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New England Cycle Center 161 – NWMT

Saturday 5/14/2016 Event Hashtag: #NECC161  

Below Schedule May Be Subject to Change


Time Event Length/Notes
10:00am NWMT Registration Opens  
10:30am NWMT  Haulers Enter  
11:00am Pit Ticket Window Opens For NWAAS  
1:00pm NWAAS Haulers Enter  
2:00 Grandstands Open  
2:30-4:00 NWMT Final Practice  
4:05-5:25 NWAAS Final Practice  

5:30                                   NWMT Qualifying                                                                                 Time Trials

To Follow: NWAAS Qualifying Begins


Sunoco Late Models

SK Modified

Ltd. Sportsman


10 laps

10 laps

10 laps

10 laps

6:00 NWMT Autograph Session  
6:50 PRE RACE Ceremonies  
7:00 NWMT Feature 161 laps/60.375 Miles
To Follow: SK Modified

Limited Sportsman

Late Model

Mini Stock

35 laps

25 laps

30 laps

25 laps


11:00pm estimated event end time   Last

NWMT_Schedule_5-13-16.pdf Waterford 1 NLWS tour race 2016Next Event: Saturday, May 21st : ACT Tour
SK Modifieds (35), Magnus Racing Products SK Lites (25), ACT (100), Ltd. Sportsman (25), Mini Stock (25)
Licensed Pits: $40 Unlicensed: $48 Grandstands: $32 13-16: $5 12&Under: Free


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Waterford

Analyzing The New England Cycle Center 161 At New London-Waterford Speedbowl

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 11, 2016) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s 2016 season will resume Saturday with the New England Cycle Center 161 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

New England Cycle Center 161 Setup:

  • Doug Coby can match the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s all-time record for consecutive poles at six. Mike Stefanik set the mark in 1993.
  • Coby is also the first driver to win four times in a five-race span since Donny Lia in 2007. The last to win five times in six events was Stefanik in 1998.
  • Jamie Tomaino is set to become the first non-Sprint Cup Series driver in NASCAR history to reach 600 career starts in one national or regional touring series.
  • Ryan Preece will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday at Dover International Speedway and will not defend his 2015 Waterford win. His streak for consecutive NWMT starts will end at 61.

 At New London-Waterford Speedbowl:


  • The facility opened to auto racing on April 15, 1951.
  • Is a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned track with SK Modifieds as the headline division.
  • The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has held 21 races at the Speedbowl since 1985.
  • The track has also played host to seven NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races during its history, and the former NASCAR North Tour visited twice.
  • The 161 scheduled laps for the fifth annual New England Cycle Center 161 is a tribute to the late NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans, who campaigned the No. 61 on his modifieds.


  • The previous 21 races produced 16 different race winners and 13 different pole winners.
  • There has never been a driver earn back-to-back victories at the Speedbowl.
  • Ryan Preece is the youngest Speedbowl race winner at 22 years, seven months and 28 days in 2013.
  • Jerry Marquis is the oldest victor at the Speedbowl at 49 years, six months and 13 days in 2005.
  • Five active NWMT drivers have won NWMT races at the Speedbowl, including: Donny Lia (2), Doug Coby (1), Ted Christopher (1), Ryan Preece (2) and Bobby Santos (1).

 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Data

Race: #3 of 17

Track Layout: .375-mile asphalt oval

  • Race Length: 161 laps (60.375 miles)
  • Banking–turns: 8 to 12 degrees
  • Banking–straights: progressive


