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Vault Productions Returns to Seekonk

Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio and the Vault Productions crew will film their first Sid’s View webisode since taking a hiatus from Waterford Speedbowl on July 5. “(I) never thought I’d be leaving the bowl, but we’re excited to visit new places,” DiMaggio said.

Sid’s View Executive Producer Sid DiMaggio and Co-Producer Jesse Gleason were in attendance at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night, preparing for the Open Wheel Wednesday $10,000 to win Modified race. DiMaggio said, “We wanna come back with a bang.” Vault Productions filmed the $5,000 to win SK Modified race at Seekonk that Matt Hirschman won in 2013.

“When you have an event with names like (Doug) Coby, (Bobby) Santos, (Ryan) Preece and (Matt) Hirschman on it, I mean, that’s the best of the best in modified country,” DiMaggio said. “The opportunity to capture an event with such well-known names participating has the potential for large view counts, and view counts for us is like currency, so we’d be foolish not to jump at the opportunity to film it as part of our series.”

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Waterford Speedbowl 7/19 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (July 19, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl hosted Whelen Engineering Night Saturday, featuring a six division racing program. Whelen sponsors NASCAR’s weekly racing series at tracks across the country. Picking up wins in Whelen All-American Series action included Kyle James of Ashaway, RI who dominated the SK Modified® feature, Keith Rocco of Berlin won for the seventh time of the year in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Josh Galvin of Franklin picked up his eighth Street Stock victory. Other NASCAR wins went to Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon, who returned to the winner’s circle in the Mini Stocks and Paul French of Andover checkered the SK Light Modified race. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars race rounding out the night’s victors.

James turned in a flawless performance to romp to victory in the 35-lap SK Modified® feature, his second of the season. The win was by nearly a five second margin, almost half the track, ahead of the competition. James took the lead on the outside of Jeff Gallup following the only caution flag of the race, which came on lap-8.

Gallup used his pole starting position to lead rookie competitor Paul Kusheba from the start. Diego Monahan moved past Kusheba into second and James followed to third in the opening green flag run. That ended when Monahan lost control of his car in turn three, spinning from second position to bring out the lone yellow flag for the single car spin. James lined up outside Gallup for the restart, timed the green flag nearly perfectly, and powered into the lead out of turn two.

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August Fundraiser Set for Lowinski-Loh

John Lowinski-Loh Jr. will be moving to North Carolina in November to further his racing career. Lowinski-Loh will be holding a fundraiser in August for a test with Team BCR Racing. Team BCR fields ARCA Racing Series cars for Grant Enfinger and Justin Allison. Enfinger is the points leader with victories at Daytona, Mobile, Salem and Elko.

“My crew and I were just talking,” Lowinski-Loh said. “One of my crew members was saying let’s make the leap, so I spent days researching what the next best move would be. I applied for a ARCA license and contacted BCR, who were looking for a driver in 2015.”

“That depends on how the test day goes and sponsor money,” Lowinski-Loh said. “If the test day goes well, they will help me find a sponsor and go from there. Depending on sponsors, would depend on either 10 races, more or less.”

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UNOH Youth Achievement Award Spotlights Rising Stars Across Whelen All-American

First-Year Program Will Crown National & Track Champions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Daytona for its annual July date, everywhere you look in the garage is another fresh face looking to make an impact at NASCAR’s top level.

This youth movement isn’t restricted to the top series – it is a tidal wave moving through the NASCAR system, starting at its foundation: The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Not only are younger drivers racing, but they’re winning. And chasing championships.

This year, they have a new prize to pursue: The UNOH Youth Achievement Award.

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NWAAS Div. I Pts: Bassett Hits a Double

Wins at Motor Mile & Hickory; Pulliam Closes Gap On Anders

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dillon Bassett’s season had already exceeded his own expectations.

And that was before this past weekend. Two wins and one totaled race car later, Bassett is still buzzing.

The 17-year-old from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has placed himself squarely in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship conversation with five wins through his first 17 starts running his Late Model stock car on pavement tracks in the southeast.

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Saturday 6/28 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (June 28, 2014) – Seven racing events were on Saturday night’s card at Waterford Speedbowl, settting the stage for an action packed night of motorsports. Picking up NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins included Keith Rocco of Berlin in the SK Modifieds®, Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Models and Corey Barry of Plainfield in the SK Light Modifieds.   Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI checkered the Mini Stocks and Ryan Waterman of Danielson picked up an exciting victory in the Street Stock race. Mike Christopher Jr. of Wolcott won another INEX Legend Cars feature and Ledyard’s Corey Coates won the visiting New England Truck Series race.

