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New London-Waterford Speedbowl Releases 2022 Schedule

 Waterford Ct March 10th. It is with great excitement to announce the 2022 schedule for the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.  The 71st year of the shoreline oval will feature a little something for everyone’s taste beginning with the Blast Off on May 7th. The year will feature the SK Modifieds®, SK Light Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Legend Cars as our main offerings on Saturdays from May to October, with supporting roles from the Speedbowl Trucks and various touring divisions. Legend Cars, X-Cars, Super X-Cars and Bandoleros return from May to September for the Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday program.

                A few open practice sessions will preface the season in April, leading up to the 2022 edition of the Speedbowl Blast Off headlined by a 71 lap SK Modified® race.  All of our weekly Saturday night divisions are on the card to kick off their scheduled 20-point races over the 23 week season, except the Trucks who are on the card for 16 weeks.

                Making up the difference of those 16 weeks for the Trucks, the Speedbowl will host the Exit Realty Pro Truck Challenge 3 times with one of them being their Championship event held at the 18th running of Smacktoberfest. That event will be headlined by the 3rd Annual Northeast Street Stock Championship and will also play host to the return of the Open Competition Mini Stocks. We will also crown the champion for the Compact Enduros who will once again run a 5 race point series, and more. There are two other family fun days planned on June 26th and September 4th, with more information to be released at a later date.

                Also visiting the Speedbowl in 2022, The 350 SMAC Super Modifieds will make their first appearance of the season on May 14th and they will share the spotlight with the returning NEMA and NEMA Lite clubs on September 10th.  NEMA and NEMA Lite will light the track up with their fast speeds three times in total, also on July 9th and at the Finale on October 14th-16th.

                Mirroring the same format as 2021, The Finale will feature a day of practice followed by races by the Bandoleros, X-Cars, Super X-Cars, and American Vintage Modifieds on Friday, with a full weekend of racing from the rest of our divisions, NEMA, and the 2022 return of the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association.

                Extra distance races for each division are planned throughout the year with the Late Models going 50 laps on May 28th and a special 25/25/15 format for Full Fendered Throwdown on September 24th. SK Light’s hit the track for 50 laps on June 18th, Open Street Stocks go 50 laps on July 2nd, Street Stocks get their time on July 16th, Mini Stocks on July 30th, and Trucks on August 6th. Legend Cars will have a special 20/20/10 event on July 23rd, and will also headline the Legend Car Fall Classic on October 1st.

                Back for 2022 will be the popular and rebranded Fast 3 Series for the SK Modifieds® on June 11th, July 9th, and August 13th which is bound to attract some of the biggest names in SK Modified® racing in the Northeast.  We will also once again present the Triple Threat Series for Saturday divisions and the Fall Shootout Series for Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday after the conclusion of their regular season that runs for 13 Wednesday’s between May 25th and September 7th.  There is also 6 point paying races for the Open Street Stocks throughout the year with each race winner being guaranteed a starting spot in the 3rd Annual Northeast Street Stock Championship during Smacktoberfest.

                For the most up to date information and any updates, please follow the New London Waterford Speedbowl on Facebook, @SpeedbowlCT on Twitter, or our website at www.speedbowlct.com


 It took a few more weeks than planned to get the seventeenth running of Smacktoberfest going but once it did the fans were in for a treat. The event was headlined by the 2nd Annual Northeast Street Stock Championship won by Corey Fanning. The final 58 laps of the Ron Bouchard Auto Stores Fast Five Series, presented by The Racing Guys was won by Speedbowl all time win leader, Keith Rocco. A special 40 lap Open Mini Stock race was won by Northeast Mini Stock Tour regular Mike Viens. Enduro winners included Beth Parks in the Ladies race, Maine’s Jamie Heath in the Full Size race, and Steven Brooks going back to back in the Compact Enduros.

               The SK Modified® race kicked off the show first, with Keith Rocco resuming from the pole. In a race that was the opposite of what we saw on the finale, the drivers clicked off laps at a high rate. Mike Christopher Jr, who was originally supposed to be at the North South Shootout, restarted the race in sixth and charged like a man on a mission into the lead just 10 laps into the day. Cory Dimatteo, who was substituting for Jeff Rocco, was forced to start last for the driver change. He was up to second place and knocking on Christopher’s door by lap 73, even looking into the lead on lap 78.

               A few minor incidents slowed the pace nearing the end of the race, setting up a three lap shootout for the $7000 pay day. After one false start, the leaders were able to sort it out by the second attempt which put on a show to the finish. Rocco would get the advantage going into turn 1 when Christopher chose the outside. They would wind up three wide into turn 1 on the following lap when Dimatteo would give it all he had on the inside. Dimatteo would make another bottom shot move on Rocco during the white flag lap and the pair would drag race to the line, with Rocco taking the win by only 0.071 seconds. Rocco accredited experience as what got him in the winners circle.

