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Bennett off to a sizzling start in 2018

WATERFORD — Peter Bennett ended the 2017 riding a wave.
This year it’s turned into a tsunami.
He already has two wins in the New London Waterford Speedbowl’s Legends car competition — one on Saturday and one on Wednesday — and is leading the Saturday point standings by six points over Scott Limkemann. He is second in the point chase on Wednesdays, seven points behind leader Michael Blaskey.
Bennett says it’s just a matter of starting 2018 the way he ended his
rookie season in 2017.“I ended last year with eight straight Top 2 finishes between Waterford and Bethel and I just tried to carry that momentum into this year,”
Bennett said. “Last year I was trying to learn the ins and outs of the
car and this year I feel more confident. And I’m getting more help from people at the track.”
Bennett said in 2017 he had to overcome the intimidation factor.
“It was my first year, so I was intimidated by the other drivers, and I
was intimidated by the asphalt,” Bennett said. “I had run go-karts on
dirt and sometimes I caught myself dirt-tracking the car last year. But the more track time I got in a Legends car, I got a better handle on the car. It really boosted my confidence, Once I figured out what the car needed, I was able to put some good races together.”
While he’s been a Legends driver for less than two seasons, he has been a Legends fan for much longer than that.“I’ve always dreamed of running at the Bowl since I was a little kid,” Bennett said. “I know that the SK Modifieds is the premiere division at the Speedbowl, but the Legends always has been my favorite. Racing a Legend at the Bowl is a dream come true. I grew up going to Wild and
Wacky Wednesday and watching guys like Jason Palmer and Anthony Flannery and I pictured myself out there. I never forgot those emotions of how much I wanted to be out there. Now I’m living the dream.”And he’s living that dream at full speed.
“The races that I came from the back to get to the front are the ones I remember most,” Bennett said. “Doing that makes you feel good.”
Bennett, however, considers himself a points racer instead of going all out for victories.“My goal is to go for the championships on Wednesday and Saturday, but I know it’s going to be difficult,”
Bennett said. “There’s so much good competition. Kyle Rogers has won back-to-back Saturday titles and drivers like Mike Blaskey and John O’Sullivan are tough to beat.“The goal also is to have a nice clean season. I want to run everyone hard and everyone clean. But I’ve been fortunate when I have to come from the back of the pack. It’s not as daunting a task that it used to be.”
Bennett started his racing career in 2010 with the Nutmeg Kart Club at the Berlin Fair. He won a championship in 2016 and still is involved with the Nutmeg club as a flagger.He purchased a Legends car in 2017 and has been on the move at the Speedbowl ever since.
Bennett’s sponsorship includes Portofino’s Restaurant in Berlin, Realtor Tom J. Perra, Wayne’s Townline Service in Southington, Johnny Olson’s Quality Used Cars, Kingsley Plumbing and Heating and J&J Racing.
His crew consists of his dad and his mom.“It is a family operation,” Bennett said.A family that has been hanging out in the fast lane so far in 2018.
Wild and Wacky Notes
Wild & Wacky Wednesday resumes June 13. The Legends (25 laps), Super X
Cars (25 laps), X Cars (25 laps), Bandoleros (20 laps) and a Big Wheel race will be on the card. The Wacky event is a water balloon “Bucket” toss. Opening ceremonies are scheduled to get under way at 6:45 p.m.
…The Super-X Car has been the most wide-open division with four winners in four races. Ray Reed won the Opener, followed by Jason Larivee, Marc Shafer and Dave Yardley. In the point standings, Yardley leads by 11 over Shafer, who did not compete in last week’s feature because of a broken drive shaft….
The hottest driver at the Bowl may be Blaskey, who has two wins and two second places in four Legends races… The X-Car division continues to be the most popular at the Speedbowl. A field of
23 drivers competed in last week’s feature.


X-Car point leader continues to improve

Loomis looking for third straight win

WATERFORD — Some might call Eddie Loomis an overnight sensation. The
Plainfield driver has ripped off back-to-back wins this season in the
New London-Waterford’s X-Car division, doubling his career win total.

It’s been gradual improvement over a four-year period, however, that has
launched Loomis into first place in the X-Car point standings after the
first month of the season. He leads by three points over Corey Caddick.

“I think I just have more experience, and that’s been the big
difference,” Loomis said. “I’m hitting my marks. I’m driving a lot
smoother. And I’m better at picking and choosing my battles. I’m
learning when to try and pass and when to wait.”

And he’s done in with the same car he’s used for the past few years.

