SK modifieds will be the talk of the weekend with two big shows in CT, both with big pay days on the line. Here in the heart of modified country we are blessed with multiple divisions of modifieds. Many do not realize it, but in most parts of the country they do not really know what a modified is and if they do they may only know of "tour type" mods. As that is what most tracks outside of the New England area run and far and few in between like tracks like Bowman Gray in NC or the ROC Tour in Western NY and PA. Even Riverhead on Long Island NY only has one division of mods (Tour Type) until recently as well as Claremont NH and Wall NJ. Though all mods do look very similar and all weigh around 2,600 lbs on 15 inch racing slicks. They all also have the same basic chassis design within all the different classes, its what is bolted to those chaises or whats "inside" that differentiates them.
Here in CT we have a few breeds of ground pounders. Along with the big gun full blown 650 horsepower Tour Types. We also have SK Lights, for all intents and purposes they are a 2 barrel create motor mod with limited and basic suspension rules and ared around 355 horsepower. Then at the occasional track you will find "sportsman mods". They are very similar to a SK Light but with 4 barrel carbs and a few bolt on things on the same create engine now closer to the 400 horsepower range and with upgraded suspension rules more in line with SK Mods. Then we have the regional fan favorite SK Modifieds and for good reason. These bad boys may not look as impressive on paper as their big brother tour mods...but don't let whats on paper fool you as it often can everyday in life.
With custom "built" engines putting out roughly 450 horsepower with only a 2 barrel carb and more technical suspension to help get the power to the track and make these beasts corner like rocket ships, they are said to put on some of the best racing in the country anywhere. Though many do love tour mods as we do and they can put on incredible shows, we would say most times the SK mods put on some of the best "consistent" great racing week in and week out no matter where. SK Type mods can be seen at every event at all three CT tracks The Waterford Speedbowl, Thompson Speedway and Stafford Speedway.
That will lead us to the treat we are all in for this week with two big SK races! One paying over $4,000 minimum to the winner at the Speedbowl Saturday with lots of lap and bonus money on top of the purse. Friday is the much looked forward to "Stafford SK 5K" event that is happening as well. Not only will the fans get spoiled this weekend but how about some big paydays for the SK drivers. They always say they want more money, well this is the weekend for them to put their mouths (and cars) where the money is.
STAFFORD CT- This Friday, June 29th Stafford Motor Speedway is set to race their 5th Annual NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K with the Gamblers Challenge presented by Dunleavy's Truck and Trailer Repair. With over $5,000 to win and $450 to start it is typically a good race. This year there is a total of over $34k in total winning up for grabs in total purse money. The Gambler Choice is a way to allow the drivers to add to the purse. The drivers post $100 into the pot and Doug Dunleavy will match their contribution. In past years the pot has reached over $5k. At the conclusion of the race, the winner will draw a number to determine if the pot goes to the winner himself or if it gets divided up between the top 5 or top 10 place finishers OR if it gets divided up from 10th place thru 20th place. As of Monday, there are 22 drivers entered in this year's race. Some names among them are Chase Dowling, Ronnie Williams, Mike Christoper Jr, Keith Rocco, Todd Owen and Rowan Pennink. Stafford has a full entry list on their webpage that you can get to by clicking HERE.
We are hopeful for a good car turn out and a great race. Along with the SK 5K, Stafford will also be running their Street Stocks, Limited Late Model, Late Model and SK Light divisions as well. The SK Lights may be the "little brothers" to the SK's but have been putting on "big" shows this season. There is a lot of talent and FAST cars in this division. We have watched some crazy moves happen without incident and have been rather impressed as last year that was not the case. There are some drivers looking for their first win of the season and we see it coming. Brett 'The Jet' Gonyaw #81 found something in his car last week as he was fast in the qualifying till he got tied up and wrecked. The crew was able to scramble to get it together and came out again with a fast car for the feature. More unfortunate luck would strike and he would not be able to finish the feature as he was caught up again, but Gonyaw is hungry. Another young driver who is showing some speed and awesome improvements is the #55 Teddy Hodgdon.
He is currently sitting 5th in the points in his rookie season. He competed very successfully in the Legend cars and decided to make the jump up to the Lite this season. So far it looks to be a good choice, we expect him to pull a "W" this season. At the top of the list now after 9 races of the 22 scheduled are complete, the points are strong for rookie Bryan Narducci #01 who leads Marcello Rufrano #68 (last weeks winner) by 28 and young gun Andrew Molleur #35 sits only 32 points back currently. All three of these fast cars and talented wheel-men have multiple wins each this season and will have more to come no doubt.
We are expecting this to be a great show as well on Friday night. For this event, there are discounted tickets offered at your local NAPA Auto Parts Stores. There are 72 participating NAPA locations. For more information on that visit the Stafford webpage or call the speedway office. Admission this week is $30 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-14 and those 5 and under are free.
