Thirty-Five years ago in 1972, Richard Petty started third and took
the Winston Cup win at Richmond .
Thirty Years ago in 1977, Cale Yarborough won the Winston Cup event
at Richmond , VA.
Twenty-five years ago in 1982, Benny Parsons was the Winston Cup
pole sitter at Rockingham. The event was rained out and rescheduled.
NASCAR did not have a next clear day policy at the time.
Twenty years ago in 1987, Davey Allison was the Winston Cup pole
sitter at Rockingham. Geoff Bodine was second fastest. The Saturday
Busch Grandnational event was cancelled because of heavy rain and
not rescheduled. Dale Earnhardt Sr. won the Winston Cup event with
Ricky Rudd, second.
Fifteen years ago in 1992, Ward Burton won the 200 mile Busch
Grandnational event at Rockingham. Bill Elliott in the Junior
Johnson No.11 was the Winston Cup winner.
Ten years ago in 1997, Mark Martin was the pole sitter for both the
Busch Grandnational and Winston Cup events at Rockingham. Martin won
the BGN event while Jeff Gordon took advantage of Dale Jarrett's
late slip and won the Winston Cup event. On a sad note, George
"Moose" Hewitt, a former track champion at Waterford , passed away
at the age of 62.
Five years ago in 2002, Minority shareholders of Speedway
Motorsports sued NASCAR for breach of contract and anti-trust
matters because the shareholders claimed that NASCAR re-neged on its
promise for a second Winston Cup date at the Texas Speedway. The
suit has yet to be settled. In Winston Cup action at Rockingham,
Ricky Craven was the Busch Pole sitter. Jeff Green took the Busch
Grandnational pole. Jason Keller was the Grandnational winner with
Greg Biffle, second. Matt Kenseth passed Ricky Craven in the late
stages of the Winston Cup event and went on to score the victory.
The event finished under caution. Crew Chief Robbie Reiser was fined
$30,000 after it was determined that the Kenseth car was ¼ inch too
Last year, 2006 The New London Day reported on February 23, that the
bank that held the mortgage on the Waterford Speedbowl was
threatening to take possession of the racetrack, claiming the owner
had failed to make payments on his $1.7 million loan. The Washington
Mutual Bank, which has headquarters in Seattle, Wash., filed a
lawsuit in the Norwich Connecticut Superior Court stating that
Speedbowl owner Terry H. Eames of Groton and various business
entities that he manages had failed to make regular and accelerated
payments on the mortgage taken out six years previous. Eames' first
court appearance in the case was set for Tuesday, February 28. Eames
said that the racetrack's financial problems wouldn’t affect the
Speedbowl's upcoming season, which was set to run from April 1 to
Sept. 24. According to the racetrack's Web site, open practice for
drivers was scheduled to begin March 25.
According to the lawsuit, Eames' companies and he himself were
liable for mortgage payments. As the main borrower, Eames was in
default and, in addition, liable because he owed back taxes, the
lawsuit says. Eames manages 1080 Hartford Road LLC, which holds
title to three separate parcels totaling 20 acres; T.H.E.
Motorsports LLC, which leases space from the Speedbowl; and Victuals
Inc., which runs concessions. All were named as parties in the
lawsuit. An LLC protects personal assets like houses, cars and boats
from being attached. The bank also was suing the town of Waterford ,
which held liens totaling about $36,000 on the property; and
Finkeldey Inc. of Old Saybrook, a waste-management firm. Finkeldey
supplied portable toilets to the speedbowl and was owed thousands.
Eames had made arrangements with the town to pay his back taxes,
Town Attorney Rob Avena said. Eames' company, 1080 Hartford Road LLC,
owns three contiguous pieces of property — 1080, 1084, and 1090
Hartford Road (also known as Route 85). The 20-acre piece where the
racetrack is located has a fair market value of $2.4 million,
according to records in the town assessor's office. The other two
parcels are worth as much as $157,000 each or more.
The bank's lawyer, James R. Byrne of Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn LLP of
Hartford, asked the court to allow the bank to foreclose and take
immediate possession of personal property. The bank also was seeking
monetary damages, lawyers' fees and other costs. Byrne had also
asked the court to assume jurisdiction over the property.
Another one who evidently didn’t like to pay taxes was Busch East
competitor Matt Kobyluck. Kobyluck, who is the owner and vice
president of Kobyluck Sand and Gravel owed the town of Salem Conn.
$7,914.52 in real estate and personal property tax on equipment.
Kobyluck owns a rock quarry and had various equipment including rock
crushers on the property. The town had a cease and desist order
against Kobyluck’s operation.
In Nextel Cup action at the California Speedway Matt Kenseth took
the win after early contenders Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart dropped
out with engine trouble.
That’s about it for this week from 40 Clark St, Westerly, and
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