On Tap Presented By Ric’s Place: Speedbowl Blastoff; Stafford Weekly Opener

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SMS Logo 2015Where: Stafford Motor Speedway

What: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly card / BFF Friday

When: Friday

Schedule: 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified, 30-lap Late Model, 20-lap SK Light Modified, 20-lap Limited Sportsman, 15-lap DARE Stock and 20-lap Legends. Grandstands open: 5:15 p.m; Qualifying: 6:15 p.m; Features: Immediately following qualifying.

More: The second event of the season at Stafford. The track opened with the NAPA Spring Sizzler April 23-24. … BFF Friday at Stafford means adults purchasing a general admission ticket will get a second general admission ticket for free. … Reigning SK Modified champion Rowan Pennink opened the season with a victory in the 45-lap feature for the division on April 24. … Michael Bennett, who won the 2015 Late Model championship at Stafford won the season opening event for the division on April 24. Bennett will run part-time at Stafford this year and is not expected to race Friday. … Tony Membrino Jr. won the opening SK Light Modified feature of the season on April 23. … Reigning champion Albert Saunders opened defense of his 2015 Late Model championship with a victory at the track on April 23. … Alexandra Fearn won the opening DARE Stock feature of the season on April 23. … For more information visit the Stafford Motor Speedway website.

New London Waterford Speedbowl LogoWhere: New London-Waterford Speedbowl

What: Bud Blastoff 2016

When: Saturday

Schedule: 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified, 30-lap Late Model, 25-lap Limited Sportsman, 25-lap Mini Stock, 25-lap SK Light Modified, 25-lap Legends, 25-lap Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series, 20-lap Bandoleros, 20-lap X-Cars and 20-lap Super X-Cars. Grandstands open: 12:30 p.m.; Qualifying: 2:30 p.m.; Features: 5:30 p.m.

More: The opening event of the season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. … The Speedbowl went through numerous upgrades through the offseason, including the installation of new walls in the corners, a new catch fence surrounding the track and a new scoreboard. … Keith Rocco leads the way in the SK Modified division, looking for his fourth consecutive championship in the division. Rocco is looking for his sixth SK Modified title in the last seven years at the track. … Jason Palmer is the defending Late Model division champion. Al Stone III will defend his 2015 title in the Limited Sportsman division. … Wayne Burroughs Jr. is the reigning Mini Stock champ and Paul Buzel was the 2015 SK Light Modified champion. … For more information check the New London-Waterford Speedbowl website.


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  1. Chris D. says

    Too many divisions at Waterford, I believe the SK feature is last, we have to sit through XCars and Bandoleros, the trucks are bad enough. Run the SK ‘s before all that junk, then watch everyone leave.

  2. chris d can suck deez says

    Some of the best racing comes from the x cars and lower divisions, sorry to lick the frosting off your cupcake but the racing world dose not revolve around you and the driver (if any because all your do is talk crap) that you actually like. You’ll never get new sk teams without the lower classes. Get off your high horse and actually pay attention, you may like what you see if your life isn’t so miserable that you can’t enjoy anything. CHEERS

  3. I kinda agree w Chris, main reason I’m not going as a racer and a fan is too many divisions. Three to four is plenty, I believe the reason for short fields is because of too many divisions.

  4. Ilias tha Illest says

    Running an SK mod isn’t cheap. If you eliminate all of the lower divisions, all those teams wouldn’t magically find the funding to run an SK. 95% of them would pack up and go home. And honestly, if you only go to the track to watch one division, and go so far as to call the rest of them a waste of time, then you aren’t a fan of racing. You’re a fan of that one division, that’s it. Personally, as a fan, I would not spend $22 to watch just the SK’s, or even just 3 or 4 local divisions. At least with more divisions, you have more chances to see great racing in case the premier division turns into a follow the leader snoozefest, which I have witnessed many times over the years. In fact, some of the best racing I’ve seen at the Speedbowl has come in the Legends, Limited Sportsmans and Mini Stocks, as well as the Thursday divisions.

  5. I’m with Steve & Chris D. Numerous divisions do nothing but water down the fields. A beginner, an intermediate, and an expert type division would make more sense than 5 beginner, 3 intermediate, 2 expert. Not easy to get new fans with that lineup. Doesnt matter how good the racing is, it’s a turn off to look at the schedule and know I have to sit through hours of watching rookies.

  6. Sk is best
    The rest are low class garbage
    That’s why I don’t go to waterford
    For me it is like leaving the suburbs and entering the run down projects
    I feel like the fans there are really street and are like day laborers
    When I go next time I will bring my old clothes to help the needy

  7. You think Waterford is low class Jeff? I remember a Thompson World Series where they had to throw the caution during a feature so the police and ambulance crew in the infield could attend to a brawl at the concession stands.

  8. Seems like it’s going to be too cold for the mamby pamby New England race fans, better cancel the race and reschedule until it climbs above 50!

  9. Right Jeffrey, because the support divisions at Stafford are sooo exciting.

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