The Week Ahead: Whelen Tour Hits The Speedbowl, Riverhead Ready To Try Again

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WATERFORD, Conn. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Michael Ivins/Getty Images for NASCAR photo —

After Mother Nature soaked much of the region last weekend, forcing the postponement of many New England tracks racing action, fans are hoping that the rain stays away and the sun shines for May 13-15.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk and Stafford hope to get back in action and Riverhead Raceway officials hope to start their season this weekend.

Here are the headlines, in this weeks edition of “The Week Ahead,” on Race Chaser Online….

Race Three For The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 

After Timmy Solomito and Doug Coby sat in victory lane at Thompson’s IceBreaker and Stafford’s Sizzler, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is ready for race three of 2016. Saturday, the New London-Waterford Speedbowl will host the series in front of what is expected to be a packed-house at the newly renovated track.

They opened their weekly season last weekend, with Keith Rocco winning the headline SK Modified feature. The track newly configured the catch-fence and also made multiple other improvements around the track including the walls and the concession stands for the fans.

The tour is slated to have two practice sessions in preparation for the New England Cycle Center 161. The first will last from 2:15-3:00 p.m., while the second will hit the track from 3:40-4:45 p.m. Time trials are scheduled to go green at 6:30 p.m., with the 161 lap main event estimated green flag at 9:00 p.m.

The tracks weekly SK Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock divisions will also all be in action on Saturday evening, with qualifying and feature racing. Fans can see the full event schedule by clicking here.

Riverhead Tries To Open Their Gates Again

They arrived at the track last Saturday morning hoping to race, but after Mother Nature had other plans, Riverhead Raceway was forced to cancel their program and will hope to run this Saturday night. It will be the first time drivers hit the track in front of packed stands after the new renovations that were completed by the new owners, Eddie and Connie Partridge.

Riverhead is slated to hold a seven division night, with the tour-type modifieds headlining the action. The Late Models, INEX Legends, Super Pro Trucks, Riverhead Crate Modifieds, Blunderbusts and Figure 8 will all be in action.

Qualifying races start at 4:30 p.m., with feature racing to immediately follow. The full schedule can be found by clicking here.

Seekonk Has “Youth Sports Night” and “Dash 4 Cash”

Since the rain forced the postponement of last weeks program, Seekonk Speedway officials have announced that they will hold “Youth Sports Night” this weekend. Any child who comes to the front gate with a t-shirt, jersey or hat on them from their sports team they play on, will be admitted free of charge to the front gate and also given a free Pepsi product drink and a hot dog.

On the track, the Sports Trucks take center stage with a special 30 lap feature event. The T. Moreshead Landscaping feature will provide extra cash throughout the field and extra laps for the competitors to battle it out. The Pro Stocks, Street Stocks and Late Models will also all be in action, with regularly scheduled qualifying and feature racing action.


Fred Astle Jr. carries the checkered flag after winning Seekonk Speedway’s opening day Pro Stock race on May 1. (Seekonk Speedway photo)

The heat racing goes green at 6 p.m., with the feature racing to immediately follow.

Whelen Event Night at Stafford

A special 50 lap Late Model Xtra D feature will headline Stafford’s action on Friday night. All of it will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The SK Modifieds will be in action with their second feature of the season, scheduled for 40 laps. Defending division champion Rowan Pennink opened the season at the Sizzler with a victory and will look to make it two straight.

The Legend Cars, DARE Stocks, Limited Late Models and SK Light Modifieds will also all be in action for qualifying and feature racing. The heats begin at 6:15 p.m., with the feature racing to immediately follow.

Fans can purchase tickets online by clicking here. The schedule of events can be found by clicking here.

Star, Monadnock Hold Weekly Racing 

Star Speedway and Monadnock Speedway will both hold their weekly racing slate on Saturday evening. At Star, the Ekeys Classic Lites, Chase Excavation RoadRunners, 350 Super Maclellan Dashes, Tyngsboro Motors Outlaw Dashes and Woody’s Auto Strictly’s will all be in action. The qualifying races begin at 6:06 p.m., with feature racing to follow.

At the 1/4 mile Monadnock, it’s “Bring a Friend To The Races” night, with the Sportsman Modifieds headlining the action. Racing gets underway at 6 p.m., with qualifying rounds. Feature races will follow.

ACT Tour Hits Airborne

The American Canadian Tour (ACT), coming off a run at Thunder Road last weekend, heads to Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday. It will be the 42nd annual running of the Spring Green 116.

ACT qualifying heats hit the track at 5 p.m., with their feature slated for just after 7:30 p.m. Bobby Therrien leads the point standings into the New York facility.


Head out to the track and support your speedway this weekend, race fans. Until next week, enjoy the racing action!


About the Writer

Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.

When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.

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