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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.

Rain Shortens New London-Waterford Speedbowl Opening Night

The New London- Waterford Speedbowl was set to have its annual Blastoff night to get the 2016 season started. While the weather looked pretty gloomy for most of the day, the sun did make a spotty appearance for a few hours. Unfortunately due to the threat of an impending rain storm the grandstands weren’t as crowded as they usually are for opening night.  The rain however, didn’t stop racers and many other fans from showing up to the track which generated good car counts. Most divisions had between 15-20 cars with the SK modifieds topping the car counts with 25 cars ready to run.

Ray Christian III and Keith Rocco started on the front row for the 30-lap late model feature at NEw London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Ray Christian III and Keith Rocco started on the front row for the 30-lap late model feature at NEw London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

The bandoleros, which usually run during the Thursday night shows, kicked off the night’s feature races. Eleven drivers started the race, which is one of the larger bandolero fields that the track has seen as of late. The 20 lap feature was won by Tyler Barry. Barry made his track debut tonight and was able to hold off Ethan Durocher for the win. Durocher was second and after Andrew Morin was DQ’d for illegal

Brian Tagg spins in front of Bruce Thomas on the back stretch at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Brian Tagg spins in front of Bruce Thomas on the back stretch at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

equipment Charles Prinz was third.

The late models came out and did their usual 30 lap feature. Ray Christian III was at the point to start the race, but unfortunately as the green flag dropped he broke the gas pedal while running side-by-side with Keith Rocco down the front straightaway. Christian III would have to pit for repairs and not make it out on time fell to the rear of the field multiple laps down. The late model race had a total of 4 cautions and Keith Rocco was able to hold off Antony Flannery through all 4 of those cautions. Keith Rocco won the race by a pretty large gap, Anthony Flannery finished second after a long battle with Adam Gray who finished in the third position.

The night was ended early at the Speedbowl after the rain that had been talked about all day showed up. The rest of the racing will take place tomorrow at 12:00 noon, there are still 10 divisions left to race after the rain delay.

VANASSE WINS SEEKONK PRO STOCKS WHILE BELSITO TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP

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Ryan Vanasse had a good night, working his way to the front with just eight laps gone in the forty-lapper, then gave it up for four midrace laps to Craig Weinstein then running the final 16 at the head of the pack. Dave Darling claimed second from Weinstein with two laps remaining and Kenny Spencer nabbed fourth. Freddy Astle, Jr. then took fifth from Rick Martin on the final circuit.

Belsito, who had been working to stay ahead of Tom Scully, Jr. for much of the latter stages of the season fell two positions behind his opponent, but it was not enough to cost him the championship. It had looked precarious, however, when he spun late in the race and was headed for the restart at the rear. However, it was determined that Scully had assisted on Belsito’s spin and they ended up at the back together.

On the getgo, Dave Hutchins leapt away from the box ahead of Kyle Casper as Mike Brightman claimed third. Weinstein climbed to fourth then fell back to fifth as Kevin Folan faded from the outside pole to tenth by lap four. Darling was charging up from ninth and was sixth. By lap eight, Darling held third behind Casper, who was replacing Hutchins in the lead and Vanasse.

Hutch had spun on lap seven and Casper started inside Vanasse as Weinstein and Darling made up the third row. Casper popped out ahead, but Vanasse began to push the outside while Weinstein and Darling debated third place. Weinstein edged forward on the low side as Vanasse went to the front and Weinstein move Casper back to third. Darling then went past Casper into third. Belsito was consistently running fifth place behind them while Ryan Lineham was in pursuit of Belsito.

Alex Mielnicki spun in front of Hutchins and he piled in getting a lot of front end damage and bursting his radiator, spilling water down the front stretch. On the lap eleven restart, Vanasse and Weinstein faced off once again. Again, Vanasse took the lead on Weinstein and Casper followed. Belsito was working his way under Darling for fourth. Darling went high on the track to pass 7, who did his best to hold him off but Darling claimed the spot.

Now Belsito began to move forward, passing Scully, then Casper into fourth behind Darling. Weinstein was working side-by-side with Vanasse and got his nose past on lap 20. They wound around the track wheel-to-wheel four four laps with Weinstein clinging to the lead, but Lineham spun in turn two. They lined up and were off again. Vanasse had the advantage of the low side of the front while Weinstein was to the outside.

Weinstein edged out but Vanasse held on with 52 behind him. Belsito dropped in front of Martin who had Spencer on his tail. Kyle Casper was outside Scully. Vanasse gaine the front and by lap 25 had a two-car lead over Weinstein and Darling. Belsito was now knocking on Darling’s door.

Weinstein closed up to Vanasse’s bumpr by lap 28. But Jake Vanada went around, sending cars scattering and Lineham to the pits. They again went side-by-side out of the box until Vanasse regained the lead and Weinstein settled in with darling on his bumper. In the exchange, Martin and Spencer had gotten past Belsito, but he quickly moved them back to reassume fourth place. Vanasse was two cars up on the field on lap 32. The field was stretched out and they were running single file until Mielnicki spun down the front stretch .

The lap 37 restart saw the field out of turn two with Vanasse ahead and Darling looking under Weinstein. But Belsito spun in turn four and the field piled in. Davis Silvia stopped in turn four with a blown radiator and Belstio was dragging his rear body metal. He headed to the pits and the crowd was silent as the sensed a quantum change in the contest for the championship. But the word from the Race Director then sent Scully to the rear on the assist, to restart alongside Belsito, ending thoughts of him overtaking the leader from that position.

On the restart, Vanasse continued to lead but Darling got underneath and stole second from Weinstein. Martin jumped to fourth, where Belsito had been running but Spencer elevated from seventh to fifth and then passed Martin for fourth. Astle had been moving up and got by Houlihan for sixth then passed Martin into fifth on the last lap.

Martin claimed sixth, followed by Vanada, Houlihan, Kyle Casper, Folan, Mike Mitchell and Joe Kohler. Scully finished thirteenth, two places ahead of Belsito, but not far enough to overtake his lead in the points chase.

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