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SK Lites point leader plans on staying aggressive

WATERFORD — Wayne Burroughs is focused on winning races. He’s also focused on winning an SK Lite Modified championship at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
He’ll be chasing both of those goals Saturday when Burroughs prepares for his biggest night of the 2018 season — two SK Lite features, a pair of races that could do a long way toward determining the season champion.
“This is the night that can make or break you as far as winning the championship is concerned,” Burroughs said. “You may not need a great night — but you sure can’t afford a bad night. You’ve got to try and win races, why trying to keep your nose clean at the same time.
The twin 25-lap SK Lite features are just part of a busy night of racing at the Speedbowl. Also in action are the SK Modifieds, the Late Models, the Sportsman, the Mini Stocks, the Connecticut Pro 4 Modifieds and the Open Vintage Modifieds.
Burroughs, who has a slender one-point lead over Jonathan Puleo in the SK Light standings, is having his most successful run since joining the division prior to the start of the 2017 season — two wins in his last three races.
“I think I’ve become better, but my car also has gotten better,” Burroughs said. “Tom and Billy of my team have done a great job in tailoring the car to me and the  way I drive. I’m able to be much more aggressive because the car does what I want it to do. It is very driveable for me. Before that, I was just playing defense. Now I can play offense too. And the recent results have showed how much more aggressive I can be.”
Two wins and a fifth place effort in the Bubby Brouwer Memorial on Sept. 8 have elevated Burroughs into the point lead.
“This recent streak has been very satisfying to me,” Burroughs said. “I’m used to being on top of the standings in the Mini Stocks and I’m used to winning a lot of races. So when we moved to the SK Lites and started to struggle, it got very frustrating to me. I wasn’t used to struggling. But now we’re competitive again and we’re back where we belong. It’s a great feeling.”
Burroughs knows how to run for championships — he’s captured back-to-back titles in the Mini Stock division at both the Speedbowl and at Thompson Speedway Motor Sports Park.
“I never want to say we’re point racing,” Burroughs said. “I still wan t to be aggressive — that’s not going to change. But in the back of my mind, I’m thinking about the points.”
Burroughs realizes it should be a two-car race down to the wire between Puleo and him.
“That means I have to know where J.P. is at all times and I have to try and beat him,” Puleo said. “But I still have to drive my race and not be overly concerned with him. We’ll be aware of where he is, but we’re not going to go crazy about it.”
Burrough’s sponsors include Crystal Auto Body and 32 Signs. His car owner is Tom Abele Sr. His dad and his cousin Mike work on both Burrough’s SK Lite and his Thompson Mini Stocks. Burroughs would also like to thank his wife for her support to his race team. Burroughs also has two crew members who also work on Kyle James’ SK Modified, Billy and Bob.
They’ll be busy Saturday at the bowl with two 25-lap races — a make-up from Aug. 18 and the regularly scheduled 25 lapper.
“We just want to approach the races the way we always do,” Burroughs said. “Winning is always our ultimate goal. You get the most points that way.”
And when you’re in an intense battle with Jonathan Puleo for the track title, you have to  battle for every point you can get.
Speedbowl notes
Burrough’s one point edge over Puleo is actually three points — Burroughs had a two-point edge over Puleo in Aug. 18 qualifying that will be added to the standings once the first 25-lap feature is concluded.
In other action, Kyle James leads Rob Janovic Jr. by 16 points in the SK Modified standings, Jason Palmer leads Anthony Flannery by five points in the Late Model standings, Shawn Gaedeke has a 17-point leads over Jason Chicolas in the Sportsman standings and Doug Curry leads Charles Canfield by two points in the Mini Stock standings.

Andrew Molleur takes down SK Lite Bubby Brouwer Memorial 49 at the Speedbowl

WATERFORD — Even though he’s just 15-years old, Andrew Molleur has chalked up 10 years of experience in motor sports. He says his thrilling win in Saturday’s Bubby Brouwer Memorial SK Lite 49 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl was his biggest victory yet.
“This is No. 1,” Molleur said after he held off Keith Caruso and John O’Sullivan to claim a win in the Brouwer Memorial, worth more than $1,500. The race was sponsored by Race Choice. “We weren’t sure if we were going to run this race, but now we’re glad we did. To win a race named after someone like Bubby Brouwer, who did so much at the Speedbow, is an amazing accomplishment.”
There were several other amazing accomplishments Saturday. Doug Curry whirled past Charles Canfield on the final lap to win the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Jason Palmer thundered around Anthony Flannery on the last lap to capture the 30-lap Late Model race.
Mike Blaskey and Peter Bennett continued their duel in the 25-lap Legends feature. Blaskey was able to take down the win by just 0.040 seconds.
