Connecticut's big three will be in action this weekend along with two other special events in the Northeast all starting Friday night at Jack Arute’s Stafford Motor Speedway. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will be in action for 80 laps of ground pounding action. For this Friday's event there are 33 drivers on the entry list. Included in those listed are Andrew Molleur, and Joey Cipriano both of which are making their first starts of the season in the MRS. It looks to be exciting with the hometown hero, Woody Pitkat in the #52, and many big names like Keith Rocco, Richard Savary, Eric Goodale, Anthony Nocella, Rowan Pennink and many more. You can view the whole entry list HERE.
The SK Modifieds will run 40 laps and it will be with many looking to beat the number 88 of Keith Rocco who has won every Stafford SK race this year so far. The Late Models, Limited Late Models and Street Stocks will also be in full force along with the SK Lights, who in the eyes of many put on one of the best shows weekly. Who will be able to catch last weeks SK Light Winner Bryan Narducci?
Saturday night the New-London Waterford Speedbowl will be in action for a fully packed card of racing. Raining out the past two weeks, the big SK Modified 80 lap race will be the headline this weekend. The crew at The New-London Waterford Speedbowl has been working non stop to generate more incentives not just for that race but throughout the season. Our own Brandon Wilkinson sat down to talk to social media/Marketing Representative for the Speedbowl Mike Serluca; “Basically, it’s been a team effort. George, Ryan, Melanie, and Ginny have been doing an equal part in reaching out to potential marketing partners. Honestly, in my case, all of the people who contributed reached out to me. They have all expressed interest in putting up money throughout the season. I have many friends who own local small businesses who have expressed interest in supporting contingency at the Bowl. I’d love to have those big time sponsorship's that other tracks get and that’s a huge goal of mine moving forward. I want to spread the financial love over as many divisions as possible.” The 80 lap SK Modified race is now up to 4,150.00 to win, not counting the lap money and other contingencies. In recent history, this is one of the biggest purses at the New-London Waterford Speedbowl weekly divisions. Also, it was announced this week that there will be a 2018 Point fund at the Speedbowl. Once again, Mod Squad Racing Media sat down with Mike Serluca; “The 2018 point fund is a collaborative effort involving the Speedbowl and four of our major marketing partners. Each entity will be kicking in a percentage towards the fund. I’m not privy to the specifics of how the actual deal works, since I have not had a chance to get the exact financial details from George Whitney, but I know a guaranteed $10,000.00 is from the Speedbowl itself. George brokered the deal preliminarily with Budweiser, Hoosier, Coca-Cola, and Sunoco.
The finishing touches (percentage and dollar amount) are still in the works.”
Along with the SK Modifieds, the Vintage Outlaws will be in action for a blast of the past race. Also headlining the card will be twin features for the Sportsman division (one being the remainder of the opening day race that was postponed due to rain), the SK Lights will be in action as well as the Legends, Mini Stocks, and Late Models. Heat races start at 5:00PM, and features start right after heat racing ends. With a 80 lap SK mod purse totaling over $17,300 and someone possibly taking home over $4,500 between lap money and the winners purse it should be a great show. To read more on this race that was postponed here is our story from last week HERE.
Also on Saturday Night up on the New Hampshire boarder are the ISMA Super Modifieds at the Monadnock Speedway. This is their first return in decades. The ISMA Supers will be opening their season at Monadnock this Saturday running 75 laps. Many names such as Dave Shullick Jr, and Jon McKennedy will be in action. During the test session for the Supers when the Modified Racing Series was in town, the Super Modifieds were turning sub 11 second lap times. It will be hold your breath time for 75 laps on Saturday night. Along with the Supers will be the Super Stocks, Sportsman Mods, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Lightning Stocks, AND Young Guns. It is a packed card at Monadnock this Saturday but the gates will open at 9AM for ISMA teams, and 11AM for Monadnock NWAAS divisions. To find more information and their schedule click HERE.
The final big Asphalt race on Saturday is the ISLIP 300. This huge event at the Riverhead Raceway is in its second running of the 300. With the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in action in just over a month, many of the NASCAR Whelen Tour drivers are expected to come out to Riverhead to make some noise this weekend. Drivers expected from the Tour include Craig Lutz, Icebreaker 150 winner Justin Bonsignore, young gun Calvin Carroll, Dave Sapienza, Eric Goodale, Ronnie Williams, and Timmy Solomito in the 7NY owned by Tommy Baldwin will also be in action. However, last year it wasn’t a Whelen Tour driver who took down the win, iIt was 15 year old Dillon Steuer. The kid saved his tires, took his hometown advantage and ran with it to beat the likes of Ryan Preece. This year he will be there defending his title. Along with Steuer there will be many Riverhead locals such as David Schneider, John Baker, Tom Rogers, John Fortin Jr, Dave Brigati and many other drivers that are very familiar to Riverhead will be going for the big trophy. It all kicks off at 5:00PM for qualifying, and features to start at 6:00PM. Also running Saturday is Seekonk Speedway and hitting the dirt will be Lebanon Valley and Fonda Speedway.
To wrap the weekend up, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will be back in action for the Limited Sportsman extra distance event. The Limited Sportsman will be doing 30 laps around the famed high banked oval, along with the SK Modifieds for 30 laps as well. A big story is how Woody Pitkat will rebound after a tough icebreaker. Pitkat was running in 3rd when an accident with Troy Talman occurred. A subsequent slide through the infield left him to salvage an 11th place finish within 10 laps left after one of the best saves many have seen. Another big story is how anybody can stop Keith Rocco. Last years champion was victorious in the Icebreaker at Thompson and has yet to be beat in SK competition anywhere this season. Competitors may have 3 chances this weekend to get it done at all 3 CT tracks. The Late Models and Mini Stocks will also be in action as William Wall and Eric Bourgeois look to continue momentum from the Icebreaker. Sunday will be Military Night at Thompson, where active and veterans of the Military will get into the track free. Heat races start at 1:30PM and features to follow. They tend to be done at a very reasonable time on Sundays show you you can have dinner with your family.
Hopefully mother nature lets us get some racing in this weekend. With so many options on Saturday even if it is raining at one place hopefully it will not be at another. We will be crossing our fingers that the weather works our way and we will see you all out at a local track, or two this weekend!! #ModOn #ShortTrackNation