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Compiling the Speedbowl’s History

When I first started my own research of the Speedbowl in 2005, I personally spent over 1,500 hours of research over the next 3 years to compile the statistics found in this site (originally called – primarily focusing on feature winners & track champions.  Other statistics compiled were point standings, time trial records and season-ending award recipients.   During the research, I realized there were certain exhibition events that have been around for a long time, demolition derbies & powder puff derbies and those stats were also compiled (although these event results are incomplete).  Additionally, when we started video work towards a documentary series on the track’s history in 2010, we also started logging the tenure of track owners, operators, race directors, flagman, announcers, program publishers and others.   This data is all categorized by season in our Almanac, which we update at the end of every Speedbowl season.  We then update the Record Book accordingly with the new data.

The statistics within our site were compiled from a variety of resources.  Here’s a brief overview to show the primary resources by decade for the statistical data in the Almanac:

  • 1950’s – The New London Day archives
  • 1960’s – The New London Day archives; Speedbowl track programs
  • 1970’s – The New London Day archives; Speedbowl track programs, Speedway Scene trade papers
  • 1980’s – The New London Day archives; Speedbowl track programs, Speedway Scene trade papers
  • 1990’s – The New London Day archives; Speedbowl track programs, Speedway Scene trade papers
  • 2000’s – Speedbowl track programs, track press releases, Speedway Scene & Area Auto Racing News trade papers
  • 2010’s – SpeedNet Direct archives, track press releases, Area Auto Racing News trade papers
  • 2020’s – track press releases, Area Auto Racing News trade papers

Other print sources for information over the years include archives from the Norwich Bulletin, Hartford Courant, Hartford Times, New Haven Register, Westerly Sun, Norwalk Hour, Stock Car Racing Magazine, Speedway Illustrated, Area Auto Racing News, ProSpeed Revue and Calvacade of Racing.  We’ve also referenced many websites to verify information including,,,,,, and

We’ve been fortunate to have tons of photos, programs, scrapbooks & other memorabilia donated to our archives.  We’ve also built up a continually growing media archive including The Checkered Flag Announcer recordings, various local TV shows & news segments on the track, archives from The Speedway Line Report and Overdrive radio shows, plus the Waterford Speedbowl’s own video archives from various videographers over the years.  Some of the generous people who’ve made contributions are:

    • Al & Peg Gaudreau
    • Al Stone III & family
    • Bill Sweet & family
    • Bob & Betty Gada
    • Bob Darling
    • Bob Freeman
    • Bob Potter & family
    • Bonnie Yerrington
    • Bubby Brouwer
    • Bud Hartson
    • Bud Kuehne
    • Cassidy Family
    • Chris Ignazio
    • Cliff Nelson
    • Dave Dykes
    • Dave Paradis
    • Dave Roode
    • Deb Gada
    • Don Caddick
    • Ed Gertsch Jr
    • Floyd Chesbro
    • Fran Lawlor
    • Frank Burdick
    • Fred Luchesi
    • Gale (Albino) Winter
    • Glenn Pressel III
    • Gordon Rodgers
    • Howie Hodge
    • Jen & Jeff Pearl
    • Jesse Gleason
    • Joe Curioso III
    • Joe Golas
    • John Brouwer
    • John Brouwer Jr
    • Josh Paradis
    • Ken Meisenhelder
    • Korteweg family
    • Kyle Gero
    • Kyle James
    • Mike Lovetere
    • Nicholas Teto
    • Pat Doherty
    • Pat Donnellan
    • Pete Zanardi
    • R.A. Silvia
    • Ric Mariscal
    • Rob Janovic Jr
    • Roger Perry
    • Ron Yuhas Jr
    • Scott Gregory
    • Steve Cembruch
    • Steve Johnston
    • Steve Kennedy
    • Tom Fox
    • Tom Ormsby
    • Tyler Chadwick

This project has always been a group effort and there are literally hundreds of people who have contributed in some way to provide us information, statistics, photos and/or memorabilia.  Without everyone’s contributions, our efforts to preserve the Waterford Speedbowl would not be possible.

Please contact us with any questions and we hope you enjoy this comprehensive trip down the Waterford Speedbowl’s memory lane.

Tom “Sid” DiMaggio
Vault Productions

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