Kyle James started eighth, blistered through the field in just 23 laps to win the 40-lap SK Modified feature. Jason Chicolas opened up a big early lead and held off Al Stone down the stretch to collect his third Sportsman win of the season.
The spotlight, however, was on Molleur who was able to win the most lucrative SK Lite race in Speedbowl history.
Paul French led the first seven laps and then Brett Gonyaw took over the lead, Molleur, however, was sifting his way through the field and moved into second by lap 20.
After a caution came out midway through the race, Molleur was able to rocket past Gonyaw to take the lead with 22 laps to go.
Then Molleur had to survive three caution flags over the final 10 laps to post the win. On the final green-white checker restart, Molleur outgunned both Caruso and O’Sullivan to finish off the hard-earned win.
“We just had a great car tonight,” Molleur said. “I knew Caruso and O’Sullivan were going to b e right there at the finish, but I was able to stay in front of them.”
O’Sullivan roared past Caruso with one lap to go to finish second.
James started eighth in the SK feature but he didn’t stay there for very long. It took him 23 laps to take the lead from Todd Owen en route to his seventh win of the season.
“The car has been hooked up every time we go racing,” James said. “I have no complaints. We’re able to put the car wherever we want. But the outside tonight definitely was the place to go.”
James did most of his passing on the outside as he sizzled his way into the lead. Own was second and Molleur was third.
James was able to increase his point lead to 16 over Rob Janovic Jr.
Curry said he was tired of finishing second behind Charles Canfield in the Mini Stock division, something that already has happened four times this season.
So he went out and did something about it. Curry went to the outside groove to take the lead from Canfield, and then protected his lead from the hard-charging Canfield during the final lap to get the win.
“The only place the car was good tonight was on the outside groove,” Curry said. “Everywhere else, the car was horrible. But we pulled it off. That’s all that matters.”
Curry also was able to move back into the points lead by two points over Canfield.
Flannery appeared to be on the verge of pocketing his fourth straight Late Model win when he surged into the lead late in the race. A caution flag with five laps to go changed the complexion of the race, however. Palmer was able to blur his way around Flannery on the last lap to secure the win.
“The 25 (Flannery) is definitely the car to beat,” Palmer said. “I think we were able to pull a rabbit out of the hat tonight. We blew a rear-end last week, but tonight our car was good enough to win.”
Blaskey pulled off a power move on the final lap to missile past Bennett for the second straight week.
”I hope everybody enjoyed this race because we put on a great show,” Blaskey said after nailing down his second straight battle with Bennett. On Sept. 1 he claimed a win over Blaskey by 0.003 seconds.
“I think we missed the set-up on the car and we gavc this one away,” Bennett said.
While point leader Shawn Gaedeke got trapped in traffic and eventually spun out, Chicolas was able to grab a hefty lead. He kept it for the entire race, despite a late move by Stone, whose three-race win streak was snapped. “Whenever you can beat Al Stone, you know you had a heck of a race,” Chicolas said.Gaedeke recovered to finish third and leads Chicolas by 17 points in the standings.
Racing resumes Saturday with the Valenti Modified Racing Series 100. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lights will be competing, along with the SK Modifieds, the SK Lites, the Speedbowl Trucks , the Sportsman and the Mini Stocks.
RESULTS 9/8/2018
Bubby Brouwer Memorial SK Lite 49: 1. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 2. John O’Sullivan, Salem; 3. Keith Caruso, Milbury, Mass. 4; Bryan Narducci, Colchester; 5. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 6. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 7. Chris Correll, Old Lyme; 8. Ethan Durocher, Canerbury; 9. Chris Gombos, Naugatuck; 10. Alan Benincaso, Trumbull.
40-lap SK Modifieds: 1. Kyle James, Ashaway RI; 2. Todd Owen, Somers; 3. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 4. Matt Galko, Meriden; 5. Rob Janovic, Waterford; 6. Tim Jordan, Plainfield; 7. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 8. Joe Allegro Jr., Vernon; 9. Geoff Nooney, Southwick, Mass.; 10. Rob Goulet, Plainville.
30-lap Late Models: 1. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 2. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 3. Brian Norman, Clinton; 4. Walt Sutcliffe, East Haven; 5. Michael Benevides, Westerly, RI; 6. Dylan Cabral, Richmond RI; 7. Keith Scalia, North Branford; 8. Vin Esposito, Waterbury.
30-lap Sportsman: 1. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, Mass.; 2. Al Stone III, Durham; 3. Shawn Gaedeke, Groton; 4. Joe Arena, Bristol; 5. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook; 7. Rit Shawn, Westerly, R.I.; 8. Jack Aquilina, Oakdale; 9. Jordan Hadley, Ouaker Hill; 10. Adrien Paradis III, Plainville.
