By Hayley Leonard
The New London-Waterford Speedbowl was in action this Saturday night with 5 action packed divisions. For the first time all season the weather was perfect with no rain in the forecast. This Memorial Day weekend show had a good sized crowd. Tonight’s 5 divisions were the Mini Stocks, Legends, Late Models, the SK Modifieds, and the visiting Northeast Street Stock Tour.
The Mini Stocks were the first division on the track. Andrew Krzeminski qualified on the pole but, Jacob Perry was able to power to the lead on the first lap. Wayne Burroughs Jr. brought out the first caution when he was unable to make it to the safety road after losing power on the front stretch. Christopher Ivory was able to take the lead away from Perry on the restart. Perry and Charles Canfield came together after Perry lost control in turn 4 bringing out the second caution of the race with only 8 laps remaining in the race. Kenny Cassidy Jr., was able to take the lead away from Ivory with 6 laps remaining in the race, but Ivory was able to battle back and get the lead back later that lap. Ivory was able to hold off Cassidy Jr., for the feature win.
The next division to race were the Legends. Glenn Korner Jr., started on the pole and was able to lead the first lap of the race. Jake Johnson was able to get past G. Korner Jr., and get the lead on lap 2. Joey Ternullo and G. Korner Jr., spun into each other on lap 5 to bring out the first caution. Only 4 laps later Noah Korner spun on the backstretch and Rachel Forte slammed into him bringing out the second caution. Once back to green the action continued until Dana DiMatteo was able to get the lead away from Johnson with 15 laps remaining in the race. DiMatteo was able to hold of Johnson for the remaining 15 laps to win the 25 lap feature.
The Late Models were the third division on the card. Matt Carlson brought the cars to green for tonight’s 30 lap race but he didn’t stay in the lead for long. Bruce Thomas Jr., took the lead on the first lap. If you were not paying attention you missed a quick race as tonight race went green to checkers, while not an action filled race, Anthony Flannery and Ray Christian III battled the entire race for 4th place until Flannery pulled away. Bruce Thomas Jr. took advantage of the caution free event fast paced race and came home your Late Model winner.
The touring Northeast Street Stock Tour were in town for the first of 2 stops at the Speedbowl Saturday evening. Corey Hutchings was on the pole for the 35 lap feature and he led the first 11 laps. On lap 12 Joe Arena took the lead away from Hutchings and following in his steps was Al Stone III who took over second place. The race was all green flag racing, Arena was able to hold off Stone III and Chris Meyer for the win.
The fifth and final division close out the evening were the track’s premier division of the SK Modifieds. Tyler Chadwick qualified on the pole and was able to take the lead on the first lap. With 21 laps remaining in the race Bo Gunning spun into turn 3 bringing out the first caution. Last week’s winner Dylan Izzo, Ryan Morgan, and Diego Monahan all spin in turn 4 to bring out the second caution with 16 laps remaining. 3 laps later the third caution came out because Justin Gaydosh spun into the infield in turn 4. The third caution came out with 1 lap remaining which meant that it would be a green white checkered finish to determine the winner. Chadwick was able to hold off Izzo for the feature win, this was Chadwick’s first win of the 2016 season.