Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series Out At Speedbowl; Track Announces Racing Guys Event For Aug. 6

The drama that has been the three-month awkward behind the scenes dance between the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series and the New London-Waterford Speedbowl is now over.

Instead of waltzing together to an Aug. 6 return to the track for the Tri-Track Series, management at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl has decided to side step to a new dance partner.

The New London-Waterford Speedbowl announced Friday on social media that the track will host a Tour Type Modified event promoted by The Racing Guys on Aug. 6. The 80-lap event will be a $6,000 to win race.

The Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series announced last November that the series would return to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl for an Aug. 6 race in 2022.

When Speedbowl management announced their 2022 schedule on March 10 the Aug. 6 Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series event was not included on the schedule. Since then there’s been little information from either side on where the event stood. It remained listed on the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series schedule online, but was never added to the Speedbowl’s schedule.

The Racing Guys is led by longtime New England promoter Dick Williams. RaceDayCT reported last Saturday that Williams was at the Speedbowl communicating to people in the pits that his group would be putting on the Aug. 6 event at the Speedbowl instead of the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series.

Williams has been working to promote selected events at the Speedbowl for the last two seasons. Attempts to reach Williams Friday were unsuccessful.

“It’s Bruce Bemer’s track, he can do whatever he wants,” Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series managing partner Ed Bennett said.

Williams co-founded the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series in 2014 with Jim Schaefer. In 2017 former Modified team owners Wayne Darling and Mark Pennink took over ownership of the series, with Williams and Schaefer remaining on staff.

Prior to the 2019 season Pennink left the series, selling his share of the series ownership to Bennett, also a former Modified team owner. Following the 2019 season Williams and Schaefer parted ways with the Tri-Track Series. Since leaving the series, Williams and Schaefer have continued to promote Modified events at Northeast short tracks under the banner of The Racing Guys.

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series ran two events at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in 2015, with Ron Silk and Woody Pitkat scoring victories. The series also ran two events at the track in 2016 with Stepen Masse and Matt Hirschman scoring wins.


  1. Your race
    They can call it the Bob Potter Ed Flemke Ron Bouchard Ted Christopher Mike Stefanik race the beef between sucks your right I’m right not right having a open mod race at the bowl is great especially with Sid recording it makes the recap the best have great evening didn’t make it to Stafford tonight and this is what I read trying to see what feature got finished yet

  2. Also at the beginning of the open mod feature would love to see Ronnie the rocket Rocco 13 blow a donut coming out of the turn four pit gate now that would be a hell of a start to a tribute race

  3. Unbiased says

    Tri track should schedule an event that night at Monadnock or seekonk to fill the date and I bet people would put up lap money or whatever it took to make the purse a monster.

  4. Viva race fan says

    Excited to see some Mods .

  5. gay pride month says

    the racing guys will make it a successful promotion/event.

  6. Funny, one of the first comments is about tri track scheduling a conflict to go against it, mod fans just love that. 20 car races for everyone.

    You used to be able to bet your life on tri track getting 30-40 or more mods, and 3 out of their last 4 haven’t gotten past the mid 20s. This isn’t a complaint, those were all adequate shows. But I’m not sure if they have the loyalty they did a few years ago. I’m not sure any series or track has much these days outside their locals.

    Between North Wilksboro the M-W before and the speed bowl, im not sure if it would be in tri-tracks best interest to try and throw something together out of spite. Might damage your brand more than anything. Plus, who even knows if there will be tires for any of this.

  7. Having visiting divisions at the track is exciting and important. It is all about bringing in fans. Two bleachers from a park and rec soccer field, used coach bus as the center of operations, and a random food truck doesn’t help. Make the Speedbowl, the place to be on Saturday night, which didn’t get taken by another track surprisingly. If people who don’t have a friend or family member racing don’t come out then local racing will struggle to survive. Every and all race cars welcome always. Maybe allow options that puts the credit card away. Tires are a good example of an unrealistic and uncontrollable cost. Let the driver\owner run anything that is the correct size. As long as all the cars are going around the track at similar speeds, who cares how it happened. If money is the only way to be competitive then who cares. That’s an issue for another day. Provide fans with things to do cause paying attention for more than 30 seconds is not very common. No fans no racing.

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