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Janovic, James prevail in Modifieds At The New London Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD — The last thing the management of the New London Waterford Speedbowl wanted was a race-free weekend.
So when Saturday’s scheduled nine-division race program was sabotaged by inclement weather, the management quickly shifted gears and started making arrangements for a rare Sunday race program. The drivers were on board, resulting in an exciting nine-feature program that featured many breath-taking moments.
What could have been an empty weekend was turned into a Sunday spectacular.
Fans were treated to warm, sunny conditions and some thrilling moments.
Rob Janovic Jr. waltzed to his first 40-lap SK Modified feature win, but point-leader Kyle James rallied to win the second 40-lap feature.
Anthony Flannery was in control of the 30-lap Late Model feature, nailing down his first win of the year.
Twin Sportsman features were held. Al Stone moved into the lead early to capture his first win of the year while Jason Chicolas held off Stone to win the second feature.
Point-leader Peter Bennett captured the Legends win and Dylan DeCoster held off Corey Caddick to win a wild X-Car feature.
Brett Meservey captured his third Ct. Pro 4 win at the Speedbowl and Shawn Monahan was a winner in the Outlaw Sportsman race.
Janovic set the tone for the afternoon when he blasted out to an imposing lead in the first SK feature. Kyle James was second, but couldn’t get close enough to Janovic to make a threat.
It was Janovic’s 32nd career Speedbowl win and his 25th SK Modified victory.
“The car wasn’t very good in practice, but Ed Puleo and J.P. Puleo made some adjustments and the car was unbelievable,” Janovic said. “This was a lot of fun.”
The second feature was dominated by an unexpected competitor, Justin Albernaz, who is in his first full season at the Speedbowl.
He led for the first 30 laps of the race, but was hounded by Janovic and James. When a caution came out with 10 laps to go, Janovic had an opportunity to surge past Albernaz on a restart. Three laps later, however, Janovic was squeezed into the wall and James moved into second.
With five laps to go, James twisted his car underneath Albernaz to take over the lead for the first time. He held on for his fifth win of the year to maintain his grip on the point lead.
“It was all car,” James said. “I had a great car and I was able to track down Albernaz. He was blocking me a few times at the end, but he was doing everything he could to win the race. I don’t think it will take too long for him to get his first win.”
Albernaz was second and Janovic third.
Flannery estimates he has passed more cars than any driver in the Late Model division this year. He only needed to pass two cars to jump into the lead in Sunday’s race and then opened up a 20-car-length lead as he cruised to a win.
“It took me a little while to get in front, but once I did, the car was great,” Flannery said. “I have been waiting for a race like this all season long.”
Stone was in the same situation. He had struggled all season, but put together 30-laps of domination to win his first Sportsman win of the season and the 51st in his career.
“We have had a rough season, but we finally got our car back to where it was at the start of the year,” Stone said. “It’s nice to be back in the winner’s circle because this is the first time my daughter has seen me win a race.”
Chicolas dominated the second feature, but caution with three laps to go set up a final three-lap showdown between Stone and him. Chicolas got the jump on the restart, however, and held of Stone to grab his second win of the season.
“I just got on the gas as hard as I could,” said Chicolas, explaining his restart strategy. “When Al Stone is on your bumper, you have to go as hard as you can or you’re not going to win.”
Bennett was going as fast as he could in the 25-lap Legends race, but he developed a late problem — no brakes.
“We lost the brakes about halfway through the race, so the last think I wanted to see was a caution,” Bennett said.
“So when a caution came out late in the race, it was a moment of stress for Bennett. But he overcame Scott Limkemann on the restart en route to his fourth straight Legends win.
The oval turned into an octagon during the final two laps of the non-points X-Car feature as DeCoster and Caddick took part in a two-lap, no-holds barred sparring session that had the crowd on its feet.
There was banging, hammering, and parts littered all over the track. There also was a clutch finishing kick by DeCoster at the finish line who led by breadcrumb over Caddick, who crossed the line sideways.
DeCoster already had one win during the regular season.
Monahan wasn’t planning on racing in the Outlaw race — he was at Star Speedway Saturday competing in an Open 375 feature.
When the Outlaw race was rescheduled for Saturday, however, Monahan was a late arrival. He wasn’t tardy on the track, however. He blasted into the lead early and gashed open a huge lead over Jack Aquilina and Jon Porter.
The Ct. Pro 4 Modified race developed into an early confrontation between two cousins, Brett Meservey and Doug Merservey. When Doug Merservey dropped out with car trouble, however, Brett had a yellow-brick road to victory lane. It was his third win in four Pro 4 races.
