The big news last week in New England is the fact that the
Waterford Speedbowl has officially gone on the market for sale. Asking price
is $3,300,000. The listing states that the property is currently being
operated as a NASCAR sanctioned racetrack. Listed on Zillow the real estate
ad states that “Redevelopment opportunities abound including affordable
housing, retail, industrial, distribution center and light manufacturing".
Owner Terry Eames said he listed the property with agents Joe Luca, of
RE/MAX, and Kenneth Dill, of Cresa Corporate Real Estate, within the past
two weeks, as part of foreclosure proceedings on the property. A Connecticut
Judge, Emmet Cosgrove handed down a judgment of foreclosure in January, with
an auction date of Oct. 18. The order states that Eames owes his creditors
$1.2 million in debt and attorney fees. Rocco Arbitell, one of the mortgage
holders on the property, motioned for foreclosure last year. Arbitell's
business associate Peter Borrelli is the other mortgage holder.
On April 3, the plaintiffs filed a motion for advice, requiring that
Eames advertise the property. McCoy said the motion is routine and that its
purpose is to ensure the property receives exposure both to wider audiences
through advertising in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, and to
the racing community, through publications such as trade magazines. Eames
said the language does not reflect any desire on his part to sell the
Despite all the doom and gloom being generated by the possible demise of
the shoreline oval it hasn't affected the enthusiasm of the competitors as
Keith Rocco won his third straight Late Model feature to begin the year and
Josh Galvin took his second straight Street Stock race in a row during
racing Saturday night at the Waterford Speedbowl. Tyler Chadwick won the SK
Modified division feature, Ken Cassidy Jr. engineered a come-from-behind win
in the Mini Stocks and Corey Barry scored a victory in the SK Light Modified
Chadwick worked hard during his run to victory in the 35-lap SK Modified
race. After he took the lead on lap 12 from Jeff Gallup, he held back a
charge from Rocco over the final 17 laps in what was a high-speed duel.
Rocco tried several different maneuvers to try to rattle Chadwick, but
Chadwick, the 2012 division champion, proved unflappable. Rocco was second,
followed by former division champions Rob Janovic Jr. and Ted Christopher
third and fourth, respectively.
In the 30-lap Late Model feature, Rocco passed Bruce Thomas Jr. on a
lap-6 restart to take command and never relinquished his lead. Thomas
finished four car-lengths back and Jason Palmer was third.
Apparent Street Stock winner Josh Galvin was later disqualified as tech
inspectors discovered illegal shock absorbers on his car. Al Stone III was
awarded the win. In the Mini Stock division Cassidy and three others in the
top five were disqualified for illegally modified spindles. Chris Ivory, who
originall finished third was declared the winner.
In other Speedbowl action, Fifteen year old Mike Christopher Jr. survived
a ton of late restarts to win the 25-lap Legends feature. It was the first
win for the second generation driver.
The Speedbowl returns to action next week with a five-division program,
highlighted by a 50-lap Street Stock Showdown event plus the return of the
New England Truck Series.
The Valenti Modified Racing Series traveled "up country" to the Monadnock
Speedway on Saturday night with 26 cars strong. Rowan Pennink won what was
considered one of the best VMRS races ever run as he took an impressive win
in the VMRS 100 lap Spring Dash 100. Pennink picked the pole starting
position after winning his heat. It was not a cakewalk as Justin Bonsignore
provided the excitement as he and Pennink swapped the lead numerous times
through out the 100 lapper. Steve Masse finished third and was followed by
Chris Pasteryak and Todd Szegedy. sixth through tenth were Dwight Jarvis,
Matthew Mead, Dylan Kopec, Max Zachem and Mike Willis, Jr. The next event
for the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be the Spring Kickoff Classic on
Sunday, May 4 at the Seekonk Speedway.
A persistent overnight rain and forecast showers in the area has forced
the postponement of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Bunny
Hop 150 at Caraway Speedway in North Carolina. A makeup date for the event
will be announced later.
The Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads into its annual "Spring Break"
and will be back on the track next on July 4 at Caraway Speedway. Andy Seuss
takes a five-point lead into the break over four-time tour champion George
Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem NC opens this Saturday night with a
200 lapper for the NASCAR Modifieds.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series heads to the Stafford Motor
Speedway this weekend for the annual Spring Sizzler. Originally an open
competition event and the brainchild of Dick Berggren, Bruce Cohen and Lew
Boyd, the Sizzler has become one of the premier events for the NASCAR
The 2014 NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler gets underway Friday, April 25
with a practice session for Stafford's weekly divisions. The practice
session will be open to the public at no charge. Action continues on
Saturday, April 26 with Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Whelen Modified
Tour cars, along with heat and consolation races for Stafford's weekly
divisions and the NorthEast Mini Stock Tour. Saturday will wrap up with
feature events for the SK Light, Limited Late Model, DARE Stock, and NEMST
divisions. The Sizzler continues on Sunday, April 27 with the NAPA Auto
Parts Pit Party followed by Stafford's SK Modifieds® and Late Models joining
the Whelen Modified Tour in feature action.
