Down at the Speedbowl no one is saying "one point does not matter" Multiple division are separated by less than 5 points some as few as 1 or 2 points, the biggest spread in any of the divisions is 29 points! More on this bellow.
STAFFORD, CT: This week is the last regular Friday night of racing at Stafford for the 2018 racing season. They will have all their regular weekly NASCAR divisions racing. Last Friday George Bessette Jr took the win for the extra distance R.A.D. Auto Machine 30 lap event. Bessette leads the points to Brandon Michael by only 16 going into tonight's race. In the Limited Late Models it was Ryan Fearn who would win and in the Late Model feature event, Tom Fearn would win for the 12th time this season. In the SK Lights, Bryan Narducci was able to edge out Marcello Rufrano on the final lap, in the final turn to get the win. Andrew Molleur would take the opportunity to get his nose in as the other two fought hard and he wound up with a second place finish. Going into this final race Bryan Narducci leads the points over Rufrano by only 26 points and young gun rookie Teddy Hodgdon is only 84 points back from the lead.
The SK race would find Mike Christopher Jr with a strong car and he ended his night with his second win of the 2018 season. Behind Christopher was a competitive Woody Pitkat who was wheeling Dan Avery's 10A for the night it was great to see Woody Back in a SK at Stafford. In third would be Chase Dowling in the #36. Going into this Friday's race hot shoe Ronnie Williams leads Keith Rocco by 86 points, Matt Galko is 120 back from Williams, Mike Christopher Jr is 134 back and Eric Berndt sits fifth at 148 points back from the lead in points.
CLAREMONT NH: Last weekend Claremont ran their second Open Modified show of the season. Ron Silk was in the Casella 25 and came home with the win and $3000. Following Silk was Russ Hersey and Dana Smith. We are glad to see this cool little track running some open modified races. It great to see them trying to expand their schedule and do a few 'out of the box' events.
Tonight Claremont will be holding the North East Mini Stock Tour 4-Cylinder nationals 100 lap event. Along with the NEMST will be Streetstocks, Super Streetstocks and a Redneck Enduro. The laps are TBD on the Enduro. They will also be doing radar runs as well. Gates open at 4 PM with racing at 7 PM. It will be $10 for ages 6 and up in the grandstand area. For more information head on over to Claremont's Facebook page HERE.
RIVERHEAD, NY: Last Saturday was a busy day. As Claremont was running their open show the VMRS was up in Maine and the Whelen Modified Tour was set to battle it out for the 2018 Miller Lite 200. The track had to fight some rain but they got the show in. For the Seventh time this season Justin Bonsignore won. Timmy Solomito was P2, Chase Dowling P3, Doug Coby P4 and Dave Sapienza P5 on the night. This win pushes Bonsignore's lead to 81 over Chase Dowling. Behind Dowling is Timmy Solomito (-106), Doug Coby (-116) and Craig Lutz (-134). Their next event is the very looked forward to Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 22.
THOMPSON, CT: Last Sunday Thompson ran their 20/20/10 Sprint Sunoco Modified event along with three other divisions. In the Late Models, Tom Carey III was able to walk away with his first ever Late Model win at Thompson. The Limited Sportsman would end with Shawn Monahan finding his way to victory lane again. In the Mini Stock division, Wayne Burroughs won the race. For the Sunoco Modified first segment, Marcello Rufrano won the first 20 lap feature in his first ever Modified win at Thompson. Congratulations to him on a job well done. Both the second segment and the sprint feature races would be won by Todd Owen. Owen was also the overall winner of the three segments as he tied a strong performing Kyle James with the event points but Todd had the Wins to break the tie. The top five rundown for the overall Modifieds on Sunday was P1 Todd Owen, P2 Kyle James, P3 Keith Rocco, P4 Marcello Rufrano and P5 Kyler Cafro.
