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By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

WATERFORD, Conn. — Vault Productions is working on a new series that will give fans a look back at some of the top racing stories in New England over multiple decades — and that is just the start of what is scheduled to be a busy summer for the team.

On top of the new “Inside The Vault” series — which is slated to debut just before the start of the 2022 racing season — Vault Productions will also continue with the popular Sid’s View series — with upcoming tapings at both the New London-Waterford Speedbowl and Seekonk Speedway. Fans can also now watch a new edition of ‘A Day At The Races’ with SK Modified driver Jon Puleo.

The Vault Productions team — led by Sid DiMaggio — is entertaining race fans with short-track stories — both old and new — through their YouTube channel (youtube.com/sidsview) in the comfort of their own home.

“I’m excited that we are finally in pre-production and scheduling interviews for our Inside the Vault series,” owner Sid DiMaggio said. “I’ve been making a list of stories I’ve wanted to tell in a documentary style for years. We now have the resources to move forward and I couldn’t be more ready to go with these first five episodes we’ve picked out.”

As they start production, the ‘Inside the Vault’ series is a short-track documentary series that will showcase some of the top stories from New England over a period of multiple decades. Some of the spotlight episodes will include the rise and fall of Race-A-Rama — a historic car show in Springfield, Massachusetts, which took place in the Big E Exposition Building for many years.  Jared Echo, son of the late Race-A-Rama founder Bob Echo, has signed on to participate.

The series will also include an episode on Fred DeSarro — the winner of the inaugural Spring Sizzler driving for Boehler Racing — who passed away following injuries sustained in an accident at Thompson Speedway in 1978. The DeSarro family has agreed to participate in that production. 

Fans can also look for an episode on John Blewett III, who also passed away following an accident at Thompson that included his brother, Jimmy Blewett. The Blewett family will be involved in the production of this story.

It will also include an episode on Whip City Raceway, which was located in Westfield, Massachusetts — opened in 1995 and closed in 2011 — when the property lease was revoked. The track was located on a portion of land that was owned by Westfield Airport. The episode will include a special interview with the Pighetti family, the owners of the track, as well as several former competitors. 

Finally, an episode will be produced to remember one of the most touching moments in New England’s short-track racing history, which took place at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in 2013. Steve Barrett — deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 after destroying his Street Stock in a race weeks earlier — came back after 10 months overseas to find that the community of racers, family, supporters and friends at the track had built him a brand new car.  Steve Barrett and his family plus the core group of people who coordinated this event have all agreed to do interviews with the Vault crew.

“We have close to 30 stories on our radar,” DiMaggio added. “But I think five is a good place to start for season one.”

The Inside The Vault Series has verbal commitments for interviews from names like historic racing journalist Bones Bourcier, former New London-Waterford Speedbowl Public Relations Director Pete Zinardi, six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, Ben Dodge, R.A. Silva, Dick Berggren, Phil Smith, Bruce Cohen, John Spence, Shawn Courchesne, Dick Brooks and others. 

The ‘Inside The Vault’ series will be collective effort by many longtime crew members and collaborators, including veteran VP Crew members Jesse Gleason, Brent Gleason & Phil Jacques as well as Nicole LaRose, newcomer to VP Heather McGrath, and frequent collaborators Sean Foster and Bonssa Tufa, who is coming off the recent release of his documentary “13 – The Life & Career of Ted Christopher”.

The series currently has sponsorship from Hoosier Tire East. Anyone interested in sponsoring is encouraged to visit sidsview.com/sponsorship to learn more about available opportunities. 

Now, how about a look at what fans can watch in the near future.

Sid’s View will return to Massachusetts and Seekonk Speedway for another edition of the special show coming up on Wednesday, June 30. With cameras located in the grandstands — capturing the exact eyes of what a fan is seeing on race night — owner Sid DiMaggio and the rest of the team will profile the Tri Track Open Modified Series and the $10,000 to win Speed51 Modified Madness feature race. Sid’s View, made famous at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, is sponsored by Waddell Communications for Seekonk. Additional sponsorship is available at sidsview.com/sponsorship.

