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Waterford Speedbowl Sees First Career Win

Rain Shortens Night After Three-and-a-Half Features

Even with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in town, the weekly divisions that race at the Speedbowl weren’t forgotten about as four divisions were set to race Saturday night in addition to touring modified series.  With the grandstands packed with fans from all across the Northeast, the four weekly divisions had plenty of race fans to show what New London-Waterford Speedbowl has to offer, and they did not disappoint giving the fans in attendance the chance to see a first time winner in the Late Models.

Jordan Hadley wins his first career ministock race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Jordan Hadley wins his first career ministock race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

The Mini Stock feature was set to be 25 laps; Jordan Hadley was the man on the pole and took the lead on the first lap. Hadley never looked back as he held a commanding lead on every lap on his way to the victory in a race which had no cautions. This was the first win of the season for Hadley.

The Late Models took to the track after the Mini stocks for their 30 lap feature. This race surely did not disappoint as there was constant side-by-side racing for the front positions.  After a disappointing week in the season opener, Ray Christian II claimed the pole for the nights feature race and jumped out to an early lead over Jason Palmer and Anthony Flanery.  The first caution of the race came out with 26 laps remaining when Walter Sutcliffe spun out on the front stretch.

After leading early, Christian III would lose the lead to Palmer and get shuffled back to a third place battle with Bruce Thomas Jr. The second caution flew when there were 15 laps remaining, Bruce Thomas Jr., spun on the front stretch and was able to get the car going again. The 3rd caution came out with 6 laps remaining in the race when Mathew Carlson and James Banfield got into each other in turn 4. Christian III was able to move from the third position into the lead on the restart after there was contact between the cars of Palmer and Flanery. Christian III would go on to win the race marking his first victory in a Late Models.

Ray Christian III gets a good jump on Jason Palmer at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Ray Christian III gets a good jump on Jason Palmer at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

At the beginning of the season Christian III said that the biggest goal for this season was to get a victory and he was able to do that tonight. When asked about his thoughts on the race he had this to say, “The race was up and down for me. We really weren’t the best car tonight.”

Christian III would go on to say, “We were going to settle for third on that last restart, but for the first time in my racing career I was in the right place at the right time.” “To win your first race in that fashion against that competition is amazing”, Christian III added.

Ted Christopher during the SK modifieds feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen FUrst/Myracenews.com)
Ted Christopher during the SK modifieds feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen FUrst/Myracenews.com)

The tracks premier division of the SK Modifieds was the third division to race and their race was a 35 lap feature. Timmy Jordan qualified on the pole and took the lead on the start. The first caution of the race came out with 32 laps remaining in the race, the caution was thrown because Kevin Shea, Michael Benevides, Jeff Fialkovich, and Justin Gaydosh all got together on the back stretch. The next caution came out on the restart, Jordan got sideways on the restart wrecking half of the field many were able to pull away. Jeff Gallup received the lead after the 2nd caution. The 3rd caution came out with 31 laps remaining in the race because it started raining. The race was able to start up again after a few minutes and a quick rain shower. Diego Monahan took the lead away from Gallup when there were 28 laps remaining in the race. The fourth caution came out when there were 18 laps remaining in the race because Rowan Pennink, Joey Gada, Fialkovich, and Gaydosh all got together in turn 4, Pennink was able to pull away from the accident. The rain set in and cancelled the remaining 18 laps of the event.

The Limited Sportsman race was unable to take place due to the rain taking place in the area.

