Browsing the Almanac
While looking through Almanac results, 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. Contact us if you have info for any of these you find while browsing.
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.
Divisional History for the Record Book
Defining each division's history is easy for some divisions, and harder for others that have been around a while with several name changes and/or rules changes occuring over the years. We understand the determinations we've made below can be debated, but in order for statistics to be consistent across the board, we had to make decisions. Below is what we came up with for our statistical research.
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 Sportsmen (or Sportsman Stocks or Sportsman Modifieds) depending on which newspaper story or track program you read. By 1960, they were known as the Modifieds for the next 25 seasons. During certain seasons (1958, 1960-62 and 1975-77) Sportsman class cars (typically 6-cylinder cars) would compete within the 8-cylinder Modified class, yet have separate points tallied for just the Sportsmen cars. Separate Sportsman Champions were declared in addition to the Modified Champions. Both these championships are noted in our Track Champions section. However, all feature wins in divisions named Sportsmen or Modifieds from 1951-1984 are categorized as Modified feature wins in our database. Modified events from 1985-present are considered a touring series events.
In our database, the headlining Modified (1951-1984) and SK Modified (1985-present) divisions are considered 2 separate divisions statistically. Our main decision on this goes back to the SK Modifieds origin at Stafford Motor Speedway in 1982, where they were a supporting division to the headlining 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. The lesser-powered SK Modifieds were in comparison to the Modifieds as the SK Lights are in comparison to the SK Modifieds in current times. All 3 are separate division statistically in our database.
SK Modified history dates back to 1985 when they first debuted as the new headlining division under Jack Arute's 7A Productions lease of the track. When the Korteweg family operated the track from 1988-1994, the division was not a true SK Modified division as compared to the Stafford Speedway rules they were created under and were called either Connecticut Modifieds or simply Modifieds during this time. They did return to being more inline with SMS rules in 1995, and despite the differences in rules, the 1988-1994 version of the Modifieds at the Speedbowl are considered SK Modifieds statistically in our database.
The driver most affected by our separation of the Modified and SK Modified divisions statistically is Bob Potter. Potter is a 6-time Speedbowl Champion – all in the 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).
The Late Models were probably the most difficult division to find a starting point for their division's history. What we came up with is actually a blend of two divisions' evolution: the Daredevils of the 1960's and the Street Stocks of the late 1970's. The Daredevils started out in 1965 as a new entry-level division for amateur drivers. At the time, it was the 3rd division after Modifieds and a struggling Bomber division which would dissolve after 1966. In comparison to today, the Daredevil cars were most similar conceptually to the Super X-cars. In 1971, the division was renamed Sportsman Sedans and then in 1975 renamed again as Grand Americans under new Speedbowl owner Harvey Tattersall Jr's United Stock Car Racing Club banner. As Grand Americans, there were more like a late model car of the era and much more expensive then the Daredevils they originated as. After the 1979 season, with car counts continuing to dwindle, the Grand American division dissolved.
The original Street Stock division debuted in 1977. Similar to the Daredevils in 1965, they began as a strictly stock division designed as an entry-level, inexpensive option for amateur drivers to get involved in racing. They started out with a 4-car race and within one season they grew to over 30 cars showing up attempting to qualify for the feature. In 1980, after the Grand Americans were discontinued, the division was renamed Super Stocks and included drivers from both the Street Stock and Grand American divisions. In 1987, the division rules were revamped to allow racing tires and they were renamed Late Models. They've remained the 2nd tier division on Saturdays at Waterford ever since. They were also briefly called the American Challenge Series from mid-1999 thru to the end of the 2000 season, when truck-bodied cars from the Riverside Park Speedway (which closed after the 1999 season) were allowed to compete with the Late Models.