“When I saw Doug drop out, I started to get excited because I thought I was on my way to a win,” Brett Meservey said.
Racing continues Saturday with the 11th annual “Wings and Wheels.” The SK Modified and SK Lites will be joined by the ISMA Super Modifieds, the Valenti Racing Series, the NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites and the American Three-Quarter Midgets Racing Association.
40-lap SK Modified No. 1: 1. Rob Janovic, Waterford; 2. Kyle James, Sshaway, R.I.; 3. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 4. Todd Owen, Somers; 5. Justin Albernaz, Rehobeth, Mass.; 6. Matt Gallo, Berlin; 7. Matt Galko, Meriden; 8. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 9. Rob Goulet, Southington; 10. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry.
40-lap SK Modified No. 2: Kyle James, Ashaway RI; 2. Justin Albernaz, Rehobeth, Mass.; 3..Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 4. Todd Owen, Somers; 5. Matt Gallo, Berlin; 6. Matt Galko, Meriden; 7. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 8. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 9. Geoff Nooney, Southwick, Mass, 10. Wendell Daily, Gales Ferry.
30-lap Late Model: 1. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 2. Ryan Morgan, Pawcatuck; 3. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 4. Keith Scalia, North Branford; 5. Tony Macrino, Waterford; 6. Brian Norman, Clinton; 7. Mike Benevides, Westerly RI; 8. Dylan Cabral, Richmond, RI; 9. Vin Esposito, Waterbury; 10. Jason Larivee Jr., West Greenwich RI.
30 lap Sportsman No. 1: 1. Al Stone, Durham; 2, Shawn Gaedeke, Groton; 3. Phil Evans, Incasville; 4. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, Mass.; 5. Adrien Paradis, Plaonville; 6. Bo Norman, Clinton; 7. Rit Shawn, Westerly, RI; 8. Brandon Houghton, Thompson; 9. Jack Auilina, Oakdale; 10. Ronnie Oldham, Waterford.
30-lap Sportsman feature No. 2: 1, Jason Chicolas, Sutton, Mass,; 2, Al Stone, Durham; 3. Shawn Gaedeke, Groton; 4. Adrien Paradis, Plainfield; 5. Bo Norman, Clinton; 6. Jon Porter, East Lyme; 7. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 8. Jack Aquilina, Oakdale; 9. Ian Poland, Douglas, Mass.; 10. Brandon Houghton, Douglas, Mass,
25-lap Legends Feature: 1. Peter Bennett, Cromwell; 2. Scott Limkemann, Lebanon; 3. Anthony Bello, 4. Colin Haley, Ashford; 5. Nikki Vicarioli, Shelton; 6. Brian Zimowski, Enfield; 7. Corey Caddick, Richmond, RI.
25-lap X-Car feature: 1. Dylan DeCoster, Waterford; 2. Corey Caddick, Richmond, RI; 3. Bill Rheaume, Uncasville; 4. Will Rheaume, North Franklin; 5. Christopher Strickland, Uncasville; 6. Josh Piper, Clinton; 7. Raymond Herman Sr., Groton; 8. Chuck McDonald, Groton; 9. Matt Westover, Charlestown, R.I.
30-lap Outlaw Street Stocks: 1. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 2. Jack Aquilina, Oakdale; 3. Jon Porter, East Lyme;  4. Vincent Pangelinan, Warwick RI; 5. Ed Flanagan Jr., Warwixk, RI; 6, Mike Olsen, Essex; 7. Brandon Lindhahl, Waterford; 8. Donald Perry, Warwick, RI; 9. Doug Rioux, Whitman, Mass.

Monahan returning to Modified competition

WATERFORD — James “Diego” Monahan is getting ready to move from the sidelines and back into an SK Modified.
Monahan says that he’ll be driving the back-up car for Andrew Molleur in Saturday’s twin 40-lap SK Modified features at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. It will be Monahan’s first Speedbowl appearance at the season.
“I’m definitely coming back,” Monahan said. “I don’t know for how long. Maybe I will just be a field filler.”
His career record indicates otherwise. Monahan has racked up 19 wins at the Speedbowl, including 10 in the Modifieds. During he last several seasons, he has been a contender for the Speedbowl Modified championship.
At the start of the 2018 season, however, Monahan has spent all his time working with his daughter, Emma, who is competing in thew Speedbowl’s Bandolero division. Emma currently is the division’s hottest driver with eight straight podium finishes, including three victories.
