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MODIFIEDS

SUMMARY:  The Modifieds were the headlining weekly division at the Speedbowl from 1951 to 1984 under a few different names.  In the 1950's they were called Sportsman (or Sportsman Stocks or Sportsman Modifieds).  Starting in  1960, they were known as the Modifieds for the next 24 seasons.  During certain seasons (1958, 1962-64 and 1975-77) Sportsman class cars (typically 6-cylinder cars) would compete within the Modified class, yet have separate points tallied for just the Sportsman cars.  Separate Sportsman Champions were declared in addition to the Modified Champions.  Both these championships are noted in our Track Champions section. 

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SITE NAME:  Modifieds

SITE ABBREVIATION:  Mod

YEARS ACTIVE:  1951-1984 (Past Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • 1951-1957 – Sportsman (or Sportsman Stocks)
  • 1958          – Sportsman/Modifieds
  • 1959          – Sportsman
  • 1960-1961 – Modifieds
  • 1962-1963 – Modifieds (Sportsman competed with Modifieds)
  • 1964-1974 – Modifieds
  • 1975-1977 – Modifieds (Sportsman competed with Modifieds)
  • 1978-1984 – Modifieds

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

MISC NOTES:  Modified events held from 1985-present are considered a touring series that have a separate Career Wins List.

SK MODIFIEDS®

The SK Modified division originated at Stafford Motor Speedway in 1982, where they were a supporting division to the Modifieds until 1986.  The division was created by SMS owner Jack Arute as a less-expensive alternative for open-wheel racing.  In 1985, when the Arutes leased the Speedbowl from Harvey Tattersall Jr, they made their upstart division the new headlining division at the shoreline oval.  In our database, the Modified (1951-1984) and SK Modified (1985-present) divisions are considered 2 separate divisions statistically – this is largely based on the fact that from 1982-1986 at Stafford, they ran as 2 separate divisions and that the Modifieds still compete at the track in various touring series since 1985.

When the Korteweg family operated the track from 1988-1994, the division was not a true SK Modified division since they no longer competed under the SK rules created by SMS.  During this time, they were either Connecticut Modifieds or simply Modifieds in track published material.  They returned to being more inline with Stafford's SK rules in the late 1990's and have remained so ever since.  Despite some variation in rules, the 1988-1994 version of the Modifieds at the Speedbowl are considered SK Modifieds statistically in our database.

SITE NAME:  SK Modifieds

SITE ABBREVIATION:  SK

YEARS ACTIVE:  1985-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • 1985-1987    – SK Modified
  • 1988-1994    – Modifieds (or CT Modifieds)
  • 1959-present – SK Modified

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

MISC NOTES:  The driver most affected by our separation of the Modified & SK Modified divisions statistically is Bob Potter.  Potter is a 6-time Speedbowl Champion – all in a headlining division.  Statistically in our database he has championships in 2 divisions:  3 in the Modified division (1976, 1980, 1983) and 3 in the SK Modifieds (1986, 1987, 1989).  

SK LIGHTS

This division began as the X-Modifieds as part of the Wild N' Wacky Wednesday series.  The division struggled to build a car count, so in 2009 the SK Light type cars from Stafford Speedway were deemed legal at the Speedbowl to run with the X-Mods and did so for 2 seasons.  Then in 2011, the division was renamed SK Lights and moved to Saturday nights where their events were held on a semi-regular basis.

SITE NAME:  SK Lights

SITE ABBREVIATION:  SKL

YEARS ACTIVE:  2004-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • 2004-2010     – X-Modifieds
  • 2011-present – SK Lights

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

DAREDEVIL/GRAND AMERICANS

This division was the first version of a late model division at the Speedbowl.  It debuted as the Daredevil division in 1965 in what would be equivalent to today's Super X-cars.  They evolved into Sportsman Sedans after some rule changes in 1971, then to Grand Americans, a staple of Harvey Tattersall Jr's United Stock Car circuit, when Tattersall bought the Speedbowl in 1975.  By 1979, it became too expensive to run competitively for most drivers and the car count dwindled rapidly.  They were dissolved during the 1979-1980 off season.

