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Its Race Day at The New London Waterford Speedbowl

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.

Granite State Pro Stock Series at New London-Waterford Speedbowl: A Closer Look at the Numbers

gspssWATERFORD, CT – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the final event of the tour’s schedule, and crown the 2015 series champion, on October 24.  The following is a closer look at the notes and numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) and the New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS).


The New London-Waterford Speedbowl opened on April 15, 1951.  It began as a 1/3 mile crushed blue stone oval race track, but was quickly paved due to excessive dust.  The initial owners were actually 6 local businessmen, and called themselves The New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Inc.  The original headlining division were called Sportsmen Stocks, which are now considered Modifieds.

Several people have owned the facility after it was sold by the original owners in 1974, including Harvey Tattersall Jr, Dick Williams, Jack Arute, the Korteweg family and Terry Eames.  Current owner Bruce Bemer bought the track prior to the 2015 season, and appointed former track champion Shawn Monahan as the General Manager.

On the track, the Speedbowl has been home to NEAR Hall of Famers Dave Humphrey, Moe Gherzi, Fred Luchesi, Don Collins and Bob Potter. It’s also home to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champions like Keith Rocco (2010-Division I) & Ken Cassidy Jr (2012-Division IV) and INEX Legend Car National Champions like Dave Garbo Jr & Matt Pappa (both in 2012).

There have been four previous Pro Stock races at the facility, won by:  Dick Houlihan (1988), Tom Rosati and Tony Papale (1989), and Jim McCallum (1995).


NLWS EVENT:  Race 11 of the 2015 season

TRACK LENGTH:  .375 mile oval

RACE LENGTH:  150 laps



#60 D.J. Shaw

–              Has two wins, three top 3s, and three top 10 finishes in three attempts on the GSPSS.

–              Most recent winner on the GSPSS (Star).

–              Has not finished any worse than second on the tour.

#12 Derek Griffith

–              Has four wins, fifteen top 3s, and twenty-three top 10 finishes in thirty total races with the GSPSS.

–              Finished second at Star Speedway in the most recent race with the GSPSS.

–              Owns an average feature finish of 6.23 in his GSPSS career.

#66 Mike Parks

–              Has earned six top 3s, and twenty-two top 10 finishes in thirty-eight career GSPSS events.

–              Finished a career-best 2nd three times (Hudson 2012, Monadnock 2013, Monadnock 2015).

–              Picked up a sixth place finish at Star, the most recent GSPSS race.

#29 Barry Gray 

–              Has recorded four wins, eight top 3s, and thirty top 10 finishes in thirty-seven career GSPSS events.

–              His four wins have come in each GSPSS season (2012-15), and all at Monadnock Speedway.

–              Grabbed seventh in the last GSPSS race.

#37ME Larry Gelinas 

–              Has tallied two wins, twelve top 3s, and twenty-four top 10 finishes in thirty races with the GSPSS.

–              His two victories were at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (2013) and Hudson International Speedway (2014).

–              Finished eleventh in the most recent GSPSS race.

#14M Matt Frahm

–              The series’ leader in wins, Frahm has five victories, fourteen top 3s, and twenty-one top 10s in twenty-nine career GSPSS starts.

–              Of his five victories, three have occurred at Monadnock (Star Speedway, Devil’s Bowl Speedway).

–              Finished fourth in the most recent GSPSS event.

#5 Dillon Moltz

–              Has picked up two wins, five top 3s, and fourteen top 10s in sixteen career starts in the GSPSS.

–              Of his two wins, one occurred at Star Speedway, at the NH Classic in 2014, the other at the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in 2015.

–              Finished eighth at Star Speedway.

 #08 Mike O’Sullivan

–              Has carried the checkered flag three times in the GSPSS, adding eight top 3s, and eighteen top 10s in twenty-eight career starts.

–              Has picked up a win at Hudson International Speedway, Monadnock Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

–              Settled in to a sixteenth-place finish in the last GSPSS race.

#16 Tommy O’Sullivan

              In twenty-five races with the GSPSS, O’Sullivan has picked up a third place finish, and fourteen top 10s.

–              Finished fifteenth at Star Speedway.

#21 Josh King

–              Has fourteen top 10 finishes in thirty-one career starts with the GSPSS.

–              Finished twentieth in the most recent GSPSS race.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net.

