Finale Weekend next event at Speedbowl
Thirteen divisions close out 2012 racing season
Waterford, CT (October 1, 2012) – One event remains on the 2012 racing calendar at Waterford Speedbowl. The annual Finale Weekend closes the 62nd consecutive season at the shoreline speed plant, putting thirteen different divisions on the track this coming weekend. The event, which hosts a total nearing 500 laps of green flag feature racing, begins with practice on Friday to commence the three-day weekend event.
While two of the track’s championship battles are unofficially locked up, exciting point battles in other divisions assures no shortage of excitement throughout the final checkered flags of the year. In the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds®, Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard is after his first track title. He takes a 21-point lead into a 50-lap feature Sunday over veteran racer Jeff Pearl of Salem. Pearl seeks a second championship but first since 1998.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock division is also up for grabs and has two races in two days to decide a season’s worth of hard work. Chaplin’s Walt Hovey carries a family history of racing into the last event as he searches for his first track championship. Hovey has been close before, finishing as runner-up in both 2008 and 2010, as well as a third place effort in 2009. Josh Galvin of Franklin, Joe Arena of Bristol, Chris Meyer of North Franklin and Durham racer Dan Darnstaedt all chase Hovey into final two events as contenders.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modified point battle is also far from over, as Paul French of Andover is looking to claim back-to-back titles. He’ll need to hold back Tyler Jackson of Milford as well as Chris Ignazio of Colchester and Corey Barry of Plainfield, all in the title hunt.
In Legend Cars action, the Saturday series for the division has Paul Kusheba of Monroe trying to close out his first Speedbowl crown, currently 21 points ahead of Dylan Izzo of Westport. Farmington’s Dana Dimatteo joins French as a repeat hopeful, with Dimatteo just 29 points back of Kusheba in defense of his Legend Cars championship from a year ago.
Unofficially Dillon Moltz of Waterford and Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon head into Finale Weekend as NASCAR division champions. They each clinched the top spot in the standings of the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model and Mini Stock divisions, respectively.
In addition to the Speedbowl’s regular Saturday night attractions, the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites join the weekend racing card. The event also includes the popular Northeast Mini Stock Tour, annual Speedbowl Outlaw Stock race welcoming competitors from other tracks along with Speedbowl regulars. The Bandoleros, Super X-Cars and X-Cars are also all part of the big season-ending racing event.
The weekend begins on Friday with practice rounds for all Finale Weekend race divisions. Pit gates open at 11:00am, with practice on the track from 12:00pm through 5:00pm. Friday Pit admission is $25.00 per person and grandstands are closed. Saturday sees qualifying rounds along with seven feature events. 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 including 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.