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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Sunday 10/25 Bemers Super Bowl Results

NLW-rev-slider-logoWaterford, CT (October 25, 2015) – Short track auto racing returned to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Sunday with the inaugural running of the Bemers Super Bowl, closing short track auto racing in New England for the year. Highlighting racing action was the final Tri-Track Modified Series race of the year. Woody Pitkat claimed the division’s main event, earning a hefty paycheck for his efforts on the day. The 19th annual SK Modified® Nationals race put big money on the line and Keith Rocco won that division’s biggest payday of the season in a wild race. Rocco also won the Late Model feature, his second victory of the day, Nick Salva checkered the SK Light Modified race and Dylan Izzo claimed a special event for the INEX Legend Cars.
IMG_8577Pitkat unofficially earned nearly $8,000 following the day’s Tri-Track Modified Series events. He finished second in his 35-lap semi main event race, then came out on top of the division’s 65-lap main event. Pitkat began the main event in ninth and was in contention by lap-13 when he climbed into third position. Following a lap-18 caution flag, Pitkat outmuscled early race leader Steve Masse to take command.
Masse used his pole starting position to lead Todd Annarummo to lap-1. Before the field could complete lap-2, caution waved for Richard Savary who was stopped at the top of the track in turn three. Masse led Annarummo through lap-8 when contact with David Schneider left Brendon Bock’s car halted on the back chute, bringing the race back under the yellow flag. Pitkat used the next green flag sprint to get among the leaders in advance of a lap-18 caution for a six car melee that collected Ted Christopher and ended the race for Anthony Nocella, Eric Berndt and Norm Wrenn among others.
Pitkat wrestled the lead from Masse when racing resumed, pulling ahead as Les Hinckley climbed into the top-three with a strong run. Jon McKennedy was black flagged from fourth position to bring the race to its final caution on lap-26, and Keith Rocco retired from a run among the top group of cars with mechanical troubles on his machine while the race was slowed.
Pitkat jumped back out front on the restart and distanced himself as Hinckley got around Masse for second. Hinckley was keeping Pitkat in his sights as the field began what turned out to be a 39 lap stretch run through the checkered flag. As the top two positions had settled down, attention was on Ron Silk rising through the top-five looking for a sweep of the Speedbowl Tri-Track Modified Series races in 2015. Silk was third on lap-49 with an outside move on Masse.
As the laps counted down, Pitkat stayed in attack mode. He cushioned his lead further as Hinckley began to fall into the sights of Silk. With no further caution periods to reset the field, Pitkat was able to drive to an impressive victory. Hinckley finished second with a strong showing and Silk ran out of time to advance his position, ending a successful day with his team in third. Christopher bounced back to finish fourth, and Ryan Preece was steady all race to wind up fifth. Pitkat’s margin of victory was over two seconds ahead Hinckley and four cautions slowed the race.
Earlier in the day, Eric Berndt and Silk shared honors winning the two Tri-Track Modified Series 35-lap semi main events, netting $3,000 payouts apiece. Berndt won the first by leading all 35 laps, holding on through five yellow flags. Just two cautions slowed Silk’s run in the second semi main event, taking the lead from Christopher on lap-23 and pulling away for the win.