The second round of the Fast 5 Series, set to be held on Saturday, July 3 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, is presented by Ron Bouchard Auto Stores and The Racing Guys. Sid’s View will be back on the scene for another episode, as the premiere SK Modified division tears around the Shoreline oval with big money on the line. The first episode of Sid’s View with the Fast 5 Series includes the heated battle between Keith Rocco and Mike Christopher Jr., and Rocco’s epic speed-walk down the backstretch on foot. A total of three new episodes were produced from the first Fast 5 events featuring action from five different races.

With cameras placed in the grandstands and on-board multiple cars, this episode is one you can’t miss — and the next one will also include much of the same. The next Fast 5 Series episode is 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.

Released to the Sid’s View YouTube channel on June 22, a new episode of ‘A Day at the Races’  includes a look at Jon Puleo’s efforts at Stafford Motor Speedway in the Mr. Rooter Racing No. 7. The video includes interviews with Jon, and his father/crew chief Ed Puleo, and also profiles his scary crash at Stafford’s NAPA Spring Sizzler, which resulted in a slight injury, which he has now recovered from. The 21-minute full episode covers both his opening night debut and his return to competition four weeks later. There is also a three-minute blooper reel video with some funny moments from the shop interviews with Jon and Ed.  

The team also continues to work on NLARO On the Road — a vlog series starring Nicole LaRose – with new episodes coming later this 2021 season.  Also available on their channel is the recently completed 6-part documentary series on the history of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl and The Show — a 9-episode reality series about four drivers at Stafford Motor Speedway during the 2019 season. 

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. 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.

Jared Roy takes Mini Stock Gold at the New london Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD – It was a night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl that featured the smallest cars on the biggest stage.  Jared Roy won the
crown jewel event for the Mini Stocks this season, Zachary Martinez led
the way in Legend Car competition, Christian Herman came out on top in a thrilling X-Car battle, and TJ Rasicot parked his familiar number 9 in
the winners circle after the Compact Enduros.

      The event started with a rare time trial session for both the Mini
Stocks and Legend Cars.  Both fast times were set when the last car
scheduled hit the track.  Jordan Churchill was able to edge out Zachary
Martinez by just 0.056 seconds, and Jared Roy took down Larry Loomis by an even slimmer margin of 0.053 seconds.

      The Mini Stock stars were honored with outside introductions for
their 50 lap main event.  At the drop of the green it was Larry Loomis
and Charles Canfield trading positions until lap 8 when Canfield was
able to take over the top spot.  A couple of spins including Doug Curry
and John Bavolacco slowed the event in the early laps.  This gave Marc
Panaroni a chance to challenge Canfield from the outside line where on
lap 22 he took over the lead.

      In the second half of the race, Panaroni led much of it holding off
a hard charging Chris Garside.  Garside was able to get his car
underneath Panaroni for more classic side by side racing action, but was
never able to complete the pass.  A spin from Curry with 5 to go
re-racked the field for one last dash to the finish.

      Panaroni got the jump on the final restart, as Garside would find
himself in the middle of a three wide situation when he missed a shift. 
Tom Silva and Jared Roy split the 83 car and went on to battle for the
second position as Panaroni pulled away.  Roy was able to clear Silva
and make a bid at the lead, getting his car underneath the 51 on the
last lap.  The two got together and it was a photo finish at the line
with Roy ahead by 0.043 seconds.  He only led one lap en route to
victory, and it was the only one that mattered.

      In post race interviews, Roy said that the car came in at the end,
but the last caution was essential to having a chance to park the #1ct
in victory lane.  Roy walked away with $625 for his efforts between
winning the race, and setting fast time thanks to a boost in time trials
purse by CIC Automotive.

      When the Legend Cars took to the track for their 35 lap feature
event, it was Brody Monahan taking the field to the green.  He was able
to lead only one lap before three time winner Johnny O’Sullivan took
over the top spot.  His lead wouldn’t last long however, as Zachary
Martinez took the lead on lap 6 and went on to win the caution free
event.  A hard charging Brandon Martinez worked his way into 2nd place
until a spin had occurred, but no caution was thrown and he was able to
recover to finish 4th.

      The Wednesday night X-Cars were on the Saturday stage this week,
and most of the race went off without a hitch.  2020 champion Sam Mesick looked to have the field covered in his backup car numbered 1ct instead of his traditional 38.  Sam would take over the lead on lap 4 and lead all the way to lap 33 when misfortune hit he limped to the finish.