               By virtue of his third place finish, Todd Owen would be crowned Fast Five Series Champion by 13 points over Andrew Molleur, and 21 points over third place Joey Gada. This gave Owen the clean sweep for every SK Modified® championship title we had to offer in 2021.

               Twenty-Eight Street Stocks filled the pits for the 2nd Annual Northeast Street Stock Championship. The race got off to a rocky start with incidents that would end some drivers bid at the $2000 check early. Tommy O’Sullivan would wrestle the lead away from last years winner Christopher Buffone after a lap 8 restart and hold a comfortable lead for much of the race where he would and go on to lead 48 laps of this event. He would have a comfortable lead during those 48 laps even after having to fend off the field when a caution on lap 23 involving Jason Finkbein that slowed the pace.

               However, lurking in the background was a hard charging Jimmy Renfrew. Renfrew started 9th and was able to work his way into 2nd place during the next run, where O’Sullivan would lead Renfrew and Buffone as they clicked off about twenty more laps. Contact between Renfrew and Buffone would open the door for Corey Fanning to enter the picture as he slipped into 3rd.

A caution with 2 to go when Aaron Plemons’ engine expired would change the scope of this race for good. O’Sullivan would get the jump on the restart but it was Renfrew who would take the charge and get out into the lead, opening the door for Fanning to slip into 2nd place.  During post race technical inspection, it was found that the car driven by Renfrew was deemed illegal giving the win and big check to Corey Fanning.

Bo Norman would go on to win the Open Street Stock Championship by only 5 points over Joe Arena

               The 40 lap Open Mini Stock race drew cars from all over the region, and across both four cylinder classes in our ranks.  Regular X-Car competitor Christian Herman would lead the field to green, but it wouldn’t last long as there was contact across the front row on the first lap. This opened the door for eventual winner Mike Viens to get out front by the completion of lap 1. After an incident with heavy contact taking out three drivers on lap 18, Viens in his Mustang and runner up Matt Sonnhalter in his Jetta would class the field lapping up to the fourth place position over the final run. 2021 Mini Stock Champion Tom Silva finished in third uncontested driving the #34 car.

               Andrew Morin won the Exit Realty Pro Truck Series race, with Dave Koenig crowned as their champion. Tom Kazounis won the 1 on 1 Spectator Drags, Beth Parks won the 20 lap Ladies Enduro, Jamie Heath won the 50 lap Full Size Enduro, and Steven Brooks won the 75 lap Compact Enduro, going back to back and being the only repeat winner in the Enduros this season.

               Randy Doucette was crowned 2021 Compact Enduro Champion.

100 Lap SK Modifieds®: 1. 57, Keith Rocco, Berlin, CT; 2. 18X, Jeff Rocco, Wallingford, CT; 3. 81, Todd Owen, Somers, CT; 4. 82, Mike Christopher Jr., Wolcott, CT; 5. 0, Dennis Gada, Salem, CT; 6. 35, Andrew Molleur, Shelton, CT; 7. 25CT, Anthony Flannery, East Hampton, CT; 8. 72, Adam Gada, Bozrah, CT; 9. 9, Paul Buzel, Trumbull, CT; 10. 51, Rob Janovic Jr, Waterford, CT; 11. 6, Joe Gada, Uncasville, CT; 12. 8, Chase Cook, Norwich, CT; 13. 17, Glenn Pressel III, Bozrah, CT; 14. 83, Jonathan Puleo, Branford, CT; 15. 49, John Bercham, West Greenwich, RI; 16. 11, Ed Flemke Jr., Southington, CT; 17. 67, Doug Meservey, Dennisport, MA; 18. 12X, Matt Swanson, Acton, MA; 19. 74, Glen Reen, Belchertown, MA; 20. 47, Timmy Jordan, Plainfield, CT; 21. 78, Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill, CT; 22. 3CT, Matt Galko, Meridan, CT; 23. 18, Tyler Barry, Griswold, CT; 24. 94, Walter Sutcliffe, East Haven, CT; 25. 10, Joseph Ternullo, Middletown, CT; 26. 2, Corey Caddick, Richmond, RI; 27. 14, Bill Anderson, Wolcott, CT; 28. 6CT, Cory DiMatteo, Farmington, CT;

