Fast Lane Fridays Drag Racing & Car Cruise Returning To New London-Waterford Speedbowl In 2018

(Press Release from New England Street Outlaw Series)

The New England Street Outlaw Series returns to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in 2018 (Photo: Courtesy New England Street Outlaw Series)

The New England Street Outlaw Series (NESOS) is poised for another exciting season of spectator drag racing events paired with a car cruise for a unique one of a kind automotive enthusiast event. Weekly Friday night events will start Friday, May 18th at New LondonWaterford Speedbowl under the name Fast Lane Fridays – Drag Racing & Car Cruise.

Fast Lane Fridays at the New LondonWaterford Speedbowl offer the areas only car cruise paired with exciting spectator drag racing. These weekly Friday events host three regular classes along with special competition events each night. Fast Lane Fridays will play host to racer favorites and new special events including Twin Eliminators, Pro Tree Nights, Outlaw Money Races and more. Fast Lane Fridays Promoter Mark Caise stated, “We are designing these events to give racers more track time and more competition than ever before with new exciting shootout style races.” In addition to the special weekly events racers will have the opportunity to compete in the Outlaw, Street and Bike divisions for a season long championship battle. Any racers with a safe vehicle are welcome to participate in the on-track action. The entire 2018 Fast Lane Fridays schedule can be found online at

Paired with the on-track drag racing action, fans and car enthusiasts can show off their rides in the weekly car cruise. “We are looking forward to rebuilding the car cruise segment of this event. We want Fast Lane Fridays to be a car lover’s night from racing to the midway to the parking lot. Our goal is to work with local car clubs that wish to host a night,” says Caise. The car cruise will be free for anyone who wishes to participate for an award and bragging rights. All of this racing action and car cruise exhibit will be FREE for fans as the New LondonWaterford Speedbowl will once again be offering FREE Grandstand Admission to these events every Friday.

The NESOS was formed with the basis of allowing competitors to race their street vehicles, drag purpose vehicles or bikes and quads in a safe and controlled environment. Some racers use the NESOS events as a way to have some fun with their friends to hold bragging rights in an exciting ‘Run What You Brung’ style atmosphere. Others use the NESOS events as a way to practice their reaction time with their vehicles before heading to larger 1/8 & 1/4 mile tracks. The dial-in system used as part of the full electronic scoring system helps to ensure drivers stay true to what their cars and themselves are capable of and allows for different style and performance vehicles to race on an equal playing field.

Fast Lane Fridays will run under a lightweight rule package to ensure equal competition and allow almost all vehicles and modifications to be eligible. There will be three classes for the 2018 season. The Outlaw Class features cars that are not necessarily completely street legal. Most cars are classic muscle with performance modifications and racing slicks and others are full blown drag cars featuring full roll cages and 600+ horsepower engines. The Street Class features cars that are completely street legal. They may not necessarily be completely showroom stock; but if they can pass emission testing and not have the police need to site them a ticket for excessive noise and/or ‘non-legal components’ they are welcome to race on most DOT approved tires. The Bike Class is where it gets really interesting. This is the broadest of all the classes whether they have two wheels or four, motorcycle or dirt bike, quad, lawn mower, or snowmobile, if you can race it this is the division for you. The Fast Lane Friday events will also have a point system and will award a champion in each class at year’s end.

The NESOS team got its start working together in 2014 when Series Promoter Mark Caise teamed up with David Gagnon to oversee the (New London) Waterford Speedbowl Sho & Go Program, a spectator drag racing and car cruise show rolled into one event. David Gagnon will return as Race Director for 2018, he served in this roll previously from 2012-2014 and in 2017. A Fast Lane Fridays competitor meeting will be held March with a date and location to be announced.

For more information and announcements forthcoming please be sure to visit and follow New England Street Outlaws on Facebook.

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  1. Interesting, opening night Friday May 18th……….

  2. For a track that isn’t supposed to survive they seem to be pretending they are very well.
    Another lease arrangement? Wide spectrum of automotive enthusiasts and free grand stand admission. I guess to have free grand stand admission you have to have grandstands.
    Hat’s off to more thinking outside the box from the track that won’t die. This site is dedicated to oval track racing but there are a lot of other successful events the Speedbowl offers.

  3. Just Wondering says:

    FREE entertainment on a Friday night, you can’t beat that. Sure wish there was free entertainment back in the day when I was in high school, it definitely would have saved me money on drive-in movie tickets. Sure would have been fun before heading to the Submarine races as my parents called it.

  4. Or as daidiot would say. “I demand to know where I’m going to sit when the stands won’t be ready, not that I’m ever going but if I was..”

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