New England modified racing legend Billy Greco will serve as the Grand
Marshal of the 43rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. Greco began his
career in the early 1950's driving the #44 for Sharkey Gaudiosi and he made
a name for himself by teaming up with his brother George and racing the #43.
Greco recorded over 300 feature wins in his career with wins at West Haven,
Riverside, Plainville Stadium, Rhinebeck, Lonsdale, Menands, Stafford,
Waterford, Freeport, Eastern States, Islip, and the Pine Bowl. Greco claimed
track championships at West Haven, Riverside, and Albany Saratoga.
Tickets for the "Greatest Race in the History of Spring" are on sale now
at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $38.50 for adult general
admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and
under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved
seating will be priced at $42.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10%
CT Admission Tax.
A new event that promises to bring New Hampshire's Center of Speed, the Lee
USA Speedway, its highest car count and biggest payday of the season,
currently estimated at $44,000 is only three plus weeks away. A field of
close to 40 Tour-Type Modified teams will tow in from roughly ten different
states for the 1st annual 100-lap, "Bullring Bash Powered by Sunoco" on
Sunday, May 11.
NASCAR announced the broadcast schedule for the remainder of the 2014
NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours Championship events
on FOX Sports 1. The popular annual Whelen Modified/Southern Modified Tour
date in August at Bristol Motor Speedway is on the slate. Additionally, both
the July and September Whelen Modified Tour dates at New Hampshire Motor
Speedway in Loudon are scheduled to air, as is an October trip to Thompson
(Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park for the tour’s final race of the season.
While the Modifieds only get four dates the schedule includes 28 events for
NASCAR’s touring series including previously aired races from Bristol Motor
Speedway, Greenville Pickens Speedway, and Irwindale Speedway.
On the speedway stock market scene last week two of the three speedway
stocks were up for the week. The International Speedway Corporation went up
0.40 to 32.40 and Speedway Motorsports went up 0.29 to 18.26 while Dover
Entertainment dropped 0.04 to 2.25. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint went up 0.27
to 8.52, NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) went up 1.06 to 56.06
and NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear went up 1.79 to 27.00. The car builders
had a good week as they finished up on the positive side. Ford went up 0.37
to 16.00 while General Motors jumped 2.05 to 33.98 and Toyota jumped 3.13 to
108.02. In the home improvement sector Home Depot went up 1.39 to 77.09 and
Lowes went up 0.49 to 46.80. The team sponsors were all over the lot. Dupont
went up 0.89 to 66.98, Target went up 1.10 to 60.00 and Fedex went up 4.32
to 135.55 while Coca-Cola dropped 0.35 to 80.71 and Aarons Rentals dropped
0.72 to 29.41.
On the tube this week:
Wednesday, April 23
2:30 AM, NASCAR Now, ESPN2
12:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1
5:00 PM, NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network
Thursday, April 24
2:30 AM, NASCAR Now, ESPN2
12:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub, FS1
7:00 PM, How It's Made - NASCAR Engines, SCIENCE Channel
Friday, April 25
2:00 AM, How It's Made - NASCAR Engines, SCI
2:30 AM, NASCAR Now, ESPN2
2:30 AM, NASCAR's The List - Fights & Feuds, NBCSN
10:00 AM, NASCAR SPRINT CUP Series Richmond practice, FS1
1:00PM, NSCS Richmond practice, FS1
2:00 PM, NASCAR Live, FS1
3:00 PM, NASCAR Nationwide Series Richmond qualifying, ESPN2
4:30 PM, NASCAR Live, FS1
5:00 PM, NSCS Richmond qualifying, FS1
6:30 PM, NASCAR Countdown, ESPN2
7:00 PM, NNS Richmond race, ESPN2
Saturday, April 26
3:00 AM, NSCS Richmond practice re-air, FS1
4:00 AM, NSCS Richmond qualifying, re-air, FS1
6:30 PM, NSCS Richmond race, FOX
11:30 PM, NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, and
R.I.02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467. E-mail:
Phil Smith has been a
columnist for Speedway Scene and various
other publications for over 3 decades.
Smith / Champ Trail