To help us tell the Waterford Speedbowl’s story, we reached out to people from all eras:  drivers, car owners, car builders, track operators, flagmen, journalists, photographers and announcers.  To date, we’ve interviewed 67 people in total, 61 of them in front of our cameras.  Read a little about all of them below and how their accomplishments or connections to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl has helped us chronicle the track’s long history.

(listed alphabetically by last name)


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DON BENVENUTI
Speedbowl co-owner/operator 1965-1974
Son of original track owner Frank Benvenuti
witnessed track being built in 1951
spearheaded motorcycle track project 1972-1974
*Don passed away on January 6, 2018


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ERIC BERNDT
Grandson of NEAR Hall of Famer Ron Berndt
Youngest SK Modified winner at Speedbowl
2001-2002 $5K Modified Nationals winner
15 career SK Modified feature wins
won 1st SK feature at 16 years old


GLENN BOSS
1992-1993 Strictly Stock Champion
1st driver to win consecutive SS Championships
former ACT Late Model driver
former Enduro driver
8 career Speedbowl feature wins


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RON BOUCHARD
1975 Yankee All-Star winner
1977-1978 Blast Off 100 winner
1981 NASCAR Cup Talladega winner
1998 NEAR Hall of Fame inductee
*Ron passed away on December 10, 2015


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MARK ‘BONES’ BOURCIER
former Speedway Scene columnist
racing biographer – published books on
Ed Flemke, Bugsy Stevens, Richie Evans,
& Ron Bouchard
NEAR Hall of Fame presenter


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RICHARD ‘DICK’ BROOKS
has lived behind the Speedbowl most of his life
former car owner of #65 & #651 modifieds
former Speedbowl pit steward & flagman
NASCAR Modified Tour official since 1985
Riverside Park Speedway Hall of Famer


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JOHN BROUWER
Son of former co-owner Jack Brouwer
former handicapper & PR Director 1958-1974
Speedbowl historian – published “A Racing
History of the NL-W Speedbowl” in 1974
*John passed away on December 22, 2016


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JOHN BROUWER JR
Grandson of former co-owner Jack Brouwer
1996 Late Model Champion
former SK Modified competitor
former Super X-Car competitor
12 overall career wins in 3 different division


MATT BUCKLER
Speedbowl announcer since 2002
announcer at all 3 Connecticut short tracks
NEAR Hall of Fame emcee
CSWA emcee
longtime local sports journalist


KEN CASSIDY JR
Son of former Street Stock driver Ken Cassidy
5-time Mini Stock Champion
Mini Stock Career Wins record holder
record 12 MS wins in 2012
2012 NWAAS Div IV National Champion


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TODD CERAVOLO
Son of 1988 Modified Champion Dick Ceravolo
1989 SK Modified Champion Car Owner
1997 SK Modified Champion
former Late Model competitor
24 career Speedbowl feature wins


TYLER CHADWICK
2012 SK Modified Champion
youngest SK Modified champion in history
25 career SK Modified feature wins
2014 $5K Modified Nationals winner
former X-Modified competitor


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SHAWN COURCHESNE
RaceDayCT.com founder & reporter
former sports journalist for Hartford Courant
2007 AP National Sports Editor award finalist
covered weekly Speedbowl events since 2000
host of ‘Unmuffled’ podcas


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MIKE DAIGNAULT
1973 Late Model Champion
won a  record 10 Late Model races in 1971
4-time Most Popular Driver Award recipient
returned in 1990’s to win 3 more LM races
won LM races on old & new pavement


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DAN DARNSTAEDT
1996 Mini Stock Champion
won a  record 11 Mini Stock races in 1995
former Strictly Stock competitor
29 career Mini Stock feature wins
35 career Speedbowl feature wins


CHRIS ‘MOOSE’ DOUTON
1997, 1999 Strictly Stock Champion
former Late Model competitor
former Pure Stock competitor
32 overall Speedbowl feature wins
in 3 different divisions


TERRY EAMES
former track consultant 1993
former Public Relations director 1994
former track operator 1995-2006; 2009-2014
former track owner 2000-2014
former Race Director 2013


ED FLEMKE JR
Son of Modified driver & builder Ed Flemke
Co-owner of RaceWorks chassis shop
former SK Modified competitor former NASCAR Modified competitor
2-time NASCAR Modified winner at Speedbowl


DON FOWLER
3-time Grand-American Late Model Champion
former Modified competitor
former SK Modified competitor
competed at Speedbowl for over 40 years
24 career Speedbowl feature wins