      While Mesick was walking away with the show, an intense battle for
second place was underway between Christian Herman and Corey Caddick, who was making an appearance while the SK Light Modifieds were off the schedule.  Both drivers would fight hard side by side, swapping both positions and lines as Caddick who started the battle on the inside line would end up on the outside line for a number of laps.  Little did they know that the battle for second would become the battle for the win, as Herman was able to beat Caddick off of turn 4 to capture the win.

      TJ Rasicot took down the win in a 50 lap Compact Enduro race win,
battling for much of it with runner up Randy Doucette to end the

      The Speedbowl is back in action next Saturday night with round one
of the Triple Threat Series featuring the first of two stops for the
Atlantic Three Quarter Midget Racing Association.  New to 2021, there
will be points awarded to both weekly championship and the Triple Threat series. 

Note: The New London Waterford Speedbowl off this Wednesday for Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday.

Mini Stocks (50): 1. Jared Roy, 2. Marc Panaroni, 3. Tom Silva, 4. Chris
Garside, 5. Charles Canfield, 6. Larry Loomis Jr., 7. Doug Curry, 8.
Wayne Burroughs Jr., 9. Nick Pappacoda, 10. Joe Bavolacco.

Legend Cars (35): 1. Zachary Martinez, 2. Jordan Churchill, 3. Johnny
O’Sullivan, 4. Brandon Martinez, 5. Scott Limkemann, 6. Brody Monahan,
7. Scott Kinsman, 8. Nikolas Frechette.

X-Cars (35): 1. Christian Herman, 2. Corey Caddick, 3. CP Burdick, 4.
Tim Burgess, 5. Chuck McDonald, 6. Jaden Hamilton, 7. Sam Mesick, 8. Ray
Herman Sr., 9. William Lauber.

Compact Enduros (50): 1. TJ Rasicot.

Todd Owen rallies to win Fast Five 50 at THe New LondonWaterford Speedbowl

Photo Mitch Bombard

WATERFORD —Some times drivers have to battle hard to take the lead.
Sometimes, however, the lead comes to them. That was the case for Todd Owen when he won the opening Fast Five 50-lap SK Modified event at New London-Waterford Speedbowl Saturday.

Owen was in third place, trailing front-runners Keith Rocco and Mike Christopher Jr., with 17 laps remaining, but was in no hurry to make a move. “Patience was the key,” Owen said. “I had a good car, but there was no reason to push it. I was watching the leaders, and I figured if the leaders took each other out, I could get the lead without passing a car. That’s the best way to do it.” Owen’s hopes turned into reality when Christopher and Rocco got together between Turns 1 and 2, enabling Owen to inherit the lead.

Cory DiMatteo seized the lead from Owen a few laps later on a restart, but Owen quickly got it back en route to his first win of the season, worth $3,000. Owen’s win was just one of the dramatic highlights during Saturday’s action. Jason Chicolas held off Ryan Waterman and Al Stone to win the 25-lap Street Stick feature. Tommy Silva was a runaway winner in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature.

Jason Palmer won the 30-lap Late Model feature the hard way — by slashing underneath Ray Christian with 10 laps to go. Wade Burroughs was able to navigate his way though a wreck that involved half of the field to take down the 25-lap SK Lite Modified feature. Rob Richardi grabbed the 25-lap full-power Pro 4 Modified feature and Rob Goodenough won the Limited feature. Jordan Churchill captured his first 20-lap Legends race of the year.

Owen was a third place car for most of the Fast Five feature until the Rocco-Christopher skirmish knocked both drivers out of contention and lifted Owen into the lead. DiMatteo got the jump on the restart, however, but Owen was able to jack-knife underneath him one lap later.
“Cory made a good move,” Owen said, “but fortunately we were able to get the lead back. Our car was hooked up tonight.” Joe Gada moved into second in the non-points race and Tim Jordan, the defending champ, was third.

All season long in the Late Models, Palmer has been dominating by taking the outside lane on restarts. On a lap 20 restart, however, Christian, the race leader, elected go take the outside groove and force Palmer to start on the inside. As it turned out, it didn’t matter where Palmer started. He buzzed by Christian on the inside, and then used the outside groove to his advantage on two subsequent restarts to grab his 79th career victory at the Speedbowl. “Maybe my car is good on the inside and on the outside,” Palmer said. “I have to figure it out. But on that first restart, maybe Ray missed a shift and I was able to get by.”
Christian was second and Glenn Boss finished third.

