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Emotional Evening At The New London Waterford Speedbowl

Point Battles Heating Up As Season Winds Down-

 WATERFORD, CT (September 16, 2017): The NLWS was hit with news that nobody wanted to hear before the racing was set to begin. It was learned earlier in the day, track regular Ted Christopher was killed in a plane crash heading to the Whelen Modified Tour event at the Riverhead Raceway. The nights events were put on hold and a very special tribute was held for the late great driver. Christopher’s SK Modified was paraded around The Speedbowl by car owner Doug DiPisa as fellow drivers, officials, safety workers and teams lined up the front stretch to honor Christopher. It was a very touching moment not only for the fans but everybody who was in attendance.

Once racing resumed it was the SK Lites taking to the shoreline oval for their 25-lap feature. It was Colchester, CT’s Brian Narducci taking his second win in a row in only four starts at The Bowl. Narducci used a lap-10 restart to put himself in position to grab the lead over Andrew Molleur with thirteen laps to go in the event. As the lap were winding down the #176 Manafort Brothers sponsored machine of Dana DiMatteo tried several times to get to the inside of Narducci but was unable to make it stick and fell to third as Alan Gombos snuck under DiMatteo and took the runner up spot. Rounding out the top-5 were Andrew Molleur in fourth and Plainville, CT’s Victoria Bergenty fifth, her best finish in the 2017 campaign. With DiMatteo’s third place finish he now leads Andrew Molleur by one point in the championship hunt. In victory lane, a very emotional Narducci dedicated the win in honor of Christopher.

In the 30-lap Limited Sportsman feature it was Al Stone III taking down the win. For the Durham, CT driver it was his 50th career win at the NLWS. What was supposed to be a major accomplishment for Stone was dampened by the news of Christopher. “I just want to dedicate the win to TC and to let the family know we are thinking of them,” commented Stone in victory lane. The point leader Chris Meyer was involved in two different mishaps during the event and battled back to finish eighth. Stone who started in the eight-spot battled through the field and used a lap-23 restart to out battle the #19 of Adrien Paradis to take down the win. Paradis had one final shot at Stone as a late caution flew to set up a green-white-checkered finish. Paradis made several attempts but couldn’t get by Stone. Paradis after finishing second also commented on Christopher from the podium. “He’s going to be missed, he always had advice for me to make me a better driver, he was always there for me,” said Paradis. Rounding out the top-five were Jason Chicolas, Jordan Hadley and Brandon Plemons.

In the third race in the Connecticut Championship for the Pro-4 Modifieds, it was Brett Meservey taking down the win. Going into the 25-lap race Rob Richardi was looking to make it three in a row in the championship series. As the green flag flew it was Doug Meservey jumping out to the lead with Richardi and Brett Meservey in tow. Richardi got around Meservey on lap-five and started to pull away from the field. Richardi on a mid-race restart missed a shift giving Doug Meservey back the lead. The final caution waved as Doug Meservey slowed on the front stretch in the #67 setting up one final restart for Richardi and now the #7NY of Brett Meservey. The two-battled side-by-side until the #7NY got the lead coming out of turn four and held on for the win. Rounding out the top-five were Jacob Perry (who took the Lite win) Dan Meservey and Mark Charette. The final event in the Championship will run during the 2017 Finale event.

The 35-lap Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series it was all Andy Lindeman. Lindeman took the lead soon the green flag waved and never looked back. The only thing to slow down Lindeman was lapped traffic he ran into while leading all 35-laps of the race. While Lindeman was in his own zip code the battle of the race was with Jim Boyle who was running in the top-5. Boyle made an aggressive move that propelled him from fourth to second in one lap. Third place finisher Frank Dumicich Jr had nothing at the finish for the duo in front. Rounding out the top-five was Allen Coates and Gerard Giordano Jr. Lindeman in victory lane followed suit and dedicated the win to Christopher. It was Lindeman’s third win of the season.

Bruce Thomas Jr made his 2017 return to the Late Models and looked poised to take down the 30-lap event. Thomas jumped out to the lead on lap-2 and was running away with the race. Thomas’s luck soon changed as on the final restart of the race, Keith Rocco would now battle Thomas for the lead. As the green waved the yellow would appear as Thomas had a tire go down sending him pit side and handing over the lead to Rocco in the #88MA Propane Plus sponsored machine. Rocco completed the last couple of laps as the fog was starting to roll onto the track as the checkered flew. In victory lane Rocco referred that he was a man of few words as you can tell the news earlier on was on Rocco’s mind. Rounding out the top-five were Ryan Morgan, Tyler Chapman, Christopher Garside and Jason Palmer.

As the 35-lap SK Modified feature was lining up the fog continued to get thicker and continued to roll in at a quick pace. As the green flag waved it was the #78 of Diego Monahan grabbing the lead as the pole position was left vacant as a tribute to Christopher. On lap-9 the Jammin 107 sponsored #21 of Kyle James got around Monahan for the lead and the moved pushed Monahan back to fourth. As the caution waved on lap-11 for the #1 of Brent Sweet sitting against the turn three wall. On the restart of the race, Todd Owen was able to push ahead in the Cooker’s Construction #81x from the outside and took over the top spot over James. Also gaining on the restart was Keith Rocco in the Wheeler Auto #88 who squeezed into the third spot. The race was halted on lap-23 as Matt Galko spun his Chris’s Lawn Care sponsored #25 into the infield which not only brought out the caution but the red / checkered came out as the fog continued to roll in, causing visibility issues. Owen who was the leader at the time and was given the win with James and Rocco finishing second and third. Rounding out the top-5 was Rob Janovic Jr and Tyler Chadwick making his 2017 debut. Owen in victory lane left open the top spot in tribute to Christopher.

