Rae Ann Williams

Profile of the first woman to ever qualify for a feature event in 1980 and the challenges & anxiety she faced as the only female competitor in a male-dominated sport.

(originally released as a segment in ‘A Chronological History of the NLWS – Part 3’)


Late 1960’s Grandstands

Stories from several Speedbowl personalities about the going to the track when they were young, where they sat in the grandstands each week and running around the facility as a kid.

(originally released as a segment in ‘A Chronological History of the NLWS – Part 4’)


TC & the North End Auto Parts #54

Watch this profiled of the legendary #54 car owned by Ron Berndt, which came to the Speedbowl after Plainville Stadium closed in the early 1980’s and found enormous success when he put Ted Christopher behind the wheel from 1987-1994

(originally released as a segment in ‘A Chronological History of the NLWS – Part 4’)

2001 Late Model Controversy

Watch the wild end of the 2001 Late Model Championship battle between Allen Coates and Phil Rondeau, when Race Director Billy Roberts inadvertantly erased the VHS tape that recorded the finish to the final event which he was trying to review.  Hear from Rondeau, Roberts, track owner Terry Eames and PR Director Pete Zanardi explain what happened.

(to be released as a segment in ‘A Chronological History of the NLWS – Part 5’)


1994 The Big Fire

A huge fire broke out when several cars came together on the front stretch during a 125-lap SK Modified event on July 30, 1994.  Hear the stories from competitors, officials & fans who were there plus the incredible footage as the fire broke out.

(originally released as a segment in ‘A Chronological History of the NLWS – Part 4’)


1983 Ed Flemke Chief Steward

Learn about one of Ed Flemke’s last contributions to the sport of short track racing, when Speedbowl operator Dick Williams hired him as the Chief Steward for the 1983 season.

(originally released as a segment in ‘A Chronological History of the NLWS – Part 3’)


Paul Tremaine’s Checkered Flag Announcer

A in-depth look at one of the more fondly remembered aspect of short track racing in the 1970’s & 1980’s – The Checkered Flag Announcer!  In the days before the internet, Paul Trowbridge a.k.a. Paul Tremaine ran a complex telephone system to relay results from all the tracks in the northeast out of his basement in his home.  Includes many of the original recordings from Paul’s radio show on WILI in Willimantic, CT and from his phone line recordings.

(originally released December 26, 2017)


1972 Speedbowl Motorcycle Track

From 1972-1974, the Speedbowl owners built a 1/5 mile motorcycle track and held motorcross events on Friday nights.  The venture ultimately was not successful, created issues for the Saturday night competitors and created tensions between the 2nd generation track owners.  Learn more about this fascinating aspect of Speedbowl history by many of whom were there in the early 1970’s.

(originally released as a segment in ‘A Chronological History of the NLWS – Part 2’)