Pole Dominates as Expected
The New London- Waterford Speedbowl was back in action Saturday night with 4 weekly divisions and the ACT Tour. The crowd was not that big as the weather was cloudy skies with a big rain storm staying just off the shore.
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) is one of the premier late model divisions in the Northern US and Canada. These premier drivers battled it out for 100 action packed laps at the shoreline oval. Scott Payea qualified on the pole and jumped out to the lead on the first lap. Twelve laps into the race Marc Curtis Jr., Wayne Helliwell Jr., and James Banfield all got into one another in turn 3 bringing out the first caution of the race.
Payea would lose the lead as Joey Polewarczyk Jr., was able to get ahead of Payea on the lap 13 restart. Bruce Thomas Jr., went spinning through the infield bringing out the next caution on lap 16. Payea would take the lead back from Polewarczyk Jr., on lap 18 but would give it back one lap later on the restart from the caution brought out by Walter Sutcliffe getting loose and ending up in the turn 1 wall. Payea would jump out front and was able to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field and would not be contested for the lead even through the rest of the restarts. On lap 54 of the race Nick Sweet spun into the infield and the caution came out. Jeff Smith spins out in front of the scoreboard on the backstretch on lap 74. Joey Polewarczyk Jr., was able to extended his lead after the restart on lap 75, he was able to win the 100 lap feature.
Two Former Legends Standouts Get First Modified Wins
The SK Modifieds were the first and last features of the night. Their first feature was the remaining 18 laps from the rain shortened feature one week ago. It didn’t take long for the caution to fly, Paul Buzel, Tom Abele Jr., and Joey Gada spun into the turn 3 wall, all three racers were able to return. Tom Pinson and Bo Gunning got into each other only 3 laps later, both were able to drive away. Ted Christopher spins down the front stretch losing second place, also spinning during this caution were Jeff Fialkovich and Brent Sweet. Diego Monahan was able to hold off Dennis Perry to win the 18 lap feature.
SK Lite Modifieds were the second division to race, their feature was 25 laps. John O’ Sullivan III was on the pole and was able to take the lead for 2 laps. Rick Williams was able to steal the lead away from O’Sullivan III. With 18 laps remaining in the race O’ Sullivan III was the caution car and he would return to the race and be many laps down. Nick Riso spun on the back stretch with 5 laps remaining in the race and made for an exciting final 5 laps of racing. Only 3 laps later half of the field got together into the turn 4 grass, many of the drivers were able to return to the race. The racer would end in the green white checkered fashion after the caution in turn 4. Cory DiMatteo was able to take the lead on the restart while Connor Holderbach, Calvin Therrien, Larry Goss, and Bill McNeil spun into one another in turn 4. Cory DiMatteo was able to get his first win in his second career start in the SK Lite Modifieds.
The Limited Sportsman was the 4th division to race, these racers went a distance of 25 laps. Jon Porter was on the pole and also took the lead on the first lap of the race. Jack Aquilina took the lead away from Porter with 22 laps remaining in the race. Porter takes the lead back with 21 laps remaining, after a battle with Aquilina. After a three-way battle Aquilina was able to acquire the lead, not even a lap later Monty Gibbs was able to steal the lead away. Aquilina ended up in the infield after a three-way battle with Moose Douton and Porter. Bo Norman made contact with another car and then spun out into the turn 3 wall with 9 laps left to race. Monty Gibbs was able to hold of Chris Meyer for the win. This was Monty Gibbs first career victory in the Limited Sportsman’s race.
The Mini Stocks were the next division to race and they went the distance of 25 laps. Brian Norman was the racer on the pole and also the first racer to take the lead. Charles Canfield took the lead away from Norman with 23 laps left to race. Sean Caron stole the lead away from Canfield with 17 laps remaining. With only 3 laps remaining in the race the first caution came out when Jake Christian and Doug Curry spun in turn 4. Sean Caron was able to hold off Ken Kassidy Jr., and Dave Trudeau for the victory.
The SK Modifieds were the last division of the night and their second race of the night was 35 laps. Ryan Morgan was the driver on the pole and Dylan Izzo was on the outside pole. Dylan Izzo took the lead on the first lap. Paul Buzel, Tom Pinson, Brent Sweet, and Justin Gaydosh all wrecked one lap into the race in turn one. Buzel, Gaydosh, and Todd Owen all spin around in turn 4 with 32 laps left to race. Paul Kusheba IV hit the backstretch wall on lap 14. Dylan Izzo was able to hold off a hard charging Ted Christopher through two final cautions and to take home his first career modified victory.