Tuesday March 14, 2006

By Phil Smith
Its only two weeks until the Waterford Speedbowl opens with their Nationals and three weeks until the Thompson Speedway goes green with IceBreaker í06. In five weeks it will be the Spring Sizzler at Stafford. The hills of northeastern Connecticut come alive a week from this coming Saturday when the Thompson Speedway holds its first of two pre-season test sessions on March 25. A second session will be held the following Saturday, April 1. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series teams who did not race in Florida will be on hand to shake their equipment down. The Waterford Speedbowl, which is about to begin its 56th season will also hold a pre-season test session on March 25.
Rumors continue to fly concerning the financial condition of the Waterford Speedbowl. The latest rumor has a convenience store owner stepping up to the plate to bail the shoreline oval out of debt or at least some of it. In the mean time there are factions out there waiting for a foreclosure sale. At least two of those factions have said they would continue to operate the facility as a race track.
Investigation into the public records of the State of Connecticut Judicial records indicate there are five separate cases pending against Terry and or Susan Eames. In addition to the Washington Mutual Foreclosure against Ten Eighty Hartford ET AL which includes also includes action by the Town of Waterford, Ct and Finkeldey Inc., there are additional suits pending including one filed by driver Ken Voight claiming "Defective Premises". A family member was hurt on the property last summer. WM Specialty Mortgage has two foreclosure cases pending that were filed on March 2 against Eames and his wife plus a gentleman named Edward Demuzzio has filed a Contracts Ė Collections suit in New London Ct. against Susan Eames and Ten Eighty Hartford Road LLC.
Itís a sad day when a seasoned champion loses a ride because someone comes along with a lot of money or a wealthy sponsor. Busch Eastís loss is the Whelen Modified Tour Seriesí gain as Mike Stefanik will now be able to compete in the entire Modified Tour schedule. Stefanik, a former series champion will be joined by Todd Szegedy, another former series champion when the 2006 Tour series begins at the Thompson Speedway with the IceBreaker on April 9. Their presence will make for added pressure on Tony Hirschman who attempts to make it three titles in a row. At 49, Hirschman shows no sign of slowing down.
In TV land, this weekís viewing will consist of mostly Speed Channel programming. This weeks viewing begins on TUESDAY, MARCH 14 at 9:00AM with Back in the Day with Dale Earnhardt JR. At 3:00Pm the March 10th AMA Supercross event from the Daytona International Speedway will be shown. On WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 the USAR Hooters Pro Cup from South Georgia Motorsports Parkhit the tube at 5:00pm. The action switches to the Outdoor Channel at 8:00pm for the World of Outlaws from USA Race Park, Tucson, AZ. On THURSDAY, MARCH 16, at noon, on Speed, itís the NASCAR Busch Series Sams Town 300 run last weekend in Las Vegas, NV. At 4:00pm last Sundayís NASCAR Nextel Cup, UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 run at Las Vegas, gets rerun. Fridayís action begins at 5:00PM with NASCAR Live from Atlanta at 5:00pm. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series QUALIFYING follows. At 7:00 its NASCAR Nextel Cup QUALIFYING for the Golden Coral 500 at Atlanta. At 9:00PM the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Atlanta 200 gets the green. Saturdayís coverage begins at 1:00pm with NASCAR Busch Series QUALIFYING for the Nicorette 300 at Atlanta. The Nicorette 300 gets the green at 3:00PM.on FX. SPEED News Saturday wraps up the day at 7:00pm. On SUNDAY, MARCH 19,at 11:00AM the Speed channel previews the Golden Coral 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway. The action switches to FOX at 1:30 for live coverage of the NASCAR Nextel Cup, Golden Coral 500. Speed News Sunday wraps it up at 7:00pm followed by NASCAR Victory Lane at 8:00pm. Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain goes at 9:00p.m.

Thatís about it for this week from 40 Clark St, Westerly, and R.I.02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467 or days at 860-433-5250.E-mail  

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