What’s On The Menu?
If your going to ask, it was Soup! Now I know that most out there feel like soup is just an appetizer but on this night it was the Main Course. Now, if I were a food critic I would say that it needed just a touch of salt as it was Charles Canfield walking away with the extra distance Jeff “Soup” Civardi Tribute Race. Ray Christian and Chris Garside ran out of laps but finished on the podium only to later discover that the 32 machine of Christian and the 19 car were found to not be in compliance of the Rulebook. Thus putting the self proclaimed King, John Bavallaco, into a podium spot with Garside getting Second in the Official Order. There is a lovely tribute stone located in the qturn one area of the grandstands honoring Soup and it looks Great! Perhaps this area could become a Memorial type strip or area to honor other Bowl royalty and the faithful supporters.
Al Stone left em all behind as the Norman Family 12 car continues to dominate. Jaysin Beal and Charles Canfield, driving Stones 52 finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Coming in just short of the podium in 4th was long time racer Joe Arena in the 74. Arena recovered from an early race skirmish to again come from deep in the field for an impressive drive. I don’t think anyone passed more cars during the race than the 74 car as he fell just short of a third place finish. Arena has raced all over New England in the Street Stocks starting way back when at the now shuttered Riverside Park. Just another hard working racer who does it almost entirely out of his own pocket with respect and passion. Well Done Joe!Anthony Flannery garnered his second in a row as the Chassis Pro Group seem to have found some late season magic. Butch Shea,Todd Owen and Group build some beautiful stuff that is really tough to beat. Todd Owen followed Flannery and Ryan Morgan continues to get podiums as he finished 3rd. Feel good story here were the Trucks as Ed Ryan Jr grabbed the checkers in the #12. Brody Monahan and Kyle Gero waged a nice battle to 2nd and 3rd on the night. Young Monahan continues to be at the forefront this year with victories and podium finishes in any division he has run. On this night he finished 2nd in the Late Model Feature with Jason Palmer getting closer to perhaps another Championship. Not to forget PJ Evans. Another Bowl family prodigy who finished 3rd and he also continues to Impress. Another thing worth noting…..Thank You’s and Kudos to the Manafort Family, long time racers and supporters of racing in Connecticut for many years. Their CWPM brand was well represented Saturday Night as they sponsored the evening and presented a scaled down sized dumpster trophy and bottle of bubbly for the regular feature night winners.These things were works of art with real working lids. Great Stuff from a wonderful family. Thank you to the nice lady representing CEPM at the grandstand entrance who gave my brother and I CWPM ball caps. Another note of recognition goes out to Thirty Marketing for the stellar trophies presented to the podium winners of the Jeff “Soup” Cirvardi Memorial Race. Those trophies were also a work of art and perfect for the occasion.
Do yourselves a favor and get to the Track before the season is over. You will not find better entertainment for the dollar anywhere in Southeastern CT and you won’t fail to make new friends and see some old ones. Even better is you can do it on Wednesday or Saturday so there are no excuses not to come. Please look for an opinion story from this Writer by the end of the week discussing the Track and its happenings from the fan and competitors perspective.
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