI won the respective Super X-Car and X-Car feature races.

Churchill landed a popular first-ever victory in the INEX Legend Cars.  One of his best performances in the division netted him the win in a 25-lap race that ran without incident or yellow flag.  Churchill started the race third, but saw Devin O’Connell power into the lead early on.  Churchill followed into second, and tailed O’Connell until the middle of the race.  He was able to apply pressure and work to the inside of O’Connell and race to the lead on lap-17.  Churchill closed out the win, turning his fastest time of the race on the final lap, denying O’Connell his first Speedbowl victory.  O’Connell settled for second position and former champion Joey Ternullo battled the competition hard all race long and finished a well-earned third.

Marvin was back in the winner’s circle after a dominating performance in the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature.  He took off from a pole starting position and quickly built a lead over the competition in a race that ran caution free for the second consecutive week.  Nickolas Hovey, winner a week ago, was able to make his way to second position early in the race, but was unable to catch Marvin by the finish.  Ethan Durocher was third.

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Bigelow Leads NEMA Lites to Speedbowl

Waterford, CT – There are no secrets left for the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) at the New London Waterford Speedbowl. A tight points race amongst the Lites between Scott Bigelow, Danny Cugini and Anthony Payne will highlight the night as NEMA’s Lite class performs a solo show back at the ‘Bowl Saturday night, the 25-lap feature part of the traditional Saturday evening program.

Bigelow, who won at Thompson earlier this year, knows that there are not many secrets left amongst the competitors at the Speedbowl.  Between open practices, and many years of history between the Speedbowl and NEMA, it tends to be a place where most of the competition run their best.

“It is a pedal to the metal place,” says long time NEMA member Joey Payne, father of last week’s winner – Anthony Payne, who has run many laps in the high 12 seconds bracket at the Speedbowl. “You don’t get to relax at the Speedbowl.”

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RH2 Doubles Purse for NEMST Return to Speedbowl

Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour presented by Twisted Tea

For the fifth straight season the North East Mini Stock Tour, along with its sponsors Texas Roadhouse and Twisted Tea will be making its mid-season trek to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Numerous winners from as far as Maine and Northern New Hampshire have made the long drive to southern Connecticut and taken the winner’s trophy home.

For the 5th anniversary longtime NEMST support has offered to double the winner’s share of the event purse making the push to win that much stronger. $700 to win is the most ever offered for an NEMST event in the state of Connecticut. 40 cars attempted to qualify for last years NEMST event at the Speedbowl.

Toby Wells has been the king of 3/8 mile tracks sweeping wins at Lee, Waterford, and Wiscasset in the recent seasons in NEMST competition. However for 2015 many teams have stepped up their programs with Tim Collins, Nick Maniatis, Jake Rheaume, Justin Trombley, and hometown drivers of Glen Thomas and Pete Zakarite beating on the back door of Wells forcing him to push his car harder than before in the first 3 events of the season.

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Preece King Of The Bullring

12th Whelen Modified Victory Comes At Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. — Ryan Preece continued his mastery of bullrings.

The 24-year-old Berlin, Connecticut, driver picked up his 12th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory Saturday night in the Mr. Rooter 161 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

It was Preece’s second win at the Speedbowl and seventh tour win on a track that is a third-mile or smaller. He also has a win on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour on the quarter-mile at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

To get the win, Preece had to hold off defending tour champion Doug Coby in a green-white-checkered finish that pushed the race to 165 laps. Preece’s No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet crossed the line .109 seconds ahead of Coby. Ted Christopher finished third, followed by Max Zachem and Woody Pitkat.


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QUALIFYING Twice As Nice for Lia

Second Mr. Rooter 161 Coors Light Pole In A Row

WATERFORD, Conn. – Fastest in practice this afternoon, Donny Lia backed it up in Coors Light Pole Award qualifying as he earned the top starting spot for tonight’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Mr. Rooter 161 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Lia, from Jericho, New York, posted a fast lap of 13.965 seconds (96.670 mph) around the .375-mile oval Saturday evening for his 21st career pole, and second in a row in this event.

Saturday’s run in the No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet moved Lia up to sole possession of ninth place on the Whelen Modified Tour career poles list.

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PRACTICE: Lia Tops Speedbowl Chart

Fastest In Whelen Modified Mr. Rooter 161 Session

WATERFORD, Conn. – The only two-time New London-Waterford Speedbowl winner in tonight’s Mr. Rooter 161 field has a fast start on attaining win No. 3.

Donny Lia posted a fast lap of 14.031 seconds (96.216 mph) around the venerable .375-mile oval in his No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet to top the 33-car NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field Saturday evening.

Lia’s previous wins at the Speedbowl came in 2005 and 2006 in his family-owned car.

Keith Rocco, newly minted as the all-time winningest driver in Speedbowl history with two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series triumphs last week, finished second on the speed chart at 14.053 (96.065) while reigning tour titlist Doug Coby was third-fastest at 14.099 (95.751).

Defending Mr. Rooter 161 winner Bobby Santos, Woody Pitkat, Eric Goodale, Todd Szegedy, Derek Ramstrom, Jon McKennedy and Dave Sapienza brought home the top 10.

