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Rocco Takes His Fifth Win Of The Season

-Father And Son Battle It Out In The Mr. Rooter Truck Series-

 WATERFORD, CT (August 26. 2017): Keith Rocco had a very trying day this Saturday at The Speedbowl. Because he team just finished up making the final repairs to his SK Modified from last week’s mishap, he arrived late to the speedway. Then after making contact with the #07 Stephen Masse Rocco had to head pit side for repairs to the right front of the #88. Rocco finally caught leader Todd Owens in the #81 Cooker’s Construction sponsored machine and battled side by side for the lead.

As the caution flag appeared to slow do the event, it now set up a Green-white-checkered with Rocco sitting on the outside of Owens. The race again would be slowed three more times and on the fifth Green-white-checkered restart it looked like it would be all Owns as he grabbed the lead and was holding Rocco at bay. Rocco in his Wheeler’s Auto sponsored #88 got around Owens exiting turn four and grabbed the win in the 35-lap feature.

With the win, Rocco was able to grab the point lead away from Kyle James. “We had a good car, Todd runs very tough here but we are here to win,” comment Rocco in victory lane. Rounding out the top-5 were Rocco, Owens, Matt Galko, Matt Gallo and Paul Buzel. Qualifying wins earlier went to Owens and Galko.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature it was Berlin, CT’s Jason Palmer taking down the win in his return to The Speedbowl.  It was Palmer’s first win of the season. It wasn’t an easy win, Palmer had to battle the #25 of Anthony Flannery during the closing laps the duo raced side by side until Palmer was able to muscle out front and held on for the victory. Rounding out the top-5 were Palmer, Flannery, Tyler Chapman, Keith Rocco and Tony Macrino. The field was set by Group Qualifying lead by Palmer.

It was 64-year old Nicholas Pappacoda taking the win in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. It was win number one for the North Branford driver. Pappacoda started on the pole and pushed out to the lead. Pappacoda had to survive five restarts and a battle with the #20 of Wayne Burroughs Jr for the win. On the last and final restart Burroughs was able to get inside of the #6 machine of Pappacoda and led a lap until something let go in the rear end section of Burroughs machine giving back the lead to Pappacoda along with the win. Rounding out the top-5 were Pappacoda, Charles Canfield, Jacob Perry, Ken Cassidy Jr and Mark Panaroni. Taking down the heats were Pappacoda and Perry.

Ryan Waterman wasted no time showing who had the dominate car for the 26-lap Limited Sportsman feature. The Danielson, CT driver grabbed the lead on a lap-2 restart and pulled away from the field. For Waterman, he had to survive five restarts over the course of the first few laps of the event. Point leader Chris Meyer was involved in two of those cautions and was in and out of the pits for repairs. The Meyer’s crew were on spot as they got the #87 out without losing a lap and an overall fifth place finish to remain the point leader.

Waterman clearly has the car to beat on this night as he battled Al Stone and second year driver Adrien Paradis but withheld the challenges for the win. Rounding out the top five were Waterman, Al Atone, Paradis, Shawn Monahan, who had a great run to the front and Chris Meyer. Heat wins earlier in the night went to Waterman and Jon Porter.

In the Mr. Rooter Truck Series / NLWS Trucks 35-lap feature it was father vs son right down to the finish. The Long Island tandem of Corey Coates and dad Allen Coates were the ones that put on the show, As the green flag waved to start the event it was Corey Coated pulling out to the lead with Allen in the Dunleavey’s Track and Trailer Repairs #99 in tow.

On lap-17 the #99 of Alan Coates got to the outside of his son and battled lap after lap with each taking the lead on different occasions. Things started to get interesting as Gerard Giordano Jr and NLWS point leader Duane Noll started to catch the leader. The race was halter once for a Chris Taylor spin setting up a green-white-checkered finish. The Coates duo restarted the event with Allen nudging the #81 of Chris and that little nudge was enough to put the elder Coated in victory lane.

