9/29 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program lost to weather
Waterford, CT (September 29, 2012) – Waterford Speedbowl was forced to cancel its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program scheduled for Saturday, September 29th. A lingering light rain and drizzle persisted over the speedway for several hours, preventing track drying efforts from successfully occurring.
With Saturday’s cancellation, just one event remains on the track’s 2012 NASCAR racing season. The annual Finale Weekend hits the famed Connecticut shoreline oval October 5th-7th. Fourteen feature races are included in the blockbuster weekend of racing, bolstered by extra-distance races for the track’s weekly NASCAR divisions.
Due to the postponement of Saturday night’s event, which was slated to be presented by R & G Sealcoating, two of the track’s weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series point championships are virtually locked up. Unofficially Dillon Moltz of Waterford holds an 81-point bulge over the competition in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division while Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon takes a 126-point lead in the Mini Stock division into the final weekend of racing. Pending final official review by track officials, each stands in line to be named champion in their respective divisions. Championship battles for SK Modifieds®, Street Stocks and SK Light Modifieds will be settled at Finale Weekend in the Speedbowl’s other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions along with titles in additional regular track divisions.
Highlighting the Finale Weekend racing card will be championship-deciding battles in a 50-lap feature event for the SK Modifieds® while the Street Stocks will compete in two feature races over two days – a 25-lapper on Saturday evening October 6th, followed by a 50-lap race on Sunday, October 7th. The additional Street Stock feature was added to the schedule earlier last week after the division suffered from multiple rained out races during September. Action from the visiting NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites and Northeast Mini Stock Tour divisions are also all part of the 13-division extravaganza.
The weekend begins on Friday, October 5th with rotating practice sessions for all Finale Weekend race divisions. Pit gates open at 11:00am, with practice from 12:00pm through 5:00pm. Friday Pit admission is $25.00 per person and grandstands will be closed.
Saturday, October 6th is anchored by seven feature events along with all qualifying races. Pit gates open at 7:30am with rotating practice sessions getting underway at 9:00am. Qualifying rounds are scheduled to begin at 2:00pm with feature racing to follow. Saturday’s attractions include a 50-lap Northeast Mini Stock Tour race, 25-lap NEMA Lite feature, 25-lap Outlaw Stock race and the additional 25-lap Street Stock feature. The Super X-Cars, X-Cars and Bandolero 20-lap feature races round out Saturday’s activities.
Sunday, October 7th begins with the popular Speedbowl Pit Party. Fans will be able to see the cars and meet the stars on the Speedbowl frontstretch prior to racing. Pit gates open at 7:30am Sunday, grandstands open at 9:00am with the Pit Party commencing at 9:30am. Following the pit party, racing will begin shortly after noon. Sunday’s feature lineup includes 25-lap races for the Legend Cars, SK Light Modifieds and NEMA Midgets along with 50-lap features for the SK Modifieds®, Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks.
General admission for Finale Weekend is priced at $35.00 for a two-day adult grandstands pass, with youth age 6-14 admitted for $10.00 for a two-day pass. Two-day pit admission is $40.00 for licensed members and $50.00 for those not holding a valid racer license. Race fans are encouraged to visit Speedbowl.com or contact the track office at 860.442.1585 for more information.