Rocco checkered his sixth SK Modified® race of the year in 12 events for the division after an impressive crossover move landed him the lead in the second half of the race. Rob Janovic Jr. of Waterford led the opening laps until Tim Jordan took command after a lap-8 restart. Jordan, from Plainfield, bolted out to a quick lead while Rocco moved through the top cars into second position on lap-10. Rocco closed in and trailed Jordan until caution on lap-22 slowed the field. Rocco’s crossover came following the restart, when Jordan fended off Rocco’s brief outside bid. Rocco traded the outside lane, dropping to the bottom of the track exiting turn four to make a run underneath Jordan as they completed lap-23. Rocco finished off the move out of turn two to get away from Jordan and survived four late restarts to close out the victory. Jordan wound up second and Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard ended up with a podium finish, in third.

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NWAAS Div. I Pts: Bruno Chasing Wins

Early Leader At Airborne; Rocco Moves To Second Overall

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Winning at Airborne Speedway is a Catch-22. The driver obviously gets the maximum number of points. But under track rules, it means they start the next feature in the last position.

For Travis Bruno and his fellow competitors at the track in Plattsburgh, New York, there is no debate: Go for the win and don’t worry about the next race.

“Even if you’re only racing for a dollar, you’re still going to push for the win,” said the 25-year-old Bruno.

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Santos Drives to the Victory

Passes Lia To Claim Whelen Modified Tour Win At Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos followed Donny Lia for much of the first half of Saturday night’s race. But Santos wasn’t content to finish second.

So Santos, from Franklin, Massachusetts, wrestled the lead away and went on to claim the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl.

It was Santos’ second win of the season and 12th of his career. It was his first tour win at Waterford, the fourth different track he’s registered a victory at during his Whelen Modified Tour tenure.

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QUALIFYING: Lia Adds to Pole Collection

Nineteenth Career Coors Light Pole Is First At Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. – A two-time champion with double-digit wins and poles in his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career, Donny Lia has accomplished most things out there. He knocked one missing item off of the list Saturday with his first Coors Light Pole Award at Waterford Speedbowl.

Lia is a veteran of nine previous Whelen Modified Tour races at Waterford, where he’s captured two checkered flags, but he had yet to grab a pole at the .375-mile oval. That ended Saturday when the Jericho, New York, native posted a fast lap of 13.869 seconds (97.339 mph) during Mr. Rooter 161 qualifying for his 19th career pole.

Lia will be joined on the front row for tonight’s Mr. Rooter 161 by Bobby Santos. Santos’ lap of 14.003 (96.408) stood until the very end when Lia, the last car to take time, knocked him off the provisional pole.

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PRACTICE: Santos Tops Waterford Charts

Fastest In Mr. Rooter 161 Prep Session

WATERFORD, Conn. – Bobby Santos remains the class of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field when it comes to practices as he led his fourth session in a row in preparation for tonight’s Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl.

Santos, from Franklin, Massachusetts, posted a fast lap of 13.950 seconds (96.744 mph) in the 75-minute practice Saturday afternoon at the .375-mile oval. Santos also led all three practice sessions in the twice-delayed previous race for the Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Second on the speed chart Saturday was Woody Pitkat at 13.971 (96.629) followed by Donny Lia in third at 13.991 (96.491).

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Waterford Speedbowl 6/21 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (June 21, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl hosted a jam packed crowd for its Mr. Rooter 161 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event under ideal summer weather. The track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions supported the regional touring race with four action packed races. Ed Puleo of Branford picked up his second SK Modified® win of the season and Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton landed his second Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature win of 2014. Bill McNeil of Preston took his first Street Stock victory and Groton’s Ray Christian III won the Mini Stocks.

Puleo was in a hurry in the night’s 35-lap SK Modified® feature. He started the race in second position, outside Jeff Gallup. Gallup fought Puleo hard as the race began, with the pair trading the lead over the opening two circuits. Gallup spun off the inside of Puleo in turn four trying to remain in the battle for the lead as they raced to complete lap-3, collecting Joe Gada. Somehow those were the only two cars seriously involved and both returned to the race after a visit to the pit area.

Puleo inherited the lead for the ensuing restart, bringing Tim Jordan with him to second when back under the green flag. Kyle James moved into third and Ted Christopher to fourth as the race reached lap-10. James was all over Jordan as Puleo stretched his lead. James got around Jordan on lap-10, but when Christopher tried to duplicate the move he had to make a nice save out of turn two, dropping back to fifth. The chain reaction collected Paul Kusheba, whose car was in distress on the front stretch with 12 laps scored complete for the next yellow flag.

