New London-Waterford Speedbowl Management Announces 2016 Schedule

New London Waterford Speedbowl LogoA year ago at this time it wasn’t unclear whether or not there would be actually be racing at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in 2015.

Saturday night during a banquet at the Mystic Marriott, Speedbowl officials celebrated a successful first season under the new ownership of Bruce Bemer and management of Shawn Monahan and announced an ambitious 2016 schedule at the track.

The schedule includes 22 regular racing events plus three appearances for the Speedbowl’s weekly divisions as part of Thursday Night Thunder events at the track.

The schedule includes events at the track for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the Valenti Modified Racing Series, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and the American-Canadian Tour.

The Speedbowl kicks off its 2016 on May 7 and then welcomes the Whelen Modified Tour back to the track on May 14.

A week later on May 21 the American-Canadian Tour makes its return to Waterford.

The Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to the track as part of the annual Wings & Wheels event on Aug. 6.

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series makes two appearances at the Speedbowl. The first comes as part of a Special Thursday night event on Aug. 25. The division will also once against be part of the season ending Bemers Big Show Oct. 22-23.

Weekly divisions at the track will be part of the three Thursday Night Thunder events. The Limited Sportsman division will run on Thursday May 26, the Mini Stocks on Thursday June 2 and the Late Models on Thursday July 14.

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2016 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Schedule 

2016 New London-Waterford Speedbowl Schedule


  1. This looks good. I like what they have made. It looks interesting and fun. My only fear is the Thursday night shows since I have to wake up at 4 AM for work. That one will be a wait and see until I get my eyes on the schedule of the night.

    But I hope they bring back the SK 150. It’s the only race in the north east that celebrates and gives our loco track guys a chance to run 150 laps and not have to have a super beefed up tour car to do so. As a regular race fan. It felt like tradition was broken last year.

    I can see why it was moved to 75 Laps. But the SK 150 is the crowning achievement I look forward to watching every year.

  2. Yes, bring back the SK150. Other than that, great schedule. Stafford does the same thing every week. Thompson has the Icebreaker and the World Series, which are awesome, but they’re bookends to a schedule with the Whelen Modified Tour every other week and gimmicky 3 segment races for the local divisions. Waterford gives lots of variety. Each week is different, but not in a way that waters down the core program.
    General remarks: The pacing is kinda weird… 3 top-tier events in the first three weeks. Nice for the locals but I will make the 90 minute drive only once… either for the ACT tour or the Whelen Tour. Pit Party makes a return mid-season. The first Tri-Track race is perfect for a Thursday. Only 2 supporting divisions, good call… just keep the admission price below $25. The Legends Nationals probably won’t get much attention from the fans, but it’s a HUGE moneymaker at the back gate, and Waterford is a great track for Legends. The Big Show is even bigger, 15 divisions (they forgot the Granite State race on the schedule). I’m glad the NEMA’s are back, it was weird having a Finale at Waterford without them. With 15 divisions it rivals the the World Series but without the third day and (most likely) $20 cheaper it gives you more bang for your buck.

  3. I am happy to see that the schedule has opening day in May which should allow the weather to be more cooperative. I however have two concerns about the season ending event schedule. One, the opportunity for the weather to be less cooperative and force the show to run late into the evening on Sunday and two, to many support divisions on the Sunday schedule that take way to long to complete their events in a timely manner. Just look at what happened last year, take a lesson from it and take corrective action.

    My opinion is the only divisions to run on Sunday (practice from noon until 1:30, heats and then features) should be the Tri Track & SK modifieds. If there are drivers competing in both divisions then work a 15-20 minute break in between so they have time to take a breather and get ready for the next race.

    Have open practice on Friday from noon until 7PM, and run qualifying and features (starting at 10AM) for all the other divisions on Saturday.

    Only my opinion…………..

  4. Good to see the schedule, although having all those big shows in a row to start the season is going to put a dent in people’s wallets.

  5. Frankie Tree says

    Now that I have time to process the sch. I’m thinking its not all that good. To many touring cars to early. Kids are still in school and its still not warm out with such cold nights there at the bowl. I think that “GM” Shawn is having to much fun writing Mr. Bemers Checks. Maybe Shawn should be a Race director not a GM. The NL Waterford speed bowl is such a perfect place for many other things beside racing . If the right person was in place I think that with such a great location and such a open minded owner there should be all type of events there. I would like to be more open to tell you but I hate how Shawn the ” GM ” has used up everyone else’s idea’s and not giving credit where it is due. I believe Shawn is doing a ok job but how hard is it to run ” Terry’s” Sch. last season ? I know you see I’m not a fan of Shawn but he’s a closed minded guy who has taken credit for a lot of people who helped him get to where he is at ! And taken credit for others work. I believe we need a real promoter to make things beside racing happen at such a great venue. Racing in a main stay and will thrive under such a great owner and who ever runs the bowl but will see how his sophomore season goes. God Bless you all thru the winter and see you at the NLSB soon…………………………………

  6. Maxim, his approach may have been rough. but he has some legitimate points. Maybe frankie doesnt want to see the track in the same position again ??

  7. So Frankie, you’re really going to go there? With your attitude about the way things are, maybe you shouldn’t.

  8. Reinhard Lindner says

    I can’t believe they are allowed to make this much noise at 11:45 PM ! People living nearby must really be upset.

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