New London Waterford Speedbowl Adjusts Saturdays Schedule WMT Feature at 7:00PM

New England Cycle Center 161 – NWMT

Saturday 5/14/2016 Event Hashtag: #NECC161  

Below Schedule May Be Subject to Change

 

Time Event Length/Notes
10:00am NWMT Registration Opens  
10:30am NWMT  Haulers Enter  
11:00am Pit Ticket Window Opens For NWAAS  
1:00pm NWAAS Haulers Enter  
2:00 Grandstands Open  
2:30-4:00 NWMT Final Practice  
4:05-5:25 NWAAS Final Practice  

5:30                                   NWMT Qualifying                                                                                 Time Trials

To Follow: NWAAS Qualifying Begins

Ministock

Sunoco Late Models

SK Modified

Ltd. Sportsman

 

10 laps

10 laps

10 laps

10 laps

6:00 NWMT Autograph Session  
6:50 PRE RACE Ceremonies  
7:00 NWMT Feature 161 laps/60.375 Miles
To Follow: SK Modified

Limited Sportsman

Late Model

Mini Stock

35 laps

25 laps

30 laps

25 laps

                                 

11:00pm estimated event end time   Last

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New London- Waterford Speedbowl Blastoff Successful on Day Two

The New London-Waterford Speedbowl raced the 8 divisions that were rained out Saturday night this afternoon. Throughout the morning it was raining and many people doubted that the track would actually get the event in. Due to this the crowd was a slim once again but that didn’t discourage the racers from putting on a great day of racing as eventually the sun came out and stayed out throughout the remainder of the day.

The first of the eight divisions to race was the Thursday night X-car division.  After qualifying yesterday Rich Nye qualified to start on the pole. Nye was able to outrun all other drivers until Dave Gargaro Jr., took the lead away. The race had a finish of Green White Checkered, Gargaro Jr., was able to keep the lead through the last 2 laps to win the race.

Cory DiMatteo had a strong run finishing third in his rookie start in the SK Lites division at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Cory DiMatteo had a strong run finishing third in his rookie start in the SK Lites division at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

The SK Lites were the next set of drivers to take the track for their 25 lap feature. Cory DiMatteo was the man on the pole and was able to keep the lead through the first 8 laps. Tony Membrino Jr., took the lead away from DiMatteo on lap 9 and didn’t look back. There were a total of 6 cautions in the race as well as 2 rain delays. Rain was predicted in the early morning and then it showed up during the second feature of the day.

The third division to race was the mini stocks. Wayne Burroughs Jr., qualified on the pole and lead every lap of the 25 lap feature. Burroughs Jr., was able to hold off other drivers in the event through 5 cautions.

The Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series took to the track next with Dave Koening on the pole. Koening wasn’t able to keep the lead for long when only 6 laps into the race Tyler Chapman took the lead. Six laps later with 13 laps remaining in the event Bert Ouellette passed Chapman for the lead. Ouellette was able to hold off Chapman through 2 cautions before winning the truck race.

Wayne Burroughs Jr during his pole winning heat race run on Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Wayne Burroughs Jr during his pole winning heat race run on Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

The Legends Cars raced after the Truck Series. Jake Johnson started on the pole, but on lap 2 Dana DiMatteo took the lead away. DiMatteo was able to hold off Noah Korner through 2 cautions before he won the 25 lap race. This was DiMatteo’s 24th career victory win.

The sixth division to race at the Speedbowl Sunday afternoon was the Limited Sportsman. Chris Meyer qualified on the pole but, Al Stone III was the driver who took the lead on the first lap. Stone III lead all 25 laps to a victory. This was Al Stone III’s 44th career victory.

The Thursday night Super X-cars were the next division to race. Ray Reed was on the pole for the race and he was able to keep the lead until there was 11 laps remaining in the race. Dave Yardley was able to take the lead away from Reed and hold off Reed for the win.

Jordan-ChadwickThe final division to race Sunday afternoon was the track’s premier division of the SK Modifieds. Rob Janovic Jr., was on the pole after the redraw. Janovic Jr., was able to keep the lead until there were 10 laps remaining in the race when Diego Monahan took over. Diego kept the lead for two laps until he wrecked on the front stretch. Keith Rocco inherited the lead and was able to keep that lead through the last 8 laps. Rocco held off Ted Christopher for the win. Rocco started 10th in the field and in true Rocco fashion charged his way to the front for his 123rd career win.