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Owen holds off James in SK thriller At The New London Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD — Kyle James said he only had one chance to pull out an SK Modified victory at New London-Waterford Speedbowl Saturday — to hope leader Todd Owen made a mistake and then pounce on it..
There was one flaw, however, to James strategy.
“Todd didn’t make any mistakes,” James said.
Owen was able to hold off James over the final 25 laps to collect his third 40-lap SK Modified win of the season.
Owen’s victory was just one of the highlights during a dramatic night at the Speedbowl.
Andrew Krzeminski came from fourth to first during the final three laps to nail down the first win of his career in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature.
Keith Caruso captured his first-ever SK Lite Modified win at the Speedbowl in the second race of an SK Lite doubleheader. Brett Gonyaw roared past Bert Ouellette on a restart with two laps remaining to win the first SK Lite race.
Anthony Flannery pulled away from Jason Palmer on two late restarts for his fourth win in the last five races. Adrien Paradis took advantage of some mechanical difficulties by leader Jordan Hadley on his way to his first win of the season,
Rob Richardi led every lap to win his second consecutive Ct. Pro Four Modified win. P.J. Peters remained undefeated in the Pro Four Lite division.  Few had to work harder for a win than Owen, however, who had James, the point leader, surgically attached to his back bumper for most of the race. “Kyle was fast,” Owen said. “To hold him off for that long is really good for us. My hat is off to Kyle. He gave me a couple of taps, but he raced me clean. I would do the same to him.” James said he couldn’t get much bite from the top groove.
“Todd was using enough race track that I couldn’t get a great run off the top of the track early and I couldn’t get a run off the bottom late,” James said.” James made one move on the outside during the final lap but couldn’t find enough power to complete the move.
Krzeminski found himself in fourth place with three laps remaining in the 25-lap Mini-Stock feature, but then the breaks started to fall his way.
The first break occurred when the race’s two co-leaders, Jake Christian and Charles Canfield, got tangled up in Turn 3, knocking them both off the lead.
Break No. 1 came when Doug Curry, who was restarting in the front row, was slowed down by transmission trouble, giving the lead to Krzeminski, who had to hold off  one frantic charge by Canfield on the final lap before he could celebrate.
“This is unbelievable,” Krzeminski said. “I was in the right place at the right time in that last restart. I saw Canfield coming at the end. I think if there were another one or two laps, he would have had me.
“But this is such a great division. I had the time of my life out there.”
Gonyaw had one of the best restarts of his life against Ouellette with two laps remaining in the first SK Lite feature to pull out a breath-taking win.
Ouellette had dominated the first 23 laps, but a yellow flag with two laps left gave Gonyaw the opportunity he needed to stomp past Ouellette on the restart.
“I was beginning to think I had forgotten how to do this,” Gonyaw said. “Everything that went right for us last year has gone wrong for us this year. But tonight we turned it around.”
In the second SK Lite feature, Caruso rumbled into the early lead and survived a challenge from Jonathan Puleo on the final lap to secure the win. It was his first Speedbowl win of his career.
“I think the first win is the hardest one to get,” Caruso said. “I had Puleo behind me and I knew he was going to be tough. And Paul French was behind him and I knew he was going to be tough. I was lucky I held both of them off.”
Flannery led Palmer for most of the 30-lap Late Model race, but he could never build a big enough lead so he could relax.
“This definitely wasn’t easy,” Flannery said. “Palmer had a good car, but we were going to do everything we could to get the win.”
Palmer said his car was “just a tick off.”
“We needed just a little more,” Palmer said.
Paradis appeared headed for a second-place finish in the 30-lap Street Stock feature when he received a huge dose a good luck. Hadley, who was leading by a light year, dropped out because of car trouble, giving Paradis the emotional win on the first anniversary of. legend Ted Christopher’s death, Christopher died in a plane crash on Sept. 16, 2018.
Richardi prevailed in the Ct. Pro Four Modifieds, despite s spirited effort by Doug Meservey Jr.
“I guess Doug didn’t want me to have an easy one,” Richardi said. “He was under me and it wasn’t going to take that much to get to get by. But I got a win that I definitely needed.”
P.J. Peters went unchallenged as he won his fifth Pro Four Lite feature.
Racing resumes on Saturday. The Legends division will be the feature division with twin 20-lap features.
40-lap SK Modifieds: 1. Todd Owen, Somers; 2. Kyle James, Ashaway, RI; 3. Matt Galko, Meriden; 4. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 5. Timmy Jordan, Plainfield; 6. Matt Vasser, Southington; 7. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 8. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 9. Geoff Nooney, Southwick, Mass.; 10. Wendell Daily, Gales Ferry.
25-lap SK Modified Lite No. 1:. 1. Brett Gonyaw, Vernon; 2. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 3. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 4. John O’Sullivan, Salem; 5. Ethan Durocher, Canterbury; 6. Jonathan Puleo, Branford; 7. Nick Anglace, Naugatuck; 8. Keith Caruso, Millbury, Mass.; 9. Jake Taylor, Jewett City; 10. Paul French, Andover.
25-lap SK Lite Modifieds No. 2: 1. Keith Caruso, Milbury, Mass.; 2. Jonathan Puleo, Branford; 3. Paul French, Andover; 4. Brett Gonyaw, Vernon; 5. Anthony Marvin, Colchester; 6. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 7. Ethan Durocher, Canterbury; 8. Matt McDougall, Manchester; 9. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 9. Jake Taylor, Jewett City; 10. Nick Anglace, Naugatuck.
30-Lap Late Model feature: 1. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 2. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 3. Tony Macrino, Waterford; 4. Brian Norman, Clinton; 5. Michel Benevides, Westerly RI; 6. Keith Scalia, North Branford; 7. Jason Larivee, West Greenwich. RI; 8. Allan King Jr., Hamden; 9. Corey Coates, Griswold
30-lap Sportsman: 1. Adrien Paradis III, Plainville; 2. Joe Arena, Bristol; 3. Shawn Gaedeke, Groton; 4. Al Stone III, Durham; 5. Bo Norman, Clinton; 6. Rit Shawn, Westerly RI; 7. Ronnie Oldham, Waterford; 8. Jack Aquilina. Oakdale; 10. Jordan Hadley, Ouaker Hill.
25-lap Mini Stocks: 1. Andrew Krzeminski, Haddam; 2. Charles Canfield, East Hampton; 3. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 4. Sean Caron, East Hampton; 5. JT Suprenant, Central Village; 6. Tommy Silva, Gales Ferry; 7. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford; 8. Jared Roy, Sterling; 9. Jake Christi an, Norwich; 10. Doug Curry, Groton.

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.