Coors Light Pole qualifying is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the Mr. Rooter 161 will get the green at approximately 9 p.m.

NWMT Waterford 5/30/15 Practice
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Pos No. Name Sponsor Best Tm Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff
1 8 Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl 14.031 96.216 45 46
2 22 Keith Rocco Canto Paving/Milton Caterpillar 14.053 96.065 22 23 0.022
3 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance 14.099 95.751 50 52 0.068
4 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records 14.102 95.731 39 40 0.071
5 88 Woody Pitkat Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East 14.116 95.636 28 38 0.085
6 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights 14.118 95.623 48 49 0.087
7 4 Todd Szegedy Mystic Missile Racing 14.125 95.575 70 71 0.094
8 35 Derek Ramstrom* Matthew’s Truck Svc/Seekonk GP 14.149 95.413 42 43 0.118
9 29 Jon McKennedy EXIT Realty 14.157 95.359 45 46 0.126
10 36 David Sapienza* Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country 14.169 95.278 43 50 0.138
11 16 Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises 14.169 95.278 53 56 0.138
12 6 Ryan Preece TS Haulers/East West Marine 14.176 95.231 60 62 0.145
13 28 Brandon Bock* Pro-Systems Brakes 14.179 95.211 53 54 0.148
14 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology 14.197 95.091 28 41 0.166
15 79 Spencer Davis Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 14.207 95.024 38 39 0.176
16 14 Max Zachem* Lu-Mac’s Package Store/Broadbrook 14.220 94.937 30 38 0.189
17 64 Anthony Nocella* Nocella Relamation/Complete Const. 14.221 94.930 42 51 0.190
18 13 Ted Christopher Mr. Rooter/Cape Cod Aggregates 14.231 94.863 3 33 0.200
19 75 Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. 14.262 94.657 37 38 0.231
20 46 Jeff Goodale* Riverhead Building Supply 14.263 94.650 54 55 0.232
21 07 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction 14.266 94.631 23 37 0.235
22 9 Chase Dowling* S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair 14.372 93.933 6 20 0.341
23 3 Troy Talman* Cape Cod Copper/B&G Toys & Trains 14.405 93.717 63 71 0.374
24 31 Steve Masse* El Gee Products/Dunleavy’s Repair 14.421 93.613 19 46 0.390
25 93 Rowan Pennink Van Wickle Auto Supply 14.443 93.471 37 45 0.412
26 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood 14.464 93.335 27 35 0.433
27 63 Tom Rogers, Jr. East End Statuary 14.472 93.284 50 53 0.441
28 37 Dave Salzarulo Brickenmore Bricks 14.534 92.886 22 50 0.503
29 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy Truck Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler 14.615 92.371 5 13 0.584
30 38 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil 14.677 91.981 16 17 0.646
31 33 Johnny Bush Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan’s 14.686 91.924 21 23 0.655
32 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscaping Supply/TRC Electric 14.811 91.148 21 53 0.780
33 01 Melissa Fifield Big Moose RV 15.349 87.954 36 37 1.318

Sources: Jason Cunningham/NASCAR WMT PR

New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder 5/28 Results

Waterford, CT (May 28, 2015) – Warm and seasonable weather greeted race fans Thursday at New-London Waterford Speedbowl, as the shoreline oval returned to life for its fourth Thursday Night Thunder program of the year.  Michael Blaskey of Waterbury won his second consecutive INEX Legend Cars race, while Chaplin’s Nickolas Hovey checkered the INEX Bandolero feature.  Christopher Thomas of Waterford landed victory with an impressive outing in the four cylinder X-Car division and Shane Peele of Wales, MA rounded out a quick-paced night of motorsports by holding back all challengers in the Super X-Car division.

Blaskey won for the second straight week in INEX Legend Cars action.  Jordan Churchill showed the way for the first 14 circuits of the non-stop 25-lap race.  Blaskey moved into second and tracked down Churchill, who slipped entering turn one on lap-13 allowing Blaskey room to his inside.   Blaskey took advantage of the miscue and after a lap side-by-side, was scored as the new leader on lap-15.  The brief battle up front enabled third place Joey Ternullo to move into contention.  He found his way by Churchill for second and the top three cars raced nose to tail over the remaining laps.  Ternullo applied pressure, including a shot to Blaskey’s rear bumper on lap-23, however Blaskey was able to hang on.  Churchill faded over the final laps, but finished third.

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Waterford

Analyzing The Mr. Rooter 161 At New London-Waterford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 30th Anniversary season will resume Saturday with the Mr. Rooter 161 at New London-Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:


Mr. Rooter 161 Setup:
• Bobby Santos won the Mr. Rooter 161 last year to give him career victories at all three Connecticut ovals.

• Donny Lia and Ryan Preece lead all active drivers in bullring victories with six apiece. Lia has two triumphs at New London-Waterford Speedbowl while Preece has one.
• Santos and Justin Bonsignore are the only drivers to finish in the top five in each of the three events since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to the Speedbowl in 2012 after a five-year absence.
• Keith Rocco broke the Speedbowl’s all-time feature wins record last week in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action and will look for his first NWMT victory this Saturday.
• The Mr. Rooter 161 will end the longest idle period on the 2015 schedule at 33 days, and simultaneously begin the busiest stretch of the year with three races in 12 days.

