WATERFORD – It was a night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl that featured the smallest cars on the biggest stage. Jared Roy won the
crown jewel event for the Mini Stocks this season, Zachary Martinez led
the way in Legend Car competition, Christian Herman came out on top in a thrilling X-Car battle, and TJ Rasicot parked his familiar number 9 in
the winners circle after the Compact Enduros.
The event started with a rare time trial session for both the Mini
Stocks and Legend Cars. Both fast times were set when the last car
scheduled hit the track. Jordan Churchill was able to edge out Zachary
Martinez by just 0.056 seconds, and Jared Roy took down Larry Loomis by an even slimmer margin of 0.053 seconds.
The Mini Stock stars were honored with outside introductions for
their 50 lap main event. At the drop of the green it was Larry Loomis
and Charles Canfield trading positions until lap 8 when Canfield was
able to take over the top spot. A couple of spins including Doug Curry
and John Bavolacco slowed the event in the early laps. This gave Marc
Panaroni a chance to challenge Canfield from the outside line where on
lap 22 he took over the lead.
In the second half of the race, Panaroni led much of it holding off
a hard charging Chris Garside. Garside was able to get his car
underneath Panaroni for more classic side by side racing action, but was
never able to complete the pass. A spin from Curry with 5 to go
re-racked the field for one last dash to the finish.
Panaroni got the jump on the final restart, as Garside would find
himself in the middle of a three wide situation when he missed a shift.
Tom Silva and Jared Roy split the 83 car and went on to battle for the
second position as Panaroni pulled away. Roy was able to clear Silva
and make a bid at the lead, getting his car underneath the 51 on the
last lap. The two got together and it was a photo finish at the line
with Roy ahead by 0.043 seconds. He only led one lap en route to
victory, and it was the only one that mattered.
In post race interviews, Roy said that the car came in at the end,
but the last caution was essential to having a chance to park the #1ct
in victory lane. Roy walked away with $625 for his efforts between
winning the race, and setting fast time thanks to a boost in time trials
purse by CIC Automotive.
When the Legend Cars took to the track for their 35 lap feature
event, it was Brody Monahan taking the field to the green. He was able
to lead only one lap before three time winner Johnny O’Sullivan took
over the top spot. His lead wouldn’t last long however, as Zachary
Martinez took the lead on lap 6 and went on to win the caution free
event. A hard charging Brandon Martinez worked his way into 2nd place
until a spin had occurred, but no caution was thrown and he was able to
recover to finish 4th.
The Wednesday night X-Cars were on the Saturday stage this week,
and most of the race went off without a hitch. 2020 champion Sam Mesick looked to have the field covered in his backup car numbered 1ct instead of his traditional 38. Sam would take over the lead on lap 4 and lead all the way to lap 33 when misfortune hit he limped to the finish.
While Mesick was walking away with the show, an intense battle for
second place was underway between Christian Herman and Corey Caddick, who was making an appearance while the SK Light Modifieds were off the schedule. Both drivers would fight hard side by side, swapping both positions and lines as Caddick who started the battle on the inside line would end up on the outside line for a number of laps. Little did they know that the battle for second would become the battle for the win, as Herman was able to beat Caddick off of turn 4 to capture the win.
TJ Rasicot took down the win in a 50 lap Compact Enduro race win,
battling for much of it with runner up Randy Doucette to end the
The Speedbowl is back in action next Saturday night with round one
of the Triple Threat Series featuring the first of two stops for the
Atlantic Three Quarter Midget Racing Association. New to 2021, there
will be points awarded to both weekly championship and the Triple Threat series.
Note: The New London Waterford Speedbowl off this Wednesday for Wild ‘n Wacky Wednesday.
Mini Stocks (50): 1. Jared Roy, 2. Marc Panaroni, 3. Tom Silva, 4. Chris
Garside, 5. Charles Canfield, 6. Larry Loomis Jr., 7. Doug Curry, 8.
Wayne Burroughs Jr., 9. Nick Pappacoda, 10. Joe Bavolacco.
Legend Cars (35): 1. Zachary Martinez, 2. Jordan Churchill, 3. Johnny
O’Sullivan, 4. Brandon Martinez, 5. Scott Limkemann, 6. Brody Monahan,
7. Scott Kinsman, 8. Nikolas Frechette.
X-Cars (35): 1. Christian Herman, 2. Corey Caddick, 3. CP Burdick, 4.
Tim Burgess, 5. Chuck McDonald, 6. Jaden Hamilton, 7. Sam Mesick, 8. Ray
Herman Sr., 9. William Lauber.
Compact Enduros (50): 1. TJ Rasicot.