Qualifying/Race Data

2015 Race Winner: Ryan Preece, 1 hr. 18 mins. 30 secs., 47.293 mph

2015 Pole Winner: Donny Lia, 13.965 secs., 96.670 mph

Qualifying Record: Jerry Marquis, 13.618 secs., 99.133 mph, Oct. 8, 2006

  Active Speedbowl Category Leaders: Wins

  1. Donny Lia … 2

Ryan Preece … 2

  1. Ted Christopher … 1

Doug Coby … 1

Bobby Santos … 1


  1. Ted Christopher … 2
  2. Donny Lia … 2
  3. Todd Szegedy … 1

Laps Led

  1. Donny Lia … 350
  2. Todd Szegedy … 279
  3. Ted Christopher … 270


  1. Jamie Tomaino … 21
  2. Ted Christopher … 17
  3. Doug Coby … 11

Wade Cole … 11

Donny Lia … 11

Select Driver Highlights:

Jimmy Blewett (No. 4 Starrett Dodge)

  • Has five wins, three poles and 37 top 10s in 108 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.
  • Has finishes of eighth and 31st (accident) in his first two events with Mystic Missile Racing.
  • Has an average finish of 18th and a best result of 12th (2013) in three previous NWMT appearances at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

 Justin Bonsignore (No. 51 M3 Technology Chevrolet)

  • Has eight wins, five poles and 53 top 10s in 90 career starts.
  • Is just six points out of first after two races with finishes of third and fifth.
  • Finished second, fourth and fourth at Waterford from 2012-14 before a 25th (accident) last year.

 Ted Christopher (No. 00 Dunleavy’s Repair/M&T Enterprises Chevrolet)

  • The 2008 NWMT champion has 42 wins, 24 poles and 199 top 10s in 362 career starts. His 42 wins rank third all-time and his 24 poles are eighth.
  • Has a win (2002), two poles, 10 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 17 career NWMT starts at Waterford.
  • Is a winner of 41 feature races in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified action at Waterford, third in the division’s history. Has 45 wins overall at the track.
  • Is looking to end a 56-race winless drought. It’s the second-longest such streak in his NWMT career. His first win came in his 94th race.

 Doug Coby (No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet)

  • The 2012, `14 and `15 NWMT champion has 18 wins, 12 poles and 92 top 10s in 174 career starts.
  • Has finishes of fourth and first through two races this year and leads the season standings by one point.
  • Has a win (2012), seven top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 11 career NWMT starts at Waterford.
  • Has eight career victories at Waterford, including four in SK Modifieds.

 Chase Dowling (No. 9 S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet)

  • The 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has nine top 10s in 17 career starts with a best finish of third (Riverhead Raceway 2015).
  • Has finishes of 11th and eighth so far this year to rank fifth in points.
  • Finished 16th last year in his Waterford debut.

 Eric Goodale (No. 58 GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet)

  • Has a win (Riverhead 2014), a pole (Monadnock Speedway 2013) and 45 top 10s in 103 career starts.
  • Maintains the NWMT’s active starts streak lead, now at 101 races.
  • Has finished seventh and 24th (DNF) in two events this year.
  • Has an average finish of 17th with a best result of seventh (2013) in four career NWMT Waterford races.

 Donny Lia (No. 8 Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet)

  • The 2007 and `09 NWMT champion has 17 wins, 21 poles and 88 top 10s in 171 career starts.
  • Has finished sixth and 15th in two races so far this year.
  • Has two wins, two poles, seven top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 11 career NWMT races at Waterford.

 Rowan Pennink (No. 3 Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet)

  • Has two wins and 60 top 10s in 126 career races.
  • Has finishes of ninth and third in his first two events with Boehler Racing Enterprises.
  • Has recorded an average finish of 9.5 with a best result of sixth (2012) in four career NWMT races at Waterford.

 Woody Pitkat (No. 85 Stuart’s Automotive/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet)

  • Has three wins, four poles and 56 top 10s in 108 career starts.
  • Has finishes of 10th and 25th (accident) in his first two NWMT starts with Kevin Stuart Motorsports.
  • Has an average finish of 11th with a best run of fifth (2015) in three previous NWMT races at Waterford.