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Waterford

Christopher, Rocco Look For Tour Win On Familiar Turf

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – No NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers have more laps at New London-Waterford Speedbowl than Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco. They’ll rely on that experience in Saturday’s Mr. Rooter 161 with an eye on attaining a long-awaited trip to Victory Lane.

The Whelen Modified Tour’s regular competitors have hundreds, if not thousands, of laps at tracks like Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Stafford Motor Speedway, Riverhead Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. There have only been three races at the Speedbowl since 2006, however, and just four active drivers have more than five career tour starts there.

That’s where the home track advantage can come into play. Not only does Christopher have 16 career Whelen Modified Tour starts at the .375-mile oval, but he’s run weekly there on and off for more than two decades. Rocco has but two tour starts at his home track, but notched his 107th and 108th career wins there last week in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action to become the Speedbowl’s all-time winningest driver.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder 5/21 Results

Waterford, CT (May 21, 2015) – New-London Waterford Speedbowl returned to the race track Thursday for the third Night Thunder program of the season with mid-week motorsports action.  Michael Blaskey of Waterbury landed in the winner’s circle after wiring the INEX Legend Cars feature, Anthony Marvin of Colchester continued a hot start with a victory in the INEX Bandolero race, while Dave Gargaro Jr. of Cranston, RI picked up his second X-Car victory of the year and Brian Norman of Clinton scored top honors in the Super X-Car race.

Blaskey took control of the 25-lap INEX Legend Cars race with an opening lap surge that put him out front.  He led the race which was completed without a caution flag.  Over the middle stages of the event both Jordan Churchill of Lisbon and Joey Ternullo of Middletown closed in, however when they began to battle for second position Blaskey was able to pull ahead.  Ternullo took the runner-up position late but could not mount a challenge.  He finished second, while Salem’s John O’Sullivan III was third after Churchill dropped out of the event in the closing laps with mechanical failure.

Marvin was equally impressive in the 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature.  He and Chaplin’s Nickolas Hovey powered ahead to a convincing advantage over the field.  While Hovey had enough to stay with Marvin, he could not muster a serious threat to Marvin.   

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl 5/9 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (May 9, 2015) – Auto racing returned to New London-Waterford Speedbowl Saturday night with the second NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program of 2015.  Leading the way was Keith Rocco who scored a record-tying 106th career track win after picking up the victory in the Late Model feature.  Tim Jordan recorded his first ever SK Modified® win in thrilling fashion, while Chris Meyer ended a winless streak in the Limited Sportsman division.  Corey Barry won for the second consecutive week in the SK Light Modified ranks and Ray Christian picked up the Mini Stock feature honors.

An electrifying first career victory went to Jordan in the SK Modified® feature.  He outdueled veteran open-wheel racer Ted Christopher for the duration of the night’s 35-lap race.  The race began with an opening lap crash in turn four that began amongst the top-five cars.  A chain reaction incident happened when the cars of Ed Puleo, Jeffrey Gallup and John Montesanto made contact.  Further behind several others became collected including Keith Rocco, who pitted and resumed from the rear.  Gallup, Paul Kusheba, and Joe Liskiewicz were all sidelined for the night.

When racing resumed Jordan took control outside of pole sitter Adam Gada to lead lap-2.  Puleo followed into second and Christopher moved up to third in the opening laps.  Caution waved for the second time on lap-8 for a Diego Monahan spin in turn four.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Thursday Night Thunder 5/7 Results

Waterford, CT (May 7, 2015) – New-London Waterford Speedbowl debuted its Thursday Night Thunder program at the popular shoreline oval Thursday evening, offering affordable mid-week motorsports action for fans and competitors alike.  Scoring the opening night wins included Joey Ternullo of Middletown in INEX Legend Cars racing, while Colchester’s Anthony Marvin won the INEX Bandolero feature.  Ray Reed of Norwich took home the win in the Super X-Car feature and Dave Gargaro Jr. of Cranston RI picked up the honors in the X-Car main event.

Marvin and Reed won their respective division championships a season ago, and picked up where they left off with opening night feature wins.  Each led the duration of their races on opening night.  Marvin bested the field in the 20-lap INEX Bandolero race and Reed took command on the opening lap of the 25-lap Super X-Car feature.  Ternullo was strong throughout the 25-lap INEX feature in claiming the win, and Gargaro was equally impressive in taking the 25-lap X-Car race.

The new Thursday Night Thunder format takes the place of the Speedbowl’s former Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program and is in action every Thursday evening through September. Offering adult grandstands admission of eight dollars, and free grandstands admission for all youth ages 14 and under, the evening is truly an affordable family night of entertainment. Spectator grandstands open at 5:30pm each Thursday evening and racing action begins at 7:00pm with qualifying races, followed by main events.  More information on the Thursday Night Thunder season is available online at

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