Now it’s dad’s turn to try and move into the spotlight, driving a Troyer car owned by Dave Jackson, the same car driven by Bo Gunning during his final Speedbowl seasons.
“It’s a good car,” Monahan says. “It has a new front clip and a freshened motor. I just got it tuned at Keith Rocco’s shop. It’s amazing — he used to be an adversary, and now he’s helping me out.”
Monahan says his primary goal is to get the car ready for Molleur, just in case he needs it. Molleur currently is fourth in the Speedbowl Modified point standings.
“That’s the deal I have with Dave Jackson,” Monahan said. “I’m excited about this opportunity.”
Monahan has yet to take that car out on the track for a practice session. He says, however, that it doesn’t really matter — he has the Speedbowl experience to compensate for that.
“I’ve turned quite a few laps at the Speedbowl,” Monahan said. “If the car is close, we should be good. I have a hard time believing that we won’t be competitive.”
“”Plus I love the Speedbowl,” Monahan said. “I’m happy to support it.”
During the past two seasons, however, the relationship between Monahan and the track was turning sour. He had vicious crashes during the end of the past two seasons to take him out of the point race.
“The last couple of seasons weren’t friendly,” Monahan said. “But I just told someone that there’s nothing better than having Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco behind you for 15 laps and you’re holding them off. It’s a great feeling knowing you can run with the best. And that’s what I have accomplished.
“If the car doesn’t run good Saturday, I won’t get in the way. I’m not going to mess up the race for the guys going for the title.”
Monahan, however, isn’t counting out the possibility that the car might be able to get to the front.
“I’m not coming back to run in the back.” Monahan said. “Maybe I can give Kyle James and Todd Owen a run for their money. Or maybe it’s not in the cards. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Monahan, however, says he has an added incentive to be in victory lane one more time.
“I want to celebrate in victory lane with my daughter,” said Monahan, referring to his infant daughter Jacqueline,
That would be the one of his 20 victory lane photos that would stand out the most.
Speedbowl notes
Nine-feature presentation
Qualifying will get under way at 5:15 p.m. Saturday for one of the busiest race programs on the year, with features getting under way at approximately 6:30 p.m. On the card are two SK Modified features, two Sportsman features, the Late Models, the Legends, the Conn. Pro 4 Modifieds, the X-Cars and the Outlaw Street Stocks..
The Outlaw Street Stock will consist of any car known as a Street Stock, regardless of what track it competes at on a regular basis. Cars from tracks such as Seekonk and Stafford, for example, are eligible.
Autograph August
During the month of August, special autograph sessions for all of the Speedbowl Saturday night divisions will be held prior to feature racing. First up will be the SK Modifieds and Late Models on Saturday.
Monster invasion
One of the biggest nights of the Summer at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl will take place on Sunday Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. when the Monster Trucks invade the Bowl for the first and only time this season.
In addition to the Monster Trucks, there will be Enduros, Quad Wars, Powerwheel and Big Wheel races, plus more events to be announced. The last time the Monster Trucks were in Waterford was 2015 and the show was a complete sellout.
Points battles
Kyle James will be entering Saturday’s SK Modified doubleheader as the division’s hottest driver. He has four wins and a six-point cushion over Todd Own in the standings. Rob Janovic is third, 12 points out. The tightest division is the Late Models. Ryan Morgan has a three-point lead over Jason Palmer, with Anthony Flannery 12 points out… Shawn Gaedeke comes into the Sportsman doubleheader with a 17 point lead over Jordan Hadley. Jon Porter is 22 points out. ,, Peter Bennett is the pacesetter in the Saturday Legends Division by 10 over Scott Limkemann.

Burroughs takes down first SK Lite Modified win

WATERFORD  — The road from Mini Stock champion to SK Lite Modified competitor has been filled with potholes and broken glass for Wayne Burroughs,
“We really struggled last year,” Burroughs said. “We’ve been thrashing on it and thrashing on it. We have definitely paid our dues. We really struggled last year, but we’re finally starting to turn things around.”
The ultimate turnaround for Burroughs took place Saturday when he tracked down his first SK Lite Modified victory at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Burroughs is a two-time Speedbowl Mini Stock champ who was winless since moving into the SK Lites in 2017.
That changed in a big way Saturday. Burroughs took the lead from Chris Gombos midway through the race and pulled away with a huge lead in the second half of the race.