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Rocco Doubling Up on Wins

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Update

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Keith Rocco is no stranger to Victory Lane. Nor competing for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championships.

The Meriden, Conn., driver, however, is chasing a rare double. Currently third in the Division I national standings driving his SK Modified Division car at three Connecticut short tracks, Rocco is also second in the Division II national standings thanks to success in his Late Model.

Rocco has picked up eight wins, 12 top fives and 12 top 10s in 14 starts in his Late Model at Thompson Speedway Motorsport Park and Waterford Speedbowl. That is in addition to his six wins in 16 starts in his SK Modified.

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Waterford Speedbowl Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday 6/18 Results

Waterford, CT (June 18, 2014) – A beautiful summer night greeted race fans in attendance for Waterford Speedbowl’s Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday racing program. An action packed motorsports card landed the first victory of the year for Middletown’s Joey Ternullo in the INEX Legend Cars. Anthony Marvin of Colchester won another INEX Bandolero feature and Zac Thomas of New London was back in the winner’s circle following the X-Car race. Dan Moon of Exeter, RI was awarded his first Super X-Car victory of the year and Art Chartier of Douglas, MA checkered the Vintage Outlaw Modified feature.

Ternullo and Christopher put on a memorable duel in the night’s 25-lap INEX Legend Cars race. Ternullo, last year’s division champion, got to the front first which was a big key in his success. Following a lap-7 restart, Christopher challenged Ternullo’s outside but finally tucked back in line behind him on lap-10. Christopher stayed in Ternullo’s tire tracks and the two pulled ahead to a big lead until the final caution flag of the race came on lap-19.

Christopher lined up to Ternullo’s outside, however it was Ternullo jumping back out in front on the restart. Christopher nearly made a run to the inside entering turn one on lap-22 but thought better of the move. Ternullo continued to lead through the white flag and survived a shot to his rear bumper in turn three on the final lap from Christopher before powering to the victory. Ternullo’s win was his first of the year. Christopher settled for second position and Josh Zentek ran a strong race to land a career best finish of third, besting Jordan Churchill.

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Whelen Mod Tour Stat Advance: Waterford

Analyzing The Mr. Rooter 161 At Waterford Speedbowl

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to Connecticut shoreline oval Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday for the Mr. Rooter 161. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

Mr. Rooter 161 Setup:
• Ryan Preece is the defending winner of the Mr. Rooter 161. Preece went on to capture the season title following his 2013 Waterford Speedbowl victory, as did Doug Coby in 2012.

• Preece and Donny Lia lead all active drivers in bullring victories with six apiece. Lia has two triumphs at Waterford.
• Coby is the season points leader after three events with podium finishes in each outing. Justin Bonsignore is just four points back with an average finish on the podium.
• Three drivers are slated to attempt their NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in this event: Spencer Davis, Craig Lutz and Derek Ramstrom.
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Gateway Winner Returns to Waterford, Santos in Darling’s Ride at Seekonk

Bobby Santos, III of Franklin, MA is excited for the Mr. Rooter 161 at Waterford Speedbowl on June 21. Santos won his first NEMA Midget race, the 2002 Boston Louie Memorial, at Waterford. He would reel off three of the next six races there through 2004. “I’ve had a lot of success there with the Midgets and I’d like to go down there and try to get a win if we can,” Santos said.

The multi-groove 3/8 mile oval opened as a dirt oval in 1951 and was paved after three races. The track has been a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series member since 2000.

“It’s a fun race track,” Santos said. “You can run on the outside. You can run the bottom. You get side-by-side in a race. That’s the big thing. Right now at a lot of race tracks the cars are so close in speed you kind of just gotta slam it in there and make the passes that way, where a place like Waterford you can get side-by-side and race each other hard without too much bumping and banging, just have a good clean race. It was definitely a well-designed race track. Hopefully things work out where it’s around for a long time because a lot of guys enjoy going there.”

Points leader Doug Coby opened the season with three podiums and won the most recent race at Stafford Motor Speedway two weeks ago. Icebreaker winner Justin Bonsignore and Woody Pitkat also have opened the season with top five finishes. Pitkat is only nine points away from the lead. Santos, the Spring Sizzler winner, is fourth with one win, two top fives and two top 10s.

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Whelen Mod Tour News & Notes: Waterford

Coby v. Preece, Part III

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to Waterford Speedbowl in 2012, both editions of the Mr. Rooter 161 at the Connecticut shoreline oval have come down to Doug Coby versus Ryan Preece in green-white-checkered flag finishes. Odds are the storyline will persist this Saturday.

