Waterford Speedbowl Management Ready To Open The Gates To Kick Off The 2014 Racing Season

Waterford Speedbowl track owner Terry Eames and his staff were busy Wednesday as crews prepared the facility for their Budweiser Blastoff opening weekend, which is set to begin with an all-day practice session on Friday.

Speedbowl-nightBarring weather, Eames expects no other issues to stand in the way of the gates opening to fans on Saturday at the shoreline oval.

In January the judge overseeing foreclosure proceedings against the track mandated that the facility could not open for the start of the 2014 season unless bleacher repairs were approved by the Town of Waterford.

Eames said Wednesday that he expects no issues in getting that approval. Town officials were at the track Wednesday and Eames said they were pleased with the progress of repairs to the bleachers. Needed repairs are expected to be finished Thursday and Eames said he expects the final approval for occupancy of the bleachers to come from the town by Thursday or early Friday.

Weather could likely prove to be the biggest issue in getting the season on track. Current forecasts call for better than likely chances for rain for both Saturday and Sunday.

“I usually don’t really look at the weather forecast until Thursday for Saturday events,” Eames said. “We’ll look at things [Thursday] and see where things stand. The forecast has been all over the place all week. It was negative then positive and negative again. I think we need to wait a little more before we starting looking at what might happen.”

Saturday’s schedule at the track includes qualifying for all divisions and seven feature events. Sunday’s racing card features a 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series event, a 64-lap SK Modified feature, a 50-lap Late Model feature, 30-lap Street Stock and Mini Stock features and a 25-lap feature for the Northeastern Midget Association.

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  1. Two days before the season starts and they “expect” everything is fine, pending approval?

  2. Let’s up they get this in. Weather forecasts are ranging anywhere between a few showers or a few inches. If this system moves 50 miles south we’ll be golden.

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