SITE NAME:  Daredevil / Grand Americans

SITE ABBREVIATION:  DGA

YEARS ACTIVE:  1965-1979 (Past Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • 1965-1970 – Daredevils
  • 1971-1974 – Sportsman Sedans
  • 1975-1979 – Grand Americans

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

LATE MODELS

The Late Models are the oldest division out of the current weekly divisions at the Speedbowl, starting out as a low budget alternative to the old Grand American division called Street Stocks in 1977.  By 1980, the Grand Americans were dissolved and this division was renamed Super Stocks & became the 2nd tier division under the Modifieds, where they have remained ever since.  From the mid-1980's to the mid-1990's, the Speedbowl Late Models were one of the most entertaining divisions throughout the northeast short track landscape.  They currently run under rules similar to the American-Canadien Late Model Tour (ACT) rules, which became legal at the Speedbowl in 2004.

SITE NAME:  Late Models

SITE ABBREVIATION:  LM

YEARS ACTIVE:  1977-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • 1977-1979     – Street Stocks
  • 1980-1986     – Super Stocks
  • 1987-1998     – Late Models (or Late Model Stock Cars)
  • 1999-2000     – American Challenge Series
  • 2001-present – Late Models

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

MISC NOTES:  ACT Tour events are included in the Late Model Career Wins

SPORTSMAN

This division has had the most name changes, with most names being used twice.  They debuted as Strictly Stocks in 1988, then changed to Limited Sportsmen from 1992-94.  When Terry Eames took over as promoter in 1995, they went back to being called Strictly Stocks.  In 2000, when the track became NASCAR affiliated, they became known as Sportsmen.  In 2009, when Terry Eames returned as promoter for the 2nd time, they were called Street Stocks.  Then in 2015, when new owner Bruce Bemer & GM Shawn Monahan took over track operations they were again changed to Limited Sportsman.  In 2018, their name was changed back to Sportsman.

SITE NAME:  Sportsman

SITE ABBREVIATION:  SS

YEARS ACTIVE:  1988-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • 1988-1991     – Strictly Stocks
  • 1992-1994     – Limited Sportsman
  • 1995-1999     – Strictly Stocks
  • 2000-2008     – Sportsman
  • 2009-2014     – Street Stocks
  • 2015-2016     – Limited Sportsman
  • 2017-present – Sportsman

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

MISC NOTES:  Northeast Street Stock Tour (NESST) and the 375 Sportsman Series (375SM) events are included in the Sportsman Career Wins

MINI STOCKS

The Mini Stocks debuted in 1992 as part of a new Sunday Stocker Series and a companion division to the 8-cylinder Pure Stocks.  The cars in these 2 divisions were moslty from the 8-cylinder Enduro (Pure Stocks) and 4-cylinder Enduro (Mini Stock) divisions respectively.   Unlike the Enduros, these cars now raced under feature event rules with smaller lap counts than traditional enduros, caution periods & restarts and retained the point system to crown champions that was established for Enduros in 1991.  The division moved to Saturday nights as the 4th weekly division in 1995 where it has remained ever since.

SITE NAME:  Mini Stock

SITE ABBREVIATION:  MS

YEARS ACTIVE:  1992-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • (none)
  • 1992-present – Mini Stocks

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

MISC NOTES:  Northeast Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) events are included in the Mini Stock Career Wins

LEGEND CARS

Legend Cars began competing at Waterford in 1995 as part of a regional touring series.  As part of that series, they held several events at Waterford from 1995-2000 primarily as the headliner for the former Thursday Night Thunder (1996-1997) and Sunday Spectacular Series (1998-2000).  In 2001, they became the headlining point division of the new Wild N' Wacky Wednesday series (Thursday Night Thunder from 2015-2016).  In 2002, they were also added several times to the Saturday schedule as a separate point division from Wednesday.  The Speedbowl has been crowning 2 separate Legend Car Champions ever since.   Both Saturday and Wednesday series have their own statistically history in our Record Book, in addition to Overall Legend Car stats which contain results for all LC events from 1995-2000.  When the Legend Cars debuted, the were largely comprised of older drivers who enjoyed a inexpensive way to continue racing at an older age.  They gradually turned into a division for young drivers, many who previously competed in 1/4 midgets, go-karts or bandoleros.