The win was Coated first Mr. Rooter Truck Series win of the season. “That was so cool racing my son like that, I wouldn’t have any other way and with anybody else,” commented Allen in victory lane. Rounding out the top-5 were A. Coates, C. Coates, Gerard Giordano, Duane Noll and Joshua Stringer.

In the NEMA Lites it was Ben Mikitarian taking down the 25-lap feature. Mikitarian had the fastest car all night. He took top honors in group qualifying as was untouchable during the feature. As the group started to go single file Mikitarian pulled out to a big lead over PJ Stergios in the #11. With the laps winding down and lap cars slowing the Mikitarian machine it was Stergios catching Mikitarian with a few laps to go. Stergios was unable to make the car stick on the outside and had to settle for second. Finishing third through fifth were Paul Scally, Dan Cugini and Jim Chambers.

In the second of four races for the Connecticut Cup Series for the Pro-4 Modifieds it was Rob Richardi taking down his second win of the four-race series. The 25-lap race started with the 7ny of Brett Meservey jumping out to the lead and was just pulling away from the field. The field’s only chance to catch Meservey was on a lap-13 restart. But Meservey was to strong and jumped out to another huge lead. It was with a couple laps to go the #7nu went up in smoke entering turns 1 and 2 ending his night, giving Richardi the win. Jacob Perry who was doing double duty crossed the line in third, but was the first Pro-4 Lite to finish giving him the Lite win. Rounding out the top-5 were Richardi, Doug Meservey Jr, Jacob Perry, PJ Peters and Dan Meservey Sr.

SK Modifieds (35-laps): Keith Rocco, Todd Qwen, Matt Galko, Matt Gallo, Paul Buzel, Timmy Jordan, Brent Sweet, Rob Janovic Jr, Andrew Molleur, Robert Georgiades, Joshua Zentek, Diego Monahan, Kyle James, Stephen Masse William Gunning (DNS)

Late Models (30-laps): Jason Palmer, Anthony Flannery IV, Tyler Chapman, Keith Rocco, Tony Macrino, Christopher Garside, Charlie Rose, Keith Chapman, Michael Benevides

Mini Stock (25-laps): Nicholas Pappacoda, Charles Canfield, Jacob Perry, Ken Cassidy Jr, Mark Panaroni, Andrew Krzeminski, Christopher Ivory, Matthew Guertin, Ian Brew, Ken Kerttula, Dave Trudeau, Sean Caron, Nick Matera, Wayne Burroughs Jr, Jared Roy, Bill Sylvia, Charles Veal, Jordan Hadley

Mini Stocks (25-laps): Ryan Waterman, Al Stone III, Adrien Paradis, Shawn Monahan, Chris Meyer, Monte Gibbs, Jon Porter, Brandon Plemons, Zach Robinson, Brandon Fisher, Scott Young, Wayne Brayman Jr, Jaysin Beal, Jordan Hadley, Tyler Cinamella, Tom Shea, Ritt Shawn, Bo Norman, Charles Beal

Mr. Rooter Truck Series / NLWS Trucks (35-laps): Allen Coates, Corey Coates, Gerard Giordano Jr, Duane Noll, Joshua Stringer, Jim Boyle, Frank Dumicich Jr, Andy Lindeman, Todd Taylor, Jeff Karns, Al Stone III, Dave Koening, Glen Noll, Alex Canestrari, Shane Young, Frank Dumicich Sr

NEMA Lites (25-laps): Ben Mikitarian, PJ Stergios, Paul Scally, Dan Cugini, Jim Chambers, Ryan Locke, Randy Cabral, John Zych, Jim Cataldo, Richie Coy, Danny Gamache, Chris Vose, Jeremy Decourcy, Dennis O’Brien, Kevin Park, Jim SantaMaria,

Pro-4 Modifieds (25-laps): Rob Richardi, Doug Meservey Jr, Jacob Perry (L), PJ Peters, Dan Meservey Sr, Mark Charrette, Brett Meservey, Dion Doyle


