Eric Webster To Return To Race Director Role At Speedbowl For 2019 Season

Eric Webster

A familiar face to New London-Waterford Speedbowl competitors and fans will return to a familiar perch at the track for 2019.

Speedbowl general manager Mike Serluca confirmed Saturday to RaceDayCT that longtime Speedbowl official Eric Webster will serve as race director for their Saturday night events in 2019.

Webster’s late father Charlie was a four-time track champion at the Speedbowl. Webster spent many years building a strong reputation at the Speedbowl as the individual leading track officials on the track and infield during events.

He took on the role of race director for the first time prior to the 2016 season, but walked away from the role after one season.

Last season Webster was part of a director by committee situation for much of the second half of the season after previous race director Chris Forester left.

“A few years passed since the first stint, I am excited because I know a lot more now than I did then as far as the position is concerned,” Webster said. “Going forward I think we’re in good shape.”

“I’m just a ‘Bowl lover as I always have been. So I’m going to do the best I can to keep the Bowl rolling.”

Speedbowl officials announced a 22-race weekly division schedule on Saturday kicking off May 11-12.

“My belief is that it’s the best product,” Webster said. “Hopefully we can get the numbers to exploit that good product that we have there. The racing there is just by far the best. No disrespect to either Thompson [Speedway] or Stafford [Speedway]. But we have great side-by-side racing.”

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  1. Another stray back in the fold no doubt the victim of Serluca’s infectious enthusiasm.

  2. He sucked the first time he’ll suck this time stick to ridding the quad

  3. Roger hunt says:

    I think he will be ok. But have no favorites when making calls also ask other officials what they saw before some calls are made. As an ex official that can be important

  4. Old Time Bowl Fan says:

    Albert Einstein is broadly credited with exclaiming “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.

    Eric is a great guy but IMO he should be left in the position of running the track crew. A task which he has proven he does better than anyone else over the last decade at the bowl.

  5. Just Jerry says:

    @modfan- your punctuation is remarkable. I couldn’t even tell this was supposed to be 3 separate sentences. By the way, it’s “riding”. Dumb comments from dumber people. Good luck Webby! Best fit for the Bowl! Let’s hope Serluca can keep this moving in a positive direction in a sea of negativity, it seems. I’m still not sold that he’s the guy for the job, but he seems to have a huge following. It will be interesting to say the least.

  6. Simple Simon says:

    Wasn’t Webster in the group of officials who made the announced exit when Bemer’s legal troubles first started what’s changed? They aren’t even hiding it anymore that’s it’s all Bemer’s cash. Must be a ton of it being thrown around by Bemer to convince the tours and officials to stand by his side. At least it’s not illegal for him to buy these ones.

  7. Just Jerry says:

    @old time-
    I’m sure reputable and qualified race directors aren’t falling out of the sky. Was it insane when Monahan brought Tapley back in 2015? Insanity is trying to create a race director for the sake of being different. Your Albert Einstein reference clearly does not apply to auto racing.

  8. I know Mike Serluca will do a great he has a passion for motor sports and he will get the right people to help the speedbowl become better then ever

  9. I don’t think it is all about qualifications, I think it is about knowing the rules an applying them uniformly and fairly across the board. Of course it is also good to have a fair helping of common sense as well.

  10. Best of everything to Eric and success with the 2019 season at Waterford…!!

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