1960 Year in Review

Don Collins won his 3rd Speedbowl Championship driving the Vitari & Bombaci V-8 car

Bill Slater started out the 1960 season behind the V-8 car just as dominant as he was in 1959, winning the first 3 features of the season. However, the Connecticut Valley Rocket team then went to race at Norwood Arena, the premiere NASCAR short track in New England at the time, with a new V-8 car (they would eventually win 5 track championships at Norwood).

At the Speedbowl, Don Collins got behind the wheel of the V-8 car Slater drove in 1959 at Waterford, and went on to win 17 Sportsman events and his 3rd track championship. On June 4th, he won 3 features (two Sportsman and one Non-Ford event) a feat that remained unmatched until 2014 (Keith Rocco). With his 6 Non-Ford wins, he had 23 overall feature wins in a season, a record that stood til 2013 (also Keith Rocco). There were two 50 lap Sportsman features during the 1960 season, won by Collins and George Pendergast

Ted Stack won his 1st Speedbowl Champion in 1960 driving #4 Non-Ford

In the Non-Ford division, Ted Stack won 14 features to earn his 2nd Track Championship. Collins and 3-time Champ Charlie Webster both had 6 Non-Ford victories. Stack won one of the two Non-Ford 50 lappers, Ray Moran won the other.  Stack, like Collins, was one of several competitors who raced regularly in both the Sportsman & Non-Ford divisions.  In addition to his Non-Ford season, Stack won 4 Sportsman events & finished 3rd in the Sportsman standings as well, 

Newt Palm and Ed Moody dominated the Bomber division – they collectively won 75% of the races held (27 of the 36). Palm won 5 of the first 7 events, and in the middle of the season there was a stretch of 13 features where one of the two drivers won every event. Palm repeated as champion in the Maffei-Kensel #53 car with a 12 win season.  Moody had a breakout season collecting 15 wins, including the longest Bomber race of the year – a 50 lapper in October.

Newt Palm won his 2nd straight Bomber Championship in 1960

The July 9th show had two extraordinary happenings: Early in the day during Sportsman practice, Ray Delisle, driving the Bill Congdon #76 car, had his throttle stick and he crashed hard into the 4th turn wall where his car then burst into flames. He was able to escape but he suffered first, second & third degree burns on his face, hands and arms. He was able to recover and won a Speedbowl championship later in his career. Later that same night in the Non-Ford feature, Ted Stack lapped the entire field during his July 9th Non-Ford win.

Bill Randall & King Carpenter won the two NEMA midget events held during the year.  They were the only races other than the 3 weekly divisions to compete at the track during the 1960 season.

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