Category Archives: New London Waterford Speedbowl


By Hayley Leonard

The New London-Waterford Speedbowl was in action this Saturday night with 5 action packed divisions. For the first time all season the weather was perfect with no rain in the forecast. This Memorial Day weekend show had a good sized crowd. Tonight’s 5 divisions were the Mini Stocks, Legends, Late Models, the SK Modifieds, and the visiting Northeast Street Stock Tour.

The Mini Stocks were the first division on the track. Andrew Krzeminski qualified on the pole but, Jacob Perry was able to power to the lead on the first lap. Wayne Burroughs Jr. brought out the first caution when he was unable to make it to the safety road after losing power on the front stretch. Christopher Ivory was able to take the lead away from Perry on the restart. Perry and Charles Canfield came together after Perry lost control in turn 4 bringing out the second caution of the race with only 8 laps remaining in the race. Kenny Cassidy Jr., was able to take the lead away from Ivory with 6 laps remaining in the race, but Ivory was able to battle back and get the lead back later that lap. Ivory was able to hold off Cassidy Jr., for the feature win.

The next division to race were the Legends.  Glenn Korner Jr., started on the pole and was able to lead the first lap of the race. Jake Johnson was able to get past G. Korner Jr., and get the lead on lap 2.  Joey Ternullo and G. Korner Jr., spun into each other on lap 5 to bring out the first caution. Only 4 laps later Noah Korner spun on the backstretch and Rachel Forte slammed into him bringing out the second caution. Once back to green the action continued until Dana DiMatteo was able to get the lead away from Johnson with 15 laps remaining in the race. DiMatteo was able to hold of Johnson for the remaining 15 laps to win the 25 lap feature.

The Late Models were the third division on the card. Matt Carlson brought the cars to green for tonight’s 30 lap race but he didn’t stay in the lead for long. Bruce Thomas Jr., took the lead on the first lap. If you were not paying attention you missed a quick race as tonight race went green to checkers, while not an action filled race, Anthony Flannery and Ray Christian III battled the entire race for 4th place until Flannery pulled away. Bruce Thomas Jr. took advantage of the caution free event fast paced race and came home your Late Model winner.

The touring Northeast Street Stock Tour were in town for the first of 2 stops at the Speedbowl Saturday evening. Corey Hutchings was on the pole for the 35 lap feature and he led the first 11 laps. On lap 12 Joe Arena took the lead away from Hutchings and following in his steps was Al Stone III who took over second place. The race was all green flag racing, Arena was able to hold off Stone III and Chris Meyer for the win.

The fifth and final division close out the evening were the track’s premier division of the SK Modifieds. Tyler Chadwick qualified on the pole and was able to take the lead on the first lap. With 21 laps remaining in the race Bo Gunning spun into turn 3 bringing out the first caution. Last week’s winner Dylan Izzo, Ryan Morgan, and Diego Monahan all spin in turn 4 to bring out the second caution with 16 laps remaining. 3 laps later the third caution came out because Justin Gaydosh spun into the infield in turn 4.  The third caution came out with 1 lap remaining which meant that it would be a green white checkered finish to determine the winner. Chadwick was able to hold off Izzo for the feature win, this was Chadwick’s first win of the 2016 season.

Experienced Drivers Prepared for Showdown at the Speedbowl

  1. STONINGTON, CT – When the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) visits the New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS) this Saturday, there will be several drivers in the field who have made 1,000’s of laps around the progressive 3/8-mile oval.

Chief among them is defending Tour Champion, Joe Arena. Identifying “The Speedbowl” as his home track, Arena has frequented the shoreline facility for decades.  His No. 74 entry has become a staple, and he will surely be a contender for the race win. Arena enters the event second in the NESST Championship Point Standings, 10 points behind Ryan Lineham.

Another driver who has a wealth of experience at NLWS is Waterford native, Jim Boyle. Driving the No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Boyle originally began his career in one of the track’s feeder divisions. He put the experience gained there to good use in the Tour’s visit to NLWS last year, registering a third place finish, in route to 2015 Rookie of the Year honors. Boyle currently has hold of the third position in chase for the NESST Championship, trailing Arena by six points.

Two-time NLWS Limited Sportsman Champion, Corey Hutchings, is also expected to enter his No. 36CT.  With thousands of laps and two titles to show for it, the passionate veteran racer will be a force to be reckoned with. He did not compete at the Tour’s inaugural trip to Waterford, but did participate in the Icebreaker, registering a second place finish.

These drivers will be pinned against some of the NESST and NLWS’s talent in a 35-lap showdown. Pit gates open at 2pm with practice beginning at 3pm. Qualifying starts at 5:30pm with features to follow.

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American Canadian Tour Returns to Waterford

Pole Dominates as Expected

Eddie MacDonald and Ray Parent race for position during the ACT 100 lap feature race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/

The New London- Waterford Speedbowl was back in action Saturday night with 4 weekly divisions and the ACT Tour. The crowd was not that big as the weather was cloudy skies with a big rain storm staying just off the shore.

