The best story of the week from the Speedbowl lies in the SK Modified division. The track’s premier division was scheduled to run twin 25-lap features.
For the first of the two SK features Bo Gunning and Diego Monahan started on the front row together. It didn’t take long for a wreck to happen. Gunning got loose and wrecked the fan favorite Ted Christopher who had two wins the night before at Stafford Motor Speedway. This resulted in Christopher’s car being double hooked off of the track.
This wouldn’t deter Teddy from trying to run the second SK race of the night as he would do what Keith Rocco did during the 2015 season when he wrecked hard into the backstretch wall and his team made the decision to go back home to Berlin and get the Stafford Car so that they could run the feature. Well Saturday night Christopher made the same decision, he made the drive back to Plainville, CT to get his Stafford car so that he could try to run the second 25 laps later in the evening.
The rest of the first feature was mostly green flag racing. Joey Gada would bring home his first win of the season and his 4th career win in the SK Modified division at Waterford. “We had some good restarts, this car is just awesome tonight.” Said Gada. There was some really good battles between Gada and Todd Owen, a Stafford regular who has been running the bowl’ lately. “The only difference between the two cars was who was on the bottom groove. It seems to be that you need the bottom lane to win here.” Said Gada.
TC Arrives With the Backup Car
Christopher was able to make it back to the track before the green flag dropped for the second SK feature and loyal T.C. fans were happy to see that he would be starting on the front row right next to Gunning. Like the first feature it didn’t take long for the wrecking to start as Timmy Jordan and Brent Sweet got into the wall in turn 3 hard. On the restart Christopher came up the track just a little bit but, Gunning got into Christopher. Christopher took the front stretch wall to both the front and rear of the car ending his night once and for all.
A year ago when Rocco went to get the backup car, he was successful in being able to make the run from the rear of the field and get the win. The same cannot be said for Christopher who ended up be towed back to the pits by the wrecker for the second time in the same night.
There was only one more caution during the race when Dennis Perry’s engine blew with 6 laps to go. Rocco inherited the lead after Perry left the track and he never looked back. Rocco was able to pull it off and win the race, it was his first win in the past few weeks after having some less than stellar runs lately. “This track has been rough for everybody to start the season but, we’ll all get it figured out. Tonight we did, this win goes out to Mario (Fiore) who was a man of many words.” Said Rocco.
Christian III Claims Second Win of the Year
When the late models division took to the track Saturday night there was a strange sight for anyone that has been watching them all season. For the first time this season Bruce Thomas Jr., and Jason Palmer were not racing in the division leaving the winning up to anybody who could reach victory lane in 30 laps.
Ray Christian III and Jeff Smith were on the front row and those two were able to battle it out for the lead for the first 1/3 of the race. Christian III was able to pull away from the field when Smith got loose and fell back a few spots.
The first and only caution flew when Richard Durranti and Richard Morrocco got together in between turns one and two. During the restart Christian III was able to pull away from the field again and hold his lead all the way through the checkered flag.
This was Christian III’s second career victory in the Sunoco Late Model Division at the Speedbowl. “It was a blast battling ‘Country’ on the outside and when we finally took the lead it was off to the races. The car was absolutely hooked up tonight'” Christian III said about his win.
When asked about how he feels about the season this far and getting his second win he had this to say, “To be a contender week after week is the best feeling. “We came into the year wanting to gain the respect of the guys out there we race with and I feel we have done that and are viewed as a threat week after week.