WATERFORD CT: The shoreline Oval will have a busy weekend with the NEMA, NEMA Lites, and Valenti Modified Racing Series being in town. Along with the touring divisions the SK Modified, SK Lite Modified, Sportsman, Mini Stocks and Trucks will be racing and the NEMA will be doing a dash for cash as well in a 10 lap event.
Last week the Speedbowl put on some awesome racing as usual. The Sportsman, Legend, Mini Stock and Late Model features all came down to the line. The winners were decided by inches in most cases. There was lots of two groove hard nose racing that the 'Bowl is known for! It must be September cause the racing is heating up!! With multiple divisions with legitimate photo finishes for multiple weeks it is the place to be hands down week after week.
In the Mini Stocks last week it would be Doug Curry and Charles Canfield that came across the line side by side for the finish. It wasn't just a good finish but an exciting race straight through the feature. Curry's win over Canfield puts him back in the points lead over Canfield by ONLY two points. In third place was Ian Brew. In the points race, Nicolas Pappacoda is only 25 points back in P3 currently. With points this tight its a sure bet the mighty Mini Stocks will again put a show on!
In the Late Models, Anthony Flannery and Jason Palmer would put on a show. They came out battling strong to start and it looked like Flannery may have the race all tied up until a caution came out. That caution racked the field back up and Palmer would prove not only to be competitive but that he would take the win for the event. They came across the line so close that it was only with the transponders reporting the time that you could know for sure that Palmer had won the event. These two are also in a close points battle as Palmer now leads Flannery by ONLY 5 points. Brian Norman was P3 last week and currently sits in P4 in points at 69 points back. Ahead of Norman in points is Ryan Morgan who is 35 points back.
In the SK race, it was Kyle James who took the win, number 7 of the season! He got out front and had a strong night. The #21 is hooked up and can pass anything on the outside and puts on a show doing so. P2 Todd Owen and P3 the Young Gun Andrew Molleur. Even with all the wins that James has had this season, the points are still very close. Rob Janovic Jr is ONLY 16 points back and behind him, Todd Owen sits 36 back. Andrew Molleur is 55 back of the leader and Matt Galko rounds out the top five in points at 115 back. Tight points once again at the Speedbowl providing more dynamics to the events.
The Legends have been putting on excellent shows down at the Bowl the past few weeks. The finish has been a show stopper and this past week was no exception with another photo finish over the line. Mike Blaskey and Peter Bennett put on a show that you have to see to believe. This past week Blaskey was able to edge out Bennett by .04 of second for the win! They have been racing hard and battling for the win every week. In the points, Peter Bennett leads Scott Limkemann by 29 and Corey Caddick sits at 59 points back. Amazingly this is the biggest points spread currently at the bowl!! All the divisions are fighting hard for the win and promise to put on incredible shows.
The Sportsman have always put on a great show at the Bowl and last week was no different. Al Stone may have got off to a hard start this season but he has come back strong. Last week the show between Jason Chicolas and Al Stone III was a show stopper. It was Chicolas who was able to come across the line first for the win. Shawn Gaedeke still leads the points by 15 over Jason Chicolas and Jordan Hadley is 44 back from the leader. No matter where or racing under what name these cars are always a fan favorite and most times they tend to be the most talked about races the week after the show.
The SK Lites had their big race of the year last weekend at the Bowl. In honor of the late Bubby Brouwer the field showed up to race for good money and to honor a racer and track team member who made his mark on the division and the Speedbowl. He was part of the family at the Bowl and it was great to see the support from the drivers coming out to support a guy that will always be remembered. In the 49 lap race sponsored by Racechoice.com Andrew Molleur wheeled his way to the win in his RaceChoice.com sponsored number #35. Brett Gonyaw had a great night to start as he was the leader for many laps and took home a healthy pay check from lap money alone. It looked like it was setting up to be a great battle between a Fast #88 of Gonyaw and Molleur. Unfortunately Gonyaw would tag the wall after contact was made from another car on the backstretch and he would have to pit. Molleur was humbled to be the winner of this memorial race and the biggest purse in the history of the SK Lite division at the Speedbowl. Bert Oullette ran the fastest lap of the night. We will be looking to see the teams come back strong again this week. The Top five finishers in the Bubby Brouwer Memorial race were as follows: Andrew Molleur, John O'Sullivan, Keith Caruso, Bryan Narducci and Wayne Burroughs.
