AT THE BOWL??
It was Ringo Starr who once told us “It Don’t Come Easy.” Perhaps those song
lyrics could apply to the True Value Modified Racing Series as a second win
at Waterford Speedbowl has been hard to come buy. In seven races held at the
famed Connecticut race track, seven different winners have found victory
lane. No one has doubled up at “The Bowl.”
That could change Saturday night, Aug 15, when New England’s
premier Modified Racing Series makes its next stop on the 2009 tour. Or, is
it possible an eighth different driver could score the Sunoco Race Fuels
The previous races run have provided some surprises for modified
race fans. A rookie driver has scored a series win there. Four drivers with
roots at Waterford have won. And one driver, who had never seen Waterford
until arriving there, also found victory lane.
In June 2006, the first appearance of the TVMRS, rookie driver
Bobby Grigas, in only his third race with the series, captured his first
ever modified win in a rain shortened event.
The following year (2007) two races were staged at “The Bowl” with
local favorite Rob Summers, showing the way around his home track, winning
his first and only race with the series. In September of that season, series
hot shoe Kirk Alexander captured his first Waterford victory.
May 2008 saw David Pinkham make his first ever visit a memorable
one as he took down the victory. As long as Pinkham has been a racer, around
25 years, all he knew about Waterford, was what he’s read in trade papers.
He knew going in, that the legendary race track has a boat load of history.
When he headed back to Maine, he was part of it.
One month later, a second driver with a connected past at Waterford
roared to victory. With his young son watching, Les Hinckley picked up his
11th career win with the TVMRS. Hinckley, and avid member of Red Sox Nation,
is second on the all time series win list with 11 victories.
Last August, local driver Chris Pasteryak inched closer to the
TVMRS championship as he won his first ever series race in front a large
vocal crowd. The second generation driver cut his teeth at Waterford in
Legends cars and SK Modifieds.
Back in May, Doug Coby, a long-time Waterford competitor, piloted
the Czarnecki Brothers racer to his first win with the TVMRS. An ecstatic
Coby will always be remembered for his wild post race victory cruise through
a rain soaked and mud
Point leader Jon McKennedy (356) takes a 48 point advantage into
Waterford as he seeks his first ever title. Veteran Rob Goodenough and young
driver Stephen Masse are tied for second in the standings with 308 each.
McKennedy has been victorious this season at Twin State Speedway,
Claremont, NH; Seekonk, MA; Oxford Plains, ME; and Beech Ridge Motor
Speedway, Scarborough, ME.
Goodenough won the season opener at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH;
while Masse scored at Thunder Road, Barre VT.
McKennedy, shaking his head said this week, “Waterford is tough to
win at. Hopefully we can figure the place out.” He’d like to become the
eighth different winner.
Saturdays race will be the second annual Wings N’ Wheels event. The
TVMRS will be joined by the ISMA Supermodifieds, NEMA midgets, and the
tracks weekly SK- Modified division. Qualifying begins at 5 PM. For more
information, log on to
Source: John H. Spence
/ True Value Modified Racing Series