Kyle James Heating Up At The Speedbowl

-Jordan Hadley Doubles Up-

 WATERFORD, CT (August 19, 2017): Kyle James is staring to heat up at the right time, when the checkered flag flew it was James sitting in victory lane in the jamming 107.7 sponsored #21. Eighteen SK Modifieds took to the grid for the 35-lap feature event. The first caution waved as a ten-car incident erupted between turns one and two. Most of the cars were done for the night, including the point leader, Keith Rocco. The restart of the event had James sitting on point and from there it was all James. With the win James now sits atop of the points battle. Rounding out the top-5 included Ted Christopher, Diego Monahan, Stephen Masse and last week’s winner Rob Janovic Jr. Heat wins went to Keith Rocco and Paul Buzel.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature it appeared that it was going to be all Keith Rocco. Rocco shot out to the lead from the outside pole and started pulling away from the field. While Rocco was on cruise control out front it was Anthony Flannery carving his way to the front from his sixth starting spot. On a lap-11 restart Flannery hooked onto Rocco’s bumper and the two pulled away from the field. With a hand full of laps remaining, Flannery got to the outside of Rocco and coming out of turn four Flannery inched ahead of Rocco and took down his second win of the season, rounding out the top five were Vin Esposito, Tyler Chapman and Keith Chapman.

The 25-lap Legends event saw a familiar name in victory lane, Joey Ternullo. For the Middletown, CT driver he kept his undefeated streak alive on a Saturday night event at The Speedbowl. It didn’t take Ternullo long to take over the top sport as he grabbed the lead from his sixth starting spot and basically just pulled away in the #10 Laticrete sponsored machine. Finishing in the top-5 were Anthony Marvin, John O’Sullivan, Jon Puleo and Brandon Remson. Heat wins went to Kyle Rogers and Caddick.

The 25-lap SK Lite feature was taken by Matt Galk0. For Galko it was his first time in a SK Lite at the NLWS. Alan Gombos the regular driver of the Fairfield Sanitation sponsored #25 and Galko stepped in and held off the field for the win. It wasn’t an easy win for Galko as he had to fend off both Dana DiMatteo and Brian Narducci. For Narducci it was his second ever start in a SK Lite and finished for his first podium finish of the year. Rounding out the top-5 were DiMatteo, Narducci, Norm Sears and Chris Gombos. With his second-place finish, DiMatteo took over the points lead for the SK Lite division. Heat wins went to DiMatteo and Wayne Burroughs

In the Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock 25-lap features it was all Jordan Hadley. Hadley all but dominated both divisions on this night. First in the Limited Sportsman feature, what appeared to be Charles Beal race to lose as he took the opening green and pulled away from the field. On a late restart, Beal was battling for the lead with Hadley. As the green flag waved to restart the race Beal slowed on the front stretch with rear end issues. From this point on Hadley just hit all his marks and pulled into victory lane with his third win in the Limited Sportsman division. Rounding the top-5 were Adrien Paradis III, Chris Meyer, Brandon Plemons and Ritt Shawn. Heat wieners in the Limited Sportsman were Monte Gibbs and Charles Beal.

In the Mini Stock feature, Hadley used a late restart and grabbed the lead. Front that point on it was pure domination by Hadley. For Hadley, it was his second Mini Stock win of the season. Rounding the top-5 was Sean Caron, Jacob Perry, Wayne Burroughs and Ken Cassidy Jr. Heat winners in the Mini Stocks were Hadley and Jacob Perry.

SK Modifieds (35-laps): Kyle James, Ted Christopher, Diego Monahan, Stephen Masse, Rob Janovic Jr, Marcello Rufrano, Matt Gallo, John Montesanto, Brent Sweet, Paul Buzel, Dennis Perry, Kris Watson, Joshua Zentek, Todd Owen, Jeff Fialkovich, Matt Galko, Keith Rocco, Timmy Jordan

Late Models (30-laps): Anthony Flannery, Keith Rocco, Vin Esposito, Tyler Chapman, Keith Chapman, Branden Warren, Matt Carlson, Michael Benevides

