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Coastline Fire Protection joins the growing list of Speedbowl Contingency Sponsors

WATERFORD — The list of title sponsors continues to grow at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Coastline Fire Protection of Plainfield is the latest business to support a weekly racing division, sponsoring the Super X Cars for 2016.

The winner of each Coastline Fire Protection Super X-Car race will earn a $100 product certificate from the family-owned business. The Super X-cars make up one of the premier divisions of the Speedbowl’s Thursday Night Thunder program.

“We were approached by general manager Shawn Monahan about getting involved, and basically we love the Thursday night divisions,” Mike Chauvin of Coastline Fire Protection said. “We wanted to show our support.

“These guys are low budget racers and I that’s why I jumped on board with this division. They appreciate the help.”

On two occasions this season, Chauvin will be presenting the winners of the X-car and super x-car features a $100 cash bonus.

“We started doing that last year and it was well received,” Chauvin said. “It’s a pleasure and honor just to be able to help support the drivers.”

Kevin Moon of Exeter, R.I., who finished third in the point standing last year with two wins, is happy a title sponsor has jumped on board for the Super X cars.

“I think it’s pretty big,” Moon said. “It’s awesome to have a sponsor like that. We can use all the help that we can get.”

For the past 28 years, Coastline has provided annual inspections on fire extinguishers and emergency lighting and offers full fire protection for all forms of racing.

Coastline’s involvement will start May 7 at the season opener, the Blastoff. Chauvin will present every feature winner with a $200 product certificate.

“My family has been a big supporter of motor sports for years,” Chauvin said. “We’ve been around the sport all of our lives. And our involvement will be bigger and better this year.

Coastline also sponsors several individual drivers such as Diego Monahan in the SK Modifieds, Ken Cassidy in the Mini Stocks, Randy Churchill and Carlos Gray in the SK Lights, Doug Curry and Jacob Perry in the Mini Stocks, Lloyd Anderson in the Late Models, Todd Taylor in the truck series and Ray Reed in the Super X cars.

The Coastline Fire Protection Super X cars will be making their 2016 debut May 7 as part of the Blastoff. Also competing opening day will be the SK Modifieds, the SK Lights, the Late Models, the Mini Stocks, the Joie of Seating Legends cars, the X-Cars, the Microblue Bandoleros and the New England Truck Series.

New England Cycle Center becomes title sponsor of Whelen Modified Tour race at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD — It’s a special occasion every time the Whelen Modified Tour visits the Waterford Speedbowl.

This year should even be more special.

New England Cycle Center in Hartford has climbed on board as the title sponsor of this year’s Whelen Modified Tour appearance at the Speedbowl. The New England Cycle Center 161 will take place Saturday, May 14.

It will be the fifth consecutive season that the best drivers in the Northeast have invaded the bowl, and the first time New England Cycle Center has been the title sponsor.

“We’re excited about it,” said Gary Moir, the manager of New England Cycle Center. “Everyone here at our business is enthusiastic about racing. And we’re super happy to be involved.”

The 2015 Whelen Tour event was won by Ryan Preece, who is currently competing on NASCAR’s XFINITY series. A sellout crowd turned out to watch Preece grab his second Whelen Tour win at the Speedbowl. Other winners have been Doug Coby and Bobby Santos.

“I’ve been to the Speedbowl quite a few times, and it’s a great family night out,” Muir said. “Anything we can do to promote motor sports and recreational vehicles is a priority. Everyone here enjoys racing so much that it only makes sense to get involved.”

New England Cycle Center is the largest motorcycle dealer in Connecticut and sells Yamaha, Suzuki and Victory motorcycles, Yamaha and Sea-Doo watercrafts, ATVs and UTVs. The business is located at 73 Leibert Road in Hartford.

“This will be such a big event, and it’s awesome to be a part of it,” Moir said. “We support everything pertaining to motor sports, such as car shows and bike shows. So when we had a chance to be involved at the Speedbowl, it just clicked. ”

“We would like to thanks New England Cycle Center for coming on board,” Speedbowl GM-promoter Shawn Monahan said. “This will be a night everyone will be looking forward to.”

