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.
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.
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.
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.