Wings N’ Wheels event was created by track operator Jerry Robinson and former Public Relations Director Pete Zanardi during the 2008 season. Its concept was to feature only race cars with open-wheels: The ISMA Super Modifieds, the Modified Racing Series, the NEMA Midgets and the Speedbowl’s SK Modified division. The other fendered divisions from the Speedbowl weekly series would have the night off.
The inaugural event was heavily promoted and a packed-house filled the Speedbowl. It was undoubtedly the biggest event of the 2008 season and most agree it was the largest crowd at the track since the Funkmaster Flex Late Model Invitational in 2004.
When Terry Eames took back the day-to-day operations prior to the 2009 season, he kept the Wings N’ Wheels event on the schedule, as did Shawn Monahan (2015) and George Whitney (2017) when they took over as General Manager. It continued to be a well-attended marquee event on the schedule for most of it’s existence.
|YEAR||LAPS||SK MODIFIED||LAPS||MODIFIED||LAPS||SUPER MODIFIED||LAPS||NEMA MIDGET|
|2008||35||Ron Yuhas Jr||100||Chris Pasteryak||50||Lou Ciccone Jr||25||Randy Cabral|
|2009||35||Tyler Chadwick||100||Rowan Pennink||50||Lou Ciccone Jr||25||Russ Stoehr|
|2010||35||Keith Rocco||100||Steve Masse||50||Chris Perley||25||Chris deRitis|
|2011||35||Keith Rocco||100||Jerry Marquis||50||Chris Perley||25||Todd Bertrand|
|2012||35||RAIN||100||Tommy Barrett Jr||50||Rob Summers||25||Anthony Marvuglio|
|2013||35||Keith Rocco||100||Keith Rocco||50||Jon McKennedy||25||Todd Bertrand|
|2014||35||Jeff Gallup||100||Ted Christopher||50||Mark Sammut||25||John Zych Jr|
|2015||35||Tyler Chadwick||100||Chris Pasteryak||50||Mike Lichty||25||Seth Carlson|
|2016||35||Tyler Chadwick||100||Jon McKennedy||50||Mike McVetta||25||John Zych Jr|
|2017||35||Rob Janovic Jr||100||Ted Christopher||40||Timmy Jedrzejek||25||Avery Stoehr|
Starting with the 5th annual Wings N’ Wheels in 2012, Speedbowl management began adding other divisions or touring series to the event. The weekly SK Lights were added for a 25-lap feature and have remained ever since. The NEMA Lites were also added in 2012 and have been a part of Wings N’ Wheels all but one year since.
The ATQMRA Midgets began appearing in 2016 with 25 lap features. The Pro-4 Modifieds were part of Wings N’ Wheels for one season in 2015, which was the only time there were 7 feature events on the card.
The 2018 event was rained out, with only the Modified Racing Series 100 race being rescheduled for the following week.
|LAPS||SK LIGHTS||LAPS||NEMA LITE||LAPS||PRO-4 MODIFIED||LAPS||ATQMRA MIDGET|
|2013||35||Corey Barry||25||Scott Bigelow|
|2014||35||Randy Churchill Jr|
|2015||35||Josh Galvin||25||Anthony Payne||25||Rob Richardi Jr|
|2016||35||Cory DiMatteo||25||P.J. Stergois||25||Geoffrey Sutton|
|2017||35||Dana DiMatteo||25||Dylan Duhaime||25||Ryan Tidman|
MISC WINGS N’ WHEELS NOTES
- Keith Rocco (SK) and Tyler Chadwick (SK) are the only drivers with 3 career victories in one division
- Keith Rocco (Mod / SK), Jon McKennedy (Mod / ISMA) and Avery Stoehr (NEMA / NEMA Lite) are the only drivers with wins in multiple divisions
- Keith Rocco’s 5 career wins (3 SK, 2 Mod) are the most overall by any driver
- Dennis Gada and Kyle James are the only SK Modified Champions since 2005 that haven’t won a feature during the Wings N’ Wheels events
- Modified Racing Series, ISMA Super Modifieds and NEMA Midgets have all had 8 different winners over the 11 years this event was held