The combination of the Whelen Modified Tour and New England Cycle Center should be a perfect fit. That’s because the people at New England Cycle Center aren’t just sponsors, they’re diehard fans.

The Speedbowl opens its 66th season Saturday, May 7, with the Blastoff, featuring the SK Modifieds, the Magnus Racing Products SK Lights, Limited Sportsmen, Mini Stocks,The Joie of Seating  Legend Cars, X-Cars, Super X-Cars, the Microblue Bandoleros and the New England Race Trucks.

Three New Title Sponsors Climb on Board for 2016

Drivers at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in the Legends, Bandolero and SK Light divisions will have more support in 2016 than ever before.  Three businesses involved in motor sports have jumped on board to become title sponsors for the upcoming season.

The Joie of Seating, a business based in North Carolina that specializes in custom made seats for race cars, will be the title sponsor of the Speedbowl’s Legends Division. The Bandolero division will be sponsored by MicroBlue, a North Carolina-based company that’s involved in every form of racing in the world.  Magnus Racing Products, which is located in Danielson, will be the season-long sponsor of the SK Lites.

The Joie of Seating Legend cars, the MicroBlue Bandoleros and the Magnus Racing Products SK Lights will be making their season debuts on Saturday, May 7th  when the Speedbowl kicks off the 2016 season.

Randy LaJoie, the owner of The Joie of Seating, is a former Speedbowl competitor. He said getting involved in the Legends division is his way of giving back. “Any time you can bring safety to people, it’s a good thing,” LaJoie said. “There are a lot of young drivers in the legends, and we have a wonderful program for kids. It really works out well.” LaJoie’s Speedbowl career also worked out well. After just missing out on the season Modified championship in 1982, LaJoie got introduced to full-fender cars by Dick Williams, who was track promoter.  “He talked me into driving the traveling house car, which was owned by Robbie Crouch’s dad,” LaJoie said. “It was the first time I got into one of those full-fender taxi cabs, and I took a liking to them.”  LaJoie won three national championships — two in the South and one in the North.  For the last 18 years, however, he has been involved in the racing safety industry. “We’re bringing Winston Cup technology to short-track racing,” LaJoie said.  Lajoie will be donating $50 to the winner of each Legend Race.

MicroBlue bearings have been synonymous with success in motor sports.

“They are the best bearings in the world,” owner Craig LeClaire said. “You can’t win the Indy 500 without us.”  LeClaire said being involved with the Bandoleros gives his company an opportunity to showcase its “excellent line of bearings.”  “Using our bearings does make a difference and we’ve done a good business over the years with the Bandoleros,” LeClaire said. “One thing we like to do is support series that don’t always get a lot of support.”  MicorBlue will be donating a $50 product giftcard to the winner of each Bandolero event.  LeClaire said that more information about his business is available on  “Because of the incredible performance, we really have no competition,” LeClaire said. “I think we’re the best kept secret in motor sports.”

Magnus Racing Products is no secret to local competitors — it has been servicing customers in the United States and Canada since 2009.  Magnus Racing Products will donate $100 to the winner of each SK Light event as well as a $50 random draw bonus.  “We want to give something back,” Mike Sangermano of Magnus said.   “We try to do a lot with the SK Lights. A lot of the competitors in that division are up-and-coming drivers, and this give us a chance to promote our product. The goal is to start with these drivers early in their careers, and hope they will stay with us for the rest of their careers.”  The Magnus show trailer is scheduled to make several events at the Speedbowl this season.  “We plan on being around the track a lot,” Sangermano said. “We’re happy to be the title sponsor.”

The Speedbowl is thankful for Dave Prinz of Prinzision Racing for helping to arrange these title sponsors.  The SK Modified, Late Model, Ministock and Ltd Sportsman divisions are still seeking contingency sponsors.  If you are interested please contact the office at 860.442.7223.