Wings & Wheels next at Speedbowl
Fast night of auto racing features ISMA, NEMA, Valenti Modified Racing Series and more
Waterford, CT (August 8, 2013) – An August tradition returns to the Connecticut shoreline on Saturday as Waterford Speedbowl hosts the 6th annual Wings & Wheels event. The popular racing program is a unique pairing of the fastest asphalt short track machines across the country. Race fans will be treated to extraordinary speeds and the thrill of open wheels and winged wonders with 50-laps of feature racing by the International Supermodified Association (ISMA), 25-laps by the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA), 100-laps of green flag racing from the Valenti Modified Racing Series plus the Speedbowl’s own NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified® and SK Light Modified divisions. The three-eighths mile oval trades in fenders for one week to make way for the electrifying night of motorsports where speed is the name of the game.
ISMA returns for their only appearance at the ‘Bowl in 2013. They roar in with Lou Cicconni leading their season championship chase seeking an ISMA-record fifth triumph at the Speedbowl. Mike Lichty is second in the points and owns one career Waterford win, in 2010. Rob Summers looks to defend his Wings & Wheels win one year ago in a team car to Lichty in what could be considered his home track. Those names plus other series stars will be lightning quick on the stop watch with speeds in the 120-mph plus range at corner entry and average laps over 107-mph likely on the tight three-eighths mile oval.
Speedbowl fans last saw the Valenti Modified Racing Series at the track as part of the season opening Budweiser Blastoff in early April. Steve Masse made a late charge in that 100-lap event to take an exciting win and eyes a season sweep at Waterford. Just four points separate leaders Rowan Pennink and Tommy Barrett headed into Saturday. Each hold a series win at the ‘Bowl and Barrett is looking for a repeat in the tour’s final stop to the shoreline oval as he did a year ago. The event will be a homecoming for several including young guns Max Zachem and two-time series champion Chris Pasteryak, veteran Mike Holdridge and last year’s Speedbowl SK Modified runner-up Jeff Pearl. Both Keith and Jeff Rocco are expected entries putting plenty of home track experience in the mix for Saturday’s 100-lapper. Lap times from the Valenti Modifieds are expected in the 13-second bracket early, keeping with the theme of speed and open wheels.
The NEMA Midgets race in a special event Saturday – the prestigious Angelilo Memorial Race – honoring the memory of long-time car owners and NEMA officers Gene and Marilyn Angelilo. The Bertrand Motorsports team took first and second in NEMA’s last appearance to the Speedbowl on July 27 with Anthony Marvuglio and Todd Bertrand finishing one-two. Bertrand won at Budweiser Blastoff while Randy Cabral has been kept out of the winner’s circle at Waterford the last few seasons and looks for a turnaround. NEMA races at Waterford are always lightning-quick and the field will try to best Marvuglio’s quick lap from two weeks back and try and dip into the elusive 12-second bracket, joining ISMA in the elite speed category.
Joining ISMA, NEMA and the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be the Speedbowl’s own SK Modifieds® and SK Light Modifieds. The SK Modifieds® have landed seven different winners in the first 15 events of the year, signifying the competitive nature of the track’s headline weekly division. Point leader Keith Rocco looks to pad his points lead but has several capable drivers chasing him. In the SK Lights, five different drivers have won their nine events thus far.
Racing begins on Saturday with qualifying heats for all five divisions at 5:00pm. Main events are scheduled to begin at 6:35pm. Pricing is set at $38.00 for adult grandstands admission with youth age 6-14 just $10.00. Kids 5 & under are free and the facility offers acres of free parking as well as overnight parking. Pit gates open at 11:00am while spectator grandstands open at 1:00pm.