THE "THUNDER" ON SATURDAY
Speedbowl is ready and waiting to add to last year’s inaugural Thunder on
the Sound event. This year the event returns with more thunder on the
racetrack and in the sky with a show fans are sure to talk about long after.
Eight races on the night are highlighted by a 100-lapper for the Modified
Racing Series. The event, also Military Appreciation Night, is presented by
Connecticut National Guard who will have a few treats for the Speedbowl
crowd as well.
“You won’t find a more competitive racing tour around than the Modified
Racing Series or a more competitive track for them to compete on than the
Speedbowl” offered track promoter Terry Eames. The ‘Bowl’s smooth two-groove
race surface make it extremely popular with both fans and competitors alike.
The Modified Racing Series returns for their third and final appearance at
the shoreline oval this season. Doug Coby of Milford won the 100-lap race
during Budweiser Blastoff Weekend back in March, New England’s kickoff to
the racing season. At the Speedbowl’s popular Wings ‘n Wheels event in
August, Stephen Masse of Bellingham, MA closed out the 100-lap race on a
roll, going on to his first Speedbowl win. In 10 previous series events held
at the ‘Bowl, only Coby has scored a repeat win.
The series has seen 10 winners in 12 events this season and is amidst its
most exciting championship battle to date, showing just how competitive the
racing has been. Four drivers are within 33-points at the top of the
standings - Les Hinckley, defending series champion Jon McKennedy, Dwight
Jarvis and Rowan Pennink, the latter coming off a win in the last series
race plus a top-five finish at Wings ‘n Wheels. The title is up for grabs
with just a handful of events remaining on the schedule.
Joining the Modified Racing Series are all five NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series divisions at the track - the SK Modifieds®, Bob Valenti Auto Mall
Late Models, Street Stocks, Norwich Bulletin Mini Stocks and A.B. CDL Driver
Training Center Trucks. The Legends Cars and Allison Legacy Series will also
be on hand. Each will compete in 25-lap races.
Adult admission is $30 for adult grandstands and $10 for youth age 6 through
14. All kids age 5 and under are admitted free. On Military Appreciation
Night, valid Military ID will be good for $10 off purchase of one adult
grandstands admission and must be presented at time of purchase.
Thunder on the Sound gets underway with practice and spectator gates opening
at 12:30pm. Racing begins at 4:45pm with the first of eight feature events
as well as qualifying rounds for the Modified Racing Series. Fans will want
to arrive prior to 6:30pm to take in the night’s special opening ceremonies
before the main events and 100-lap Modified Racing Series event.
The Connecticut National Guard will put thunder in the sky with a scheduled
appearance by a UH-60 Black Hawk, giving Speedbowl fans a closer look at a
chopper. Some lucky fans will be selected to get up close and personal with
the chopper with a VIP tour.
The UH-60 features a four-blade main and tail rotors and is powered by two
GE T700 turboshaft engines. It can carry 11 troops with equipment, lift
2,600 lb of cargo internally or 9,000 lb of cargo externally by sling. The
Black Hawk helicopter series can perform a wide array of missions, including
the tactical transport of troops, electronic warfare, and aeromedical
evacuation. The UH-60 entered service with the U.S. Army in 1979..