Rocco took home his third consecutive SK Modified® Nationals race, capturing the 75-lap feature with an impressive drive to the front to claim over $5,000 in prize money. Rocco, who captured his fifth division championship in 2015, set forth on a determined march to the front during a green flag run that brought the race to lap-28. He battled hard with Ted Christopher during the middle of the race, then fought off all challenges over a series of late caution flags to close out the win over a banner field of competitors chasing the prestigious victory.
The race began with Craig Lutz taking the early lead from his pole starting position. Christopher quickly made his way to second position following a lap-7 restart when the first caution of the race came out. Christopher overtook Lutz in the Speedbowl’s very capable outside groove to nose ahead on lap-13, then pull away in the lead on lap-14.
Rocco was on the move during that span, picking off competitors one at a time to close to Christopher’s bumper on lap-19. He dogged Christopher for the next several laps, draping Christopher’s rear bumper in both the high and low racing grooves to no avail. Christopher deftly defended each attempt until the third caution flag came on lap-28 to momentarily cool the action at the front.
Rocco got a good restart in the outside lane when the green flag returned, able to lead lap-29 by a bumper over Christopher. On lap-30 Rocco had cleared Christopher, only to see Christopher take the top spot back in turn one on lap-35 with a bold inside maneuver. A lap later, Rocco was back inside of Christopher through turns three and four, leaving Christopher to try and counter. While all eyes were out front, Matt Hirschman quietly worked his way into the top-five looking poised to make a run over the second half of the race.
Hirschman restarted third after a lap-42 yellow flag and pit stops for some teams reset the running order behind Rocco and Christopher. From there, Hirschman remained a factor the rest of the way. Rocco would never officially relinquish his lead, however six additional yellow flags over the remaining laps enabled both Christopher and Hirschman to fire shots Rocco’s way in attempt to derail his efforts at a third consecutive Modified Nationals victory.
After trading blows with Christopher to finally take second, Hirschman’s best shot at Rocco came on a lap-65 restart. Contact between the two coming to the green flag had Hirschman making a nice recovery to hold second while Rocco squirted away in the lead. Rocco needed to master one final restart on lap-72, doing so to pull ahead to a three car length victory. Hirschman’s race ended with a runner-up finish at the checkered flag, and Christopher was in contention until the conclusion to take third. Eric Berndt overcame a lap-10 incident to finish a strong showing in fourth, and Ryan Preece rallied from a rough first half of the race to take home a well-earned fifth place.IMG_8413

Izzo returned to his Speedbowl roots and drove to an impressive win in a 35-lap INEX Legend Cars main event billed as Battle of the Sound. Izzo, a current SK Modified® competitor at the track, took the lead early on and cruised to the win relatively unchallenged. Jeff Rocco of Wallingford made a rare start in the class and claimed second, while former division champion Dana Dimatteo of Farmington was third. The race pitted drivers from the Speedbowl against top competitors from other area tracks, including Seekonk Speedway and Riverhead Raceway and attracted nearly 50 competitors. Izzo took a $2,000 prize for his efforts.

Rocco checkered the 30-lap Late Model feature race in convincing fashion. He outdueled Ernie LaRose in the opening laps and then waltzed to a caution-free victory. LaRose led lap-1 before Rocco got away through turns three and four on lap-2. Rocco pulled ahead of a battle for second position for much of the race between Seekonk Speedway competitors Charlie Rose and Gerry DeGasparre Jr. Neither could close the gap to Rocco and settled into their race for second position. DeGasparre, the multi-time Seekonk champion, was awarded second place following inspection and Walt Sutcliffe was third.

IMG_8460Salva took his first ever Speedbowl victory with a win in the SK Light Modified race. He began the race on the front row and dueled throughout the 25-lapper with rival competitor Tony Membrino. While Salva was able to ride out front most of the race, Membrino had to rally from a couple close calls to stay in the hunt of first his Speedbowl checkered flag. Salva went on to the win by several car lengths at the finish, joining his uncle Bo Gunning with a win in the open-wheel ranks at the track. Membrino was second and Joey Ferrigno finished third.

Next Sunday the auto racing season closes at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl with Smacktoberfest, the track’s annual holiday-themed family fun thrill show. A demolition derby, unpredictable trailer race, enduro races and spectator racing are just some of the on-track thrills and spills, while a “trunk-or-treat” highlights the fan activities. Grandstands open at 12:30. More information on the event is available online at Speedbowl.com.

Unofficial New London-Waterford Speedbowl Sunday 10/25 Super Bowl Results:

Tri-Track Modifieds (65-laps): 1. Woody Pitkat, Stafford; 2. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks; 3. Ron Silk, Norwalk; 4. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 5. Ryan Preece, Berlin; 6. Steve Masse, Bellingham, MA; 7. Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA; 8. Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon; 9. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 10. Chase Dowling, Roxbury; 11. Andy Jankowiak, Tonowanda, NY; 12. Todd Annarummo, Swansea, MA; 13. Dennis Perry, Pawcatuck; 14. Mike Holdrige, Madison; 15. Kirk Alexander, West Swanzey, NH; 16. Max Zachem, Preston; 17. Zane Zeiner, Bath, PA; 18. Dan Meservey Jr., Brewster, MA; 19. Joe Doucette, Framingham, MA; 20. Brendon Bock, Franklin Square, NY; 21. Anthony Nocella, Woburn, MA; 22. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 23. Eric Berndt, Cromwell; 24. Norm Wrenn, Nashua, NH; 25. David Schneider, East Northport, NY; 26. Richard Savary, Canton, MA

