On Tap Presented By Ric’s Café: One More Try For The Budweiser Blastoff At The Waterford Speedbowl

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Blastoff Weekend Waterford New 300Remember that cold and dreary forecast a couple weeks ago? Forget about it.

And don’t even listen to any weathermen this week.

Warm and sunny is what it’s going to be all about when the cars hit the track Saturday for the running of the Budweiser Blastoff weekend at the Waterford Speedbowl. The event was originally scheduled for March 29-30 but was postponed because of weather issues.

It might not be the season opener any more for the 2014 at the Speedbowl, but it’s still huge nonetheless with the Modified Racing Series season opener highlighting a massive card of features over two days at the shoreline oval.

Check out below for more information on this weekend’s event.

New Speedbowl LogoWhere: Waterford Speedbowl

What: Budweiser Blastoff Weekend

When: Friday – Sunday


Friday: Practice for all divisions (grandstands closed)

Saturday: Practice and qualifying for all divisions. Features: 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association Lite, 20-lap X-Car, 20-lap Super X-Car, 25-lap New England Truck Series, 25-lap SK Light Modified, 20-lap Legends and 20-lap Bandolero, 5 p.m.

Sunday: Features: 100-lap Modified Racing Series, 64-lap NASCAR All-American Series SK Modified, 50-lap Late Model, 30-lap Street Stock, 30-lap Mini Stock and 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association, noon.

More: The event was originally scheduled for March 29-30 but was rained out. … Schedule features the season opening race for the Valenti Modified Racing Series. … Rowan Pennink begins defense of his 2013 Modified Racing Series title. … The first of eight events in 2014 at Connecticut short tracks for the Modified racing series and first of three at Waterford. The division will also compete three times at Stafford Motor Speedway and twice at Thompson Speedway as part of a 17-race schedule. … Steve Masse is the defending champion of the Modified Racing Series portion of the Blastoff weekend. … In 16 Modified Racing Series events all-time at Waterford, no driver has more than two victories. Masse, Chris Pasteryak, Jon McKennedy and Doug Coby each have two series victories at the track. Masse and Pasteryak are both expected in the lineup this weekend. … Pennink, Keith Rocco, Les Hinckley III, Bobby Grigas III, Jerry Marquis, Rob Summers, Kirk Alexander and Tommy Barrett Jr. are the other previous series winners at Waterford. … The Modified Racing Series will have qualifying heats on Saturday to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s feature. … The 64- lap distance of the NASCAR All-American Series SK Modified feature coincides with the 64-years the facility has been in operation. … The Waterford Speedbowl opened for the 2014 season with the running of their first weekly Saturday night event last week. Ed Puleo won for the first time in his career in the SK Modified feature. Keith Rocco began defense of his 2013 Waterford Speedbowl SK Modified championship with a second place finish to Puleo. Rocco began defense of his Late Model title from 2013 by winning that division’s season opening feature. … For more information check the Waterford Speedbowl website.

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  1. too bad there is no where for people to sit. can not believe they have 75% of the grandstands closed. great way to open

  2. Is there going to be a place to sit? One section open doesn’t give moms with small children a safe place to sit. Afraid they will fall thru if go up high and bottom toe was full last sat with just weekly divisions.

  3. So you were there last week and know they weren’t fixed? Or is this an assumption…

  4. Justafan says

    I was there. 75% of the grandstands are closed off. Only a very small section behind the flagstand is open

  5. Stands are being worked on. Hopefully more will be open this weekend.

  6. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the ongoing repairs to the grandstands. These repairs were supposed to be completed last season by a contractor who failed to perform as agreed. We have taken the management of the project over and much work was accomplished just as soon as the weather warmed up enough to be able to move earth. Many devoted fans and competitors have, and are continuing to, help with the work. We are humbled by their support.

    In actuality, approximately 40% of the total seating area was available for last week’s event. This week’s work will result in 55% of the seats being open. The lower six rows of seats in both the turn one and turn four ends of the grandstand will be reopened for this weekend’s Bud Blast Off. Work will continue through the month of April. We expect the entire grandstand to be open by Saturday, May 3rd.

    We appreciate the patience shown by the Speedbowl’s dedicated fans.

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