25-lap Mini Stocks: 1. Doug Curry, Groton; 2. Charles Canfield, East Haven; 3. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, RI; 4. Jake Christian, Norwich; 5. Andrew Krzeminski, Haddam; 6. Nick Pappacoda, Branford; 7. JT Suprenant, Central Village; 8. Larry Loomis, Moosup; 9. Tommy Silva, Gales Ferry; 10. Jarded Roy, Sterling.
25-lap Legends: 1. Michael Blaskey, Bethany; 2. Peter Bennett, Cromwell; 3. Brandon Martinez, North Kingston RI; 4. John O’Sullivan, Salem; 5. Scott Limkemann, Lebanon; 6. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 7. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 8. Corey Caddick, Richmond; 9. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon; 10. Brandon Remson, Norwalk.

Flannery strikes twice in Late Models at The New London Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD — It’s impossible to be in two places at once, but Late Model driver Anthony Flannery of East Hampton came as close as you can get.
Flannery competed in two Late Model features Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. In between races, he also found time to attend a wedding.
He ended the day with the ultimate payday — two trophies and a steak dinner.
Flannery passed Jason Palmer for the lead in both 30-lap races for the most productive day in Flannery’s Late Model career — two races, two victories. Thanks to the twin wins, Flannery pulled to within two points of Palmer for the point lead.
In other Speedbowl action, Matt Gallo of Berlin broke in front early and never trailed en route to his second career SK Modified win. Two sizzling drivers continued their winning ways. Al Stone III grabbed his third consecutive Sportsman win and Charles Canfield captured his seventh Mini Stock win in last nine races.
The closest race of the night took place in the Legends feature when Mike Blaskey won by .003 over Peter Bennett.
Duane Noll came from behind to win his fourth Speedbowl Truck win of the season on Double Feature night. Brandon Plemons took the lead on the fifth lap of the second feature and cruised to a victory.
Dylan Cabral was just one of two drivers on the lead lap and he surged to a win in the 50-lap Compact/Mid-Size car  Enduro.
The most amazing effort was by Flannery, however, who was able to mix business and social activity in flawless fashion.
Flannery said he started the afternoon at a friend’s wedding, left and won the first feature before anyone knew he was gone.
The race was marred by a first-lap accident. Both Michael Benevides and point-leader Ryan Morgan destroyed their cars in a punishing wreck against the Turn 3 wall, forcing a red flag situation.
Following the caution, Palmer moved to the lead, but Flannery started to track him down. Flannery made the pass with 12 laps remaining.
“We had an awesome car,” Flannery said. “We’re just lucky we missed all that carnage on the first lap. It’s a good thing we started as far back as we did.
In the second race, Flannery could have started in Long Island. He tracked down Jason Palmer midway through the race with a sweeping move on the outside groove.
“I was able to go around him the long way,” Flannery said. “”The car was awesome for the second time tonight. Now I can head back to the reception.”
Palmer held on to the point lead by two points, thanks to his two second-place finished.
“But it’s not as good as two wins,” Palmer said.
Morgan drove his back-up car in the second race and finished third.
Gallo, who is always a contender when he competes at the Speedbowl, took his game to the next level Saturday, winning a 40-lap SK Modified feature for the first time this season in four starts.
There’s was little suspense as Galko ripped open a huge lead in a race that was slowed down by just one caution flag.
 The best battle was for second, with Rob Janovic holding off Kyle James over the final two laps to finish in the runner-up position.
Gallo has two career wins at the Speedbowl and four career SK Modified wins.
Al Stone started the 30-lap Sportsman race being patiernt, and he ended it by being aggressive.
After Jordan Hadley took the lead on lap 8 with a daredevil three-wide move, Stone was able to track him down six laps later with a dazzling move on the inside. As soon as Stone checked into the lead, he pulled away from the rest of the field to lead by a comfortable margin the rest of the way.
After starting the season with a wreck and a DNF, Stone has chalked up three straight wins.
“Maybe the best thing that happened was me wrecking on opening weekend,” Stone said. “We fixed the car and it’s been a rocket ever since.”
Another rocket has been driven lately by Charles Canfield. He was able to get the lead with one of his patented moves on the outside, getting past Nick Pappacoda.
Canfield’s car got away from him over the final five laps, however, and Doug Curry almost ran him down. Canfield hung on by his toenails to take the 25-lap win.
“The handling started to go away and we were in trouble,” Canfield said. “I just had to keep my line. I knew Doug would have to go around me if he wanted to win.”
Curry said he was faster than Canfield at the finish, but didn’t have enough laps left to get by him.
After trailing by as many as 30 points this season, Canfield has taken a one-point lead in the standings.