The SK Lite division is no exception to the tight points battles that are shaping up at the Waterford Speedbowl. Jon Puleo has been very successful in his rookie year and he currently trails in the points to Wayne Burroughs by ONLY ONE point! John O'Sullivan is 31 points back, Chris Gombos is in fourth at 37 points back and Bert Ouellette is in fifth currently at only 42 back. Expect nothing but great racing to continue from this division for the remainder of the season.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series is coming off a race at Beechridge last weekend, the points battle is very close for the top five runners as well and what more appropriate place to bring a tight points battle race than to one of the best modified tracks in the country, the Waterford Speedbowl. Youngster Sam Rameau was the winner of the event at Beechridge and is also now the current points leader in his #6. Behind Rameau by ONLY 18 points is Anthony Nocella and he was second at Beechridge and Richard Savary finished in third. The points are so close in this series it is sure to be a great race at Waterford this weekend. The top five points are as follows: Sam Rameau (432); Anthony Nocella (414); Woody Pitkat (411); Michael Willis Jr (400); Richard Savary (350).
On the entry list for this weekend the regular drivers and points leaders are expected along with Dylan Izzo in the #13 that the late TC drove at the SpeedBowl. This weekend marking the 1 year anniversary since we lost the legend Ted Christopher. Dylan who was P2 in his last appearance at Waterford with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, that was also his first event with the series. Keith Rocco is also expected to compete too, he won the last MRS event at the Bowl. It is also rumored that Rocco will be bringing a SK to compete in as well on Saturday again like he did at the last MRS race at the Bowl but opted to not run the SK feature. Mike Holdridge had a very strong race in the last MRS race held at Waterford we will be expecting him to have another strong night as well in his #0 at his home track. 'Bowl regulars, Andrew Molleur is running the fast and beautiful Ted Anderson black #1 and Bowl Late Model regular Anthony Flannery is running his fast #25 mod for the event and both put on a shows as they know the track well. Chase Dowling will be in the #25 on Saturday as well. Waterford Tour Type mod shows always tend to have last minute surprise entries as well as its not only a fan favorite its a drivers favorite to run at.
The fields will be strong and it should be a beautiful night for some good hard two groove racing! There are multiple drivers in multiple divisions expected this week showing up to the Bowl for the first time this season or some that have not been to the Speedbowl since early this season. So load up your cars as Stafford's regular season is over after tonight and there are 2 weeks before the Fall Final and a month to the World Series. Get your racing in before we are staring at snow...
With all the amazingly close points battle in all the Speedbowl's divisions just shows that no matter what is said or maybe more so what is not said "out there", it is consistently one of the most competitive race tracks anywhere putting on the best racing week in and week out. We hope to see everyone out at the track this weekend supporting their drivers and local tracks so they do not disappear. Come watch some good racing as the season is already coming to an end soon! We are not sure were the summer went or the racing season for that matter so we will be making the most of all the racing left in the 2018 season!!
There is just something about the smell of race fuel and race rubber on cool crisp fall mornings and nights, with the strong warm sun hitting cars and fans alike. The excitement and energy is not just on the track but in the air all around the track. Points are close, incidents and memories are pulled out from earlier, scores are to be settled, points wanting to be made. Drivers are wanting to put on shows to leave people talking, days are numbered it is now or never time. Titles are in sight as are big pay days. Hunger and determination sometimes take over from reasoning and playing it safe. Grab your friends, your family and take in some racing on a perfect fall weekend before the season is in the books and you missed out on some great fun, entertainment and memories! #ModOn #ShortTrackNation