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Speedbowl announces 2019 schedules

WATERFORD — An ambitious 2019 schedule that begins May 11-12 and includes 22 Saturday night events and 14 Wednesday night events has been announced by New London-Waterford Speedbowl General Manager Mike Serluca.
“We have worked hard to give the fans an exciting schedule that offers something different every week,” Serluca said. “Our weekly divisions remain the backbone of the Speedbowl. Throw in some great special events and some spectacular touring series and the Speedbowl will definitely be the place to be for great entertainment every Wednesday and Saturday. This schedule has something for everyone.”
At the top of the list is the second annual Full Fendered Throwdown, presented by Belltown Tire Center of East Hampton. “This was one of our most popular events from last year,” Serluca said. “We are happy to bring it back in 2019 bigger and better than ever.”
The fastest night of the year returns Aug. 17 with “Wings ‘n’ Wheels,” featuring the Valenti Racing Series, the 350 Super Mods, the NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lights, the SK Modifieds and SK Lights.
The brand new American Modified Tour will make three trips to the Speedbowl on June 8, Sept. 7 and Oct. 20 . The Valenti Series, now in its 16th year, will be in town to help open the season on May 11-12 in addition to its annual visit on Wings n Wheels. “We also are happy to bring back some of the most popular events from past seasons,” Serluca said. “The Speedbowl is all about tradition and we are happy to keep those traditions alive.”
Those special events include Military Appreciation Night on May 18, Youth Sports Night on June 1, the Waterford 300 on July 6, Scout Night on July 20, Nostalgia Night on July 27 and the Bubby Brouwer Memorial on 14.
The popular Hometown Nights are also returning to the schedule. On Jun 22, fans who reside in towns that sstart with the letter A-to-M will be admitted to the grandstand  for half price. In June 39, fans who live in towns beginning with the letters N to Z will receive half price grandstand admission.
It all starts on May 11 and 12 for the two-day Budweiser Blastoff. The Valenti Racing Series, the American Three-Quarter Midget Racing Association, NEMA, the NEMA Lights, CT Pro 4 Modifieds and the Exit Realty Pro375 Sportsman Series will be staging features on May 11.
Taking over the stage on May 12 will be a 69-lap SK Modified feature, the SK Lights, the Sportsman, the Mini Stocks. the Speedbowl Trucks and Late Models. “That will be a great way to start the season, but it doesn’t stop there,” Serluca said “Every week we will offer the best in short track racing.”
The season will wrap up Oct. 18-20 with the Speedbowl Championship Chiller. Friday, Oct. 19, is set aside for practice. Features for the Speedbowl Trucks, Three Quarter Midgets, CT Pro 4 Modifieds, Granite State Pro Stock Series, NEMA, MEMA Lights, Exit Realty Pro Trucks and Exit Reality 375 Sportsman will take place Saturday Sept. 19.
Then on the final day of the season, the SK Modifieds will be featured for a 70 lap shootout. They will be joined by the American Modified Tour, the Sportsman, Mini Stocks and Late Models.
“And we still may be adding more attractions to the schedule,” Serluca said. “It all adds up to a great Saturday season at the ‘Bowl.”
Wild ‘n’ Wacky Wednesday kicks off its 2019 season on May 22 and will continue until Sept. 4. All weekly shows will include the Legends, the Super-X Cars, the X-Cars and the Bandoleros.
There will be special divisions and special events during the season, including extra distance races for the X-Cars (June 26) the Super-X Cars (July 10), the Legends (July 31) and the Bandoleros (Aug. 7).
“Wednesday is a great night to come to the Speedbowl and have some fun,” Serluca said. “Our Wednesday competitors know how to race hard and entertain. There is no mid-week division in New England that gives you as much action for your money as Wild ‘n’ Wacky Wednesday.”

