Tyler Chadwick Still Hunting For Second SK Modified Title At New London-Waterford Speedbowl

(Press Release from The New London-Waterford Speedbowl)

Tyler Chadwick

Tyler Chadwick

Tyler Chadwick of Ledyard is counting on an old friend to keep his hopes alive in the battle for the New London-Waterford Speedbowl SK Modified championship.

Her name is “Old Betty.” That’s what Chadwick and his team calls their back-up car.

After blowing a motor last week, their back-up car is now their only car.
Chadwick will be aboard “Old Betty” Saturday for twin 30-lap SK features as part of Laps for Lupus night at the Speedbowl.

The NEMA Midgets (25 laps), NEMA Lights (25 laps), X Cars (40 laps) and Super-X cars (40 laps) also will be in action. Chadwick and the SK Modified drivers, however, will by far have the heaviest workload in a night that could go a long way in determining the 2015 champion.

Chadwick, sponsored by Michael V. Williams Builders and Eastern Connecticut Lawn Care, starts the night in third place, 14 points behind leader Diego Monahan. Keith Rocco is in second, eight points behind. Rob Janovic Jr. sits in fourth place, 19 points out of the lead and fifth-place Ted Christopher is 28 points out of the lead.

Chadwick, however, had an opportunity to win a race and take over the point lead last week when his motor decided it was time to say “no mas.”

“We were going for the lead and we were fast,” Chadwick said. “I felt the motor starting to blow up on the backstretch. Then by the time I got into turn 3, it was all over.”

Chadwick spun and then was hit by two cars, knocking his No. 27 car out of commission.
“So now its up to Old Betty,” Chadwick said. “We’ve scaled it, and she’s ready to go. That’s why my father bought the car, for situations like this.”

Old Betty is no stranger to action at Waterford.

“We’ve raced with her before and we’ve done well,” Chadwick said. “We’ve had four or five second place finishes. We’re still looking for our first win and it would be nice to do that this weekend. But sometimes Betty is fast. And sometimes she’s not.”

The engine in the car is the same one Chadwick used to win the 2012 Waterford SK title. It has been converted from an open motor to a spec motor.

“The motor isn’t fresh,” Chadwick said. “We ran with it at Thompson last year, so it has a few laps on it.
”But we’re not giving up. The motor may be a little tired, but I think it still can go.”

Chadwick knows exactly where he wants it to go — to the front.

Prior to the race, a special “Laps for Lupas” fundraiser will be held. Fans can solicit pledges for the Connecticut Lupas foundation and then participate in a walk on the Speedbowl track at 4:15 p.m. Many prizes will be awards and raffles also will be held.

More information is available at speedbowlct.comor by calling 860-442-7223. Tickets will be prices at $20 for adults, $5 for juniors 13-16 and kids 12-and-under always are free.

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