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Tuesday April 2, 2013
 

By Phil Smith                                                                                             

The northeastern hills and the eastern shoreline of Connecticut came alive with the sound of racing engines this past weekend. The Thompson Speedway which doesn't officially open for the season until April 14 held their first of two open practice dates. A second practice is scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 6th. The Waterford Speedbowl, which opens for the season this coming weekend, also was open for practice. Both tracks appeared to have respectable car counts but overall Waterford had the edge. What put Waterford over the top were the 25 Valenti Modified Racing Series cars.

Among the casualties at Waterford were Tom Barrett and Jeff Rocco who did considerable damage to their cars after hitting the wall. Keith Rocco has indicated that he will seek the NASCAR National Championship as he intends on racing at Thompson, Stafford and at Waterford on a weekly basis. In addition to his SK Modified ride at Waterford Rocco has a Late Model and a Legend ride lined up.
 
The Waterford Speedbowl opens this weekend with Budweiser Blastoff which will mark the 63rd consecutive season of racing at the Connecticut shoreline oval. The three-day weekend of racing is highlighted by a 100-lap feature for the Valenti Modified Racing Series and a special 63-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds®.
 
Thirteen divisions including the NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites, New England Truck Series and full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program begins with practice on Friday, April 5th. Qualifying and seven features mark Saturday, April 6th’s schedule and the popular Speedbowl Pit Party kicks off Sunday April 7th’s schedule, followed by six feature events.

The Thompson Speedway practice served as a warm-up of the upcoming Ice Breaker. Among the tour Modifieds on hand were those of Doug Coby, Ron Silk, Rowan Pennink, Ryan Preece, Eric Goodale, Rob Fuller and Patrick Emerling.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is back in action at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on Saturday, April 13.


In NASCAR Sprint Cup racing action the circus heads to Martinsville, VA this weekend. All eyes will be on Tony Stewart to see if he gives Joey Legano a promised "Attitude Adjustment" as a payback for his block job which took place in Fontana, CA.

With the Easter Break over, racing resumes with NASCAR's top divisions, most of which are televised.

 

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On the Speedway Stock Market scene last week all three speedway stocks finished the week on the positive side. Leading the way was the International Speedway Corporation which went up 0.72 to 32.68. Dover Entertainment went up 0.15 to 2.00 and Speedway Motorsports went up 0.03 to 17.99. NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint went up 0.07 to 6.21 while Sunoco (Energy Transfer) went up 1.34 to 50.69. NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear dropped 0.19 to 12.61. The car builders had a down week. Ford dropped 0.11 to 13.15 and General Motors dropped 0.40 to 27.82 while Toyota dropped 1.30 to 102.64. In the home improvement sector Home Depot went up 0.22 to 69.78 and Lowes went up 0.09 to 37.92. In the area of team sponsorship Dupont dropped 0.11 to 49.16, Coca-Cola dropped 0.42 to 60.32 and Fedex dropped 0.28 while Target Department Stores went up 0.03 to 68.45 and Aaron's Rentals went up 0.28 to 28.68.

That’s it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly RI 02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467. E-Mail is smithpe_97_97@yahoo.com.


Phil Smith has been a columnist for Speedway Scene and other publications for over 3 decades.

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