Midway through the SK Lite Modified race, a multi-car wreck blocked the track between turns three and four. Burroughs, the defending champ, however, was able to find safe passage. He made a Houdini-like move to bob and weave through the accident to move into the lead. Then he pulled away from rookie R.J. Marcotte to grab the win. Marcotte passed Evan Durocher on the final lap to grab second. “I have to give the credit to my spotter,” Burroughs said. “He guided me through the mess.
“We have a lot of young drivers in this division and they’re still learning. There are going to be wrecks, and you have to be on your toes to avoid them:”

There was an awesome battle in the Mini-Stock feature — for second place. Silva started seventh, but was able to move up four positions on the opening lap. He kept on moving up to take his second win of the year. Mark Panaroni, in his season debut, was second and Chris Garside was third.  “The car was stout,” Silva said. “The rainout we had last week paid off. We had two weeks to work on the car and it was awesome tonight.”

Chicolas was put into the pressure cooker with four laps remaining in the Street Stock feature. A late restart put Waterman alongside him and Stone behind him. One wrong move and Chicolas could find himself out of the lead. His restart was flawless, however, and he pulled away from both drivers. “I knew I had to get into the corner before they did because I was good coming off the turn,” Chicolas said. “As long as I beat them into the turn I would be okay because I wasn’t so good going into the turn, but I was good coming off.”

Richardi was in second place for the early part of the Pro 4 feature. The car went from slugish to solid on a restart against Ryan McPartland, lifting him to the overall 25-lap victory. Second in the division went to Braedon Mesverey, a 13-year-old making his debut. Goodenough was second overall and first in the Limited division. “Ryan McPartland had the better car,” Riccardi said. “There was only one way I could have beaten him — on a restart, and that’s what I did.” Churchill led from start to finish to win the 20-lap win streak, breaking John O’Sullivan’s three-race win streak.

Racing resumes Wednesday with Wild and Wacky Wednesday, starting at 7. In addition to the Super X-Cars, the X-Cars, the Legends and the Bandolero’s. The Vintage Modifieds will be kicking off a four-race series.

Feature Finishes Top 10 June 5th 2021

SK Modifieds 50 laps: 1. Todd Owen, Somers; 2. Joe Gada, Salem; 3. Timmy Jordan, Plainfield; 4. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 5. Joe Turnullo, Middletown; 6. Anthony Flammery, East Hampton; 7. Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass.; 8. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 9. Cory DiMatteo, Farmington; 10. Adam Gada, Bozrah

30-lap Late Models: 1. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 2. Ray Christian III, Uncasville; 3. Glenn Boss, Danielson; 4. Isaiah Newcomb, Plymoth, Mass.; 5. Charles Bailey III, Lisbon; Keith Scalia, North Branford; 7. Jason Williams, Lisbon; 8. Tyler Tomassi, West Greenwich RI; 9. Charles Bailey IV, Lisbon; 10. Mike Benevides, Westerly RI.

25-lap SK Lite Modifieds: 1. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 2. RJ Marcotte, Millville, Mass.; 3. Ethan Durocher, Canterbury; 4. Jason Chapman, Ellington; 5. Buddy Charette, Woodstock; 6. Anthony Marvin, Colchester; 7. Corey Caddick, Richmond; 8. Mike Mitchell, Cumberland RI; 9. John O’Sullivan III, Salem; 10. Charlie MacDougal, Naugatuck.

25-lap Mini Stocks: 1. Tommy Silva, Groton; 2. Mark Panaroni, Ivoryton; 3. Chris Garside, Groton; 4. Doug Curry, Groton; 5. Charles Canfield, East Haven; 6. Jared Roy, Sterling; 7. Pete Zaikarite, East Windsor; 8. John Bavoacco, Stratford; 9. Russ Barboza, Willimantic; 10. Kevin Moore, Moosup.

25-lap Street Stocks: 1. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, Mass.; 2. Ryan Waterman, Danielson; 3. Al Stone III, Durham; 4. Bo Norman, Clinton; 5. Aaron Plemons, Uncasville; 6. Shawn Gaedeke, Chesterfield; 7. Eric Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 8. Doug Curry, Groton; 9. Mickolas Hovey, Chaplin; 10. Chris Douton, Niantic.