 Bobby Santos (No. 44 Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet)

  • The 2010 NWMT champion has 13 wins, 16 poles and 59 top 10s in 109 career events.
  • Has an average finish of 13th in his last 11 NWMT starts dating to mid-2015.
  • Has a win (2014), two top fives and an average finish of 8.5 in four NWMT races at Waterford.

 Ron Silk (No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet)

  • The 2011 NWMT champion has nine wins, nine poles and 87 top 10s in 146 career starts.
  • Has finishes of fifth and 26th (accident) in his first two NWMT races with Danny Watts. The pair won their first NWAAS feature together at New Smyrna Speedway in February.
  • Has an average finish of 17th with a best result of ninth (2013) in five career NWMT races at Waterford.
  • Has two career NWAAS SK Modified feature wins at Waterford.

 Timmy Solomito (No. 16 Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises Ford)

  • The 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a win (Thompson 2016), a pole (Riverhead 2013) and 19 top 10s in 37 career starts.
  • Has the win and a fourth place in two outings this year to trail Doug Coby by just one tally for the points lead.
  • Has finishes of 21st (DNF) and 12th in two previous NWMT starts at Waterford.

 Jamie Tomaino (No. 99 Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet)

  • The 1990 NWMT champion has three wins, five poles and 246 top 10s in 599 career starts.
  • Has started the last 97 straight races, and has attempted to qualify for all previous 604 events in NWMT history.
  • Has finishes of 17th and 16th so far this year.
  • Is the only driver to compete in all 21 previous NWMT races at Waterford, where he’s posted an average finish of 14th with a best run of second (Aug. 1985).

 Other Driver Notes

  • Rob Summers has six career feature wins at Waterford, including three in SK Modifieds. His crew chief, Ron Yuhas Jr., also drove to 24 SK wins there.
  • Max Zachem recorded his best career finish in this event last year when he crossed the line in fourth place.
  • A two-time SK Modified division winner at Waterford, Craig Lutz made his NWMT debut there in 2014.
  • This will be Walter Sutcliffe Jr.’s second attempt to make his tour debut.

 Up To Speed:

  • This is the 32nd season of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing. The inaugural race was contested March 31, 1985 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
  • The 2015 schedule features 17 points races at nine different tracks across four states.
  • Timmy Solomito earned his first career victory in the 2016 season opener, the Icebreaker 150, at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 10.
  • Doug Coby won from the pole in the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 24.
  • Following the New England Cycle Center 161 the NWMT will return to action on June 3 with the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford

Point Leader Doug Coby Photo By Joseph Fernandes


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Waterford



Fifth Annual New England Cycle Center 161 Next Up

  • Pennink, BRE Off To Fast Start

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 10, 2016) – It’s early, but the pairing of Rowan Pennink and Boehler Racing Enterprises is providing positive returns.

Pennink left behind his family’s team in the offseason for an opportunity to drive the iconic No. 3 modified for BRE. Through two races the new venture appears to have rejuvenated both.

Following a ninth-place finish in their maiden voyage together at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to open the season, Pennink piloted “Ole Blue” to a third-place finish last time out in the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

It was Pennink’s first podium since the 2014 season finale, and the first for BRE since Aug. 2013 at Stafford

The team will now attempt to build on the early momentum with a trip to reach Victory Lane this Saturday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in the New England Cycle Center 161. Pennink has a career top-10 average finish at the Speedbowl and will look to parlay other past bullring success into BRE’s first win since 2009.

RACE:  New England Cycle Center 161

PLACE:  New London-Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl

DATE:  Saturday, May 14

TIME:  9 p.m. ET

TRACK LAYOUT:  .375-mile, banked asphalt oval

2015 WINNER:  Ryan Preece

2015 POLESITTER:  Donny Lia

EVENT SCHEDULE:  Practice 2:30-3:15 p.m., Final Practice 3:55-4:35 p.m., Qualifying 6:30 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 7:45 p.m.