Two years ago Coby was the class of the field, but he had to fend off Preece in the final restart to secure his first Waterford tour win.

“Knock the 16 [Preece] in the door, and hang on for a few laps,” Coby said immediately after his winning move in the 2012 event. “The outside was the place to be on the restarts, he was getting great runs. I knew I had to take away the entry for him and kind of stay on the bottom up off and change his entry for him and kind of change his line a little bit.”

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Waterford Speedbowl 6/14 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results

Waterford, CT (June 14, 2014) – An action packed and entertaining six division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race program hit the track Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl. Repeat winners were commonplace during the event, including Keith Rocco of Berlin, who doubled up on the night with wins in the SK Modified® and Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division races. Josh Galvin of Franklin won another Street Stock race and Randy Churchill was back in Victory Lane following the SK Light Modified feature. Jeff Lee of Uncasville was the only new winner, a career first victor in the Mini Stock ranks. Allen Coates added another Speedbowl win to his career in the visiting New England Truck Series race.

An extra-distance 40-lap SK Modified® highlighted Saturday’s racing card, checkered by Rocco. He made the move of the race early and once in the lead, closed the race with a long green flag run to the checkered flag.

The opening green flag saw the third place car Paul Kusheba come up to speed slowly, giving the outside lane behind the front row an advantage. Rocco was mid-pack and able to slide by multiple cars on the opening lap, led by Tim Jordan. Ted Christopher moved to second on lap-3 and tailed Jordan until the first caution of the race came out before the field could complete lap-5. Contact between the cars of Kusheba and Ed Puleo saw Puleo spin off the track down the back chute, collecting Frank Mucciacciaro.

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Christopher & Katon Solid in 2014

NWMT Teams Test in Advance of Mr. Rooter 161

WATERFORD, CT (June 12, 2014) – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Doug Coby, Woody Pitkat, Ted Christopher, Eric Goodale, and defending champion and race winner Ryan Preece practiced at Waterford Speedbowl today in advance of the Mr. Rooter 161 on June 21.

Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT is fifth in points with three top 10s, his best start in three years. Christopher won two of the first five races in 2011 and never finished worse than seventh in Eddie Whelan’s #36.

“Not bad,” Christopher said. “You just gotta keep working at it and this was a good test and I’m looking forward to coming to Waterford like I said next week and then we go to Riverhead and then we’ve got a pretty good surprise for Loudon, so we’ll see how that works out.”

Christopher can record four consecutive top 10s for the first time since the fall of 2011: Thompson (4), Lime Rock (5), New Hampshire (4), and Stafford (1). The 2013 Mr. Rooter 161 ended Christopher’s Waterford top-10 streak at four, which included a pair of podiums.

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Mr. Rooter 161 at Speedbowl next for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Annual Richie Evans tribute race June 21

mrrooter161-nodateWaterford, CT (June 12, 2014) – The next stop for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be Saturday, June 21when Waterford Speedbowl hosts the Mr. Rooter 161. The event is one of the most anticipated of the year on both the tour and Speedbowl schedules, going 161-laps in distance at the three-eighths mile oval in a tribute to the late Richie Evans. The previous two editions of the event have produced some of the more exciting finishes in recent memory on the tour.

Doug Coby carries momentum to the Connecticut shoreline for the Mr. Rooter 161. The 2012 series champion and 161 race winner is fresh off a dominant performance at the tour’s last race at Stafford Motor Speedway on June 6. In 2012, Coby fended off a late race bid from Ryan Preece over a green-white-checkered finish, proving to be a pivotal point in his championship run that season. Last year, Coby turned in another strong run but it was Preece that used a green-white-checkered finish to take the win away in another thrilling conclusion between the two.  While all eyes may be on a rubber-match Coby and Preece, several others will be looking to use a Speedbowl triumph to vault them to a title run. A star-studded field of cars is expected to generate an action packed edition of the 161 once again. The event and its unusual lap count pays homage to the memory of nine-time NASCAR Modified champion Richie Evans, whose car was infamously numbered “61”. One of NASCAR’s greatest racers of all-time, Evans was among the first inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. Race fans are encouraged to “remember Richie” at the event with stories and memorabilia.

Mr. Rooter 161 advance ticket sales are available online at along with the detailed event schedule and more information. Adult grandstand admission for the event is $38.00 and youth age 6 through 14 will be admitted for $10.00. Kids age five and under will be admitted free, and the Speedbowl offers acres of free parking.

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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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