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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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  • 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 »
  • Track looks awesome. Great car count. Went with amazing friends. Was an awesome night. Lots of excitement 
  • Have been here many Saturday nights. There are many qualifying heats and then the main event. They have special evens from time to time. 
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  • 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.
  • Awesome family fun. Decent prices on food and admission.
  • Great place to bring the family. Always a great show on Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Depending on weather, or if someone crashes real bad on the track, you might be going home earlier than you expected. fun place to be when those don't happen,
  • Good local track. The new owners are making more improvements all the time.