Burrough’s success story was just one of several Saturday at the Speedbowl. Jason Chicolas held off a late charge by Jordan Hadley to win his first Speedbowl Sportsman feature. Charles Canfield used his skill on the outside grove to blur by Ken Cassidy Jr. on a restart with six laps to go to win the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Jake Trainer led the entire distance on his way to a win in the 50-lap NEMA Lite Jim O’Brien Memorial while Randy Cabral withstood a late charge by Brett Meservey to win the 25-lap Ct. Pro-Four Modified feature.
The rains hit the Speedbowl before the final feature, the 40-lap SK Modified race, could get under way. The race is rescheduled for Aug. 4 as part of an SK Modified double header.
Gambos blasted into the early lead in the SK Lite feature, but Burroughs ran him down on lap 10.. After Burroughs pounced into the lead,  he started to pull away from the field.
Puleo squeezed by Gombos on the final lap to take second.
“Those kids are hard to beat,” Burroughs said. “I’m glad we finally did it,”
Canfield used his expertise of the outside groove at Waterford to maintain his Mini Stock hot streak. In the last six races, he has five first place efforts and one second place.
“It’s a great thing,” Canfield said. “I just have to thanks all the people who help me. They did an awesome job.:
So did Canfield. After battling through traffic, he pulled alongside Cassidy, the race leader, on a double-file restart with six laps to go.  Canfield got the jump on the restart and was able to pull away down the stretch to win by a comfortable margin.
Chicolas had never won a Sportsman race at the Speedbowl before, but he took the early lead Saturday by a wide margin. In the second half of the race, Hadley made a late charge and pulled to Chicolas’ bumper with three laps to go.
The rains came in a hurry, however, forcing officials to red-checker the race on lap 27,
“It was awesome, awesome,” Chicolas said. “I had a real loose car at the end. I don’t know if it was the rain, or what. I kept seeing Hadley coming after me, and I just said ‘oh no.’”
A quick shower, however, ended the race and gave Chicolas his first Speedbowl win,”
Trainer also celebrated his first-ever Speedbowl when he won the 50-lap NEMA Lite Jim O’Brien Memorial.
The first 26 laps were dominated by Trainer. He galloped away from the rest of the field and led by more than a length of a straightaway before the first and only caution came out.
When the race resumed, however, Trainer‘s car was just as dominant as it was before the caution. All Stoehr could do was settle for second.
“The car ran great all day” Trainer said. “I knew that the 21 car (Avery Stoehr) was fast. I thought he was coming and I didn’t’ know if I could hold him off. But I did and I got the checker.”
Stoehr, who battled his way through traffic to move into second with 24 laps left, attempted a move underneath Trainer on the restart, but came up short. That was the last chance he had to take over the lead.
:I saw Jake getting loose, but we were getting tight,” Stoehr said.
Cabral set a blistering race in the Ct. Pro 4 feature and no one could catch him.
“This is a family effort and a team effort,” Cabral said. “I have to thank my wife. She was in the garage with me every night this week helping me finish the car. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have a clutch in this car.”
P.J. Peters finished fourth overall, but was a winner in the Pro 4 Lite division.
In the Senior Tour Auto Racing events, Gregg Massini won the Modified race and Bob Seward Sr, captured the Sportsman division race. The New England Antique Racers scheduled 15-lap race was a victim of the rain.
Racing resumes Saturday at the Speedbowl with a pair of 40-lap SK Modified features, the Late Models, twin Sportsman features, the Legends, the CT-Pro 4 Mods and the X-Cars.
25-lap Mini Stocks: 1. Charles Canfield, East Haven; 2. Ken Cassidy, Lisbon; 3. Doug Curry, Groton; 4. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford; 5. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, R.I.; 6. Jake Christian, Norwich; 7. Tommy Silva, Gales Ferry; 8. Larry Loomis, Moosup; 9. J.T. Suprenant, Central Village; 10. Sean Caron, East Hampton.
25-lap SK Lites: 1. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 2.Jonathan Puleo, Branford; 3. Chris Gombos, Naugatuck; 4. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 5. Jacob Perry, Pawcatuck; 6. John O’Sullivan, Salem;7. Keith Caruso, Milbury; 8. Nick Anglace, Naugatuck; 9. Anthony Marvin, Colechester; 10. Paul French, Andover.
28-lap Sportsman: 1. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, Mass.; 2. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 3. Bo Norman, Clinton; 4. Shawn Gaedeke, Groton; 5. Al Stone Durham; 6. Adrien Paradis, Plainville; 8. Ronnie Oldham, Waterford; 8. Phil Evans, Uncasville; 9. Jon Porter, East Lyme; 10. Scott Cook, Oakdale.