19th annual SK Modified® Nationals (75-laps): 1. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 2. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 3. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 4. Eric Berndt, Cromwell; 5. Ryan Preece, Berlin; 6. Tyler Chadwick, Ledyard; 7. Jimmy Zacharias, Candor, NY; 8. Anthony Ryan Jr., Danbury; 9. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 10. Andrew Dzenkowski, East Marion, NY; 11. John Montesanto, North Branford; 12. Jeff Fialkovich, Shelton; 13. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 14. Joey Gada, Salem; 15. Jim Larsen, East Hartland; 16. Dennis Perry, Pawcatuck; 17. Paul Kusheba, Monroe; 18. Jeff Gallup, Agawam, MA; 19. Ryan Morgan, Mystic; 20. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 21. Tim Jordan, Plainfield; 22. Paul Buzel, Trumbull; 23. Zach Sylvester, Lebanon; 24. Ronnie Williams, Tolland; 25. Dylan Izzo, Westport; 26. Frank Mucciacciaro, Milford; 27. Tyler Jackson, Port St. Lucie, FL; 28. Kyle Trainor, Malborough, MA; 29. Tommy Membrino Jr., Prospect; DNS – Matt Galko, Meriden; DNS – Michael Benevides, Westerly, RI

Late Models (30-laps): 1. Keith Rocco, Berlin; 2. Gerry DeGasparre Jr., Pawtucket, RI; 3. Walt Sutcliffe, East Haven; 4. Ernie LaRose, Plainfield; 5. Ken Morin Jr., Old Saybrook; 6. Mark Hudson, Norton, MA; 7. Lloyd Anderson Jr., Wauregan; DQ – Charlie Rose, Tiverton, RI

SK Light Modifieds (25-laps): 1. Nick Salva, Prospect; 2. Tony Membrino, Plantsville; 3. Joe Ferrigno, East Hartford; 4. Paul Buzel, Trumbull; 5. Randy Churchill Jr., Oakdale; 6. Brett Gonyaw, Vernon; 7. Al Stone III, Durham; 8. David Arute, Tolland; 9. Paul French, Andover; 10. Calvin Therrien, Vernon; 11. Payton Henry, Willington; 12. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 13. Rick Williams, Haddam; 14. Michael Taschereau, Gales Ferry; 15. Chris Gombos, Naugatuck; 16. Carlos Gray, East Hartford; 17. Peter Lupoch, West Redding; 18. Larry Goss, North Windham; 19. D.J. Burnham, East Hartford; 20. Nick Riso, Wallingford; 21. Victoria Bergenty, Plainville; 22. Vin Esposito, Seymour; DNS – Mark Alkas, Berlin

INEX Legend Cars (35-laps): 1. Dylan Izzo, Westport; 2. Jeff Rocco, Wallingford; 3. Dana Dimatteo, Farmington; 4. Connor Pyle, Scotsdale, AZ; 5. Michael Christopher Jr., Wolcott; 6. Jordan Lamothe, Woodstock; 7. Brandon Martinez, North Kingstown, RI; 8. Alex McCollum, Phillipsburg, NJ; 9. Kyle Ellwood, Calverton, NY; 10. Jesse Jakubajtys, Brockton, MA; 11. Scott Limkemann, East Lyme; 12. Taylor Martin, Windham, NH; 13. Ryan Kuhn, East Bridgewater, MA; 14. Bryan Kelly, Riverhead, NY; 15. Glenn Korner, Canton; 16. Cassandra Cole, Westbrook; 17. Eric Hersey, Commack, NY; 18. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 19. Jake Johnson, Rehoboth, MA; 20. Tim DePizzol, North Franklin; 21. Michael Rutkowski, Mattituck, NY; 22. John O’Sullivan III, Salem; 23. Cory Dimatteo, Farmington; 24. Chase Dowling, Roxbury; 25. Mikey Flynn, Hampden, MA; 26. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 27. Devin O’Connell, Madison; 28. Teddy Hodgdon, Danbury; 29. Brad VanHouten, Riverhead, NY; 30. Scott Joy, Lewisville, NC; 31. Noah Korner, Canton; 32. Drew Bottge

