Speedbowl Cars Invade The Crystal Mall With Drivers And Fans Excited For 2018

March 25, 2018

With race season only weeks away to help get the mood set we headed down to the Crystal Mall in Waterford CT. I cannot tell you the last time I have set foot in a mall, but I can tell you back when I did they sure were not this cool as to have race cars in the halls instead of those kiosk  things. The New England Race Expo is going on this weekend March 24th and 25th. There are race cars and trucks all over the mall and drivers and vendors throughout showcasing products and signing autographs.

 

 

 

 As we only planned to visit for a couple hours we ended up staying for over 6 hours. It seem as soon as we caught up with someone we had not seen in awhile we would run into another friend or fan. It was great to talk racing again and feel the excitement everyone has for this upcoming race season and the 2018 season at The Waterford Speedbowl. Heading the Waterford Speedbowl Wrecker Crew Ed Thompson said he took a break from fishing at the Bowl last weekend to come on down and see what everyone was up to and what the new cars look like before some may end up on the hook of his tow trucks. The Bowl pit stewards Ginny, Tracy and Rusty were doing what they do best promoting and putting on events in support of the Bowl as well as long time track supporters Lisa and Brad Vogelsong. They all spear headed putting on of this great event and the effort showed.

 

 Gary Byington of New England Racing Fuels was there with his Sunoco display as well as his "new" (restored) beautiful 1985 Troyer vintage modified that will be running the Open Vintage Modified Series, this series has multiple dates at the Speedbowl. He said he was proud and determined to support the New London Waterford Speedbowl as he enjoys racing at the Bowl and all the support the Bowl gives to the racing community.  He was glad to be part of this event as a driver and race business. We ran into CT race official and well known former CT driver Tom Fox who is looking forward to the CT race season and what it has to bring. He came down to see some old friends and show support for the CT race community.

 

 Waterford Speedbowl general manager George Whitney was on hand with his family. He was happy with the displays and the turn out. "We wanted to show local people that there is a race track right up the road, many do not know this. They can come see and touch the cars here, talk to drivers, let their kids see the cars and meet drivers up close and personal" George Whitney came in last year as a  former driver to lease the Speedbowl and was able to put together and have a successful partial season. George went on to say he is looking forward to opening weekend May 5th and 6th for the New London Waterford Speedbowl at 1080 Hartford Turnpike.

 

 I agree this kind of event is great, I had a few people ask me recently why are they doing this at a "mall"? I told them why not, we need more of this type of thing where we target a new audience and introduce new people to our sport. Marketing and promoting to race fans is fine, but race fans do not need much marketing to as we all will be going to the track regardless. We need new fans, new blood to get hooked on our beloved sport and this is the type of promoting we need more of in my opinion. It was great to see all the young kids dragging mom and dad out of Sears, Macy's the food court etc. with glowing smiles running to see the "race cars."  We saw many store owners glad to see the cars and draw attention to the mall. This is all a great gesture of local businesses working together and supporting each other.

 

 Local "shock jocks" of the Facebook live  racing show "Shifting Gears LIVE" Mike Serluca and Diego Monahan were on hand and doing their weekly video show live at a table as they sat next to Young gun drivers Tyler Barry (of the famous "Barry" family and SPAFCO Race Chaises and Parts) racing the Bandolero division at the Speedbowl.  And up and coming star 15 year old Andrew Molleur. This year, Molleur/Able Motorsports will be running a very busy schedule as he is going to be running full time at the Speedbowl in a SK modified, competing at Stafford Motor Speedway for a SK Lite championship, Thompson Speedway for as many shows as they can as well as a handful of full blown Tour Modified races including the NASCAR Whelen Tour, MRS and possibly TRI TRACK shows. This young man will be fun to watch this year and has a big future ahead of him.

 

 Mike Serluca told us "I am happy to be back as part of the Bowl team, I grew up there, I have worked there and I love that place no matter what. I am happy to help them out and do what I can to help and support the Speedbowl and CT racing" We at Mod Squad look forward to seeing Mike on the Bowl team and helping each other out in many ways and cross promoting.  Laura Marie of Passing Bird Photography was there with a nice both and race photos. She is all set for this year as the track photographer and cant wait to be back.  Gary Spinnato of Rent a Race Car was there with a sharp looking Street Stock car that is available for rent this season.

 

 Wednesday night X Car driver Chris "Nubsy" Strickland is excited to wheel his new sharp looking #84. "My luck this season I know is going to change, I have a new car, new engine and new luck. I can not wait to be out there having fun this year its game on!" said disabled US ARMY veteran Nubsy who is a inspiration to many and a breath of fresh air with his always positive and passionate attitude. By his side signing autographs was also a young lady who drives X Cars on Wednesdays as well, Kaylee Simmons who can't wait to be back racing at the Bowl as well and Seekonk some this year too.

 

 Jim Boyle's wild looking #2 Truck is on display. The Marsh Racing Whelen #31 NASCAR K&N East race car Ryan Preece drove is also on display among many more. Get on out Sunday 11am to 6pm at the Crystal mall to check out cars, more drivers and show some support and do some shopping. Legends Bob Potter and Phil Rodeau will be on hand singing autographs as well as many more.

 

Saturday 3-24-18:

 Starting at 10:00 am

Anthony Bello (Legends)

Corey Caddick (Legends)

Emma Monanhan (Bandolero)

Tyler Barry (Bandolero)

Charles Canfield (Mini Stock)

Dylan Decoster (X-Car)

Jason Larivee Jr. (Super X)

Danny Meyer (Street Stock)

Chris Meyer (Street Stock)

Matt Brown (Mini Stock)

Chris Strickland (X-Car)

Andrew Molleur (SK Modified)

 

 

 Sunday 3-25-18

Starting at 11:00 am

Bob Potter (Legendary SK Modified Driver)

Phil Rondeau (Legendary Speedbowl Champion)

Joey Ternullo (SK Modified)

Charles Canfield (Mini Stock)

Ken Cassidy Jr. (Mini Stock)

Marc Shafer (Super-X)

Emma Monahan (Bandolero)

Tyler Barry (Bandolero)

Dominic Abbatiello (Bandolero)

Jeremy Washburn (Super-X)

                                                                                                                   Chris Strickland (X-Car)

                                                                                                                   Jim Boyle (Truck Series)

                                                                                                                   Mike Trask (X-Car)

                                                                                                                   Chris Correll (SK Lite)

                                                                Autograph tables will be located in front of Sears and also in front of Macy’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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