Legends (25-laps): Joey Ternullo, Anthony Marvin, John O’Sullivan, Jon Puleo, Brandon Remson, Colin Haley, Brian Zimowski, Kyle Rodgers, Timothy Depizzol, Scott Limkemann, Corey Caddick, Rachel Forte

SK Lite Modifieds (25-laps): Matt Galko, Dana DiMatteo, Bryan Narducci, Norm Sears, Chris Gombos, John O’Sullivan, Larry Goss, Bert Ouellette, Wayne Burroughs, Andrew Molleur, Dennis Charette, Ethan Durocher

Limited Sportsman (25-laps): Jordan Hadley, Adrien Paradis III, Chris Meyers, Brandon Plemons, Ritt Shawn, Monte Gibbs, Bo Norman, Scott Young, Tyler Cinamella, Brandon Fisher, Jon Porter, Al Stone III, Wayne Burroughs Jr, Jason Chicolas, Darrell Carlson, Charles Beal, Ryan Waterman

Mini Stock (25-laps): Jordan Hadley, Sean Caron, Jacob Perry, Wayne Burroughs, Ken Cassidy Jr, Doug Curry, Matt Guertin, Evan Bourgerois, Ken Kerttula, Charles Canfield, Jared Roy, Eric Bourgerois, Bill Sylvia, Andrew Krzeminski, Nick Pappacoda, Ian Brew, Dale Sherman, Charles Beal

Wings and Wheels 2017 Recap

-Rob Janovic Jr Takes First SK Win Of 2017-


WAERFORD, CT (8/12/17): Waterford, CT driver Rob Janovic Jr grabbed his first win of the 2017 season in the 35-lap SK Modified portion of Wings and Wheels. Janovic Jr started outside pole and had to fight a ill handling car as well as fend off a hard charging Kyle James to take down his first dual checkered flags of the year. “The car wasn’t good at all tonight, I had to make sure I hit all of my marks. The last lap we got together it was more of me backing into him than him tapping me,” explained Janovic after the event. Rounding out the top five were Kyle James, Keith Rocco, Todd Owen and Matthew Galko. Heat wins went to Todd Owen and Keith Rocco. In post heat inspection Owen’s #81x was found to have issues with his frame height and had to start at the rear of the field for the feature.

In the 25-lap SK Lite Modified event it was Dana DiMatteo taking the win. For the Farmington, CT driver, it was his third win of the season. DiMatteo used a sling shot move in turn two to grab the lead over Alan Gombos and sailed to the win.  Finishing in the runner up spot was point leader Andrew Molleur, who was battling for the lead and missed a shift on a restart and fell back, Molleur’s car was on rails as he redeemed himself and finished behind DiMatteo. Finished third to fifth was Wayne Burroughs, John O’Sullivan and Calvin Therrien. Heat wins went to O’Sullivan and DiMatteo.

The NEMA Midgets were up next for their 25-lap event. It was Lakeville, MA Avery Stoehr putting the Bertrand Motorsports #39 machine into victory lane. Stoehr was battling Todd Bertrand for the lead until the third caution flew. As the yellow waved Bertrand pulled his Bertrand Motorsports machine into the infield with issues handing Stoehr the lead. For Stoehr he had to battle yet another Bertrand Motorsports Teammate in Randy Cabral who finished all over the back of Stoehr. John Zych Jr, Alan Chambers and Paul Scally rounded out the top-five. Todd Bertrand and Ted Christopher took down the heat wins.

Taking to the speedway next was the Valenti Modified Racing Series for their scheduled 100-lap event. Plainville, CT Ted Christopher dominated the event. Christopher shot out to the lead as the green waved. For Christopher, he had to withstand nine restarts and had to use tire management as the race was also red flagged as a crew member of the Steve Masse Team was clipped by another car during a pitstop. At the end, it was TC pulling ahead from the field to post the win.  Rounding out the top five were Kyle James, Sammy Rameau, Donnie Lashua and Chris Pasteryak. Heat wins went to Christopher, Anthony Nocella and Lashua.