SITE NAME:  Legend Cars

SITE ABBREVIATION:  LC

YEARS ACTIVE:  1995-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • 1995             – Southern New England Legend Car Tour
  • 1996-2000     – New England Dodge Dealers Legend Car Tour
  • 2001-present – Legend Cars

RESEARCH STATUS:  Incomplete

  • There are still 2 Legend Car events that we have yet to verified – see Missing Results page for more details
  • All applicable Almanac & Record pages will be updated accordingly upon verification

MISC NOTES:  Legend Car events were sanctioned nationally by INEX from 1995-2016

TRUCKS

There have been many versions of trucks at Waterford over the years – mainly as a regional touring series.  When it debuted in 1997, it was a regional series called American Race Trucks that ran all of its Speedbowl events during the Thursday Night Thunder Series and then the Sunday Spectacular Series (1998-2000).  In 2003, the series was renamed All-Star Race Trucks and usually ran 4-5 events annually at Waterford.  In 2009-2010, the Speedbowl no longer hosted the ARTS events and had it's own truck division that ran events on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.  In 2011, the track went back to hosting the regional series, which was now called the New England Truck Series.  Then in 2016, the Speedbowl began holding events under both the NETS banner and a Speedbowl points system simultaneously.

SITE NAME:  Trucks

SITE ABBREVIATION:  TK

YEARS ACTIVE:  1997-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • 1997-2002     – American Race Trucks
  • 2003-2008     – All-Star Race Trucks
  • 2009             – ABCDL Trucks
  • 2010             – NEATV Trucks
  • 2011-present – New England Truck Series
  • 2016-present – Speedbowl Trucks

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

MISC NOTES:  PRO Truck (1998-2000) and Mini Truck (1997) events are not included in this division

SUPER X-CARS

Similar to the Pure Stock division from the early 1990's (see below), the Super X-Cars evolved from the 8-cylinder Enduros.  They have been part of the Wild N' Wacky Wednesday series since it's inception in 2001.  They also occasionally run during Saturday night events as well.

SITE NAME:  Super X-cars

SITE ABBREVIATION:  SX

YEARS ACTIVE:  2001-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • (none)
  • 2001-present – Super X-cars

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

X-CARS

Similar to the Mini Stock division from the early 1990's (see below), the X-Cars evolved from the 4-cylinder Enduros.  They have been part of the Wild N' Wacky Wednesday series since it's inception in 2001.  They also occasionally run during Saturday night events as well.

SITE NAME:  X-cars

SITE ABBREVIATION:  XC

YEARS ACTIVE:  2001-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • (none)
  • 2001-present – X-cars

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

MISC NOTES:  Seekonk Sport 4 events (SPT4) events are included in the X-cars Career Wins

BANDOLEROS

Bandoleros debuted in 2009 as part of the Wild N' Wacky Wednesday series.  They occasional run events on Saturday Nights as well.  Bandoleros competitors are almost exclusively under the age of 16.

SITE NAME:  Bandoleros

SITE ABBREVIATION:  BD

YEARS ACTIVE:  2009-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • (none)
  • 2009-present – Bandoleros

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

MISC NOTES:  Bandolero events were sanctioned nationally by INEX from 2009-2016

NON-FORDS

This division debuted about 1/3 of the way into the Speedbowl's inaugural season in 1951. It's original concept was amateur drivers behind minimally modified street cars, with a claiming rule system in place for the motors.  By 1953 however, the claiming rule system was abolished and under the new name Non-Fords, they basically became a lesser powered version of the Modified class. By 1961, the cars were so advanced they were keeping pace with the Modified division, so after holding 8 Non-Ford events to start the 1961 season, the division was abruptly dissolved, with no further events held nor a champion crowned at season's end.