TRACK CONTACT:  Olivia Bouchard, 860-442-7223,

TRACK TWITTER:  @speedbowlnews


NASCAR CONTACT:  Jason Cunningham, 704-201-6658,, Twitter: @NASCAR_NE


Fast Facts

The Race: The New England Cycle Center 161 will be the third race on the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule and the lone trip to New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

The Procedure: The starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 161 laps (60.375 miles).

The Track: A .375-mile banked oval, New London-Waterford Speedbowl opened for auto racing in 1951. A NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned facility, the Speedbowl contests weekly racing on Saturday nights, and has previously held 21 Whelen Modified Tour events.

Race Winners: There have been 16 different race winners in 21 all-time events at the Speedbowl, led by five different drivers with two victories. Five active drivers have won at the track: Donny Lia (2), Ted Christopher (1), Doug Coby (1), Ryan Preece (2) and Bobby Santos (1).

Pole Winners: There have been 13 different pole winners at the Speedbowl, led by Tony Hirschman’s four. Jerry Marquis set the qualifying record in 2006 at 13.618 seconds (99.133 mph).

New England Cycle Center 161 Notes

IMG_9714 (2)Tomaino’s 600th Start:  Jamie Tomaino is set to make his 600th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start Saturday at New London-Waterford Speedbowl. The New Jersey veteran will become the first non-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to reach that milestone with one national or regional touring series. Tomaino enters the weekend with 146 more starts than any other driver in tour history. He has attempted to qualify for all 604 previous events since 1985.

 IMG_0160 (2)Potential History for Coby:  This Saturday Doug Coby has an opportunity to match Mike Stefanik’s all-time Whelen Modified Tour record for consecutive poles with six. Coby captured the last three Coors Light Pole Awards of his 2015 championship season and is 2-for-2 so far this year. Coby has yet to earn a pole at Waterford in his career. The closest he has come was in 2013 when he qualified second. Stefanik set the mark with poles in the first six events of the 1993 season.

 Coby v. Preece on Pause:  Coby and Ryan Preece have waged epic battles in recent seasons at Waterford, but the rivalry will be on hold this year with Preece competing Saturday in the NASCAR XFINITY Series event at Dover International Speedway. Preece won at Waterford in 2015 and 2013 with Coby the runner-up in both instances. In 2012 Coby came out on top after he outdueled Preece on a restart inside of 15 laps to go. The only other driver to win at Waterford in the current era was Bobby Santos two years ago.

 Lia Looks for Victory Lane:  Donny Lia has won the Coors Light Pole Award at Waterford in each of the two previous Whelen Modified Tour events at the track, but hasn’t been able to parlay the front row starting position into an eventual trip to Victory Lane. Lia’s six bullring victories on the tour, including two at the Speedbowl, is tops among all entrants for Saturday night’s event. His past success there could provide the perfect recipe for his first win with the No. 8 team.

 Capital Improvements:  Whelen Modified Tour teams will notice a host of updates to the Speedbowl grounds this week following the track’s ongoing capital improvements. This past offseason the track replaced the retaining walls through the turns, installed new catch fencing and added a new entrance to the racing surface near Turn 2. The major facility renovations are expected to resume at the completion of this competition season as well.

 What’s in a Name:  Since the Whelen Modified Tour returned to Waterford in 2012, the Speedbowl has utilized the event as an annual tribute to NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans. The late modified legend campaigned the iconic orange No. 61 modified for the bulk of his career, and the race plays off of those digits with a distance of 161 laps. This year New England Cycle Center has joined the event as a first-time sponsor.

 Home Tracks: Rocco Rolls to Opening Victory

Reigning NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion Keith Rocco opened his title defense with a victory this past Sunday in the 35-lap SK Modified division feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl. The five-time track titlist also won the late model feature and has swept both the SK and late model races in the track’s season-opening Budweiser Blast-Off weekend for five straight seasons.


Joseph Fernandes Photos