Category Archives: Touring Modified Series

Silk Dominates Caution Plagued Night

Zachem Has His Tour Best 2nd Place Run

The New London- Waterford Speedbowl is the third stop for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The tour has raced at this track for 5 consecutive seasons. The New England Cycle Center 161 is a tribute to the “Rapid Roman” Richie Evans. The grandstands were packed with cheering fans who were ready to see the premier drivers in the Northeast take the track.

Eric Goodale won the Coors Light pole award for the New England Cycle Works 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Eric Goodale won the Coors Light pole award for the New England Cycle Works 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

After being the fastest competitor during the practice sessions, Eric Goodale won the pole during the time trials. This was the second career pole for Goodale, his first came at Monadnock Speedway in 2013. Starting on the outside pole by his side was Chase Dowling who is in his second season on the tour.

Caution comes out on lap 1 of the New England Cycle Center 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Caution comes out on lap 1 of the New England Cycle Center 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

During the start of the race Nick Salva got loose and went high into turn 1 and rolling through the turn and down the track Melissa Fifield hit Salva.  Andrew Krause, Wade Cole, and Walter Sutcliffe Jr. were also involved in the wreck in turn two. The wreck caused a red flag to come out and stopped the race for 12 minutes. The next caution came only 4 laps after the restart when Bobby Santos and Tom Abele Jr., went into the wall between turns one and two.

The third caution of the event came out when Ted Christopher spun into the infield on lap 19. At the same time Christopher was spinning Rowan Pennink hit the wall between turns one and two, he was able to return to the race many laps down. On lap 39 Timmy Solomito spun 360 degrees exiting turn 4 after contact with Doug Coby and was able to keep the car moving, however the caution flag flew for the fourth time in the race.

Eric Goodale looked strong through the opening laps of the race jumping out front on the restarts, but Ron Silk was soon on his bumper pressuring him for the lead.

Jimmy Blewett and Max Zachem battle for position during the New England Cycle Center 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Jimmy Blewett and Max Zachem battle for position during the New England Cycle Center 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

Ron Silk was able to take the lead away from Eric Goodale on lap 50 of the race. The 5th caution of the race came out on lap 73 when the Dowling machine had a right front tire go down and he hit the wall on the front straight away. The 6th caution came out only 13 laps later when Craig Lutz had a right front tire go down.

The 7th caution came out when Dave Sapienza got into the wall in turn 3 after getting hit by Solomito. On the restart the 8th caution comes out for Doug Coby who spins into the turn 2 wall. Goodale also left the race after not having a good restart, Goodale will not return to the race.

The 9th caution flew when Solomito lost a tire and pushed Pitkat up and Pitkat hit the wall in turn 2, Pitkat wouldn’t be able to return to the race. The 10th caution came out on lap 150 when Solomito got spun and hit the wall in turn 4.

Ron Silk captures the checkered flag to win the New England Cycle Works 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Ron Silk captures the checkered flag to win the New England Cycle Works 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

After taking the lead back on lap 50, Ron Silk was able to hold off Max Zachem and Jimmy Blewett through many restarts and never gave up the lead to win the New England Cycle Center 161.

Max Zachem also had his strongest performance since joining the Whelen Modified Tour full time in 2015, bringing home a second place finish at his home track. Max was able to hold off strong pressure from tour veterans such as Ted Christopher and Jimmy Blewett much of the night.

New London Waterford Speedbowl Adjusts Saturdays Schedule WMT Feature at 7:00PM

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

Ministock

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

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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

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WADDELL COMMUNICATIONS SIGNS ON AS OFFICAL TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION PROVIDER

image001(1)Race of Champions Communications to be provided by Authorized Racing Electronics Dealer

Elma, New York (May 11, 2016) – Waddell Communications of Plainville, Connecticut, who is an authorized Racing Electronics dealer and retailer will become the official two-way communication provider of the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions fueled by Sunoco. Waddell Communications is one of the top dealers for communications equipment in the Northeast led by veteran Shawn Waddell.

“We have a passion for Modified racing,” stated Waddell, who is the proprietor of Waddell Communications. “The Race of Champions is one of the most notable names in the sport and we are proud to be associated with the program as it moves forward. We look forward to a long and lasting relationship with the Race of Champions and the teams that race within those series.”

Waddell Communications provides a variety of services for the racing community from new equipment to repairing and programming on a variety of levels.

“Waddell Communications provides exceptional service and quality products,” explained Joe Skotnicki, of the Race of Champions. “Shawn has done a lot of work on a variety of levels that I am very familiar with and we are proud to have him associated with us. The company provides a service and brings a quality product to the table that all racers need. We look forward to having Waddell Communications as a partner for years to come, it certainly is a win-win for both parties.”

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