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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 microblue.com.  “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.

North East Street Stock Tour Adds Two Championship Events

Speedway 51 and Second New-London Waterford Date on Schedule

 STONINGTON, CT – Officials from the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) announced the addition of two race events to the 2016 schedule. The start-up stock cars series, which races later model Chevrolet and Ford production cars, will now contest ten championship events, spanning from Connecticut to northern New Hampshire.

Speedway 51, located in Groveton, NH, will host NESST for a 51-lap event on Saturday, August 20. The event will also feature a complimentary barbeque for all NESST teams in the pit area. Inaugural Champion, Joe Arena (Bristol, CT), and Anthony Belfiore (Haverhill, MA) both won events at the ¼-mile bullring in 2015.

“I like that place,” recalled Arena. They’ve done a lot of work there, and the track is fun, too. I’m really glad that we are going back there in 2016,” the reigning NESST Champion went on to say.

The New London-Waterford Speedbowl has added a second NESST event, also. In addition to the May 28 visit to the 3/8-mile shoreline oval, the Street Stocks will return September 10 for another 35-lap main event. Last year, local racer Josh Galvin (Oakdale, CT) secured the victory for the home team.  Two NESST regulars, who, ironically, are both from Waterford finished second and third, respectively. Moose Douton was the runner-up and Jim Boyle finished third.

“We’re delighted to be going back to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl for two trips this season. The track is located in the heart of our market, and always offers great side-by-side racing.  It’s always fun to see how our NESST regulars fair against the local Limited Sportsman drivers,” OTB Executive Vice President, Josh Vanada, said.

The North East Street Stock Tour will kick off their 2016 championship season with the 42nd running of the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday, April 9. For all the most up-to-date information on NESST, please visit www.nestreetstocktour.com, or be social with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.