Mike Blaskey has made only two Saturday night Legends races and he has won both of them.
In order to win Saturday’s event, the Bethany driver needed all the ammunition he could generate.
He took the lead early, but point leader Peter Bennett was pressuring him the entire way. With five laps to go, the two drivers battled for the advantage. On the final lap, Bennett moved inside of Blaskey and made a serious move. The two crossed the line simultaneously.
Because of the electronic transponders in the car, Blaskey was ruled the winner by .003.
Blaskey, who was involved in two serious wrecks this season, was happy to be able to celebrate.
“It took us a month and a half to rebuild the car,” Blaskey said. “I have to thanks Rob Vitelli who sets up my car. He knows more about these legend cars than anyone.”
In the first Truck series, Noll started in the middle of the pack, but weaved his way through traffic. He took advantage of a late caution flag to wrestle the lead away from Tom Metcalf.
“I have to give a lot of credit to my sister for spotting for me and getting me though traffic,” Noll said. ““ hope everyone enjoyed this race. I sure did.”
Plemons found the enjoyment in the second race as he pulled off a runaway win.
“In the first race the truck ran hot, but in the second race, we showed everyone who was it,” Plemons said. “We showed what we can do in a good truck.”
Racing resumes Saturday at the Speedbowl. The feature attraction will be the Bubby Brower Memorial SK feature.
:RESULTS 8/1/2018
40-lap SK Modified: 1. Matt Gallo, Berlin; 2. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 3. Kyle James, Ashaway, RI; 4. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 5. Timmy Jordan, Plainfield; 6. John Montesanto, North Branford; 7. Todd Owen, Somers; 8. Geoff Nooney, Southwick, Mass.; 9. Matt Galko, Meriden; 10. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry.
30-lap Late Model feature No. 1: 1. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 2. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 3. Mark Jenison, Warwick, RI; 4. Walt Sutcliffe, East Haven; 5. Brian Norman, Clinton; 6. Keith Scalia, North Branford; 7. Dylan Cabral, Richmond RI; 8. Tony Macrino, Waterford; 9. Stephen Potter, Warwick RI; 10. Michael Benevides, Westerly RI.
30-lap Late Model feature No. 2: 1. Anthony Flannery IV, East Hampton; 2. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 3. Ryan Morgan, Pawtucket; 4. Mark Jenison, Warwick, RI; 5. Brian Norman, Clinton; 6. Walter Sutcliffe, East Hampton; 7. Keith Scalia, North Branford; 8. Michael Benevides, Westerly, RI; 9. Dylan Cabral, Richmond RI; 10. Stephen Potter, Warwick RI.
30-lap Sportsman: 1. Al Stone III, Durham; 2. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 3. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, Mass.; 4. Ryan Waterman, Danielson; 5. Adrien Paradis III, Plainville; 6. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook, 7. Bo Norman, Clinton; 8. Allen Coates, Ledyard; 9. Joseph Arena, Bristol; 10. Ritt Shawn, Westerly, RI.
25-lap Mini Stocks: 1. Charles Canfuield, East Haven; 2. Doug Curry, Groton; 3. Ken Cassidy, Lisbon; 4. Nick Pappacoda, North Barnford; 5. Andrew Krzeminski, Haddam; 6. JT Suprenant, Central Village; 7. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, RI; 8. Jake Christian, Norwich; 9. Sean Caron, East Hampton; 10. Dale Sherman, Charleston, RI.
25-Lap Legends: 1. Michael Blaskey, Bethany; 2. Peter Bernnett, Cromwell; 3. John O’Sullivan, Salem; 4. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 5. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon; 6. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 7. Scott Limkemann, Lebanon; 8. Tyler Barry, Griswold; 9. Anthony Bello, Newtown; 10. Nikki Vicariolo, Shelton.
25-lap Speedbowl Trucks No. 1: 1. Duane Noll, Monroe; 2. Tom Metcalf, North Stonington; 3. Lucas Leone, Southington; 4. Jeff Karns, Quaker Hill; 5. Todd Taylor, Stonington; 6. Dylam Cabral, Richmond RI; 7. Branford Plemons, Uncasville; 8. Glen Noll, Naugatuck; 9. Cassandra Coates, Uncasville; 10. Andrew Morin, Old Saybrook.
25-lap Late Model Feature No. 2: Brandon Plemons, Uncasville; 2. Duane Noll, Monroe; 3. Dylan Cabral, Richmond RI; 4. Lucas Leone, Southington; 5. Tom Metcalf, North Stonington; 6. Jeff Karns. Quaker Hill; 7. Todd Taylor, Stonington; 8. Cassandra Coates, Uncasville; 9. Andrew Morin, Old Saybrook; 10. Mike Olsen, Deep River.