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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.

Part 4 of NLWS Documentary Series to be released online Oct 23, 2018

Waterford, CT (October 15, 2018) – The fourth installment of the Vault Productions documentary series on the history of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl is set for release on October 23, 2018.  Part 4 will be available via the Vault Productions YouTube channel and their network of websites:  speedbowldocumentary.comspeedbowlhistory.com and sidsview.com.   The first three films (collectively covering 1951-1984) are already available online.

Part 4 picks up in 1985 when Stafford Speedway owner Jack Arute leased the Speedbowl from Harvey Tattersall Jr.  The 3-year reign was overseen largely by Ed Yerrington, a former Modified Champion at Stafford who was the GM at both Arute tracks during 1985-1987.  In 1988, the relatively unknown Korteweg family put together an investment group to buy the track and they ran it until 1994.  The Arute family contributed to the research for Part 4, while Dan, George and Wayne Korteweg are all featured in on-camera interviews.  The film covers many aspects of track management by both groups, including NASCAR sanctioning, creating new divisions, major renovations to the facility, non-racing events, and a 3-year long battle with local residents who were opposed to the Speedbowl’s existence.

On the track, there are in-depth profiles of many Speedbowl stars including Bob Potter, Dick Ceravolo, Brian McCarthy, Phil Rondeau, Jay Stuart, Tom Fox, Ted Christopher, the 2nd generation of Gada siblings and Johnny Cambino, who returned to weekly racing at the age of 62.  There are also segments on memorable events like the ‘Legends of the Speedbowl’ races where retired drivers competed in Strictly Stock cars, the night Bob Potter flew over the backstretch wall in 1991, the huge fire on the front stretch during an SK Modified race in the summer of 1994 and the wild finish to the 1992 Limited Sportsman Championship.

“We are excited to have completed the next film in this series, ” said executive producer & track historian Tom DiMaggio.  “There are important parts of the Speedbowl’s history in this chapter.  The track’s cosmetic look takes the shape of what we see at the track today during this era.  The SK Modified, Sportsman, Mini Stock and Enduro divisions of today all began in this era and the battle with town residents over the noise ordinance was a major threat to the track’s survival in the early 1990’s”

In addition to Stafford Speedway, there are stories involving Thompson Speedway as well as since-closed tracks like Plainville Stadium, West Haven Speedway and Riverside Park Speedway.

“Much of the feedback we’ve received in the last year or so is that Part 4 is the installment that is most anticipated by the Speedbowl community.”  DiMaggio added that he hopes if people use Part 4 as their introduction to the series, that they’ll like the content and go back and watch Parts 1-3 as well.  “Each film can be watched as a stand-alone film, but it is a continuing series that was meant to be watched in order.”

The stories in Part 4 are told by 41 different Speedbowl personalities – the most participants in any of the 4 films to date.  The running time is 146 minutes, the longest installment to date.  DiMaggio’s production crew for Part 4 includes Jesse Gleason, Brent Gleason, Bob Lucas, Kathy Courtemanche and DiMaggio’s wife Tiesha.  DiMaggio handles all the research, editing and marketing for the entire series as executive producer.  He is also the music supervisor, painstakingly going through hundreds of pieces of music until he finds the one that perfectly fits the segment he’s editing.  “Having the right music in each piece is essential in making the film enjoyable to watch,” DiMaggio admits “It can be a frustrating process, but once you get the right music to use, it really is worth the time and effort.”

“It has been an incredible experience producing this series.  Ultimately, I’m still a fan of the Speedbowl at heart, so to have the opportunity to sit with all these people and capture their stories was so rewarding.”  DiMaggio added, “Behind the scenes, we’ve had challenges.  We started with little.  Only Jesse had experience in producing a documentary and our initial equipment wasn’t great.  Since we’ve started in 2010, we’ve updated equipment multiple times.  And sometimes in the edit of the interviews, that shows.  But with the limited resources we’ve been working with, we didn’t have the time or budget to do re-shoots of older interviews with new equipment.  Despite all that, or the long post-production time involved with each film, the content is really good and I’m extremely proud of how these have been turning out.  I believe you’d be hard pressed to find another short track in the country whose history has been preserved like we’ve done with this project”

‘A Chronological History of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl’ is an independently funded series produced almost exclusively from support of the Speedbowl community.  Part 4 is once again sponsored collectively by Waddell Communications, Belltown Motors, Michael V. Williams Builders LLC, Nick’s Service Center, Honest John’s Used Cars, ServPro of Norwich and GRE6, all of whom previously supported the Sid’s View web series at the Speedbowl.  “We couldn’t be more fortunate for these sponsors who’ve helped us get this far.  There’s been so many other contributors, from people who came to our winter party fundraiser last January to others who’ve made private contributions, they all have a part in this.” said DiMaggio.  Parts 5 & 6, which are set to cover the eras of 1995-2005 and 2006-2014 respectively, are currently in production and seeking further sponsorship.