New London Waterford Speedbowl Toy Drive

WATERFORD — The off-season promises to be a busy time at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. That’s because there are two major events taking place on the Speedbowl calendar — the 5th annual Racers 4 Racers Holiday Toy Drive, scheduled for Dec. 4 at Langley’s Restaurant in Waterford at 6:30 p.m. and the annual Speedbowl Awards Banquet, set for Feb. 9 at the Mystic Marriott.
The toy drive has become a Speedbowl tradition. Last year more than 200 toys were donated by Speedbowl drivers, crew members, officials and fans to Kinship 4 Kids, an organization that helps out foster children. All those attending this year’s party are asked to donate one unwrapped toy.
Linda J. Cote, who founded Kinship 4 Kids 32 years ago, says the Speedbowl family has always come through in the past.
“There are a lot of good, warm people from the Speedbowl,” Cote said. “I’ve never had a person say that they couldn’t help us out.”
When Kinship 4 Kids started 20 years ago, it helped out 20 foster children in Connecticut. That number has grown to more than 400.
“We plan events for foster children, like Christmas parties, birthday parties and summer camps,” Cote said. “We also provide furniture for those who are ready to leave foster care — anything we can do to help.
“Because of the people who donate, we give many children a chance that they wouldn’t ordinarily have.  So many foster children and children of single parents benefit.”
The bottom line is that hundreds of children in the area will have a better Christmas thanks to the Racers 4 Racers Toy Drive.
Another tradition will take place on Feb. 9 at the Mystic Marriott, home of the Speedbowl Awards banquet since 2016.
Banquet information, including how to purchase tickets, will be released shortly. It will be posted online on the track’s website, speedbowlct.com, and on the track’s Facebook page,The Speedbowl (@theactiontrack)
The seven Speedbowl 2018 track champions will be honored, and many special award winners will be announced. 

