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New London Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford

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The New London-Waterford Speedbowl is a 3/8 mile asphalt oval race track located on CT 85 in Waterford, Connecticut, just off Interstate 395. It first opened for business on April 15, 1951 as "The New London-Waterford Speed Bowl", the track has been in continuous operation every season since it initially opened. It has continuously promoted Modified stock car racing as its featured division since its first year of operation. It currently operates under NASCAR's Whelen All-American Series banner on Saturday nights. It also holds family-oriented events such as the Thursday Thunder Series, Friday Show & Go drag racing and several Sunday Spectacular events throughout the year. Glastonbury (CT) businessman Bruce Bemer won the track poperty via foreclosure auction bid in October 2014 after several seasons of financial struggles under former owner Terry Eames. Former track champion Shawn Monahan was named the track's new General Manager in February 2015.Original ownership groupThe New London-Waterford Speedbowl opened on April 15, 1951 as a 1/3 mile crushed blue stone oval race track. Its ownership group, The New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Inc., was composed of local businessmen: brothers Fred and Frank Benvenuti, Anthony Albino, Conrad Nassetta, William Hoffner and J. Lawrence Peters. John Whitehouse was the track's first Race Director, a position he held through most of the original ownership group's tenure into the early 1970s. Whitehouse lived in Florida during the winter and would then moved up north and stay in a house on the Speedbowl property during the racing season. The Speedbowl featured Modified stock car racing, called Sportsmen Stock cars at the time. The first event winner was Bob Swift. After 3 weeks of operation, the dust created during green flag segments of racing became a nuisance to spectators. The track closed for about a month and re-opened as an asphalt oval, which it remains today.
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  • Closed now, but always a rowdy group. Pushing beer and overpriced reheated hotdogs. Dirty as you might expect from car track. Extreme ear damage likely-wear ear plugs and bring a cushion. Everybody sm...  more »
  • Me and the guys we out here every week. We race for life. Best spot to race or hang out. Have some beers and chill out for the day. My brother races and I always get good seats and a great view. Famil...  more »
  • The place was just ok. The races were a little slow for my taste. What I hate the most is the amount of cigarette smoke IN THE STANDS. I think smoking in the stands should not be permitted. I do not s...  more »
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  • i have been going to the track for years. sure the owner was a sicko, but the track is a great place, and everyone is like a family. i really hope someone will buy the track for a track, not another fast food joint. this place is for many a second home, and we love this track
  • Needs more staff! More variety of soft drinks, especially for kids.
  • Great place to bring the family for a reasonable price. Tons of different races and the food is good too. Has a ton of parking.
  • Best place for short track racing in the state.
  • Awesome family fun. Decent prices on food and admission.