SITE NAME:  Non-Fords

SITE ABBREVIATION:  NF

YEARS ACTIVE:  1951-1961 (Past Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • 1951-1952 – Claiming Cars
  • 1953-1961 – Non-Fords

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

BOMBERS

The Bomber division debuted in 1958.  With the Non-Fords advancing rapidly, the Bombers were created to be the new entry level division.  By Mid-1961, they were the 2nd division to the Modifieds, which they remained until 1966.  Like the Non-Fords, they were lesser powered cars than the Modifieds that were run on street tires.  Their car count faded quickly after the Daredevils debuted in 1965.

SITE NAME:  Bombers

SITE ABBREVIATION:  Bom

YEARS ACTIVE:  1958-1966 (Past Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • (none)
  • 1958-1966 – Bombers

RESEARCH STATUS:  Completed

MISC NOTES: 

PURE STOCKS

The Pure Stocks debuted in 1992 as part of a new Sunday Series.  The cars were predominately from the 8-cylinder Enduro divisions but would now raced under feature event rules that included caution periods & restarts and reduced race distances.  When their 4-cylinder counterparts, the Mini Stocks, moved to Saturday nights in 1995, the Sunday Stocker series fizzled and the Pure Stock were dissolved after the 1995 season.

SITE NAME:  Pure Stocks

SITE ABBREVIATION:  PS

YEARS ACTIVE:  1992-1995 (Past Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • (none)
  • 1992-1995 – Pure Stocks
  • RESEARCH STATUS:  Incomplete

  • There are still 2 Pure Stock events that we have yet to verified – see Missing Results page for more details
  • All applicable Almanac & Record pages will be updated accordingly upon verification

8-CYLINDER ENDUROS

The very first Enduro held in the State of Connecticut was at the Waterford Speedbowl in 1985.  It was one of 2 held that season.  By 1991, the Speedbowl held 15 Enduro events on Sundays, awarded points for each race and crowned a champion at the end of the year.  The following year, the Pure Stocks debuted and the Enduro style events were discontinued.  After 1995, the Pure Stock division dissolved and the 8-cylinder Enduros returned, until those cars were revamped into the Super X-cars.  The 8-cylinder Enduros went dormant again until revived once again in 2010.

SITE NAME:  8-cylinder Enduros

SITE ABBREVIATION:  8E

YEARS ACTIVE:  1985-1991, 1996-2000; 2010-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • 1985-1989 – Enduros
  • 1990-1991 – Full Size Enduros
  • 1996-2000 – 8-cylinder Enduros
  • 2010-present – 8/6 cylinder Enduros

RESEARCH STATUS:  Incomplete

  • There are still 10 8-cylinder Enduro events that we have yet to verified – see Missing Results page for more details
  • All applicable Almanac & Record pages will be updated accordingly upon verification

4-CYLINDER ENDUROS

In 1990, this division debuted as a companion to the 8-cylinder Enduro division.  Then in 1991, the Speedbowl held 15 Enduro events on Sundays, awarded points for each race and crowned a champion at the end of the year.  The following year, the Mini Stocks debuted and the Enduro style events were discontinued.  When the Mini Stocks moved to Saturday nights in 1995, the 4-cylinder Enduros returned, until those cars were revamped into the X-cars.  The 4-cylinder Enduros went dormant again until being revived once again in 2010.

SITE NAME:  4-cylinder Enduros

SITE ABBREVIATION:  4E

YEARS ACTIVE:  1990-1991, 1996-2000; 2010-present (Current Division)

NAME CHANGES:

  • 1990-1991 – 4-cylinder Enduros
  • 1995-2000 – 4-cylinder Enduros
  • 2010-present – 4/6 cylinder Enduros
  • RESEARCH STATUS:  Incomplete

  • There are still 5 4-cylinder Enduro events that we have yet to verified – see Missing Results page for more details
  • All applicable Almanac & Record pages will be updated accordingly upon verification
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