James, Flannery, Puleo, Gaedeke clinch Speedbowl titles at finale

WATERFORD — SK Modified driver Kyle James was responsible for the best move of finale weekend — a whirlwind charge coming out of turn 4 to blur past Tim Jordan at the finish line.
It was in a qualifying race, however, and not in the 80-lap feature. The heat race win, however, gave him enough points to lock up the 2018 SK Modified championship Sunday during The finale weekend at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
The feature was not as kind to James. He was involved in an incident on lap 22 and was knocked from contention.
That opened the door for Todd Owen, who held off Ronnie Williams down the stretch to post his fifth win of the season and his second straight.
There were many more drivers who had a reason to celebrate besides Owen and James. Anthony Flannery captured the 30-lap Late Model feature and also wrapped up the season title.
Wayne Burroughs dominated the 25-lap SK Lite feature, but Jonathan Puleo finished second to win the track championship.
Al Stone led from start to finish to grab his fourth Sportsman win of the year. As soon as the feature started, however, the championship was decided. Even though Shawn Gaedeke finished 16th, all he needed to do was take the green flag to win the track championship.
Charles Canfield captured his 10th feature race of the season in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature and also nailed down his second track title.
Duane Noll, who already clinched the Speedbowl Truck crown, won the 25-lap feature. The same scenario was true for Peter Bennett, who had already put a padlock on the Saturday Legends title. He cruised to his sixth win of the season.
One of the most dominating efforts was from Owen, who took the lead from Rob Janovic Jr. with 52 laps to go and didn’t relinquish it.
“Our hats are off to Kyle James for winning the championship,” Owen said. “But we had a heck of an end of the season. Six wins in our last seven races — it was definitely a great way to finish.”
Williams saved his tires during the first half of the race and whirled through the field in the second half. He didn’t have enough firepower, however, to get past Owen.
“We passed a lot of cars,” Williams said. “I think we were faster than Owen, but he finished first.”
James, meanwhile, finished 23rd, but he was able to win the title by nine points over Owen.
“It’s done, it’s over, and we’re the champs,” James said. “I have to thank my crew for what they did all year.”
James won eight of 17 races and was in the Top 5 13 times.
Flannery came into the Late Model feature with just a five point lead over Jason Palmer. Flannery, however, rumbled into the lead early, while Palmer failed to finish when his car shut off late in the race. Flannery won the title by 15 points.
“These past five weeks is like a dream come true,” said Flannery, who ended the year with seven wins, despite not getting his first win until Aug. 8.
There was plenty of drama in the SK Lite feature. Point leader Jonathan Puleo was involved in an early accident and was forced to make an unplanned pit stop. He came back out, however, and finished second to win the title by four points over Burroughs, the race winner.
“Three wins, second in points, it was an awesome year,” Burroughs said. “I guessed it would come down to Jonathan and me at the end of the year, and that’s what it was. But he got me more times than I was able to get him during the season, and that was the difference. But we did have fun.”
Puleo said he was conservative win the final race.
“We definitely had the car to win, but I wasn’t going to force the issue,” Puleo said. “Wayne and I have raced cleanly all year and I didn’t want to have something happen at the end. My team definitely won the championship for me. It was tough coming from the rear of the pack, but we did it.”
Stone, the all-time Limited Sportsman win leader with 54, had a nervous moment at the start of the race. He started in the front row, but fell to the back of the pack. There was a caution flag before the lap was completed, however, and Stone was able to get back his spot in the front. He took advantage of the second-chance opportunity by dominating the rest of the way.
“We’ve worked on this car all year and it was on rails tonight,” Stone said “It’s great to finish the season with a win.”
Gaedeke didn’t finish, but still claimed the title by virtue of his three wins and 14 Top 5s He topped Jason Chicolas by 28 points.
Charles Canfield started the final 25-lap race Mini Stock with a 13-point lead over Doug Curry.
Curry did what he needed to do and blasted into the lead, dominating the first half of the race. Canfield was able to track him down with 10 laps to go on his way to his 10th win of the season. It was the most wins by a Mini Stock driver since Ken Cassidy posted 12 wins in 2012.
Canfield’s winning margin was 16 points over Curry.
Duane Noll started third in the Truck feature, but wasted no time to getting to the front. He was challenged by first-year driver Lucas Leone, who finished second.
Noll topped Todd Taylor by 49 points in the standings.
Peter Bennett did what he had been doing all season in the Legends division — rocket his way to the front. He took the lead from Scott Limkemann and held on for his sixth win of the season. Bennett won the title by 52 points over Limkemann.
He also became the sixth driver to win both the Wednesday and Saturday Legends crowns in the same season, joining Jags Palmer, Jason Palmer, Anthony Flannery, Dana DiMatteo and Mike Christopher.
The season will end Saturday with the annual Octoberfest. A track party will take place at 2:30 p.m. and the action will start at 3:30 p.m. with King of the Hill drag racing, drifting, Big Wheel races, a Compact/Mid Size Enduro, a Full-Size Enduro, a Ladies Enduro, a Trailer Race and a Demolition Derby.
80-lap SK Modifieds: 1. Todd Owen, Somers; 2. Ronnie Williams, Tolland; 3. Rob Janovic, Waterford; 4. Cory DeMatteo, Farmington; 5. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 6. Timmy Jordan, Plainfield; 7. Max Zachem, Preston; 8. Geoff Nooney, Southwick Mass.; 9. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 10. Matthew Galko, Meriden.
25-lap SK Lites: 1. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 2. Jonathan Puleo, Branford; 3. Chris Gombos, Naugatuck; 4. Brett Gonyaw, Vernon; 5. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 6. Christopher Correll, Old Lyme; 7. Nick Anglace, Naugatuck; 8. Pete Lupuch, Redding; 9. Steven Chapman, Ellington; 10. Alex Canestrari, Waterford.
30-lap Late Models: 1. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 2. Gerry DeGasparre Jr., Pawtucket RI; 3. Michael Benevides, Westerly RI; 4. Joshua Hedges, New Bedford; 5. Tony Macrino, Waterford; 6. Keith Scalia, North Branford; 7. Mark Jenison, Warwick RI; 8. Richard Duranti, Quaker Hill; 9. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 10. Derryck Anderson, Warwick RI.
30-lap Sportsman: 1. Al Stone III; Durham; 2. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 3. Gerry DeGasparre Jr., Pawtucket RI; 4. Ryan Waterman, Danielson; 5. Adrien Paradis, Plainville; 6. Jayson Beal, Ledyard; 7. Phil Evans, Uncasville; 8. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 9. Bo Norman, Clinton; 10. Jack Aqulina, Oakdale.
25-lap Mini Stocks: 1. Charles Canfield, East Haven; 2. Doug Curry, Groton; 3. Mark Panaroni, Ivoryton; 4. Eric Bourgeois, East Haddem; 5. Andrew Krzemisnki, Haddem; 6. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction RI; 7. Jared Roy, Sterling; 8. Tommy Silva, Gales Ferry; 9. Bill Sylvia, Preston; 10. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford.
25-lap Legends: 1. Peter Bennett, Cromwell; 2. Scott Limkemann, Lebanon; 3. Tyler Chapman, Ellington; 4. Kevin Nowak, Long Island NY; 5. Anthony Bello, Newtown; 6. Brendon Hammann, Smithfield RI; 7. Devon Jencik, Canton; 8. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 9. Corey Caddick, Richmond RI; 10. Jacob Burns, Bristol.
25-lap Speedbowl Trucks: 1. Duane Noll, Monroe; 2. Lucas Leone, Southington; 3. Dylan Cabral, Richmond RI; 4. Jeff Karns, Quaker Hill; 5. Rick Ashlaw, Manchester; 6. Tyler Chapman, Ellington; 7. Allen Coates Jr. Uncasville; 9. Brandon Lindahl, Niantic; 10. Andrew Morin, Old Saybrook.