By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
WATERFORD, Conn. — As the summer season comes to a close, Vault Productions is busy providing short-track racing fans with some of the most unique racing content in all of racing. Whether it’s the popular Sid’s View series, the upcoming Inside The Vault series that is in production, NLARO on the Road or any of the other series, the team has been shooting all through the summer — and the action isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
The team will be returning to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, September 18, for another special night of video in the Sid’s View series as part of the Ron Bouchard Auto Stores Fast 5 events. On this night, the SK
Modifieds take center stage with their third round of the series, as the track honors George and Ricky Summers both with a 50-lap, $4,000 to win race.
On top of that, the night includes the third running of the Bubby Brouwer Memorial 49-lap race, with a boosted payout. The Late Models, Street Stocks, Legends Cars and X-Cars will also join the racing card. The Sid’s View team will be on-site for at least two different episodes from the night, possibly more, to make sure fans catch all the action.
Before the newest Sid’s View episodes are released, fans can check out the latest episodes on their YouTube channel at youtube.com/sidsview. Currently on the channel, fans can check out two different Sid’s View episodes from the Fast Five series on August 28 at the Speedbowl. One of the episodes covers the SK Modified race — the Flemke 50 event — won by Andrew Molleur over Cory DiMatteo and Todd Owen. The other showcases the support divisions of the night. Both episodes have multiple on-board cameras, grandstand commentary during the action, and more.
The Fast 5 Series episodes are sponsored by Belltown Motors, Belltown Recycling, CIC Automotive & Sales, ServPro of Norwich, Thirty Two Signs, Volpe Pre-Owned Cars, Busy Bees Learning Center, Silva Motorsports, JR Motorsports and Waddell Communications. The team is always looking for additional sponsorship. Anyone interested can visit sidsview.com/sponsorship.
“It’s always great to be back at the Speedbowl,” said Vault Productions’ Sid DiMaggio. “It’ll always be the home base for our crew. Our sponsors have been amazing this year and the action on the track, like always, is second to none. It’s very rare that we roll cameras at the shoreline oval without capturing some great content“
The NLARO On The Road series, starring short-track racing personality Nicole LaRose, also has a new episode on the Sid’s View channel. Nicole traveled to Maine for the prestigious 48th annual Oxford 250 on August 28-29. LaRose profiled her experience at the top Super Late Model race of the New England season, won by Cassius Clark. It’s the ninth episode of the series produced so far this season, with plans for a couple more before the 2021 season concludes.
Production of the Inside The Vault series is also well underway, as the team will give race fans a look back at some of the most historic stories of the region’s history. One of the episodes currently in production is the history of Whip City Speedway — with numerous interviews lined up with former track operators, employees, and competitors. This week, the Vault Crew finished shooting at the abandoned track property with former co-owner Dave Pighetti and Bill Guertin Jr, whose father Bill Sr had the initial idea to build the track with the late Frank Ferrara. There is a new episode preview on the Sid’s View channel with scenes from the recent shoot, as well as archive footage from the track’s original opening day.
Additional episodes in production for season 1 of the new series include the Rise and Fall of Racearama, the historic racing trade show that was held primarily at the Big E Exposition Building in Springfield, Massachusetts. So far, the team has already interviewed Jared Echo, the son of event founder Bob Echo, and Dale Wolbrink, former showrunner for the event from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s.
The series will also profile the life and racing career of Fred DeSarro — who lost his life following an accident at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 1978. The Vault Productions team will be heading south to Florida at the end of the month, where multiple interviews are lined up with his family.
Interviews are also lined up this offseason with the folks involved in the truly incredible story surrounding former military member Steve Barrett, who was also a racer at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. In 2013, Barrett, after being deployed in Afghanistan, came back home to find that his friends and the entire short-track community had built him a new Street Stock for competition. The interviews will include Barrett, members of his family, and those that assisted in the build.
“These stories for the Inside the Vault series are such a blast to produce. We learn so much, get to meet so many interesting people,” DiMaggio continued. “We take producing these stories seriously and cherish the opportunity to work with the families involved. I have high hopes for this first season of stories. Our offseason is already jam-packed with interviews and editing sessions in hopes to release these bad boys just prior to the 2022 season kicking off here in the northeast.”
There are also additional episodes and stories the team is working to get their hands on to keep the stories of short-track racing alive. The series will include interviews from some of the top personalities, both on and off the track. Current sponsors for the series include Hoosier Tire East and Waddell Communications, with any businesses, or fans interested in supporting the series, encouraged to visit sidsview.com/sponsorship.
And finally, the Vault Production team’s nostalgic website, Speedbowlhistory.com, continues to thrive. The group continues to preserve the history of the shoreline oval, with fresh statistics from the 2021 season set to be updated just after the season ends. Fans can check out the SpeedbowlHistory.com Facebook page for daily historic content and links to sections throughout the website.
Fans of Sid’s View should subscribe to youtube.com/sidsview. You can also support the VP crew by visiting their online store for apparel and DVD’s at vault-productions.com/shop. The store is fully stocked with both Sid’s View and SpeedbowlHistory.com t-shirts. New to the store this summer are three varieties of Sid’s View hats. It’s the perfect gear to wear to the track for the end of the racing season.
For more details on the crew and sponsorship opportunities, visit sidsview.com. You can also follow them at facebook.com/sidsvaultproductions and instagram.com/sidsvaultproductions. For more information on Souza Media, visit kylesouza.com and follow Souza Media on Facebook.