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) is one of the premier late model divisions in the Northern US and Canada. These premier drivers battled it out for 100 action packed laps at the shoreline oval. Scott Payea qualified on the pole and jumped out to the lead on the first lap. Twelve laps into the race Marc Curtis Jr., Wayne Helliwell Jr., and James Banfield all got into one another in turn 3 bringing out the first caution of the race.

Jeff “Big Country” Smith racing with William Wall during the ACT 100-lap feature at the New-London Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/

Payea would lose the lead as Joey Polewarczyk Jr., was able to get ahead of Payea on the lap 13 restart. Bruce Thomas Jr., went spinning through the infield bringing out the next caution on lap 16. Payea would take the lead back from  Polewarczyk Jr., on lap 18  but would give it back one lap later on the restart from the caution brought out by Walter Sutcliffe getting loose and ending up in the turn 1 wall.  Payea would jump out front and was able to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field and would not be contested for the lead even through the rest of the restarts. On lap 54 of the race Nick Sweet spun into the infield and the caution came out. Jeff Smith spins out in front of the scoreboard on the backstretch on lap 74. Joey Polewarczyk Jr., was able to extended his lead after the restart on lap 75, he was able to win the 100 lap feature.

Two Former Legends Standouts Get First Modified Wins

The SK Modifieds were  the first and last features of the night. Their first feature was the remaining 18 laps from the rain shortened feature one week ago. It didn’t take long for the caution to fly, Paul Buzel, Tom Abele Jr., and Joey Gada spun into the turn 3 wall, all three racers were able to return. Tom Pinson and Bo Gunning got into each other only 3 laps later, both were able to drive away. Ted Christopher spins down the front stretch losing second place, also spinning during this caution were Jeff Fialkovich and Brent Sweet. Diego Monahan was able to hold off Dennis Perry to win the 18 lap feature.

Corey DiMatteo celebrates as he climbs from his car after winning his first career SK Lite feature race in only his second start of his rookie season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/

SK Lite Modifieds were the second division to race, their feature was 25 laps. John O’ Sullivan III was on the pole and was able to take the lead for 2 laps. Rick Williams was able to steal the lead away from O’Sullivan III. With 18 laps remaining in the race O’ Sullivan III was the caution car and he would return to the race and be many laps down. Nick Riso spun on the back stretch with 5 laps remaining in the race and made for an exciting final 5 laps of racing. Only 3 laps later half of the field got together into the turn 4 grass, many of the drivers were able to return to the race. The racer would end in the green white checkered fashion after the caution in turn 4. Cory DiMatteo was able to take the lead on the restart while Connor Holderbach, Calvin Therrien, Larry Goss, and Bill McNeil spun into one another in turn 4. Cory DiMatteo was able to get his first win in his second career start in the SK Lite Modifieds.

The Limited Sportsman was the 4th division to race, these racers went a distance of 25 laps. Jon Porter was on the pole and also took the lead on the first lap of the race. Jack Aquilina took the lead away from Porter with 22 laps remaining in the race. Porter takes the lead back with 21 laps remaining, after a battle with Aquilina. After a three-way battle Aquilina was able to acquire the lead, not even a lap later Monty Gibbs was able to steal the lead away. Aquilina ended up in the infield after a three-way battle with Moose Douton and Porter. Bo Norman made contact with another car and then spun out into the turn 3 wall with 9 laps left to race. Monty Gibbs was able to hold of Chris Meyer for the win. This was Monty Gibbs first career victory in the Limited Sportsman’s race.

The Mini Stocks were the next division to race and they went the distance of 25 laps. Brian Norman was the racer on the pole and also the first racer to take the lead. Charles Canfield took the lead away from Norman with 23 laps left to race. Sean Caron stole the lead away from Canfield with 17 laps remaining. With only 3 laps remaining in the race the first caution came out when Jake Christian and Doug Curry spun in turn 4. Sean Caron was able to hold off Ken Kassidy Jr., and Dave Trudeau for the victory.

Dylan Izzo crosses the finish line ahead of hard charging Ted Christopher to win his first SK Modified feature at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/

The SK Modifieds were the last division of the night and their second race of the night was 35 laps. Ryan Morgan was the driver on the pole and Dylan Izzo was on the outside pole. Dylan Izzo took the lead on the first lap. Paul Buzel, Tom Pinson, Brent Sweet, and Justin Gaydosh all wrecked one lap into the race in turn one. Buzel, Gaydosh, and Todd Owen all spin around in turn 4 with 32 laps left to race. Paul Kusheba IV hit the backstretch wall on lap 14. Dylan Izzo was able to hold off a hard charging Ted Christopher through two final cautions and to take home his first career modified victory.