“We’ve done some minor adjustments.” Loomis said, “but basically I know
I have one of the best cars. I just have to take my time getting through
the field.”

That’s what he has done in the last two races. On May 30 he was able to
get by Will Rheaume late in the race to get the win. Then on June 6, he
survived a breath-taking battle with Caddick, prevailing at the finish
line by the length of a watermelon seed.

“I honestly wasn’t sure I had the win — it was just too close to call,”
Loomis said. “It was an awesome race. I love running with Corey. He
could have drove me up the track and stuffed me in the wall, but he
didn’t. Corey’s just an awesome driver.”

Loomis is in the same class. He started his career running a
quarter-midget at the Thompson Little T along with his older brother

“I raced until I was 12, and then I left to focus on baseball,” Loomis
said. “Larry (Loomis) stayed racing in the X Cars and then he took a
break. When he got back in it, I started working on his car.”

His first race at the Speedbowl was in a mechanics race.

“The next season I jumped in the car and I’ve been racing ever since,”
Loomis said.

Before he was a driver, however, he was an interested observer.

“I watched my brother run, and guys like Wayne Shifflet,” Loomis said.
“I saw how they take their time going through the field. They ride it
out for the first 10 laps or so, and then they move to the front. And
they still have a good car for a top 3 finish.

“That’s what I try to do. It’s all about patience. I don’t overdrive in
the beginning, and then I go harder and harder as the race goes on.”

It’s a strategy that’s been working.

“I’m going a lot better than I expected,” Loomis said. “It’s better than
I’ve ever done before. Now I’m hoping for a possible track

Loomis is used to winning. He racked up more than 100 victories in a
high school wrestling career, competing for Killingly High.

Loomis’ sponsors include Bissell Graphics, Dodge Lane Farms and
Tewksbury Electric. His dad is a key member of his crew, along with
Craig Tavenier, his brother Larry, his mom, Carol Dodge and his wife,
Kelsey Loomis.

Loomis is always easy to spot on the track thanks to his neon green car,
resulting in his nickname, the Neon Cowboy.

“Green always has been my favorite color,” Loomis said. “My dad told me
you need a colorful car so when you spin out in the corner, people will
see you better.”

The car also is easier to spot in Loomis’ favorite destination — victory

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Flannery prevails in showdown at ‘Throwdown’

WATERFORD — Nick Pappacoda was the winner of the Mini Stock feature. Jordan Hadley picked up the win in the Limited Sportsman feature. In the Trucks, it was Duane Noll taking down the victory. Scott Serydynski won the EXIT Realty 375 Sportsman event. In the Late Models, Segment 1 was won by Jason Palmer, segment 2 Ryan Morgan, segment 3 Bruce Thomas, and the overall champion was Anthony Flannery. The Granite State Pro Stock Series segment winners were, in segment 1 Jacob Dore, segment 2 Cory Casagrande, Segment 3 Devin O’Connell, and the overall champion was Joey Doiron.

Anthony Flannery of East Hampton didn’t win a race Saturday, but he still managed to hit the jackpot.
Flannery’s consistency in all three 20-lap rounds of the “Full-Fendered Throwdown” in the Late Model division turned out to be the difference as he captured the $2,000 first prize in an event sponsored by Belltown Motors and Belltown Recycling.
“I had a mishap in the heat race tonight and I had to start the first feature in 13th position,” Flannery said. “But I kept battling. I was able to finish fifth in the first feature and I took it from there.”
Flannery finished second in Feature No. 2 and then saved his best driving for the third and final feature.
With two laps to go, Flannery made a desperation move underneath Ray Christian III to nudge into second place. Christian dropped backward to eighth and Flannery surged forward, giving him enough momentum to finish second behind winner Bruce Thomas, locking up the Throwdown title and the large payday that went with it.
Flannery would up with 9 points, finishing fifth, second and second. Bruce Thomas was second with 10 points on finishes of fourth, fifth and first. Ray Christian was third in the overall standings with finishes of third, fourth and eighth.
“I think Bruce Thomas had the car to beat all night,” Flannery said, “but he had some tough luck and I was able to take advantage of it. I have to thank my spotter, Diego Monahan, for keeping me calm because it was pretty intense out there. And I also have to thank my father for putting up the money.”
Flannery’s dad, Tony Flannery, of Belltown Motors and Belltown Recycling, was the sponsor for the Throwdown.