The NEMA Lites 25-lap feature was over quickly as they ran from the green to checkered. Polesitter Megan Cugini shot out of a canon and grabbed the lead. Cugini lead for 24-laps and left the door open on the inside for Dylan Duhaime. It was the only lap Duhaime led and it took him the checkered flag. Rounding the top five were Cugini, Ryan Locke, Ben Mikitarian and Paul Scally. Heat winners were Locke and Cugini.

The ATQ Midgets ran a carbon copy of the NEMA Lite feature with the same outcome. The 25-lap feature went green to checker. Matt Janish grabbed the lead as the green waved and pulled away from the field. With three laps to go Ryan Tidman caught Janish with two laps to go and powered around Janish and took down his fifth win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Joey Bailey in third, Geoffrey Sutton and Nick Ladyga. Heat wins went to Mark Yoder and Tidman.

The ISMA Modifieds started the day running two sets of group qualifying events to set up the heat lineups for the scheduled 75-lap feature. 14-cars took time and it was Michael Muldoon taking the top spot. After a three-car mishap that started the event, the red flag waved to put a halt on the event. The race continued only to have another red flag to wave. The #61 Mike Ordway smacked the back-stretch wall. When the race was getting ready to continue it was announced the feature would be shortened to 50-laps. Timmy Jedrzejek and Trent Stephens battled for the lead as the race was winding down. The caution flew on lap-39 as the sky opened and the race was red/checkered and the win went to Jimmy Jedrzejek. Rounding out the top five went to Trent Stephens, Mike McVetta, Mike Lichty and Rob Summers. Heat wins went to Rob Summers and Mike Lichty.

The Speedbowl returns to action Wednesday August 16th for Wacky Wednesday and the Pit Party scheduled to kick off the evening.

SK Modifieds (35-laps) Rob Janovic Jr, Kyle James, Keith Rocco, Todd Owen, Matthew Galko, Diego Monahan, Brent Sweet, Jedd Fialkovich, Paul Buzel, Joshua Zentek, Dylan Izzo, Ted Christopher

SK Lites (25-laps) Dana DiMatteo, Andrew Molleur, Wayne Burroughs, John O’Sullivan, Alan Gombos, Calvin Therrien, Larry Goss, Alan Benincaso, William Benoit, Ethan Durocher, Chris Gombos, Scott Witt

NEMA Midgets (25-laps) Avery Stoehr, Randy Cabral, John Zych Jr, Alan Chambers, Paul Scally, Ted Christopher, Chris Deritis, Todd Bertrand, Jim Chambers, Bethany Stoehr, Doug Cleveland, Jim SantaMaria, Ryan Bigelow

VMRS (100-laps) Ted Christopher, Kyle James, Sammy Rameau, Donnie Lashua, Chris Pasteryak, Dave Etheridge, Colby Fournier, Derek Robbie, Andrew Molleur, Kyle Trayner, Matthew Mead, Jeffrey Gallup, Anthony Nocella, Mike Willis Jr, Anthony Flannery, Jon Kay, Steven Masse, Geoff Gernhard, Rob Richardi, Max Zachem, Brandon Dion

NEMA Lites (25-laps) Dylan Duhaime, Megan Cugini, Ryan Locke, Ben Mikitarian, Paul Scally, Randy Cabral, Dan Cugini, Jim Chambers, Chad Labastie, John Zych, Jim Cataldo, Andy Barrows, Richie Coy, Chris Vose, Dennis O’Brien, Danny Gamache, Jake Stergios, Ryan Bigelow

ATQ Midgets (25-laps) Ryan Tidman, Matt Janish, Joey Bailey, Geoffrey Sutton, Nick Ladyga, Jeff Kot, Mark Yoder, Ron Mullen, Cole Mullen, Joey Paine III, Eric Corum, Dave Garbatuk, Buddy Sloan, Shilo Boyce,

ISMA Modifieds (50-laps) Timmy Jedrzejek, Trent Stephens, Mike McVetta, Mike Lichty, Rob Summers, Mark Sammut, Michael Muldoon, Jon McKennedy, Moe Lilje, Justin Belfiore, Dan Bowers, Mike Ordway Jr, Alison Cumens, Chris Perley