April 1, 2013
Speedbowl ready for Blastoff!
Large turnout for open practice this past Saturday
Waterford, CT (April 1, 2013) – A large contingent of racecars and on-lookers turned out this past Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl. Over 125 racecars representing many divisions jammed the pit area to test and tune for the 2013 race season. The Speedbowl opens the New England racing season this coming weekend with Budweiser Blastoff, the track’s 63rd season opener.
The largest turnout on Saturday was made by the Valenti Modified Racing Series. The popular open-wheel series will begin its 10th anniversary season at the Speedbowl as part of Budweiser Blastoff Weekend. Approximately 25 teams attended the practice day to put down laps on the shoreline oval. Well over 30 teams are expected for Budweiser Blastoff. Race teams from the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) and NEMA Lites, plus the New England Truck Series joined several Speedbowl racers in attendance Saturday.
Budweiser Blastoff Weekend takes over the Speedbowl April 5th – 7th with 13 divisions. The weekend is highlighted by a 100-lap feature for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and a special 63-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds®. Thirteen divisions in total will be after the first checkered flags of 2013.
The weekend begins when pit gates open at 10:00am on Friday, April 5th for a full day of practice. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will have a special 1 hour open practice from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Hauler drop off is permitted Friday. Grandstands will be closed.
Pit gates open at 7:30am Saturday, April 6th with grandstands opening at 11:30am. Qualifying is set to begin at approximately 3:00pm with the first of seven features on the day scheduled for 5:00pm Saturday. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modifieds, NEMA Lites, Legend Cars, New England Truck Series, Super X-Cars, X-Cars and Bandoleros will all race features on Saturday.
Sunday April 7th’s event schedule gets started with the popular Speedbowl Pit Party beginning at 9:30am. Fans will be able to see the cars and meet the stars up close on the track before racing begins shortly after noon. Six feature events including the Valenti Modified Racing Series 100, NEMA Midgets and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 63-lap SK Modified® feature highlight Sunday’s action. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model, Street Stock and Mini Stock features all hit the track on Sunday as well.