The Waterford Speedbowl, in Waterford, CT, is a 3/8 mile paved NASCAR and INEX sanctioned oval racetrack open weekly April thru October, that plays host to several Northeast touring divisions to facilitate exciting NASCAR stock car auto racing on Saturdays, affordable family entertainment on $8 Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesdays, and free admission to the Friday night car cruises with the only sanctioned weekly drag racing in Connecticut, all of that is highlighted with special family fun attractions that feature Trailer Racing, Demo Derbies, and additional thrilling surprises!
Built in 1951 a few hundred yards from the busy Route 85 and Interstate I-395, the 3/8 mile ashpalt speedway in Waterford, CT is regarded by competitors as a challenging two-groove track with an outstanding racing surface. There are no bad viewing spots among the 7,500-plus seats while watching some of our divisions reach speeds of 100 mph plus.
The facility offers ample parking for its guests while putting customer service first. We feature some of the best entertainment and most exciting racing around and it would not be complete without the extras.
A full line of food from hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, nachos, Italian sausage, fries, fried dough, soft serve ice cream and more is offered. We proudly serve refreshing Pepsi products and for the adults offer a variety of Anheuser-Busch products featuring Budweiser and Bud Light.
Also on our midway are souvenir shops to find some of the best and hard to find NASCAR gear as well as a photo booth were you can find high quality pictures of your favorite Speedbowl racers and of course if you feel the itch to race yourself we usually have an RC race track set-up outside of turn 1 if you want to test your skills.
We are your one stop destination for a great family night out… each Wednesday, Friday & Saturday night; the only track around that races all summer on three nights. Always remember, we’ll sell you the whole seat…but you’ll only use the edge!!
Waterford Speedbowl is a motorsports stock car auto racing entertainment facility, and is designed to meet those in various ways. The 3/8 mile paved oval stands at the forefront of this, repaved last in the late 1980’s, the track surface is worn in nicely enough to provide the best two-groove racing in New England, if not the country. Continual maintained the surface is expected to get many more seasons of racing on it. Cars usually enter the track from the turn 4 gate and exit the track through the turn 3 gate on the backstretch. The track is designed to handle various motorsports programs from NASCAR Stock Cars, family fun demo derby’s and 100 foot holeshot drag racing.
The Pit area at Waterford Speedbowl is divided into two main area, the North Pit outside of turns 1 & 2, and the South Pit outside of turn 3. There is no pit road on the infield for working on vehicles, however divisions and race series that require ‘hot pitting’ are able to do so using the South Pit area. The North Pit on a regular Saturday night will see Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Legend Cars, Bandolero Cars and other touring series use the area. Paved with asphalt millings in 2010 over 60% of the entire area, the North Pit has a hard surface for easy pit working.
The South Pit area outside of turn 3 is the pit area closest to the track, slightly smaller then the North Pit Area, the South Pit is the original pit area when the track was built in 1951. On a regular Saturday night this pit area holds the SK Modifieds and Late Models. There is one back road, behind the backstretch, connecting the North Pit and South Pit, which was paved in 2012 to reduce dirt clouds and allow for race cars to stay on pavement from track to pit stall.
The Waterford Speedbowl Midway is an action packed social gathering area at Waterford Speedbowl. it is highlighted by hot food choices, ice cold beverages and multiple areas to sit down and relax. The midway runs behind the main grandstands from turn 4 to turn 1. Both pit areas have access to the midway, general admission fans may enter the midway from the main entrance located next to the box office. The Midway is also a hot spot for promotional activity for companies to hand out coupons or other exciting material.
The Waterford Speedbowl grandstands is the original grandstands from when the track was built in 1951. Having weathered the 60+ seasons very well, our grandstands are clean painted smooth wood. Allowing for comfortable seating for long times, unlike metal that is usually too hot or too cold. There is not a bad seat in the grandstands which sit just feet away from the on-track action. We do not have reserved seating in our grandstands, unless a large group has requested it. Atop our grandstands is the Speedbowl.com Media Tower, which features two levels, the bottom level is the media room where press are allowed to setup. The top level is race control and where our announcers are able to get the best view of the track and bring that excitement to the PA system. On both sides of the 7,500 primary grandstands are two smaller bleachers which allow for even more great viewing angles.
Waterford Speedbowl has 4 parking areas spread over multiple acres for fan convience. General Parking is the largest lot, which is found easily from Rt. 85. RV parking is available in the North East portion of the parking area. Handicap parking is available in the North West portion of the parking area, close to the box office and midway entrance, permits are required. VIP Parking is also available for $50 per season to Speedbowl Season Pass Holders or for $5 per event night. This parking is the easiest parking for those who need pit access or want close access to the main entrance. Best of all, VIP Parking is designed to be the closest to the Midway while allowing for the quickest exit following the event.