Griffith Seals Championship in Breakout Season

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Ramstrom Victory LaneWATERFORD, CT – Derek Griffith puts the exclamation point on his breakout season, becoming the fourth different champion of the Granite State Pro Stock Series, as Derek Ramstrom grabs the win in the Bemer’s Super Bowl 150 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

Barry Gray and Mike O’Sullivan led the field to the green, with Gray needing a win to have a shot at knocking off Derek Griffith for the 2015 season crown.  Gray would lead until lap 4, when the first of twelve cautions came out for an incident between Billy Joerres and Roger Oxee.  D.J. Shaw would eventually overtake the lead, and set a blistering pace, as Griffith and Ramstrom kept within striking distance.

While Shaw continuously kept Griffith at bay on restarts, Ramstrom took notes, and overtook Shaw the first chance he had on the front row of a restart.  Shaw would continue to pressure Ramstrom, until breaking a rear end on lap 81, ending his day early.  Griffith would get the chance to attack Ramstrom again, but could not finish the job, as Ramstrom powered away for the victory.

After the race, Ramstrom spoke about the facility, saying “This is an awesome place to run a Pro Stock.  I hope to come back here next year.”

Ramstrom continued, “It’s a shame D.J. [Shaw] broke, I think he was definitely a contender for the lead.  Derek Griffith had a great year.  He had a great year, and has a lot of talent.”

Griffith would settle for the second spot, which secured the championship for the Hudson, NH resident.  Griffith exclaimed, “I’m in shock still.  I’m really happy with my Derek Championship Phototeam.  Louie [Mechalides] set up a stout car all year.  My whole team is excellent.  At this point, I don’t think there’s a lot of teams better than our team.  Everyone is so supportive, it’s huge, how into racing they are, and how much they believe in me.”

Gray would fight back through the field to take the third spot, and second in the overall standings.  Nick Cusack battled adversity all day, including changing a clutch after practice, to finish fourth, with Tommy O’Sullivan surviving to claim the fifth spot.  Former modified driver Jeff Pearl nabbed the sixth spot, Zig Geno climbed to seventh, with Scott Kulesa finishing eighth.  Dillon Moltz, who was involved in an incident on lap 82, and pitting late for fuel, would salvage a ninth place finish, with Mike Parks rounding out the top ten.  Cory Casagrande and Moltz would pick up qualifying heat wins.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will hold an informational meeting on Saturday, November 28, at the Clubhouse at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, at 11AM.  For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net.

BEMER’S SUPER BOWL 150

OFFICIAL FINISH

New London-Waterford Speedbowl

10/24/15

 

Pos (Start)           Driver                                   Hometown

  1. (13) Derek Ramstrom        West Boylston, MA
  2. (7) Derek Griffith              Hudson, NH
  3. (1) Barry Gray                 Belchertown, MA
  4. (8) Nick Cusack                Scarborough, ME
  5. (14) Tommy O’Sullivan       Wilbraham, MA
  6. (18) Jeff Pearl                    Salem, CT
  7. (17) Zig Geno                    Canterbury, NH
  8. (20) Scott Kulesa               Georgetown, MA
  9. (6) Dillon Moltz              Waterford, CT
  10. (11) Mike Parks Walpole, NH
  11. (2) Mike O’Sullivan                            Springfield, MA
  12. (9) Larry Gelinas               Buxton, ME
  13. (12) Joe Squeglia, Jr. Derry, NH
  14. (4) D.J. Shaw                   Center Conway, NH
  15. (16) Jake Vanada Berkley, MA
  16. (22) Mike Mitchell Cumberland, RI
  17. (5) Cory Casagrande          Stafford Springs, CT
  18. (19) Ray Christian III Groton, CT
  19. (15) Josh King Vernon, VT
  20. (10) Jason Palmer Berlin, CT
  21. (23) Roger Oxee Carmel, NY
  22. (21) Billy Joerres Somerset, MA
  23. (3) Jarrod Hayes             Calverton, NY

 

 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AR BODIES (Hard Luck)                                                  60 – D.J. Shaw