60 Lap Open Street Stocks: 1. Corey Fanning, Mapleville, RI; 2. Thomas O’Sullivan, Wilbraham, MA; 3. Ryan Lineham, Hope Valley, RI; 4. Hillary Renaud, Vernon, VT; 5. Christopher Buffone, Belchertown, MA; 6. Clark Brooks, Raymond, NH; 7. Chad Baxter, Pascoag, RI; 8. Bo Norman, Clinton, CT; 9. Brandon Plemons, Uncasville, CT; 10. Joe Arena, Bristol, CT; 11. Al Stone III, Durham, CT; 12. Jason Finkbein, Columbia, CT; 13. William Look, Jonesport, ME; 14. Andrew Gillis, Ashland, MA; 15. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, MA; 16. Aaron Plemons, Uncasville, CT; 17. RJ Surdell, Willington , CT; 18. Shawn Gaedeke, Groton, CT; 19. Paul Williams, Stoughton, MA; 20. Douglas Curry, Groton, CT; 21. Jeremy Washburn, Willimantic, CT; 22. Jaysin Beal, Ledyard, CT; 23. Paul Smith, Madison, CT; 24. Jim Silvia, Middletown, RI; 25. Ray Downing Jr., Canterbury, CT; 26. Joe Kohler, Cranston, RI; 27. Marvin Minkler, Stamford, CT; DNS. Jake Coutu, Moosup, CT; DQ. Jimmy Renfrew Jr, Candia, NH

40 Lap Open Mini Stocks: 1. Michael Viens, Seekonk, MA; 2. Matthew Sonnhalter, White River Jct, VT; 3. Tommy Silva, Gales Ferry, CT; 4. Patrick Houle, Vernon, VT; 5. TJ Racicot, Quaker hill, CT; 6. Eric Bourgerois, East Haddam, CT; 7. Tim Burgess, Norwich, CT; 8. Matthew Pion, Attleboro, MA; 9. Evan Bourgerois, East Haddam, CT; 10. Christian Herman, North Branford, CT; 11. David Dorr, Gales Ferry, CT; 12. Brian Marcotte, Danielson, CT; 13. Wayne Taylor, Moosup, CT; 14. JT Suprenant, Central Village, CT; DNS. Jared Roy, Sterling, CT;

Late pass lifts Monahan to victory in Open Street Stocks AT THE NEWLONDON WATERFORD SEEDBOWL

WATERFORD — Shawn Monahan sounded as if he was in a “Wayne’s World” movie after winning the 40-lap Open Street Stock feature Friday at the New London Waterford Speedbowl. He claimed he was “not worthy” after taking the lead from Chad Baxter with eight laps to go on his way to victory. “Obviously the 55 was not worthy tonight, they were many faster cars,” Monahan said. “It was an amazing finish. Outside of the two years I was in management, I had won at least one race a year here since 1998. It’s nice to keep that streak going.”

Other winners were Christian Herman, Ed Ryan Jr., Josh Stringer and Darren Krantz Jr.

Christian Herman felt the turning point in his 25-lap X-Car victory came early when he avoided a major crash on the first lap. “I didn’t think I was going to get by anyone without wrecking,” Herman said. Once he avoided trouble, he whizzed past Chuck McDonald on a restart on lap 10 to grab the victory. Tim Burgess, who started in the rear of the field, rallied to finish second. McDonald finished third, but nailed down the Fall Shootout Series title.

Ed Ryan received some good news Friday when it was announced that he was the winner of the Super X-Car Fall Shootout after finishing second in the feature. Then he received another dose of good news when apparent race winner Jeremy Washburn failed to pass post-race inspection, giving him his seventh win of the season. Devin Tate overcame a sluggish start to finish second.

Ken Cassidy Jr. achieved another milestone Friday. He made a late charge in the 25-lap Truck feature, giving him the championship by 15 points over Josh Stringer. “I just had so much fun this year,” Cassidy said. “I have a great crew and a great team. I never would have won this title if it wasn’t for them. Cassidy has won the Truck crown in each of his first two seasons in the division. He also has won five Mini Stock championships.

Stringer, meanwhile, not only won the race, he also won the Triple Threat series by one point. “That was my goal tonight,” Stringer said. “I knew I didn’t have enough points for the overall championship, but at least I was able to win something.” Emma Monahan led early, but Stringer blistered around her early in the race and maintained that edge the rest of the way.

Darren Krantz Jr. was running in sixth place with 12 laps remaining in the Bandolero feature when a violent crash took out the drivers who were running up front — Brad Strickland, Milania Shilosky and Ryan Vanesse Jr. That moved Krantz up to second. One lap later, he blurred past Brent Robidoux for the lead and held on to win the special 20-lap Bandolero feature. “This was one of my spare cars, but it was fast,” Krantz said.
Shilosky, meanwhile, was a winner in the Fall Shoot out.

Racing continues today, Oct. 16, with qualifying races starting at 1:30 p.m.  Features will be held for the NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites, Pro-4 Modifieds, Legends, Seekonk Sports Trucks, the American three-quarter Midgets and the Open Street Stocks.