WATERFORD — There’s a reason why the final racing weekend of the season is being called the Bemer’s Super Bowl of Auto Racing.
It’s going to be the ultimate racing weekend, with the highest cash purses ever paid out at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
What started as a show with just several divisions has mushroomed into a 12-division, big money show.
The centerpiece is the Tri-Track Open Modified Series. More than 44 full-powered Modifieds have already entered.
That’s just the main course, however. It will be a two-day racing feast that will include all nine of the Waterford Speedbowl weekly series, plus the New England Race Trucks and the Granite State Pro Stock series. Another added attraction will be the 19th annual SK Modified Nationals, with $5,000 going to the winner.
“We’ve had a very successful season and no one wants it to end,” Speedbowl GM Shawn Monahan said. “Drivers kept asking us if their divisions could be part of the final weekend. So we are accommodating them.
“The bottom line is that this is the biggest weekend ever at the Speedbowl. Everyone is talking about how great the Tri-Track Series race was on Sept. 13, and almost all of the drivers are coming back, plus several who weren’t with us in September.”
The Tri-Track series is just one layer of the cake.
“The Battle of the Sound Legends race is paying $2,000 to the winner, the biggest first-place purse ever offered in Connecticut,” Monahan said. “And there was so much interest, we had to add 2 consi’s and a B-Main. The enthusiasm is unbelievable.”
Weekend Schedule October 24th/25th
The racing starts on both days at 1:30 p.m.
On Saturday, there will be qualifying races for the Mini Stocks, New England Trucks, SK Lights, Granite State Pro Stocks, SK Modifieds, Legends, X-Cars, Late Models, Super X Cars and Limited Sportsmen.
Here is Saturday’s feature lineup, the features begin at 4:30 p.m.
***** 20-lap Bandoleros feature — Nicolas Hovey was the regular season champ.
**** 40-lap Mini Stock feature — $1,000 to win
**** 25-lap New England Race Trucks feature — Roger Turbush is the point leader
**** 150-lap Granite State Pro Stock Series — 5th Pro Stock race in Speedbowl history.
**** 20-lap X car feature — Dave Gargaro Jr. is the regular season champ
**** 20-lap Super X car feature — Brian Norman is the regular season champion.
**** 40-lap Limited Sportsman feature. $1,000 to win.
Sunday’s first event at 1:30 p.m. is a last-chance qualifier for the Legends Battle of the Sound, followed by feature racing.
**** 35-lap Tri-Track Modified Series qualifying semi-feature No. 1 — $3,000 to win.
**** 35-lap Tri-Track Modified Series qualifying semi-feature No. 2 — $3,000 to win.
**** 30-lap Late Model feature — cash bonuses
**** 25-lap SK Light feature — cash bonuses.
**** 65-lap Tri Track Modified series — $5,000 to win plus lap money
**** 35-lap Battle of the Sound Legends feature — $2,000 to win
**** 75-lap SK Modified National — $5,000 to win plus lap money bonuses
Tri-Track Modified Entry List as of Tuesday October 20th
00 Ted Christopher
0 Mike Holdridge
03 Ken Darch
04 Brendon Dion
4 Jeff Gallup
5 Chris Pasteryak
6 Ryan Preece
6 Dennis Perry
7 Kurt Vigeant
7 Rich Parker
9 Chase Dowling
11 John Beatty
12 Todd Annarummo
14 Max Zachem
16 Eric Berndt
19 Dave Schneider
25 Rowan Pennink
27 Andy Jankowiak
29 Brendon Bock
29 Jon McKennedy
33 Rob Richardi
35 Derek Ramstrom
40 Eddie LeClerc
41 Karl Fredrickson
42 Woody Pitkat
43 Kirk Alexander
45 Dan Meservey
46 Jon Kievman
50 Ron Silk
50 Carl Mederios
52 Les Hinckley
53 Norman Wrenn
55 Joe Doucette
59 Matt Hirschman
68 Keith Rocco
69 Jimmy Dolan
76 Zane Zeiner
76 Jeff Rocco
79 Garrison Grubissa
80 Dick Houlihan
85 Michael Benevides
92 Anthony Nocella
93 George Sherman
99 Richard Savary