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Speed On Display As ISMA, NEMA, Valenti Modified Racing Series
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In what has become a summer tradition for motorsports enthusiasts across the northeast, Waterford Speedbowl hosts the 7th annual Wings & Wheels event on Saturday. The popular event combines the electrifying speeds of the fastest asphalt short track racing machines across the country. Race fans will be treated to the thrill of open-wheeled racing along with extraordinary speeds at the three-eighths mile shoreline oval. The International Supermodified Association (ISMA), Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) and Valenti Modified Racing Series all make stops on their summer tour, joining the Speedbowl’s own NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® and SK Light Modified divisions for a unique pairing of race divisions.

ISMA makes its only Speedbowl appearance of 2014 at Saturday’s event. Rob Summers, a former Speedbowl track champion in the SK Modifieds®, leads the series championship standings. Jon McKennedy is the defending race winner and closely trails Summers in the season standings. ISMA Supermodifieds are lightning quick on the stop watch with speeds in the 120-mph plus range at corner entry, averaging over 107-mph on the tight three-eighths mile oval. They will compete in a 50-lap race Saturday.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series returns for the second of three 2014 appearances, but first since opening the season back in April. They will race for 100 green flag laps Saturday in what shapes up to be a hotly contested event. Speedbowl standout Keith Rocco used his home track expertise to take down the win and is a favorite headed into Wings & Wheels. Several series competitors are former Speedbowl standouts, including two-time champion Chris Pasteryak, just nine points out of the lead seeking another title. Like Summers, Pasteryak is a graduate of the Speedbowl’s SK Modified® ranks.

In a very tight series title chase, Justin Bonsignore leads last year’s champion Rowan Pennink by just one mark. Todd Szegedy, yet another modified standout, is also well positioned for a title run. Several other series drivers look towards Waterford as a homecoming, including Max Zachem and Dave Etheridge, along with recent SK Modified® winners Jeff Pearl, Tom Abele Jr., Woody Pitkat and Kyle James as expected entries. Lap times from the Valenti Modifieds could dip into the 13-second bracket, keeping with the theme of speed and open wheels.

The NEMA Midgets pay homage Saturday to long-time car owner and former club president Gene Angelillo, along with his wife Marilyn. The prestigious Angelillo Memorial 25-lapper is one of the highlights of the NEMA season. NEMA races at Waterford are always lightning-quick. The last series appearance, just two weeks ago, was completed in under ten minutes with Seth Carlson taking victory. NEMA’s benchmark is the 12-second bracket, joining ISMA in the elite speed category. The NEMA Lites will also compete in a 25-lap race on Saturday.

Joining ISMA, NEMA and the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be the Speedbowl’s SK Modified® and SK Light Modified divisions. SK Modified® point leader Keith Rocco seeks his 100th career Speedbowl win. He has a chance if he wins both the SK Modified® and Valenti Modified Racing Series features and would become just the third driver in track history to achieve the feat. Six drivers have visited the winner’s circle during the year. In the SK Lights, five different drivers have won thus far in 2014.

Racing begins Saturday with qualifying heats at 5:00pm. Main events are scheduled to begin at 6:35pm. Pricing is set at $38.00 for adult grandstands admission with youth age 6-14 just $10.00. Kids age five & under are admitted free and the facility offers acres of free parking as well as overnight parking. Pit gates open at 11:00am while spectator grandstands open at 1:00pm. More information is available by visiting Speedbowl.com from a home computer or mobile device.

  Source: Brian Darling / Waterford Speedbowl
Posted: August 7, 2014

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