In the first 20-lap feature, Jason Palmer held off a late challenge by Tom Carey III to hold on to the victory. Palmer received a $250 bonus from Belltown for winning. Carey earned a $150 bonus and third-place finisher Ray Christian earned $100.
“I had the pole, so I had to take advantage of it,” Palmer said.
Ryan Morgan earned a $250 bonus with a dominating winning performance in the second feature. Flannery earned $150 for finishing second and Ernie LaRose grabbed $100 for finishing third.
In the final feature, Thomas grabbed the lead early and held on.
“There was tough racing in each of the three races,” Thomas said. “You have to give credit to Anthony Flannery. He did a heck of a job. There are no excuses.”
Flannery was sitting in fifth place for most of the final race and then exploded in the Top 3 during the late stages.
“We had a tough break early, but we didn’t give up,” Flannery said. “And it kept getting better.”
The car was good enough to enable Flannery to receive a $2,000 pay out.

Additional Speedbowl division winners Saturday:

Duane Noll in the Truck division, Jordan Hadley in the Sportsmen, Nick Pappacoda in the Mini-Stocks.

Noll was able to blast underneath Jeff Karns on lap 13 to take over the lead for good. Karns held on for second and Todd Taylor, whose truck started to fade at the end, finished third.
Noll earned a $200 bonus from Fowler’s Auto Wrecking and Larry’s Auto Machine. Karns collected $100 and Taylor $50.
“Everything was perfect,” Noll said. “My sister did a great job spotting for me and my truck was fast. I think it was an excellent race.”

The Sportsman race was filled with action — and controversy.
Al Stone hustled into the lead on the  opening laps of the race, with Hadley in second. On lap No. 12 Ryan Waterman tried to slash underneath Stone coming out of turn 3, making for a three-wide situation.
Stone and Waterman made contact exiting out of the fourth turn, sending Stone into the front-stretch wall.
When the race resumed, Hadley was in the lead, despite a badly bruised front bumper. He held off Charles Beal the rest of the way to grab the win in an extremely physical race. Only seven of the 13 starters were able to finish it.
“I don’t know how I made it through all the wrecks,” Hadley said. “But my car was on rails all night long.”
Hadley received a $200 bonus from Fowler’s Auto Wrecking and Larry’s Auto Machine. Beal earned $100 and third-place finisher Bo Norman pocketed $50.

There was more damage in the 25-lap Mini-Stock feature.
A first-lap donnybrook in Turn 2 sent five-time champ Ken Cassidy into a barrel roll, flipping his car completely over. Other cars also were badly damaged.
Pappacoda came out of the ordeal without a scratch and moved into the lead. He spent the rest of the race holding off Christopher Ivory, who hounded and surrounded Pappacoda, but couldn’t get by him.
“It was a pleasure to race against such a class act,” said Pappacoda of Ivory. “He didn’t push, pull or shove. It was just clean racing.”
Pappacoda grabbed an extra $200 from Fowler’s Auto Wrecking and Larry’s Auto Machine. Ivory took $100 and Doug Curry, the third-place finisher took $50.
Scott Serydynski of West Greenwich, R.I., was the dominant factor in the 375 Pro Sportsman Tour feature, leading every lap.
Frank L’Etoile Jr. of Wethersfield finished second and Joe Kohler was third.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series was in town for its part of the Full Fendered Throwdown.

Three 35-lap features took place and the overall champ, and winner of $2,000, was Joey Doiron of Berwick, Maine, who placed third in all three of the 35-lap features. His point total was the lowest of the Granite State drivers, giving him the “Throwdown” victory.
“I just kept the car on the outside and let ‘er rip,” Doiron said. “A lot of drivers are afraid to go to the outside here, but that’s definitely the place to go. This is a great two-groove race track.”:
Jacob Dore of Sanford, Maine, won the first feature, Cory Casagrande of Stafford won the second race and Devin O’Connell of Madison won the third race.
Racing continues Wednesday night with Wild and Wacky Wednesday. The Legends will be the feature attraction with twin 20-lap features. Also in action will be the Super X Cars, the X Cars and the Bandoleros. Race time is 6:45 p.m.

20-lap Late Model Race 1: `Jason Palmer, Berlin; 2. Tom Carey III,, New Salem, Mass.; 3. Ray Christian III, Uncasville; 4. Bruce Thomas Jr., Waterford; 5. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 6. Glenn Boss, Danielson; 7. Walt Sutcliffe, East Haven; 8. Tony Macrino, Waterford; 9. Ryan Morgan, Pawcatuck; 10. Mark Hudson, Norton, Mass.
20-Late Model Race 2: 1. Ryan Morgan, Pawcatuck; 2. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 3. Ernie LaRose, Moosup; 4. Ray Christian III, Uncasville; 5. Bruce Thomas, Waterford; 6. Tyler Chapman, Mystic; 7, Jason Palmer, Berlin; 8. Dylan Cabral, Richmond, R.I.; 9. Mike Mitchell, Cumberland, R.I.; 10. Walt Sutcliffe, East Haven.

