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Hard work lifts Gero to X-Car championship

There’s an old racing cliché that claims championships are won just as much in the shop as they are on the track. For Kyle Gero in 2017, however, it wasn’t a cliché, it was reality. And he has the big trophy to prove it. “Our goal was to go out and race every single race like it was a must win,” Gero said. “We worked so hard week in and week out It was non-stop work. A lot of people didn’t [...]

Celebrating the Stars of the Speedbowl

The Speedbowl invites you to our “Celebrating the Stars of the Speedbowl” 2017 Awards Banquet on Saturday January 20th, 2018 at the Mystic Marriott in Groton Connecticut. The banquet form is available on the website Once you have completed the form and payment option, you may either drop the form off at the office, fax it to 860-437-1939 or mail it to the Speedbowl 1080 Hartford Turnpike Waterford CT 06385. The price is $55 per ticket on or before [...]

Blandina pumped about first Legends title

The 2017 Wednesday Legends season couldn’t come quickly enough for Carl Blandina of Milford. “I was pumped,” Blandina said. “We totally rebuilt the car. We had a new engine — every piece of the car outside of the chassis was brand new. And we added one more piece — Rob Vitelli as crew chief. I couldn’t wait to get back into the car and prove to everyone I could drive.” Few have proved it more emphatically than Blandina did during a [...]

Noll starts quickly, finishes with a Championship

During his entire 35-year racing career, Duane Noll has had a reputation of being a slow starter. He was a driver who needed a few races to get up to optimum speed. When the 2017 New London-Waterford Speedbowl truck season approached, however, Noll decided to throw that philosophy into the nearest Dumpster. “Even when I won championships, I was never great in the first race of the season,” Noll said. “This winter we really did our homework and we knew what [...]

Rogers Makes Speedbowl History

Kyle Rogers did more than win his second Saturday Legends championship at the New London Waterford Speedbowl. He also made Speedbowl history. Rogers became the first driver to capture multiple Speedbowl Saturday Legends championships when he captured the 2017 crown by 24 points over John O’Sullivan. “Winning back to back is something that stands out,” Rogers said. “To be the first to do it is great. Rogers also won the title in 2016. At the start of the season, however, winning a title [...]

Canfield handles championship pressure

The foundation to Charles Canfield’s 2017 Mini Stock championship season was actually built the season before. “I finally found a set-up I could drive,” Canfield said. “So we built a new car over the winter, and tried to get the car to handle better. Our goal was to get as many podiums and top-five finishes as possible.” He succeeded. Canfield grabbed two wins, three seconds, two thirds and pocketed 12 Top 5s in 14 races to edge two-time champ Wayne Burroughs [...]

Meyer explodes to Limited Sportsman crown

To an outsider, it appeared it was Chris Meyer’s worst night of the season, finishing 10th in the fourth race of the year and winding up on the infield grass. From Meyer’s perspective, however, it was the night his 2017 Limited Sportsman season got “over the hump.” After the first three races, Meyer decided to come up with a season-changing move. “The car wasn’t great,” Meyer said. “We just weren’t good enough to win a lot of races. So we decided to [...]

DiMatteo wins first SK Lite Championship

All Dana DiMatteo wanted to accomplish during his rookie season in the SK Lite Modified division was to keep his nose clean. He wound up cleaning up instead. Despite missing the first race of the year, DiMatteo racked up an impressive resume in 2017 — three wins, three seconds and three thirds. All of his 12 finishes were in the Top 5 or better. As a result, DiMatteo was able to edge Andrew Molleur by two points to win his first [...]

Rocco rewrites Speedbowl history book with two more titles

His accomplishments put him at the top of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl stratosphere. Examine what Keith Rocco has done in the past 15 seasons — 149 wins, including 13 this season. He has collected 43 more wins than the next closest driver, Phil Rondeau, who has 106. Rocco has captured 12 championships, more than any competitor in the 67-year history of the track. He has won seven SK Modified championships, trying Dennis Gada’s mark. He has also won five titles in a [...]

Title Breakdown For Speedbowl Divisions

Coming into the #Bowlstrong 2017 Finale this weekend many point battles will be settled. The hottest point battle at The Bowl is in the Mini-Stock division. Charles Canfield comes into the Finale holding a two-point lead over Wayne Burroughs Jr. and a five-point lead over Jacob Perry. With heat races posting five points down to one for the top-5, the points will be shuffled going into the final 25-lap event. Perry’s last start at The Bowl he took down [...]