The SK Modified ®
With over 400 horsepower, tires 15 inches wide and a total weight of only 2600 pounds, the SK Modified® is truly built for speed and nothing else. The SK Modified is Connecticut´s own version of a Whelen Modified, NASCAR´s oldest racing division. They compete at the Speedbowl as our premier division in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Many of today´s best-known NASCAR drivers drove these cars on their way to fame.
When you´re sitting in the Speedbowl´s grandstand just feet away from the front straightaway and the SK Modifieds take the green flag, you know why these cars are called Ground Pounders. When you watch them race side-by-side, lap after lap, so close it seems that the drivers forgot that they have no fenders, then you know why SK Modified® races are considered by many fans as the most exciting in all of motorsports.
Did you know that “Modifieds” have been racing at the Speedbowl from opening day continuously for the track´s entire 62-year history. First called “Jalopies”, by 1954 they came to be known by NASCAR´s name, Modifieds. In the early 80’s, Stafford Motor Speedway created the “SK” version that races today at the Speedbowl.
Dennis Gada (#3) won the 2008 Championship in the Speedbowl’s premier division, it was his record 7th SK Modified Championship at the historic shoreline oval, the most of any single competitor to ever race the famed three-eighths mile oval.
In 2010, Keith Rocco became the Speedbowl’s first competitor to earn the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship. Rocco began his racing career in the Speedbowl’s Street Stock division before quickly becoming one of today’s top racing stars throughout Connecticut, and the country!
Former Waterford Speedbowl Modified champions
|1951||Dave Humphrey||1985||Rick Fuller|
|1952||Dick Beauregard||1986||Bob Potter|
|1953||Melvin “Red” Foote||1987||Bob Potter|
|1954||Fred Luchesi||1988||Dickie “Doo” Ceravolo|
|1955||Don Collins||1989||Bob Potter|
|1956||Bill Slater||1990||Dave Gada|
|1957||Don Collins||1991||Ricky Young|
|1958||Melvin “Red” Foote||1992||Ted Christopher*|
|1959||Bill Slater||1993||Jerry Pearl|
|1960||Don Collins||1994||Dave Gada|
|1961||Ted Stack||1995||Jimmy Broderick|
|1962||Dick Beauregard||1996||Jimmy Broderick|
|1963||Don Collins||1997||Todd Ceravolo*|
|1964||Ray Delisle||1998||Jeff Pearl*|
|1965||Sal “Dee” Delucia||1999||Dennis Gada*|
|1966||Charlie Webster||2000||Dennis Gada*|
|1967||Newt Palm||2001||Dennis Gada*|
|1968||Newt Palm||2002||Dennis Gada*|
|1969||Don Collins||2003||Dennis Gada*|
|1970||Walt Dombrowski||2004||Ed Reed Jr.|
|1971||Joe Trudeau||2005||Rob Summers|
|1972||Dick Dunn||2006||Dennis Gada*|
|1973||Dick Dunn||2007||Rob Janovic Jr.*|
|1974||Dick Dunn||2008||Dennis Gada*|
|1975||Dick Dunn||2009||Ron Yuhas Jr.*|
|1976||Bob Potter||2010||Keith Rocco|
|1977||George “Moose” Hewitt||2011||Keith Rocco|
|1978||George “Moose” Hewitt|
|1981||George “Moose” Hewitt|
|1982||George “Moose” Hewitt|
|1984||George “Moose” Hewitt|
|Bruce “Gomer” Taylor|
* Active Waterford Speedbowl SK Modified competitors