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Waterford Postpones 8 features due to rain.

WATERFORD – Rain forced the suspension of Bud Blastoff 2016 Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl after the completion of two of 10 scheduled features.

Keith Rocco won the 30-lap Late Model feature and Tyler Barry won the 20-lap Bandolero feature before rain began falling and brought the racing card to a halt.

The event will resume Sunday at noon with the remaining eight features to be run.

Rocco of Wallingford, took the lead from Ray Christian III at the drop of the green flag and went virtually unchallenged the rest of the way in winning the 30-lap Late Model feature.

Despite numerous cautions, Rocco was able to easily check out from his pursuers after every restart of the event.

Anthony Flannery of East Hampton was second and Adam Gray of Belchertown, Mass., making his track debut, was third.

It was the first victory at the Speedbowl for Rocco driving for team owners Mike and Beth Sullivan. It was his 38th victory overall in the Late Model division at Waterford. His first 37 victories came running for former team owner Scott Fearn.

In the 20-lap Bandolero feature it was the 10-year old Barry, of Griswold, winning in his track debut.

Barry is the grandson of legendary Modified team owner Art Barry and the son of former Modified driver Ken Barry.

Ethan Durocher of Plainfield was second and Andrew Morin of Old Saybrook was third on the track but disqualified for an illegal gear, moving Charles Prinz of Higganum to third.

Prinz led the first 14 laps of the event but on lap 15 a lapped car made contact with Prinz, dropping him to fourth and allowing Barry to take over the lead. Barry and Durocher battled side-by-side over the closing laps.

Remaining to be run Sunday is a 35-lap SK Modified feature, 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature, 25-lap Mini Stock feature, 25-lap SK Light Modified feature, 25-lap Legends feature, 25-lap Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series feature, 20-lap X-Car feature and a 20-lap Super X-Car feature.

Waterford Speedbowl Feature Recaps

30-lap Late Model: 1. Keith Rocco, Wallingford; 2. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 3. Adam Gray, Belchertown, Mass.; 4. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton; 5. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 6. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme; 7. Brian Tagg, Oxford; 8. Marc Curtis, Brookfield; 9. Chris Garside, Waterford; 10. Matt Carlson, Griswold.

20-lap Bandoleros: 1. Tyler Barry, Griswold; 2. Ethan Durocher, Plainfield; 3. Charles Prinz, Higganum; 4. Nick Hovey, Chaplin; 5. Hailey Desaulniers, Windham; 6. Ethan Simmons, Pawcatuck; 7. Tyler Alkas, Berlin; 8. Brendon Tymon, Shelton; 9. Teddy Welch, Griswold; 10. Bethani-Louann Durocher, Plainfield.

It’s in Their Blood – Christian Brothers Taking on Waterford

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)

Ray Christian III has been racing at the New London-Waterford for the past few years.  Ray got his start in the X-car division and eventually found his way into the mini stock division.  During the 2014 season, Ray made a transition to the late models, running part time while still running his mini stock.  Ray would continue to do double duty running both a mini stock and late model until the 2016 started and he made the full-time switch from the mini stocks to the Late Model division.

With the start of the 2016 season Ray is no longer the only Christian racing at the Speedbowl. Ray’s younger brother Jake Christian will be making his racing debut in the Mini Stock division.

It is very nerve wracking for Christian III to see his brother make his racing debut but, he says that “It’s also very exciting to see Jake making a debut. It means a lot to have him out here racing.”RayandJake

When Jake Christian starts the Mini Stock feature, it will be the first race for him. He does not have any prior racing experience; he’s always been one of the guys who’s working on the car.

“He has always been the number 1 guy when it comes to setting up the car, I told him what to do but, he was the one to get it done. He learned a lot and I learned a lot from him.” Says Ray Christian III.

Jake knows that the experiences that he has had working on the car will help him when it comes to working on his own car. “Having worked on my brother’s mini stock will really help me when it comes to figuring out my own.” Says Jake Christian.

Jake Christian runs his mini stock during practice for the Bud Blast-off season opener at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT.
Jake Christian runs his mini stock during practice for the Bud Blast-off season opener at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT.

Both brothers have similar goals for the 2016 racing season. They would both like to finish each race that they start. The ultimate goal for the entire season is to take home a victory in a feature event.

The New London- Waterford Speedbowl is the only track that Jake Christian will be racing at but, for Ray Christian III there will be other tracks. The other tracks that Ray Christian III will be racing at are the Tri Track ACT invitational, which is comprised of the ACT race at The New London- Waterford Speedbowl, the ACT race at Seekonk, the ACT race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Ray also plans to make an attempt to get in the field for the ACT race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway  and possibly the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway.

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.