The 25-lap Mini Stocks race was postponed because of the fog and will be scheduled to be made up in the up-coming weeks.


SK Modifieds (35-laps): Todd Owen, Kyle James, Keith Rocco, Rob Janovic Jr, Tyler Chadwick, Jacob Perry, Tom Abele Jr, Andrew Molleur, Paul Buzel, Robert Georgiades, Joshua Zentek, Jeff Fialkovich, Diego Monahan, Brent Sweet, Matthew Galko, Dominic Capuano Jr, Dylan Izzo (DNS)
* Race was red / checkered on lap-23

SK Modified Lites (25-lzaps): Bryan Narducci, Alan Gombos, Dana DiMatteo, Andrew Molleur, Victoria Bergenty, Nick Anglace, John O’Sullivan, Alan Benincaso, Dennis Charette, Wayne Burroughs Jr, Glenn Griswold, Scott Witt

Late Models (30-laps): Keith Rocco, Ryan Morgan, Tyler Chapman, Christopher Garside, Jason Palmer, Michael Benevides, Anthony Flannery IV, Bruce Thomas Jr, Cornelius Flynn, Vin Esposito, Keith Chapman

Limited Sportsman (30-laps): Al Stone III, Adrien Paradis, Jason Chicolas, Jordan Hadley, Brandon Plemons, Ritt Shawn, Daniel Meyer, Chris Meyer, Bo Norman, Monte Gibbs, Phil Evans, Brandon Fisher, Joseph Arena, Darrell Carlson, Jon Porter

Pro-4 Modifieds (25-laps): Brett Meservey, Rob Richardi Jr, Jacob Perry, Dan Meservey, Mark Charette, Dana Willis, Doug Meservey, Bill Lucchesi Jr, PJ Peters

Mr. Rooter Pro Trucks / NLWS Trucks (35-laps): Andy Lindeman, Jim Boyle, Frank Dumicich Jr, Allen Coates, Gerard Giordano Jr, Dave Koening, Jeff Karns, Joshua Stringer, Alex Canestrari, Chris Taylor, Glen Noll, Al Stone III, Rick Ashlaw, Shayne Young, Tony Naglied, Duane Noll, Dan Butler

Florida Invader Danny Anderson Takes Mr. Rooter Event At NLWS

-Duane Noll Takes NLWS Trucks-


WATERFORD, CT (August 2, 2017): After two groups of qualifying was complete it was Long Island’s Corey Coats and Florida’s Danny Anderson sitting on the front row for the 35-lap Mr. Rooter / NLWS Trucks combination event at the NLWS.

As the green flag waved it was Corey Coates pulling out to the lead with Anderson in tow. The caution flag will quickly appear as Al Stone III spun his #1 Truck between turns three and four. While the field was under caution Corey Coates ducked pit side with suspension issues on the #81 truck.

The race would go green with Anderson shooting out to the lead in the Anderson Auto Repair sponsored #50 over Allen Coates in the Dunleavey’s Truck and Trailer Repairs #99. In tow was Jim Boyle and Duane Noll both in contention for the NLWS Trucks points championship.

As soon as the green flag waved to restart the feature, the yellow was back out waving for a false start. Allen Coates on the restart put pressure from the outside on Anderson and the duo battles side-by-side for the lead. Jim Boyle a regular at the NLWS made several attempts to gain a position by perusing the bottom groove.

By lap-15 the top five trucks were Anderson, Allen Coates, Gerard Giordano Jr, Jim Boyle and Joshua Stringer in the #29 truck.

Duane Noll the NLWS Trucks points leader snuck his #2VT truck into the top-5 as the group started pulling away from the rest of the field.

The caution flag would wave on lap-33 for the #42 Teddy Bear Graphics sponsored truck of Frank Dumicich Jr who was facing the wrong way between turns three and four.

As the field was getting ready for a three-lap shootout, the start was waved off as the officials wanted to view the #2CT truck of Jim Boyle. Boyle’s truck was showing signs of smoke when Boyle pressed on the gas. The officials let Boyle stay in place and the green flag was shown to the field.

As the green flag, waved Coates could make the outside groove stick and battled Anderson side-by-side going for the lead. While the battle for the lead was going on the #2CT of Boyle showed smoke and was backing up by dropping to the seventh spot on the field.

Anderson out muscle Coates and took the checkered flag for the win as Coates just couldn’t hold the outside groove. The win was Anderson’s first on the series.

Duane Noll was the first NLWS Truck and took down the win in the combination race for The NLWS Trucks.

“I want to thank the competitors for a great race and the fans for coming out,” commented Anderson in Victory Lane. “The long trip up to the NLWS was worth it and we’re looking forward to racing again,” finished up Anderson.

“It wasn’t a bad night for us. I was rooting for Corey and I saw he broke so I took things into my hands and had a great race,” commented Coates.

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

NLWS Trucks Finish: Duane Noll, Joshua Stringer, Jim Boyle, Jeff Karns, Todd Taylor, Kendall Metcalf, Shayne Young, Al Stone III

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