How We Verify Statistics
Verifying all the feature winners was a daunting task, but we did it one by one for each scheduled event in the track's history. There are several resources we've used over the years. Here's the list of which ones we've used:
Electronic Scoring System data
The data here is the most accurate statistics available for Speedbowl results as it's the same data the track officials use. Unfortunately, it's only available for a small fraction of the track's history. We used the website Speednetdirect.com (2009-2016) and the Race Monitor smartphone app (2007-present) which were both linked to the track's ESS.
Racing Trade Papers (Speedway Scene, Area Auto News, etc)
Programs & trade papers are usually very accurate. The results and race summaries are generally provided from the Speedbowl's public relations department and therefor are a great source for accurate info that includes the finishing order, date, lap count, etc. They also are published several days after the event, which means if there were post-race disqualifications or changes in the results, they are usually included in these reports
Local newspapers (The New London Day, Norwich Bulletin, etc)
Local papers can be a good source, and during the 1950' & 1960's they are really the only resource available to verify stats. Up until the early 2000's, they almost always contained information written by the press who was at the track covering the event. The only potential issue with newspaper sources is that they may not include post-race disqualifications if those penalties were handed out after the newspaper deadline to print the story.
Video footage is a great resource as well – as long as it's dated, which prior to the 1990's isn't always the case. Additionally, unlike newspapers where there's a chance post-race penalties may be included, a video source only shows the winner immediately after the event and prior to any post-race inspections that could have changed the finishing order, which makes them a less-preferred resource than any of the ones listed above.
Trophies are used as a reference, but not as an offical resource to verify winners. There are two main issues with trophies:
- at the Speedbowl, feature race winner trophies are rarely dated for which event they were awarded. Many trophies may have the calendar year, but not the specific date (month/day).
- There is typically a trophy given to the driver and the car-owner, and since they aren't dated either, it's too hard to decipher if any of the trophies are driver/owner duplicates. If someone provides us with a bunch of trophies from a particular year, we used that as a reason to keep looking for better resources to verify results, but until we do so, we wouldn't not record or revise any specific information on our site simply because of an amount of trophies provided.
Browsing the Almanac
While looking through Almanac on speedbowlhistory.com, you will see several notations & color-coded footnotes. Below is a general description for each of them:
- BOLD – results in bold indicated the event was scheduled to be longer than the standard feature length for that season
- ITALICS – results that are italicized indicate the event was shorter in distance than the standard feature length
- 1 – numerical footnotes in blue indicate a schedule change
- A – footnotes in red indicate results affected by officials ruling (usually as a result of post-race inspection)
- O – footnotes in green indicate additional event info (open competition, qualifier race, etc)
- X – footnotes in brown are for any other notation not categorized above
- CANCELLED – results in gray italics indicate the event was cancelled (rain, competitor strike, flood, etc)
- ?? – question mark notation means we have yet to be able to verify the results – click here to see the short list of results we still need to verify.
Starting in 2016, we've decided to update the Almanac on a weekly basis during the season for race results.
Points standings & win total entries for the Almanac, plus Record Book and Track Champions will then be updated accordingly at the end of each race season.
If you have any questions or comments in regards to our research, please feel free to contact us.