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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


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


New London- Waterford Speedbowl Blastoff Successful on Day Two

The New London-Waterford Speedbowl raced the 8 divisions that were rained out Saturday night this afternoon. Throughout the morning it was raining and many people doubted that the track would actually get the event in. Due to this the crowd was a slim once again but that didn’t discourage the racers from putting on a great day of racing as eventually the sun came out and stayed out throughout the remainder of the day.

The first of the eight divisions to race was the Thursday night X-car division.  After qualifying yesterday Rich Nye qualified to start on the pole. Nye was able to outrun all other drivers until Dave Gargaro Jr., took the lead away. The race had a finish of Green White Checkered, Gargaro Jr., was able to keep the lead through the last 2 laps to win the race.

Cory DiMatteo had a strong run finishing third in his rookie start in the SK Lites division at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/
Cory DiMatteo had a strong run finishing third in his rookie start in the SK Lites division at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/

The SK Lites were the next set of drivers to take the track for their 25 lap feature. Cory DiMatteo was the man on the pole and was able to keep the lead through the first 8 laps. Tony Membrino Jr., took the lead away from DiMatteo on lap 9 and didn’t look back. There were a total of 6 cautions in the race as well as 2 rain delays. Rain was predicted in the early morning and then it showed up during the second feature of the day.

The third division to race was the mini stocks. Wayne Burroughs Jr., qualified on the pole and lead every lap of the 25 lap feature. Burroughs Jr., was able to hold off other drivers in the event through 5 cautions.

The Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series took to the track next with Dave Koening on the pole. Koening wasn’t able to keep the lead for long when only 6 laps into the race Tyler Chapman took the lead. Six laps later with 13 laps remaining in the event Bert Ouellette passed Chapman for the lead. Ouellette was able to hold off Chapman through 2 cautions before winning the truck race.

Wayne Burroughs Jr during his pole winning heat race run on Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/
Wayne Burroughs Jr during his pole winning heat race run on Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/

The Legends Cars raced after the Truck Series. Jake Johnson started on the pole, but on lap 2 Dana DiMatteo took the lead away. DiMatteo was able to hold off Noah Korner through 2 cautions before he won the 25 lap race. This was DiMatteo’s 24th career victory win.

The sixth division to race at the Speedbowl Sunday afternoon was the Limited Sportsman. Chris Meyer qualified on the pole but, Al Stone III was the driver who took the lead on the first lap. Stone III lead all 25 laps to a victory. This was Al Stone III’s 44th career victory.

The Thursday night Super X-cars were the next division to race. Ray Reed was on the pole for the race and he was able to keep the lead until there was 11 laps remaining in the race. Dave Yardley was able to take the lead away from Reed and hold off Reed for the win.

Jordan-ChadwickThe final division to race Sunday afternoon was the track’s premier division of the SK Modifieds. Rob Janovic Jr., was on the pole after the redraw. Janovic Jr., was able to keep the lead until there were 10 laps remaining in the race when Diego Monahan took over. Diego kept the lead for two laps until he wrecked on the front stretch. Keith Rocco inherited the lead and was able to keep that lead through the last 8 laps. Rocco held off Ted Christopher for the win. Rocco started 10th in the field and in true Rocco fashion charged his way to the front for his 123rd career win.

Waterford Postpones 8 features due to rain.

WATERFORD – Rain forced the suspension of Bud Blastoff 2016 Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl after the completion of two of 10 scheduled features.

Keith Rocco won the 30-lap Late Model feature and Tyler Barry won the 20-lap Bandolero feature before rain began falling and brought the racing card to a halt.

The event will resume Sunday at noon with the remaining eight features to be run.

Rocco of Wallingford, took the lead from Ray Christian III at the drop of the green flag and went virtually unchallenged the rest of the way in winning the 30-lap Late Model feature.

Despite numerous cautions, Rocco was able to easily check out from his pursuers after every restart of the event.

Anthony Flannery of East Hampton was second and Adam Gray of Belchertown, Mass., making his track debut, was third.

It was the first victory at the Speedbowl for Rocco driving for team owners Mike and Beth Sullivan. It was his 38th victory overall in the Late Model division at Waterford. His first 37 victories came running for former team owner Scott Fearn.

In the 20-lap Bandolero feature it was the 10-year old Barry, of Griswold, winning in his track debut.

Barry is the grandson of legendary Modified team owner Art Barry and the son of former Modified driver Ken Barry.

Ethan Durocher of Plainfield was second and Andrew Morin of Old Saybrook was third on the track but disqualified for an illegal gear, moving Charles Prinz of Higganum to third.

Prinz led the first 14 laps of the event but on lap 15 a lapped car made contact with Prinz, dropping him to fourth and allowing Barry to take over the lead. Barry and Durocher battled side-by-side over the closing laps.

Remaining to be run Sunday is a 35-lap SK Modified feature, 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature, 25-lap Mini Stock feature, 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, 25-lap Legends feature, 25-lap Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series feature, 20-lap X-Car feature and a 20-lap Super X-Car feature.

Waterford Speedbowl Feature Recaps

30-lap Late Model: 1. Keith Rocco, Wallingford; 2. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 3. Adam Gray, Belchertown, Mass.; 4. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton; 5. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 6. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme; 7. Brian Tagg, Oxford; 8. Marc Curtis, Brookfield; 9. Chris Garside, Waterford; 10. Matt Carlson, Griswold.

20-lap Bandoleros: 1. Tyler Barry, Griswold; 2. Ethan Durocher, Plainfield; 3. Charles Prinz, Higganum; 4. Nick Hovey, Chaplin; 5. Hailey Desaulniers, Windham; 6. Ethan Simmons, Pawcatuck; 7. Tyler Alkas, Berlin; 8. Brendon Tymon, Shelton; 9. Teddy Welch, Griswold; 10. Bethani-Louann Durocher, Plainfield.