The dedicated website for this project (speedbowldocumentary.com) has details on each film in the series, photo galleries from the interview shoots and links to all videos available online.  They will also have an online store launched on October 23rd for those interested in purchasing the series on DVD.  People or businesses interested in sponsoring the rest of the series can contact the Vault Productions team directly through the website or email sid@vault-productions.com.

“With the racing season coming to a close, we hope everyone will find the time to watch our latest film, then hopefully give us feedback, share it around social media and help us get the word out on this series” DiMaggio said.  “The one thing I’ll guarantee is that it’ll be entertaining to watch”

James pulls out SK win on last lap AT THE New London Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD —The night started with a Peter Bennett Legends victory sand ended with a Bennett victory.
In between the Bennett bookends, however, it was a breath-taking night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. It featured flying and flipping race cars, come-from-behind finishes, dominant performances and overpowering passing.
When the Saturday show came to an end a few minutes before the clock struck midnight, Bennett secured a pair of Legends victories, expanding his point lead to 48 over Scott Limkemann.
Kyle James blurred around Todd Owen on the final lap to win his eighth 40-lap SK Modified win of the season.
Jonathan Puleo dazzled his way underneath Wayne Burroughs with two laps to go to win the SK Lite Modified feature and tie Burroughs for the point lead.
Anthony Flannery roared past Jason Palmer during the second half of the Late Model feature to take down his fifth win in the last six races and grab a three-point lead over Palmer.
Charles Canfield fire-crackered his way around Ian Brew with 19 laps to go to win the Mini-Stock feature. Jordan Hadley ran and hid from the field to win his second 30-lap Sportsman race of the year and Duane Noll slipped around Jeff Karns midway through the race to win his fifth Speedbowl Truck win of the year.
Perhaps the most impressive move was pulled off by James in the 40-lap SK Modified feature,
After Owen took the lead from Tim Jordan, James moved into second and spent 15 laps trying to make dive-bomb move ion the inside. They didn’t work. On the final lap, however. James changed his strategy, went to the outside and whisked past Owen. Hr won by 0.049 seconds.
“This one wasn’t easy,” James said. “Todd gave us plenty of room to the outside and we got the lead. “This sport can be a lot of fun when you can trust the person you’re competing against.”
The SK Lite race was just as exciting. Burroughs appeared headed toward his third win as he took the lead early, but Puleo made a blockbuster move in turn 3 with two laps to go to grab the lead for keeps. It was his fifth 25-lap win of the season.
“I knew I would have to try something that I normally wouldn’t try,: Puleo said. “I knew were faster, so I just drove it into the turn hard. It’s my dad’s birthday tonight and this is definitely the best present I could give him.”
“On the long runs, Jonathan just beat us up,” Burroughs said. “I can’t fault him for how he raced me. He just moved me out of the way.”
Early in the race, the car driven by John Bergenty went airborne on the backstretch, climbing over the wall. He hit the catch-fence and spun at least three times before landing about 300 feet away. Bergenty was uninjured after the spectacular crash.
Charles Canfield used some firepower in the outside groove to boogey past Brew late in the race to grab a win that even impressed Canfield.
”Everyone knows I prefer the outside groove, but tonight the car was phenomenal,” Canfield said. “This was the best cat I’ve every had at this track. I couldn’t ask for more.”
Doug Curry rallied to finish second after being plagued by throttle problems.
“We gave it the best we had, despite our problems,” Curry said.
The Sportsman race was much more one-sided — a win by Haddly by a huge margin.
This feels so good,” Hadley said. “This car has been so bad I was thinking about retirement. That’s why this feels do good.”
Point leader Shawn Gaedeke finished third and stretched his lead to 32 points over Jason Chicolas.