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TOM FOX
1993 and 1995 Late Model Champion
1993 Race of Champions SS winner
former SK Modified competitor
61 career Speedbowl feature wins
Race Director 2009-2010


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BOB FREEMAN
former Speedbowl announcer 1985-2000
former writer for Speedbowl program
former columnist for Speedway Scene
former awards banquet emcee


BOB GADA
2-time Late Model Champion
former Modified car owner
patriarch of ‘bowl’s most accomplished family
18 career Speedbowl feature wins
witnessed track being built in 1951


DENNIS GADA
7-time SK Modified Champion
62 career SK Modified feature wins
2003 NWAAS Northeast Regional Champion
2003 & 2008 $5K Modified Nationals winner
former Late Model competitor


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MARGARET ‘PEG’ GAUDREAU
1st female car-owner at the Speedbowl
wife of car builder Al ‘Budda’ Gaudreau
5 straight owner championships (1972-1976)
one of 1st females allowed in pits
*Peg passed away on January 7, 2014


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MARK GEER
Former Modified driver & car builder
Longtime Speedbowl tech inspector
Former Race Director 1993-1995
longtime Waterford, CT resident


ED GERTSCH JR
2003 Sportsman Champion
former Mini Stock driver
former Late Model driver
29 career Speedbowl feature wins


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JOE GOLAS
former Speedbowl announcer 1981-1994
known as “The Voice of the Speedbowl
member of Paul Tremaine’s ‘Checkered Flag
Announcer
‘ team


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DAVE HUMPHREY
1951 Modified Champion
7 career Speedbowl feature wins
6-time NEMA Midget Champion
2000 NEAR Hall of Fame inductee


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COREY HUTCHINGS
2-time Late Model Champion
2-time Street Stock Champion
2003 NASCAR ShortTrack Regional Champion
former SK Modified competitor
61 career Speedbowl feature wins


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ROB JANOVIC JR
2007 SK Modified Champion
former Late Model competitor
former Enduro competitor
30 career Speedbowl feature wins
longtime Waterford, CT resident


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STEVE KENNEDY
accomplished artist
longtime track photographer
at the Speedbowl since late 1970’s
author of ‘Modified Stock Car Racing of the 1960’s & 1970’s


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DAN KORTEWEG
former track operator under his family’s
K Corporation from 1988-1994
former flagman
former General Manager 1988-1994
former 1/4 midget competitor


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GEORGE KORTEWEG
former track operator under his family’s
K Corporation from 1988-1994
former Track President 1988-1994
former part-owner of the track
longtime Speedbowl supporter


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WAYNE KORTEWEG
former track operator under his family’s
K Corporation from 1988-1994
former pace car driver
former Race Director of Sunday Stocker Series
former 1/4 midget competitor


MARK LAJEUNESSE
Speedbowl competitor for over 30 years
18 career Speedbowl feature wins
1975 Sportsman Modified Champion
2000 $5K Modified Nationals winner
former 1/4 midget competitor


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TONY LECKEY
longtime Speedbowl official
former flagman
former Race Director 1996-1999



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MIKE LOVETERE
former Modified competitor
former Late Model competitor
10 career Speedbowl feature wins
frequent SS Race of Champions competitor
longtime Waterford, CT educator


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FRED LUCHESI
1954 Modified Champion
25 Modified feature wins from 1952-1954
2008 NEAR Hall of Fame inductee
also won Championships at Seekonk, Westboro, Norwood & Lonsdale


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BRIAN McCARTHY
1986 Late Model Champion
4-time runner-up to a Speedbowl Championship
former SK Modified competitor
29 career Speedbowl feature wins


SHAWN MONAHAN
2001 Sportsman Champion
17 overall career wins in 4 different divisions
SK Modified competitor
former General Manager 2015-2016
longtime Waterford, CT resident


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CHRIS PASTERYAK
2-time Legend Car Champion
former SK Modified competitor
3-time VMRS winner at the Speedbowl
26 career Speedbowl feature wins
former 1/4 midget competitor


JAGS PALMER
2003 Sat & Wed Legend Car Champion
Multiple Regional LC Championships
longtime Legend Car dealer
father of 5x Speedbowl Champion Jason Palmer


JEFF PEARL
son of 1993 SK Modified Champ Jerry Pearl
1997 SK Modified Champion
38 career SK Modified feature wins
former Late Model competitor
2007 $5K Modified Nationals winner


BOB POTTER
Speedbowl’s 1st 6-time Modified Champion
over 90 feature wins at NLWS
3-time Waterford 200 winner
former Bomber competitor
2007 NEAR Hall of Fame inductee