The New London Waterford Speedbowl Will Be Rocking This Weekend


WATERFORD — There’s a reason why the final racing weekend of the season is being called the Bemer’s Super Bowl of Auto Racing.
It’s going to be the ultimate racing weekend, with the highest cash purses ever paid out at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
What started as a show with just several divisions has mushroomed into a 12-division, big money show.
The centerpiece is the Tri-Track Open Modified Series. More than 44 full-powered Modifieds have already entered.
That’s just the main course, however. It will be a two-day racing feast that will include all nine of the Waterford Speedbowl weekly series, plus the New England Race Trucks and the Granite State Pro Stock series. Another added attraction will be the 19th annual SK Modified Nationals, with $5,000 going to the winner.
“We’ve had a very successful season and no one wants it to end,” Speedbowl GM Shawn Monahan said. “Drivers kept asking us if their divisions could be part of the final weekend. So we are accommodating them.
“The bottom line is that this is the biggest weekend ever at the Speedbowl. Everyone is talking about how great the Tri-Track Series race was on Sept. 13, and almost all of the drivers are coming back, plus several who weren’t with us in September.”
The Tri-Track series is just one layer of the cake.
“The Battle of the Sound Legends race is paying $2,000 to the winner, the biggest first-place purse ever offered in Connecticut,” Monahan said. “And there was so much interest, we had to add 2 consi’s and a B-Main. The enthusiasm is unbelievable.”


Weekend Schedule October 24th/25th
The racing starts on both days at 1:30 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be qualifying races for the Mini Stocks, New England Trucks, SK Lights, Granite State Pro Stocks, SK Modifieds, Legends, X-Cars, Late Models, Super X Cars and Limited Sportsmen.

Here is Saturday’s feature lineup, the features begin at 4:30 p.m.
***** 20-lap Bandoleros feature — Nicolas Hovey was the regular season champ.
**** 40-lap Mini Stock feature — $1,000 to win
**** 25-lap New England Race Trucks feature — Roger Turbush is the point leader
**** 150-lap Granite State Pro Stock Series — 5th Pro Stock race in Speedbowl history.
**** 20-lap X car feature — Dave Gargaro Jr. is the regular season champ
**** 20-lap Super X car feature — Brian Norman is the regular season champion.
**** 40-lap Limited Sportsman feature. $1,000 to win.

Sunday’s first event at 1:30 p.m. is a last-chance qualifier for the Legends Battle of the Sound, followed by feature racing.
**** 35-lap Tri-Track Modified Series qualifying semi-feature No. 1  — $3,000 to win.
**** 35-lap Tri-Track Modified Series qualifying semi-feature No. 2  — $3,000 to win.
**** 30-lap Late Model feature — cash bonuses
**** 25-lap SK Light feature — cash bonuses.
**** 65-lap Tri Track Modified series — $5,000 to win plus lap money
**** 35-lap Battle of the Sound Legends feature — $2,000 to win
**** 75-lap SK Modified National — $5,000 to win plus lap money bonuses

Tri-Track Modified Entry List as of Tuesday October 20th

00 Ted Christopher

0 Mike Holdridge
03 Ken Darch
04 Brendon Dion
4 Jeff Gallup
5 Chris Pasteryak
6 Ryan Preece
6 Dennis Perry
7 Kurt Vigeant
7 Rich Parker
9 Chase Dowling
11 John Beatty
12 Todd Annarummo
14 Max Zachem
16 Eric Berndt
19 Dave Schneider
25 Rowan Pennink
27 Andy Jankowiak
29 Brendon Bock
29 Jon McKennedy
33 Rob Richardi
35 Derek Ramstrom
40 Eddie LeClerc
41 Karl Fredrickson
42 Woody Pitkat
43 Kirk Alexander
45 Dan Meservey
46 Jon Kievman
50 Ron Silk
50 Carl Mederios
52 Les Hinckley
53 Norman Wrenn
55 Joe Doucette
59 Matt Hirschman
68 Keith Rocco
69 Jimmy Dolan
76 Zane Zeiner
76 Jeff Rocco
79 Garrison Grubissa
80 Dick Houlihan
85 Michael Benevides
92 Anthony Nocella
93 George Sherman
99 Richard Savary

Tickets are priced at $35 for adults and $10 for youths 13-16. Kids 12-and-under always are admitted free.
For more information, call 860-442-7223, or contact www.speedbowlct.com