Flannery was feeling good in the Late Models as he surged away from Palmer, who was close to Flannery in the beginning of the race but was no match at the end. . Flanney was able to move into the point lead by three over Palmer.
“”We’re doing our homework and doing what we need to di,: Flannery said. “We have a really good car. It’s awesome to win all these races.
Noll made an awesome move around Karns on lap 25 to win the 25-lap Truck race.
“This truck was flawless,” Noll said. “There was no beating and banging up front, and that’s what makes it easier. We made a slight adjustment before the racer and the truck was great.”
In the first of two 20-lap Legends feature, there was chaos late in the race when a caution flag was thrown for the car of Nikki Vicariolli, who was stranded on the top of the track entering the third turn. During the yellow flag, Mike Blaskey made contact with Vicarioli’s car, sending him straight in the air, going end over end. Blaskey was not seriously injured, but Corey Caddick, who was the leader of the race, was penalized for making contact with Blaskey and sending him into Vicarioli’s car.
Bennett took control on the restart and went to the front ahead of Kyle Rogers, who was second.
“When the cars are lined up two-by-two, it’s hard tio get to the front,” Bennett said. “You have to be patient. And I think we were tonight.”
He was just as patient as he also prevailed in the second race. Brandon Martinez was second.
“Our goal was to come here and win two races tonight,” Bennett said. “That made it a tough day and a long day. I’m just glad it’s over.”
The night may be over, but he’ll remember his doubleheader sweep for a long time to come.
40-lap SK Modifieds: 1. Kyle James, Ashaway RI; 2. Todd Owen, Somers; 3. Timmy Jordan, Plainfield; 4. Paul Buzel, Trumbull; 5. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 6. Brian Narducci, Colchester; 7. Matt Galko, Meriden; 8. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 9. Geoff Nooney, Southwick, Mass.; 10. Robert Georgiades, East Hampton.
40-lap SK Lite Modified: 1, Jonathan Puleo, Branford; 2. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 3, Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 4. Keith Caruso, Millbury, Mass.; 5. Ethan Durocher, Canterbury;  6. Jake Taylor, 7. Nick Anglace, Naugatuck; 8. Anthony Marvin, Colchester; 9. Todd Taylor, Stonington; 10. Paul French, Andover.
30-lap Late Models: 1. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 2. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 3. Brian Norman, Clinton; 4. Keith Scalia, North Branford; 5. Tony Macrino, Waterford; 6. Michael Benevides, Westerly RI; 7. Allan King, Hamden.
30-laps Sportsman: 1. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 2. Adrien Paradis, Plainville; 3. Shawn Gaedeke, Groton; 5. Bo Norman, Clinton; 6. Jack Aquilina, Oakdale; 7. Rit Shawn, Westerly RI; 8. Ian Poland, Douglas Mass.; 9. Thomas Hanley, Dayville; 10. Jason Chicolas, Douglas Mass.
25-lap Mini Stocks: 1. Charles Canfield, East Haven; 2. Doug Curry, Groton; 3. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction RI; 4. Andrew Krzeminski, Haddam; 5. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 6. Al Stone III, Durham; 7. JT Suprenant, Central Village; 8. Sean Caron, East Hampton; 9. Evan Bourgois, East Haddam; 10. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford.
25-lap Speedbowl Trucks: 1. Duane Noll, Monroe; 2. Jeff Karns, Quaker Hill; 3. Lucas Leone, Southington; 4. Rick Ashlaw, Manchester; 5. Mike Olsen, Deep River; 6. Dylan Cabral, Richmond RI; 7. Brandon Lindahl, Niantic; 8. Andrew Morin, Old Saybrook; 9. Todd Taylor, Stonington.
20-lap Legends No. 1: 1. Peter Bennett, Cromwell; 2. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 3. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 4. Brandon Martinez, North Kingston RI; 5. Shileigh Martinez, North Kingston RI; 6. Scott Limkemann, Lebanon; 7. Anthony Bello, Newtown; 8. Brandon Remson, Norwalk; 9. Tyler Barry, Griswold; 10. Nikki Vicariolli, Shelton.
20-lap Legends No. 2: 1. Peter Bennett, Cromwell; 2. Brandon Martinez, North Kingston R.I; ; 3. Corey Caddick, Richmond RI; 4. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 5. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 6. Shileigh Martinez, North Kingston RI; 7. Brandon Remson, Norwalk; 8. Scott Limkemann, Lebanon; 9. Devon Jencik, Canton; 10. Tyler Berry, Griswold.