Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl returns for 2014
Waterford, CT (April 18, 2014) – Waterford Speedbowl management is pleased to announce the continuation of its weekly Friday night Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl series for 2014. The Car Cruise Show and 100 foot spectator drag racing program features free grandstand admission for all attendees along with a low entry fee for spectator drag racing. Under the sanctioning of Waterford Speedbowl, along with event promotion by Thirty Marketing, the new event management pairing will grow the overall program for fans, competitors and sponsors. Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl will officially begin its sixth season on Friday, May 9 while a special test and tune session will be held for competitors only Friday, May 2.
An open-format Car Cruise Show accompanies the drag races each week and converts the Speedbowl midway into “Main Street,” the coolest and most diverse collection of cars around. A popular summertime activity for car enthusiasts of all ages, cruises are wildly popular. Cruise show entry for Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl is absolutely free. Weekly cruise awards for Overall Best Appearing entry plus a special award that will change each week will be based on fan vote. Cruise show winners will be featured on the home page of Speedbowl.com, another new addition for the upcoming season. Participating cars will receive a trophy for showcasing their vehicles and specialty cruise show themes will be featured on select nights.
The pairing of the cruise show with the competition of drag racing makes Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl a unique experience in the region. Spectators can taste the thrill of testing the muscle of their street car, truck, motorcycle or quad against other competitors across three classes of racing in the 100 foot drag racing portion of the program. Competition, Street and Bike classes will each return along with a Junior class for youth participants. The same successful format returns once again in 2014 with practice runs, elimination rounds and championship races conducted weekly, complete with tree and full timing system. David Gagnon has been appointed Race Director for on-track activities during Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl. Gagnon is a former competitor and race official on the program
Variety is on display during the drag racing. The Competition Class features cars that are not necessarily street legal and are often trailered to the track. Classic muscle cars such as Chevy Camaros and Novas, plus Ford Mustangs are just some of the regular sights for the class and join entries featuring full roll cages, racing slicks and 600+ horsepower engines. The Street Class is for entries that are completely street legal competing on D.O.T approved tires and is perfect for first time entries. The Bike Class is the broadest of all Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl classifications and includes motorcycles, dirt bikes, four wheel quads and lawn mowers plus even more two or four-wheeled creations. The Junior Class is for competitors under age 16 participating in the Bike Class. Juniors are not permitted in the other classes and their point standings are separate from adult competitors. Special shootouts are planned throughout the season including the popular all-Ford Shootout and all-GM Shootout plus the addition of a Traffic Light Shootout, Junior Class Shootouts and more.
Upgrades to timing and scoring for 2014 will allow for less downtime and re-runs and a new custom-built tree for the start line will provide a full 360 degree view of the lighting system, a treat for fans as they watch for masterful reaction times. Minor rule changes to increase the fairness of competition will be implemented for 2014. Championship points will be kept in all classes, however adjustments to how they are awarded during rounds will be in place. Event results and point standings will be found at Speedbowl.com. A season ending awards banquet will follow the season. A tentative date of Friday, November 14th has been set.
The test and tune scheduled from Friday, May 2 is from 6:30pm until dusk at the Speedbowl. Grandstands will be closed for this event and the pit area will be open for competitors only. The first Sho & Go at the ‘Bowl program will be Friday night, May 9. Test and tune starts at 6:30pm and a brief intermission at approximately 8:00pm. Opening ceremonies will commence at 8:25pm before the elimination rounds. Grandstand admission is free, Car Cruise entry is free and Pit area admission is $10.00 per person. Racing entry is $30.00. Sho & Go at the ’Bowl will run each Friday from May 9 through September 26 with the exception of July 4. A special Sunday, July 6 holiday weekend event is currently in the works.
Sponsorship opportunities for lane sponsors, trackside signage and event naming rights are available. Interested parties may contact Mark Caise at Thirty Marketing by emailing [email protected] or contacting 860-381-5801.
All competitors are required to complete a 2014 Speedbowl Driver Registration Form.
2014 Event Schedule