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ED PULEO
2011 Street Stock Champion
former SK Modified competitor
23 career Speedbowl feature wins
crew member for Johnny Cambino’s return to racing in the 1990’s


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ED REED JR
son of 1978 Street Stock Champ Ed Reed
1997 Late Model Champion
2004 SK Modified Champion
former Strictly Stock competitor
34 career Speedbowl feature wins


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BILLY ROBERTS
longtime Speedbowl official
former flagman
former Race Director 1999-2005
former Speedbowl GM
Wild n Wacky Wed Race Director


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KEITH ROCCO
Speedbowl’s all-time career wins leader
Speedbowl’s only 12-time Track Champion
7x SK Modified Champion
4x Late Model Champion
2010 NWAAS National Champion


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‘FLASH’ GORDON RODGERS
3x Speedbowl Championship Owner
1984 Late Model Champion with C.J. Frye
1997 Late Model Champion w Ed Reed Jr
2004 SK Modified Champion w Ed Reed Jr
*Gordon passed away on January 12, 2016


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‘FARMER’ PHIL RONDEAU
6-time Late Model Champion
1st driver to win 100 features overall
1st driver to win 100 features in 1 division
1989 SS Race of Champions winner
former SK Modified competitor


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PHIL SMITH
former Speedbowl handicapper
former Speedbowl scorer longtime racing columnist
‘Champ Trail’
‘Looking Back’


AL STONE III
4x Ltd Sportsman Champion
Ltd Sportsman Career Wins record holder
former SK Modified competitor
grandfather Al Stone raced in 1950’s


JAY STUART
long time car builder
former car owner
1990, 1994, 1999-2000 Late Model Champion
2000 NASCAR ShorTrack Northeast Champion
42 career Late Model feature wins


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BILL SWEET
1967-1968 Daredevil Champion
40 career Speedbowl feature wins
multiple Demolition Derby wins
son & grandson raced at Speedbowl
*Bill passed away on December 26, 2011


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SEABURY TRIPLER
builder of the 1st Pinto-bodied Modified
former Bomber division competitor
former Modified competitor
6 career Modified feature wins


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DAVE TRUDEAU
Nephew of 1971 Champion Joe Trudeau
12 career Mini Stock feature wins
former Street Stock competitor
former Late Model competitor


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JOE TRUDEAU
1971 Modified Champion
won only championship w/out a feature win
8 career Modified feature wins
longtime driver of Gada #271 Modified


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ERIC WEBSTER
Son of 4x Speedbowl Champion Charlie Webster
former Street Stock competitor
longtime Speedbowl official
Speedbowl Race Director 2016


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RICHARD ‘DICK’ WILLIAMS
former President of Coastal Racing Association
former Speedbowl operator 1978, 1981-1984
former Race Director 1978, 1981-1984
co-creator of Tri-Track Open Modified Series


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RAE ANN WILLIAMS
former Super Stock competitor
Speedbowl’s 1st female to compete w/ men
1st woman to qualify for a feature
1st woman to win a qualifying heat race


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PETE ZANARDI
first attended Speedbowl in 1950’s
longtime sports journalist in New England
Speedbowl PR Director 1997-2006
2008 NEAR Hall of Fame inductee



—– OFF-CAMERA INTERVIEWS —–

MARK ARUTE
owner/operator of Stafford Motor Speedway
part of 7A Productions team who leased Speedbowl 1985-1987
son of 7A President & Stafford owner Jack Arute

FRED BEABER
Car owner & builder of the Checkerboard 716 coupe
1966 Modified Champion Car Owner with Charlie Webster
Built cars that raced at the Speedbowl for 5 decades
*Fred passed away on December 27, 2018

DON BUNNELL
youngest brother of the Bunnell family
33 career Speedbowl feature wins
1976 BiCentennial Modified 200 winner
won a feature in 4 different decades

DICK DUNN
4-time Speedbowl Modified Champion 1972-1975
40 career Modified feature wins
7 Modified feature wins of 100 laps or longer
*Dick passed away on March 27, 2015

HARVEY TATTERSALL IV
grandson of former Speedbowl owner Harvey Tattersall Jr
son of former Speedbowl General Manager Harvey Tattersall III

GAIL (ALBINO) WINTER
daughter of former track majority owner Tony Albino
sister of former track majority owner Bob Albino
grew up going to the Speedbowl in 1950’s & 1960’s
*Gail passed away on November 21, 2015