Statistically, we've blended these to divisions so that the Late Model division history starts in 1965 as the Daredevils, through their name changes to Sportsmen Sedans in the early 1970's and then as Grand Americans in the late 1970's. The problem statistically are the years 1977-79 when this original version of the Late Models (as Grand Americans) and the origin of the current Late Model division (as Street Stocks) existed at the same time. The original Street Stocks from 1977-1979 are statistically the earliest version of today's Ltd Sportsman division, going dormant from 1980-1987 then re-emerging as the Strictly Stock division in 1988. This leaves the Late Model lineage in our statistical database starting in 1965, the first year of the Daredevils and follows through to the Grand Americans from 1975-1979. The Super Stocks in 1980 continue the Late Model history until 1987 when they were officially called the Late Model division by track management.
This determination is strictly a statistical guideline in order to create parameters for the record book. We understand many people remember the Super Stocks of the early 80's as a Street Stock class. If you asked people who were at the track in the early 1980's about Harry Rice, they might very well tell you he was a great Street Stock driver – not remembering the Super Stock name change in 1980 or the dissolving of the Grand Americans. Furthermore, 1985 is commonly known as Phil Rondeau's first of 6 Late Model Championships, although the division was still named Super Stocks just as they were during Harry Rice's best seasons 5 years earlier. There is no real answer and any determination is debatable, but this lineage is the one we've come up with to create our database of Speedbowl stats.
STREET STOCKS / LIMITED SPORTSMEN
The still active division began in 1988 as a new entry level division class for amateur drivers. Statistically, as noted above in the Late Model section, the Street Stock class from 1977-1979 are also included here. This division has had the most name changes, most of them being used twice. In 1988, they debuted as Strictly Stocks, 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 again. Then in 2015, when new owner Bruce Bemer & GM Shawn Monahan took over track operations they were again changed to Limited Sportsmen.
The Mini Stocks debuted in 1992 as part of a new Sunday Series as a companion division to the 8-cylinder Pure Stocks. These cars in these 2 divisions were predominately from the 8-cylinder Enduro (Pure Stocks) and 4-cylinder Enduro (Mini Stock) divisions from 1991, the only season when Enduro Champions were crowned. In 1992, these cars now raced under feature event rules with smaller lap counts than traditional enduros, restarts and retained the point system to crown champions.
The Mini Stocks moved to Saturday nights in 1995 and we previously started their statistical history at this point and added the 1992-1994 Sunday version of the Mini Stocks to the X-car history (2001-present). Although the Mini Stocks from the early 1990's are extremely similar to the X-cars of today, we've ultimately decided to chalk this up to the evolution of the division and extended Mini Stock history back to it's true origin in 1992 while giving the X-cars (and all the Wed/Thu divisions) their own exclusive statistically history.
The driver this most effects is Bruce Thomas – a 2-time Mini Stock Champion (1992, 1997) who under our previous parameters had only one championship ('97) recognized as a Mini Stock title statistically. He was also the division's all-time wins leader until Ken Cassidy Jr passed him in 2011. Bruce has also been referred to as a 3-time Mini Stock champion, including his 1991 4-cylinder Enduro championship. However, the championship and wins during that season are part of our 4-cylinder Enduro history, not the Mini Stocks' history.
Legend Cars began competing at Waterford in 1995 as part of a regional touring series. It held several events at Waterford from 1995-2000 on both the weekly Saturday events but also 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 (now Thursday Night Thunder again as of 2015). 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. Additionally, we have also compiled and Overall Legend Car history which includes results from all LC features from 1995-present.
Legend Car history remains incomplete as we still have missing results from their mid-1990's early years. Contact us if you can provide any of this info.
TRUCK SERIES & DIVISIONS
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 that also featured Legend Cars and enduro-type events. Kevin Debbis dominated the Waterford events and was named the Speedbowl ARTS champion. In 2003, the series was now called 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 (this version was dominated by Allen Coates). In 2011, the track went back to hosting the regional series, now called the New England Truck Series. Then in 2016, they had truck events held under the NE Trucks Series and the Speedbowl's own Truck division during the season. The results from all of these aforemention truck events create our Truck Series statistics.