Waterford CT- The big Blast-Off SK 80 lap event this Saturday is a rain make up from the May 5th Blast-Off opening weekend. Though disappointing at the time when postponed we can not be more excited for this weekends event at the Bowl. The weather for the shoreline oval looks picture perfect, for once as there have been more rain outs at the Bowl than completed events this year. With some big dogs expected to show up Saturday, Matt Hirschman confirmed to Mod Squad Racing Media "That is our plan for Saturday. " We expect more will just show up race day, Rocco has been rumored to make his return to the Bowl to try and get the big pay check. We will likely see some cars from the previous nights $5K SK dance at Stafford to show up as well...as long as they are in one piece. As well as the Bowl regulars. With the chance for a SK team to bring home around $10,000 from running two local SK races it would be foolish not to try. Though the 1st place prizes are big, the Speedbowl has doubled all the prize money from first to last paying spot and Stafford had upped its pay outs as well as P10 will get $1000. The Speedbowl along with others and ourselves here at Mod Squad Racing Media have helped in the efforts to secure extra money for the purses as well as lots of lap and bonus money added to finish position prize money for the Speedbowl. A huge thanks for all that have stepped up. We would like to thank RaceChoice.com for their great contribution to this event of $1,300 after talking with Mod Squad about this big race. Be sure to check them out and show support back to RaceChoice.com
How we got to where we now are for the Blast-off 80. The first 11 spots for this 80 lapper did end up group qualifying on the opener weekend before the rain with Dylan Izzo on the pole in the #13. So any cars that show up will group qualify for positions 11 on back. The SK mods ended up running their first race of the year on a "Wacky Wednesday" race night where Waterford's hot shoe Kyle James owned the "outside" passing the whole field for the win. James would also win the next race and Todd Owen would win the last completed SK Race. It is funny saying this almost now July, but points are not a real issue yet and with $17K on the line for positions I don't think they really would be anyways. This track with its "true two" racing grooves can put on some of the best racing anywhere. We are excited to see this 80 green flag laps shake down. This is one you do not want to miss.
TIRE RULE NOTES FOR THE 80 LAP SK RACE Per the Speedbowl, "SK Mods 80 Lap Race Notes:The race is being run with the current Tire Inventory Schedule. The schedule for this week is being changed to 4 new tires.Tire Rules for this week are as follows: Current NLWS Competitors who have competed in at least one event will be able to add a max or 4 tires to their inventory on 6/30/18. New competitors will be allowed to add 6 Tires to begin their inventory as per the current NLWS Tire Inventory Schedule. If a new competitor needs to replace a tire due to damage at any point during the event day, outside of the 6 in their inventory, approval is needed by a NLWS Technical Official. ALL competitors who need to compete in a10 Lap Qualifying Race MUST start the feature on the tires they qualified on. The 10 Lap Qualifying Race(s) are for competitors who did not participate on the original Qualifying Event on 5-5-18. During these events the remainder of the field will be set. During the Feature Event, tires cannot be changed unless they are flat or approved by a NLWS tech official"
Saturday the mods are not the only ones racing for big money. For the Legend cars this is a HUGE money race, $2,000 to win "Summer Showdown." Track GM and Promoter George Whitney, with the help of his team has put together this event. Whitney's heart is with Legend cars as he has both successfully raced them and has also been a successful crew chief all over the country with top drivers. The Summer Showdown Legends race is a 35 lap special event will see group time Sessions to set up the heat races of 10 laps. There will be consolation races with a B-Main too with the winner having the option to take the $100.00 for pass on the money and move to the feature. A guaranteed $2000.00 to win the A-Main that will start 28 cars only. Laps are for sale, starting at $20 per lap! Anyone interested in sponsoring a lap should e-mail: email@example.com
These two big events will be ones that will be talked of and remembered for sure, BUT we can not forget about the other divisions running that always put on consistent and great shows every week. Saturday we will see the Trucks, Mini Stocks and SK Lite mods each for 25 laps. The hard racing favorite Limited Sportsman for 30 laps as well. THIS IS A DEAL FOR $18 for the grand stands AND ONLY $30 for the pits and they are open to anyone including children.
WINCHESTER, NH: We are crossing our fingers that the third time is the charm. Last weekend Monadnock made the early call to cancel their race program again as the ISMA Super Modifieds had been rescheduled to race. This was already a make-up date from their original scheduled date earlier in the season. The weather is finally looking favorable for them to get the show in this weekend. The racing will start with time trials for the Supers at 4:00. The Monadnock divisions are scheduled for their heat races at 4:30 with ISMA having their heats at 5:15 PM. The racing program will start at 5:30 with the ISMA scheduled to start their pre-race ceremony at 7:30. This weekends admission will be $40 to the pit gate, Grandstands open at 1 PM and it will be $25 for adults, $15 for kids 11-18 years old with 10 and under being $5. For more information and details check out their site HERE.
SEEKONK, MA: A rain shorted Tri-Track mod feature was cut short at 22 laps Wednesday night. This was very unfortunate as what was looking to be a great race. They will complete the remainder of the race. It has been rescheduled to next Tuesday July, 3. Stay tuned to Mod Squad Racing Media for more info.
Until the next green flag drops.. RG and MT #ModOn #ShortTrackNation #BowlStrong
-Those helping to contribute for the Blastoff 80 and to the total purse of more than $17,000, with more than $4,000 headed to the winner and added lap and bonus money . Among the sponsors who have put up bonus and contingency money are the following: Racechoice.com; Action Carpentry; Sireci’s Automotive; Alex Canistrari; Bob Potter; Prestige Motorsports; Race Works Chassis; Roger Gaudio; RAE Battery; Middletown Tile Co. and 32 Signs.
Also Black Flamingo Boutique; Jurcik Brothers Racing; JJ Dibble Construction; Race Hill Farm; Charles Toyota of Norwich; Fillomena’s Restaurant; Half Keg Tavern; Ed Thompson and the Speedbowl wrecker crew; Brody’s Seafood; the Speedbowl pit stewards; Mod Squad Racing Media.com Pearson Motorsports; and Steve Olsen Motorsports.-