BOND AUTO PARTS (Last Car on Lead Lap)            57 – Zig Geno

BOND AUTO PARTS (Halfway Leader)                     35 – Derek Ramstrom

DRACO SPRINGS (Most Positions Gained)            35 – Derek Ramstrom

FIVE STAR AUTO BODIES (5th Place)                        16 – Tommy O’Sullivan

MACLELLAN METAL FINISHING (Heat 1 Winner) 5 – Dillon Moltz

MACLELLAN METAL FINISHING (Heat 2 Winner) 1 – Cory Casagrande

SEYMOUR PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS (Random)               17 – Jason Palmer

RB PERFORMANCE (3rd Place)                                   29 – Barry Gray

RB PERFORMANCE (7th Place)                                   57 – Zig Geno

SHERWOOD WHEELS (Most Laps Led)                     35 – Derek Ramstrom

SUNOCO RACE FUELS (Heat 1 Winner)                    5 – Dillon Moltz

SUNOCO RACE FUELS (Heat 2 Winner)                    1 – Cory Casagrande

VDL FUEL SYSTEMS (5th Place)                                   16 – Tommy O’Sullivan

POWERTRAIN TECHNOLOGY (4th Place)                2 – Nick Cusack

COIL-OVER COMMANDER (Feature Winner)        35 – Derek Ramstrom

PRINZICISION RACING (Feature Winner)                              35 – Derek Ramstrom

Its Race Day at The New London Waterford Speedbowl

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WATERFORD – More than 100 drivers pulled into the New London Waterford Speedbowl Friday for an open practice session prior to this weekend’s Bemer’s Super Bowl of Auto Racing.Included in the crowded paddock area is the new Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year. Chase Dowling, however, won’t be competing in a Modified this weekend. He’ll be returning to his Legends roots.Dowling, a former Legends champ, will be competing in a car owned by Mike Molleur in the $2,000 to win Battle of the Sound. And Dowling just isn’t making a token appearance. He had the fastest car in practice.
More than 50 Legends cars are expected for qualifying today, including drivers from all over the East Coast. The field includes Devin O’Connell of Madison, who recently won the World Championship in the Legends Semipro Road Course division. Another fast car in practice was driven by Connor Pyle of Scottsdale, Arizona, who is now living in North Carolina. He has competed in events in South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Las Vegas and California and has won eight races.
Another big story is taking place in the Granite State Pro Stock Division, which is making its first appearance at the Speedbowl. Jason Palmer, Waterford’s 2015 Late Model champ, has converted his car into a Pro Stock and will be trying to make the field for Saturday’s 150-lap race.
There still is plenty of talent in the Late Models. Gerald DeGasperre, who has won seven Late Model titles at Seekonk Speedway, will be competing at the Speedbowl for the first time. Also in action will be Ernie Larose, who has purchased the car driven to victory in the final Speedbowl race of the season by three-time champ Bruce Thomas.
“We made the deal as soon as the race was over,” Larose said, “and now this is going to be my car for next year.”
Among the SK Modified newcomers taking advantage of Friday’s practice session were Matt Hirschman, who will be trying to win the $5,000 first-place purse in the Sunday’s Modified Nationals. Ryan Preece, Ronnie Williams, Tommy Membrino, Kyle Trainer and Matt Galko were also on hand.
The action stars Saturday with qualifying at 1:30 p.m.Features are scheduled to get under way at 4:30.
The first feature will be a 20-lap Bandelros race, followed by the a 40-lap Mini Stock feature, paying $1,000 to the winner. Next will be a 35-lap feature for the New England Race Trucks feature, followed by the 150-lap Granite State Pro Stock feature. The X Cars and Super X Cars will be involved in 20-lap features, followed by a 40-lap Limited Sportsman feature with $1,000 going to the winner.
Sunday the drivers in the Tri Track Open Modified will arrive at the Speedbowl. The field will be divided into two 35-lap qualifying races. Each race will pay $3,000 to the winners. The top finishers will advance to the 65-lap main event, worth $5,000 to the winners.
Other features Sunday include the Legends 35-lap Battle of the Sound, a 25-lap SK Light race, a 30-lap Late Model race and the 75-lap Modified Nationals.
Contingency sponsor for the entire weekend is David Prinz of Prinzcision Racing, will be awarding two $50 bonuses for each of the 12 feature divisions.