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 64 people in total, 59 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)

 

Don_Benvenuti_screenshotDON 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

 


Eric_Berndt_screenshotERIC 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

 


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

 


Ron_Bouchard_screenshotRON 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


Bones_Bourcier_screenshotMARK ‘BONES’ BOURCIER
former Speedway Scene columnist
racing biographer – published books on
Ed Flemke, Bugsy Stevens, Richie Evans,
& Ron Bouchard

 


Dick_Brooks_screenshotRICHARD ‘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

 


John_Brouwer_Sr_screenshotJOHN 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


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

 


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

 


Todd_Ceravolo_screenshotTODD CERAVOLO
Son of 1988 Modified Champion Dick Ceravolo
1989 SK Modified Champion Car Owner
1997 SK Modified Champion
24 career Speedbowl feature wins

 


Tyler_Chadwick__screenshotTYLER CHADWICK
2012 SK Modified Champion
youngest SK Modified champion in history
25 career SK Modified feature wins
2014 $5K Modified Nationals winner

 


Shawn_Courchesne_screenshotSHAWN COURCHESNE
RaceDayCT.com founder & reporter
former sports journalist for Hartford Courant
2007 AP National Sports Editor award finalist
covered weekly Speedbowl events since 2000

 


Mike_Daignault_screenshotMIKE 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

 


Dan_Darnstaedt_screenshotDAN DARNSTAEDT
1996 Mini Stock Champion
won a  record 11 Mini Stock races in 1995
29 career Mini Stock feature wins
35 career Speedbowl feature wins

 


TERRY EAMES
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 1985-87
2-time NASCAR Modified winner at Speedbowl

 


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

 


Tom_Fox_screenshotTOM FOX
1993 and 1995 Late Model Champion
former SK Modified competitor
61 career Speedbowl feature wins
Race Director 2009-2010

 


Bob_Freeman_screenshotBOB FREEMAN
former Speedbowl announcer 1985-2000
former writer for Speedbowl program
former writer for Speedway Scene

 

 


BOB GADA
2-time Late Model Champion
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

 


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

 


Mark_Geer_screenshotMARK 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
29 career Speedbowl feature wins
former Mini Stock driver
former Late Model driver

 


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

 


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

 


Corey_Hutchings_screenshotCOREY HUTCHINGS
2-time Late Model Champion
2-time Street Stock Champion
2003 NASCAR ShortTrack Regional Champion
61 career Speedbowl feature wins

 


Rob_Janovic_screenshotROB JANOVIC JR
2007 SK Modified Champion
23 career SK Modified feature wins
30 career Speedbowl feature wins
longtime Waterford, CT resident

 


Steve_Kennedy_screenshotSTEVE KENNEDY
accomplished artist and photographer
Speedbowl photographer since late 1970’s
author of ‘Modified Stock Car Racing of the
1960’s & 1970’s

 


Dan_Korteweg_screenshotDAN KORTEWEG
former track operator under his family’s
K Corporation from 1988-1994
former flagman
former General Manager 1988-1994

 


George_Korteweg_screenshotGEORGE KORTEWEG
former track operator under his family’s
K Corporation from 1988-1994
former Track President 1988-1994

 

 


Wayne_Korteweg_screenshotWAYNE KORTEWEG
former track operator under his family’s
K Corporation from 1988-1994
former pace car driver
former Race Director of Sunday Stocker Series

 


MARK LAJEUNESSE
Speedbowl competitor for over 30 years
18 career Speedbowl feature wins
2000 $5K Modified Nationals winner

 

 


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

 

 


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

 


Fred_Luchesi_screenshotFRED LUCHESI
1954 Modified Champion
25 Modified feature wins from 1952-1954
2008 NEAR Hall of Fame inductee

 

 


Brian_McCarthy_screenshotBRIAN McCARTHY
1986 Late Model Champion
4-time runner-up to Championship
29 career Speedbowl feature wins

 

 


SHAWN MONAHAN
2001 Sportsman Champion
16 overall career wins in 3 different divisions
SK Modified competitor
former General Manager 2015-2016
longtime Waterford, CT resident


Chris_Pasteryak_screenshotCHRIS PASTERYAK
2-time Legend Car Champion
former SK Modified competitor
3-time VMRS winner at the Speedbowl
26 career Speedbowl feature wins

 


Jeff_Pearl_screenshotJEFF PEARL
son of 1993 SK Modified Champ Jerry Pearl
1997 SK Modified Champion
38 career SK Modified feature wins
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
2007 NEAR Hall of Fame inductee

 


Ed_Puleo_screenshotED 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


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

 


Bill_Roberts_screenshotBILLY ROBERTS
longtime Speedbowl official
former flagman
former Race Director 1999-2005

 

 


Keith_Rocco_screenshotKEITH ROCCO
Speedbowl’s all-time career wins leader
Speedbowl’s only 10-time Track Champion
2010 NWAAS National Champion
9-time NASCAR Connecticut Champion

 


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

 


Phil_Rondeau_screenshot‘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 Pocono Race of Champions winner

 


Phil_Smith_screenshotPHIL SMITH
longtime Speedbowl handicapper
longtime racing columnist

 

 


AL STONE III
4-time Ltd Sportsman Champion
Ltd Sportsman Career Wins record holder
former SK Modified competitor

 

 


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

 


Bill_Sweet_screenshotBILL SWEET
1967-1968 Daredevil Champion
40 career Speedbowl feature wins
multiple Demolition Derby wins
*Bill passed away on December 26, 2011

 


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

 

 


Dave_Trudeau_screenshotDAVE TRUDEAU
Nephew of 1971 Champion Joe Trudeau
12 career Mini Stock feature wins

 

 


Joe_Trudeau_screenshotJOE TRUDEAU
1971 Modified Champion
8 career Modified feature wins

 

 


Eric_Webster_screenshotERIC WEBSTER
Son of 4-time Champion Charlie Webster
former Street Stock competitor
longtime Speedbowl official
Speedbowl Race Director 2016

 


Dick_Williams_screenshotRICHARD ‘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

 


Rae_Williams_screenshotRAE 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

 


Pete_Zanardi_screenshotPETE 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

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