20-lap Late Model Race 3: 1. Bruce Thomas Jr., Waterford; 2. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 3. Tyler Chapman, Mystic; 4. Glenn Boss, Danielson; 5. Dylan Cabral, Richmond, R.I.; 6. Walt Sutcliffe, East Haven; 7. Mark Jennison, Warwick, R.I.; 8. Ray Christian III, Uncasville; 9. Mike Mitchell, Cumberland, R.I.; 10. Tony Macrino, Waterford.

 Late Model Overall :1. Flannery, 9; 2. Thomas, 10; 3. Christian III, 15; 4. Chapman, 20; 5. Morgan, 21; 6, Sutcliffe, 23; 7. Boss. 23; 8. Palmer, 23; 9. Cabral, 25; 10. LaRose, 26.

30-lap Sportsmen: 1. Jordan Hadley, Groton; 2. Charles Beal, Ledyard; 3. Bo Norman, Clinton; 4. Shawn Gaedeke, Groton; 5. Daniel Meyer, Franklin; 6. Jason Chicolas, Sutton; 7. Ryan Waterman, Danielson; 8. Jon Porter, East Lyme; 9. Adrien Paradis, Plainville; 10. Phil Evans, Uncasville.

25-lap Mini Stocks: 1. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford; 2. Christopher Ivory, Groton; 3. Doug Curry, Groton; 4. Nate Taylor, Brooklyn; 5. Dave Trudeau, Mansfield; 6. Andrew Krzeminski, Haddam; 7. Tommy Silva, Gales Ferry; 8. Sean Caron, East Hampton; 9. Evan Bourgerois, East Haddam; 10. Matt Brown, N/A.

25-lap Trucks: 1. Duane Noll, Monroe; 2. Jeff Karms, Oakdale; 3. Todd Taylor, Stonington; 4. Jordan Hadley, Groton; 5. Lucas Leone, Southington; 6. Glen Noll, Naugatuck; 7. Tom Metcalf, Stonington; 8. Brandon Lindahl, Niantic; 9. Jim Boyle, East Windsor; 10. Shayne Young, Norwich.

35-lap 375 Pro Sportsman: 1. Scott Serydynski, West Greenwich, R.I.; 2. Frank L’Etoile Jr., Wethersfield; 3. Joe Kohler, N/A; 4. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 5, Rick Charette, Berlin; 6. Steven L, Potter, N/A; 7. Corey Hutchings, Salem; 8. Joe Arena, Berlin; 9. Joe Kohler, N/A; 10. Jimmy Silva, N/A.

35-lap Granite State Pro Stocks Race 1: 1, Jacob Dore, Sanford, Maine; 2. Brad Babb, Windham, Maine; 3. Joey Doiron, Berwick, Maine; 4. Ray Christian III, Uncasville; 5. Mike O’Sullivan, Springfield; 6. Devin O’Connell, Madison; 7. Bobby Peland, West Warwick, R.I.; 8. Cory Casagrande, Stafford; 9. Scott MacMicheal, Newbury, N.H.; 10. Nick Lascoula, Abington, Mass.

35-lap Granite State Pro Stocks Race 2. 1. Cory Casangrande, Stafford; 2. George Bessette, Danbury 3. Joey Doiron, Berwick, Maine; 4. Kevin Folan, Arrieboro, Maine; 5. Barry Gray, Belchertown, Mass.; 6. Josh King, Vernon, Vt.; 7. Nick Lascoula, Abinbgton, Mass.; 8. Devin O’Connell, Madison; 9. Tom O’Sullivan, Wilbraham, Mass., 10. Mike Scorzelli, Feura Bush, N.Y.

35-lap Granite State Pro Stocks Race 3: Devin O’Connell, Madison; 2. Nick Lascoula, Abington, Mass. 3. Joey Doiron, Berwick, Maine; 4. Tom O’Sullivan, Wilbraham, Mass.; 5. Josh King, Vernon, Vt.; 6. Cory Casagrande, Stafford; 7. Jacob Dore, Sanford, Maine; 8. Barry Gray, Belchertown, Mass.; 9. George Bessette, Danbury; 10. Mike Scorzelli, Feura Bush, N.Y.