The New London-Waterford Speedbowl is going to be his home for the 2016 season, and right off the bat, he’s going to be a solid contender. Vernon, CT’s Brett Gonyaw will now bring his operation to the shoreline oval and compete in the SK Light division. Even though the Lights at Waterford will run on a limited schedule, Gonyaw plans on using other tracks to build a full-time schedule. “With the Light’s not running weekly at Waterford, out plans are to run Riverhead, Stafford, and Monadnock on those off weeks, filling out a Full-Time schedule for 2016.” Summed up Gonyaw.
Like many drivers growing up, Gonyaw started his racing roots in the G-Karts and had a lot of success. “My dad got me involved in the karts and in racing generally and he is the root cause of my racing career,” explained Gonyaw.
Brett’s most memorial moment in his young career came in 2007, that’s when he put a slingshot move on Rusty Ball and won at the All-Star Speedway. Of course, you always remember the wins, but it’s how it happened in this case for Gonyaw.
In 2015 was Gonyaw’s breakout year. He won a Sportsman Modified feature, finished 4th in points and had eleven podium visits at the Monadnock Speedway. To expand on that accomplishment, in his very first ever start at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park being last year’s World Series, he finished in the runner-up position. The later of the two is what Gonyaw is building on for the 2016 season. “The goals we set for ourselves for this year is to be very competitive at Waterford, we went there last year at the end of the season and we proved to ourselves we are fast there and if we can run consistent, we could be a factor,” explained Gonyaw on his Waterford move. “We feel we can be very fast at other tracks that we go to as well.” Finished up Gonyaw.
This year Gonyaw has stepped up his operations and will have a 7-man crew helping out in his quest for the Championship at Waterford. Dan Wilson will be crewing the car and overseeing the team consisting of Matt House, Kyle Hall, Nick Beaver, Matt Domina, Gregg Gonyaw and Josh Csaszar
This year’s SK Light will have a Troyer Chassis and the motors will be supplied by RAD. Joining the #87 team in sponsorship will be T & J Auto Body, Johnny’s Mud Runs, Cofiells Sport and Power Equipment along with A&B Scrap Metal.
Gonyaw explained that he is a people person, and what he enjoys at the track is talking to fans. “The kids are the future racers of the world and I enjoy letting them sit in the car, and seeing that grin ear to ear is moments I’ll never forget, the kids will always remember this as well,” explained Gonyaw.
Gonyaw explained that in the future he can’t see himself doing nothing but racing, “That’s who I am and I can’t see myself away from the track, I want to be racing Period,” explained Gonyaw about his future in racing.
One thing Gonyaw stated was how bad he’ll sacrifice everything to be in the Winchester 200, the big money shows that the Modified Touring Series is putting on there this year. “Either we find a motor or a ride to run this one race. I know we can compete at Monadnock and I really want to be entered,” Gonyaw stated about the Winchester 200.
Gonyaw wanted to thank his crew, “These guys are there at the shop and the track when they need to be”, stated Gonyaw. “Of course I want to thank my dad, for jump starting my career and my Mom in her role in my racing career,” finished Gonyaw.
When away from racing which is not that much time, Gonyaw enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, working and snowmobiling in the offseason.
Well like I mentioned how Gonyaw is a people person, there are a few things that you won’t hear Gonyaw talking about is how they didn’t have to fix certain things on the car when things are going well, Gonyaw explains it to be bad karma.
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Waterford is on the verge of opening up this coming weekend and after a good practice last weekend, watch Gonyaw try to jump start into Victory Lane.
Story by Alan Piquette
Photos were supplied by Brett Gonyaw.